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Cops use stun gun twice on unarmed amputee
Submitted by: riotboy

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MERCED, Calif. - A California man whose legs are amputated says police used a stun gun on him twice and violently manhandled him even though he was unarmed.

Williams and witnesses say officers tasered the wheelchair-bound man twice, then left him handcuffed with his pants down on the sidewalk in broad daylight. Williams spent six days in jail before prosecutors said they lacked evidence to charge him.

 

NC: UNC-CH chancellor freezes activist group
Submitted by: Larry

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"I thought I'd let you know so that you can plan for some sort of protection," wrote Patel, an Indian-American who denies the group is white-supremacist. "It seems like an indirect threat to your safety."

"Thanks for your concern," Cramer replied just after midnight, copying Thorp. "I have a Colt .45, and I know how to use it. I used to be able to hit a quarter at 50 feet seven times out of ten."

By Friday afternoon, Thorp asked Cramer to step down as the group's adviser.

"This email is highly inappropriate," Thorp wrote to Cramer. "It is certainly not consistent with the civil discourse we are trying to promote."
 

IL: IL State Police Self-Defense Advice for Women (Part Three): Scream
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Which brings us to the final bit of advice they offer for warding off real-world demons:

'Remember that screaming may be just as important to your defense as any weapon.'

"Yes, by all means, scream. Howl in animal madness as everything human is stripped from you, and the only perceptions you experience are agony and terror."
 

TX: Chuck Wilson Responds to Gun Rights Questionnaire
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Reader reaction to what they perceived as non-responsiveness did not appear to help Mr. Curnock's cause. But he's not the only candidate in the 17th. I also approached Chuck Wilson..."

Today's second Gun Rights Examiner column continues exploring Republican alternatives for a Texas congressional race I've been following.
 

MO: Castle Doctrine sets different standard on self-defense than CCW law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Castle Doctrine has been on the books in Missouri for a couple years but one lawmaker says it is still often misunderstood. That’s why Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, is trying to clear up any confusion about a person's right to act in self-defense.

With the recent case of a man from Springfield who shot at a purse thief, many viewers asked about the rights of people with conceal-and-carry weapon (CCW) permits, along with the Castle Doctrine.

Goodman authored the law. He says the most recent version of the Castle Doctrine states a law-abiding homeowner can assume that someone who breaks into his home is there to do him bodily harm and can fully defend himself against that intruder.
 

Mayor Bloomberg rips Congress for plan to let guns on Amtrak
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Mayor Bloomberg went underground Sunday to blow the whistle on the Senate's bid to allow guns on Amtrak trains. The mayor blasted lawmakers for voting to strip $1.6 billion in funding from Amtrak unless it tosses a rule against guns in luggage put in place after the 2004 Madrid train bombings. "This has nothing to do with the right to bear arms, and everything to do with keeping our country safe from terrorists," Bloomberg said at Penn Station.
 

Speaking Out Against Firearms on Amtrak
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, Representative Carolyn McCarthy, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Trenton Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today stood together in Penn Station to urge the House of Representatives to reject legislation that would allow Amtrak train passengers to travel with guns in checked luggage.
 

Acute failure of the victim selection process
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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Muggers are predators. Just like animal predators, they tend to seek out the weakest or most vulnerable prey. That is the reason why every self-defense seminar advises you to keep your head up, observe your surroundings, and project an air of confidence. It is all about making you look like a less attractive target.
 

ASIS International Opposes Blanket Firearm Bans on Company Property
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The Legislative Action Center (LAC) under the ASIS International Public Affairs Department continues to monitor legislation relating to guns on company property. ASIS has taken a position opposed to state laws that would prohibit employers and others from having and enforcing policies to keep firearms off their premises. Oklahoma, Kansas, Minnesota, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Utah, and Florida have enacted such legislation. Other states are considering bills, and the National Rifle Association actively opposes such legislation. ASIS believes that property owners should have the right to decide whether weapons may be brought onto their premises.
 

TX: Darren Yancy answers gun rights questionnaire
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"We've seen two Republican contenders for Chet Edwards' 17th Texas Congressional District seat respond to the Gun Rights Questionnaire. A third has also responded, and, unlike his rivals, provided the specific answers requested: Darren Yancy."
 

