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What is a "Gun Extremist"?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The more interesting meme emerging from this example of gun control advocacy: divide and conquer. In the same way that there are 'good Muslims' and 'extremists,' the left now wishes to establish the fact that there are 'good gun owners' and 'gun extremists.'"

"Says so right there above the letter, in bold, courtesy the letters to the editor editor: Gun extremists. This despite the fact that Mr. Knister doesn’t use the phrase once in his mini-polemic. The Humanities prof and novelist calls the Open Carry corps. activists, zealots and vigilantes. All of which are less insidiously effective than 'extremists.'"

"But what, exactly, is a 'gun extremist?' The simple answer: any gun owner who doesn't support gun control." ...
 

Dumb Gun Laws (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "For many folks, me included, the most beautiful words of the U.S. Bill of Rights have to be the first five from the First Amendment which say, 'Congress shall make no law . . . ' Of course, Congress makes laws anyway. Lots and lots of them. Entire forests have died so that Congress' laws may be printed."

"A common statistic thrown around in gunnie circles references the 20,000 or so gun laws on the books. If I tried to write about all the gun laws in the United States, I’d need several lifetimes. Instead, I'll just give my list of three of the dumbest American gun laws."

"... Right now, I’m limiting it to just three laws, or to get technical, sections of laws, and focusing only on Federal laws, and not dumb state laws." ...
 

Why America Chose to Become a Republic
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A friend recently forwarded me a YouTube video, which may be the best explanation I have ever seen of just what kind of government we have."

"It runs about 10 minutes and is well worth the time. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=YGL8CiUtXF0. Watching it gives us a clear picture of the perils of today's times as more and more radical groups seek to undermine what we stand for." ...

"The favorite trick is to shoot the messenger rather than propose alternative thoughts. ... For example, one recently called the Second Amendment antiquarian, ­suggesting that repealing it would suddenly eliminate all those guns in our nation."

"How naďve. Sorry, but wishing will not make it so. ..." ...
 

"We are unaware of any proper scientific testing that was conducted by the City to support the inclusion of Hi-Point Firearms on the City's list [of banned handguns]"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hi-Point makes value-priced firearms. Chicago makes anti-Second Amendment laws. Most recently, post-McDonald, the Windy City’s pols enacted a farrago of gun control legislation specifically designed to subvert the will of the people, as defined by both the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mayor Daley's package of prevarication gave the police the power to create a list of 'acceptable' home defense handguns. And here's where the two entities intersect: the po-po's list of banned handguns includes Hi-Point's pistol products. [Click here for the City's criteria.] When the black list was released, I phoned Hi-Point for an official comment on their exclusion. And now, finally, here it is . . ." ...
 

Is Portland mayor drinking same Kool-Aid as Seattle's?
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"One look at the proposed handgun ordinance for the City of Portland by Mayor Sam Adams gives one the impression that in the Rose City, they drink the same Kool Aid as do mayors in Seattle."

"Adams is out with a proposal to adopt a 'sweeping new gun regulation' that will slap penalties on gun owners who do not promptly report lost or stolen guns ... It also would impose a curfew on juveniles who violate gun laws, and make it illegal to not control access to firearms by minors. ..."

"In pandering that last one, the mayor says his measure would 'create a new crime.' This is the earmark of gun control laws. They 'create crimes' in order to control firearm access by private citizens. ..." ...
 

"Ludicrous" Study on Gun Laws from Anti-Gun Group
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... "Take the latest from the so-called Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV), a handful of gun-hater lawyers operating out of an office in San Francisco, California. ... LCAV is now ranking the states according to how 'strong' their gun laws are."

"If by any chance you are unfamiliar with the word 'ludicrous,' now would be a good time to look it up in your dictionary. ..."

"Some examples serve to make the point. LCAV ranks California best in the nation, though its firearm-related death rate is higher than those of 16 other states, including Vermont, the gun owner-friendly laws of which LCAV ranks third worst in the nation. ..." ...
 

