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A day of somber reflection
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Eight years ago, a lot of people who had been living in a state of 'bliss ignorance' got a wake-up call."

"In the aftermath of that terrible day ... it came as no surprise that many people did exactly what singer Alan Jackson's heart-wrenching song asked. They went out and bought them a gun."

"A lesson had been learned the hard way, and what might be called a uniquely American instinct took over. Fearful people who had never dreamed of owning a gun showed up at retail counters to buy one. Unsure of what their personal futures held, what did appear certain to them is that their safety, and the safety of their families, was ultimately their responsibility and nobody else's." ...
 

Second City venue for a Second Amendment showdown
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Jim Hryekewicz, in a Sept. 7, column in the Star-Telegram, recounts why the city of Chicago could be the next significant Second Amendment battleground."

"'Otis McDonald is a great American,' he writes. 'In the 1960s, he wore an Army uniform and served with distinction. He then moved home to Chicago ...'"

"'In recent years, McDonald looked around Chicago and decided that he could do something about the shadowy areas of the city outside the bright lights. He went into impoverished, crime-riddled neighborhoods as a community activist,' Hryekewicz writes. 'Yet his work inevitably meant he crossed paths with shady characters — drug dealers and gang leaders. Justifiably, he feared for his safety. And he wanted a gun.'" ...
 

 

Petition targets gun manufacturer liability
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A petition filed in Adames, et al. v. Beretta USA Corp could reopen the case of a teenage boy fatally shot by his best friend eight years ago. In 2001 13-year-old Billy Swan jokingly fired a Beretta pistol at his friend, having first removed the clip and not realizing a bullet remained in the chamber. Swan’s parents sued Beretta, claiming the manufacturer failed to warn consumers that removing the gun’s magazine does not insure total safety. Later that year, the Illinois Supreme Court threw out the case."

"In an exclusive interview with Public Nuisance Wire, Jeff Dissell, firearms instructor and former Florida state chairman of the Friends of NRA, argues that the current lawsuit ignores federal law." ...
 

Federal court decision on open carry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Recently, Travis Yates was stopped in Madison for merely carrying a firearm openly."

"You should know Brad Krause's experience with the West Allis police department."

"I am aware of other police departments who continue to stop armed citizens and search them for no legal reason, despite guidance from attorney general Van Hollen last April."

"The police are skating on very thin ice and are inviting a federal lawsuit. This is high stakes poker kids and we know who is holding all the aces."

"There was a Federal court decision in New Mexico dated September 8, 2009 ... which addresses the legal risks police face when approaching someone doing nothing illegal, and detaining them ..." ...
 

OH: Brady's Helmke in Columbus to award gun control politicians; Takes opportunity to dance in the blood of officers injured Monday
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When blood is running the streets, there always seems to be a group of gun ban extremists ready to dance in it. This time, they are dancing in the blood of two Ohio law enforcement officers."

"On Monday, two Columbus officers were injured when a marijuana-growing suspect fired on them with a semi-automatic AK-47 rifle."

"Just two days later, Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence President Paul Helmke staged a press appearance in Columbus, and claimed that the incident should should serve to remind people how 'easy' it is to buy 'assault weapons.'" ...
 

Buckshot From a Rifled Barrel
Submitted by: david wolfe

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"The first test of the day was buckshot from a rifled 'slug barrel'. Not having a rifled barrel for the test I had to call on a friend that was more than willing to help me out in this area. Sure buckshot will work and function just fine with the rifled barrel but how will it affect the pattern being thrown?" ...
 

Firearms Fundamentals: revolver vs. semi-automatic
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"One question that is always sure to spur a lot of debate is whether a revolver or semi-automatic pistol is the better choice for self-defense. While the pros and cons of each are many and provide far more material than can be covered in one article, I will lay out the primary arguments for each."

"A revolver has fewer moving parts than a semi-automatic pistol. This tends to make them very reliable with very little maintenance required. There are simply fewer parts that can break on a revolver and fewer things that can go wrong while firing one. In most cases, if the pistol fails to fire when you pull the trigger ... you simply pull the trigger ... That's part of the reason why some call the revolver the original point and click device." ...
 

District seeks dismissal of gun lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles filed a motion in U.S. District Court Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by four gun advocates who are seeking the right to carry their weapons outside their homes."

"Mr. Nickles argues that current city gun laws, which allow licensed gun owners to keep weapons in their homes for their personal protection, fall under the category of "reasonable restrictions" permitted by the court."

