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Bloomberg bus tour continues stealth deployment (Video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "While the spin put on all those claims is easily debatable, what’s not is that this is a continuation of a policy established from the outset to keep the bus tour itinerary a secret until the last minute to minimize the chances of opposing views being heard -- even though what MAIG is demanding will affect the fundamental rights of everyone."

"Tellingly, no mention of today’s stop appears in the local paper, the Akron Beacon Journal, or at least on their Ohio.com website at this writing. And Gun Rights Examiner signed up for a zip code-based notification at the inception of the tour, yet received no email. ..." ...
 

The Truth about Electronic NFA Forms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Hello gentle readers, your favorite firearm concierge here reporting on the latest developments in the NFA Industry. One big change that many folks have heard about is that ATF will be accepting electronic forms for tax paid transfers. This strikes me as both good and bad . . ." ...
 

Which states have the best record on gun rights?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Among those citizens who place a high value on the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution, few issues elicit more emotional intensity than gun rights."

"The Second Amendment is viewed as a bellwether as to how the nation as a whole, particularly the politicians, perceives and treats human freedom. The right to self defense using any of the tools available is so important to a large portion of the population that those who seek to limit that right are viewed with deep suspicion." ...
 

The Christie Chronicles: Due process be damned
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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"If you live in New Jersey and are named Robert Johnson, Kevin Johnson, James Rogers, or Mary Smith then I have bad news for you. Governor Chris Christie just signed a bill making you a second class citizen."

"... With a stroke of the pen, Governor Christie has stripped away the constitutional rights of thousands of New Jersey residents with no due process whatsoever."

"Among the 10 gun control bills that the New Jersey governor signed on August 8th was Assembly Bill 3687. This bill prohibits all those whose name appears on the secret ’Terrorist Watch List’ from obtaining firearms identification cards or permits to purchase a handgun." ...
 

A few factors in bullet scarcity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Bullets are scarce. Anyone who has tried to buy ammunition recently in Montgomery or Prattville fully understands that ammo is in short supply." ...

"When local stores do receive a shipment, the stock is limited and it does not remain on the shelf for more than a few hours, sometimes mere minutes. Most stores, in an attempt to be fair, have implemented rationing ..."

"Although the president’s gun legislation failed to garner enough support in Congress to pass, limited supplies of ammunition accomplish the same end. To be fair, the latest attempt to pass gun legislation might have been the genesis for the current ammunition shortage, but there were, and are, other contributing factors." ...
 

Another Myth Exploded? Revolver vs. Semi-Automatic Pistol Accuracy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Over at gunnuts.net, Caleb reckons it’s time for someone to shoot holes in the idea that a revolver is inherently more accurate than a semi-automatic pistol. And that someone is him. 'Back in the days before CNC machining, it was quite likely that if you took a brand new production revolver off the line and put it up against a brand new semi-auto pistol, the revolver would shoot more accurately. But now days, that’s not the case. To understand why, we have to look at the firing cycle of both guns.' And so he does . . ." ...
 

Bloombeg apologist makes no pretense of reasonable suspicion for stop-and-frisk
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Yesterday ... this column noted what might be the most unforgivable aspect of Mayor Bloomberg's and the NYPD's [stop-and-frisk] jihad:"

"Perhaps most egregiously, one defense of the policy is that the objective is not really to catch criminals in the act (of carrying contraband--specifically guns). The idea behind stopping hundreds of thousands of blacks and Hispanics per year--the vast majority of them innocent--is to instill fear in every member of these ethnic groups ..."

"Incredibly, John Podhoretz. writing for the New York Post ... freely admits to seeing this (intimidation of entire ethnic groups, via police harassment of the innocent) as the point of NYPD's 'stop-and-frisk' crusade--and enthusiastically approves:" ...
 

 

Stricter Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Did you know that all handguns are semi-automatic? This means that all that stands between you and death is the pull of a trigger. Limited access to handguns would decrease violence, as has been proven in the past by numerous laws. In addition, the mass killings that throw a blanket of loss and sorrow upon our nation can only be done with guns."

"The opposing argument – that the Second Amendment applies and gives us the right to possess guns – is not supported with evidence, and is plain hogwash. ..." ...
 