Gun Owners of America Exits Pro-net Neutrality coalition
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"In a further blow to those pressing for the institution of controversial net neutrality rules, it emerged on Monday that the Gun Owners of America (GOA) has exited the Save the Internet coalition ..."

"GOA spokesman Erich Pratt said in a statement ... 'Back in 2006 we supported net neutrality, as we had been concerned that AOL and others might continue to block pro-second amendment issues.' But, he added, 'The issue has now become one of government control of the Internet, and we are 100 percent opposed to that.'"

"GOA's move comes in the wake of several corporations that had previously been strong supporters of net neutrality signaling their support for compromise positions that would be far less regulation-intensive ..." ...
 

Ruger Redhawk Barrel Failure (video available)
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Failure at :26. I reckon it’s a barrel obstruction. Over at weaponscache.com, the owner of the gun (trigger) says he cleaned and inspected the weapon before firing. Ruger now has the remains. Watch this space.
 

Three Things To Say to Someone Staring Down the Barrel of Your Gun
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"This post makes some important assumptions. First, you’re pointing a gun at another human being to stop them from killing you or your loved ones, causing you or your loved ones grievous bodily harm, or kidnapping you or your loved ones. Second, the person on the business end of your firearm has the means and opportunity to kill, wound or kidnap you or your loved ones. Third, the person is in the process of doing so. And fourth, that you have the time to say anything. Yes, there is that . . ." ...

"You need to say the right thing in the right way at the right time—which still may not work. But hey, it’s worth a shot (so to speak). All of which brings us to our first self-defense interjection." ...
 

Government increasingly mocks Constitution
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"As I prepared for my first constitutional law seminar of the fall semester at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta last week, I was reminded again of the majesty of the document which forms the basis for my teaching role. I have always considered the Constitution of the United States to be the most magnificent document ever writ by the hand of Man. ..." ...

"In 21st-Century parlance, individual liberty was to be the Constitution’s 'default mode.' No longer."

"Through a toxic combination of ignorance and deliberate indifference to the purposes and history of the Constitution, it has in many respects been so decimated as to provide currently only fitful protection for the liberty we as Americans were supposed to enjoy ..." ...
 

PA: Armed deliveryman shoots a violent robber in self defense
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"A Chinese-food deliveryman reportedly used his handgun to stop a pair of robbers who where beating him about the face with a glass bottle."

"Police say that the 40 year old deliveryman was making a delivery ... when a pair of robbers punched him in the face and began beating him with a glass bottle, as part of a robbery attempt. The deliveryman is said to have grabbed his self defense gun and fired, striking one of the suspects and sending both fleeing. Police later apprehended a 16 year old male, who was suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound ..."

"This sort of attack on deliverymen is sadly common. Criminals see such deliverymen, who they know are carrying cash, as easy targets. ..."
 

AL: Armed robber fatally shot by an armed employee
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"A bail bond company employee reportedly used his handgun to stop a violent armed robber."

"Police say that a robber, who was armed with a handgun and wearing a mask, entered A Absolute Bail Bonding on the 900 block of W Meighan Blvd in Gadsden, Alabama, at about 12:40. The robber is said to have demanded money and knocked down one employee, before rifling through a bag of money. A second employee reportedly emerged from a back room, carrying a revolver, and ordered the robber to drop his gun. Rather than complying, the robber reportedly pointed his gun at the second employee, at which point the second employee fired in self defense, striking the robber in the head and ending the attack ..." ...
 

Leaving Home – Chapter 12 – Somali Pirates
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"There are numerous ways to communicate from one vessel to another when at sea: maritime radio, lights flashing Morris code, semaphore flags, flaghoist signals, and gale pennants and hurricane flags. But when facing down a Johnny boat full of pirates motoring through light chop toward our stern, the Captain improvised his own communication. He snatched the shotgun from my hands and held it over his head like a victorious minuteman. After the pirates got a good look, he grabbed the weapon by the forearm, again with one hand, and pumped a round into the chamber with a flick of his arm. Without aiming, he discharged a single shell from his hip over their heads."

