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NRA Compromises Rights . . . Again (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This country was founded on the belief that we have certain unalienable Rights. Rights that are granted to us by God."

"Gifts from God are not to be taken away by man nor government."

"Yet our elected servants have been eroding our ability to exercise our rights bit by bit for more than 200 years." ...

"Yet in order to bear arms I must take a class, stand in line for hours ..."

"And it's about to get worse."

"Washington wants to 'protect our rights' by mandating to the states that concealed carry permits must be honored by other states, just like drivers licenses and marriage licenses. And the NRA short-sightedly supports this idea." ...
 

How the United Nations Facilitates Genocide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The genocide in Darfur, Sudan, is the direct result of the types of gun laws which the United Nations is trying to impose all over the world. Millions of people have already died because of such laws, and millions more will die unless the U.N. is stopped."

"Sudan is covered by a U.N.-backed treaty ..."

"This [treaty] requires universal gun registration, complete prohibition of all civilian-owned semi-automatic rifles, 'heavy minimum sentences for...the carrying of unlicensed small arms,' as well as programs to encourage citizens to surrender their guns, widespread searches for firearms ... and other polices to disarm the public."

"So with the black villagers disarmed ... and the Arab gangs well-armed (thanks to the government), the stage was set for genocide. ..." ...
 

Thomas Sowell: The Left and crime: Part II
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Self-defense against criminals is anathema to the left in both Britain and the United States but in Britain the left has greater predominance. Britons who have caught burglars in their homes and held them at gunpoint until the police arrived have found themselves charged with a crime -- even when it was only a toy gun."

"Given the prevailing view in the British criminal justice system that burglary is a 'minor' offense and the fierce hostility to guns, even toy guns, the homeowner is far more likely to end up behind bars than the burglar is."

"The left's jihad against gun ownership by law-abiding citizens has produced a flood of distorted information. International comparisons almost invariably compare the United States with some country with stronger gun control laws and lower murder rates." ...
 

Texas reports on terrorist immigration underscore need for American firearms ownership, says United States gun law expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'News reports early this week of Texas sheriffs' warnings regarding the dangers of illegal militant islamist terrorist immigration into the United States from Mexico underscore the continuing necessity of the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms,' observes American gun law expert John M. Snyder."

"According to a Cybercast News Service article, 'the chief law enforcement officers of several Texas counties along the southern U.S. border warn that Arabic-speaking individuals are learning Spanish ... those individuals are likely terrorists and that drug cartels and some members of the Mexican military are helping them across the border.'" ...
 

MI: Effective ammo against gun violence
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"Grand Rapids neighborhoods that were virtual shooting galleries earlier this summer have quieted down substantially thanks in part to stepped up police patrols, curfew sweeps and increased community contact. The effort to stanch the violence -- dubbed Operation All-Out by Grand Rapids Police Chief Harry Dolan -- is likely to continue through September, as it should."

"For sure, there has been a cost, $96,000 in police overtime. But the payoff for citizens and the city as a whole is more than worth it. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Interesting how there was not one jot nor tittle of gun control ...
 

More Guns, More Problems?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After a couple of trips to the National Rifle Association for classroom and shooting instruction, the choice to apply for a concealed-carry permit turned into a decision of intrigue and uncertainty."

"One anti-gun advocate remembers when a man driving on I-66 committed suicide while on the phone with his girlfriend. The man had a concealed-carry permit, and reached for his gun in a rash decision that ended his life."

"That man might still be alive today if he didn’t have a concealed-carry permit and gun, said Jim Sollo, executive director of Virginians Against Handgun Violence. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Except that study after study has shown that overall suicide rates do not go down when guns are restricted.
 

CA: California Senate Passes Ballistics Identification Bill to Help Police Solve Gun Crimes (MMM)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"With the support of forty-one police chiefs from around the state, the state senate today passed a bill (22-18) that will help police solve gun crimes and catch gun traffickers The bill, AB 352, requires that a new ballistics identification technology be required on all new semiautomatic handguns sold in California after 2008."

"... When a bullet is fired from the handgun, the marks are transferred to the bullet casing. So when the police retrieve the bullet casing at a crime scene, they can quickly track down the legal owner of the handgun that fired it." ...
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KABA Note: Or track down the poor guy who didn't police his brass at the range.
 

FL: New law gives too many people a license to kill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The legal defense of Red Rock and Yellow Man, a couple of feuding Liberty City street thugs up on murder charges, has been bolstered by 62 members of the Florida House of Representatives and 28 state senators."

"Police say a stray bullet from a July 1 shootout ... killed 9-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins. But police and prosecutors worry that the 'Stand Your Ground' law ... has complicated their case against the two men." ...

