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Radio/TV host Gresham says ‘First Person Defender’ series ‘can save lives’ (Video available)
Submitted by: David Codrea
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... "'Rather than me explain it, take 15 minutes or so to look at one of them, and you'll get it,' he recommended." ...
 

How to Use Gun Control Advocates’ Playbook Against Them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"TTAG reader Jim Bullock posted the following comment underneath Gun Control Advocates Playbook Leaked."

"That’s a very solid set of messaging principles. We should adopt them. Not only will the principles work, using their own tactics against them will make the un-gunners crazy mad. The other thing is you gotta hone the replies, and practice delivering them. So, below is me practicing, Rev 1.0." ...
 

The Media Want to Know the Truth About Guns, Don’t They? (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The NRA’s Natalie Foster has some well-intended advice for members of the media when it comes to firearms, crime, prohibition and the good ol’ 2A. It’s all very well reasoned and clearly articulated. And the People of the Gun who hit play will, en masse, nod their heads in dutiful agreement. There’s only one problem: Ms. Foster’s earnest efforts to correct the 'inaccurate perceptions' spouted by the fourth estaters with whom she ate bar-b-que in D.C. are based on the assumption that they’re really interested in accurately portraying the truth about guns, the people who own them or their impact on crime and society. If only . . ." ...
 

Anti-Gun Agenda Putting Our Self-Defense Laws In Jeopardy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The anti-gun crowd continues to exploit events happening across the country in order to push their anti-Second Amendment agenda."

"We saw them attack our gun rights after the shootings in Aurora, they launched an all-out assault on our guns after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and now they are attacking our self-defense laws since a not guilty verdict, on the basis of self-defense, was reached in the Zimmerman case." ...
 

‘Gun violence prevention’ is ‘gun control’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Evergreen State gun owners are talking up yesterday’s revelations about a genuine gun control 'playbook' and on the Open Carry/Washington forum, one participant answered a fairly common question about whether there is a 'pro-gun playbook' that may be used by gun rights advocates."

"The answer is 'no,' but Robert Apgood ... provided a link to something better than a strategy guide that stresses framing gun control arguments as 'personal and emotional – centered on ‘people’ and not on facts, laws or legislation.' It is a booklet called 'Gun Facts,' assembled in 2012 by Guy Smith, and it is loaded with information rather than inflammatory rhetoric, and tips on using that rhetoric to sway public opinion." ...
 

Armed Teachers ≠ Blood in the Classroom. Unless Needs Be.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"More guns, less crime. Back in the day, John Lott’s stat-heavy thesis received a lot of attention. The People of the Gun went, duh. Gun control advocates went, nuh-uh. As the anti-gunners couldn’t deconstruct Lott’s facts or logic, they ignored his conclusions. They continued to insist that gun law liberalization recreates the [fictional] 'Wild West,' with folks shooting shoot each other at the slightest provocation. ... But no such thing has happened. Not when Florida restored its residents’ gun rights. And not in Illinois ... Arkansas is the anti-gunners’ latest trigger for the 'rivers of blood' denunciation. Check this out . . ." ...
 

9 Things You Didn't Know About the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"1. The Second Amendment codifies a pre-existing right" ...

"The Constitution doesn't grant or create rights; it recognizes and protects rights that inherently exist. This is why the Founders used the word 'unalienable' previously in the Declaration of Independence; these rights cannot be created or taken away. In D.C. vs. Heller, the Supreme Court said the Second Amendment 'codified a pre-existing right. The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it 'shall not be infringed ... this is not a right granted by the Constitution' (p. 19)." ...
 

Gun Control Advocates Actual Playbook - In Their Own Words
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Have you ever wondered what is in the 'other team's' playbook? Have you wondered if there is a manual? Well, there is for gun control advocates."

"For years, I and other gun-owners have wondered whether two things existed within the gun-control community:"

"1) A 'manual' or 'best practices' publication and/or private web site that instructs new entrants to advocacy on how to conduct themselves in public, and"

"2) An organized communication network among gun-control advocacy groups that is not open to public scrutiny and through which they can share strategies based on the latest developments or events." ...
 

Ask Kirsten Weiss: How Often Do You Clean Your Mags?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Over at TTAG’s Free Fire Zone Stu asks our resident sharp shooter how often she cleans her mags, which, as far as I know, is not an obscure term for some deviant behavior. Or is it? Anyway, here I was thinking Kirsten Weiss was OCD. Not so OCD now, eh Mr. Bond?"

"Here’s her answer: Every time I do this —>" ...
 

Question of the Day: Why An AR Over a Pistol or Shotgun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It’s easy for members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia to forget that not everyone knows or cares as much about guns as do we. In fact the overwhelming majority of Americans wouldn’t know a Bushmaster from a bush baby. And at least one kansascity.com reader – a self-described assault weapons ban supporter – is curious about the relative utility of scary black rifles compared to pistols and smoothbores. Here’s her recent letter to the editor:"

"I would very much appreciate hearing from a National Rifle Association member on why the association feels so strongly about having assault rifles . . ." ...
 

