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Call Today, Tell Gov. Schwarzenegger To 'Terminate' A.B. 1471 (CCRKBA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms urges firearms owners to call California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and tell him to veto Assembly Bill 1471, the so-called 'micro-stamping' anti-gun bill. That bill is now on his desk."

"This legislation, if it becomes law, will require the Microstamping of handguns sold in California with their serial numbers, the make and model on interior surfaces so that this microstamped information is transferred to a cartridge case upon firing."

"It would become a crime to manufacture, sell or transfer a handgun that does not have this microstamped information."

"To contact Gov. Schwarzenegger's office, call (916) 445-2841 TODAY!" ...
 

The Cost
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine that someone broke into your house and forced you to defend your family by using the gun kept stored in your nightstand. The instant you pulled that trigger your life has changed in ways you cannot fathom."

"Right now your ears are straining to hear the sirens that trumpet the arrival of the people that will save you from this nightmare – the local police."

"As a law-abiding citizen, you are taught never to fear the police ... At first, the police question you in an understanding manner ... but, as time goes by, their questions become more and more pointed. ..."

"What happens next is the most shocking thing that has ever happened to you ... the Police calmly read you your rights, place you in hand-cuffs and lead you to a patrol car ..." ...
 

D.C. and New Orleans Fight to Disarm Constituents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The District of Columbia, refusing to live with the decision handed down banning the Washington, D.C. gun ban itself, filed appeal papers Tuesday pleading with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn that ruling ..."

"Mayor Adrian Fenty announced weeks earlier his refusal to abide by the court order striking down his city's gun ban. This is reminiscent of New Orleans' Mayor Nagin who also refuses to abide by a local court order compelling his office to return handguns ... illegally confiscated following Hurricane Katrina."

"'These are exquisite examples of abuse of due process the Founding Fathers defeated in our successful War for Independence ...' announced John Longenecker, President of Good For The Country Foundation ..." ...
 

Nicki F: Wii makes some parents wee-wee their panties
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"So Nintendo comes out with a cool new controller for the Wii. It looks like a futuristic gun. Sort of cool, I think. I know my son would go wild over it. My son just turned 10 on September 11. He loves guns. He loves to go to the range. He loves paintball, Airsoft and even video games on occasion. He has fired our pistols, his own .22 caliber rifle and even a machine gun - an opportunity afforded to him by a very nice gentleman who was shooting in the lane next to us ..."

"And yet, my son has never had trouble telling the difference between a real gun and a toy. He treats all weapons with respect. He knows gun safety rules, and he has never violated them. Despite having grown up around guns, he's not a homicidal murderer ..." ...
 

In Search of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"This wonderful documentary regarding the TRUE story and history of our Second Amendment rights to arms, was produced, directed, written, narrated, etc. by American author and attorney David T. Hardy. But this is not a one man show. The documentary includes appearances by twelve professors of law, attorneys, a historian, a criminologist, NRA Director Carol Bambery, GOA Director Larry Pratt, and more. The film cost David about $45,000 and four years of his life to create, so you know it is not a YouTube effort." ...
 

Jodie Foster: "I don't believe that any gun should be in the hand of a thinking, feeling, breathing human being."
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... "What do you think is the larger social commentary of The Brave One, which in some ways plays as a straight-up Dirty Harry revenge movie?"

"Here's my commentary: I don't believe that any gun should be in the hand of a thinking, feeling, breathing human being. Americans are by nature filled with rage-slash-fear. And guns are a huge part of our culture. I know I'm crazy because I'm only supposed to say that in Europe. But violence corrupts absolutely. By the end of this, her transformation is complete. 'F--- all of you, now I'm just going to kill people with my bare hands.'" ...
 

The Flawed Logic that Concealed Guns Would Stop Another VA Tech or 9/11 (GunGuys)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'More gun control dangerous' said an editorial from 'Red & Black', the student paper of the University of Georgia written by Matt Brandenburgh."

"Really? Gun control is what is so dangerous? Not our heavily armed society with gaping loose gun laws and loopholes, but 'gun control' is the danger?"

"The fact that virtually anybody can get their hands on an entire arsenal of military style weapons whether it be semi-automatic assault weapons or .50 caliber sniper rifles or simply the sheer ease of getting a deadly handgun and carrying it concealed anywhere in public including hospitals, daycare centers and churches in many states, still doesn't register with Brandenburgh." ...
 

Relaxed gun laws create chaos
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Matt Brandenburgh espoused two main ideas in his Wednesday column, 'More gun control dangerous,' about safety in a post-Sept. 11 world."

"The first idea did not bother me so much - the idea that individual airlines should be in control of their own safety might even be a good idea."

