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A Matter of Choice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Common wisdom has it that a shotgun is the best gun to use for home defense. This advice is often supplemented with such encouraging comments as, 'You don’t need to aim, just point it in the general direction.' ...

"Let's take a look at these shotgun myths. Shot loads do spread but as a general rule do so at the rate of one inch per yard after the first three yards. This means that at 12 feet you have two inches of shot with which to hit anything—not quite a shower of doom in the average apartment or domicile. The 'no need to aim' comment simply allows rationalization for not practicing, which gives mental comfort while believing you might never have to shoot." ...
 

Gun Control: Is It to Be Trusted?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Certainly arguments can be raised that no criminal or mentally unbalanced individual should have access to guns. Between 1,500 and 2,000 deaths occur each year through the use of firearms."

"Quite understandably, sensational news stories regarding shooting rampages in schools, universities, churches, and even our mass transit system have only exacerbated our fear of guns."

"However, there is also the flip side, the gun-owners' side ... Historically, while many each year may perish from the use of guns, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, die as a result of having lived under totalitarian regimes across the world where guns among the civilian populations are expressly forbidden."
 

It's Time To Pull Out . . .
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Not an original concept, but worth the discussion."

"It's time to pull out. The death toll is just too high. We need to withdraw and let the people in the streets there just duke it out themselves. Self governance, right? May the strongest win. Survival of the fittest."

"One hundred twenty five deaths just this summer alone. That's twice the death toll of American military personnel in Iraq during the same time period."

"So it makes sense to get out, right?"

"Did you know I was talking about Chicago? The city where CCW is ILLEGAL, meaning citizens have no right to carry self defense sidearms for their self protection. They are sitting ducks ..." ...
 

Bring the Assault Weapons Ban Back Into Presidential Politics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tonight, Barack Obama is attending a fundraiser in Newark, New Jersey. I truly hope he uses this opportunity to speak about Bukhari Washington and the tragic lunacy of allowing civilians to possess assault weapons legally."

"Who is Bukhari Washington? ..." ...

"Then, on August 14, Bukhari Washington was killed as he lay in bed. A bullet shot accidentally from a semiautomatic assault rifle in the apartment below him went up through his pillow and ended his life. The 19 year-old neighbor who shot him had no prior criminal record; it appears to have been a horrible accident." ...
 

FL: Crime-weary Hollywood neighborhood contemplates arming
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tired of worrying that it's unsafe to walk at night or let children play outside by day, some residents in Hollywood's Royal Poinciana neighborhood are calling for residents to take up arms in the area north of downtown."

"Thursday night, the civic association heard from a local security firm that teaches self-defense, Taser training, pepper-spray use, concealed-weapons laws and handgun safety."

"At the sometimes-tense meeting, residents also discussed other self-defense strategies ..."

"'It's not like we're saying we need an armed militia,' said Jack David, the association president. 'It's more like get trained in self-defense and if someone comes up to rob you, you can at least defend yourself.'" ...
 

Morale problem solved: Sarah envigorates army of pro-gun voters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"She didn't raise a musket above her head during her speech at the Republican National Convention, and there have not (yet?) been cries of 'from my cold dead hands' on the campaign trail, but for all the renewed enthusiasm among the pro-gun voting block, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin might as well have done both."

"Many Americans are coming to the realization that Sarah Palin is truly 'one of us', but perhaps no others saw it as quickly as did America's gun owners."

"Unlike Mitt Romney, who helped pass an 'assault weapons' ban in Massacheusetts, and only decided to join the NRA when it was time to run for President, Palin is a life-long NRA member. ..." ...
 

Obama: 'Not going to mess with' guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"At a campaign event here Friday, Barack Obama ran headlong into the one of the issues that dogs him in this battleground state."

"'There are rumors going around that . . . you're going to take away our guns,' said Joan O'Neil, a resident of tiny Susquehanna in northeastern Pennsylvania, a big-time area for hunting." ...

"'I believe in the Second Amendment, and if you are a law-abiding gun owner you have nothing to fear from an Obama administration,' Obama said. 'This has been peddled again and again. Here's what I believe: The Second Amendment is an indvidual right. . . people have the right to bear arms. But I also believe there is nothing wrong with some common-sense gun safety measures.'" ...
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KABA Note: Obama has previously stated that he considered the pre-Heller DC gun ban to be a 'reasonable restriction'.
 

