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Seattle Mayor 'Wants to BeTwo-Time Loser,' Says SAF
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Second Amendment Foundation today renewed its pledge to sue Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels if he pushes through a proposed rule that would ban legally-carried firearms in city Parks and Recreations Department facilities."

"The proposed rule change was announced Friday morning. SAF founder Alan Gottlieb quickly noted that this rule would violate Washington State's long-standing firearms preemption statute, first adopted more than 25 years ago. That law has become a model for similar state laws all over the country." ...
 

Upcoming 24th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference St. Louis MO
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Just a reminder, the 24th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference will take place at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel on September 25, 26 and 27, 2009. As always, there is no cost to attend, the meal functions are free as are the materials distributed."

"Friday evening, September 25th, registration will open promptly at 7:00 p.m. There will be a reception with a no-host bar sponsored by Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and National Rifle Association until 10:00 p.m. It will be held in the Renaissance Ballroom on the 12th floor of the hotel." ...
 

Safer Streets 101, gaffes of the week
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Madame Speaker's gaffe of the week is in talking about the American people as extremist in their rhetoric and reminding America of how she saw the violence from the rhetoric of the seventies. ... Not only is the left in America the most vile in rhetoric, but in the seventies, of which Pelosi is speaking, it wasn’t conservatives or republicans in the riots, it was Hippies and the nihilistic teens of the era. It was the left who was bombing universities ..." ...

"Byron York on Laura Ingraham this morning said gun owners shouldn’t be carrying guns to rallies."

"Why not? In those states where the right to carry is affirmed, how do you vote for checking other people's civil rights at the door? ..." ...
 

Gun sales up; crime down
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Anyone even remotely familiar with gun isses is aware that gun sales started picking up as soon as it became apparent that gun banner extraordinaire Barack Obama was likely to be elected. The spike became especially dramatic immediately after the election, and was sustained for months. As had to happen eventually, the huge surge in gun sales has levelled off, but a look at NICS background checks (a pretty reliable gauge of relative numbers of sales) shows that sales are still up ..."

"To those who believe More Guns=More Violence, this rapid growth in the number of privately owned firearms is alarming. Violent crime must be going through the roof!"

" . . . Or not, according to the FBI, at least not in 2008 ..." ...
 

Reading and Rating Congressional Gun Votes
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As we reported in our bi-monthly newsletter, The Knox Hard Corps Report, voting records, especially those for final passage, don't tell the full story of where our elected servants stand on a particular issue. And the fact is that those servants occasionally take pains to conceal their true position from the people who sent them to office."

"This year's poster boy for obfuscated voting is Senator Mark Pryor a second-term Democrat from Arkansas."

"In the July Senate vote for nationwide concealed-carry reciprocity, Pryor first voted against the measure but then, when Republicans Lugar of Indiana and Voinovich of Ohio cast their votes against their party line, he changed his vote to a nominally pro-gun vote." ...
 

D.C. Circuit Hears Fourth Amendment Case On Withdrawn Warrant
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A federal appeals court heard arguments today in a Fourth Amendment case that has united civil libertarians and gun rights advocates against the District of Columbia government."

"At issue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was the question of whether a plaintiff could sue the city for wrongly targeting him with an arrest warrant, even though it was quickly withdrawn. The case was dismissed by a district court judge, who found that the man, Robert Ord, lacked standing." ...

"Both the Second Amendment Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area signed an amicus brief supporting Ord’s appeal, which the BLT covered here ..." ...
 

Follow-up Friday: More on mayors' group, Kino Gomez
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "Meanwhile, Mayors group losing members"

"Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) may not be the juggernaut it promised. Since its inception, more than 40 mayors have dropped out, including Vancouver, WA Mayor Royce Pollard. He sent a letter to MAIG, which he copied to some constituents, and I obtained a copy. This happens frequently when gun owners raise alarm about the group to their local mayors, who do their homework and come to a negative conclusion." ...

"'I have come to the conclusion,' Pollard wrote to MAIG, 'that some of your organization's statements and actions can be construed as infringing on the rights of legitimate gun owners.'" ...
 

Another Good Read
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"My friend Dan Marcou, a retired SWAT cop and police supervisor from Wisconsin, has another police novel out. This one is titled 'Nobody's Heroes,' and it continues the adventures of a group of street cops in a small city in Dan's state. This time, they're up against a serial killer."

"If Dan's action scenes sound realistic, well…it’s because they're real. He hit upon the ingenious strategy of taking real-life gunfights and simply transposing them shot-for-shot to his fictional characters. In this case, cop's cop 'Dave Compton,' a beloved street-wise patrol sergeant, relives the shooting of a real-life beloved, street-wise patrol sergeant, Dan's and my mutual friend Marcus Young. ..." ...
 

Firearms Fundamentals: concealed carry
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"After being a gun rights activist for over six years now, I find it easy to forget that not everyone thinks about guns when they hear the words 'concealed carry.' Every so often I'll mention it and get a quizzical look while the person tries to figure out what I'm talking about carrying concealed." ...
 