"What I had a problem with as I read the commentary was his belief, and from my experience many others' beliefs, that looser gun control laws means more safety."

"If one were to look at gun-related deaths in different countries, they would find that on the whole countries with stricter gun control laws have a much lower incidence of gun-related deaths. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Ummm, no they don't.
 

America's Gun Culture Must Change
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If there is one thing anyone can be sure of in this country, it is that Americans love guns. Not a day goes by when you don't see a fine American citizen killing some poor, defenseless person/animal with a .50 caliber hand cannon on television, or you hear about some random act of violence (a bank robbery, a homicide, or a crazed postal worker) which involves a gun in some respect. Therefore, being a proponent of living in general, I think it's about time we as a country threw in the towel when it comes to the whole 'I'm from America, and I have a God-given right to kill and spread carnage whenever I feel like it' gig and adopt a platform of life." ...
 

Must See! Gun Rack for a Bed: 'The Back-Up!' (GunGuys)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For $39.95 you can purchase the most awesome -- read ridiculous -- home protection device called the 'Back-Up.'"

"Instead of retrieving your shotgun from your closet in the dark, you can now, from the comfort of your own bed, grab your rifle and be ready to use it to shoot the 'burglar' in a matter of seconds."

"You simply must watch this ridiculous video."

"Apparently, there is an 'overwhelming demand across America' according to the company for the 'Back-Up'. Who knew?"

"At least the makers have a 'conscience'."

"At the end of the commercial there is a disclaimer that the 'Back-Up' is not intended for homes with children." ...
 

FL: Assault-weapon attacks on rise in Miami area where officer slain
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"The spray of bullets that killed one Miami-Dade County police officer and hurt three others this week came from something increasingly common on this city's streets."

"Once solely found in the hands of soldiers, high-powered assault weapons like the one police said was used in Thursday's attack are becoming the guns of choice for gang members and other violent criminals. And when they are aimed at officers on patrol, there's little authorities can do to escape."

"'It's almost like we have water pistols going up against these high-powered rifles,' said John Rivera, president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association. 'Our weaponry and our bulletproof vests don't match up to any of those types of weapons.'"
 

PA: Off-Duty Officer Killed by Gatling Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A military-style machine gun accidentally discharged at a gun club exhibition, killing an off-duty police officer who was working with the weapon, state police said Thursday."

"A Gatling gun mounted on the back of a Hummer discharged Wednesday night during a demonstration, shooting Michael Kurty, 36, of Hollidaysburg, once in the head." ...
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Submitter's Note: No one pulled the trigger, no one violated rules of gun safety, it just 'discharged'. H/t to David Codrea.
 

Parents in anti-Wii Blaster uproar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The 'games make kids violent' furore has now turned its fiery attention on Nintendo as the company gears up to launch the gun-shaped Wii Blaster Remote attachment."

"Angry parents are in fits over Nintendo's decision to release the peripheral for the family-orientated console. 'Great, this is what we need,' said one furious parent blogger. 'Children with guns learning how to aim and shoot. Then we can sit back and wonder what is happening to our country with kids killing kids.'" ...

"'Why don't they enclose an application to the NRA (National Rifle Association) in every box as well? The marketing person who came up with this brain child of an idea should be fired,' commented a 'very concerned grandparent'." ...
 

AR: Homeowner Kills Teen During Alleged Home Invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'They can kill you but they can't eat you,' says a Dollarway resident."

"Gun fire ringing out is nothing new to neighbors in the Dollarway area of Pine Bluff."

"'I am not armed, but as of right now I feel like I need to be armed,' says neighbor Dwight Kates."

"The latest shots came Thursday night when an armed 14-year-old boy reportedly kicked down the back door to Jimmy Shaw’s home on School St."

"Detectives say Shaw then fired his handgun striking the teen in the abdomen. He died several hours later. Neighbors, some who don't want to be identified, say Shaw acted in self defense." ...
 

FL: Suspected Gas Station Burglar Dead
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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What appeared to be a burglary at an Orange County gas station ended with the suspected burglar dead.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. at the Citgo on Pine Hills Road, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

News 13 has learned that a man broke into the gas station and was confronted by a clerk with a gun. The clerk shot him, but the man took off.

When deputies arrived, they searched the area and found the man dead outside a nearby apartment complex.

The names of those involved have not been released.

The owner told police that his business had been broken into several times and he was staying there overnight to protect it.

It has not been determined if the owner will face any charges.
 

FL: Robber Shot 14 Times by Clerk Sleeping Inside Gas Station (another view)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The owner of an Orange County convenience store shot and killed a burglar early Friday morning. ..." ...

