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Mike Vanderboegh: Birmingham - Race and Armed Defense of Individual Liberty and the Republic
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... From Birmingham forward, every peaceful nonviolent protest carried the threat of black violence. The Birmingham riots marked the end of nonviolence and the advent of a movement characterized by both lawful mass protest and defensive violence.' -- Deacons for Defense, Lance Hill, UNC Press, 2004, pp. 259-260.

"When I came to Alabama in 1985, I was lucky that I landed a job at Clarklift of Alabama in Birmingham. I was lucky because I got to work the parts counter with two very different men -- men who taught me fundamental truths along with a little bit of history about what it meant to be southern, Alabamian, white -- and from Birmingham." ...
 

Supreme Defiance: D.C. City Council Still Trying to Shred Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the District of Columbia's ban on firearms was unconstitutional, the City Council approved new firearms legislation that allows residents to apply for handgun permits. This is the normal course of business a governmental body takes when the Supreme Court determines whatever it was doing was unconstitutional. That is unless it's the D.C. City Council that's acting unconstitutional."

"The [AP] headline was 'D.C. will accept gun-permit applications.' But the real headline should have been, 'D.C. defies Supreme Court ruling on handguns.' That's because the City Council refuses to follow the ruling of the court concerning the lawful possession and use of handguns within its city limits." ...
 

Who Cares: Taking aim at gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week police confiscated a small arsenal of illegal guns, ammunition and other assorted weapons from the Marstons Mills home of Kenneth Webster. On July 1 police also removed several guns and knives that had been on his person and in his car. In total, more than 50 weapons were taken from Webster including a sawed-off shotgun, an M14 automatic rifle and a sniper rifle."

"When he was arrested on July 1 Webster reportedly told police that he had a constitutional right to own those guns. If that sounds scary, here's something scarier. There are a lot of people out there who agree with him." ...
 

Can gun-toting solve gay-bashing?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a recent 5-4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a gun for personal use. ..."

"For those American citizens who reside in congested crime-ridden urban areas ... this recent ruling brings a heightened concern about personal safety. But this ruling also brings a heightened concern about personal safety for those of us who rely on hate-crimes laws to protect us from the bigoted actions by our fellow citizens."

"'I can see some crazed fool come into a bar where gays hang out or my homeys and shoot the hell out of us,' Adam Williams told me. Williams is an African-American transman who has been the victim of both gay-bashing and racial violence. ..." ...
 

Bloomberg Tries Again On Gun Control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Bloomberg-funded Mayors Against Illegal Guns announced today it sent a six-question survey to both John McCain and Barack Obama focued on 'common sense steps necessary to fix the nation's broken background check system' that the group endorsed during its national summit in April."

"This isn't the first time the coalition has sought to influence the presidential contests that its benefactor once considered joining." ...
 

Bob Barr's Gun Record
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Does [Libertarian Party presidential candidate] Bob Barr embrace the 2nd Amendment?', libertarian blog LewRockwell.com (LRC) asked last month. Superficially, that is as odd a question as asking: 'Does Rudy Giuliani support the War on Terror?' Bob Barr's long record as a gun rights champion has rarely been questioned even by his critics ..." ...

"In July the Barr campaign moved to address some of those concerns, by putting up an issues page which includes a statement on the Second Amendment ... However, it did not ... publicly address Barr's past 'anti-freedom votes'. For answers to those questions, one has to go elsewhere." ...
 

NJ: Christie on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One hint on U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie's political ideology comes from his 1995 campaign for the State Assembly, when he attacked two other candidates ... for supporting a repeal of the ban on assault weapons. A reader sent PolitickerNJ.com a copy of the mailer from that campaign after Matt Friedman's story on conservatives wanting to know where the federal prosecutor stands on some state issues."

"Christie's position won't hurt him as a general election candidate in a state where polls over the last decade have constistently demonstrated support for an assault weapons ban. His exposure is in the GOP primary against former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, a staunch advocate of the Second Amendment." ...
 

WV: W.Va. looks at gun laws after high court ruling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down as unconstitutional a citywide handgun ban in Washington, D.C., has at least one West Virginia city tweaking its law."

"Martinsburg City Manager Mark Baldwin says the Eastern Panhandle city needs to clarify that its ban applies only to city buildings, not city streets and sidewalks."

"Martinsburg officials decided to revisit the issue after the Supreme Court ruled June 26 that the ban in the nation's capital violated the Second Amendment ..." ...

"In Charleston, the West Virginia Citizens Defense League is urging the city council to align its gun law with the state’s, but has met a cool reception from Mayor Danny Jones and at least one city council member." ...
 

