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Should bankrupted people 'under stress' be disarmed?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "To prove how dangerous 'allowing' such people to keep guns is, they've accumulated three tragic incidents over the past six years, and offer a seemingly authoritative pronouncement:" ...
 

NSSF Action Alert: Oppose Petition to Ban Traditional Ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All Gun Owners, Hunters and Shooters,"

"The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry -- urges you to contact the Environmental Protection Agency to oppose a petition filed August 3 by the extremist Center for Biological Diversity to ban traditional ammunition. Your right to choose the ammunition you hunt and shoot with is at stake."

"Express your opposition by calling or e-mailing:" ...
 

A Critique of the ACLU
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The ACLU frequently backs itself up as being in favor of the Constitution. If one frequents an urban center, fundraisers for the ACLU can be located with pins that say 'I'm A Constitution Voter.'"

"Despite their fervent claimed support for the Constitution, however, the ACLU stands in direct support against the Second Amendment:" ...

"There is a paradox deep in the constitutional anti-gun position. A people’s militia, of the Switzerland variety, is not one in which large stocks of munitions are held in government custody to be used by hired contractors. This is quite obviously not the intention of the writers of the constitution. ..." ...
 

Pro-Gun Grassroots Groups Taking the Lead in Gun Rights Fight -- Homespun Organizations Are Leaving the NRA Behind When Pushing for Broader Gun Laws
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The statistics tell the story: There are about 50 million gun owners in America. Close to half of all American households possess guns -- more than 200 million guns all told, and we buy 4.5 million more guns every year."

"Whether you like it or not, for better or worse, it's a fact: America is an armed nation. And to gun owners -- the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens -- that's the way it was meant to be."

"Now, more than ever, many gun owners are proudly, aggressively asserting their rights to keep and bear arms." ...
 

Obama Administration Caves to Brady Campaign on Traver ATF Nomination
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On the same day that the Brady Campaign ... let the Obama administration have it with both barrels for not naming a new head of the [ATF], the Obama administration has named a new head of the the [ATF]. ... here's something you may not know about [presumptive nominee] Traver or the ATF . . ."

"The ATF has been busy computerizing the records of ALL U.S. gun purchases—even though federal law specifically prohibits the creation of a national gun registry. And who do you think's gung-ho on this effort? Barack's man Traver."

"While the 2008 abclocal.go.com (Chicago) interview with Agent Traver is no more, the excerpt description tells the tale:" ...
 

Brady Campaign Attacks Obama. Again. Harder.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, we republished the Brady Campaign ... press release taking President Obama to task for not naming a new head of the ATF. ... Today the anti-gun org has come out punching, accusing the Prez of cowering in fear of the 'gun lobby.' Writing for The Huffington Post, Brady Veep Dennis A. Hennigan claims 'It is now beyond doubt that the Administration is determined to say as little as possible about the plague of gun violence that inflicts death and injury on 300 Americans every day. When forced to comment on proposals to strengthen our anemic federal gun laws, the President and his representatives typically fall back on the gun lobby's canard, 'We don’t need new gun laws. We need to enforce the laws on the books.' Canard? Really Dennis? Canard?" ...
 

What do gun-rights decisions mean?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court in the last year handed down two decisions concerning the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which reads as follows: 'A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.' Before these two decisions the court had only ruled once on the Second Amendment. That was in 1939 in the case of United States v. Miller, which upheld a law requiring sawed-off shotguns, a favorite weapon of gangsters, to be registered. So one might ask why after some 70 years do we see the court asked to interpret the Second Amendment. After all, guns are everywhere, as are regulations affecting ownership." ...
 

He'll cling to religion, guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Re: Mr. Bruce Thompson (Community Voices, Aug. 3): The express purpose of the Second Amendment was to protect the citizens from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Without the Second Amendment, all others would fall in short order. Our very freedom was won by force of arms in the hands of the citizenry. The very first shots fired at Lexington and Concord was over gun control/prohibition. Guns are used for political change. A gun in the hands of the citizens keeps us from becoming just another Third World dictatorship." ...
 

Disarming civilians the agenda of anti-hunters?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The letter by Elaine Dunn opposing the bear hunt, which appeared in the Suburban Trends on July 25, confirms what I have long suspected, which is that the real agenda of the anti-hunting crowd is to disarm the civilian population of America."

"Ms. Dunn states 'the problem is that (Ed Rummel) is an NRA gun supporter and will always support the hunter’s lobby.'"

"Not all gun owners are hunters, and not all hunters use firearms (ever hear of bow season?) So, I’m curious as to why Ms. Dunn found it necessary to bring up the gun issue." ...
 

