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Those Were the Weeks that Were
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... The call was to inform us that one Bonrick Lee Barksdale had escaped from the District Court Building ... The caller said he was armed and dangerous."

"Off went the TV; we closed and locked the doors and windows. The robo-call advised us if Mr. Barksdale should come rapping at our door to call 9ll."

"As my friend, Sig Swantstrom, a former SWAT team member, likes to say: When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. ... Our house is pretty secure ... But I had taken Sig’s advice. This soft-spoken, calm and deliberate law enforcement veteran and his friends at Texas Republic Firearms Academy hope to persuade all Americans to take seriously their Second Amendment rights—and responsibilities." ...
 

Question of the Day: Do We Need More Cops or More Armed Citizens?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When I lived in the UK, the BBC ended every single news story about any social ill by moaning about money. The unspoken assumption: anything can be solved with enough government spending. Except, of course, out-of-control government spending. Wait. That too. The same principle applies to policing in The Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave. Despite its leftward lean, the legacy media is down with the law enforcement community’s constant kvetch: we need more cops. Crime problem (and there’s always a crime problem)? More police! Here’s the media meme in all its glory, via Oakland, CA’s mercurynews.com . . ." ...
 

Australia’s Once Rugged Gun Owners Reduced to Criminals by Anti-Gun Nanny State
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Seriously, how much time, money, and manpower is wasted in registering, inspecting, and confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens – and prosecuting those good citizens? Australia has spent Billions of dollars on this nonsense while their crime rates soared. At this point their violent crime rates are in decline, as they are in the US and Canada, but they are declining from record highs set after the people allowed themselves to be disarmed." ...
 

Gun Ownership In Other Countries (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cam Edwards interviewed David Tipple, the owner of Gun City in New Zealand. The gun prohibitionists in that country are upset that the store is having a promotion for Father's Day in which one gun will be sold for one New Zealand dollar." ...
 

First Impressions: Wilson Combat Bill Wilson Carry Pistol (1911) (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is the second Wilson Combat pistol I’ve fired. While I could shoot the eye of a newt with the 'entry level' X-TAC (frustrating any witches in the vicinity), the pistol’s G10 Starburst grips left a deep and lasting impression. Literally. ... For me, the X-TAC is only slightly more ergonomic than a moray eel. [Click here for Patrick Carrube's review]. I know. Get a grip Farago. Who cares about your widdle biddy hand? Whatchew gonna do, whatchew gonna when they come for you? Before last night, I would have used my Glock 30 SF to defend my life, liberty and the pursuit of old age. Older age. Today, I’m packing the Bill Wilson Carry Pistol . . ." ...
 

What to do if you are involved in a shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This week, Buckeye Firearms received a question asking 1.) how to find a self-defense attorney, and 2.) what to do in the aftermath of a shooting."

"My book, the Ohio Guide to Firearm Laws, is now out in a Fourth Edition. Something I have been writing about for years, in the past and current editions, is the importance of the legal aftermath of a shooting. The first, last and only words you utter to the police should be 'I can not talk to you until I have spoken with my attorney.'"

"This is important enough that in the current edition of my book, I break it down into a checklist. Here is what I write in the narrative portion of my current edition:" ...
 

Obscure Object of Desire: Artya Time Shot Sun of a Gun Watch
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ablogtoread.com features a watch to watch: the Aryta Time Shot series Son of A Gun timepiece. 'Using the standard 47mm wide Artya steel case, this 'bullets for brains' watch places six very small Flobert 6mm rounds around the automatic Swiss movement (which is placed in the center of the dial. A design on the bezel and inner dial hearken to targeting sights . . . On the rotor of the automatic movement Artya places the backs of three 38mm bullet cartridges [pic after the jump] It probably looks cool to seem spin [sic] around like the barrel on a revolver.' Blogger Ariel Adams is impressed, in a conflicted sort of way . . ." ...
 

FL: Man who shot ex-wife slain by stepson in self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Late Thursday night, sheriff's officials confirmed that Aguilar's son - 22-year-old Julian Lopez - had come forth and said he had shot and killed his stepfather, after De Jesus killed Aguilar."

"Lopez explained that De Jesus hopped into his vehicle after shooting Aguilar."