US Senate Votes To Allow Amtrak Passengers To Bring Guns Along
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The United States Senate, in a ringing endorsement of the 2nd Amendment or something, has taken the bold stance that passengers riding on trains should be allowed to transport handguns as checked baggage. ..." ...

"On one hand, this isn't as dumb as it sounds. It just brings Amtrak policy in line with what happens on airplanes: as long as your weapon is secured and unloaded you can have it with you."

"On the other hand it's exactly as dumb as it sounds. In terms our politicians can understand: it's likely that they have neither the people nor the facilities to keep this from becoming a total disaster. We can't even imagine how a 13-hour delay goes down if the passengers are strapped." ...
 

Discussing Gun Violence Prevention in Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Over the last five weeks I've had the opportunity to speak about gun violence in this country to audiences in Indianapolis (IN), Columbus (OH), and Martin (TN)."

"I've been pleased at how many people on all sides of the gun violence prevention issue appear willing to find some common ground on some issues, while agreeing to disagree on others. In many ways, my experiences have been the exact opposite of the contentious 'town hall' protests we've seen on television over the summer."

"I traveled to Indianapolis in mid-August and spoke at an event sponsored by Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence. Before I went inside to give my speech, I visited with some folks protesting the event outside the lecture hall ..." ...
 

Dark Thoughts -- Misadventure, Spasm & Decapitation. How I spent Constitution Day
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"... I must also confess my tired skepticism that we will see another [Constitution Day] without violence initiated by an arrogant, ignorant, out-of-control administration ..."

"Today I read some internal ATF documents that ... convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that the agency is as rogue at this moment as it ever was." ...

"As I read their innermost thoughts, freely expressed among themselves, I realized that all my efforts to prevent this madness from happening will very likely be mere cruel, futile self-deception on my part."

"And given the arrogant, narcissistic master they now nominally serve, it is unlikely this will end with mere politics, but rather by what Clausewitz called 'politics by other means.'"

"May God forgive them."

"For whoever is left standing with a rifle after the initial spasm that they start certainly won't." ...
 

Would Alarm Have Given Annie Le a Chance?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"One gets the feeling Ms. Brown has never gone one-on-one with an enraged male over twice her size who has murder on his mind. And it doesn't seem to occur to her that if she has time to depress a keypad, she'll have time to depress something else. It's just that that flash she mentions won't transmit a photograph."
 

Gun control and campaign contributions
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It has been averred that Congressional gun control deliberations often reflect support for gun rights because the 'gun lobby' buys more votes. Open Secrets is the internet resource run by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), an organization that claims it is 'the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.' An article on Open Secrets explain this money-for-gun-votes thesis:"
"If lawmakers are guilty of tiptoeing around gun control issues, it is because the NRA and other gun rights groups wield an enormous amount of influence in Washington. The source of that influence is money. [emphasis added]" ...
 

Gun control and campaign contributions (Part 2)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Lawyers and law firms have contributed over $1 Billion to federal election campaigns since 1990, placing it first in overall federal campaign contributions. In 2008, lawyers contributed over $233 million, with 76% ($178,706,835) going to Democrats."

"According to the American Bar Association, there were 1,180,386 active practicing attorneys in 2007. Extrapolating for 2008 population growth, the estimated number of attorneys at the end of 2008 was 1,191,236. This means that for the 2008 election cycle, lawyers and law firms contributed about $196.36 per attorney. (Compared to the $0.20 per politically active gun owner.)" ...
 

Gun control and campaign contributions (Part 3)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Candidate grading by the National Rifle Association"

"Each election cycle, the National Rifle Association publishes a list of endorsements, highlighting Congressional candidates who have shown strong support for gun rights in their voting records. ..." ...

"Based upon these considerations, the 379 re-elected incumbents from the 2008 House elections, collated with NRA grades, were selected as the most reliable dataset for determining if any correlations exist between voting and campaign contributions, since these representatives have established Congressional voting records." ...
 

Gun control and campaign contributions (Part 4)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Examining the data"

"An industry's percent of total contributions to each candidate's campaign fund were selected as a sorting criteria rather than total contributions by industry and candidate. For example, $1,000 in lawyer contributions to an incumbent candidate who collected a total of $10,000 is a larger percent of the total than $10,000 out of a total of $2.5 million (10% versus 4%). A correlation between contribution percentage and voting may indicate a 'gratitude' factor ..." ...

"The chart below shows the relationship between an incumbent’s NRA grade and the percent of their total campaign contributions comprised of lawyer contributions. ..." ...
 

Public sector unions: Your taxes at work against you?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The previous article showed that there is a correlation between lawyer campaign contributions and gun control voting: As lawyer contributions comprise a larger portion of a Congressman’s total campaign fund, the representative is more likely to vote for gun control." ...

"As with lawyers, certain public employee groups are on record for being pro-gun control." ...
 

Public sector unions: Your taxes at work against you? (Part 2)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Examining the data"

"The chart below shows the relationship between an incumbent's NRA grade and the percent of their total campaign contributions comprised by public sector unions. As grades descend from A (pro-gun) to F (pro-gun control), public employee contributions comprise larger portions of the average Congressman’s campaign 'war chest.'" ...
 

