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How prepared for disaster are you?
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"People who grew up in the fifties and sixties will recall going through missile drills at school the way kids go through tornado or hurricane drills today. The Cuban missile crisis and high tensions during the cold war had people planning ahead in case their worst nightmare came to pass."

"Today, we have threats of economic collapse and terrorist attacks as constant reminders of the need to be prepared for dire emergencies. Even natural disasters can drastically change our lives in a matter of hours. Hurricane Katrina exposed just how on our own we really are, and how those who prepare for such unlikelihoods are the ones most ready to survive them." ...
 

At some point, gun owners must wonder if they’re being played
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Historically, politicians from all over the political spectrum have had a rather annoying habit of acknowledging the existence of firearms owners and gun rights groups only when they need their votes."

"While that’s not a rule carved in stone, it is hardly a rare situation. I recall a certain long-term congressman from a western state who, years ago facing re-election, arranged through a staffer to have his photograph taken to appear on the cover of a now-defunct outdoors publication. So the congressman shows up, somebody hands him a shotgun that was not his, and a pheasant that he did not shoot and poses him ... so he could extol his support for sportsmen. And ever since, that guy has not supported a single major pro-gun bill." ...
 

2009 Gun Rights Policy Conference
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The 24th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference attracts leaders from across the country, including Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; Joseph Tartaro, president of the Second Amendment Foundation; Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association and many others."

"Also scheduled: Attorney Alan Gura, winner of the landmark Second Amendment Heller case; Charles Cunningham, director of federal affairs, NRA Institute for Legislative Action; Tim Oliver, vice president, Missouri Concealed Carry; Kansas State Sen. Phillip Journey, and former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate." ...
 

If you don't like guns ... don't get one (video)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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Editor's note: Today's video is the first in the list below. Click on it to view. After the video plays, a list of previous videos available to play will be displayed.

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To echo David Codrea, I like this guy.
 

Obama official says Second Amendment applies to states
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://Opencarry.org

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"Recently confirmed by the Senate, academic Cass Sunstein from Harvard law School is now the Obama Administration's 'regulatory czar.' Gun Owners of America has warned: Expect problems!" . . .

[But] in 2007 Professor Sunstein gave a fascinating lecture in which . . . importantly, at the end of his lecture, he states at time hack 57:47:

"And here's a point for the Second Amendment advocates, a concession for them, something on which I think they are correct. If the Second Amendment does create an individual right, rather than a collective right or a civic right, then incorporation does follow."
 

The Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence needs a boost
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence needs a boost. They have been losing ground, but here are some socko buttons, bumper stickers and yard signs for them to sell in their online store. I am sure the true believers will snap them up:"

"Button: Show the power of your convictions! Let the world know that you have found the root of evil and cast it out. No guns for you!" ...
 

Introducing Your Token Republicans
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When Denver Huffington Post editor Ethan Axelrod approached us about writing for this site, we were confused. 'You know we're conservative, right?' we asked. Yes, he responded, that's why he wanted us. How refreshing."

"The Huffington Post, despised by many Republicans with a passion usually reserved for the leftist media machine known as The New York Times, is taking a stand for ideological diversity. David Horowitz would be so proud. We're serious." ...

"This is not to say we're backing away from our identity as partisan Republicans. ... We're pro-life, love the Second Amendment ... And yes, we're those Republicans who believe everyone has the ability to pull themselves up by their bootstraps ..." ...
 

About the Glock Cover Story in the Current Business Week
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The cover story in this week's issue of Business Week magazine focuses on the spectacular commercial success of the Glock pistol, and how a relatively small European manufacturer rose from obscurity in the 1980s to, in less than a decade, dominate a very traditional market that had always 'bought American.' The piece was researched primarily by staff writer Paul Barrett. Reading some of the commentary on BW's own website and on some of the gun forums, it appears that some gun people took it as anti-gun."

"I know Barrett, and I didn't take it that way. In fact, he's one of the few mainstream media people I know who seems to take a totally neutral approach to this highly polarized debate. ..." ...
 

Firearms law firm Davis & Associates announced today the release of the Gun Rights iPhone application version 3.0.
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"With the current political climate and the dynamic nature of firearms laws throughout the nation, it is essential that those who care about our Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms maintain a constant watch on those that seek to diminish that right. With major media either not reporting or under-reporting important firearms related news, it is often difficult to know what is happening to our rights until it is too late. With that in mind, Davis & Associates created the Gun Rights iPhone Application to keep concerned citizens up to date and informed."