"Without deliberation, the pirates veered away. ..." ...
 

Watch out for Yellowstone bears _ they're hungry
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"Yellowstone's grizzlies are going to be particularly hungry this fall, and that means more dangerous meetings with humans in a year that is already the area's deadliest on record."

"Scientists report that a favorite food of many bears ... is scarce. So as grizzlies look to put on some major pounds in preparation for the long winter ahead, scientists say, they will be looking for another source of protein - meat - and running into trouble along the way."

"Wildlife managers already report bears coming down off the mountains and into areas frequented by hunters, berry pickers and hikers."

"'Pack your bear spray: there's going to be run-ins,' said grizzly researcher Chuck Schwartz with the U.S. Geological Survey." ...
 

NY: Lawmakers to review gun safety law
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"A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may mean that Westchester County's gun-storage law violates the Constitution, so some lawmakers are taking a look at that statute to see if it will hold up."

"The county law requires owners to store a gun with a safety lock or safe-storage depository, but recent rulings concluded that such laws may actually make it harder for people to defend themselves in their own homes, violating their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms."

"'We have to consider whether our law is unconstitutional,' said Legislator John Nonna, D-Pleasantville, the chairman of the legislation committee. ..." ...
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Submittert's Note: This is not a gun safety law, it is a gun storage law.
 

Provo company takes aim at Chicago's shooting-range ban
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"A Utah company that manufactures products for gun ranges has joined the fight against Chicago's latest handgun restrictions."

"Chicago passed the new ordinance, which requires gun owners to be licensed but bans shooting galleries and firearm ranges within the city limits, in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June ..."

"Provo-based Action Target Inc. last week filed a friend of the court brief in the case, joining the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association in challenging Chicago's restrictions."

"'We believe that citizens have a constitutional right to use and train with firearms in a safe and controlled environment,' Action Target vice president Randy Graham said ..." ...
 

More Political Campaigns Armed and Proud of it
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"As November's midterms grow nearer, candidates are using any means necessary to get a leg-up on their opponents. For many, apparently, that means courting media attention by wielding a larger gun than their political rival."

"On NPR, Linton Weeks reports an ever-expanding number of political hopefuls who are eager to be seen visibly gun-toting or posed in 'locked-and-loaded' press photos. The writer notes that Arizona candidate Jesse Kelly wields an assault rifle, Russ Carnahan is shown pointing a pistol at a target, Lou Ann Zelenik is seen testing her skills at a target range ... The list, which includes many female candidates, apparently goes on and on:" ...
 

Politicians Kiss Fewer Babies and Shoot More Guns
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"Kissing babies is out. Sending rounds downrange is in. More and more politicians are making it a point to be seen with firearms, according to this story on National Public Radio:" ...

"So does filming political ads armed to the teeth really say something about a candidate, or is it just another example of meaningless political posturing? The more cynical among us might point out that that's precisely the point, but are you more or less inclined to vote for a candidate based on a political ad featuring guns, even if it's painfully obvious said politician has in all likelihood never picked up a gun prior to filming the ad?"
 

More Candidates Hunting For Votes With Guns
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"Jesse Kelly, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, is wielding an assault rifle in his political ads. Russ Carnahan, a Democratic congressman from Missouri, is pictured in a home state newspaper pointing a pistol at a target. ..."

"So far, 2010 'has been a big year for guns in political ads,' says Darrell West, director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution."

"Well, it is a scary world. And voters are looking for can-do leaders who can solve complex problems easily. But there is the question of whether a parade of politicians pictured with guns makes us feel safer, or even more frightened." ...
 

GOP hot, cold on Constitution
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"Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat in Congress campaigning as a strict defender of the Constitution. He carries a copy in his pocket and is particularly fond of invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"But it turns out there are parts of the document he doesn't care for — lots of them. He wants to get rid of the language about birthright citizenship, federal income taxes and direct election of senators, among others. ..."

