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How do YOU feel about 'No guns for Jews'?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "... Those of us who have supported JPFO's work in the past know that pulling punches is not Executive Director Aaron Zelman's style. He knows--and has documented too many times over the years--that this business of citizen disarmament is far too serious, with far too evil ultimate consequences, to not speak candidly and plainly."

"The memory of the victims of the past demands it." ...
 

Depotism by "Emergency" Edict
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an emergency, such as a natural disaster, government's ability to 'defend' its citizens is diminished. So, it makes no sense to limit citizens' ability to defend themselves."

"Except, apparently, in North Carolina."

"When North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed Executive Order No. 62 on Sept, 1, declaring a State of Emergency in advance of Hurricane Earl, she suspended the right of state residents to use or carry firearms outside their premises. For the second time this year, North Carolinian's Second Amendment rights were arbitrarily suspended by edict. In February, the town of King declared a state of emergency in response to an impending snowstorm, prohibiting the sale and purchase of firearms and ammunition." ...
 

The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 90 - Hidden Firearms Threat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"1- Hidden Firearms Threat"

"The lamestream media told you:"

"Nothing."

"The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:"

"The two plants that make smokeless powder in the U.S. are the General Dynamics plant in St. Marks, Florida ... and the Alliant plant in Connecticut ... All other powder used in the U.S. is imported (from Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, Israel and others). Two plants for the entire nation is not a very deep backup reserve. Any threats to these operations -- from government, law makers, activists, public pressure, enviro-wackos, islamists, etc., is a threat to us all. Thanks to Montana-based rights activist Gary Marbut for bringing this to my attention. We need to keep a careful eye on this." ...
 

Obama Administration Moves to Block the Sale of M1 Rifles to Law-abiding Americans
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Apparently, things are going so well in the Middle East that the State Department now feels it can turn its attention to banning the lawful possession of firearms by American citizens."

"In a little-noticed decision in March, the Obama administration reversed an earlier decision and moved to block the importation of 857,470 lawful M1 semi-automatics which were being sold by South Korea in an effort to raise money for its military. According to Hillary Clinton’s State Department, this action was taken because the M1's 'could potentially be exploited… for illicit purposes.'"

"Even worse, a spokesman for the State Department left the impression that the valuable historic relics could even be melted down ..." ...
 

Grier case shows futility of gun laws, Coburn case shows futility of 'justice' system
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We all claim to seek it in one form or another, but in the actual practice of enforcing the law, justice all-too-frequently takes a distant back seat to something else, and this column has never quite been able to define what that 'something else' is. Certainly, it involves the pushing of political and social agendas. Definitely there are differing and clashing philosophies in the mix."

"But that 'something else' is hard to pin down. We will take a stab at it, and likely miss the mark, while encouraging readers to weigh in below in the comments section." ...
 

Caution! 911 May NOT Be the Number to Call After a Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier today, I posted the following statement: 'In battle, you do what you gotta do, live, call 911 and deal.' The 911 part of the formula is no small point. All your go-to gun gurus and lawyer friends (oxymoronic as that sounds) agree: you must call the cops immediately after a shooting. That's the only way you can establish yourself as the victim rather than the aggressor. It's also critical for guiding the first responders to your 10-40, and pre-identifying yourself so you don't get yo' ass capped by the good guys. Only there’s a fly in the cellular ointment. The rabbi sent me a link to a CNN story that raises the alarm about raising the alarm by calling 911 from your cell . . ." ...
 

Smith & Wesson's Profits Plummet
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Business Week reports what TTAG flagged earlier: Smith & Wesson's product diversification and expansion has hurt the brand’s bottom line. Oh wait; that's not the official explanation. 'Gun maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. said on Thursday that its first-quarter net income was half of what it earned a year earlier, when gun buyers stocked up because of worries about potential new regulations. The company said it earned $6.2 million, or 10 cents per share, during the quarter that ended July 31. That was down from almost $12.4 million, or 21 cents per share, during the same period last year . . . Revenue fell 6.7 percent to $94.9 million, from $101.7 million a year earlier.' So what exactly IS happening here?" ...
 

