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Violence Policy Center exploits CT workplace shootings to attack guns and gun owners
Submitted by: David Codrea

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... "Can we afford not to close the Sugarmann Shrinking Grant Loophole?" ...
 

Why Is Ignorance of the Law an Excuse for Cops?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The police, on the other hand, have one job and only one job: Enforcing the law. That means they damn well should know what the law is before they attempt to enforce it. If they don't, then they have no reason to be arresting anyone in the first place. Ignorance of the law should absolutely not be an excuse for them, yet it is. They always get the benefit of the doubt, while the people they've harassed are presumed guilty."
 

Swearing-in of Justice Kagan underlines need to not count on Supreme Court to uphold gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today, Elena Kagan was sworn in as the newest justice on the Supreme Court. This is not particularly good news for those of us who would like to foster a far greater understanding of the meaning of the expression 'shall not be infringed.' Many of us expect that Justice Kagan will be 'not sympathetic' (to borrow a phrase) to those whose Second Amendment rights have been violated."

"The appointment of Supreme Court justices is of course always extremely important, but Kagan's swearing-in comes at a time when the Supreme Court has recently been--and appears destined to continue to be--playing a very large role in determining what gun restrictions are (supposedly) Constitutionally legitimate, shall not be infringed notwithstanding." ...
 

Right to keep and bear arms should be honored
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court recently applied the right to keep and bear arms to state and local governments. Justice Scalia wrote in that decision that this right guarantees, 'the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.'"

"Where does that leave Illinois residents and visitors who want to exercise this fundamental right?"

"Illinois law makes it a felony for people to carry firearms for self-defense in vehicles or most any other places. The current Illinois statute is depriving you of your civil right to defend yourself and family with the exception of your home." ...
 

Don't enforce our laws selectively
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A judge blocked provisions of the Arizona immigration law that were widely supported by the American people."

"Remember, the Arizona law was a mirror reflection of federal law, and would not supersede any federal laws, including laws that required immigrants at all times to carry their identification papers and show them. ..." ...

"Enforce the laws equally or change them. If law is not king, then there is a ruling class that will complete the destruction of our country through selected enforcement of laws that favor their supporters. But thank God our forefathers had an answer for this too. It's called the Second Amendment."
 

Power of the Second Amendment helps to guard all of us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's not news that I don't want a gun in my house. It's also no secret that I will defend your right to have a gun if you want one."

"I believe in the Second Amendment, but I am selfish, too. I'll tell you why in a bit."

"The U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens the right to bear arms. I do not want an unarmed citizenry, despite the price we pay in gun violence and gun accidents each year. That's a road I never want to have to travel."

"A citizenry that cannot defend itself against a government gone wrong is a conquered citizenry. A citizenry that has no way to fight against a leader who believes one race is superior to another is a dead citizenry. History has proved that to us in countless ways and around the world." ...
 

Since when did God bequeath gun rights?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In his column, local Republican conservative John Clarke offers more humor than that day's comic page. He lauds an organization 'that defends our God-given rights under the Second Amendment to bear arms.'"

"So where in the Bible did God declare that he has the right to carry an AR-15? What chapter and verse refers to packing a Glock? Are concealed 32's mentioned in Proverbs? Maybe he is talking about a different God?"

"Thor and Odin like fighting and explosions." ...
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Submitter's Note: The 'God given right to bear arms' is actually the right of self-defense which every living being enjoys. The arms come in because people are tool users, and guns are the safest, most effective self-defense tool in existence.
 

IN: Police can't solve this problem on their own
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The violence that has exploded in Indianapolis this summer isn't an aberration. Nor is it likely to easily fade away." ...

"We must then get serious about the root causes of violence. One of those is the fact that criminals can obtain high-powered guns far too easily in this city. As Straub, the city's public safety director, told Star columnist Matthew Tully last week: 'We have 13-year-olds with AK-47s.'"

"Let's all agree, without digressing into arguments about the Second Amendment, that that is unacceptable, and must be stopped." ...
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Submitter's Note: Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that you solution involves taking guns from people who aren't criminals?
 

TN: Armed homeowner shoots violent intruder in self defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Police say that the man was asleep in his Memphis, TN home at 5 AM when a neighbor called to say that a criminal was breaking into his backyard shed - for the third time in recent memory. The homeowner reportedly grabbed his gun, and went to investigate, at which point he saw an intruder lurking inside the shed. The homeowner yelled for the intruder to come out, but instead of complying the man reportedly began throwing items such as a saw, a gas can, and a bottles at the homeowner. Fearing for his safety from this attack, and potential risk that the intruder would have a more deadly weapon, the homeowner fired in self defense, striking the intruder in the leg and ending the attack ..." ...
 