"'Unfortunately, you can't write a law that says only good citizens can use deadly force to protect themselves,' said Jay Plotkin, chief assistant state attorney in the Fourth Judicial District ... 'If a bad guy is defending himself against another bad guy, the law applies to him, too.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: From the bill:

"A person, not engaged in an unlawful activity, who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force ..."

I guess that means that Jay wants to define "bad guys" not as "someone who is breaking the law" but instead as "someone I don't like".
 

CT: Our view: Gun ordinance is worthy as safety measure
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Time remains for the Montville Town Council to act responsibly and not be buffaloed by the uninformed in the matter of target shooting. Mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz should take the lead in seeing that the matter is sensibly discussed -- or the ordinance on shooting is passed -- at the council's September meeting."

"Jaskiewicz said Monday that he would ask that the ordinance be withdrawn next month, citing 'significant' opposition and lack of support."

"That would be a mistake. ..."

"And public safety is not a matter to be decided by a roomful of noisy opponents."

"At the Aug. 14 council meeting, more than 170 people showed up to hoot down the proposal." ...
 

MI: No safer with drive-by bills
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"Proposed legislation in Lansing that would stiffen current penalties for drive-by shootings is way off target. There are already laws prosecutors can use to charge shooters, regardless of where the bullet came from."

"Granted, the existing drive-by law isn't strong. But there are other relevant laws that carry heavier sentences. Increasing drive-by penalties won't provide greater public protection. The introduction of this proposal is election politics on the part of Gov. Jennifer Granholm ... Michigan needs significant legislation that is a catalyst for change. This isn't it."

"Lawmakers are often prone to make laws targeting the latest fad crimes, including drive-bys and carjackings. ..." ...
 

IA: Museum gets WWI-era gun seized in drug raid
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"Like kids on Christmas morning, officials with the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum were wide-eyed as Polk County sheriff's officials presented them a new link to battlefield history - a World War I machine gun that was seized in a drug raid."

"'This is so fine,' whistled museum director Russ Bierl as he hoisted the German World War I-era water-cooled machine gun. 'During the battle of the Somme, 60,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded in one day. Can you imagine? This was the principal weapon.'" ...

"The principal weapon - an MG08/15 water-cooled machine gun built in 1918 - has two interesting histories: its legacy in the hands of innovative, hard-fighting German soldiers in WWI, and its discovery in the basement of a Polk County drug dealer." ...
 

MI: Kent County announces gun buy-back program
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Kent County Sheriff's Department is announcing a gun buy-back program to keep weapons out of the wrong hands."

"The sheriff's department, Grand Rapids Police Department, and the Kent County Prosecutor's Office are teaming up on this effort."

"The announcement happened Wednesday morning on 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak. Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess said people will be able to turn in unregistered or unlicensed guns and ammunition for $50 with limited amnesty."

"'It's basically designed for those guns that are unregistered or unlicensed. If it's a gun that was involved in a shooting or crime, then the amnesty is not going to cover that area,' Hess said." ...
 

MI: More money sought (for gun buybacks)
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owner
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

When the gun buyback program begins Sept. 7, organizers hope to have more than the $10,000 they've raised so far. Politicians and law on Wednesday said donations will help them make it clear that guns aren't welcome. "We want to support that parent who had the guts to say my son had this gun and I don't want it in the house," Grand Rapids Police Chief Harry Dolan said. On Sunday churches have been asked to urge their members to turn in weapons. Guns will be accepted at the Kent County Sheriff's Department, 701 Ball Ave. NE on Sept. 7, 8, 9 and 11.
 

OH: Officer sentenced in theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cincinnati Police Officer Edsel England will spend three years on probation for stealing guns and ammunition he had been asked to remove from a Pleasant Ridge home while on duty in November 2003." ...

"West had convicted England, 50, of five counts of theft in office. England maintains his innocence."

"In November 2003, a woman called police, saying she wanted to get rid of some guns and ammunition she had found in her aunt's home ...England was sent to collect the items ... he turned in a rifle and shotgun, but took home a revolver, a pellet pistol, ammunition, a leather holster and gun-cleaning kits, according to reports." ...
 

OH: Guns don't belong in our parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Do children, parks and guns go together?"

"During the last couple of weeks, I've had the opportunity to research, study and discuss with several township residents Ohio's concealed weapon law and policies. During this time, I heard various views about the topic and learned two key points:"

"Registered gun owners with training and a permit may carry their concealed weapons into non-enclosed parts of many public areas, including our state, regional and township parks. To go even further, a resident may carry a non-concealed gun into a park as long as it is in full view."

"The home-rule provision of the Ohio Constitution gives cities the right to legislate and manage policy surrounding this topic, but not townships." ...
 