Gun Review: Rossi Model 92 Lever-Action Carbine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"What’s a lever-loving rifleman to do if he’s got a hankering for a pistol-caliber carbine? Marlins are garbage these days, and the rest of the lot (Henrys, Winchesters, Ubertis, Pedersolis and Cimarrons) are gorgeous and expensive heirlooms, almost too beautiful to carry afield. If you’re looking for a working man’s cowboy carbine, Rossi’s Model 92 is the last man standing. How well does this $450 almost-SBR stack up against the other levers we’ve tested? Could it be, dollar for dollar, the best lever-action value out there? . . ." ...
 

OH: Gun company displays largest-caliber rifle ever created with bullets that cost $40 a piece
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"If you want to squeeze off a few rounds from a .905-caliber rifle, you'll need two things: muscles and cash."

"An Ohio-based gun company has developed the world's first .905-caliber rifle that - at .905 - is the highest-caliber rifle in the world. "

"And with bullets that cost more than $40 a piece, you'll probably think twice before pulling the trigger." ...

"The rifle is the creation of SSK Industries and is essentially a shoulder-mounted cannon, with rounds that look like mini mortar shells.
The rifle fires rounds about 2,100 feet per second with roughly 254,000 foot-pounds of muzzle energy." ...
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Submitter's comment: What is its intended purpose?
Who will be the first politician who calls for a ban?
 

Bloomberg: “New York City Gun Crime is Virginia’s Fault,” Yeah! Virginia! …Wait, What?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"According to the Washington Times, anti-gun New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking aim at other states in his efforts to institute stricter gun control nationwide." ...

"It should also be noted that the violent crime rate in those states is on par with every other state in the country, and are actually much lower than many 'gun free' areas of the country such as Chicago and Washington D.C." ...
 

Latest Gun Control Re-Branding Effort: “Crime Control”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The phrase 'gun control' is tainted, and the gun control advocates know it. It’s a phrase that instantly raises a wall of opposition from gun owners, and doesn’t get their supporters’ blood up quite like it once did. So gun control advocates are trying to re-brand their civilian disarmament efforts. Advocates like Jim Cavanaugh, MSNBC’s resident ex-ATF agent (also known as 'Waco' Jim Cavanaugh for his involvement in the Waco massacre) who recently penned an article trying to re-brand 'gun control' as 'crime control.' His thesis: gun control isn’t really about guns, it’s about crime. But Jim’s logic is as flawed as a lead balloon . . ." ...
 

Condemn Gun Group for Raising Money to Rearm George Zimmerman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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... "Recently, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, a young African-American youth. Due to the 'Stand Your Ground' law, Zimmerman was acquitted on grounds of self defense. All evidence of the trial is being held by the Justice Department, including Zimmerman’s firearm. Now, an Ohio pro-gun group, Buckeye Firearms Association, has started a fundraiser called 'The Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund,' which aims to gather donations in an effort to purchase Zimmerman a new firearm and other equipment." ...
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Submitter's Note: Once more with feeling; SYG had nothing to do with Zimmerman's acquittal.
 

VA: Gun raffle upsets some in Blacksburg
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Virginia Citizens Defense League, a statewide gun rights group, sold raffle tickets at the Steppin' Out festival in Blacksburg on Friday to give away a Glock handgun - the same kind used during the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007."

"Raffle organizers say they have nothing to apologize for as the gun is a popular model, but a handful of protesters held signs and distributed fliers calling it insensitive to give away that gun so near Tech's campus." ...
 

Gun Control Groups Outspending NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"... Back in the day, the gulf between the money fueling the gun control movement and the funding protecting firearms freedom was as wide as the margins on the old TTAG template. With the exception of the deep-pocketed Joyce Foundation, the civilian disarmament movement lacked the financial firepower to recruit, solidify and stir their base. With its three million dues-paying, memorabilia-buying members ... the National Rifle Association had nothing but money with which to rally the faithful at the merest whisper of gun control and pay its political PAC. The recent gun control push has increased NRA membership and swollen their coffers. Unfortunately, Bloomberg. Giffords. publicintegrity.org tallies their take . . ." ...
 

Leahy: Bloomberg's Gun Ads 'Didn't Help A Bit'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., pointed some of the blame for the failed Senate debate over comprehensive background checks at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who dedicated millions of dollars to eviscerating senators who opposed such legislation."

"'Unfortunately, you have some on the left like the mayor of New York City, who actually didn't help a bit with his ads. He actually turned off some people that we might have gotten for supporters,' Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview ... 'Then you have some on the far right who say that the second amendment allows us to have anything. I mean, you can take a machine gun to deer hunting. There needs to be a balance between the two.'" ...
 

AL: Governor Bentley Talks New Alabama Gun Law (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It is the second day Alabama’s new gun law has been in effect. The public has heard from numerous gun owners, lawmakers and local sheriffs on the matter but how does the man who holds the state’s highest office feel? Governor Robert Bentley says he feels confident the questions surrounding various components of the law will not lead to widespread issues across the state." ...
 

OH: Ohio considers Stand Your Ground law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Ohio could soon be the latest state to enact a Stand Your Ground law, giving residents the right to use force to defend themselves in any place they are legally permitted to be."