WA: Nickels proposes gun ban in parks. Gun rights groups promise to sue
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Seattle appeared headed to court over gun prohibitions on Friday, after Mayor Greg Nickels proposed to ban firearms in city parks, community centers and pools intended for children and youths."

"Gun rights groups said that if the ban is enacted, they will sue."

"Nickels, an advocate of gun restrictions, will be leaving office after being ousted in the primary. But before he goes, he is trying to enact the gun restrictions he initially talked about earlier this year."

"In a press release Friday morning, he said, 'These are the places where our children and families gather and it is common sense that community centers, playgrounds and swimming pools are safer without guns,'" ...
 

IN: List of Indiana Mayors Being Mislead by Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"These mayors in Indiana have signed onto New York Mayor Bloomberg’s anti gun coalition, 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns'."

"Folks in the cities and all of Indiana for that matter, need to contact those mayoral offices and issue your complaint. Urge them to stop banning legal firearms in the name of illegal guns."

"Mayor Wiggins from Warsaw, IN has since removed his name due to pressure from gun owners." ...
 

WI: Proposal aims to boost self defense
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Proposed state legislation would give more legal protection to homeowners and residents who use deadly force to defend themselves from an intruder who has broken in."

"The proposal addresses situations such as Jamie Chen's shooting and killing of Roberto Vega-Gil Wednesday, after Vega-Gil broke into Chen's Fitchburg home with what police officials said was the intention to carry out a burglary."

"Current law only allows a homeowner to use lethal force as a defense if he or she believes the force was necessary to prevent death or serious injury. District attornies typically review such situations to establish whether a homeowner possessed a credible belief." ...
 

WA: Nickels: Ban guns in places where kids go
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Mayor Greg Nickels on Friday proposed a rule to ban guns in more than 500 Parks and Recreations Department facilities across Seattle where children and youth go - places like sports fields, playgrounds and swimming pools."

"'These are the places where our children and families gather and it is common sense that community centers, playgrounds and swimming pools are safer without guns,' Nickels said in a statement." ...

"But an opinion issued late last year by Attorney General Rob McKenna's office said cities lack the authority to ban guns because local laws would conflict with state regulations." ...
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Submitter's Note: So Hizzoner thinks we should only carry in child free locations like strip clubs and bars?
 

ID: Idaho's Criminal Injustice System
Submitted by: Larry

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"His name is Gilligan, but he's nobody's 'little buddy.' Employed as a prison guard at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in 2007, Timothy Ryan Gilligan, by his own admission, repeatedly had sexual relations with an inmate."

"Earlier this month (September 2009), Gilligan was arraigned on a charge of felonious sexual misconduct. Thanks to the inexplicable leniency of the prosecution and the unwonted generosity of the Idaho Sex Offender Classification Board, Gilligan will not have to register as a sex offender. Nor will he face prosecution on the sex charge."

"In fact, there's a very good chance he won't serve any prison 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 ... 'To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian Tribes[.]' Upon those four words (that I have bolded) the feds have built an empire reaching to infinity." ...
 

CA: Taking her best shot -- Local girl, 11, competes in World Speed Shooting event
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Since her family took her out shooting when she was five-years old, Jenna Arellano has shown a knack for the sport of speed shooting."

"'She took a liking to it and has been shooting since,' her father, Monte Arellano said."

"So much so that at only 11 years old this Crescent City girl has just competed in the World Speed Shooting Championships (Steel Challenge) last month in Piru, Calif., as well as receiving praise from one of the top female shooters in the world."

"Jenna finished in 4th place in the pre-teen open class division as the youngest participant."

"'I practice a lot,' she said, saying her goal is to keep improving and mastering the sport." ...
 

KY: Get A Haircut, Win A Gun
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Get a haircut, get a chance on an AK-47 rifle; that's the offer from a Louisville barbershop."

"The shop owner said he's just trying to raise awareness to the right to bear arms, but the gun promotion is drawing fire."

"A customer at the Okolona barbershop will win a Romanian made AK-47."

"Everywhere you look around the shop, you can tell it is a pro-gun atmosphere, from the hats to the mounted heads."

"Bruce Gooden teaches gun safety. He's a certified concealed carry instructor, a lifetime member of the NRA and he cuts hair."

"The more involved someone is with guns and gun rights, the more chances they have to win the $750 semi-automatic weapon." ...
 

OH: Ohio Mayors join anti gun group?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Almost fifty Mayors in Ohio have joined an anti gun coalition called MAIG ... and citizens are outraged. The group was founded by anti gun billionaire and Mayor of New York city Michael Bloomberg. This week members of the NRA ... were notified via post card and email if their Mayor was in that particular organization, since the residents were notified several Mayors have withdrawn from the group."

"According to the NRA, this group has 'lobbied Congress against national reciprocity of state right-to-carry permits, much needed reform of the BATFE ... for regulating gun shows out of existence, and for repealing the Tiahrt Amendment that protects the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners and protects gun manufacturers ...'" ...
 

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