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David Codrea: "Even the Craven Gun Lobby"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Even the craven gun lobby should manage some shame over this absurd example of Second Amendment idolatry." ...
"Pretty brave words for someone who isn't staking his personal reputation on them. Pretty bold for someone who will take no personal role in the evil physical disarmament he and his fellow effeminate subversives on The Times' editorial staff dream of visiting on the Republic."

"Pretty slick the way he weasel-words his presentation to make it seem like 'the gun lobby' is against mental health background checks--despite the NRA supporting the McCarthy bill ..."

"You don't want to test whether or not organized American gun owners are 'cowardly,' pal. Especially not personally. Trust me on this." ...
 

In Search of the Second Amendment to Premiere in Idaho (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am pleased to announce that In Search of the Second Amendment, the latest documentary by David T. Hardy will make it's Theatrical Debut in Twin Falls, Idaho."

"This is the TRUE story of the American right to arms and is told by some of the greatest names in American constitutional law -- professors at Yale, UCLA, Fordham, George Washington University, George Mason University, and other institutions, as well as by lifelong scholars of the Second Amendment, such as Steve Halbrook, Dave Kopel, and Don Kates." ...
 

No relief in sight for rising ammo prices
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"If you are a shooter, the skyrocketing price of ammunition is hitting home every bit as hard as the gasoline pumps."

"It's nothing new. The price increases began after 9/11, then were compounded by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — which pushed up overall demand — and growing industrial powers such as China and India, which either gobbled up or bid up the cost of raw materials."

"Chinese and Indian rampant construction not only ate up prodigious amounts of raw materials, but also resulted in added manufacturing capacity, which calls for even more materials." ...
 

For Some Gun Enthusiasts, the NRA is Too Wimpy (GunGuys)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yes, for some gun proponents, the over-the-top National Rifle Association is just too timid."

"We are not making this up."

"According to an Idaho weekly article about a gun dealer under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, some of his supporters believe the NRA isn't 'hardcore' enough. They expressed that sentiment at a fundraiser for the 'besieged' gun seller who is charged with violating multiple gun sales requirements, after watching a 'black helicopter' film called 'The Gang':" ...
 

IL: ICHV: Gun Lobby Loses Key Court Case in Cook County
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An alert and update from Freedom States Alliance recipient group, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence."

"ICHV is pleased to report that the Circuit Court of Cook County recently rejected a legal challenge to the ban on assault weapons in Cook County. The lawsuit, brought by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) against the Cook County Board of Commissioners, alleged that the ban on assault weapons 'exceeded [the Board’s] home rule authority' to enact local ordinances that are stricter than state law." ...
 

NC: Victim In Home Invasion Shoots, Kills Intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"One of three men accused of breaking into a home and holding the residents at gunpoint was shot and killed early Friday morning by one of the residents." ...

"According to officials, the three men broke through a front door, ransacked the home and held the people inside at gunpoint. Apparently at one point one of the intruders fired at someone in the home at which point the man who lived there was able to find his own firearm and shot back. That intruder was pronounced dead at the scene." ...
 

MD: Man shoots bear in self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Maryland Natural Resources Police said Friday they will not charge an Amish Road man who shot a bear after it charged him and his wife and then attempted to come through a window after the couple sought refuge inside their home Wednesday evening."

"'They had every right to do what they did,' said Clarissa Harris, a biologist with the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. 'It is appropriate to defend yourself or your family or your livestock.'" ...

"The bear then attempted to pull an air conditioning unit out of the window frame as the wife held onto the unit from inside."

"The husband grabbed a shotgun, loaded it with No. 4 pellets and shot through the window at the bear, according to Turner." ...
 

NJ: Must tame our young predators
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The predators are still hunting the weaker among us. Only the blind would say they see no major problem on the streets of Jersey City."

"Early Saturday morning, about 6:30, another wolfpack struck ... A 60-year-old man had broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a broken knee after the vicious pummeling he received from a group of teens ..."

"In June, a 44-year-old woman was attacked by a pack of punks early one morning. They broke her jaw and eye socket and cut her over an eye."

"The attack on the city woman came several days after police arrested five juveniles and two adults who assaulted and robbed two men in separate incidents. ..." ...
 

There is still plenty of time for Thompson
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's a lot of talk, mainly from Democrats, lamenting Fred Thompson's delayed appearance from behind the curtain to declare his candidacy for president of the United States."

"They are claiming he's waited too long to raise enough money, too slow to solidify his team and not too certain if he even has the fire in the belly to win, along with a variety of other misplaced concerns." ...

"For someone who has not yet entered the race, Fred Thompson has steadily appeared in the polls as one of the first-tier candidates." ...

"He recently shared these thoughts in Iowa at the fair: 'I am unabashedly pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and I don't apologize for the United States of America.' How refreshing!" ...
 

NV: Republican Candidate Ron Paul to Visit Rib Cookoff
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ron Paul revolution will head to the Sparks Rib Fest this weekend, in an attempt to spread Ron Paul's message of freedom, prosperity and peace. Ron Paul is a ten-term Republican Congressman from Texas who is running for president on a platform of personal freedom and liberty, free market economics, and limited federal government." ...