WI: It's time for a new attitude down in Madison
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Northland has a chance to send a new attitude to Madison ... I am Vern Johnson, and I will be just that. I have heard from a large number of voters in the 73rd District who have been aching for a change. There are many discouraged voters, who have despaired in the face of the local and state 'machine', believing that their vote won't matter. To you I say, now is your chance! Rise up! You have a renewed opportunity to see your vote really count."

"I am pro-family, pro-life, pro-Working Family, pro-business, pro-hunting, pro-concealed carry. I am a member of the NRA ... a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club, an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman, and the strongest defender of the Second Amendment. ..." ...
 

NY: Ball supports rights of gun owners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"I would like to applaud the efforts of New York state Assemblyman Greg Ball. Assemblyman Ball is a lifelong sportsman and strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Since being elected to the Assembly, our assemblyman has vociferously fought against overreaching anti-gun proposals, and supported law-abiding gun owners statewide by taking on microstamping."

"In 2007, Ball was honored by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association as 'Assemblyman of the Year' and in 2008, as 'Legislator of the Year' by the [NRA]. Card-carrying members of both organizations like myself thank him for his staunch and ongoing support of the Second Amendment. By standing up for our rights and fighting the good fight, he has earned his second term ..."
 

Government crackdowns on journalists threaten democracy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. As the Republican National Convention meets in St. Paul, Minn., this week, police are systematically targeting journalists. I was arrested with my two colleagues, Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, while reporting on the first day of the RNC. I have been wrongly charged with a misdemeanor. My co-workers, who were simply reporting, may be charged with felony riot." ...
 

TX: Former police officer seeks dismissal of federal charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Palm Valley police officer Ramon Martinez is seeking dismissal of the federal indictment against him, alleging that an ATF special agent reneged on assurances that he would not be arrested."

"'I was shocked,' Martinez, 37, said in an affidavit of his July arrest on charges that he and former Rio Hondo police officer Armando Dueñez bought firearm parts to build assault rifles."

"Martinez faces four counts of conspiring to deal in firearms without a license, dealing in firearms without a license and two counts of making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm. He is free on a $75,000 unsecured bond." ...
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Submitter's Note: Whaddaya mean 'laws apply to everybody'?!?
 

NY: Three Schenectady cops charged, but not with beating suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three Schenectady Police officers were arraigned this morning on misdemeanor charges of official misconduct, accused of failing to follow proper procedures in a December arrest."

"The officers, Eric Reyell, Gregory Hafensteiner and Andrew Karaskiewicz, however, were cleared of allegations that they beat suspect Donald Randolph, attorneys said." ...

"[Police union president] Hamilton said the officers were rushed back to the road after the incident and returned later to file paperwork. The use of force form was simply forgotten, he said."

"'One department form wasn't filled out and they're charged with a crime?” Hamilton said. 'Don't you see a problem with that?'"
 

LA: Gonzales settles gun-carrying man's lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mark Marchiafava says he’s earned the right to wear his .357-caliber Magnum pistol in a hip holster in Gonzales.

"And, he says at a local mall, city residents paid him to demonstrate that right."

"'I wish the taxpayers of Gonzales knew just how much money it is,' the 55-year-old Marchiafava adds."

"In January 2006, the longtime Baton Rouge resident was at the same mall, wearing the same pistol, when a Gonzales police officer asked him why he was carrying a gun."

"Marchiafava says he told the officer that non-felons can legally carry firearms that are not concealed."

"That exchange led to Marchiafava's arrest on a count of illegal carrying of a weapon. ..."

"But the case later was dismissed ..." ...
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

TX: Officer accused of alien smuggling in exchange for sex device and pills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A federal officer was nabbed today for allegedly trafficking undocumented immigrants in exchange for Cialis pills, a sexual device, and $2,150 in cash.

A federal grand jury indicted U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection officer Guadalupe Garza, 64, on Sept. 2, court records show.

The indictment,which was unsealed today, charges Garza with 13 counts of conspiracy to transport aliens, transporting them within the U.S., bringing them into the U.S. and bribery.

For more information, read Saturday's Brownsville Herald.
 

NJ: Officer Charged With Colleague's Death In Crash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A North Brunswick police lieutenant has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a fellow officer following a high-speed car crash last month."