"The clerk said he shot the intruder 14 times. He also said he was absolutely positive it was the same person that has been burglarizing the store for the past 10 days."

"The clerk started sleeping inside the building several days ago to protect the inventory. He said around 2:15 Friday morning he was awakened by a loud bang coming from a shattered window."

"He said he saw the burglar entering the store through the window and confronted him. Fearing for his life, he shot the intruder 14 times and tried to reload his gun as the suspect climbed out the window and ran around the corner." ...
 

AR: Prosecutor: Fatal Shooting Of Teen Burglar Justified
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Jefferson County prosecutor has determined that the fatal shooting of a teenager who broke into a Pine Bluff pawn shop was justified."

"Taron Hopkins, 15, was shot to death last month by Chuck Smith, the owner of Chuck Smith Pawn Shop. Police say Hopkins was carrying a tire iron, and two other people with him were trying to break into the shop."

"Prosecutor Steve Dalrymple says the shooting was justified because Smith faced an intruder with a weapon." ...
 

Unfortunately for D.C., there are no condoms for guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The city of Washington, D.C., wants the Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court's decision to overturn its ban on private ownership of handguns. ... It's too bad D.C. doesn't approach the problem of its citizens being harmed by gun violence (even though guns are banned) the way it does the problem of citizens being harmed by contracting HIV." ...

"Speaking of irresistible urges, D.C. isn't standing by while its citizens contract HIV, either, although its approach is entirely different. ... the tactic adopted by the city to protect citizens from death via sexually transmitted disease is to give away free condoms." ...
 

MI: Proposal for weapons in schools strikes a nerve
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Should teachers and principals be allowed to carry guns on the job?"

"Response to that question surprised James Ballard, executive director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, when he sent an e-mail survey to the state's high school and middle school principals."

"One-third of those who responded leaned toward armed schools."

"'It did surprise me it was that high,' Ballard said ... 'Some feel strongly they should be able to carry a concealed weapon."

"'There are some, just as in any population, that feel carrying a weapon produces more safety.'"

"Ballard conducted the unscientific survey of his nearly 2,000 association members Monday after learning about legislation pending in the state House." ...
 

FL: Thompson: Don't blame guns for cop killing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While South Florida mourned the death Friday of a police officer gunned down in South Miami-Dade County, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson appeared at the Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana and said it was a mistake to blame guns and the lack of certain gun controls on the crime committed by the killer."

"'I have voted consistently in support of people's Second Amendment rights. I think the problem with crime in this country is criminals,' Thompson said. 'I think that to disarm law-abiding people and to allow criminals to steal, to get their hands on armaments of all kinds, which would be the case, would be an absolutely wrong thing to do.'" ...
 

FL: Thompson gets access to Fla. gun shows
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fred Thompson's presidential campaign has hit a conservative bull's eye: The exclusive rights to advertise at some of Florida's largest gun shows."

"Pasco County Republican chairman Bill Bunting said he has engineered the deal for the former Tennessee senator and Law & Order star because he's the best person to trust when it comes to the right to buy, sell and own guns."

"In a state with 435,000 concealed-weapons permit holders, the arrangement all but guarantees that thousands of voters who care deeply about the issue could identify Thompson as their man heading into the Jan. 29 primary, in which the other Republican candidates' gun-toting credentials are viewed as suspect by many." ...
 

Court: Police Not Obligated To Protect Abusive Officer's Wife
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"Despite 'grave concerns' about the alleged failure of police to arrest an abusive officer who later shot his wife, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that she cannot seek damages from the officers."

"Jill Burella did not have a constitutional right to police protection from her husband's abuse ... The ruling overturned a lower court's decision."

"The panel, citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent, said in part that state employees have qualified immunity from alleged failures to act, even if they can be sued for overt actions that cause harm."

"George Burella, a 10-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, fatally shot himself ... after shooting his wife in the chest; she survived. The couple had three children." ...
 

MO: Young man taunted by policeman wants officer fired
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"A young St. Louis man who videotaped a police officer's angry taunts during a traffic stop, and later posting the footage on the Internet where thousands of viewers have watched it, said Tuesday he wants the officer fired."

"Brett Darrow, 20, met with St. George Police Chief Scott Uhrig for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon and also filed a formal complaint against the officer, Sgt. James Kuehnlein."

"During the meeting Darrow asked to see the videotape from Kuehnlein's police car. But according to Uhrig, that footage, inexplicably, is nowhere to be found."

"'That's the million-dollar question,' Uhrig said. 'Our policy says any contact the officer has with the public has to be on tape.'" ...
 

TX: NISD Officer Wounds Self
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Northside Independent School District police officer shot himself and then lied to San Antonio police about how he suffered the gunshot wounds ..."