"This hot-and-cold take on the Constitution is surprisingly common within the GOP, particularly among those like Broun who portray themselves as strict Constitutionalists and who frequently accuse Democrats of twisting the document to serve political aims." ...
 

ID: Senator Crapo Talks With Gun Shop Owners (video available)
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"One of Idaho's Senators made a stop by the Magic Valley to listen to his constituents on a number of issues."

"One being with local gun shop owners and Second Amendment rights." ...

"But, there are still some issues that these shop owners shared with Senator Crapo that seem to be a common issue involving the [ATF]."

"'There's been an attitude in my opinion there over the years of using highly technical violations like misspelling words or using a number instead of spelling out the number in forms to call those violations and then try to revoke licenses for that,' said Senator Crapo."

"And what gun shop owners tell Crapo is that these violations are not distinct from any other violations." ...
 

AZ: Andrew Thomas Reduced Crime; Tom Horne Reduced Test Scores
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"You have received a lot of information about the Republican race for Attorney General. It can get confusing. But just think of it this way. As County Attorney Andrew Thomas reduced crime by 19% — well ahead of the national average. He reduced illegal immigration too by an undisputed 18%-30%.Tom Horne? As Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction he fared so poorly that the test scores of school children declined." ...

"Andrew Thomas is a strong proponent of the Second Amendment and is backed by the NRA. Tom Horne is not." ...
 

WY: Matt Mead and gun rights, similarities to John McCain and Dave Freudenthal
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"Sen. John McCain says he is a supporter of the second amendment and proudly wears his endorsement by the NRA, even though he clearly joined gun grabber and Brady poster boy Mayor Bloomberg. You see, McCain was involved in a multi-state campaign against gun shows ..."

"Sadly and similarly Mead advertised he was a lifetime NRA member and gun collector and when questioned about fighting on the side of the feds in 'BATF vs. Wyoming', Mead shrugged it off as questionable information by 'some blogger that refused to speak with him'. The truth is this is the first documented lie in his campaign."

"As the Director of Wyoming Gun Owners I spoke with him not just once but two times. And so you know, Mead told me 'he was just doing his job'. ..." ...
 

AK: Get involved
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"I'm disappointed the Tanana Valley State Fair has taken a stand against the Second Amendment. They've bought into the liberal fear of guns, instead of thinking of the protection of fairgoers. One gun on the good side could save many lives in the case of an individual’s attack."

"It's this kind of thinking that has brought us the disgruntled shooter tragedies. So many lives have been lost that could have been avoided if good men had been armed."

"The lesson I always get out of incidents like this is that I need to keep supporting the conservative candidates who will ensure the ability of men to protect their families. ... Please get involved while we’re still allowed to get involved."
 

AK: Murkowski, Miller stake positions on Senate seniority
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"Defying the anti-establishment anger at a Ketchikan fundraiser, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski forcefully made her case for another term. 'Seniority actually means something in the Senate,' she insisted."

"Murkowski delivered that message three days before a plane crash killed former Sen. Ted Stevens, who for four decades consistently delivered billions in federal dollars ..." ...

"... She opposed Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, questioning her view of the Second Amendment and gun rights."

"Miller, a graduate of Yale Law School and West Point, has never held elective office. He calls Murkowski a late voice to the conservative chorus. For much of her career, Murkowski has been known as a centrist ..." ...
 

NC: A gun-waving whoopsie
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"Tom Green, one of the organizers of the 'Bring Back the Constitution' rally held in Greensboro earlier this month, sent along an apology about one of the speakers."

"In case you missed the story, folks from all over the southeast came to Greensboro to celebrate their Second Amendment right at the Guilford Courthouse Military Park ..."

"The organizers went to some lengths to ensure that everyone was well-behaved ... Rally invitations included lengthy rules of engagement, including explicitly laying out how rifles and handguns were to be carried."

"Speaker Dan Eichenbaum, a congressional candidate, apparently violated those rules, by waving his handgun during his speech." ...
 