PA: Trial Begins for Former Phila. Cop Accused of Tipping Off Drug Dealers
Submitted by: jac

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Former NBA star Jerome "Pooh" Richardson testified Monday in the trial of a former Philadelphia police detective who allegedly betrayed his badge and endangered fellow officers by tipping off drug suspects of an impending raid.

Former detective Rickie Durham, through a third party, allegedly warned drug boss Alton Coles (a.k.a. "Ace Capone") that authorities were about to strike with dozens of search warrants back in 2005 (see related story).

And according to the indictment, Coles then made several calls to his cohorts warning them of the imminent searches.
 

IL: ER nurse sues cop for handcuffing her during dispute over drawing suspect's blood
Submitted by: Foo Bar

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A head emergency room nurse at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital has sued the city and a Chicago Police officer for handcuffing her and putting her in the back of a squad car during a dispute over drawing blood from a suspected drunken driver.

Lisa Hofstra said she was the “charge nurse” in the emergency room on Aug. 1 when the officer approached her at about 4 a.m. The officer requested she perform a blood work-up on a DUI suspect, the lawsuit said.
 

IN: Gary cop admits theft from elderly neighbor
Submitted by: Foo Bar

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A veteran Gary police officer admitted stealing the home and money of an elderly woman who suffered from dementia, the Office of Lake County, Ind., Prosecutor Bernard Carter said today.

Joseph Wiley, 51 (right), faces a three-year prison term to be served in a community corrections program. He will also have to pay $116,765.51 in restitution to the estate of Helen Chentnik, the neighbor he stole from between Dec. 27, 2002 and Sept. 23, 2005. Chentnik died in December 2006, according to a statement by the prosecutor.
 

Russia: Kashnikov faces bankruptcy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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For years, the AK-47 assault rifle has been the world's most popular weapon, the gun of choice for dictators, gang members and Third World revolutionaries. But the global recession and a proliferation of copycats has left the Russian maker of the Kalashnikov, OAO Izhmash, in financial turmoil.
 

MI: NRA endorses Del. Morgan Griffith in 8th District race
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Longtime 8th District Delegate Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) has received an endorsement from the National Rifle Association’s political victory fund, in his re-election campaign against Democratic candidate Carter Turner III. “This endorsement recognizes my consistent record in support of the rights of law-abiding gun owners during my sixteen years in the General Assembly,” noted Griffith in a news release.
 

MD: The Day the SWAT Team Came Crashing Through My Door
Submitted by: Larry

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What confounds me is the unmitigated refusal of county leaders to challenge law enforcement and to demand better -- as if civil rights are somehow rendered secondary by the war on drugs.

Let me give you three specific concerns underscored by our case.

First, the Prince George's Police Department's internal affairs function is broken. When the Justice Department released the county police from federal supervision in February, internal affairs was the one area that was not cleared. Internal affairs division (IAD) investigations were required to take no longer than 90 days. More than a year after our ordeal, my family awaits the IAD report on what happened at our home. The statute of limitations for officer misconduct is 12 months, which means that any wrongdoers are off the hook.

Ed.: A good update on this continuing story, from the Mayor's mouth.
 

Did Obama get too much credit for increased gun sales?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Since the 2008 election, media reports have proclaimed that Obama’s election spurred gun sales. While there is some truth to this, there is more to the story than one man.
 

MI: Orion man, startled by cat, shoots self
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An Orion Township man accidentally shot himself in the finger Sunday when he went after a burglar, but was scared by his cat.

“It just goes to show you, if you’re going to own a gun and use it for home self-defense, you’d better know how to use it,” Major Bob Smith of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said today.

“It’s like buying a car and not having a clue how to drive it.”

The 21-year-old man was home alone on Ridgeview Circle early Sunday when he heard a noise in the basement, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He grabbed a .22 caliber handgun and headed to the basement.

However, he accidentally fired the gun when his cat jumped out and startled him, hitting himself in the index finger.
 

VA: Pro Gun and CCW Holders Needed to Attend Anti Gun Event at Virginia Tech
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Students for Concealed Carry on Campus at Virginia Tech need our support at the upcoming anti gun event. Please attend and help support CCW on campus!