"The Gun Rights iPhone application by Davis & Associates (gunrightsapp.com) gives readers instant access to firearms related news, media, gunshows, and important updates ..." ...
 

Right commentators must be accountable
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh and others have been using the most extreme language to describe President Barack Obama."

"With their ability to reach millions of listeners per week, there must be some out there who are willing to take that language and convert it to action." ...

"Another sign seemed to be a veiled threat that read, 'It's time to water the tree of liberty,' which is a reworded version of Thomas Jefferson's quote with the rest of his original quote being 'with the blood of patriots and tyrants.' He was well within his rights of free speech and the Second Amendment. Because he was on private property when carrying a weapon, he was not arrested." ...
 

OR: Man Shoots Intruder Armed With Bat
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Police say a man shot an intruder who was armed with a baseball bat Tuesday night."

"Mark Farrell, 24, of Beatty, entered Jim Westman's house armed with a wooden baseball bat, said Klamath Falls Sheriff Timothy Evinger in a news release."

"Farrell attempted to assault Westman with the bat and Westman fired one round from a .22-caliber rifle, which hit Farrell in the right forearm. Farrell continued to assault Westman after he was shot, Evinger said."

"Roxann Klobucar, Westman's mother, was able to wrestle the bat from Farrell. Klobucar hit Farrell several times in the head until he was subdued, Evinger said." ...
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Submitter's Note: While a .22 in the hand beats a .44 in the safe, you might want to consider something a little bigger for your home defense weapon.
 

FL: Homeowner who shot intruder identified
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating a late night shooting at a residence in the 1400 block of The 12th Fairway.

A homeowner claims that two suspects broke into his residence just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday. One of the alleged intruders was shot during a struggle.

The person who was shot ran away but later turned up at nearby Wellington Regional Medical Center. He was then transferred to the Delray Medical Center, where his condition is not known.

The second suspect also fled, but remains at large despite a ground and air search.

Friday afternoon the sheriff's office identified the homeowner as Jonathan A. Babilonia.
 

GA: Lithonia Burglar Shot In Buttocks
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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A burglar who broke into a Lithonia home was shot in the buttocks by the homeowner, police said.

The burglary happened at about 11:30 a.m. at the home on Gadwell Circle.

The intruder was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, police said. The intruder’s name was not released.

Investigators said no charges are expected to be filed against the homeowner, who was not identified by police.
 

FL: Homeowner Shoots Armed Robbery Suspects
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two attempted armed robbery suspects were hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds after the man police said they tried to rob shot them."

"According to police, Christopher Young, 38, and William Bell, 31, went into the home of Dane Rollins, 34, early Sunday morning armed with handguns."

"Police said after the suspects stole cash, Rollins grabbed his shotgun and went after them."

"The two suspects fled, but police said they later found them with several gunshot wounds. The men were taken to Halifax Medical Center."

"Rollins was not hurt."

"Police said shocked neighbors witnessed the entire gunfight." ...
 

MS: Business owner fires shots at would-be robber
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Starkville Police Department detectives say they are tracking several leads in the early Saturday morning robbery attempt that saw the victim fire gunshots at the suspect who tried to hold him up."

"Around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the owner of Starkville Ready Cash on Highway 12 West was arriving at the business to prepare to open for the day when a black male approached him, pointing a handgun at him."

"The owner, whose name SPD detectives would not release amid concerns for his safety, then pulled out a handgun of his own and fired multiple shots at the suspect, but none struck him, said Sgt. Chadd Garnett."

"The owner had begun carrying the gun after previous break-ins and robbery attempts at the business, Garnett said." ...
 

Johns Hopkins Advises Surrender, Not Swords
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "Again, per JHU, aside from taking a course in self defense (Annie Le reportedly weighed 90 lbs.) and carrying a whistle, here's one thing we must never do:

"'Resist a rapist or robber at the cost of endangering your own life.'"

"They're serious. They think we should let animals violate human beings in the most violent and degrading way possible, and we should submit like sheep--and trust that placing ourselves under the complete physical domination of a twisted and depraved monster is the best way to minimize risk." ...

"There is nothing these people will literally fight for. Not even themselves. Certainly not Liberty."
 

