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"Alles ist in Ordnung"
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh

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"Dusty Horwitt's Collectivist Vision of the Cyber-Future" ...

"Dear Dusty,"

"Are you sure you're not channeling Josef Goebbels? He would certainly understand your plan to bring order out of Internet chaos. The question has always been, whose order? Freedom and liberty, like capitalism, are inherently messy and inefficient systems, except when you compare them to the collectivist alternatives, which never work and are more often than not murderous."

"Let me put it another way. If you remove the ability of people to peaceably and freely express themselves, they will, according to the Law of Unintended Consequences, find other ways to express themselves -- ways that are not so peaceable." ...
 

The Colt that got away
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently at a gun show, I was looking over an old US service 1911 .45 pistol. Its serial number was low and the gun itself in only fair condition. The seller said the previous owner claimed the gun had been used in the Mexican Punitive Expedition in 1916. This comment brought back a flood of memories about why I have an interest in these early Colts." ...
 

The arming of America
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It begins to appear that the [NRA] and the rest of the guns-first crowd won't be satisfied until something approaching the whole American nation is armed against itself. Washington, D.C. is the latest example."

"Washington's ordinance outlawing handguns was the vehicle that led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this year that the Second Amendment is an individual right and thus forbids any such blanket ban."

"The district's City Council has scrambled into compliance with a temporary ordinance and is working toward a permanent one. The council is inclined toward enacting some safety controls that the NRA would abominate — maybe trigger locks, registration, restrictions on semiautomatics: it is so far unclear just what." ...
 

SD: The call for 'green' ammunition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's been 17 years since the federal government banned the use of lead shot in shells used to hunt waterfowl. ..."

"... But now the quest for environment-friendly “green” ammunition is taking a new turn. Several states are considering an outright ban on all lead ammunition."

"California led the charge on this issue when a rare California condor turned up dead from lead poisoning. Condors are large vultures and therefore primarily scavengers. ... Even big-game hunters in California must now use lead-free bullets, and several other states may soon make similar rules." ...
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Submitter's Note: Since "gun control" is a loser issue, the antis seem to be switching to "ammunition control".
 

GA: Man shot in leg during attempted Wrightsboro Road home invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Investigators tell News 12 an 18-year-old with a butcher knife was trying to get into a house on the 14 hundred block of Wrightsboro Road.

Deputies say the homeowner shot the intruder in the left leg with a 12gauge shotgun.

The teen is recovering at MCG. At this time no charges have been filed.
 

Philly police chief trains people to be sheep; Complains when they won't fight a wolf
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Sept 10th, 2008 I watched in dumbfounded amazement a Today Show news report covering the vicious beating of an unarmed man on the Philadelphia subway." ...

"... What left me dumbfounded was the response of both the reporter and ... Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey. They both were simply amazed by the lack of bystander response to intervene or to call for help." ...

"I found myself slack-jawed. For years law enforcement official such as Chief Ramsey have drilled the premise that we (the people) should 'leave these matters to the police and other trained authorities'. We have been told to comply with the attackers instructions, don't confront them, don't take matters into your own hands ..." ...
 

SC: Island fourth grader suspended for using broken pencil sharpener
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A 10-year-old Hilton Head Island boy has been suspended from school for having something most students carry in their supply boxes: a pencil sharpener."

"The problem was his sharpener had broken, but he decided to use it anyway."

"A teacher ... noticed the boy had what appeared to be a small razor blade during class ..."

"It was obvious that the blade was the metal insert commonly found in a child's small, plastic pencil sharpener ..."

"The boy -- a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student -- cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school's assistant principal."

"He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff's report stated ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: The cops display more common sense than the "educators."


 

Outdoor issues may help swing election
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Consider the great political divide that pits outdoor recreation interests against one another..."

"On one hand, there are environmentalists who favor wilderness protection for thousands if not millions of acres of public land. ... They tend to skew urban and vote Democratic."

"On the other side are consumptive users of the outdoors. They enjoy hunting, are willing to manage for species they like to hunt ... and are avid defenders of the Second Amendment. ... They tend to be more rural and vote Republican."

"These two characterizations are, of course, stereotypical. Lines between the two groups occasionally blur. Neither is entirely right or wrong. In recent elections, though, both groups have played key roles." ...
 

Lies and damned lies (without statistics)
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh

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... " . . . Obama, with an even greater legislative majority will do the same, or worse. This despite the undeniable fact that gun control has been a losing political issue for your party . . . How's that working out down there in Texas, eh?"

"It is not my fault that your party chose to vest its national leadership hopes in two of the most liberal mokes ever to come down the political pike, Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Surely despite their words (and we gun owners have long ago ceased to pay attention to words in an election cycle, either yours or the ill-named 'Republicans') they will once more deliver us gun control. It is in their liberal genes."

