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Absolved: Reverberations & Synergies by Vanderboegh
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh

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... "But there comes a time in every guerrilla's life when he must choose between fire and maneuver and escape and evade. For now he would help Charlie escape and evade, because he knew he would need him when it came time to fire and maneuver. Charlie Quintard could also help train his people to become stalkers and killers. And we're going to need more stalkers and killers before this is over."

"'Charlie,' Will said, 'welcome to the Free State Constitutional Militia. I accept your enlistment. Now, let's get my pickup truck and go move your larder before tomorrow morning.'" ...

"As he watched the Indian leave the kitchen, Will Shipman shook his head in disbelief."

"Puttin' a thief's hand in a VISE and droppin' him in a river."

"Damn."

"I mean, damn." ...
 

No Safe Places
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I was sick. The tragedy was bad enough, but for him to be killed on one of the few nights where he had forgotten to take his gun seemed to rub salt into the wounds of those of us who cared for him. I am always amazed at how many people who have taken my CHL class do not carry all the time. Some almost never carry a pistol. And yet, here was a case where someone who practically always heeded my advice to be armed at all times was killed while the others who continue to walk around in an un-armed condition ... don't pay the price that Steve did. No, I don't want those others to pay that price. It's just that they are more likely to be hurt or killed than those who do carry where it is legal. The irony cannot be ignored." ...
 

The NRA needs someone like me
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Like every hunter worthy of the name, I want to protect our hunting heritage ... But the two bedrock requirements for that to happen are the health of animal populations and the health of the lands on which they depend. Without those two, nothing else we do will make a difference, and of the two, the land is most important."

"If our lands are healthy, wild animals will proliferate. If the land is made uninhabitable by excessive development or natural resource exploitation, wild animals will be lost, no matter how pure our intentions."

"That's why I've decided to run for a position on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. ..." ...
 

An American tradition - Appleseed pt.1
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last Saturday, an instructor said to me, 'Learning to be a rifleman at an Appleseed is like drinking from a fire hose.' He wasn't kidding. I spent a lot of time saying, 'Huh?' and 'What am I doing?' and 'Help!'"

"But by the end of the day, I could definitely say that I learned something."

"... I'd shot a rifle less than a handful of times in my life (with a scope, no less - not the iron sights required for an Appleseed) and had never even shot anything at an outdoor range. I was in a new place, with new people, trying a new activity...well and truly out of my comfort zone, I chose to make the best of it. I would smile and learn and try to do everything asked of me." ...
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A rifleman persists - Appleseed pt. 2
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... 'Uh-oh,' I thought again, realizing what was happening. I had heatstroke on our honeymoon in Cancun. I walked under the canopy, seeking shade." ...

"... just as I was about to get back on the firing line, the very kind, very patient, former Marine instructor asked, 'Do you want to sit out this round?'"

"'No. I'm going to shoot.' And I didn't do too badly ... I went back under the canopy for shade, ... about to learn that the sweetest, most humbling thing in the world is to receive the kindness of strangers. The two men next to me on the firing line decided to rescue me."

"Mike kept bringing me cold drinks and Frank held ice on my head and neck. They got me cooled down and rehydrated enough to finish the Appleseed shoot ..." ...
 

Cooked* - Appleseed pt. 3
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I've always been told that all you can do is do your best but despite all of my efforts, as the end of the Appleseed approached I felt a little defeated. ... my targets just didn't seem to be improving."

"The heat had gotten to me and I was developing bruises ... I had spent 8 hours shooting this rifle, getting excellent instruction and trying my damnedest, but I just couldn't get it. ... I sighed inwardly and pushed on as cheerfully as I could manage, preparing for the last target of the day."

"And just when I was at my lowest and feeling pretty bad about myself, an instructor came up behind me and said, 'In that standing position, you look like a real rifleshooter.'"

"With a few kind words, I had been given a glimmer of hope ..." ...
 

Brady Campaign: Tennessee Titans WR, Concealed Carry Permit-Holder Brandon Jones Pleads Guilty To Taking Gun To Airport
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"An update from a post in June."

"Titans wide receiver Brandon Jones, a concealed carry permit-holder, has pleaded guilty to taking his loaded .32-caliber handgun into the Nashville International Airport." ...
 