"... NISD Police Officer Patrick Ritchey reported that he was on routine patrol at Lackland City Elementary at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday when he found some fresh graffiti on the wall of the school building."

"Ritchey reported that he confronted two people, who attacked the officer and fought over his weapon, police said."

"The officer told police that he was shot twice through his bullet-proof vest and the two people got away on foot, police said."

"An investigation by the SAPD's Shooting Team revealed that the gunshots were self-inflicted, police said." ...
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LA: Sheriff, Eddie Eagle team up for gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department has implemented a new program for children in pre-kindergarten to third grade called "Eddie Eagle GunSafe."

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program teaches children what they should do if they find a gun.

Four easy steps are presented by the program's mascot, Eddie Eagle, in an easy-to-remember format.

The purpose of the program isn't to teach children whether or not guns are good or bad, but to promote protection and safety.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Sgt. Al Toups will continue to visit area schools this week.

"Education is the key to safety and it is of the utmost importance that we do everything we can to make sure our children are safe" said Sheriff Daniel Edwards.
 

TX: Judge's charge: Urquiza shot gun in self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Visiting Judge Bill Bachus said that he would issue a charge for the defense that Guillermo "Billy" Urquiza exercised self-defense when he fired a gun in his home after McKinney Special Weapons and Tactics officers raided Urquiza's home on April 12, 2006." ...

"Urquiza is facing two first-degree felony counts of aggravated assault on a public servant in connection to a SWAT raid made at his home ..." ...

"Urquiza testified this morning that he did not know at the time of the raid that the SWAT officers who entered his home were police officers. He said that he did not hear anyone say or scream 'police' after he heard two explosions in his house and after someone entered his bedroom shining a bright light towards him." ...
 

Canada: Gun ban needed, not school metal detectors: McGuinty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ontario Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty said Wednesday that he does not want to see the provinces' schools resort to installing metal detectors and having uniformed security officers patrol the halls in the wake of Tuesday's fatal stabbing at a Toronto high school." [emphasis added]

"Such a move, he said, would amount to the Americanization of schools in Ontario."

"'I see that as an absolute last resort,' Mr. McGuinty told reporters ..."

"Instead, he said, Ontario needs to distinguish itself from the United States by imposing an outright ban on hand guns." ...
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CA: Statement of Kim Delfino, Defenders of Wildlife, on the Resignation of Judd Hanna From the California Fish and Game Commission
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Defenders of Wildlife is deeply disappointed to see the resignation of Judd Hanna as a member of the California Fish and Game Commission. Mr. Hanna resigned only after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger requested his resignation at the urging of special interests."

"On September 10, 2007, 34 Republican state legislators sent a letter to the governor calling for Mr. Hanna's removal. The primary basis for their request was Mr. Hanna's independent research regarding the danger that lead ammunition poses to the endangered California condor." ...
 

PA: Counter gun violence (fourth letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Philadelphia Inquirer daily publishes the number of homicides reported by city police. As of Sept. 10, it's 294 this year, most from handguns. ..."

"The NRA tells us handguns save lives, but the death totals are overwhelming. The Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms[sic]. Our country is split 50/50 for gun ownership. That creates a big problem."

"No one questions hunters having guns. They use rifles, know safety and proper care."

"It's the inner city youths who shoot indiscriminately. Handguns are too numerous and too easily obtained. The politicians are in a quandary about what gun laws to pass. The NRA opposes all anti-gun laws and their funding of campaigns is a powerful factor. ..." ...
 

OH: Columbus Dispatch editorial: Amend law on conceal-carry records (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When Ohio House Bill 9 was signed into law, the media gave it surprisingly little attention (especially given how hard the media pushed for the open records bill for the past two years). But now that a provision modifying how Ohio's sheriffs are to handle the confidential records of concealed handgun licenseholders is about to take effect, the editorial boards are beginning to give it much more attention."

"Commentary by Buckeye Firearms Association's Chad Baus is in crimson." ...
 

CA: Advocate of lead ban resigns from panel
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A state Fish and Game commissioner, who last month indicated he would support a ban on the use of lead ammunition in areas where condors roam, resigned Thursday, saying his resignation was requested by the Schwarzenegger administration." ...

"'This is going to be a big black eye for the governor,' said Pamela Flick of the Defenders of Wildlife, which is advocating for the ban. 'The NRA gets together in cahoots with Republican legislators, and three days later we've got a good commissioner who's done his job booted out the door.'" ...

"Sam Paredes, executive director of the Gun Owners of California, praised the action, saying Hanna had violated his role as a commissioner by indicating his support for the proposed ban." ...
 

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