"But to deny it in the press is mendacity to the nth degree." ...
 

NY: Baloney from Sandy Treadwell
Submitted by: Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
Website: http://blog.nysrpa.org

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Antigun Sandy Treadwell just put out a large, full color postcard mailer titled Sandy Treadwell: Standing Up for New York Sportsmen. In it he says: "Sandy Treadwell will support legislation to end frivolous lawsuits against gun manufactures. These lawsuits are a backdoor attempt to restrict gun ownership. They are unfair." Someone forgot to tell him Congress passed that law 3 years ago.
 

CO: Obama, McCain backers compete over veterans, gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The White House race between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain came back to Colorado this week as Democratic veterans credited Obama with supporting broad increases in veteran benefits while Republicans countered that McCain was the best man on gun-owner rights and Western issues."

"Colorado is viewed as one of the key 'swing' states in the November election, which is why the television channels are full of Obama and McCain advertising. Obama's campaign pulled together a conference call of veterans backing the Illinois senator Wednesday, while the GOP got Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard and Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., to tell reporters about McCain's and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's record on gun rights and the West." ...
 

IL: Brady Campaign eyes another Illinois General Assembly seat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... I live (unfortunately) in Illinois, and thus can't really help but be smacked upside the head with the forcible citizen disarmament tyranny that characterizes this state, and that being the case, I'm gonna talk about it."

"So, although I've pretty much avoided Illinois-specific politics for a while, today I feel compelled to talk about a Brady Campaign endorsed candidate for the Illinois House. Gary Nowak has received the Brady Campaign's endorsement, as a candidate who will 'Fight To Keep Dangerous Weapons Out Of The Hands Of Dangerous People.'"

"I have few problems with that, right from the get-go. First, just about anything can be used as a weapon, including a bikini top. ..." ...
 

NH: GOP candidate who blames loss on flier has guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If failed Republican candidate Brad Galinson had answered a questionnaire from a state gun rights group, he might have received a favorable rating that would have won him a spot on the November ballot."

"Galinson, of Amherst, believes a pair of mailings – one from the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition – might have cost him a win in the primary election Tuesday."

"The gun group's flier lists the replies to its questions for each candidate. It shows a question mark next to Galinson's name ..."

"Galinson said he didn't remember getting the questionnaire; it was either never received or sent or accidentally tossed out." ...
 

If You Pass This Bill, More Presidents Will Die
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congress is considering a bill that would remove several burdensome restrictions on gun possession that the District of Columbia retained even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that its handgun ban and firearm storage requirements violated the Second Amendment. ..."

"Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) argues that the bill would allow people to carry 'loaded AK-47s or .50-caliber sniper assault weapons openly in cars or in person,' ..."

"I'm not sure where to begin. The only provision of the bill that deals with carrying weapons applies in the gun owner's 'dwelling house or place of business or on other land possessed by that person.' There's nothing about carrying loaded guns in public. ..." ...
 

VA: Good Answer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For several years the Virginia General Assemby has declined to pass legislation to close the 'gun-show loophole' that allows 'unlicensed dealers' to sell firearms without a background check at gun bazaars."

"And for good reason."

"Gun-control advocates frequently toss around alarmist numbers such as this one: One-third of vendors at gun shows do not have a federal firearms license. They don't bother to mention that many of those vendors do not sell guns ..."

"What's more, many of those who do sell guns are private individuals who want to get rid of an old varmint gun or antique firearm, and are no more gun dealers than a person who sells a rocking chair at a yard sale is a furniture dealer ..." ...
 

Tax Funded Policing is Socialism
Submitted by: Larry

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"Good evening. Tonight I'll be talking about socialism: what it is, the problems it creates, and counterpoint of solutions that are offered by the free market. But I will be doing this for a line of production that most people take for granted should be managed by the state: internal security. I'll get into the nuts and bolts of the problems of socialism, talk about the problems of power that are particular to the production of internal security, and I will discuss free market solutions and alternatives to the production of internal security." ...
 

Bush Pushes for More Police Power
Submitted by: Larry

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"In his last months, President Bush is working to ensure that his successor will have the greatly expanded power of the executive branch ... His chief enabler in this ever-increasing surveillance of American citizens is Attorney General Michael Mukasey."

"... Mukasey's plan for new FBI guidelines that could begin national security and criminal investigations of racial and ethnic groups without any evidence of wrongdoing. ..."

"Four Democratic senators ... warn not only Mukasey but also the rest of us that the new rules 'might permit an innocent American to be subjected to such intrusive surveillance based in part on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or on protected First Amendment activities.'" ...
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KABA Note: We don't need no steenkin' Bill of Rights!
 