"He then turned his shotgun at Lopez and another witness, but was shot and killed by Lopez first, said deputy Eric Davis, spokesman for the sheriff's office." ...
 

LaPierre: Public should demand special prosecutor on Fast & Furious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre has joined a growing chorus of gun rights activists to demand that a special prosecutor be named in the on-going investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, the botched gun trafficking sting mounted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives." ...
 

ATF Death Watch 69: Be Vewwwy Quiet!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"That sound you hear? Listen…now that the wagon wheels have stopped creaking from the ATF circling the wagons, and the dust has settled from the lateral arabesques from all the deck chair shuffling going on over in personnel, the sound you hear is the noose tightening around the necks of the ATF, the Dept. of Justice, and the Obama Administration. Or to put it another way, this is one Ship of State that’s leaking from the top down. Allow me to explain…" ...
 

ATF Gunwalker: Who at the White House knew?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"CBS News has obtained a series of emails that show the White House had more information on ATF's controversial Fast and Furious operation than previously disclosed. But administration officials insists nobody at the White House knew specifically that ATF was allowing guns to 'walk' into the hands of suspected gun traffickers for Mexican drug cartels."

"ATF allegedly allowed more than two thousand assault rifles and other weapons to fall into the hands of suspects from late fall of 2009 through 2010."
 

Richard Serrano, LA Times: "White House received emails about Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation." More Nixonian "modified limited hangout."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Regular readers will remember Dan Restrepo, previously identified back in April by this writer as the probable Oliver North of the Gunwalker Scandal. They will also recall our efforts the get the Issa committee to ask about the O'Reilly-Newell emails at the last hearing -- Kevin O'Reilly being Restrepo's deputy at the NSC."

"At the time (both in April and July) I was cautioned by some folks that I was getting ahead of the evidence. One feared that I might be 'leaping at illusions.'"

"I trusted my sources. And now, in the wake of yesterday's tactical nuke delivery on the Phoenix US Attorneys Office, we have this:" ...
 

End-running Holder and Obama-Soetoro
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"By now, most conservatives are aware of Fast and Furious, the ATF scheme to 'monitor' arms trafficking to drug cartels in Mexico. I dare say, even with the Ministry of Propaganda doing its best to suppress news of this, even some liberals have heard about it, too. But other than Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) Oversight Committee investigation, and Rep. Allen West’s call for Holder to be fired, where is the official outrage, the calls for justice, the demand for the perpetrators to be found and held responsible?" ...
 

Bombshell: Documents suggest official Fast & Furious cover-up
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Newly-revealed documents suggest there was a fast and furious cover-up by the Phoenix U.S. Attorney’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when guns recovered from the crime scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder were quickly linked to the ATF’s gun trafficking sting operation." ...
 

Newest 'Project Gunwalker' revelations highlight need for special prosecutor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman, and Sipsey Street Irregular Mike Vanderboegh have been covering, compelling new evidence strongly points to a deliberate cover-up of the 'Gunwalker' scandal, involving at least the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and the U.S. Attorney's office in Arizona. The (very) short version is that emails between the BATFE Phoenix office and the U.S. Attorney's Arizona office openly discuss said cover-up." ...
 

Pima GOP gun raffle: The politics of fake outrage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun, by any other name, is just a gun."

"Unless it’s a Glock semi-automatic pistol raffled off by Republicans in Pima County, which just happens to be the same county where Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other people were shot, with six of them killed."

"Then it’s an outrage."

"Or so we’re supposed to believe." ...
 

AZ: 2nd gun added to Pima County GOP raffle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Pima County Republican Party’s controversial gun raffle fundraiser was such a success that they ended up raffling off another weapon."

"The notoriety fueled such demand, said interim Chairman Mike Shaw, not only did the raffle for the Glock pistol sell out, but they subsequently raffled a deer rifle as well."

"The raffle garnered worldwide attention because it was organizes eight months after the Tucson shooting spree." ...
 

AZ: Outcry Over Gun Raffle in Giffords’ County
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Mike Shaw, interim Pima County GOP chairman, said he was surprised by the reaction, particularly considering Giffords is a supporter of the Second Amendment. 'That Glock is no more responsible for those deaths and the congresswoman's injuries than a Number 2 pencil is responsible for cheating on a test,' Shaw said. Giffords is still undergoing recovery in Texas."
 

