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Seriously, No One Wants to Take Your Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The following was posted as a comment by Excedrine under yesterday’s post, Don’t Worry, No One Wants to Take Your Guns."

"I laugh when they trot out that old, tired line. I really do. Right in their faces. Then, I point out all the people who do. Branford, Connecticut Police Officer Joseph Peterson does. 'I [would] give my left nut to bang down your door and come for your gun. Those are his exact words to a long-time 'friend' of his . . ." ...
 

BREAKING: DC Police Chief Recognizes Right to Carry, Reciprocity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Emily Miller is reporting via Twitter that as of this evening, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has instructed her force not to arrest anyone legally able to carry a firearm. Many have said that the D.C. political establishment would ignore yesterday’s ruling in the Palmer v. DC case. At least for now. This shows that Chief Lanier is, at minimum, unwilling to be found in contempt. ..."
 

Don’t Worry, Nobody Wants to Take Your Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"We hear the tired old shibboleth trotted out by civilian disarmament advocates in the debate over the Second Amendment again and again: 'Nobody wants to take your guns.' Except when they do. It’s a transparent attempt to portray gun owners concerned about protecting their natural, civil, Constitutional right to keep and bear arms as a bunch of conspiratorial crazies. Yammering yahoos raving about the black helicopters that are coming for them and their firearms in the middle of the night. But every once in a while, one of the wannabe gun grabbers lets the mask slip just a bit too far. Case in point: Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans . . ." ...
 

OMG! Billy Johnson’s Engaging in a Thought Experiment! OMG! (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Billy Johnson’s genius is in his tendency to look at things from a different angle – one you may not have considered – and then present his point simply and clearly. In his latest piece for the NRA, 'Everyone Gets a Gun', he notes that unlike the nation’s polices promoting things likes free speech, equal employment, home ownership and higher eduction, when it comes to firearms, America has an anti-gun policy. That’s based on the premise that we need to be protected from firearms. Then he really strays over to the dark side, asking, 'What would happen if we designed gun policy around the assumption that people need guns — that guns make people’s lives better?' ..." ...
 

CT: After Legislative Defeat, Gun Owners Aim For Election Successes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Frustrated with politicians who enacted the post-Newtown gun restrictions, Second Amendment rights activists head to the polls this year determined to channel their anger into electoral success."

"Their goals range from pickups in the General Assembly by 'pro-2A' — pro-Second Amendment — candidates to electing a governor who would sign a repeal of Senate Bill 1160, the sweeping gun control legislation enacted in response to the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School." ...
 

Federal court upholds Florida law in ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ case; Doctors can’t ask about gun ownership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Federal Court of Appeals overturned a 2011 injunction Friday won by Florida doctors against a state firearms owner’s privacy law."

"The suit ... had won an injunction by a lower court in what became known popularly as the 'Docs vs. Glocks' case. That injunction was struck down this week in a 2-1 ruling by a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta."

"'We find that the Act is a valid regulation of professional conduct that has only incidental effect on physicians’ speech,' wrote Circuit Judge Gerald Tjoflat for the majority in the mammoth 161-page ruling in the case. ..." ...
 

FL: Grand jury indicts Orlando cop over shots fired into car
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Orlando police officer has been indicted by an Orange County grand jury on charges he shot into a vehicle in February with an assault rifle without justification."

"At the time, police reported that officers fired into the car of a man who was trying to run them over."

"Officer David Richard Johnston, 25, a two-year veteran of the department, was indicted Thursday." ...
 

TX: Man Goes to Jail for Public Intoxication, Comes Out Looking Like He Went Through a Meat Grinder
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... "Bishop was taken into custody early Saturday morning on suspicion of public intoxication, a misdemeanor. Police say that Bishop refused to sign the paperwork once he was brought into jail."

"That is the last thing that Bishop says he remembers."

"What happened next was caught on the jail’s surveillance video, which has not yet been released to the public, but has led to Denton cop, Darius Porter, being placed on paid administrative leave." ...
 

Federal Court Strikes Down ‘Nation’s Last Explicit’ Gun Ban; Press Mostly Ignores
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On Saturday, District of Columbia Circuit Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. finally ruled that the city of Washington's ban on residents carrying firearms outside their homes is unconstitutional."

