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OH: Burglars beware: Law's now on the side of people defending their homes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun-rights advocates and some rank-and-file police officers either openly support or have no qualms with the new law. They say it is fair to shoot first and ask questions later.

"If your life is in danger you don't have to prove what the intent was of some intruder who is in your house, which was absolutely insane," said Jim Irvine, of the Buckeye Firearms Association.

"You now can defend yourself up to and including using deadly force," said Irvine, adding that under the old law homeowners had to justify their actions by proving they were in danger.
 

OH: Beware of owner: New law empowers residents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ohioans woke up today with added legal protections against criminals who break into their homes or cars.

The new law protects residents who use force to stop such intrusions.

The so-called Castle Doctrine, passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Ted Strickland earlier this year, provides legal protection — that is, a presumption that they acted in self-defense — for individuals who use force to thwart others who have entered their homes, businesses or vehicles unlawfully.
 

VA: Should Town of Culpeper ban shooting?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Culpeper Town Council aims to decide at its meeting tonight whether it should be unlawful to shoot at garden pests within the corporate limits.

The Town Code, as currently written, allows the discharging of firearms in town for the purpose of killing “varmints” with a special permit, but Police Chief Scott Barlow feels the town has become too congested to safely allow that practice to continue.

He recommended to Town Council last month that the provision for a special permit for the “Discharge of Firearms” in town be discontinued considering the rapid population and housing growth. Since Barlow took over last April he has turned down two requests for permits to do so, he told Town Council in August.
 

WI: Domestic violence firearms ban upheld
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The ban on possession of firearms by persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence is constitutional.

In one of the first challenges to the validity of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9), since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark holding in District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S.Ct. 2783 (2008), U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb held that Heller does not affect the validity of the prohibition.

Judge Crabb reasoned, “These persons have shown that it is they and not any outside intruders that pose the greater danger to their families.”
 

Right-wing nonsense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Guns. The National Rifle Association has such a strong hold on the Republican Party that candidates behave in ways that are simply inane. For example, a candidate for governor of my home state, Missouri, named Sarah Steelman, the state's treasurer, tried to suck up to the gun lobby by announcing that she had bought a rifle for her 13-year-old son. When asked about her decision by a television reporter, Steelman declared "I support the Second Amendment." Well, fine. But the Second Amendment means you can own a gun. I doesn't mean you have to buy one for someone still going through puberty.
 

MI: The real question is about Democrats’ stand on abortion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In her letter in Friday’s Sentinel, Janet DeBoer states that she is baffled by the GOP stand on guns. While I am no fan of guns, I understand the reasons for the Second Amendment. But the fact that our government gives me the right to bear arms does not lead me to believe that God wants me to carry a gun.

I am also aware that if owning a gun was illegal, the criminals would still get their hands on them and there would still be many Americans killed each year. But that is not really why I’m writing. I sense some other hypocrisy that also involves the death each year of many Americans. I, like Janet, am baffled by the stand of a national party.
 

TX: Area group fundraises, supports Second Amendment at annual banquet
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Members of an area Friends of the NRA branch chomped chicken, bid hundreds of dollars on hunting and outdoor gear, and helped a police department and young hunters in training at an annual dinner.

The national grassroots organization's Humble-Kingwood chapter hosted its $30 banquet and auction at the Humble Civic Center Aug. 19. Though proceeds from club events benefit the NRA Foundation, which operates as a philanthropic arm of the National Rifle Association, it does not get involved in politics. Members said they cannot discuss the organization's political stances at meetings.
 

WA: Now, every governor is a 'commander'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In fact one of the office's most essential responsibilities is to counterbalance military power (the Second Amendment alone will not work, it's out-gunned). Remember it was Eisenhower who warned us that "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
 

DC: Gun Bill Could Strip D.C. Of Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Congress plans to take up a bill this week that would repeal the District's gun-registration requirements and make it easier for residents to legally buy semiautomatic weapons, raising alarm among city officials that the measure would effectively end local gun control.

Chiefs of the D.C. police, the Capitol Police, the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are expected to testify against the bill during a House hearing today. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) plans to introduce a substitute bill that would simply mandate that D.C.'s gun laws conform to a recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down the city's 32-year-old ban on handguns.
 