ND: Ron Paul coming to North Dakota
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ron Paul is coming to North Dakota! ... In November." ...

"The only downside seems to be that that weekend also is the deer opener."

"'Unfortunately we are at the mercy of a very hectic presidential campaign,' Brent Narloch, Policy Council director, said. 'But you can't hunt at night, so we're telling people to celebrate their second amendment rights during the day and free enterprise and capitalism at night.'" ...
 

IL: Concealed carry issue may be reloaded soon in Springfield
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On July 13, in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger lamented Illinois' status as the sole state that does not allow some form of concealed gun carry rights."

"Later, in a media release, Kinzinger said, 'In May, Gov. (Pat) Quinn took it upon himself to determine what's best for Illinois. Rather than listening to the voice of the Illinois constituency, Quinn made desperate 11th-hour phone calls to sway Illinois Democrats to get his way and block vital legislation to allow concealed carry here in Illinois.'" ...
 

SC: Duncan Responds to Constituents' Questions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Area residents had an opportunity to find out what Congressman Jeff Duncan was doing to represent their interests Thursday night during a Town Hall Meeting at Dacusville United Methodist Church." ...

"Rodney Hall, president of the Dacusville Business Association asked the congressman what he was doing to protect citizens' right to bear arms."

"'I am a strong advocate for the Second Amendment,' Duncan said. 'As far as I'm concerned, everything that the U.N. proposes will be struck down by the United States Congress.'" ...
 

Federal judge won't temporarily halt rifle sale rules
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a setback for gun dealers in four U.S. states bordering Mexico, a federal judge on Thursday refused to temporarily block new rules requiring them to report the sale of multiple semi-automatic rifles."

"Judge Rosemary Collyer said the dealers, backed by the National Rifle Association, had not sufficiently shown they would suffer irreparable harm without a preliminary injunction. She scheduled an October hearing on a permanent injunction." ...
 

More On NRA/CRPA Amicus Briefs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The NRA and the CRPA filed amicus briefs in the California carry case Richards v. Prieto. The release from Chuck Michel is below which explains them in more detail." ...
"At issue in Richards is a Yolo County policy conditioning the issuance of CCW permits on a wholly discretionary assessment of each applicant's 'moral character' and stated 'good cause.' In practice, Yolo’s policy prohibits the vast majority of county residents from obtaining a permit." ...
 

PA: Judge tosses resisting charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Blair County judge dismissed charges Wednesday against an Altoona man who claimed city police roughed him up for no reason in October." ...

"He was eventually charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness."

"Hudson's attorney, Joel Seelye, argued that there was no evidence indicating that his client was under arrest for anything and, therefore, he could not have resisted arrest. Hudson maintained he had committed no crime, that he was not yelling, wasn't angry, pounding on the car or disturbing the peace." ...
 

WY: Wyoming pays $500,000 in police restraint death case near Cheyenne
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state of Wyoming has paid $500,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by relatives of a Denver man who died while being restrained by state Highway Patrol officers."

"Bruce James Weigel died when troopers restrained him after a traffic accident near Cheyenne in 2002." ...
 

CA: Family sues police over California Taser-related death
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"The parents of a Southern California man who accuse police of killing their son with a Taser after he honked at a patrol car have sued the sheriff's department and county."

"Kephart ... honked at a patrol vehicle that turned in front of him, according to the lawsuit ..."

"The sheriff's deputy then circled his patrol car back behind Kephart's vehicle and pulled him over at a nearby gas station ..."

"The deputy ordered Kephart out of his car at gunpoint, forced him to the ground, and was joined by a sergeant and another deputy, the lawsuit said."

"The three officers used their electroshock Taser weapons on Kephart 'without provocation or justification' for about 10 minutes, expending five cartridges, the lawsuit states." ...
 

IL: Ex-Morton policeman pleads guilty to domestic battery charge
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"Former Morton Police Sgt. Lari Crim pleaded guilty Thursday in Tazewell County court to a charge of domestic battery, ending his career as a police officer."

"Federal law prohibits a person who has been convicted of domestic battery to carry a firearm."