Return of the .32? CORBON High Performance 32 Auto DPX Ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With states rolling back the regs re: concealed carry permits, mouse guns chambered in .380 ACP are all the rage. But what of the 'lowly' .32, used by such CCW stalwarts as the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless, CZ-50, Walther PPK and Kel-Tec P-32? CORBON is doing their bit to keep the caliber hip and happening with its new 32 auto DPX ammo. The 'environmentally friendly' load launches a 60 grain solid copper hollow point bullet at 1050 feet per second. According to the company's presser, said projectile penetrated nine inches into 10 percent ballistic gelatin (with a four layer denim barrier ). They're also claiming a consistent recovered diameter of .60 inches. ..."
 

Gun Review: SIG SAUER P220 Elite .45
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine Sinatra in a satin charcoal Armani suit, sitting in a leather-lined smoking chair, puffing on a fat Cuban and sipping top-shelf whiskey. There's your SIG P220 Elite. Sure, there are cheaper ways to get the same kicks. This SIG costs the thick end of a grand and does pretty much the same thing as weapons costing half as much. But would you really slum it if you didn't have to? Who says you do? And here's why you shouldn't . . ." ...
 

Confirmation of Elena Kagan: Another NRA Defeat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign ... released the following statement on the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court:"

"'Elena Kagan is seen by many political figures on both sides of the aisle as a person of keen intellect and unvarnished integrity, who respects the law and precedent. By confirming her today, the U.S. Senate rejected the extremism of the [NRA], which strongly opposed her. The NRA bosses not only argued against her confirmation, but also advertised against it, and indicated they would 'score' Senators on their votes.'"

"'But even eight Senators rated 'A' by the NRA -- and one rated A+ -- stood up to the gun lobby and voted to confirm her." ...
 

Specious claims in gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Second Amendment doesn't mention 'gun,' but does reference 'arms,' which are defined as any instrument used for fighting. A literal interpretation of the Second Amendment would, according to Quillen, allow anyone to own any 'arm.' That would include thermonuclear weapons, Hellfire missiles and flamethrowers. Playing with those could certainly make for an interesting Fourth of July party." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually in Colonial times the term "arms" usually meant weapons that could be carried, "ordinance" (as it was spelled then) meant cannon. So, speaking of specious claims . . .
 

First Amendment rights come with responsibilities
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As I travel locally for work, I often take lunch at a taproom rather than fast food, and more than once this year I have been slowly introduced to numerous conspiracy theories, mis-characterizations and racial bigotry toward the president by a nearby patron."

"I'm aghast that 'exercising our Second Amendment rights,' which is code for armed insurrection, so easily rolls off the tongue by those attempting to enlighten me to their dark reality. It's sad to think that Todd Getgen might have met his end by the hand of one of these 'True – Believers.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: You know, I 'exercise my Second Amendment rights' every day as I slip on my shoulder holster and pocket my B.U.G., but I have yet to attempt armed insurrection.
 

UT: Concealed carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The number of people with active Utah permits to carry concealed weapons is exploding like a percussion cap. As of Aug. 1, that number is 255,079, and many of those folks, 123,560, are not Utahns."

"A quarter-million people is a staggering number. But beyond that, it raises again the question of why Utah would voluntarily act as a national supermarket for issuing and policing these permits." ...
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Submitter's Note: I would be curious to find out how many of those 123,560 people already have a permit from their home state, and just get a Utah permit for convenience. Oh, and at $65.25 a pop, those 123,560 folks have brought in over eight million bucks to the state, plus a quarter million every year in renewals.
 

LA: Armed homeowner stops 3 early morning intruders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A homeowner reportedly used his gun to stop 3 home invaders."

"Police say that three armed men broke into an Alexandria, LA home around 4:30AM, intending to rob the occupants. The homeowner reportedly grabbed his gun and fired in self defense, striking two of the intruders and causing the trio to flee. One suspected intruder is said to have died from his wounds, police say. The two suspected accomplices, one of whom was himself shot as well, each face 2nd degree murder charges, under the felony murder rule, for the death of their alleged accomplice, according to news reports." ...
 

Summertime home invasions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state of Arkansas has experienced many home invasions during the past few weeks, and quite a few of them have been violent. Following is a short summarization of those terrible events:" ...

"'If someone claims to be a police officer, make sure you see their uniform, badge and other identifying items. If you are uncertain of who the people are, don’t be afraid to call police if needed. ~ Benton Police Lt. Kevin Russell'"

"I know Lt. Russell means well, but he has no advice for citizens about what to do if someone bursts in your door while they are screaming they are police. I know many people who will shoot first under these circumstances and sort them out later. ..." ...
 