NY: Operation S.N.U.G. Sucks-Up Taxpayer Cash. Again. Still.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Bronx secures funding for Operation SNUG, a proven anti-gun inititiative, nydailynews.com‘s spelling-challenged headline proclaims. Also fact deficient. As we reported when this coalition of ex-(?) gang bangers and ruthless pols 'Community, Government & Corporate Partnership' first started sucking on the taxpayer tit, there’s no evidence that 'violence interrupters' have reduced gang-related shootings. In fact, S.N.U.G. (Guns spelled backwards) isn’t even trying to measure their 'success.' Why would they? Like 'gun buybacks,' the program’s justification is based entirely on 'common sense.' In other words, it’s media-friendly feel-good fantasy. ..." ...
 

PA: No More Guns at Town Hall Meetings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A law banning guns in municipal government meetings or buildings might not have prevented the tragedy in Ross Township, Monroe County - where a man who had a long-running property dispute with township officials allegedly killed three people who were attending a supervisors meeting."

"For one thing, the initial attack, according to police, came from outside the building. ..."

"But that doesn't mean we shouldn't make reasonable efforts to secure such facilities for the protection of public servants and citizens."

"And prohibiting firearms in such meetings would be a reasonable measure." ...
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Submitter's Note: Let's think about these prohibitions for a moment. Local gov't want to protect us from the group of people who meet all these criteria:
1) Who are cool-headed enough to obey the law and not bring guns to their meeting.
2) Who, are hot-tempered enough that if they had a gun at a meeting would be willing to commit murder.
3) Who are cool-headed enough that if they go to a meeting unarmed, lose their temper and decide to kill someone and go home to get their gun will, upon arriving home, say to themselves "You know I think I'll just make myself a sandwich instead of going back and shooting up City Hall."
Seriously?
 

AZ: Arizona School District Distributes Controversial Pledge To Curb Gun Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In an attempt to help end gun violence, one Arizona school district is asking parents to sign a pledge stating they will lock up their firearms and teach their teens to resolve conflicts using peaceful strategies." ...
 

CT: We must prevent gun violence deaths
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There may never be a perfect law or piece of legislation that will stop an emotionally disturbed person from doing evil things. But when gun violence kills an average of 30,000 Americans each year, even a few lives saved as a result of gun violence prevention is progress."

"At last Thursday's Board of Selectman meeting, I voted in favor of joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns because it is important for Greenwich to clarify its stance and add its voice to the national movement. ..." ...
 

Limit US enemies’ guns, not citizens’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Obama administration, progressives in both political parties and many well-meaning individuals have been calling for additional gun control and background checks."

"Meanwhile, the administration facilitated the sale of guns to Mexican drug lords (the Fast and Furious operation); provided arms and aid to rebels in Egypt and Libya, many of who where members of the Muslim Brotherhood (the so-called Arab Spring); and provided arms to Syrian rebels (the scandal underlying the Benghazi coverup)."

"At the same time the administration seeks to disarm Americans, it is busy arming the enemies of America. ..." ...
 

Senate Democrats Move To Reverse Supreme Court Heller Decision
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Having failed to get gun control passed in the Senate, Democrats are now making a last ditch effort to reshape the Supreme Court."

"Well, we hate to say it, but we predicted this would happen." ...
 

NY: Candidate for sheriff upholds right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Recently, a letter to the editor printed by the Star-Gazette falsely claimed that I support the NY SAFE Act. Allow me to unequivocally say that I stand opposed to the SAFE Act and the abrogation of liberty of every law-abiding citizen of this county."

"The person who fabricated this lie has spoken a complete falsehood about what I believe and hold dear to my core beliefs." ...
 

CO: Morse, the man in the cross-hairs, campaigns door-to-door
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The rain had barely ebbed and the flash-flood warning passed when Senate President John Morse knocked on the first door Monday evening in the West Divine Redeemer neighborhood." ...

"On the line is the elected office he has held since 2006, when he defeated Republican Ed Jones ... to become the first Democratic Senator from El Paso County since 1974."

"When a door opens a few blocks further down, Morse explains to Devin Wade that the National Rifle Association is attempting to oust him from office because of five gun bills lawmakers passed during the 2013 legislative session." ...
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Submitter's Note: Another anti-rights politician unable to recognize grassroots action, instead blaming some "vast right-wing conspiracy".
 

NY: SCOPE President: SAFE Act pushing gun owners toward greater political awareness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Since passage of the SAFE Act, membership in SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) has more than doubled, Steve Aldstadt, the group's state president, told the Genesee County chapter last night."

"There are now 5,400 members and new members continue to join at a record pace."

"'Unfortunately it took something like the SAFE Act to get everybody aware and involved,' Aldstadt said."

"With some four to five million gun owners in New York, he thinks there are enough votes among those who value the Second Amendment to sway any statewide election." ...
 

