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Twelve Minutes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine what you can do with twelve minutes of your life. For some, the time is spent making a call to check on their mother, for others, it’s a quick smoke break while at work."

"One deranged murderer used his time to kill twenty people and wound twenty-one others."

"Just twelve minutes changed the life of at least one hundred people in the Killen, Texas Luby's restaurant, and for some that same twelve minutes was a lifetime. They died during a hellish attack on the innocent. ..."

"What people don’t realize is it took more than twelve minutes for the first responding officer to arrive. Although that officer acted heroically by shooting the rampaging gunman he was too late for at least forty-one people." ...
 

The Second Amendment Versus The Police State?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am going to draw on a couple of polls ... for this piece. One concerning whether or not the Second Amendment ... is relevant in today's society. The other is ... whether or not individuals choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights. In both polls, the issue of armed resistance of a tyrannical government was a frequent reason for supporting and exercising the right. ..."

"In the polls cited, the vast majority (82% as of this submission) viewed the Second Amendment as still relevant ... very few actively argued against the individual right to keep and bear arms. Clearly, support for the right to keep and bear arms is not a rightwing exclusive." ...
 

A Pedigreed 6.5
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The name Creedmoor is steeped in American marksmanship history. Creedmoor was the first premier shooting range on American soil, purchased in 1873 through an appropriation from the state of New York and money from raised by the embryonic National Rifle Association."

"It was at Creedmoor in 1874 that a group of upstart shooters, the Amateur Rifle Club of New York, took on United Kingdom champs Ireland in a competition billed as the 'championship of the world.' The U.S. won that long-range match, fired at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards, and won it again the next year." ...

"So it's fitting then that the name of Hornady's new commercial cartridge, designed from the ground up to be a highpower competition cartridge, would be 6.5 Creedmoor." ...
 

MS: West Jackson homeowner shoots would be burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A would be burglar gets more than he bargains for while breaking into a West Jackson home. The homeowner sent the burglar to the hospital. ..."

"A homeowner ... was still in bed around 9:00 a.m. when a burglar woke him from his sleep."

"'Once he heard Mr. Moore attempt to break into the home he retrieved a weapon and fired a shot striking Mr. Moore,' said Jackson Police Lt. Jeffery Scott."

"Eighteen year old Lorenzo Moore was shot once in the arm. ... One neighbor we spoke to believes the homeowner should have taken further action. 'He shouldn't have just wounded him. He should have killed him dead,' said Thelma Moore ... 'If he got enough nerve to come in and shoot, he's going to kill you if you don't kill him. Take him out.'" ...
 

TX: HPD: Cell-phone store clerk kills attempted robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The fatal shooting of an attempted robber by a clerk at a southwest Houston cellular phone store will be referred to a Harris County grand jury without charges, police said today.

The shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m. Monday after the man entered the T-Mobile store in the 7500 block of the Southwest Freeway and pointed a pistol at two employees, police said.

A third employee, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun, confronted the man and the two exchanged shots, investigators said.

The attempted robber died at the scene. The employee was not injured.

The dead man's name was withheld, pending positive identification by the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office.

The investigation is continuing, police said.
 

TN: Lee County shooting victim indicted for violating protective order
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Lee County man who was found guilty Friday of violating a protective order for the third time and sentenced to a year in jail was indicted on his fourth alleged violation by a grand jury on Monday."

"Donald Robert Tomlinson ... was charged in June with the most recent violation after he allegedly waited at his estranged wife's residence for her to return from an outing with other members of her family. ... once she arrived Tomlinson confronted his wife, and after seeing Tomlinson attack the woman, knock her to the ground and begin choking her, her brother shot him in the leg."

"The brother was not charged, but Tomlinson was charged with violating the protective order as well as assault and battery of a family member. ..." ...
 

IN: Man shot while lurking in house was owner's cousin
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The shadowy figure in the kitchen window didn't answer Saturday night when confronted by the homeowner who shouted repeated warnings."

"So it wasn't until after the burglar was shot trying to run out the back door that the homeowner discovered he'd wounded his second cousin." ...

"Blakey said he and his fiance had returned to his home in the 2500 block of Tyler Street and saw a silhouette in the kitchen. He called police, then shouted to the intruder, police said."

"When Blakey realized the man was trying to flee, he fired a single warning shot."

"'That's when the guy finally says something,' [Detective] Hornyak said."

"Police found the house had been ransacked, but nothing appeared to be missing." ...
 

PA: Psycho hammers subway passenger
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... "Without uttering a word, police said, the unidentified man whipped out a double-claw hammer and began bludgeoning a 20-year-old man who was dozing off in his seat."

"For five long minutes, SEPTA surveillance cameras captured the deranged attacker ... digging his hammer into the man's head and neck."

"Through it all, disgusted investigators said, at least 10 passengers stood by and did nothing ..."

"When the beating was finished ... the victim staggered back onto the train, bloodied, confused and alone, said Detective Kenneth Roach, of Central Detectives."

