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Obama arms export law workaround recalls unlawful arming of cartels
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "The simple, basic question investigators have (intentionally?) left unasked is: Were arms export laws waived or ignored in Operation Fast and Furious?" ...
 

New Rasmussen poll: Little traction for gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A new Rasmussen survey released this morning revealed that there is no traction for additional gun control laws, with only 33 percent of survey respondents believing that tougher gun laws might have prevented Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard." ...
 

A gun control truth revealed by Starbucks story
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Reacting to yesterday’s appeal to gun-toters by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to not carry their firearms into Starbucks coffee shops, Washington Ceasefire’s Ralph Fascitelli allowed his candor to reveal the true nature of the gun control lobby when he told the Seattle Times this was 'a good first step.'"

"That was quickly followed up with acknowledgement that what gun prohibitionists want is an outright ban. ..." ...
 

Why I’m Not Boycotting Starbucks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Yes, I’m blogging this post from Starbucks. And yes, that’s a cream cheese pumpkin muffin in front of an old fat white guy—who’s packing heat. I realize that more than a few members of our Armed Intelligentsia have vowed never to darken the door of a Starbucks until and unless the Seattle coffee chain rescinds its 'request' that customers refrain from bringing guns to their stores. But I’m not amongst them . . ." ...
 

Two Hours of Gun Schmoozing? With Kirsten Weiss! (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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New From Winchester: Long Beard XR Turkey Loads
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Firearms turkey season here in the Show Me State starts on October 1. And while I’ve never shot a tom (or a hen for that matter) I’d have thought that if I ever did go out looking to bag a stuffing receptacle, your average load of #5s would do the trick. Shows you what I know. The boys from Olin claim their new Shot-Lok (encapsulated pellet) technology puts twice the shot in a 10″ circle than your garden variety nekkid lead load. I assume that assumes you’re using an ultra-tight turkey choke on your smooth bore. Still, that’s a claim that begs to be tested, and so we will. Until then, here’s their press release . . ." ...
 

A patchwork of gun laws leads to tragedy, again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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... "The state of Virginia, which on its state police Web site boasts 'one of the most complete records repositories in the nation' for conducting criminal background checks, requires no waiting period for gun purchases."

"As of this writing, it seems that Alexis, despite being arrested repeatedly for violent and gun-related offenses, did everything short of being convicted of a felony ..."

"This laissez-faire approach certainly isn’t unique to Virginia — it’s part of our nation’s crazy quilt of disparate gun laws, and the gun-rights lobby is clear about wanting to keep it that way."

"States that require waiting periods for gun sales are vastly in the minority ..." ...
 

Study debunks the hypothesis that guns make a country safe
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Guns do not make a nation safer, say U.S. doctors who have compared the rate of firearms-related deaths in countries where many people own guns with the death rate in countries where gun ownership is rare."

"Their findings, published on Wednesday in the prestigious American Journal of Medicine, debunk the historic belief among many people in the United States that guns make a country safer, they say. On the contrary, the U.S., with the most guns per head in the world, has the highest rate of deaths from firearms, while Japan, which has the lowest rate of gun ownership, has the least." ...
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Submitter's Note: And Japan has almost twice our suicide rate and less than a quarter our non-firearm homicides. You can't compare apples to oranges and expect meaningful results.
 

Professor calls for murder of NRA members’ children; university responds
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A University of Kansas journalism professor is standing by the shocking tweet he sent Monday as events unfolded at the Washington Navy Yard, saying he hopes the children of National Rifle Association members — 'those misguided miscreants' — are killed in the next mass shooting."

"Associate professor David Warner Guth, who holds a master’s degree in journalism and is paid to educate children, tweeted:" ...
 

Hundreds of Americans Rally in Washington, D.C. to Launch Next Phase in National Fight to Fix Gun Background Check System
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A broad coalition of Americans from across the country – including survivors of gun violence and the families of its victims, members of Congress, law enforcement, gun owners, state and local elected officials, veterans, and faith leaders – held a rally in Washington, D.C. today as part of the 'No More Names ...' bus tour. Over the last 100 days, the tour has traveled the nation ... to urge elected officials to reconsider bipartisan gun background check legislation that enjoys overwhelming public support – but that a minority of U.S. Senators blocked in April. Today's rally marked the bus tour's return to Washington, D.C., and the launch of the next phase in the national fight to fix the gun background check system." ...
 