Assault on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All the way back to the Persians telling the Spartans to lay down their arms, governments have attempted to disarm people. The Spartan's reply was Molon Labe (Come and Take Them). Joseph Jarret, Knox County Law Director began his excellent presentation to the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA), with a reference to this historic battle of Thermopylae."

"Thus began Jarret's discussion on the assault on the Second Amendment, and the two major views of the Second Amendment, the individual view, like free speech and the collectivist view."

"He noted that many politicians and judges have held to the collectivist view." ...
 

Dr Pepper Is in Poor Health (second item)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... Guns N' Roses once won a bet that forced Dr Pepper to give 'everyone in America' a free soda, sorta. Better that than a complementary gun, I guess, but Smith & Wesson (SWHC) is arguably in even more need of Axl's assistance this afternoon. Dirty Harry may have had to hand it to them but it's unlikely America’s biggest handgun maker is currently making his day. Shares are sliding to a fresh 52-week low after its first-quarter sales fell 7%. Earnings of $0.06 excluding extraordinary items came in at only half the rate of a year ago. Of greater concern, the company ... now only expects revenue in a range of $97 million to $102 million, below consensus estimates calling for $115.5 million, or $0.11 per share. ..." ...
 

August sees 4.6% jump in firearm sales from same period one year ago
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The FBI has released its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figures for August 2010. NSSF-adjusted figures (718,971) show a 4.6 percent increase over August of last year (687,252)."

"The adjusted NICS data were derived by NSSF by subtracting out NICS purpose-code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases." ...
 

Sotomayor Answers a Tough Question – Almost
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jonathan Adler of the Volokh Conspiracy reports on a recent Q&A with Justice Sotomayor:"
"A student asked Justice Sotomayor whether she could explain the reasons why she joined the dissent in McDonald v. Chicago and whether she thought Justice Thomas' concurring opinion relying upon the Privileges or Immunities Clause had any merit. 'No,' she replied. She went on to explain. 'Every opinion I write and every opinion I join' fully explains her reasons for deciding a case in a particular way. She also suggested some justices are too quick to write their own separate dissenting or concurring opinions." ...
"Ye gad, does Sotomayor ever get off easy here. Here’s the question that everyone wants to know about Sotomayor’s dissent in McDonald:" ...
 

Dear Potential Palm Pistol Customer:
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Constitution Arms sent out this email alert re: progress on their unique pistol. The brains behind the operation reckons his weapon might need a PDX-1-style defensive cartridge . . ."
"Endurance testing of the Palm Pistol prototype was completed in August, 2010. The procedure consisted of firing 10,000 standard rounds and 100 proof loads. Every 500 rounds, the gun was completely disassembled and subjected to wet fluorescent magnetic particle inspection (MPI) by an ASTM certified non-destructive testing laboratory . . ." ...
 

Chiappa Rhino Post of the Day: How to Actually Hit Something
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You may have noticed that TTAG has given the new Chiappa Arms Rhino a fair amount of coverage. ... In fact, we've been accused of slipping over the line into fan-boyism. Suffice it to say, the Rhino's an innovative weapon in an industry where genuine innovation is rare. Revolver. 1911. Glock. Done. In the interest of objectivity, I'd like to point out that I haven't hit shit with the Rhino. Even from five yards. And yet Chiappa Firearms Prez Ron Norton kept assuring me that his pug-ugly gun was more accurate than a laser-guided missile (paraphrasing). It was TTAG's resident terrorist-zombie-gopher hunter who set me straight. I now know the secret of hitting things with the Chiappa Firearms Rhino . . ." ...
 

GA: Armed cab driver stops a bank robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A taxi cab driver reportedly used his handgun to stop a man who had just robbed a bank was was attempting to use the cab as his get-away car."

"Police say that a man flagged down a cab in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, and asked that the cab driver take him to an ATM. When the cab arrived at a bank, the man is said to have gotten out of the cab with a paper bag in his hand, gone into the bank, threatened a teller with a realistic looking fake gun. Upon exiting the bank, the man reportedly pointed the fake gun at the cab driver and ordered him to drive. At this point, the cab driver drew his lawfully carried self defense gun and fired a few shots in the robber's direction, which caused him to flee ..." ...
 