"And even then, no one tried to help him."

"'Somebody should have helped this guy,' Roach said. 'I understand the [other] guy had a hammer, but they outnumbered him at least 10 to one.'" ...
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KABA Note: What?!?! An officer of the law is suggesting civilians "take the law into their own hands" instead of just "giving the bad guy what he wants"?!?
 

Canada: Mental tests continue for bus beheading suspect
Submitted by: motoboy

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"More time is needed to assess the competency of a man accused of beheading and eating the flesh of a passenger on a bus in Canada, his lawyer said Monday."

"A judge had ordered Vince Weiguang Li to undergo a psychiatric evaluation last month to determine whether he was competent to stand trial for the July killing of 22-year-old carnival worker Tim McLean." ...

"Li, who immigrated to Canada from China in 2004, asked in court last month for someone to 'please kill me.'"
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Submitter's Note: A bus passenger with a gun could have fulfilled Mr. Li's wish. But, alas, it is Canada.
 

NJ: School Shooting Drill Terrifies Unknowing Teachers
Submitted by: jac

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"About 50 teachers at a New Jersey school experienced a terrifying moment when a shooting rampage turned out to be a drill, but the teachers didn't know it." ...

"A man burst into the library and started shooting. But the gun didn't have any bullets, just blanks."

"Teachers took cover under child-sized tables, crying and trembling."

"'People are crying. The girl next to me is trembling and shaking. You heard people crying. You heard other people praying. It was pretty dramatic,' one teacher said."

"The school district put the drill in place to test staff readiness."

"The Phillipsburg School Board heard from angry teachers and parents Monday night."

"The board is reviewing the drill."
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Submitter's Note: Where do they find this stupidity?
 

IL: Chicago students encouraged to secretly text cops
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"Students who see a gun or overhear plans about an after-school fight can now tip off authorities the 21st century way -- by anonymously text-messaging police -- under a program announced Monday involving 10 Chicago public high schools."

"Crime Stoppers of Cook County is even offering rewards to tipsters whose information produces arrests. For murder cases, that can involve up to $1,000."

"'Practically every student these days has a cell phone. Students are texting each other messages faster than they can dial a number,' Police Supt. Jody Weis said in announcing the pilot program ..."

"'We want them to text a tip to the police -- a tip that could potentially save their life or someone else's.'" ...
 

Iowa Sportsmen for McCain: Response to Obama's comments on Gov. Sarah Palin
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today issued the following statements regarding Senator Obama's comments yesterday in Michigan about Governor Sarah Palin being a 'moose shooter.'"

"Dave Funk, Iowa Co-Chair of Sportsmen for McCain-Palin: 'Senator Barack Obama continues to show how out of touch he is with Second Amendment voters. First he thinks we're bitter folks clinging to our guns, and now he's mocking Governor Sarah Palin for carrying on America's sportsman's tradition with her family. The truth is Senator Obama has made it clear that he'd prefer our basic constitutional right to bear arms be taken away.'" ...
 

MN: The NRA backs Walz, gives Tinklenberg an A rating
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The campaign for DFL Rep. Tim Walz just released a statement saying the National Rifle Association's Political Action Fund has endorsed Tim Walz:"

"'During his first term in the House, Congressman Walz consistently supported the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen, and demonstrated a strong commitment to the Second Amendment and our country's rich hunting heritage,' said Chris W. Cox ... 'Because of his unwavering pro-gun support, Tim Walz earned an 'A' rating and an endorsement from NRA-PVF.'"
"This is significant since the NRA is usually (but not always) aligned with Republicans." ...
 

Liberal, conservative Dems fight over D.C. gun bill — NRA legislation is likely to get floor vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Liberal and conservative Democrats are squaring off over a D.C. gun bill designed to satisfy the National Rifle Association (NRA). But it’s a fight some say the liberals are doomed to lose, at least in the House."

"While a bill supported by liberals will likely win a committee vote Wednesday, leadership is clearing a path for the NRA bill to get a floor vote, where it would likely pass, said two sources familiar with the negotiations." ...

"A bill nearly identical to the NRA bill has 240 co-sponsors, so if it gets a vote, it is expected to pass. Sources said the process will be set up by the House Rules Committee, which is controlled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)." ...
 

NY: Upstate NY congressman faces harassment charge
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Rep. Maurice Hinchey is not expected to appear in a Hudson Valley court for the first hearing in a harassment case against him."

"Hinchey was ordered to court to answer the charge Tuesday. A spokesman says a lawyer will appear instead."

"Paul Lendvay, chairman of the Catskill Regional Friends of the National Rifle Association, claims Hinchey smacked him on the head after he criticized the Democratic Congressman's politics and told him to put down a gun he was examining at a street fair in Rosendale on July 19."

"Lendvay filed a second-degree harassment complaint against Hinchey on Aug. 11. Hinchey's office denies the charge, which is a violation, calling it a complete fabrication and politically motivated." ...
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KABA Note: Rep. Hinchey is a virulent anti-gunner.
 