"Emily Miller at Fox News calls it a decision which 'leaves no gray area in gun-carrying rights.' But a Google News search on "Washington DC gun case" (not in quotes, sorted by date), returned only 16 items, only one of which — a terse five-paragraph Reuters dispatch carried at the New York Times and appearing in Sunday's paper on Page A16 — is from a U.S. establishment press outlet." ...
 

OH: Local opinions vary on open carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"At least in Licking County, it doesn't seem open carry is taking off the way it is nationwide."

"Steve Garavuso, who owns the Bullet Ranch in Pataskala, said he has seen a few open carry shoppers in his gun store, but he said concealed carry is far more common."

"'It's really the smartest way to go, as far as I'm concerned,' Garavuso said. 'If you're a civilian and you have a weapon for protection, to me, it doesn't make sense to advertise it or have it out in the open.'" ...
 

Charles E. Cobb Jr. guest-blogging about “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I’m delighted to say that Charles E. Cobb Jr. will be guest-blogging this week about his new book, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. ... Here’s the summary of the book from the publisher:"
"Visiting Martin Luther King Jr. at the peak of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, journalist William Worthy almost sat on a loaded pistol. 'Just for self defense,' King assured him. It was not the only weapon King kept for such a purpose; one of his advisors remembered the reverend’s Montgomery, Alabama home as 'an arsenal.'" ...
 

The Second Amendment Applies in D.C. (audio story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A federal judge in the case of Palmer v. D.C. has ruled that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Alan Gura is the attorney on the case." ...
 

MO: Gun amendment on Missouri ballot draws support, fire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A constitutional amendment meant to bolster Missourians’ right to keep and bear arms will strengthen everyone’s gun rights, proponents say."

"That’s exactly what St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is worried about."

"If everyone, including criminals, had 'unalienable' gun rights, Dotson fears prosecutors would be less likely to take a case involving criminal gun possession and juries would be less likely to convict." ...
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Submitter's Note: You know I just don't see a jury acquitting a "criminal" of shooting someone; what Chiefie is worried about is that people will be acquitted for the "crime" of gun possession. You know, that natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil and Constitutional right codified in the Second Amendment?
 

For Life and Freedom: Break the Rules.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Lee Silverman defied company policy. He walked right past "no guns" signs and carried a sidearm into his office. It's a good thing he did. If he hadn't, who knows how many people would now be dead?"

"Silverman -- Dr. Lee Silverman -- is a psychiatrist at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania. On Thursday morning, July 23, 2014, a patient who had just been escorted to the doctor's office by social worker Theresa Hunt pulled a gun of his own. The patient murdered Hunt. But as he turned on Silverman and fired at his head, Silverman drew his own firearm and put three shots into the killer."

"Silverman survived with a grazed temple. The murderer went to the hospital in critical condition." ...
 

CA: Torrance man shot at by police in Dorner manhunt to receive $1.8M
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Redondo Beach surfer who was shot at and his car rammed by police officers during the manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner will receive $1.8 million in a settlement, it was announced Thursday"

"David Perdue's excessive force complaint, lodged in federal court in Los Angeles, alleged that two Torrance police officers rammed his pickup truck with their police vehicle and fired without warning as he drove to the beach before work on Feb. 7, 2013. Lizette Perdue, his wife, was also a plaintiff in the suit." ...
 

Carrying guns openly can be deterrent to crime: Brett Pucillo, president of Ohio Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Open vs. concealed carry; a popular and emotional argument in the pro firearm community. It has also become a public battleground between second amendment supporters and gun control advocates. For the pro firearm side, the question must be answered on a personal level. I seek not to persuade you, but instead to give you the information needed to make your own informed decision."

"Some people ask why it is necessary to open carry when you can conceal. While concealed carry is a great way to carry (and I do so sometime), there are still many benefits to open carrying. ..." ...
 

Brandishing guns creates fear and erodes our peace: the Rev. David Hill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last September the City of Oberlin was the target of open-carry demonstrations. Folks from out of town arrived brandishing their weapons in protest of Oberlin's local ordinances that prohibited firearms in its parks."