TX: One injured in northside parkinglot shootout.
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... "According to police, a man had just left the Academy store and was putting items in his Hummer when a man approached him and demanded the keys to the truck. The victim refused to hand over the keys and instead pulled out a hand gun."

"'The complainant was a concealed handgun carrier. He pulled out his weapon and they started exchanging gunshots in the parking lot here,' said Sgt. Daniel Alonzo, an investigator with SAPD's Robbery Task Force."

"Managers inside the Academy store were quick to keep customers inside." ...

"Customers were kept in the store until police arrived and gave the all clear. Outside the victim was on the ground with a gunshot wound to his to his right hip." ...
 

CT: Martha Dean Only A 'Little Odd?'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Daily Ructions says if you read just one thing about the Martha Dean v. Ross Garber race for the Republican nomination for attorney general, it's the Chris Powell column where Mad Martha is described as 'a little odd.'"

"It's more than a little odd for someone to promise that as attorney general she will advocate for firearms training in school for children."

"More instructive is the video below of an unvarnished Dean, before she started adjusting her positions to fit her political ambitions. Her comments at a Second Amendment rally at the capitol offer a glimpse at the sort of attorney general she would be." ...
 

OH: "Good for you BFA!"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dear Editor:"

"I'd like to thank Buckeye Firearms and [the leaders] who wrote the reasoning behind the Strickland endorsement."

"I'm no fan of Democrat candidates in general. But over the last few years I've been pretty disgusted that there's not more than a dime's worth of difference between most Democrats and Republicans anyway... so for BFA to endorse Strickland over Kasich PROVES that Ohio gun owners are serious about the subject of gun rights." ...
 

NM: J. D. "Will" Wilmeth: Candidate for Sheriff of Lea County, NM (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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OH: Strickland supports rights of gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This week, news broke that Ted Strickland earned the endorsement of Ohioans for Concealed Carry. As a lifelong gun owner, this issue could not be more important to me."

"During his time in Congress and then as governor, Strickland has proven that he is a friend to hunters and gun owners. As governor, he has stuck to his pledge to veto any legislation that infringes on our Second Amendment rights. Strickland also has pushed through legislation like the Castle Doctrine, which restored the presumption of innocence to gun owners who act in self-defense."

"His opponent, meanwhile, has a marked history of disregarding the rights of gun owners. ..." ...
 

NC: NRA's obsession (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To The Editor: An advertisement promoting an Aug. 28 event and flaunting photos of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck was mailed out with a recent NRA publication."

"Inside the publication — add Newt Gingrich to complete a trio of conservative icons preaching the gospel of freedom and constitutionalism. But other 'illustrious speakers' included Gov. Bev Perdue and U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler 'preserving our Second Amendment rights.'"

"The magazine includes a lengthy defense of the NRA's single-issue focus on the Second Amendment ..." ...

"The NRA's blind obsession with one right does not a patriot make nor a free country preserve — the Constitution details nine other fundamental rights. The whole politician must have our support." ...
 

PA: Pennsylvania photographer detained for photographing police station
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jack Myers, a self-described art photographer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was strolling down a sidewalk late last month when he came across the entry to the carport of the Lancaster Police Department."

"Figuring it would make an interesting photo, he took a few shots and continued walking."

"He didn’t get 50 feet when a cop car pulled up."

"'He told me, 'we have cameras along the building and we saw you taking pictures,' Myers said in an interview with Photography is Not a Crime."

"'He said, 'I need to see your ID … you could be a terrorist.'" ...
 

CA: Photojournalist wins settlement after frightening altercation with police chief (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Oakland Tribune photojournalist is now $99,000 richer thanks to the jackass who was school district police chief at the time."

"In November 2008, Jane Tyska was covering an immigration demonstration when Oakland School District Police Chief Art Michel side-swept her with his car."

"Michel then stopped the car, jumped out and began threatening to arrest Tyska for hitting his car with her elbow."

"That's right, her elbow."

You really have to hear the exchange in the above video to believe it."

"I’m betting Michel assumed Tyska was only carrying still photo cameras because he then began insulting her as well as accusing her of inciting a riot."

"Michel resigned two months after the incident." ...
 

NJ: Morally corrupt law lets sex-offender cop off hook
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Jeremiah Hupka took the oath as a Hunterdon County Sheriff's officer, he placed a hand on a Bible and vowed 'to support and comply with the Constitution of the United States of America, and the constitution and laws of the state of New Jersey,' among other things." ...