GA: State's gun law raises airport security concerns
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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"The chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee says he might pursue new federal gun restrictions in response to a recently enacted Georgia law that could allow people to carry concealed firearms in parts of the airport at the state capital, Atlanta."

"... Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson said the new Georgia legislation represents a significant hole in national security and a threat to travelers."

"He asked the Transportation Security Administration to clarify federal law governing weapons in areas outside security checkpoints. ..."

"TSA spokesman Christopher White said Tuesday that since no federal prohibitions apply to areas outside security checkpoints, the agency follows local regulations. ..." ...
 

IL: City Postpones Amending Handgun Ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Questions from aldermen about proposed amendments to the City's weapons ordinance led to postponement of the vote to amend the ordinance, scheduled for the July 28 City Council meeting, until at least the Aug. 11 meeting."

"The Council directed the City's law department to draft an ordinance that would comply with the recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision Heller v. District of Columbia, which held that Washington, D.C.'s ban on the private possession of handguns was unconstitutional. Evanston's present weapons ordinance similarly bans the possession of handguns in the City by civilians, with certain exceptions, such as antique guns and starter pistols." ...
 

IL: Changes suggested to county's proposed concealed carry law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A public database of who has a concealed carry permit might be out, while bringing a firearm to a county caucus meeting could be in."

"Those are a couple of the changes members of a Winnebago County subcommittee suggested Tuesday night as they draft a proposed county law that would allow Winnebago County residents to carry firearms."

"'We're talking about a concealed carry law,' said Winnebago County Board member John Sweeney, R-14, stressing the word 'concealed.'"

"'I think making a list of everyone who has a permit with their name, age and address kind of defeats the purpose.'"

"Sweeney said that a list should be maintained and available to law enforcement authorities, but not the public at large." ...
 

WV: Don't change Charleston gun laws, mayor says
Submitted by: West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
Website: http://www.wvcdl.org/

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"City Council members were surprised to find booklets at their desks Monday evening, asking them to overturn Charleston's handgun laws."

"The light-blue booklets were placed there courtesy of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League whose president, Jim Mullins, said the group simply wants council to align its gun laws with the state's."

"'I recoiled when I saw the book,' said City Council President Tom Lane. 'I drafted just about every one of those bills. It hasn't been that long ago we had a debate about this.'"

"Fifteen years ago, to be precise. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Our presentation at Monday night's city council meeting was the first of many steps in the process of repealing a number of restrictive gun ordinances in the City of Charleston, all of which are grandfathered under the state preemption law.
 

IL: Group wants Lake County to oppose all gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A group of residents is asking a Lake County Board committee to sponsor a resolution that would oppose any future gun control legislation."

"While generally declaring their support of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, members ... expressed reservations about the proposed action."

"James Stewart, a Waukegan resident and supporter of the statewide Pro 2 Amendment Resolution movement, said he believes it is important for Lake County to join the 82 other Illinois counties that have passed the resolution."

"It is designed to tell state legislators that local governments 'Oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms,' according to Stewart." ...
 

VA: State Lawmakers Spar Over Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State leaders are continuing to battle over what, if any, information should be public record when it comes to Virginia's concealed carry permits."

"In the past, press organizations have revealed all of the holders, but many gun rights activists say that shouldn't be allowed."

"If you think this sounds like an argument the General Assembly had last year, you're right. A deal was struck by the Freedom of Information Council heading into last year's legislative session, but that deal seems to have fallen apart." ...
 

People are the problem, not guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Your July 28 editorial, 'The Right to Own Guns' not only shows your bias but your complete lack of knowing or agreeing with the Constitution as it is written. Your whole editorial is full of what Dr. Phil of TV fame would call, 'lies of omission.'"

"For instance, you claim this new decision by the Supreme Court contradicts nearly 70 years of precedent linking that right to the amendment's reference to 'A well-regulated militia.' The facts are that in our entire history of over 230 years, there are only six Supreme Court decisions on the Second Amendment. The first five were all in the 19th century, many made before the 14th Amendment was enacted." ...
 

Operators Test New Commando Rifle
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"It's a rifle designed specifically for the special operations community. Modular barrels, ambidextrous controls, a gas-piston operating system, a host of adjustment options -- but you already know that."

"So with all the slick marketing language and eye-popping specifications of the SOCOM Combat Assault Rifle, it's a given that operators will embrace the thing wholeheartedly, right?"

"Well, let's ask them."

"'This rifle is awesome,' said one Special Forces operator who, like the rest of the Green Berets in this interview, declined to be named for security reasons. 'It's spot on.'" ...
 

NY: New York's Video Vigilante, Scourge of Parking Enforcers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"He calls himself 'Jimmy Justice,' a self-styled 'cop-arazzi,' armed only with a video camera as he prowls the streets of New York looking for law enforcement officers who are breaking the law. ..." ...