Mayor’s Legal Gun Battle in Brooklyn Slowly Concluding in Court
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"It began with a bang in Brooklyn federal court, but there’s a quieter ending looming for New York City’s legal campaign against a group of gun stores that had a history of selling weapons that wound up in the hands of criminals."

"The city sued 27 shops in five states in 2006 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, claiming each had contributed to street crime by making it easy for shady customers to get around rules intended to keep guns away from felons and off the black market."

"From the start, the case was viewed as Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to send a message about lax enforcement of U.S. gun control laws, especially in states like Georgia and Ohio, where it is relatively easy to buy a firearm." ...
 

TX: Intruder Fatally Wounded By Business Owner
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A 27-year-old man who police said tried to torch a tattoo parlor on the city's near north side was shot and killed by the business owner early Tuesday."

"The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office identified the deceased man as Rickey Davis Jr."

"Police said Shawn Deegan, the owner of Perfection Tattoo in the 3500 block of Blanco Road, woke up to sound of breaking glass at 2:30 a.m."

"Moments later, Davis tossed a Molotov cocktail, which crashed through the window, police said."

"Fearing for his life, Deegan opened fire on Davis with a shotgun, police said. Davis was struck once in the neck and died at the scene."

"Charges are not expected to be filed against Deegan, police said." ...
 

Self Defense by "Human Wave"
Submitted by: motoboy

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"Hundreds of colleges across the nation have purchased a training program that teaches professors and students not to take campus threats lying down but to fight back with any 'improvised weapon,' from a backpack to a laptop computer."

"The program - which includes a video showing a gunman opening fire in a packed classroom - urges them to be ready to respond to a shooter by taking advantage of the inherent strength in numbers." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well... it's a start, I guess.
 

Guns in class won't solve schools' problems
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"No good will come of these bad ideas."

"When children returned to school in Harrold, Texas, on Monday, they might have found some teachers were hauling more than textbooks into the classroom. Leaders of the tiny North Texas school district have given teachers the go-ahead to carry concealed weapons on campus."

"The district, which has about 50 teachers and staffers, won't reveal how many will be bringing a gun to school. The superintendent said he wants to keep that a secret from potential attackers — and students." ...

"I think this is all very scary."

"Putting guns in classrooms from kindergarten to college, I fear, will produce many more violent confrontations than they might prevent. ..." ...
 

TX: Texas Students Pack Bookbags; Teachers Pack Heat
Submitted by: jac

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"Along with normal first-day jitters and excitement, students in this tiny district started school Monday wondering which teachers might be toting firearms." ...

"... Harrold Superintendent David Thweatt said the board approved the policy in an October open meeting that had been publicized. He said the decision was made after nearly two years of researching the best school security options at the school, which is just off a busy highway and 30 minutes away from the sheriff's office."

"'When you outlaw guns in a certain area, the only people who follow that are law-abiding citizens, and everybody else ignores it,' Thweatt said." ...
 

Senator Obama's Choice, Joe Biden, a Good One for Gun Violence Reduction, Says Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The Brady Campaign to
"Prevent Gun Violence praised Senator Barack Obama's choice for his vice presidential running mate, Senator Joe Biden."

"'Joe Biden is a straight talker about the need for common sense laws to keep dangerous people from getting dangerous weapons,' said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign ... 'He has been a solid advocate for sensible gun laws that protect our police officers and our families. I was proud to stand with him just weeks ago in Philadelphia when he joined with our nation's mayors in supporting tough crime fighting laws, and also last year when police leaders urged passage of common sense measures to protect law enforcement officers. Our nation would be well served with Joe Biden as our Vice President.'" ...
 

McCain Camp Tries To Downplay Top Aide Lobbying In Favor Of Gun Rights For Suspected Terrorists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In 2007, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced legislation giving the Justice Department the discretion to prohibit gun sales to terror suspects. The legislation was supported by gun-control groups as well as the Bush administration."

"Siding with the gun industry in opposing closing this 'terror gap' was Randy Scheunemann, now Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) top foreign policy adviser. Newsweek reports that Scheunemann lobbied against the bill on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation:" ...
 

John Longnecker: Guns and 2008, Part II: The 2008 Election, America's Right Brain and wei ji
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I write for the non-gun owners in America. Often, I say is that what it is about guns isn't even about guns. It is the thesis upon which I base my book, Safe Streets. It is about how we manage our Burdens, beginning with the very first one, Personal Safety, as opposed to assuming that someone else will do it for us (which cannot be done). This presents America with another example germane to the 2008 election for all offices."