OH: No, Mr. Trustee, it's CRIMINALS that don't belong in our parks (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just 8 days after the Miami Twp. (Clermont Co.) Board of Trustees voted to remove illegal 'no-guns' signs from entrances to the township's five parks, one of the trustees has explained that his vote wasn't a pro-gun vote after all."

"In a Cincinnati Enquirer op-ed entitled 'Guns don't belong in our parks', Trustee Ken Tracy (incorrectly) states that while cities can legally post these signs, his vote to remove them from these five parks was cast because townships do not have 'home rule' protection. His op-ed concludes with this:" ...
 

MI: Game goes lethal
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"Will a clean kill, not a tranquilizer dart, make tournament hunting more appealing to hunters?"

"Nonhunters may scratch their heads over why a dead deer is better than a drugged deer."

"But World Hunting Association organizers are hoping a switch from tranquilizers to bullets and arrows will ease criticism of what's being billed as the first-ever professional hunting tournament, set to open this fall at Lost Arrow, a 1,000-acre game ranch near Gladwin." ...
 

OR: Roland second at national rifle event
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recent Lakeridge graduate Andrew Roland claimed second place in the junior division at the National Rifle Championships at Ft. Benning, Ga., this week."

"The 18-year-old Roland competed in both the junior and open classes in prone rifle, three-position rifle and air rifle. Three-position rifle is his dominant event and he brought his A-game to the championships this year."

"At the end of day 1, Roland was in the lead in the junior division by four points while scoring 1151 points out of a possible 1200. After the second day, Roland found himself in second place by two points going into finals." ...
 

OH: Shooting and hunting are not just for the guys
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Angela Osborne is not your average girly girl."

"'My husband doesn't buy me jewelry,' said Osborne, giving a Wyatt Earp stare to the weapons at the Women in the Outdoors program in Trumbull County." ...

"Osborne, whose lifelong interest in hunting was heightened when she married into a family devoted to the sport, now owns several firearms. Most are for hunting or sport shooting, she said, although some were purchased for self defense."

"Osborne is not alone in her passion for rifles and handguns. Women are buying guns for a lot of reasons, including hunting, target shooting and protection. But local gun shop owners are split on whether women actually are buying more guns now than they have in the past." ...
 

FL: Political fury hits gun range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"County Commission District 2 candidate Jim Hill says he doesn't know whether one of his opponents, Joe Flescher, really is supported by people who are targeting the public shooting range on County Road 512 for closure."

"But just in case that anonymous allegation in a mass-mailed letter is true, Hill said Wednesday, he wants voters to know he supports the range — and sent out his own mass-mailed letter Saturday saying so."

"'I'm not giving any credence to those rumors,' he said Wednesday. 'I'm just making clear where Jim Hill stands on the gun range and on Second Amendment (right to bear arms).'" ...
 

MI: Packing heat in the courthouse
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"You're not supposed to bring a gun into the Jackson County Courthouse, but six people still gave it a shot in the first half of this year."

"Another 377 left their guns behind but were caught by security officers packing live ammunition."

"In the first half of 2004, one firearm was detected by private security officers ... Inexplicably, that jumped to eight instances in the first six months of 2005."

"Most of the time it was an honest mistake, said Rick Bradley, chief enforcement officer for the District Court collections department. Bradley said the owners were on their way to have the weapons checked by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office next door and ended up in the courthouse by mistake." ...
 

MA: Menino sees gun violence in person
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Boston Mayor Tom Menino gets a firsthand look at the gun violence plaguing his city's streets.

Menino was on a walking tour in Dorchester Monday night when a man went running by the mayor with a loaded gun in his hand.

Nineteen-year-old Adelino Monteiro was taken into custody after a brief foot chase by Boston police.

The Boston Herald reports that Menino was in Dorchester with top aides and police officials to visit an area known as a hot spot for shootings.

The gun Monteiro was carrying had a bullet in the chamber and five live rounds in the magazine. The serial number on the weapon had been defaced.

More than 260 people have been shot so far this year in Boston, a pace that would eclipse last year's total of 341.
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KABA Note: Interesting that mere possession of a handgun is considered "gun violence" by this reporter.
 

UK: Killer is sent to anger management class
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A MAN who killed a convicted murderer with one punch after a confrontation outside a pub has been told to attend anger management classes."

"Barman David Martin avoided a jail term and was sentenced to 200 hours' community service."

"He was also told to attend alcohol counselling sessions."

"Martin, 42, of Millroad Street, Calton, Glasgow, had been convicted of the culpable homicide of Michael Stewart, 50, after a jury did not accept his claim he acted in self-defence." ...
 

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