"The current laws were enacted after the Supreme Court struck down the District's decades-old gun ban in its June 2008 ruling on the District v. Heller case." ...
 

D.C. Defends Ban On Carrying Handguns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The city of Washington, D.C. is mounting an aggressive legal defense of its ban on carrying handguns, calling it 'squarely in the mainstream and eminently reasonable.'"

"In a 37-page legal brief filed this week, the District of Columbia says that refusing to grant licenses to its residents to carry handguns in public complies with the Second Amendment. The regulations 'serve important goals of public safety, especially here, in the nation's capital,' the brief says." ...
 

Safer Streets 101 and the CPR Corollary (Page 1)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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As we already know, it’s not too swift to jump to conclusions and say that the police acted stupidly. I would rather ask questions. I’m talking about a recent case of a drowned child where resuscitation efforts were interrupted (allegedly interrupted) by a police officer. This doesn’t sit well with this old Paramedic, former CPR Instructor and current liberty nut."

"Because safer streets is more than vigils and walks, it is an attitude of survival in a nation of self-rule. Read this story and make the connection of personal attitude to official policy, and see if you can spot an opportunity for your neighborhood to get to safer streets." ...
 

Safer Streets 101 and the CPR Corollary (Page 2)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On Page 1, I elaborated on how a Wichita Police Officer told a grandmother to stop CPR on her grandson whom she’d pulled from the swimming pool. Wichita Eyewitness News 12's Cliff Judy [Drowned boy’s family upset with officer’s response] reported that the boy had a pulse, which raised questions."

"Judy now files another article here WPD Officers Not Required To Keep CPR Certification Current."

"This is one of the best examples of obfuscation and slipperiness you will recognize as a threat to your personal independence from public servants: unaccountability. Going off-topic. Speaking something which may be true, but irrelevant." ...
 

Safer Streets 101 and the CPR Corollary (Page 3)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The identity of values between Independence, concealed carry of handguns and volunteer CPR is exquisite. In the case at hand – the report of a Wichita Police Officer's ordering a grandmother to stop CPR on her grandson – we have a report of that police department’s answering that the officer was not certified."

"I’m going to ask you a public policy question. Every year, thousands of physicians, nurses, and non-physician medical practitioners retire from professional practice. For years thereafter, they are private citizens who go about their business. The knowledge, the professional experience, remains with them." ...
 

NV Senate candidate Sharron Angle also deserves gun owner support
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On Wednesday, I shared the results from Senate Candidate Danny Tarkanian's responses to my political questionnaire, designed to elicit unequivocal answers to define a candidate's position on the right to keep and bear arms. Another candidate, Sharron Angle, has also responded."

"From her email:"
"I do not ask voters to 'read my lips – believe what I say', I ask them to 'read my record –trust what I’ve done as a Nevada State Legislator.'"
"Here's the Q&A:" ...

"1. Do you believe that the Constitution is the 'supreme law of the land' and that the Bill of Rights acknowledges our birthrights?"

"SA: Yes. I believe that the Constitution insures our inalienable rights ..." ...
 

CA: Ammunition Sales Restrictions, Gun Show Ban Moving Forward in California
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Yesterday, the Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 585 by a 21-18 vote. SB585 now heads to the desk of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) for his consideration."

"SB585 is a stepping-stone to banning gun shows on all publicly-owned property in California. Introduced by State Senator Mark Leno (D-3), SB585 would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition on the property or inside the buildings that comprise the Cow Palace in Daly City, just outside of San Francisco." ...
 

MI: Michigan legislator's proposal would allow concealed guns on college campuses
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Someone walks into your classroom with a gun and threatens to open fire. Your best defense is to try to escape the room or take out your cell phone and call for help, but under a proposed change to Michigan legislation, you may have another option."

"Sparked by the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, Michigan Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, has proposed a change to Michigan law to allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons on college campuses."

"Currently ... [c]oncealed carry is prohibited in churches, sports arenas, taverns, hospitals, casinos, day cares and college campuses including dorms and classrooms, according to the Michigan State Police." ...
 

TN: Commissioner trying to add gun-in-parks item to agenda
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Knox County Commissioner Amy Broyles says children will be safer if people with gun carry permits are blocked from bringing their weapons to county parks."

"She plans to add an item to the commission's agenda Sept. 28 to ban handguns in all county parks."