"A usually busy playground was oddly silent except for a couple of kids associated with the gun folks. I watched as a father strapped some sort of gun to a kid's thigh and then sent him off to play on the swing." ...
 

Bloomberg & MDA Put the Target on Customers’ Backs for Violent Criminals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Excellent job, Moms! An innocent person is dead because of the media message you championed! Gang members already knew that the best victim is a disarmed victim, and you’ve encouraged Target to broadcast that its customers are easy targets. We hope you’re proud that your message has encouraged and enabled criminals." ...
 

FBI provides murder-rate data online
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"News related to gun ownership and Second Amendment rights frequently leads to discussions about crime, the crime rate being so often put forward as a reason to support, or to oppose, the expansion of gun rights."

"Alleged facts are often published and repeated without reference to their sources or verification of their veracity."

"Here are some miscellaneous facts related to crime and guns found on the FBI’s website, unless otherwise stated. Readers may make of them what they will." ...

"The FBI says the murder rate in the United States in 1960 was five murders per 100,000 inhabitants. In 1970 the rate was 7.87. In 2012, it was 4.7. These rates include both murder and non-negligent manslaughter." ...
 

Massachusetts police chiefs demand more power to disarm citizenry (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Had only the Senate listened to Rosenthal and to the top cops. After all, what’s to fear from what doctrinaire gun-grabbers call 'reasonable, commonsense solutions to gun violence'? Besides, a spokesman assures us there’s no need for concern."

"'Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association president Erik Blake said at the press conference that the provision giving police added discretion on firearms identification cards is 'not about being capricious or arbitrary or taking away people’s rights,' the Globe report continued." ...
 

Court ruling on D.C. carry ban could have broad implications
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Today’s ruling by the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, as reported by attorney Alan Gura, that the city’s ban on carrying of handguns outside the home doesn’t stand up to constitutional muster 'under any level of scrutiny' could have far-reaching implications."

"Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, which funded the case ... said in a telephone conversation today that this ruling is important because it establishes that the right to bear arms applies outside the home. Anti-gunners have contended that the Heller and McDonald rulings only protect a right to bear arms in the home, a notion that the court in Moore v. Madigan — another SAF case in Illinois — 'could not rationally have been limited to the home.' ..." ...
 

WA: The ‘other half’ of gun control story bears repeating
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Of course Potter wouldn’t share the other news about his initiative that’s not-so-great. That’s the news ... that I-594 is opposed by two major statewide law enforcement organizations representing some 5,500 rank-and-file police officers and sheriff’s deputies, and retired law enforcement. Why this has not been widely reported is a question that can only be answered by the mainstream press."

"The Southern California arrest and gun theft case, whether anyone realizes it, explains why I-594 and every other gun control effort will never live up to its promise. Criminals do not obey the law, even in a state that already has the kind of restrictive gun laws that the gun prohibition lobby wants to pass in Washington this fall." ...
 

Dems* want gun bans for 'suspected terrorists,' no standard of evidence for list (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Intercept, an online publication started early this year, inspired by the Edward Snowden leaks, dedicates itself to the purpose of acting as the 'media watchdog' keeping an eye on the government--a function the mass media clearly abandoned long ago. In an article published yesterday, Intercept contributors Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux reveal that the Obama administration has been dramatically expanding the 'terrorist watch list,' That expansion has been made significantly easier through the simple expedient of giving up any pretense of requiring any minimum standard of evidence for one's inclusion on the list:" ...
 

Firearms carry ban struck down in D.C.
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... "'In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny,' Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. wrote in a Memorandum-Decision Order signed Thursday and filed today." ...
 

Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional
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"A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowing to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists."

"Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are 'unconstitutional.'" ...
 

Federal judge overturns Washington DC ban on guns in public
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A federal judge has ruled that a ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US capital Washington DC is unconstitutional."

"In a 19-page opinion, Judge Frederick Scullin on Saturday ruled that 'there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia's total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.'"

"'Therefore,' Scullin wrote, 'the Court finds that the District of Columbia's complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.'" ...

"The lawsuit plaintiffs include Tom Palmer ... and the Second Amendment Foundation Inc., a gun rights advocacy group." ...
 

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