"... Lt. Keith Buckley allegedly was driving at least 94 mph in a 45 mph zone on Aug. 12 in a rented Dodge Viper. The car crashed into a utility pole, killing 41-year-old Lt. Christopher Zerby ..."

"Zerby was a 15-year veteran of the force and in charge of the North Brunswick police's traffic safety division."

"Buckley, an 18-year veteran of the department and head of the patrol division, suffered minor injuries ..."

"... If convicted of vehicular homicide, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison."

"Police said alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash."
 

NY: Man shot by 'craigslist' gun takes aim at site
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A Manhattan boutique owner is suing craigslist.com for $10 million, claiming he was shot with a gun purchased on the popular Web site."

"Calvin Gibson, 50, who was shot six times by his schizophrenic neighbor in the East Village on July 24, believes the classified site is partially responsible."

"'But for defendant's negligence in failing to supervise and monitor the content of the ads placed on its Internet service, [the shooter] could never have legally obtained the handgun,' according to the lawsuit filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court."

"The alleged gunman ... 'has a psychiatric history and a history of violent crime,' Gibson claims in the suit, and could never have qualified for a gun permit." ...
 

NY: Gun violence is topic of meeting for residents
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A community meeting to address a recent wave of gun violence and get suggestions from young people on how to stop the mayhem will be held at 1:30 p. m. Saturday in the Bob Lanier Center, 185 Lang Ave.

The primary purpose is to hear from residents, particularly young people, with the goal of finding solutions, said community activist Darnell Jackson, one of the organizers.
 

IL: Nearly 125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over Summer - Total Is About Double The U.S. Troop Death Toll In Iraq
Submitted by: Mile66

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"An estimated 123 people were shot and killed over the summer. That's nearly double the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period."

"... Information compiled ... indicated that 123 people were shot and killed throughout the city between the start of Memorial Day weekend on May 26, and the end of Labor Day on Sept. 1."

"According to the Defense Department, 65 U.S. soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq. About the same number were killed in Afghanistan over that same period."

"In the same time period, an estimated 247 people were shot and wounded in the city." ...
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Submitter's Note: Perhaps they should declare all firearms illegal. Errr, Oh, wait...
 

Canada: Dawson College report seeks tougher gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If not for a delay in the delivery of his third gun, Kimveer Gill's deadly assault on Dawson College may have come months earlier as a commemoration of the anniversary of the Columbine massacre ..."

"Instead, the 25-year-old, who killed one teenage student and wounded 16 others at the Montreal college, stalled his attack for several months until his arsenal was sufficiently stocked, coroner Jacques Ramsay wrote in his report ..."

"In the report, released yesterday, Ramsay questioned whether tighter restrictions on guns could have kept the weapons out of Gill's hands." ...

"He said more casualties would have been likely had police not been at the school on another call when Gill first opened fire." ...
 

Canada: Shelving gun easy, Bloc MP says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Designating the type of semiautomatic rifle Kimveer Gill used in the Dawson College shooting as a prohibited weapon would require very little effort from the federal government, Bloc Québécois MP Serge Ménard says."

"Gill fired 72 shots from a CX4 Storm semiautomatic rifle, made by Beretta, during his Sept. 13, 2006 rampage ... In his report on the shooting, provincial coroner Jacques Ramsay calls on the federal public safety minister to make such a weapon prohibited ..."

"Making such a change does not require amending the Criminal Code, said Ménard ... It would mean adding that rifle, and others like it, to an existing list of prohibited weapons - a simple process that requires only an order in council." ...
 

Canada: Yorkton woman grabbed, assaulted off city street
Submitted by: Trapper

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"Yorkton RCMP are looking for an older, dark-coloured minivan used by man who allegedly grabbed a young woman, pulled her into the vehicle and held her at knifepoint two weeks ago."

"An unknown man drove up behind the 19-year-old woman as she walked to her parked vehicle. ..."

"She was grabbed and dragged into the van ..."

"While in this van, the woman was held against her will at knifepoint and assaulted before being thrown out."

"Officers consider this an isolated incident and continue to investigate the matter, although they are advising young women to stay safe by parking their vehicles in well lit and secure areas, travelling in groups and carrying a cell phone." ...
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KABA Note: Because a cell phone worked so well for Dru Sjodin.
 

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