U.S. Senate Confirms Anti-gun Radical to the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Our gun rights are hanging by a thread. Prior to the vote in the U.S. Senate today, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama sounded the alarm: 'Most Americans are totally unaware [that] the Second Amendment hangs by a mere thread [by] two 5-4 decisions recently....'"

"He was referring, of course, to the two gun-related decisions over the past couple of years where the Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of gun rights."

"With this in mind, several Senators spent almost an hour today talking exclusively about the Second Amendment, its importance to all Americans across the country, and the danger that President Obama's most recent pick to the U.S. Supreme Court poses to our gun rights." ...
 

No all-out war over Kagan, but one will come sooner or later
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some time ago, I noted in a column that we aren't going to see a real knock-down, drag-out, blood-and-teeth-on-the-floor fight over a Supreme Court nomination until a conservative justice retires." ...

"Either way, that will be a shift in the balance of power of a magnitude unseen since the days when Ronald Reagan wanted to build Star Wars and Mikhail Gorbachev added up the numbers, threw down his cards and left the table."

"Elena Kagan, a liberal who replaced a liberal, did not shift that balance enough to make a filbuster-until-the-sun-burns-out worthwhile for the GOP." ...
 

TN: Mae Beavers, George McDonald take 17th District Senate primaries
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sen. Mae Beavers beat rival Rep. Susan Lynn by about 1,800 votes Thursday night in the bitterly fought State Senate District 17 Republican primary."

"Beavers won with 49 percent of the vote and 13,932 votes to Lynn's 12,041 votes and 42 percent of the vote and all 99 precincts reported." ...

"On the Democratic side, Smith County farmer George McDonald barely got past rural newspaper publisher Sam Hatcher in the Democratic primary contest in the 17th District. McDonald won with 6,449 votes at 42 percent to Hatcher's 5,950 votes at 39 percent with all precincts reported." ...

"Each candidate touted similar stances on social issues like the Second Amendment, where both supported guns-in-bars ..." ...
 

KS: Recent college grad unseats ex-Kan. House speaker
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While most recent college graduates are out looking for work in the hellish economy, one young man from southwest Kansas likely is headed to the state House of Representatives in Topeka next year."

"Garrett Love, 22, of Montezuma and a 2010 Washburn University graduate running in the 115th district Republican primary in southwest Kansas, cruised to victory Tuesday night over Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, a long-standing incumbent who has served more years in the Legislature than Love has lived. Love faces no challenger in November's general election ..." ...

"Love ... has campaigned on a platform of fiscal responsibility, limited government and strong support for Second Amendment rights for gun owners."
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association and third party candidates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Buckeye Firearms Association has received several inquiries about why there are no third party candidates listed among our graded and endorsed candidates for the 2010 general election."

"BFA has received surveys from some third party candidates in this election cycle. In the primary, we did choose to grade candidates in several contests where there were contested races on a third party ballot."

"However in the general election, due to limited volunteer resources, we had to utilize a selection criteria to keep the process manageable. This year none of the third party candidates who submitted surveys met our candidate selection criterion."

"Since we are nonpartisan, we do not factor in party membership ..." ...
 

FL: 'A' Grade for Rick Scott from NRA, USF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the [NRA] and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida (USF) giving Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rick Scott an 'A' for his support of Second Amendment rights, the candidate is crowing about the grade."

"'I am grateful and very excited about this A-rating and what it means for our campaign to be the only one in this race to have such a ranking,' said Scott. 'I have always been committed to the values, freedoms and protections embodied by the NRA and will continue to work with the NRA as a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights ... I pledge, as governor, to work hand-in-hand with the NRA to protect not only these Second Amendment rights and freedoms, but all constitutional rights of the citizens of this great state." ...
 

MD: Palin Endorsement Sparks Interest In Md. Candidate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An endorsement from Sarah Palin is sparking some buzz about one of the candidates for governor here in Maryland."

"Palin is throwing her support behind conservative Brian Murphy, but ... many are still learning exactly who he is."

"Bob Ehrlich has the name recognition, but Republican challenger Brian Murphy says he's got the passion, and Sarah Palin's giving him a lot of attention." ...

"The little-known 33-year-old Republican businessman's run for governor got a big boost when Sarah Palin endorsed him on Facebook."

"Palin called him '...a pro-life, pro-second amendment, commonsense conservative and a firm believer in the free market and the cause for energy independence. ...'" ...
 