"'I definitely try to pick it up when the camera is on,' he conceded. 'I want to make entertaining videos.'"

"And that is precisely what infuriates Huntley, president of Communications Workers of America Local 1182, which represents the city's 2,500 traffic enforcement agents and sanitation workers." ...

"'We can have him arrested for menacing or stalking,' Huntley said of Jimmy ... 'For too long, we've been abused by the public and the media. We're not going to be a punching bag anymore in New York City.'"
 

NJ: Corrections officer charged in sex assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A state corrections officer was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging he sexually assaulted a woman. Several weapons, including an "inert" grenade, were removed from the officer's apartment following his arrest, police said.

Police said they launched an investigation of the corrections officer, 52-year-old Dominick Amantia, after a 29-year-old woman contacted them and said she was sexually assaulted by Amantia in his apartment in the 100 block of Dye Street about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Police withheld the woman's name due to the nature of the alleged crime.

"During the investigation, Detective Gregory Hollo learned that the suspect had a gun, knives and a grenade inside his apartment," police said in a news release.
 

CA: San Jose cop found guilty of soliciting nude photos
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jury found San Jose police officer Kenneth Earl Williams guilty of soliciting nude photos from a former Scotts Valley High girls basketball player."

"Jurors returned the verdict just after 5 p.m. today and Williams, who had been out on bail, was taken into police custody."

"Williams, 50, was arrested and charged in December 2005. The girl, who was 15 and 16 years old when she had contact with him, told Scotts Valley police detectives that Williams gave her a digital camera and asked her to take naked photos of herself, which she did."

"The girl ... had contact with Williams because his wife, Yolanda Williams, was the girls' basketball coach at Scotts Valley High. Williams assisted with the team." ...
 

OH: Ohio jurors acquit cop linked to death of mom holding baby
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A white police officer was acquitted Monday in the drug-raid shooting death of an unarmed black woman that set off protests about how police treat minorities in a city where one in four residents is black."

"The all-white jury found Sgt. Joseph Chavalia not guilty of misdemeanor charges of negligent homicide and negligent assault. He had faced up to eight months in jail if convicted of both counts."

"Chavalia shot 26-year-old Tarika Wilson and her year-old son she was holding, killing her and hitting him in the shoulder and hand, during a Jan. 4 SWAT raid on her house. One of the child's fingers had to be amputated."

"Officers had been looking for Wilson's boyfriend, a suspected drug dealer." ...
 

IL: Former Chicago cop charged with animal abuse after horse stable raided
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former bodyguard for Chicago Mayor Harold Washington faces felony animal abuse charges after police found his horses malnourished and shuttered up in filthy stalls at his stable in unincorporated Bloom Township, authorities said."

"Two of the four horses owned by Frank Lee ... were so poorly kept that they were later euthanized by authorities, according to the Cook County sheriff's office."

"Lee, a retired Chicago police officer, was charged Monday with four counts of felony aggravated animal abuse, as was the stable's manager ..."

"Lee once worked as the personal security guard for Washington, sources familiar with the case said." ...
 

Arizona wins five medals at SCTP championships
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Youth shooting teams from 15 states captured medals and national honors during the weekend at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) Skeet and Sporting Clays National Championships."

"Competition was held in five divisions Aug. 1-2 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill."

"The World Shooting and Recreational Complex next hosts the SCTP national championships for trap, Aug. 4-5, 2008."

"SCTP is managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) in partnership with USA Shooting and other governing bodies for shooting sports. Across 41 states in 2008, 9,135 youths competed and 1,562 adults volunteered as coaches and directors-both new records for the program." ...
 

NY: Lisle trapshooter enters Hall
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"This year is the biggest of Joe Pendell's life. The 46-year-old Lisle native has experienced several family celebrations, his new construction company is doing well and he was inducted into the New York State Trapshooting Hall of Fame."

"The induction ceremony was on the last day of the June state championship shoot in Cicero and was very emotional for the long-time competitor whose career is winding down."

"'Awesome is the only word that I can think to describe it,' said Joe, who was joined by his parents, siblings, cousins, wife, stepson and friends. 'With everybody there...after all the years, all the targets, all the practice...it was just an awesome experience. It was everything I wanted it to be.'" ...
 

Canada: Greyhound scraps ads after Canada bus beheading
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"Greyhound has scrapped an ad campaign that extolled the relaxing upside of bus travel after one of its passengers was accused of beheading and cannibalizing another traveler."

"The ad's tag line was 'There's a reason you've never heard of 'bus rage.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: If Greyhound can admit that violence can occur anywhere, anytime why can't our state legislators face reality and stop prohibiting concealed carry on college campuses?
 

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