George Grier lives in the wrong state to defend his family
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"George Grier of Uniondale ran afoul of New York's poor gun laws and may spend prison time for trying to defend his family. It seems he was unaware that New York has no law supporting the 'Castle Doctrine' specifically recognizing a right to defend ones home and family from intruders. Instead, New York recognizes a sort of honorable fair fight concept, saying you are only entitled to use physical force to deter physical force. This doesn't take into account age, fitness, training, or size, but it looks great in action movies where the hero tosses away his helmet after he knocks off the helmet of his foe, and tosses away his own shield after removing his enemy's shield to keep the fight fair. Give me a break!" ...
 

DE: NRA backs Tea Party candidate in Delaware
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association endorsed conservative commentator Christine O'Donnell Friday in Delaware's Republican Senate primary. The Tea Party-backed O'Donnell is looking to upset Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) on Tuesday."

"The NRA's Political Victory Fund cited O'Donnell's 'commitment to preserving the Second Amendment' in its endorsement of her Friday."

"'Christine O'Donnell will be a strong voice in fighting ongoing efforts by anti-gun politicians to dismantle the Second Amendment,' chairman of the NRA's Political Victory Fund Chris Cox said in a statement. 'We ask all Delaware gun-owners and hunters to vote for Christine O'Donnell in the U.S. Senate Republican primary on September 14th.'" ...
 

MD: Mikulski's GOP Rivals Dispute Tea Party, Contribution Support
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two Republicans claiming Tea Party credentials have emerged as frontrunners among 11 candidates hoping to dethrone Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski in November."

"Eric Wargotz ... says he's the candidate to beat among Republicans after a Rasmussen Poll showed a 25-point gap between Wargotz and Mikulski in July shrank to 16 points among likely Maryland voters in August." ...

While Wargotz lays claim to 'some' Tea Party support, another Republican frontrunner, Jim Rutledge, makes no mistake about it: 'I am the Tea Party candidate,' he said Tuesday ..." ...

"Both Wargotz and Rutledge say they support tighter enforcement of immigration laws, Second Amendment rights, limited government and tax relief." ...
 

SC: Wilson's jobs tour takes aim at firing range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson will stop at the state's only five-star rating indoor shooting range as Wilson's 'Joe Means Jobs' tour resumes."

"The tour stop, according to the campaign, highlights Wilson's defense of the Second Amendment and his aim to help small businesses weather the nation's worst ever recession."

"'I am grateful to hear from so many small business owners who are demanding taxes not go up at the end of the year,' Wilson said in a campaign release. 'Palmetto State Shooting is a prime example of a family-owned South Carolina business that needs for Washington to stop making it difficult to do business.'" ...
 

TSA publishes new posters depicting photographers as terrorists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"And people wonder why photographers are so sensitive these days."

"The Transportation Security Administration has published new posters that explicitly insinuate that if you are taking a picture of an airplane, you must be a terrorist and be reported to the authorities." ...
 

TX: Corpus Christi police officer indicted on felony charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Corpus Christi police officer has been indicted on allegations that he tampered with a surveillance system that could've been used against him in a criminal investigation."

"Senior Officer Tommy Cabello was indicted on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, a third-degree felony."

"As of late Thursday, Cabello had not been arrested."

"If convicted, he could face two to 10 years in prison and as much as a $10,000 fine."

"The indictment accuses Cabello, 37, of intentionally altering, destroying or concealing the surveillance system during an investigation Robstown police said was into accusations he assaulted his sister-in-law." ...
 

NY: Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Killing Woman in DUI and Gets 90 Days
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Former NYPD Officer Andrew Kelly has received 90 days after pleading guilty to getting drunk and then running over Vionique Valnord, 33. Kelly killed Valnord with his Jeep and was found smelling of alcohol with slurred speech.


He was reportedly with another off-duty officer and two other buddies at the time of the accident around 12:41 a.m. in Flatlands on Sept. 28, 2009.

He resigned from the force shortly before his plea.

The victim’s father, Rev. Varios Valnord forgave Kelly and accepted his courtroom apology. The family, however, is moving forward with a civil lawsuit against the city.
 