OH: New Changes To Ohio's Concealed Weapons Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Between 2004 and 2007, more than 108,000 people in Ohio received licenses to carry a weapon. ..
Holders of a Ohio's concealed weapons permit now may keep a gun hidden in a vehicle as long as its in a secure holster, this is one of several changes to Ohio's concealed carry law that went in effect Monday. The law previously required the gun to be in plain sight.

Other changes in the law include:

Permit holders may bring a gun onto school grounds as long as they are in a vehicle picking up or dropping off a child.

Landlords no longer may prohibit holders of concealed weapons permits from having their weapons in apartments.
 

We Can't Afford the Democrats' Platform
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The past two presidential elections taught the losing Democrats a couple of political lessons. They learned that attacks on guns and defense of abortion are no longer winning issues for them, and this new awakening is reflected in their 2008 party platform adopted in Denver.

The platform grudgingly states, "We will preserve Americans' Second Amendment right to own and use firearms." The powers-that-be in the Democratic Party have learned to tolerate a few pro-gun candidates.
 

ASIS Foundation CRISP Report Explores Gun Violence in the Workplace
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"This report addresses the problem of gun violence in the workplace and strategies to prevent it," says Martin Gill, chair of the ASIS Foundation Research Council. Its geographic focus is the United States because of the unique protections the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives to the possession and carrying of firearms.

"More than three-quarters of workplace homicides are committed with guns," author Dana Loomis writes. "About two-thirds of workplace homicides are related to robbery; the remainder result from conflicts between workers and clients, coworkers, acquaintances or family members."
 

CA: Man shoots, kills alleged burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A Vacaville resident shot and killed a man who the resident said was burglarizing his home. The resident, who police did not identify and who lives alone on the 1200 block of Balsam Way, awoke to the sound of voices inside his home around 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Vacaville Police Department. The resident armed himself with a handgun, confronted the alleged burglar and shot him "at least once" in the torso, according to police. The resident then called police.
 

NRA supports gun owners' rights, not radicals
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The American Hunters and Shooters Association is once again trying to confuse hunters into believing two bold lies: that the NRA does not support hunting, and that AHSA and the Sierra Club do. In a report printed in the Tribune Aug. 22, AHSA makes the ridiculous argument that NRA is anti hunting because NRA does not support the same candidates that Sierra Club and other environmental groups support. The problem is these groups rate candidates on their radical environmental record, not on their support for hunting or for gun owners' rights.
 

DC: Brady Campaign Urges Opposition to Bill That Would Allow Assault Rifles on D.C. Streets
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sent a letter today urging federal security agencies to oppose gun lobby-backed legislation that the House of Representatives will be discussing this week. The bill, H.R. 6691, would extinguish virtually all gun regulations in the nation's Capital, allowing the open carrying of assault rifles and .50 caliber sniper rifles on the streets of Washington, and putting government officials, foreign dignitaries, and tourists at grave risk of harm.
 

NC: Raleigh police officer charged with DWI
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Raleigh, N.C. — Authorities arrested a Raleigh police officer early Monday and charged him with DWI.

A state trooper arrested Christopher Harmon around 2 a.m. on Glenwood Avenue near Interstate 540, where he was stopped for traveling 66 in a 45 mph zone.

A state highway patrol spokesman said the arresting trooper smelled alcohol on Harmon's breath, and a test showed he had .11 blood alcohol concentration. In North Carolina, anything above .08 is illegal.

 

NC: Homeowner shoots masked intruder
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Fayetteville, N.C. — A Fayetteville man says he fired shots at two would-be robbers, fatally shooting one, Friday night.

Richard J. Opdenhoff said he and his wife were sitting with their dogs in their living room watching TV shortly before 11 p.m. when two masked men invaded his home and attempted to rob them at gunpoint.

Opdendhoff, who had access to his gun, said he fired three to five shots at the men, hitting one of them. The other assailant got away.

Fayetteville police identified the alleged assailant as Alton Jeffery McCrimmon, 23. He died in a neighbor's yard, investigators said.

Authorities would not confirm that Opdenhoff fired the gun that killed McCrimmon but said no charges have been filed
 

When did the idea of freedom become a political orphan?
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"We must, and we shall, set the tide running again in the cause of freedom. And this party, with its every action, every word, every breath, and every heartbeat, has but a single resolve, and that is freedom. "

—Barry Goldwater, accepting the 1964 Republican presidential nomination

This year's Republican National Convention had a different theme for each day. Monday was "Serving a Cause Greater than Self." Tuesday was "Service," Wednesday was "Reform" and Thursday was "Pea

So what was missing? Only what used to be held up as the central ideal of the party. The heirs of Goldwater couldn't spare a day for freedom.