"In Part I of Guns And 2008, I spoke of how the Candidates have an opportunity to unify Americans by recognizing how we respect one another on various levels when we carry these burdens ... and how fighting Crime by recognizing Citizen Authority can be that common ground on an even broader scale. ..." ...
 

Open Letter to the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dear NRA,"

"I have written you numerous times. Your only response has been those infuriatingly vapid 'thank you for contacting us' form letter emails. This email, and any responses from you will be published on my blogs and sent to my friends and contacts ... I am tired of being ignored. I am tired of being sold down the river by your support of authoritarianism. ..." ...

"In past Presidential (and other) elections you have ignored the true pro-gun candidates of the Libertarian Party in order to endorse your darlings of the Republican Party. Now look where it has gotten you. ... " ...

"An 'answer' from NRA; five days later, and obviously a somewhat dated form letter. Notice how my points were completely ignored:" ...
 

GA: Gun laws to get crazier
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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"A few months ago, the Georgia General Assembly passed HB 89 ... HB 89 makes it legal for people with permits to carry firearms in a concealed manner into state parks and recreational areas, onto public transportation and into restaurants that serve alcohol." ...

"Currently, the Senate Firearms Law Study Committee is preparing to remove what is left of the 'public gathering' section that HB 89 decimated ..."

"Does it make sense to do these things? Is there a public safety imperative that justifies these changes in the law? Can we trust a permit holder to shoot straight, know safety rules and practice emotional good judgment when no training is required to get a permit? Why do these kinds of crazy bills get passed?" ...
 

David Codrea: What Ken Allows
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Harris County District Attorney Ken Magidson has asked the state's top lawyer if he can legally stop his assistants from taking handguns into courtrooms despite a new law removing most restrictions on where prosecutors with gun licenses can carry their weapons."
"I've worked many jobs over the years. I've never wanted one badly enough that I would trade in my self-respect for it. You can get another job. Once you hand in your dignity, especially if you allow yourself to be cowed into making a habit of it, it's almost impossible to get it back." ...

"Once things cross the line from professional to personal, I take it that way and react accordingly. ..." ...
 

NC: Former Robeson sheriff to report to federal prison
Submitted by: jac

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"A former North Carolina sheriff will report to prison this week following a corruption investigation of his office that resulted in the arrests of 21 other members of his office."

"The Fayetteville Observer reported Tuesday that former Robeson County Glenn Maynor is scheduled to begin serving a six-year sentence Wednesday at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, N.J."

"Maynor pleaded guilty to perjury and conspiracy charges, and was sentenced in June. His attorneys have appealed." ...
 

TX: 40 HPD Cops Accused of Working 2 Jobs at Once Could be Fired
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"FOX 26 news has learned some Houston police officers are accused of ripping off taxpayers. It's called double dipping."

"More than 40 officers have been under investigation for months. They allegedly worked extra-duty jobs while on the clock for the department, which is a major violation at Houston Police Department."

"City councilman Ronald Green says if the officers are found guilty of breaking policy - punishment is obvious."

"'HPD officers should have the opportunity to defend themselves they should have the opportunity to explain and if it weren't a clerical error HPD should follow their own rules and terminate people for infractions,' Green says." ...
 

TN: Domestic violence officer arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Putnam Sheriff's Department's domestic violence officer was arrested Friday night on a charge of domestic assault." ...

"On Friday night, Deputy Keith was accused by her husband, Michael Keith, of hitting him on the side of the neck during an argument ..."

"She was arrested and booked into the Putnam jail and Sheriff Andrews said this morning that she has been suspended from her job indefinitely."

"Deputy Keith contacted this reporter over the weekend and maintained that she is innocent and that she was "falsely arrested," as she put it. She also said she feels that any investigation into the matter should have been conducted by another agency, rather than by her fellow deputies." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

NV: Gun control debate cools off
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The never-ending battle between gun control supporters and Second Amendment advocates has nearly fallen off the charts as a significant issue either in Nevada or the West, a Review-Journal poll says."

"Water issues, immigration and climate change all rate much higher as concerns ... according to the poll by Washington, D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc."

"Although the issue rates low in importance, cited by only 2 percent of both Nevadans and Western residents polled on a variety of issues, the consensus appears to be satisfaction with the level of gun control now in place, said Brad Coker, the polling firm's managing partner." ...
 

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