Bitter Mom Gun Control Group: Rick Perry ‘Callous’ for Visit to Beretta Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Maryland’s anti-gun group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Jenifer Pauliukonis says Texas Governor Rick Perry’s recent visit to a Beretta USA firearms factory was 'callous.'"

"According to Paulinkonis, the Wednesday outing demonstrated 'inappropriate timing' on the heels of Monday’s Navy Yard shooting, and she could not believe Perry 'would show so little sensitivity' toward the victims in DC." ...
 

Mayors Against Illegal Guns vs. Armslist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition today announced the results of the first-ever national investigation into individual buyers with criminal records seeking to illegally acquire guns via online gun sales. The report concludes that thousands of people already barred by existing Federal law from purchasing guns are flocking to the Internet to evade background checks and acquire guns illegally, with no questions asked. The investigation – which examined online gun listings posted between February and May 2013 on the popular website Armslist.com – found that this single website could transfer more than 25,000 guns to individuals with criminal records just this year . . ." ...
 

Piers Morgan Shows Colleague Buying AR-15 in 'State Where Alexis Bought His Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For several days, NewsBusters has been calling on CNN's Piers Morgan to retract the repeated claim he made on his program Monday that Aaron Alexis brought an AR-15 with him during his attack on the Washington Navy Yard."

"Rather than doing that, CNN's anti-Second Amendment host aired a video Wednesday of Morgan Spurlock buying a - wait for it! - AR-15 from a Virginia gun store, 'the very state where Aaron Alexis bought his gun' (video follows with transcript and commentary):" ...
 

WA: Hold Your Fire! League of Women Voters Hosts Neighborly Gun Forum
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It's a topic many neighbors either don't discuss – or can't discuss without raising their voices."

"On Saturday, the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Bellingham/Whatcom County hosts the first of a series of statewide 'civil discussions' about responsible gun ownership, in Bellingham, with a focus on facts rather than emotions."

"League members say they've been discussing how to get people to communicate better about balancing Second Amendment freedoms with the need for gun safety." ...
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Submitter's Note: I personally guarantee that as long as you do not attempt to infringe on my rights in any way shape or form you will be safe from my gun(s).
 

MT: Intruder shot by Missoula homeowner charged with burglary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The intruder who was shot by a 77-year-old man while breaking into the man’s North Pattee Street home early Sunday morning faces a felony charge of burglary ..."

"Dillon Torey Franklin ... broke into Robert Withrow Jones’ car and threw a chair through the front window of his home ..."

"Jones was sleeping and awoke to the sound of breaking glass. He walked into the living room, where he heard breaking glass again."

"'He then went back to his bedroom and retrieved his .357 Magnum handgun,' the affidavit said."

"Jones returned to the living room and allegedly ordered Franklin to stop three times as Franklin entered the home through the smashed picture window."

"Jones fired one shot into Franklin’s torso ..." ...
 

Dear Gun Nuts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"After the first time I shot a gun, I couldn’t hear anything for two days. This is because it was a .44 magnum and because I was eight and not wearing any ear protection. It’s a huge gun—the kind Dirty Harry used—and my dad had to help me hold it as I pulled the trigger. The next day, he had to explain to my third grade teacher why the only thing I could hear was a loud ringing."

"There are right ways and wrong ways to go about your gun-having. (And your son-having.) My dad did do a good job of teaching me about gun safety once I was able to hear him speak words again. He even went and bought ear protection. Growing up around guns made me feel comfortable with them. So, gun owners, I’m not against you." ...
 

Fisking an Ignorant Gun Control Editorial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This editorial was sent to me by a reader. Calling it an editorial is doing it a disservice, as it is really more of a letter to the boogieman written by a petulant man-child."

"As usual whenever there is a mass shooting on the news, the ignorant come out of the woodwork to pontificate about a topic they know absolutely nothing about, setting up straw men and knocking them down, and matching wits with phantoms. This one was particularly obnoxious in its self-righteousness, but it is still fairly useful in that it demonstrates a lot of the defective logic that goes into the gun control side of things." ...
 