PA: Ex-Philly Cops Face More Charges in Heroin Scheme
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"Three former Philadelphia police officers charged in a scheme to steal heroin and sell it themselves are facing more charges."

"Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged the former officers with possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school."

"Authorities in July charged Robert Snyder, James Venziale, and Mark Williams and a suspected drug dealer with hatching a plot to seize drugs in a staged traffic stop. Investigators say the former officers would provide the dealer with a fake property receipt to make it appear to his supplier and others that the seizure was legitimate."

"Snyder and Williams were also charged Thursday with planning to rob a man they believed was a mobster collecting gambling proceeds. ..."
 

CO: Court Security Officer Accidentally Fires Gun, Hurts 1
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Arapahoe County Courthouse security officer accidentally fired his handgun, injuring a colleague Wednesday morning after he ran the weapon through an X-ray machine, authorities said."

"The security officer, Christopher Reed, 26, was charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said in a news release."

"Reed worked for Olympic Security, a contractor that provides security for the District Courthouse at 7305 South Potomac St, in Centennial, Robinson said." ...
 

KS: Officer Injured When Gun Accidentally Fires
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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An Overland Park police officer was injured early Wednesday morning when his gun accidentally fired, Overland Park police said.

The officer accidentally shot himself in the leg around 12:20 a.m. at Overland Park Police Headquarters, police spokesman Matt Bregel said. The officer was taken to the hospital and later released.

Bregel said the shooting happened at the end of the officer's shift. The officer has been with the department for 2 years.

An internal investigation is now under way at the department, Bregel said.
 

PA: Vicious, feared attack leaves Pa. inmate comatose
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If his diary and witness accounts are to be believed, Nicholas Pinto endured months of physical, sexual and mental abuse in prison. Guards roughed him up, made him stand naked in a cold cell for hours at a time, and taunted him relentlessly. A fellow inmate raped him night after night, beat him when he resisted, and stole his possessions."

"And no one, he claimed, did a thing about it." ...

"He feared for his life, yet the officials responsible for his safety appear to have ignored his pleas for help — nor did they heed a warning from the prison chaplain that Pinto was in grave danger." ...

"Though he pleaded guilty to a reprehensible crime, Rogan, the attorney preparing to sue, said Pinto's punishment should have been meted out in a courtroom, not a prison." ...
 

MI: Opinion: Carrying a Concealed Gun in Michigan
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns seem as American as baseball and apple pie, a right granted us under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But, still, there is an ongoing debate as to whether we should carry them and where."

"Recently, this controversy was brought into the spotlight in Michigan with an attempted ban of open-carry pistols in Michigan's Royal Oak, an affluent area of greater Detroit. The ban, which was lifted, would have kept people from openly carrying their pistols at the Arts, Beats & Eats festival over Labor Day weekend."

"Like many Michigan residents who legally own and carry a pistol -- 242,524 as of Sept. 2, according to the Michigan State Police -- I have been seriously considering arming myself as well. ..." ...
 

NY: A conservative by action
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I normally respect others’ opinions I do not agree with and rarely respond to others' free expression regardless if I agree with it or not, but I know former legislator Gary Kent ('A loose interpretation of the Constitution,' APOV, Aug. 7), and I think he would welcome a response and I will enjoy debating him on this." ...

"Gary, I don't understand your logic. The Second Amendment is quite clear. There is nothing loose about it. No gray areas, it's static. A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Only a progressive or liberal mind could find a gray area in that. There are no gray areas in that Bill of Rights ..." ...
 

CA: Looters hit burned California city
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"The fireball gas line explosion that destroyed 38 homes in this middle-class neighborhood appears to have killed only four residents, something for which San Bruno Fire Chief Dennis Haag is very grateful." ...

"Police have created a perimeter around the fire-damaged area and were not allowing anyone in as of Friday afternoon." ...

"Pam Pesce-Hansen said her mother and father, who live half a block away from the epicenter of the blast, saw police chasing a man who appeared to have looted a nearby home."

"San Bruno Police Chief Neil Telford confirmed that a report was received Friday night of suspected looting. When officers surrounded the man, he assaulted them, more officers were called, and the suspect was taken into custody, he said." ...
 

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