"Legislation introduced recently in the Ohio House of Representatives would expand the current Ohio Castle Doctrine, which says residents have no duty to retreat before using self-defense in their home or vehicle, and would allow Ohioans to use forceful self-defense regardless of location." ...
 

AR: Arm the teachers? Arkansas plan shot down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"An Arkansas school superintendent is putting the brakes on his plan to arm a squad of teachers with guns after the state attorney general said it wasn't permissible under the law."

"'Simply put, the Code in my opinion does not authorize either licensing a school district as a guard company or classifying it as a private business authorized to employ its own teachers as armed guards,' Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wrote." ...
 

SPLAT! Brady Campaign lawsuit against Armslist dismissed.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Brady Campaign, seeing the great success of gun rights groups in rolling back anti-gun laws and regulations through litigation, decided to try their hand at it putting online firearms marketplaces like Armslist and GunBroker out of business through litigation."

"The Brady Campaign hacks, bought and paid for by the likes of George Soros and similar big-government advocates, don’t like the people can buy and sell guns privately, without Uncle having his hand in the mix." ...
 

NRA Asks Supreme Court To Change Age Minimum For Gun Sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Monday, the National Rifle Associated filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that it strike the 1968 law banning federally licensed dealers from selling handguns and handgun ammunition to individuals between the ages of 18 and 21. The appeal was filed by the NRA and two nineteen-year-olds."

"Currently, the sale of handguns by licensed dealers is federally restricted from anyone under 21. Adults between the ages of 18 and 21 can, however, lawfully obtain handguns through other means, such as from private owners or as gifts. ..." ...
 

OH: Review finds 75 Cleveland police officers violated department rules in deadly chase last fall
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A review of a deadly police chase in Cleveland last fall has found that 75 patrol officers violated orders and police department rules, city officials said Friday. Nineteen officers face disciplinary hearings."

"In the November chase, a fleeing driver and passenger were killed when officers fired 137 shots at them. The 23-minute pursuit involved five dozen cruisers and wove through residential neighborhood before ending in gunfire." ...
 

WA: Ex-Edmonds cop guilty in sex case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former Edmonds police officer was convicted Thursday of having sex with a woman in his custody."

"Daniel Lavely is facing up to a year in jail. He will be required to register as a sex offender for a decade." ...
 

VT: Vermont Open Carrier Illegally Handcuffed, Detained by Police (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Openly carrying a firearm in Vermont is completely legal. In addition, several courts have found that the mere presence of a firearm is not enough of a reason to detain someone. That means, unless a police officer suspects someone is committing a crime, he cannot detain someone simply because they have a firearm."

"However, that’s exactly what happened to Joshua Severance, a former service member of the National Guard." ...
 

KY: Former Barren County Sheriff Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton will spend a year and a half in prison related to his trial on civil rights violations. Eaton was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Bowling Green."

"In a courtroom packed with family and friends, Eaton wept as he talked about all the things he could no longer do as a convicted felon ... He told U.S. District Court Judge Joseph McKinley that he felt like a 'child predator.'" ...

"Judge McKinley replied that by all accounts, Eaton was a model citizen, but his punishment must reflect the seriousness of the convictions and the former sheriff's position of authority." ...

"Judge McKinley strayed from the prosecution's recommendation of at least seven years ..." ...
 

Poll: Majority of Americans Support “Stand Your Ground,” Men Overwhelmingly Support It, Women Don’t
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"According to a new Quinnipiac poll, Americans fairly strongly support 'Stand Your Ground' self defense laws."

"The poll found that 53% of those surveyed support such laws, while only 40% directly oppose the laws." ...
 

Martin killing was tragedy, but facts supported acquittal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Without doubt the killing of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. As a man who suffered the loss of a child, my heart genuinely goes out to Trayvon’s parents. I know that no pain cuts deeper than the pain that comes with the loss of a child. But Trayvon having been shot and killed doesn’t equate to a crime if he was shot in self-defense."

"We are a nation of laws and justice depends on the law always being applied in criminal cases. In the case of George Zimmerman, the law was applied. In fact ... the evidence overwhelmingly supported George Zimmerman’s explanation of events. Based on the evidence, not emotion, George Zimmerman was and should have been acquitted because the evidence supported his having acted in self-defense. ..." ...
 

WA: 'Barreds' of a feather shouldn’t flock together in Washington
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Today’s Tacoma News Tribune is editorializing about the upcoming federal gun-down of barred owls, a skilled predator that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service thinks may be responsible for a decline in Northern Spotted owls." ...
 

NJ: Poll: Would New Jersey be safer if more people carried concealed guns?
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"After a federal court upheld New Jersey's law requiring people to show a justifiable need to get a handgun permit, New Jersey's Supreme Court will take up the same statute in a different case. Because New Jersey's court has a wider reach to interpret the state's law, the upcoming decision could have a big impact on gun rights here."

"Gun rights are always hot topics for NJ.com users. Here are some of the best user comments in response to these recent stories about the courts and the justifiable need to carry a handgun." ...
 

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