Cartoonist takes aim at people carrying guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Matt Bors may well be known for his political cartoons, but he also apparently fancies himself as a writer. Recently, particularly following the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard, Bors posted his take on guns and the gun culture here in the United States."

"New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia, an actual gun expert, took aim at Bors over at his site (Larry’s language gets a little rough, but he’s generally pretty funny in his takedowns of people like this, so give it a read)."

"Much as I enjoyed Larry’s piece, I had a few things of my own I wanted to address:" ...
 

Gov't gets poor marks on protecting gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"A New Jersey college student wants Congress to stand strong against tougher gun laws. A Colorado software executive thinks the federal government goes too far in protecting gun rights. A child-care worker in Wisconsin just wants the shootings in her city to stop."

"Even as the debate over tightening national gun control laws is rekindled after the latest mass shooting, a growing number of Americans are questioning the government's stewardship of the right to bear arms, according to a poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research." ...
 

And Yet ANOTHER Open Letter To Dianne Feinstein: A Traitor To The Constitution.. (Video avalable)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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... "It is with utter disbelief that I find occasion to write to you once again concerning a disgusting act of anti-American, anti-constitutional cowardice on your part. On September 16, Americans watched you stand on a soapbox built on the dead bodies of brave Americans murdered at the Washington Navy Yard ... and advocate for even MORE restrictive gun control laws in direct violation of the Second Amendment."

"I sit here now reviewing comments you made to a Senate committee in support of your amendment to deny Americans their First Amendment free speech protection because YOU, Ms. Feinstein, don’t consider them REAL or PROFESSIONAL journalists/reporters as defined for your purposes in the Media Shield Law. ..." ...
 

How some Colorado plumbers stopped U.S. gun control in its tracks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"Adam Head and his brother Victor, two gun-toting plumbers from Pueblo, Colo., were sitting around Victor’s living room with a few friends last March pondering their next move."

"The two brothers had spent weeks campaigning against a proposed state law that would ban gun magazines larger than 15 rounds and would impose universal background checks on all private purchases at gun shows. But to no avail."

"The Colorado legislature had just voted to pass these restrictions into law and the Head brothers were on the warpath." ...

"Rebuffed by the state legislature, they started planning a course of action that ultimately would fire a blast across the American political landscape ..." ...
 

Kansas-like statute rejected as model for gun law nullification
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"The Council of State Governments declined Thursday to adopt as model legislation a bill nullifying federal gun laws that mirrors a measure passed in Kansas this year."

"State legislators from across the country who serve on the council's Suggested State Legislation Committee decided that a nullification bill pushed by the Alaska delegation did not fit the council's standard of an innovative, practical approach to a complex problem of national significance." ...
 

SC: Attorney General Holds Rally With Ex-NRA President
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com

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"South Carolina's top prosecutor is celebrating the Second Amendment with a former president of the National Rifle Association."

"Alan Wilson's campaign is holding a rally Friday with former NRA president David Keene." ...
 

MD: Gun Control Measures Soon to Take Effect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On October 1, major provisions of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 take effect in Maryland."

"The law requires those who buy handguns to submit fingerprints to the state police, limits gun magazines to 10 bullets and bans more than 45 types of assault weapons. Also, if regulated firearms are lost or stolen, the owner must report the loss or theft to law enforcement within 72 hours after the owner discovers the weapons missing. The law also adds provisions addressing firearm access for the mentally ill." ...
 

IL: Court says state gun law invalid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Illinois Supreme Court last week struck another blow for gun-rights enthusiasts ..."

"The high court struck down as unconstitutional — in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment — a state law that prohibits people from carrying a weapon outside their homes. The ruling, which applies only to those who have a Firearm Owner's Identification card, follows an earlier decision by Chicago's U.S. 7th Circuit Court ..." ...

"The significance of the Illinois Supreme Court ruling is that it appears to legalize concealed carry for licensed gun owners now, although it will not necessarily prevent individual police agencies from making arrests and individual prosecutors from filing charges." ...
 