Our self-defense rights are under fire here at Virginia Tech, and we’re asking for your help in protecting them. The “Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention” is holding its first event of the semester, and they are making it clear that their idea of preventing violence is achieved by disarming good people.

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So, since the show is biased and the panel is loaded, in response we need to load the audience with people who understand and respect the right to bear arms and the right of self-defense.

Ed.: Event is Thursday, Sept 24th 7-9pm
 

IL: A gun's story: Bought for protection, ends as crime weapon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But instead of stopping a crime, that gun became a hapless victim of one during the summer of 1992. You see, the Spiedels' high schooler, Scott, had a 16-year-old buddy named Matt Wzientek. And, well, here's how Wzientek explained it to jurors last week.

"I walked in and just took it because they never had the door locked," the gun thief, now 33, testified. "I stole the gun."

Wzientek says he sold the stolen gun to another guy who gave him 15 bucks, and he even threw in the bullets for free. That guy was Jim Degorski, the man prosecutors say teamed up with Juan Luna and that same gun in 1993 to massacre seven people at a Brown's Chicken restaurant in Palatine. Prosecutors say the pair later threw the gun in the Fox River...
 

MO: Gun safety demo turns fatal in Jefferson County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say James Looney of the 4300 block of Rock Valley court was teaching his girlfriend about firearm safety when he put a gun to his head and asked her if it would go off. Police say he did this with two other weapons and varied safety mechanisms before the last one went off, said Lt. Dave Marshak.

Police also believe alcohol was involved.

“It was an unfortunate accident,” Marshak said. “Hopefully two lessons come of this: Always treat a weapon as if it’s loaded and never handle a firearm under the influence of alcohol.”

Ed.: And how 'bout: "Never point a gun at anything you aren't willing to have shot", like, you know, your own head!?
 

FL: Has 'stand your ground' law prompted people to jump the gun?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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fter more than four years, police, prosecutors and even the courts are struggling to interpret Florida's stand-your-ground law, which allows the use of deadly force for self-defense.

Not even the judges of the various district courts of appeal around the state are in agreement on the law.

One veteran prosecutor said the law is so broad that residents are not only using it to protect themselves but are becoming judge and jury by their actions.

"The intent was for somebody to be able to protect themselves, not to take justice into their own hands," said Wayne Holmes, chief of staff for Seminole-Brevard State Attorney Norman Wolfinger.
 

2009 Gun Rights Policy Conference
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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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.

Ed.: Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27
 

Nowhere Else To Go
Submitted by: Larry

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Those who voted for Obama believing it would end the wars have now seen they were conned; those Middle-Class Whites who voted for Obama to salve their feelings of latent racism have seen race used as a defense of tyrannical theft and ever enlarging government and its quest for total control of our lives. The possibility of the loss of the right to possess the tools of liberty have led millions to the purchase of firearms and ammunition, many for the first time. In the month of August 2009 alone, over one million requests to purchase firearms were received at the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) of the FBI. The rumors of vaccines and laboratory prepared viruses prepared as a tool for population control and the threat of military and law enforcement forced vaccinations have alarmed millions. "Obama" and "Change" bumper stickers, once quite numerous in my rural part of the world, have all but disappeared. In other words, a mentality of resistance to the combined forces of Fascism and Marxism seems to be taking shape.
 

CA: Heroic Police Electro-Torture, Humiliate Double Amputee
Submitted by: Larry

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Honestly, when will the public demand that we deprive the tax-feeders of their little torture toys?

Responding to a domestic violence report, police in Merced, California helped child “protection” workers abduct the two-year-old daughter of 40-year-old Gregory Williams, a double amputee who is confined to a wheelchair.

Williams, a father of three who lost his legs to deep vein thrombosis six years ago and is currently unemployed, had been arguing with his wife. Rather than trying to defuse the situation, the police summoned a CPS worker who decided to seize the two-year-old, Ginni.

When Williams objected, the police placed him under arrest and attempted to force him into the familiar “prone-out” position — face on the ground, hands out at the sides. Since he has no legs to help him break his fall, Williams likely would have landed face-down with enough force to inflict a serious injury. So he reflexively braced himself in his wheelchair.
 

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Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. — Noah Webster in "An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution," 1787, in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at p. 56 (New York, 1888).

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