AZ: Pamela Gorman's 'Viral' Video Drives Conservative Message in Arizona
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"Pamela Gorman, a conservative Arizona state legislator running in the crowded field to replace retiring Rep. John Shadegg in Arizona's 3rd District, has done something few candidates can figure out how to pull off: Create a viral campaign Web ad."

"Her ad, titled 'Driving the Left Nuts,' shows Gorman firing a variety of guns (including a machine gun)."

"The amount of buzz generated has been remarkable. As of this writing, the video has been viewed 257,617 times. When you couple that with the support Gorman has received from national conservative blogs like RedState.com, the Web has helped Gorman's underfunded campaign drive the message that she is the conservative Second Amendment candidate in the race." ...
 

NY: 'Nanny state,' or looking out for public?
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"The Democrats who run the Albany County Legislature like to pass local laws. Critics, often Republicans, say they tend to trample the rights of individuals and private enterprise -- and are yet another intrusion into the lives of citizens."

"All but eight of Albany's 39 county lawmakers are Democrats. The legislature's penchant for local laws is likely linked to the dominance by the party that lends itself to a governing style of protecting constituents." ...

"Recent targets of Albany's legislature include cyber bullies, idling automobiles, restaurant cleanliness ..."

"... A bill to make gun shops register ammo sales ignited Second Amendment activists, including the NRA. The measure is languishing in committee." ...
 

NY: Westchester to keep gun-storage law for now
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"After grappling with the constitutionality of Westchester County's gun storage law, legislators aren't going to change it — not yet."

"The county law, enacted in 2000, requires owners to store a gun with a safety lock or in a safe-storage depository."

"But gun advocates say recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings determined that storing a gun could make it harder for people to defend themselves in their homes, violating the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms."

"Those who passed the county statute weren't convinced."

"'When this legislature passed these laws, they were constitutional,' said Legislator Martin Rogowsky, D-Harrison ... 'If we were passing the laws today, we might pass the same laws.'" ...
 

GA: Guns in churches? Not yet. Case moves forward
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"Gun rights advocates have gained ground for Georgians to carry guns in more and more public places in Georgia, and a federal judge on Monday kept alive their effort to allow people to carry firearms into churches."

"If successful, the lawsuit to allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms into churches would be another victory for Georgia gun rights advocates. They have succeeded in recent years in securing rights to carry guns on MARTA, in certain bars, and in school parking lots."

"U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal declined Monday to grant a preliminary injunction to allow guns in houses of worship, but he set deadlines for each side to submit the written arguments on which he will base his final decision." ...
 

GA: Blessed are the Colt Peacemakers
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"A U.S. District Court judge in Macon refused to block enforcement of the Georgia law banning gun permit holders from bringing guns to places of worship."

"The suit to block the enforcement law was brought by GeorgiaCarry.org and a church in Thomaston. It followed the June U.S. Supreme Court ruling stating the Second Amendment right of individuals to have guns applied to state and local laws."

"However case isn't over by a long shot (ha!). The judge hasn't issued his final ruling on the case. He may very well say the state law is unconstitutional. Judges can be judgmental that way." ...
 

GA: Judge refuses to block ban on guns in church; case moves forward
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"A federal judge on Monday declined to block enforcement of a new Georgia law that bans guns in places of worship."

"'It's not at all discouraging,' said John Monroe, the attorney who filed a lawsuit on behalf of a minister at a Thomaston church and GeorgiaCarry.org, gun-rights advocacy group."

"U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal, in a 30-minute hearing, said he would base his final decision on the outcome of the lawsuit only on the writings submitted by Monroe and the attorney for the state and Upson County ..."

"Royal's ruling on the case likely won't occur this summer. Whatever his decision, legal analysts expect it to be taken to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and eventually to the U.S. Supreme Court." ...
 

GA: Guns-in-churches injunction denied
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"A federal judge has denied a request for an injunction that would prevent Georgia from enforcing a law prohibiting licensed gun carriers from taking a gun to church."