DC: DC police say looser guns laws would make their jobs harder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The House Oversight and Government Reform committee held a very one-sided hearing today on H.R. 6691, the Second Amendment Enforcement Act. Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) described the bill as a 'wholesale evisceration' of DC's gun laws it would allow 'military-style rifles' to be carried on the streets of Washington, DC. ..."

"The witnesses at the hearing were DC Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, US Capitol Police Chief Phillip Morse, US Park Police Deputy Chief Kevin Hay, and Washington Nationals Park Director of Securrity Robert Campbell. All espoused the same view: guns are dangerous and would make their work harder. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: And just think how much 'easier' your work would be if we could chuck the rest of that pesky Bill of Rights!
 

OH: OFCC To Hold Open Carry Walk in Northwood
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry will be holding an open carry walk in Northwood, Ohio (Wood County) to express our dissatisfaction with the findings of an internal affairs investigation regarding the treatment of one of our members after an encounter with Northwood Police."

"Back in early July, OFCC member Edwin Farbrother was detained and harassed by Northwood Police for legally openly carrying a firearm at Netty's Ice Cream Shop. ..." ...

"OFCC members will meet at Central Park, adjacent to city hall, at noon on Saturday, September 20th and conduct an open carry walk past the municipal complex containing city hall and the police department to reinforce the fact that open carry is a legal activity in the state of Ohio ..."
 

PA: Arrest at Obama rally sparks gun rights debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"John Noble said he’s openly worn a handgun while attending the annual Maple Syrup Festival in Bradys Run Park."

"He's worn it to a Bridgewater book signing."

"The Industry man said he's never been confronted by police over his habit of wearing a holstered pistol on his waist — that is until Aug. 29."

"Noble's arrest at the Barack Obama campaign rally at Beaver's Irvine Park has raised questions about gun rights." ...

"... State police said Noble did not violate the state's open carry law ..."

"Instead, [Beaver County District Attorney Anthony] Berosh said, it's a battle between two constitutional rights: The right to bear arms and the right to assemble peaceably and without fear." ...
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Submitter's Note: Um, Tony, you're not allowed to make stuff up. There's no such thing as "the right to assemble peaceably and without fear".
 

MD: Killing of Mayor's 2 Dogs Justified, Pr. George's Finds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office has concluded in an internal review that its deputies were justified when they shot and killed two dogs belonging to the mayor of Berwyn Heights during a July drug raid ..."

"... the ruling did not satisfy the mayor, who said the inquiry was incomplete and misleading." ...

"[Mayor] Calvo said the necropsy has bolstered his contention that neither dog was threatening law enforcement officers during the raid and that one dog was shot from behind as he fled into a back room." ...

"'The fact that they've done an internal review without contacting the victims of their raid, the people whose house they stormed through, shows they're not very interested in the actual facts,' he said." ...
 

IL: Return to Blue Island
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We talked yesterday about how Blue Island mayoral candidate Tommy Brown violated all kinds of gun laws when he held an 'unauthorized' gun 'buyback' (note the problematic words are in quotation marks)."

"Here's something I didn't realize at the time: He'd been publicly warned off and did it anyway. He intentionally and with pre-meditation engaged in civil disobedience and committed multiple 'gunfelonies,' and he has not been arrested or prosecuted."

"I'd like to do that too, so I thought I'd ask the chief of police if he'd cut me the same deal:" ...
 

MN: RNC 8 Charged as Terrorists Under State Patriot Act
Submitted by: motoboy

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"In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. [The defendants] face up to 7 1/2 years in prison under the terrorism enhancement charge which allows for a 50% increase in the maximum penalty."

Affidavits released by law enforcement which were filed in support of the search warrants used in raids over the weekend, and used to support probable cause for the arrest warrants, are based on paid, confidential informants who infiltrated the RNCWC on behalf of law enforcement. ...
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Submitter's Note: Dissent now seems to be the same as terrorism.
 

AZ: Program qualifies in handgun, shotgun
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Juniper Woods Gun Club (JWGC) is offering a National Rifle Association (NRA) Marksmanship Qualification Program in handgun and shotgun disciplines on Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., including a make-up portion for those who didn't complete or attend the previous portions of the program."

"In addition, a club meeting will begin at 3 p.m. after the shoot and the public is welcome."

"One of the club members will demonstrate International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)." ...
 

OH: "It's on the other foot now!"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Dear Mr. or Ms. Bad Person,"

"The time has finally come that the 'shoe is on the other foot'."

"For many, many years it was my responsibility to prove myself 'justified' in using lethal force when you broke into my castle in the wee hours of the night. If you were injured, maimed, or even killed while you performed your illegal activities, you or your family could sue me personally for your injuries or death while you were robbing by castle. ..."

"Effective September 9th, 2008 I am no longer be forced to prove myself 'justified' in using lethal force when you illegally enter my castle. The burden of proof of innocence will now be place upon YOU!" ...
 

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