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Colorado recall shows power of grassroots in gun debate
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'Victory springs from imparting excruciating political pain in unrelenting repetitive attacks on a single politician as an example to others,' The Chicago Tribune quoted from a fundraising appeal by recall leader Russ Howard at the time. 'We may not win a particular election, but our methods . . . (make) it exceedingly expensive, difficult and unpleasant for the target to remain in office.'" ...
 

Colorado recall election debunks 'elections go to the highest bidder' myth
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"As both National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea and Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman noted yesterday, dedicated grassroots activism and hard work on the part of gun rights advocates handily trumped a multi-million dollar funding advantage on the part of forcible citizen disarmament fanatics like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Two of Bloomberg's minions in the Colorado State Senate, including the Senate President, were kicked out of office Tuesday, in Colorado's first ever recall election, in direct response to the role they played in imposing draconian new gun laws on the people of the state." ...
 

Question of the Day: Should We Listen to Victims of “Gun Violence”?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"I’ve never been shot. And yet here I am, prattling on about guns, gun control and freedom. OK, my father’s family was pretty much wiped out in the Holocaust. But that was, what, sixty-eight years ago? What’s important now are the victims of today’s gun violence. Specifically the ones who blame guns and gun control for their injuries or the injuries or death of their loved ones. They’re important because . . . they’re pathetic. Yes I’m going there . . ." ...
 

Self-Defense Tips: The Rabbi Shows My Ex Three Things Not To Do With A Gun (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Strange days. California goes dark, passing a raft of civilian disarmament laws that bring new meaning to the word 'infringe.' Colorado voters recall two politicians for their pro-gun control votes, re-invigorating The People of the Gun. And the Rabbi posts a gun safety video featuring my second ex-wife; a self-defense tip filmed before everything went to hell (marriage-wise). ..."
 

NFA Trust Rule Change Explained
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"First, here’s the text of the Proposed Rule by the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bureau on 09/09/2013 [published on the Federal Register for public comment] re: Machine Guns, Destructive Devices and Certain Other Firearms; Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Corporation, Trust or Other Legal Entity With Respect To Making or Transferring a Firearm . . ." ...
 

To a "T"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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Keeping our Veterans Alive
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
Website: http://oldgunhand.com

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"Men who have not stared the beast in the face have no idea of the bond that forms between men who protect each other’s lives. The expression, 'got your back' takes on a more serious meaning to veterans than it does to civilians. Would your friends back home run through enemy fire to come to your aid knowing that several who tried before them never made it?"

"The war in Vietnam took an 18 year old boy and made him a man. You see things that even trauma centers never see and you either put them out of your mind or go slowly mad. I saw some go mad. ..." ...
 

Miss Kansas is Tattooed, M16 Shooting, Bow-Hunting, National Guard Soldier Certified Badass
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Meet Theresa Vail."

"Vail is a National Guard solider who is an M16 expert marksman, avid bowhunter, and will be one of the first Miss America contestants to bear ink on stage."

"Oh yeah, she’s also double majoring in Chemistry and Chinese at Kansas State University."

"According to a recent profile by People, Vail doesn’t just pose with guns and bows for cool photo ops. She’s also an avid hunter," ...
 

I remember 9/11 - a first hand account of the horror on that day
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
Website: http://oldgunhand.com

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... "I was far from my home in NYC so I had my car in a garage nearby. Going home was not a priority for me because my wife was safe at home and I could not take my eyes away from the burning towers; until I could see little specks jumping. I had to avert my eyes. I could not look any more. That vision remains with me to this day. I was able to make my way to my car covered in the ashes of the burning buildings and bodies, but due to the streets being clogged with people, I could only drive as fast as they walked. I finally made it to an interstate highway only to find that my way was blocked. In fact, all bridges were blocked and I was on a peninsular" ...
 

Today’s reminder that freedom isn’t free
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Hundreds of small American flags are flying today at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and a quiet Pennsylvania field as the nation solemnly remembers the events of a dozen years ago; an anniversary covered today by the Associated Press, Seattle Times and every other news organization on the map." ...
 