"The Rev. Jonathan Wilkins of the Baptist Tabernacle of Thomaston and GeorgiaCarry.org Inc. filed a lawsuit in Upson County Superior Court about a month ago arguing that he has a constitutional right to be armed while at church. The case has been moved to federal court in Macon."

"Georgia is one of four states that prohibit guns in churches ..." ...

"U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal ... cited the complexity of the issues and various legal arguments raised by the lawyers as reasons for denying the motion." ...
 

Police detain man and confiscate camera for photographing TSA officials
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"A man who took pictures of Transportation Security Administration officials at Houston’s international airport ended up being detained for more than an hour and had his camera gear confiscated overnight." ...

"Under the username ND Sol, the man describes how he dropped a relative off at the airport, then decided to walk around the airport to see the changes that have taken place."

"He took a couple of photos of the screening area, including of a few TSA officials. That prompted two of the TSA officials to question him." ...

"He was eventually confronted by a pair of Houston police officers who asked for his identification and social security number." ...
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Submitter's Note: My lawyer friends always tell me, when the situation starts to go south: "I wish to speak with my attorney and I do not consent to any search." should be the only words to escape your lips.
 

TX: Texas immigration detention guard arrested, charged for allegedly groping female detainees
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"The former resident supervisor at a central Texas immigrant detention camp has been arrested and charged for allegedly fondling female detainees en route to their deportations."

"According to a statement from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 30-year-old Donald Charles Dunn in Austin late Thursday afternoon. He has been charged with three counts of official oppression and two counts of unlawful restraint, and bond is set at $35,000."

"The statement says Dunn told detectives that he told the women that he was going to 'frisk' them, then fondled them for his own gratification rather than his safety. He said that he had done this numerous times while a transport officer." ...
 

FL: Ex-Cop Punished for Arson, Inappropriate Contact
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"A former Lake Wales police officer was sentenced Friday to 10 years of probation for sending inappropriate messages to a 16-year-old girl and setting fire to his home to collect insurance money."

"Robert Hendrix, 27, pleaded guilty in June to five misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor as well as a felony charge of making a false or fraudulent insurance claim." ...

"... [P]rosecutors Cory Chastang and Mark Levine insisted Hendrix should be adjudicated guilty because he abused his position as a police officer and betrayed the public's trust."

"Hendrix was required to surrender his law enforcement certifications as part of the agreement." ...
 

NJ: Newark police officer charged with disorderly conduct
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"A Newark police officer was charged Thursday afternoon with disorderly conduct, more than two weeks after he was arrested in connection with the assault of a 17-year-old girl."

"If convicted of the fourth-degree misdemeanor, Bobby L. Hartless Jr., 36, of Newark, could face up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine." ...

"'We don’t disagree that there was a big argument,' [Hartless' attorney] Calesaric said."

"Calesaric said Hartless did not assault the girl and thought the situation could have been handled without an arrest."

"'I'm satisfied and relieved the prosecutor and department don't put much faith in the victim's statement,' Calesaric said." ...
 

WI: Platteville police department completes internal investigation
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"The city of Platteville says no other police officers were involved after one officer was arrested on drug-related charges."

"The FBI office in Milwaukee arrested Officer Michelle Salentine in April for having crack."

"After the arrest, the city of Platteville launched an eight week investigation into whether other officers were involved."

"It found no other officers were aware of Salentine's alleged activity and the police department did complete a thorough investigation when the charges were raised."

Salentine has since resigned from the department. She is charged with maintaining a crack house. Federal prosecutors say she used the drug while on duty on several occasions. ..."
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Submitter's Note: And I am sure that it was a thorough and detailed whitewash investigation.
 

NJ: Newark airport security officer is charged with stealing laptops from lost and found
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A federal airline security officer was charged today with stealing laptop computers from a lost and found at Newark Liberty International Airport, authorities said.

Jennifer Steplight, of Bayonne, surrendered to authorities and is scheduled to appear today before a federal judge in Newark.