NY: New York City Primary Voters Reject Gun Control Guru
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Richard Aborn's defeat in the race for Manhattan District Attorney is an unambiguous rebuke of the gun control movement by the residents of New York City."

"Aborn based his campaign almost entirely upon his work with Handgun Control, Inc., now renamed the Brady Campaign, and the policies which they advocate ..."

"His last place finish demonstrates just how far outside the mainstream of society gun control advocates are. A solid majority of Democrat voters in Manhattan have rejected their candidate and his ideas."
 

Bill would allow guns in Amtrak baggage
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A measure to put Amtrak passengers on the same footing as airline passengers, allowing guns in checked-through baggage, was passed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday."

"The legislation, part of the transportation and housing appropriations bill, was approved 68-30. It would deny federal subsidies to Amtrak if it doesn't change its rules. The House version does not include the provision."

"Domestic airlines allow licensed gun owners to transport their weapons in their checked-through baggage. One senator said the gun measure 'is going to put a severe burden' on Amtrak, CNN reported." ...
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Submitter's Note: Severe burden"? How?!? They'll have to secure peoples' luggage, which they already do.
 

Sportsmen take aim at Obama nominee
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Pro-hunting group U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and 15 other national hunter/conservation organizations are deeply disappointed over last week's Senate vote to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee ... Cass Sunstein."

"Sunstein is widely viewed as a proponent of animal rights, as against hunting and - although he denies it - as anti-Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. But what really has the sportsmen organizations ticked off is the list of 'Yea' votes delivered by senators who were thought to be firmly on the side of hunters."

"'Of the 63 senators that voted in favor of Sunstein, 22 were members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus,' a flabbergasted USSA spokesman said." ...
 

TX: State Rifle Association names Hegar as Texas Legislator of Year
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) has awarded State Senator Glenn Hegar with its highest legislative honor, naming him its 'Texas Legislator of the Year' for 2009. Hegar was named the association's Doc Brown Award winner for his efforts in defense of Texan's second amendment rights during the 81st Texas Legislature which ended in June."

"'Senator Hegar has long been recognized by law abiding Texas gun owners as a friend and ally but his actions during the 81st Texas Legislature clearly affirm his place as one of the state's foremost champions of second amendment rights,' said Alice Tripp, TSRA’s legislative director." ...
 

PA: Two mayors feel pressure for joining gun group
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two local mayors are taking fire for joining a national coalition that aims to remove illegal[sic] guns from the street."

"Gettysburg Mayor William Troxell and East Berlin Mayor Keith Hoffman are two of more than 450 mayors nationwide who've lent their names to 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns,' an organization started in April 2006 by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stamp out illegally purchased[sic] guns."

"But Hoffman said his participation - which began about a month ago - resulted from a misunderstanding of the group's objectives, and he's currently trying to get his name off the list."

"'It was a mistake really,' he said. 'They swindle you in and then put your name on the list.'" ...
 

WA: More detail about that gun group debate among Yakima council members
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Due to space constraints in today's paper, I didn't have much room to write about last night's blowup over Yakima Mayor Dave Edler and guns."

"So, here’s a more thorough rundown of what happened."

"The setting was the City Council’s bi-weekly business meeting. ..."

"... Edler said he wanted to talk about his membership in the national gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and a proposed forum in Yakima on gun crime."

"Repeating comments he made Monday, Edler complained of being 'inundated' with calls and e-mails from members of the [NRA] over his membership in the mayors group." ...
 

Penetrating the peasantry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It's not like we actually need another reason to look around us and make sure we haven't spontaneously landed in Cold War Russia or late-1930s Germany. ..." ...

"No, we don't need any more reasons to look around at the mess we're in. But we're getting one anyway."

"This one, very much indicative of the trend the state is taking toward more direct interference in our personal lives ... is a new 'option' that awaits you if you don't like the idea of taking a Breathalyzer test." ...

"... if you don't consent to a Breathalyzer test--or, if the officer just feels like using it as his primary tactic--you'll get a blood draw. From the cop. Right then and there. Forcibly, if you don't cower properly to your fate." ...
 