Colorado voters to Bloomberg: Liberty not for sale
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"To follow a popular gun prohibition meme after yesterday’s recall of two anti-gun lawmakers in Colorado, it was 'easy access to votes' that made it possible for gun owners, including many angry gun owning Democrats, to oust Democrats John Morse and Angela Giron, signalling that Michael Bloomberg's big money influence can't trump Rocky Mountain independence." ...
 

Colorado Recall – Now What?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Voters in Colorado gave the old heave-ho to two pro-gun control pols in yesterday’s recall elections. It’s a stunning victory for The People of the Gun. The recall sends a clear message to the civilian disarmament industrial complex that echoes the scene in Mommie Dearest where Joan Crawford addresses Coca-Cola’s Board of Directors: 'Don’t f*** with me fellas.' Yes, but—as Moms Demand Action pointed out in their petulant post-recall press release, the recall vote doesn’t actually change the laws that triggered the recall campaign. Colorado still has a 15-round ammunition capacity limit. The Centennial State still requires background checks at gun shows. And the Democrats still have a majority in the legislature. ..." ...
 

CO: Why the Colorado recalls succeeded
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The media mostly got the recall elections in Colorado wrong. They said it was about guns; it was not. They said it was started by the NRA; it was not. In fact, it was started by three ordinary people in Colorado Springs and three friends in Pueblo."

"Rob Harris, the leader of the effort, has never been involved in politics before. What got him off have couch was Morse’s dismissive attitude toward his constituents. When Harris complained to his mother, she suggested he do something about it. He did."

"At the same time—and independently at first—two other people reached the same conclusion." ...
 

CO: Grassroots Activists Take Home Major Second Amendment Victory in Colorado, Recall Two Anti-Gun Senators
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "This is a HUGE victory for grassroots activists and the Second Amendment. These results will no doubt send a loud message nationally. Giron and Morse both voted to limit ammunition magazine capacity to 15 rounds and for expanded background checks covering online and private firearms sales." ...
 

MO: Missouri backs off showdown over federal gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Missouri legislators who appeared locked and loaded for a high-stakes fight with U.S. officials over gun-control policies backed away from a showdown at the last moment by sustaining a veto of a bill attempting to invalidate certain federal firearms laws."

"The Republican-backed bill ultimately was doomed by the top GOP leaders of the state Senate, who cited concerns that the measure could have hindered local law enforcement efforts and infringed on free-speech rights." ...
 

MO: Meet the 17 Republicans who saved Missouri from becoming a national joke
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"In separate votes Wednesday, 17 Republican lawmakers decided it was more important to support a positive future for Missouri than it was to blindly follow GOP political leaders."

"These 17 Republicans deserve the respect of all Missourians. They saved the state from becoming a national joke when it comes to taxes and guns." ...
 

MO: Mo. lawmakers fail to override veto of gun bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"A Missouri measure attempting to nullify some federal gun control laws fell a single vote short of enactment Wednesday as the leaders of the state's Republican-led Senate joined with Democrats to prevent a veto override."

"Senators voted 22-12 for the veto override, coming up just shy of the required two-thirds majority. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and Majority Leader Ron Richard split from the rest of the GOP caucus that they lead to instead sustain Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto." ...
 

MO: Key Republican Defections Mean Missouri Will Not Secede from Union (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Missouri Republicans appear to have failed for now in their attempt to secede from the Union. I wrote yesterday about HB 436, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of that bill, and the coming vote to overturn that veto."

"That vote for the blatantly unconstitutional bill, despite support shown by a couple of hundred die-hard gun owners gathered on the Capitol lawn, failed." ...
 

IL: Chicago Moves to Ban Guns in Restaurants, But Also Eliminates City Gun Registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"It’s a mixed bag for gun rights coming out of the Chicago City Council today."

"In one disheartening move, the council passed a local ordinance which makes will make it illegal to carry guns into alcohol serving establishments, including all restaurants that serve alcohol once the state begins issuing concealed carry licenses."

"This is at odds with the state law on the issue which bans guns at bars whose income comes from greater than 50% alcohol sales."

"The council expects the city will be sued over the move, as the concealed carry law passed earlier this year in Illinois gives the state preemption to regulate locations where guns can be carried."

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for once out of Chicago ..." ...
 