"The widespread appeal of Dr. Paul's message is demonstrated by the diverse backgrounds of Ron Paul supporters. Libertarians, anti-war activists, conservatives, anti-abortion advocates, pro-Second Amendment activists, and many other demographics are backing Ron Paul. As Dr. Paul has said, 'Freedom is popular!'" ...
 

Illinois Takes Action on Background Check Records After Virginia Tech
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Governor Rod Blagojevich today signed into law an important measure to close a loophole in Illinois' gun laws. A comparable loophole in Virginia allowed the Virginia Tech shooter to purchase the guns he used to murder thirty-two people, despite his record of mental instability and a ruling by a judge that he constituted a threat."

"With Governor Blagojevich's signature, Illinois officially became the third state to close the loophole since the Virginia Tech shootings, requiring that all court records on prohibited purchasers will be shared with the National Instant Check System (NICS). Virginia's governor took executive action in April, and Missouri has passed a law similar to the Illinois bill." ...
 

Idaho's Ryan Horsley for U.S. Senate?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The mounting woes of U.S. Senator Larry Craig, R-Idaho, stemming from his arrest in a sting operation at an airport restroom, has fed speculation that the Senator's resignation may be imminent."

"In the event of such a resignation, the name of Red's Trading Post owner/manager Ryan Horsley has surfaced as a possible replacement."

"Horsley has risen to both state and national prominence in his ongoing battle with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The BATFE has targeted Red's for unprecedented and unnecessary harassment as part of its modus operandi to drive gun shops out of business." ...
 

Ryan Horsley looking at appointment to Congress (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: ChareltonHest
Website: http://atfabuse.com

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If Simpson is appointed this will leave his Congressional seat open to be filled, which also happens to be in my district. I have had several people suggesting that I should be appointed to Craig's seat, but I feel that I at this time I would be better suited to the House of Representatives.

The Second Amendment is very important to me and I would strongly defend it. Please contact Governor Otter and let him know how important the Second Amendment is to you as well, it does not matter if you are a resident of the State, we all have a stake in this.

Ryan Horsley
 

Rein in BATFE abuses; stop their firearms registration database
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"All available evidence supports the conclusion that Michael J. Sullivan and the [BATFE or ATF] in addition to shutting down legitimate, law-abiding firearms dealers, are in the process of creating an illegal database of all gun owners in the United States."

"Creating this database could certainly be seen as the first step in firearms registration, prohibition, and confiscation. If We The People do nothing, Sullivan, the Acting Director, and this federal agency with a current budget of nearly $1 billion and some 5,000 employees may do exactly that."

"The penultimate thing we need is ATF agents prying our guns from our 'cold dead fingers.' The last thing we need is to lose our freedom and the God given right of self defense." ...
 

LA: Vivian officer resigns following juvenile-related charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A part-time officer in this town’s police department has resigned, days after he was charged with buying liquor for teenage girls."

"Barry Cox, who had been working as a part-time officer about six months, quit Friday, Chief Sam Curry said."

"Cox, 23, of Vivian, is accused of buying a gallon of vodka for a pair of 16- and 17-year-old girls ... The transaction happened Aug. 18, and one of the girl's fathers contacted local police."

"Police sent the investigation to the sheriff's office, Chadwick said. On Tuesday, Cox was issued a summons to appear in court on the misdemeanor charge."

"'He admitted doing it. He was off duty at the time,' Chadwick said. 'They knew him and asked him to buy it from them.'" ...
 

WA: Federal Way school officer facing pair of misdemeanor charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Federal Way police officer, based at Federal Way High School was charged today with communicating with a minor for immoral purposes."

"Terry Wilson was charged with two gross misdemeanors in Federal Way Municipal Court. he was also charged with assault."

"Court papers say a 17-year-old female student says Wilson touched her sexually and made sexual comments to her at Federal Way High School on June 1. Wilson was working as a school resource officer at the high school. He was placed on administrative leave June 7." ...
 

CA: Veteran Salinas Police Officer Charged With Embezzlement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A Salinas police officer was in court Thursday, accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a program for underprivileged children.

Officer Gilbert Bacis headed the Salinas Police Activities League -- also known as PAL.

Prosecutors said he embezzled as much as $45,000 from PAL funds.

Bacis pleaded not guilty, but his attorney said the police officer is working to pay back the children's program.

The 20-year veteran of the force was charged with seven felonies, including theft and embezzlement.

PAL serves about 2,000 kids a year and relies solely on donations and grants.

Bacis is expected to be back in court in two weeks and is currently on administrative leave.
 

PA: Trooper suspended, facing rape charges
Submitted by: jac

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"A state police trooper from Bellefonte was arrested Thursday and charged with raping, choking and biting a woman in May 2006 while off duty."

"Trooper Richard S. Keener, 39, based at the Lamar barracks, was suspended without pay from the state police Thursday, the same day he was arraigned before District Judge Thomas Jordan and released on $25,000 unsecured bail."

"Keener's attorney, Joe Amendola, said the trooper's encounter with the woman was consensual and that he had been in a relationship with her for some time." ...
 