OK: Governor's race historical showdown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Along with sharing a border, Oklahoma and New Mexico will gain a second commonality come November: For the first time in history, both states will elect a woman as governor."

"Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, a Democrat, and Congresswoman Mary Fallin, Republican, will face off in November ..." ...

"In an article Fallin wrote for Edmond Life and Leisure in March, she stated she supports 'aggressive firearms safety efforts in addition to Oklahoma's sensible laws protecting the basic rights of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms.' ..."

"In an interview with The Oklahoman, Askins indicated she, too, is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and will oppose restrictions on a citizen's right to bear arms." ...
 

WI: Is Mark Neumann still in it to win it?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's tough to know whether Mark Neumann deserves a Sconz-certified 'In It to Win It' seal of approval. My man is down in the polls, he can't get an endorsement North of Oklahoma, and his most recent ad is wimpier than Matthew Broderick."

"When are the attack ads against Walker going to start? ..." ...

"Then, after Neumann has sufficiently introduced his brand to the public, we'd run ads that attach Walker to all the bad stuff the previous ads highlighted: increased spending, incompetent government and career politicians. You could throw that second amendment nonsense in there too. Scott Walker voted against concealed carry –– make him explain it."

"But maybe it's a good thing that Neumann's campaign in incompetent."
 

NY: NYS Senator Hopes To Restrict Access To Handgun License Information
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New York State Senator Joseph Griffo is sponsoring a bill that would change the way the state issues information on handgun permit holders to the public. WAMC's Steve Felano reports"

"The bill would make personal information on handgun licensees confidential, except to law enforcement agencies, and those requesting information about a named individual."

"Currently, citizens can request this information from the State Police - no specific name is required."

"Open access to this information became an issue with the advent of a website called whospackingny.com. It allows visitors to download public records from the state's master handgun permit database." ...
 

NV: After inquests into police shootings, Gillespie vows to face facts
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie faces every day not knowing whether one of his officers is going to kill or be killed. If errors in judgment are made by police, mistakes will be laid at his feet because he's the boss. He sets standards and policies, whether they're followed or not."

"As the media and public demand quick answers about what happened with Erik Scott and Trevon Cole, Gillespie urges people to wait for the coroner's inquests."

"The high-profile shooting at Costco resulted in the death of Scott, 38, whose education at the U.S. Military Academy, combined with conflicting witness reports, already has convinced many the shooting should never have occurred." ...
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KABA Note: Quick answers? It has been just shy of 4 weeks since the Scott shooting! You have witness statements, you have video what more are you waiting for? Or are you looking for 12 cups of hydrated lime, 1 pound of salt and 2 gallons of water?
 

NV: Vegas police study policy after drug raid slaying
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department promised a review of how drug search warrants are obtained and served following the slaying of an unarmed 21-year-old man during a police raid at a Las Vegas apartment." ...

"The officer who shot Cole, Bryan Yant, also claimed incorrectly in court documents that Cole had an 'extensive' criminal history in Houston and Los Angeles. The Review-Journal found that was not true." ...

"Yant, 34, has been involved in three shootings in nine years as a Las Vegas police officer. He is on paid leave pending a departmental review and Clark County coroner's inquest of Cole's death scheduled for Aug. 20." ...
 

CO: After cops kill his son, a local man fights Vegas PD
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"A local author's son was gunned down by police in Las Vegas on July 10, prompting an outcry from residents and a demand for accountability from his family and friends."

"West Point graduate Erik Scott, 38, son of Bill Scott, was killed by three cops just outside a Costco store in Las Vegas after a security guard there reported him for carrying a concealed weapon. The weapon was registered, and Erik had the proper permits. Costco doesn't allow weapons in the store, but there's no notice posted, according to Bill Scott." ...

"He says police officers made a 'rush to judgment' and 'murdered [Erik] on the spot' by firing seven rounds, at least five of which hit Erik in the back after he fell. ..." ...
 

Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse Unless you work in law enforcement
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Ignorance of the law is no excuse. That's the standard line ... gun owners hear when they say didn't know about the gun laws in the jurisdiction they happened to get arrested in. Yet that ignorance is pretty understandable in an America where just about everything is being criminalized. ..."

"As citizens, we're expected to know and obey all of these laws, in addition to state and local statutes and the relevant court opinions that interpret the breadth and depth of all of those laws."

"But what happens when law enforcement officials don't know the law? What happens when they illegally detain, arrest, and charge you even though you've done nothing wrong? Unlike you, their ignorance doesn't result in arrest or jail. ..." ...
 

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