"'The bottom line is we need our parks to be as safe as possible,' Broyles said. 'Allowing individuals to carry guns doesn't do anything to make our parks safe.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Say Amy, you wouldn't happen to have any actual evidence to back up that bald assertion, would you?

 

Bloodsuckers in Blue
Submitted by: Larry

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"Do you cling to the cherished belief that the Constitution protects the integrity of your person, and shields you from being forced to incriminate yourself? You silly prole — the state has jurisdiction over the very blood in your veins, and can force you to undergo a blood test administered any time a uniformed tax feeder demands it of you."

"This may involve being strapped to a 'phlebotomy chair' in the local police station and being jabbed by a fumble-fingered donut-burner who is not a competent health care professional under Hippocratic discipline."

"The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that 'police can force a blood-alcohol test if suspected drunken drivers refuse to take one,' reports Spokane NBC affiliate KHQ." ...
 

WI: It's a setup
Submitted by: John Pierce - Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-3253-Minneapolis-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "But can law enforcement themselves be entrapped? That seems to be the extraordinary claim of the Racine, Wisconsin police department in the case of an open carrier who was arrested for obstructing justice after he apparently refused to identify himself when officers began questioning him for open carrying on the porch of his own home." ...

"Wow … It sure seems that the officers overstepped their bounds in this case. And it appears that they know it; because their first reaction when questioned was to claim that it appears they were 'set up … to see how they would react to open carry.'"

"Are they actually claiming that they were entrapped into making an improper arrest? That is an astonishing claim and one that seems to have little purpose other than possibly setting the stage for a defense should Mr. Rock pursue civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for false arrest." ...
 

LA: Golden Meadow policeman fired after confrontation
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Golden Meadow police officer was fired after he pepper-sprayed a 61-year-old woman during a traffic stop for overly tinted windows."

"Darren Charpentier, a two-year veteran of the force, was terminated by unanimous resolution of the Town Council following a meeting Wednesday attended by about 30 residents complaining about this and other incidents involving the officer."

"Police Chief Randy Chaisson said he had placed Charpentier on administrative leave earlier in the afternoon." ...
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MO woman thinks she is inconvenienced by soldiers funeral procession
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Jefferson County sheriff has offered a stern response to a woman complaining she was inconvenienced by a procession accompanying a soldier's casket."

"The woman wrote an e-mail to Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer after she had a hard time driving around the procession escorting the casket of Sgt. William Woods, who was killed by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan." ...
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Submitter's Note: Maybe Sheriff Boyer should pay her a personal visit with a arrest warrant and ticket book in hand and give her a copy of MO law pllus the citations she wanted written.
 

WI: Madtown PD asks officers: Did you get the memo?
Submitted by: MikeStollenwerk
Website: http://www.OpenCarry.org

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This multi-year near-comedic chain of communication, from AAG Kassel’s “honest your honors, you can open carry on State Street,” to the current game of “memo, memo, who’s got the memo” down at Madtown PD got me thinking . . . so I made ANOTHER open records request under Wisconsin law, this time for any video discussions of these internal police discussions about “the memo,” and low and behold, they sent me this, a videotaped “counseling session” between Madison’s own Captain Victor Wahl and the officer who arrested Travis Yates in Madison recently . . .
 

LA: Shreveport City Marshal pays fine for doing 111 in a 60 (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell paid $153 + court costs for the speeding ticket he received in July."

"The Marshal asked for no special treatment and was offered none.
I expressed my views at the time and won't beat a dead horse. I do have to admit that his statement to the officer that he was speeding because he was lost was a bit bizarre. He was on I-20 westbound looking at the Shreveport skyline. Lost?"

"There are some interesting comments on the original KTBS article that you might want to read." ...
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Americans Buy Over One Million Guns In August - And Over Nine Million So Far This Year
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,074,757 checks in August 2009, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008."

"So far that is roughly 9,076,205 gun bought this year! The total is probably more as NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time." ...
 

AZ: Arizona should step up and assert its sovereignty from feds
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It seems there is hardly a day passing that does not witness another one of our rights infringed by an aggressive and activist federal government. In this atmosphere, states are reasserting their sovereignty and their rights under the Constitution. The state of Montana has made a law directly challenging the right of the feds to regulate firearms that are manufactured and kept in the state."

"The basis for federal jurisdiction in this and so many other matters is the commerce clause of the Constitution, which allows the feds to regulate interstate commerce. ..." ...
 

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