CO: Rocky Mountain Gun Owners To Sue Over New Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As of July 1st 2013, the gun-grabbers’ radical policies of expanded Brady registration checks and the magazine ban have gone into effect in Colorado."

"In addition to RMGO’s plans to fight for repeal of these anti-gun laws in the Colorado Legislature, we are announcing our plans to take both of these draconian laws to court." ...
 

LA: Kentwood police chief pleads not guilty in tampering case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Kentwood Police Chief Gregory Newton, arrested earlier this year in an evidence tampering case, pleaded not guilty Thursday in 21st Judicial District Court."

"Judge Elizabeth Wolfe accepted Newton’s plea and set Oct. 23 for a preliminary hearing in the case, which is being prosecuted by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office after District Attorney Scott Perrilloux recused his office from the case." ...
 

GA: Cop admits to soliciting a bribe at hookah bar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"He was supposed to protect and serve. Instead, a DeKalb County police officer has resigned in disgrace after admitting he solicited a bribe and became violent after he noticed someone shooting video of the transaction." ...
 

RF on Starbucks in USA Today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Robert’s already laid out, in no uncertain terms, why he won’t be boycotting Starbucks. And for those of you who think you smell insufficient firearms fidelity, this is the guy who moved from Rhode Island to Tejas for the friendlier gun laws. Be that as it may, that doesn’t mean he thinks Howard Schultz’s pseudo-Solomonic triangulation is wise. Read it for yourself here. Or just make the jump . . ." ...
 

Reaction to Starbucks: 'Gun control' groups demand nothing less than total ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The publication Tuesday of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's open letter announcing the coffee chain's request (but not requirement) that customers no longer openly carry firearms in their stores was, unsurprisingly, met with anger on the part of some gun rights advocates. What perhaps is something of a surprise is that the news does not appear to have made many of the forcible citizen disarmament advocacy groups particularly happy, either." ...
 

Guns and coffee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It is worth considering the dilemma of Starbucks to see what the nation is up against in trying to confront the culture of guns and the violence it spawns." ...
 

PA: Locals split on Starbucks' gun stance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Once again, the boss of Starbucks has taken a progressive stance on a hot political issue, this time on firearms, and Scranton residents were unsurprisingly split on the issue."

"The coffee giant's CEO Howard Schultz, who has spoken publicly in favor of gay marriage, made 'a respectful request' in an open letter to customers posted on the Starbucks website Tuesday, asking them to refrain from bringing firearms into any Starbucks or outdoor seating areas, but held off from issuing an outright ban. The company ran ads in major newspapers Thursday publicizing the request." ...
 

UT: Open carry gun run canceled
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It was supposed to be the nation’s first “open-carry” gun run, but a 5K run promoting Second Amendment rights has been canceled." ...

"Event organizers said the run was canceled due to, 'internal issues.'"
 

Gun Control? Obama's Chicago New U.S. Murder Capital
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"FBI statistics show Chicago, with one-third the population, passing New York City in the number of murders in 2012. Is it time for a national conversation about gang control vs. gun control?"

"President Obama doesn't often mention his hometown when he talks about gun control. Then he'd have to explain, in arguably the most gun-restricted big city in America in the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, why Chicago is now officially the murder capital of the United States." ...
 

The Nuclear Option: Terror Reigns In The Land Of Gun Control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "So, not only are you not allowed to defend yourself against mass murderers, you are not supposed to run from them either."

"This, my fellow countrymen, is pure insanity."

"And all the terror and real bloody carnage took place inside the most impenetrable fortress of gun control utopia."

"The very guns Aaron Alexis used to kill 12 people are banned in this city, unless you submit to an exhaustive, invasive, and expensive process and prove to the city bureaucracy that you are worthy of your Second Amendment rights. Clearly, that failed." ...
 

IL: 13 people, including 3-year-old boy, shot at South Side park
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, were shot at a Chicago park in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Thursday night, authorities said."

"Ten adults and the 3-year-old were transported by Fire Department ambulances after the attack in the 1800 block of West 51st Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, said Fire Department Deputy District Chief James Mungovan at the scene. A 12th victim was believed to have driven himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, a source said, citing preliminary information." ...
 

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