IL: Chicago repeals its gun registry, permits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Chicago reluctantly abolished a 45-year-old requirement that gun owners register their weapons with the city, marking a victory for advocates of gun rights such as the National Rifle Association."

"The city council voted yesterday to end the gun registry, in place since 1968, to comply with court rulings against Chicago and Illinois gun-control laws, and to bring the city into line with a state concealed-carry law." ...
 

MA: Common sense missing in proposed handgun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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... "What have we learned so far? Massachusetts already has an assault-weapons ban and limits to 10 rounds per magazine. The gun-control folks see the NRA as the enemy; the pro Second Amendment folks see gangs and dropped criminal charges as the problem. Those who want gun control want to see the one-gun-per-month law enacted to prevent the criminal from selling guns illegally to criminals, who then destroy innocent lives in a gangland setting."

"The pro-punish bad guys? Folks ask why he is not in prison and question 'do you really think he is going to follow the one-gun-per-month law if he is already breaking others by selling guns illegally to felons?'" ...
 

FL: Sarasota City Commission supports repeal of 'Stand your ground'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"When formulating their legislative priorities for next year, the Sarasota City Commission voted to support the repeal of the state's 'Stand your ground' statute."

"The commission's brief one paragraph goal was included under 'major priorities' in a document titled Revised Final 2014 Legislative Priorities." ...
 

VA: Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe dodges question on ‘assault weapons’ ban (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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... "See, that wasn’t difficult. Just a direct answer to a simple question. Yet, for some reason, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has a hard time answering that same question."

"'I think that anyone that purchases a gun should have a background check. I’ve gone through it myself. It’s a very simple process. It only takes a couple of minutes to do it,' McAuliffe said when he was asked if he supports bringing an AWB to Virginia." ...

"Later, during the same interview, another reporter asked him once again to specifically address the issue of an AWB. Unsurprisingly, McAuliffe continued to duck and dodge the question." ...
 

CA: California Assembly Passes Semi-Auto Firearms Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"As most of the nation’s gun community kept our eyes on the historic Colorado recall yesterday, our friends in California were facing a far different fate."

"The bill that was passed by the assembly yesterday can probably be considered the strictest gun ban in the country. It bans the sale of semi-auto rifles that can accept a magazine of more than 10 rounds."

"People who own such rifles would have to register them with the state." ...
 

FL: Tallahassee police ‘stand by’ practices that broke woman’s face in violent arrest video
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Police in Tallahassee on Tuesday said that they 'stand by our practices' that resulted in a woman’s cheekbone being broken last month when two officers slammed her face on the ground during an arrest for drunk driving."

"Attorney Fred Conrad told the Tallahassee Democrat that he planned to sue the Tallahassee Police Department on behalf of his client ... after he reviewed dashcam video of officers breaking the orbital bone in her face and causing other injuries." ...

"State Attorney Willie Meggs told the station that the dashcam video was 'very disturbing.'"

"'I didn’t see anything in the video that would cause me to believe that this woman needed anybody to use any type of force or restraint on her,' Meggs explained." ...
 

LA: Louisiana police chief indicted on child rape charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Spearsville Police Chief Steve E. Bodine, accused of aggravated rape of a child under the age of 13, has been indicted by a Union Parish grand jury."

"The News-Star reports the 64-year-old Bodine was booked late Monday afternoon into the Union Parish Detention Center. State District Court Judge Cynthia Woodard set bond at $500,000." ...
 

MN: More sexual conduct charges for Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Deputy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"A Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Deputy who allegedly had sexual contact this summer with several children is charged with two felonies for sexual contact with another child in June 2009."

"Aaron Joseph Heuer, 29, of Isle, Minn., was charged Sept. 10 in Otter Tail County District Court with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct." ...
 

NJ: Nonfatal shootings continue to plague N.J. cities, thousands of cases unsolved since 2008
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The statistics from New Jersey’s most violent cities paint a grim, but simple, picture."

"Gun violence is increasing statewide, and resource-strapped police departments are failing to solve hundreds of nonfatal shootings each year in nine of the state’s largest cities: Newark, Camden, Atlantic City, Paterson, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Irvington and Orange." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. — Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

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