"In the end, this was just theater ... because that oath (and others) have been rendered farcical by the state Supreme Court."

"Choosing bad law over common sense, the court ruled that Hupka, despite pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a former girlfriend ... can keep his two law enforcement jobs. The reasoning: The crime occurred while he was off-duty and had nothing to do with his positions as a sheriff's officer or part-time officer in Frenchtown." ...
 

NY: Broome County Deputy Arrested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A Broome County Sheriff's Deputy is arrested today...by the office he works for.

33-year-old John Goodwin, who works in the Highway Patrol Division, is charged with two counts of public lewdness.

Goodwin is a deputy with that office.

He's assigned to the Highway Patrol Division.

A release says Goodwin's arrest is related to an incident that happened back in October 2009.

But, they're withholding details, because of an ongoing internal personnnel investigation.

Goodwin was arraigned in the Town of Kirkwood and released on his own recognizance.

Anyone who thinks they had inappropriate contact with Goodwin is asked to call the Detective Division at 607-778-2053.
 

NJ: Newark police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Newark police officer spent Wednesday night in jail after he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 17-year-old girl."

"... The officer was released from jail Thursday after no charges were filed by the 11 a.m. deadline, Sassen said. People arrested must be charged and arraigned the following business day or be released."

"A 17-year-old girl reported the officer and a boy assaulted her Wednesday evening on the north side of Newark ..."

"Police were called several hours later and the man was arrested at 8:18 p.m., according to the incident report.

"On any domestic violence call, there is a presumption of arrest, Snow said. The man was not treated differently because he works for Newark police, Snow added." ...
 

MD: Off-Duty County Officer Charged With Assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Baltimore County police officer is facing second-degree assault charges.

Investigators said the off-duty officer, whose name wasn't released, got into a fight with his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend early Thursday. [emphasis added]

The incident occurred in a parking lot in the 3500 block of Eastern Avenue.

During the course of the altercation, a city police officer sprayed the officer with mace and placed him under arrest.

The county officer is charged with second-degree assault and was held under $7,500 bond.
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Submitter's Note: So do MDPDs usually withold an assailant's name? Or is that only done for special people?
 

NJ: Retired police detective charged in fatal hit and run
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"A retired Hammonton police detective has been charged with the fatal hit and run of a 15-year-old boy Friday night in Hamilton Township, New Jersey."

The boy was struck shortly before 9:15 p.m. Friday on Route 50 at mile marker 25 in front of the 4-H Fairgrounds. The victim, Justin Montgomery, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say 63-year-old Anthony Scaltrito of Hammonton, turned himself in to authorities at approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday night." ...

"Scaltrito is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and tampering with physical evidence." ...

"Scaltrito faces a maximum prison term of 10 years and $150,000 in fines."
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Submitters note: Drunk?
 

GA: Woops! Accidential Bank Shooting
Submitted by: jac

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"An off-duty policeman accidentally fired his handgun inside a Georgia bank while showing if off to a loan officer interested in buying a firearm."

"... Officer C. Watson was chatting Monday morning with an employee of the United Community Bank who was contemplating purchasing a gun."

"The off-duty officer took out his personal gun to show it to the bank employee. Pennington said Watson removed the ammunition clip and thought the chamber was empty." [emphasis added]

"But during the conversation, Watson accidentally[sic] fired a round into the bank's concrete floor. No one was injured."

"The police department is conducting an internal review. Watson has been on the force for two years and will remain on active duty."
 

TX: Diboll officer quits after videotaped stop
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"An east Texas police officer has resigned following a videotaped stop in which he is heard and seen berating a speeding driver rushing a passenger to a hospital."

"KTRE-TV reports 73-year-old Johnny Hodge of Seven Oaks says his insurance would not pay for an ambulance."

"Diboll (DY'-bahl) Officer Grant Jones on July 27 stopped the pickup in nearby Lufkin. Dashcam video, obtained in an open records request by KTRE, shows Jones with his gun drawn, breaking the driver's side window and hauling out 75-year-old Tracey Lott."

"A police review found that Jones, who resigned Tuesday, violated policy by not waiting for backup officers. A ticket Jones wrote to Lott, for speeding and failing to stop, has been dropped." ...
 

TX: Senior Cuffed In Wild Traffic Dispute
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"Video from a police cruiser shows a controversial traffic stop by an officer who's now out of a job."

"An elderly man said he was rushing his friend to the hospital last week in Diboll when he was pulled over."

"The 30-minute traffic stop began with Diboll police Officer Grant Jones chasing a speeding gray truck down a busy highway." ...