FL: The Baggy Pants Posse
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"... The Riviera Beach cops have been rather diligent in enforcing a new city ordinance targeting droopy shorts and trousers, according to police reports. Since officers began their crackdown last month, they have arrested at least 11 other baggy pants perps (of that group, two are juveniles). .... One of the juveniles, in fact, cursed out Officer J. Thornton and said, according to one affidavit, 'Your a cracker and ain't got shit better to do.' ..."
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Submitter's Note: In this case, I have to agree with the "perp." Also, since all the mug shots are of black men, a good lawyer could bankrupt the town and enrich the perps as victims of a racist campaign.
 

CA: Inglewood residents protest fatal shootings by officers
Submitted by: JarheadSgt

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... "... after Inglewood police shot and killed Eddie Felix Franco, a homeless man who had a toy gun in his waistband, on Aug. 31. Seven officers fired at least 47 rounds at Franco after he appeared to reach for the gun, police said."

"'There's something gravely amiss,' Nicholson said after the shooting. Franco was the fourth victim of an officer- involved shooting since May. Three of those killed were unarmed." ...
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Submitters comment: Are these the clowns that we are suposed to let protect us? How about the VOTERS sent the incompetant politians and police chiefs a real message! Calif, uh, oh, yeah... Never mind!
 

NY: Bank Robberies Up - NYPD Blames the Banks
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/

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"New York Bank Robberies are up and the NYPD blames the banks. While the banks certainly could do more such as utilizing bulletproof glass for the tellers (and not banning their employees from carrying guns for their own protection), I personally feel the primary responsibility falls to the bank robbers themselves. They are after all the folks performing the illegal act of robbing a bank. Some blame could also go to our revolving door penal system that places thugs back on the streets after a short stint behind bars so that they can resume their career in crime . . ." ...
 

NY: City readies new buyback of firearms
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The mother of a 16-year-old youth who was fatally shot in July after he left a teen dance wept Thursday when city officials announced a gun buyback program was being dedicated to her son and other murder victims."

"Maura Evans clutched a teddy bear, saying the bespectacled stuffed animal reminded her of her son ... who was an innocent bystander when a fight erupted ... Matthew was killed by a stray bullet. Police are still looking for the shooter."

"Evans said she knows the buyback program won't rid Buffalo's streets of all illegal guns. Even Buffalo's police commissioner wryly stated that he doesn't expect many criminals to be lining up ... to turn in their weapons for prepaid cash cards." [emphasis added] ...
 

ND: Grand Forks officers to stand trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Trials have been scheduled for two Grand Forks police officers accused of forcing a man to stand outside in frigid weather for 20 minutes with no coat, hat or gloves.

Officers David O'Toole and Eric Straus are charged with reckless endangerment for the Feb. 10 traffic stop involving Jason Hickman of East Grand Forks, Minn.

A prosecutor says the wind chill made it feel like 42 degrees below zero at the time and Hickman says he suffered frostbite to his ears.

O'Toole's trial in Grand Forks is scheduled to start Nov. 18 and the one for Straus is set for Dec. 16th.

O'Toole has been demoted and is on unpaid suspension after the mayor decided his actions did not warrant termination. Straus resigned.
 

TX: In the Founders' own words
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"September 17 is Constitution Day, when Americans celebrate the birthday of our government and the 39 brave souls who signed the document that altered history."

"As a Texas jurist, and a concealed handgun license-holder, I know that my fellow Texans love freedom ... and firearms. So no surprise when the Lone Star State combined the two and led a successful 31-state charge in the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the District of Columbia's gun ban. ..."

"Heller settled a long-fought debate: the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms unconditioned on militia service. ..." ...
 

OH: Updated Concealed Carry Publication
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Ohio Attorney General's office has made available to new Concealed Carry Law publication through their website. This publication is required reading for all CHL applicants, and is available free of charge."

"This edition of the publication also includes notice of the legality of open carry on page 18." ...

"This will hopefully help cut down on the numerous incidents OFCC has become aware of in the past few months of citizens being harassed for open carry of firearms by law enforcement officers who are unaware of the legality of that act. OFCC thanks the AG office for this first step towards fixing this problem." ...
 

New Zealand: NZ gun laws review after police shooting
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"Gun laws in New Zealand are to be reviewed following the shooting death of a police officer by a weapon believed to be an air rifle."

"Police Commissioner Howard Broad said on Friday he would be reviewing the Arms Act, after Sergeant Don Wilkinson was shot and killed, and another officer badly injured."

"Air rifles in New Zealand do not need to be licensed and can be legally shipped into the country by people aged over 18." ...

"Wilkinson and another unnamed officer on a covert operation were gunned down after they were spotted planting a tracking device on a car outside a suspected drug lab." ...

"Broad said he had policy responsibility for the Arms Act and some changes to the law had been in train for some time." ...
 

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