"Crim was not sentenced to jail time, but he must pay $581 in fines and court costs." ...
 

TX: Anonymous Roars Back With 3GB Leak of Texas Police Chief Emails: "That stupid bitch got what she deserved"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Anonymous, after a relatively large period of doing nothing, are back with a vengeance. Even without their (arrested) de facto leader Topiary, they've punched Texan law enforcement squarely in their gut: a giant email leak, internal documents, addresses. Anon's back." ...

"Exhibit A, an email from Robert Wieners Chief of Police, Friendswood, Texas ..."
"That stupid bitch who started that stolen car chase at Yale and 610 got what she deserved (I'll bet she was fat and black too). Same with that pervert that got shot by the county. F**k that guy, see ya. That all sounds like good police work to me. Those folks got the criminal cure. It's guaranteed, they will never commit a crime again."
"Literally, the first email in the leak is racist." ...
 

NY: Bloomberg hid resigned deputy's arrest
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"When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg described the resignation of a deputy mayor a few weeks ago, he left out a crucial detail - the aide had just been arrested as a result of a domestic violence complaint." ...

"Goldsmith, who spent 48 hours in jail after the episode, reported the matter to Bloomberg. But when Goldsmith abruptly resigned five days later, the mayor's office declared in a statement that he was 'leaving to pursue private-sector opportunities in infrastructure finance.' language the mayor reviewed himself, people with knowledge of the situation said."
 

IL: State of Illinois Pays Violent Offenders and Sex Criminals to Baby-sit Children
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"Leave it to Illinois to make sure violent criminals have state sponsored work. Would you believe the state could pay a convicted rapist to baby sit children? The Chicago Tribune reports:" ...
 

UT: Former Draper police officer charged with drug counts
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"A former Draper police officer has been charged with misdemeanor crimes after authorities claim they caught him using drugs last month while parked in his police vehicle at a Midvale parking lot." [emphasis added
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Submitter's note: They enforce their endless pet drug war against the "lower class." They pretend we aren't worthy of privacy, and here we have a drug warrior using OUR vehicle to do what he would arrest us AND SEIZE our cars for. Stick him in solitary with 24 hr lights and Justin Beiber blasting.
 

WA: Seattle police chief likes donations to save horse patrol
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"The chief of police has joined the lobbying campaign to save Seattle's horse patrol.
Chief John Diaz considers the police Mounted Unit a 'high visibility,' 'cost efficient' crime fighting strategy."

"In an e-mail obtained by SeattlePI.com, Diaz tells the head of the city council's public safety committee he supports subsidizing the horse patrol with community contributions."

"But Councilmember Tim Burgess is telling donors that law enforcement money should be spent on higher priorities." ...
 

Cable: UN Peacekeepers Traded Food for Sex
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"United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast enticed underage girls in a poor part of the West African nation to exchange sex for food, according to a United States Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks."

"The cable written in January 2010 focuses on the behavior of Beninese peacekeepers stationed in the western town of Toulepleu, an area that has been at the crosshairs of the nation's 10-year-long conflict."

"A random poll of 10 underage girls in Toulepleu by aid group Save The Children U.K. in 2009 found that eight performed sexual acts for Benin peacekeepers on a regular basis in order to secure their most basic needs ..." ...
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KABA Note: One of the first things the "Peacekeepers" do in these situations is confiscate all privately owned firearms. Makes the raping so much easier and safer . . .
 

LA: Tax Holiday Begins Today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 2011 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday begins today and runs through Sunday." ...
 

OH: 50 youth participants enjoy marksmanship training weekend sponsored by Buckeye Firearms Foundation (video available)
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"Over the weekend of July 29-31st a group of 30 adult volunteers ran a youth shooting event out at Dillon Gun Range. Both firearms safety and marksmanship skills were learned by 50 youth participants, ranging in age from 11-17. Boys and girls from the Licking county area received instruction in proper marksmanship skills, the basic rules of safe gun handling, the importance of conservation, and much more. Area Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls in attendance were given the opportunity to meet all their requirements for both Shotgun and Rifle merit badges. First, Second and Third place trophies were awarded in both Rifle and Shotgun disciplines. ..." ...
 

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