Steplight, 40, worked for the Transportation Security Administration and was responsible for maintaining records for the lost and found. Authorities say she stole four laptops between December and January 2010, then falsified forms to conceal the alleged thefts.

She is charged with embezzlement by a government employee and making false statements. If convicted, Steplight faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 

PA: Phila. officer arrested for assaulting woman
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"A Philadelphia Police Officer was arrested today on assault charges for allegedly assaulting a woman at a hockey tournament held last month at a Northern Liberties playground."

"Damien Walto, 30, a member of the department since 2007, has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss, police said."

"Police were called to Jefferson Hospital shortly after 2 a.m. on July 18, where a woman told police Walto had assaulted her. The two got into an argument around midnight, police said, following an all-day hockey tournament at the Tip Top Playground on the NoLibs-Fishtown border."

"The woman, 24, had visible injuries and was treated and released. Police said they did not believe she had known Walto prior to the dustup." ...
 

AK: Cox, militia aid Alaska State Troopers in incident between neighbors
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Militia leader Schaeffer Cox helped resolve a tense situation Wednesday night between Alaska State Troopers and a man accused of threatening his neighbor with a BB gun." ...

"Cox, who said he only met Baker a couple times before Wednesday, was able to broker a deal for Cox and a trooper to go to Baker’s door and speak with him."

"After speaking with Baker for a few minutes, he was placed under arrest, though Cox said he was able to keep Baker calm during the ordeal."

"'The troopers were very cooperative with the militia and we reciprocated that,' Cox said." ...

"'Troopers had me held up in my house, and I didn't feel safe, so I called Schaeffer Cox and his militia and things calmed down,' Baker said ..."
 

Mexico: Mexican Police Help Murder Their Own Mayor
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"The murder scarred a part of Mexico that was supposed to be reasonably safe from violence and crime. ... But it seems that no corner of the country is shielded from the relentless rain of drug-related bloodshed."

"The killers came for Mayor Cavazos in the early hours of Aug. 16 when seven SUV's rolled up and men in police uniforms descended on his palatial home. Servants stood back terrified, as their boss was forced away at gunpoint. On Aug. 18, his corpse was dumped on a nearby road. ..."

"Then on Aug. 20, more disturbing news broke. State agents arrested six of the mayor's own police officers and said they confessed to involvement in the murder. The suspects had been working for a drug cartel ..." ...
 

OH: Think the Ohio gun ban lobby is dead? Think again.
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"Given their lack of success at lobbying in the Statehouse and at the ballot box, it's easy to get the idea that the Ohio gun ban lobby has folded up shop. But as a behind-the-scenes look at some of their current activities will show, that kind of thinking can lead to a complacency that gun owners in the Buckeye State cannot afford." ...
 

MO: 'Camel’s nose' leads to gun control, death
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"What would have happened in Iran, Germany, Russia, China, Turkey, Poland and other nations if their governments hadn’t disarmed their citizens? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would have been right: 'There wasn’t a Holocaust.' There are rumbles; that is what our government is trying to do here, a little at a time, i.e., tobacco. ..."

"The government bureaucracy, as it has done with tobacco, will educate, legislate, regulate, placate and, if necessary, confiscate. Guns will be taxed, the citizens will be harassed until the guns all but disappear. Our forefathers foresaw such a tyrannical government as in the case of the countries I mentioned. Therefore, they put the Second Amendment in our Constitution. ..." ...
 

CA: Neighborhood Takes Aim at City's Only Gun Shop
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"San Francisco and guns go about as well together as Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann."

"But that isn't stopping one business owner from trying to open the only licensed gun shop in the City that probably wouldn't flinch at a repeal of the Second Amendment."

"Renovations are underway at a storefront in the Mission that has been home to High Bridge Arms Inc. since the 1950s. But the last owner of the store decided it as too much work to stay in business in San Francisco, according to ABC Local."

"New manager Steven Alcairo is not deterred. He is even ignoring neighborhood pressure to keep the safety lock on the gun shop." ...
 

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Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest. — Mahatma Gandhi

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