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The "essence of America's promise," he declared in Denver, is "individual responsibility and mutual responsibility
 

IL: Coke Dealers, Crooks can become cops: Got a rap sheet? Step right up
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Coke dealers, crooks can become Chicago cops

The Sun-Times explored a little-known appeals process for police applicants blackballed because of problems in their backgrounds and found dozens of people restored to the Chicago Police Department's hiring list after they were found unfit to become cops. This prompted former Police Supt. Phil Cline to try to remove the Human Resources Board from hiring decisions.
 

IL: 'Why is it so hard to fire a policeman?'
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Top cop says it should be his call, but it's up to the 9 civilians on the Chicago Police Board -- and they won't say why they spared 59 of 80 officers facing ouster

Take Gerald Callahan.

In 2004, he handcuffed a bartender who refused to serve him. The city paid the bartender $15,000 to make his false-arrest lawsuit go away and Callahan was suspended.





 

WA: WRSA Grid-Down Meical Course - Everett, WA - 9/12-14
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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This two-day (16 hour) course will prepare motivated folks to treat life-threatening medical conditions in the wilderness without access to classical EMS and medical resources.

This program assumes an injury or illness sustained by a family remote from medical resources by distance, time, or availability over a sustained period.

Designed by a retired Emergency Physician with 35 years of Trauma, EMS/ Rescue, and instructional experience, the methods and techniques taught are derived from over 35 years of medical practice in environments as diverse as urban gangland zones, remote underground in caves, and at sea. The trauma concepts are consistent with the current military method of Tactical Combat Casualty Care.
 

MD: Anti-abortion protesters sue Harford County, state police
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Three young women who were arrested and strip-searched last month while rallying against abortion have filed a federal lawsuit against Harford County, Bel Air and state police, charging their First Amendment rights were violated.

The protesters were held in a jail cell overnight and were charged with loitering, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. But, 10 days later, the charges were dropped.

Greg Shipley, a spokesman for state police, defended trooopers.

"Maryland state troopers acted in the interest of public safety and in accordance with guidance from the county state’s attorney’s office," Shipley said. "We will be prepared to justify those actions in court."
 

OK: Elderly Ardmore Woman Fires Shot At Apartment Complex
Submitted by: Trapper

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An elderly woman fires a shot though an apartment door at an Ardmore complex. Police say a 69-year-old woman fired a shot through the door of one of the units.

The lady living in the apartment on Monroe Street heard the shot, saw the hole through her door and called police.

A 69-year old woman, who also lives at the complex, fired a single gunshot through the front door with a 32-caliber pistol.

She has since been placed in a mental detention center for an evaluation.

Submitter's Note: Online poll: www.kten.com. Similar to driving restrictions, should there be firearm restrictions for older adults? Y or N

 

CA: Vacaville man shoots suspected burglar
Submitted by: John Jorgensen/GS2AC
Website: http://www.gs2ac.com/

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A Vacaville man shot and killed a suspect who was allegedly trying to burglarize his home early Saturday morning, police said.
 

MD: Cops strip-search 'loitering' pro-lifers -- Protesters heckled, arrested, jailed for opposing abortion
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The allegations in the case sound like a Third World dictatorship: Police officers talk over before the arrests what charges they'll use, there are no explanations when the arrests are made, the suspects are denied access to legal counsel while in custody, and cops subject suspects to semi-public strip-searches.

Only this was in Bel Air, Md.

The lawsuit accuses Bel Air, seven police officials and Harford County of violating the rights of 18 pro-life advocates who were arrested when they held signs and shared their message along a public street. Those arrested included three young women who faced repeated strip-searches while being cited for loitering, disorderly conduct and failure to obey.

Submitter's note: Cops to citizens: Do as we say or else
 

GunBaNObama.com
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Barack Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history. Senator Obama says “words matter.” But when it comes to your Second Amendment rights, he refuses to speak honestly about where he stands. In fact, Obama hides behind carefully chosen words and vague statements of support for sportsmen and gun rights to sidestep and camouflage the truth.

But even he can’t hide from the truth forever … his voting record, political associations, and long standing positions make it clear that, if elected, Barack Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I now think the only way to control handgun use is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution. — M. Gartner, then President of NBC News, USA Today, January 16, 1992, pg. A9

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