PA: Firearm Restrictions quashed in Plainfield Township
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Debate over proposed firearm regulations dominated Wednesday night’s Plainfield Township’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. In the end, the supervisors voted three to two to remove the ordinance from the agenda."

"Supervisor Jane Mellert prepared a draft ordinance that was then amended by Dave Backenstone, the township solicitor, and read aloud at the meeting. About an hour of back and forth between the supervisors and a crowd of ten or so concerned citizens then ensued." ...
 

CBS: Three more Fast & Furious guns in Mexican crimes (Video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"CBS News is reporting that three more rifles linked to Operation Fast and Furious have been recovered at crime scenes in Mexico more than three years after they were purchased from a single Arizona gun shop that was cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation." ...
 

IA: Police officer charged with domestic abuse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Fort Dodge police reported Tuesday that one of their officers had been charged with domestic abuse assault." ...
 

VA: Sheriff's Deputy Indicted in Alexandria Man's Murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Arlington Sheriff's Deputy Craig Patterson was indicted on one count of murder by a grand jury Monday in connection the shooting death of 22-year-old Julian Dawkins."

"Witnesses testified last week the two men got into an argument in Alexandria's Lynhaven neighborhood just after midnight May 22. Prosecutors said Patterson went home, returned with a gun, badge and handcuffs and shot the 22-year-old once in the chest, killing him. He remained on scene after the shooting." ...
 

LA: Henderson police chief, assistant plead not guilty in ticketing scheme
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Henderson Police Chief Leroy Guidry and Mack Lloyd, his deputy chief, each pleaded not guilty to charges of public payroll fraud, filing false public records, and malfeasance in office."

"The arraignement, held in the 16th Judicial District Court in St. Martinville, follows a state inspector general's investigation last year. According to court records, authorities allege a system was in place which tied an officer's pay to the number of tickets issued." ...
 

FL: Police Arrest Man For Not Following Orders… While He Is Having A Stroke
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"Last year Allen Daniel Hicks violently drove his car off the road in Tampa, Florida."

"When officers showed up on the scene, Hicks did not follow their orders to get out of his car. This resulted in police immediately booking the man into jail."

"Officers failed, however, to question Hick’s strange behavior during the incident."

"Despite rambling incoherent nonsense and dragging his left leg, police did not even bother ordering a medical check for Hicks before locking him up." ...
 

WA: Gun rights win in Bellingham, Mill Creek and Pierce County
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Evergreen State gun owners have three things to cheer about this morning, starting with last night’s vote by the Pierce County Council to approve a range protection measure, pending final approval of the Department of Ecology."

"In addition, the City of Bellingham is paying $15,000 to a man who was confronted by a police officer for legally open carrying in a city park; an incident during which the cop drew his gun and aimed it at the armed citizen."

"The third case is a win for the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, as the City of Mill Creek repealed a ban on guns in city parks that violated state preemption, and it took a SAF letter to motivate the change." ...
 

AL: No guns on UNA campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Anyone who argues the state’s new gun law gives them the go-ahead to carry weapons on the University of North Alabama campus should reconsider."

"UNA administrators — as are the counterparts at universities statewide — have debated the new law for weeks and have concluded they have the authority to prohibit guns and other weapons on campus." ...
 

IN: Guns not the real problem in Gary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"There are a couple of problems with former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher’s plea for the state to lift its ban on local gun control ordinances so Hoosier cities can figure out ways to limit the availability of guns."

"For one thing, it isn’t hard to show that 'availability of guns' isn’t really the problem. Just look at Gary, where the homicide rate is up 48 percent this year, and any other Indiana city where violence is much less prevalent. Guns are equally available in all of them, so there must be other factors in Gary’s violent crime problem. Look at gangs, for one thing, and the drug culture they facilitate." ...
 

CA: Anti-NRA people totally brainwashed (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It is obvious that those in the NRA 'boo' crowd need to read and understand the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. After accomplishing that chore, I suggest they go to the NRA website and read what the organization actually does."

"I suspect they will accept nothing they read at that site, as they are thoroughly brainwashed by the 'gun grabber' crowd. It is most unlikely that anyone in Oakland shooting at children is the owner of a legally registered weapon or an NRA member." ...
 

OH: Gun debate comes to Akron
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The nation’s debate over stricter background checks on gun purchases pulled into an Akron city park, where speakers advocated for change Wednesday while a countergroup, some armed with rifles, waved an American flag nearby in a peaceful protest."

"The 'No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence' at Grace Park brought out politicians, victims and several dozen supporters of legislation requiring background checks for some firearm purchases." ...
 

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