"In the video, Hodge can be heard telling Jones he had a doctor waiting on him at the hospital."

"'It doesn't make no difference,' Jones said on the video. 'It doesn't make no difference. It doesn't make no difference, whatsoever. Just because you got a medical problem, don't think you can come out here on the highway and do whatever you want to do. ...'" ...
 

MD: Arrests, judges and justice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I read your article with great interest, as I did the companion article concerning the 'Heated Meeting' on crime! As a retired Major who has commanded three Police Districts ... I have first-hand experience concerning the frustrations covered in those articles! I have attended such heated meetings, and I have experienced the frustration of the citizens ..." ...

"I cringe when I hear Police Officers apologize to the Community for not being able to protect them! ... Pete, did you know that 'The Court' has ruled that the Police have no obligation to protect individual citizens? That is also a fact! And that, in my opinion, is enough to support defense of the Second Amendment Right to Keep and to Bear Arms! ..." ...
 

China: Police Shooting Video Stirs Debate in China
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"A video of a plainclothes policewoman shooting dead a hostage-taker in Guangzhou has sparked sharp debate among the Chinese about how far police should go in dealing with higher crime rates."

"Some are disturbed that the cop shot the hostage-taker four times, killing him, even though he appeared to have been taken out of action by the first shot and was armed only with a pair of scissors."

"But others are celebrating her as a hero."

"The incident highlights the ambivalence in China toward widespread, Dirty Harry-style police methods that, while at times effectively ruthless against wrongdoers, often show scant concern for human rights and sometimes compound the bloodshed." ...
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SUBMITTER'S NOTE: The article was written in Taipei, Taiwan, but concerns a shooting which took place in Canton, China. The narration is in Cantonese.
 

FL: Photo protest against Miami-Dade Metrorail is on
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The protest is on."

"Dozens of photographers say they will show up to protest for the right to take photos on the Miami-Dade Metrorail – a right that is ensured by Miami-Dade County law."

"The protest is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ..."

"The plan is to meet in the parking lot, pay the $2 fare, enter the station through the turnstiles, then make our way up to the platform where we will board a train – all while taking photos or shooting video." ...

"Hopefully, the security guards from 50 State will leave us alone because the law is on our side. But if they begin to harass anybody with a camera, it is essential that we document that interaction, preferably with video."

"But let me reiterate: the law is on our side." ...
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Submitter's Note: Sorry for the post-event notice, I'll be looking for follow-up.
 

KS: Critics target concealed carry changes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but there's a gun battle going on in Kansas."

"Don't feel bad if you haven't. The two sides don't even agree what's in the crosshairs."

"On one side, groups like the Brady Campaign ... say nothing short of normalcy is at stake."

"'The NRA and the gun lobby want to normalize carrying guns anytime, anyplace and, as a result, the country is at a real critical point,' said Brian Malte, director of state legislation for the Brady Campaign 'What we’re saying is, that isn't normal behavior.'"

"On the other side, the aforementioned [NRA] says the integrity of the Constitution is on the line." ...
 

DE: Housing authority 'waves white flag' on gun ownership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Residents of public housing in Wilmington will now be allowed to legally keep firearms in their units."

"The Wilmington Housing Authority suspended its ban on firearm ownership by tenants because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision ..."

"WHA Executive Director Frederick Purnell Sr. said an outright ban still would be in the best interest of public safety, but after a reviewing the recent high court ruling that tossed out a handgun ban in Chicago, 'We felt we had no choice but to amend the policy. ... We are going to comply with the law but hopefully, from a managerial standpoint, we will be able to put some controls in place to keep residents as safe as possible.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Do you really want to "keep residents as safe as possible"? Then teach free gun safety courses, subsidize their gun purchases and offer free trips to the range to practice with free ammo.
 

FL: Man Who Dropped Gun During Robbery Charged
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A would-be robber who police say had his own gun turned on him has been arrested.

Port Orange police say 25-year-old Raymond Shepard was caught Friday and charged with attempted armed robbery.

Police say Shepard and an accomplice followed a 69-year-old woman to her car last month as she left a Daytona Beach Walmart. The accomplice reportedly blocked the woman's car with his own while Shepard jumped on her hood and began hitting her windshield with his gun. The windshield eventually broke, and Shepard's gun fell into the car. The woman picked up the gun and pointed it at Shepard, who reportedly ran off. He dropped his cell phone at the scene.

Shepard was being held at the Volusia County jail on $53,000 bail.
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KABA Note: Better to have your own gun, but whatever works . . .
 

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