Military to share classified intel with state and local fusion centers
Submitted by: Larry

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"Correct me if I am wrong, but this must spell an unprecedented level of domestic intelligence sharing. One wonders, is the sharing between the DoD and fusion centers – which incorporate local, state and federal law enforcement and homeland security agencies — both ways? Again, a big disappointment coming from a new President who promised all sorts of sunshine into the creepy darkness of Bush-era law enforcement/domestic security policies, but seems to be instead pushing forward into the gloaming of his own administration full throttle. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: The military, BATFE, FBI, CIA, state and local cops - just one big happy totalist family of State enforcers.
 

NJ: We're the Only Ones Diverted Enough
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "And here's the kicker:"

"'I have not been convicted of any crime, so there was no reason to notify anybody of it,' Carr said. 'I was never before the judge. There was no plea entered. There was no conviction. I never had a sentencing.'"

"Right. You and I get busted with an unlicensed gun at a Jersey airport and I'm sure they'd do as much for us. ..."

"And heres' something else you'd think somebody would have picked up on:"

"The Smith & Wesson found in the luggage, he said, belongs to his wife."

"'I wasn't about to let her take the fall for it,' he said."

"Did this 'law director' just admit he lied to a law enforcement investigation? Don't most people do time in the slammer for that?" ...
 

CT: Orange cop accused in twin sex switch resigns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Orange police officer who was arrested last month for allegedly pretending to be his twin brother to dupe a woman into sex has resigned from the department ..."

"Probationary Officer Jared Rohrig, ... who is charged with first-degree sexual assault and criminal impersonation, has been on paid administrative leave from the Orange Police Department since July."

"Rohrig submitted his resignation and it was accepted by the Board of Police Commissioners on Monday, police said."

"'Jared Rohrig’s decision to resign from his position as probationary officer was in his best interest as well as the best interests of the town of Orange, Police Chief Robert Gagne said in a statement released Tuesday morning." ...
 

Background checks up 12% on firearm sales in August
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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Background checks on the sale of firearms were up 12.3 percent in August, according to data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

A total of 1,074,757 checks were reported for the month, up from 956,872 in August 2008. FBI background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing either newly manufactured or used firearms from federally licensed retailers.

As such, the checks serve as a gauge of sales but do not reflect the actual number of firearms produced or sold. The increase coincides with a rise in excise taxes reported by firearms and ammunition manufacturers, another key economic indicator for the firearms industry.
 

NY: Buying back guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A newly launched gun buyback program in the city of Kingston is worth an honest try."

"Moses Edwards, ... representative of the Chaplain Crisis Response Ministries of Kingston and Newburgh, brought the idea for the program to city officials. Under the program, debit cards ranging in value from $75 to $150 were to be exchanged for guns in Midtown."

"On Saturday, the one-day event took more than two dozen handguns, shotguns and rifles out of circulation."

"On the face of it, the program makes sense."

"Simply put, there are too many guns too freely available to too many people without a legitimate need or interest in their proper use and safe possession. (On that score, several persons showed up Saturday with loaded weapons.)"" ...
 

MT: Vote for Obama pick was vote to ban hunting
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Montana senators voted to ban hunting."

"Both Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester voted 'yea' to confirm the appointment of Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Here's what they are supporting:"

"'We ought to ban hunting' - Cass Sunstein, in a 2007 speech at Harvard University." ...

"'Animals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives …' - Cass Sunstein, 2004 book Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions." ...
 

OH: Buckeye Firearms Association volunteer leaders deliver Second Amendment speeches at 9.12 Tea Parties (video)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"For those who couldn't join the more than one million people protesting massive government spending in Washington D.C. on 9.12, smaller events like it were held in cities and towns across the country."

"Buckeye Firearms Foundation Treasurer Gerard Valentino spoke to several hundred attendees at an event in Mansfield, and Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman Chad D. Baus spoke at a rally in Wauseon, which was attended by a group that has been estimated at up to one thousand people." ...
 

Liberal madness in the Great White North
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Canada, unfortunately, is following closely in Australia's and Great Britain's footsteps regarding firearm ownership. I have for a number of years tried, without success, to promote the benefits of safe firearm ownership to the average non gun owning Canadian to no avail. The government supported anti-gun movement in this country has brainwashed the general public into believing that all guns are evil and therefore have no place in a civil society. The general consensus is that only the police and the military should possess guns…...and criminals, of course."

"All the draconian firearm laws so far enacted do nothing to counteract criminal misuse of firearms but instead penalizes only the law-abiding. ..." ...
 

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