TX: Texas Police Chief Accused of Sexually Assaulting Male Employees
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"The police chief in this South Texas town has been charged with two counts of sexual assault for allegedly violating male employees who were passed out at his home during parties."

"Jose Luis Vela, 42, was being held in the Hidalgo County Jail on $200,000 bond after his Thursday arraignment on the two felony charges. The city has placed him on paid leave pending the outcome of the case." ...

"Investigators have accused Vela of performing oral sex on a male employee after the man passed out drunk at a party about a year ago at Vela's home in Mission, according to court documents."

"Vela is also accused of violating a different male employee with an object while that man was passed out at a party in July, Trevino said." ...
 

MD: Officer Charged With Sexual Misconduct At Jail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A correctional officer at the Somerset County jail faces charges of alleged sexual misconduct against five female inmates.

The Somerset Bureau of Investigation said Michael Bivens, 42, of Princess Anne, was formally charged Monday. He's also accused of bringing contraband into the jail.

Authorities said the investigation was prompted in May by a complaint from an inmate that Bivens touched her inappropriately and made sexual comments.

Four other female inmates made similar allegations, officials said.

Bivens was also charged with assault and indecent exposure.
 

NC: Former detention officer charged with 2nd-degree sexual offense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Buncombe County detention officer pleaded guilty to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female inmate, authorities said."

"Stewart Higgins, 32, was charged with second-degree sexual offense by a custodian following a criminal investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation ..."

"An internal investigation started by the Sheriff’s Office about three weeks ago led officials to call in the SBI to open their own probe. Higgins was fired from the position he held for almost two years, Sorrells said."

"'It was a complaint by an inmate that brought it to our attention,' he said."

"Higgins will serve a 90-day sentence before being placed on probation for at least a year, Sorrells said."
 

TX: Officer accused of spanking woman's rear is charged
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Fort Worth police officer arrested last week on accusations he spanked the rear of a woman he caught engaging in sexual conduct in a car ... was charged with official oppression."

"If convicted of that charge, a Class A misdemeanor, officer Craig Murrah faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine." ...

"Police have said that at about 1 a.m. on June 22, Murrah found a couple engaging in sexual conduct in a car ... The officer ordered the couple out of the car and placed the 18-year-old woman, nude from the waist down, in the back of a patrol car. At some point during the investigation, Murrah allegedly spanked the woman on the rear, police have said."

"The woman said the officer let them go with only a warning." ...
 

PA: Columnist a bullseye for NRA members
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association certainly is rife with sensitive souls."

"I learned this during the past week, as NRA members clogged my e-mail box with insults, threats and similarly worded screeds that stopped just short of accusing me of treason."

"The floodgates opened after a July[sic] 22 column on firearm purchases in Pennsylvania being restricted for four days (since reduced to three) beginning Sunday."

"The shutdown will allow the state police to update the computer system that performs background checks on prospective gun purchasers."

"I did not view this as particularly problematic for gun aficionados, though I did suggest that perhaps another information technology vendor might be able to perform the work more quickly." ...
 

CA: Attack on gun shows misses the mark
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mrs. Dolores Flanagan’s Aug. 18 opinion ('Reining in guns in San Francisco'), in her defense of Mayor Newsom’s political attack on the gun show at the Cow Palace, missed the point."

"That is often the case when people light into a subject about which they know nothing." ...

"The Cow Palace gun show was the mayor’s second bogus announcement. ... Anyway, apparently the mayor and his three supporters, the rest of the Gang of Four, neglected to check the records. Had they checked, they would have seen that there have been no unlawful gun sales at the gun show, in the parking lots or anywhere near the Cow Palace for years. How do I know this? Easy, the BATF and the California DOJ records are easy to access ..." ...
 

MO: Spawning false concepts
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"Just as eggs are spawned, or hatched, so are false concepts or ideas. It begins with a very small particle — just a few words for instance."

"Recently, Neosho has been in the news almost daily since that tragic shooting ..."

"... We were expressly informed how the man was armed. In the first two instances we were told he was armed with a .22-caliber pistol and a 'magnum machine pistol.' then, on Sunday (Aug. 19) in the editor’s column it was stated in the following wording: 'The gunman had a single .22 caliber handgun and a TEC-9 machine pistol.'" ...

"Thus, through such fallacy wrong concepts are born. Both weapons in the above tragedy were best known as handguns. Each weapon fired only 'one' round at a time ..." ...
 

PA: Judge Refuses to Postpone Pa. Gun Sales Hiatus
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"A Commonwealth Court judge has denied a motion by gun dealers for a preliminary injunction to stop a freeze on Pennsylvania gun sales scheduled to begin on Sunday evening."

"Commonwealth Court judge Keith Quigley says he won't intervene, so gun sales will come to a halt in Pennsylvania starting at 6pm Sunday." ...

"Gun dealers sued to block the halt to gun sales, but none was able to appear and testify in court about the harm they would suffer. So the judge ruled the computer work can proceed."

"An attorney for the gun dealers, Robert Keenan, said when Governor Rendell last week formed a committee to look at a different time frame for the computer work, they believed it would be postponed. ..." ...
 

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