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Rolling Stone ‘gun lover’ shows curious interpretation of Second Amendment
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "... I note he doesn’t flesh out how it is morally justifiable to use guns against, say, the group that stands for limited government, free markets and federalism. What would the circumstance be for whacking them, and who else would make his list? At what point will it be cool to start targeting 'teabagger' firms, and is anyone who works for or with them fair game?" ...
 

Fast and Furious Explained. Again. Still.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious has gone cold. This despite the fact that 'on Thursday, June 28, 2012, [Attorney General Eric] Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in criminal contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives for refusing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena.' Wikipedia’s entry for 'ATF gunwalking scandal' tells the sad tale of the Obama administration’s coverup of the ATF’s extra-legal anti-gun-running gun-running program, that armed the Mexican rip crew who gunned down US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. That coverup continues. ..." ...
 

Cell phone study explains why gun control laws fail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Reports over the weekend, including this one on Vox about the failure of laws prohibiting hand-held cell phone use and texting while driving carry a lesson on why restrictive gun laws don’t work to reduce crime."

"The swirl is about an article in the August issue of Transportation Research, in which the results of a study on the effect of cell phone restrictions in California 'found no evidence the California ban reduced the frequency of traffic accidents.' It is essentially the same result obtained by an earlier study, reported in January 2010 by CNN, which revealed, 'State laws that ban drivers from talking on hand-held cell phones seem to have no effect on crash rates.'" ...
 

Vets Are Not Damaged Goods, Why Do Anti-Gun Groups Treat Them Like Trash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Some time ago the Wall Street Journal wrote an opinion piece – an expose that appeared in the May 24th-25th Weekend Review Section, titled 'Duty and Pity.'"

"The WSJ author, Phil Klay, wrote '. . . there is something deeply unsettling about the way we so often choose to think about those who served.'"

"Klay says that we choose to pity our returning soldiers. But, as he adds, 'pity sidesteps complexity in favor of narratives that we’re comfortable with, reducing the nuances of a person’s experience to a sound bite.'"

"Klay points out that something sinister is going on here. And, what it is feeds into the goal of antigun groups and their allied politicians who, as we know, seek to separate Americans from their guns." ...
 

Pratt's position on 2nd Amd and politicians' fear is only morally defensible one
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"As National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea noted Friday, rabidly anti-gun Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) wants Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt 'investigated,' for remarks Pratt made in an interview for still another anti-gun hit piece in Rolling Stone magazine. According to an article in The Hill, Maloney is especially worried about a passage that begins as follows:"
"'The Second Amendment is not for hunting, it’s not even for self-defense,' Pratt explained in his Leadership Institute talk. Rather, it is 'for restraining tyrannical tendencies in government … Especially those in the liberal, tyrannical end of the spectrum.'" ...
 

League of Women Voters ‘targeted?’ CCRKBA says ‘put up reward’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun control proponents are making something of a “big deal” out of the alleged discovery of a perforated paper target at the League of Women Voters office in Seattle, intimating in today’s Seattle Times that this may be an effort to intimidate the group for its stance on Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure being pushed by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR)."

"Today, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms fired back, challenging WAGR to 'put its money where its mouth is' and offer a reward for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. ..." ...
 

Thankful for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The lengthy letter from Joseph C. Clemmons in a recent edition of the Bastrop Advertiser was so full of misrepresentation, distortion and falsehood that it is difficult to counter each point in the normally alloted number of words the Advertiser allows."

"The main point that Clemmons and others of his political persuasion entirely miss is that the Second Amendment and, for that matter, the entire Bill of Rights are not like subsequent amendments which dealt with issues like voting and prohibition and the repeal of the latter."

"The Bill of Rights grants us absolutely nothing. Rather, the Bill of Rights affirms natural, God-given rights that neither the federal government, nor any governtment, have any business meddling with." ...
 

Gun Review: MGI Hydra MARCK-15
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The AR-15 is the most popular firearm design in the United States. The reason behind that fact is the gun’s ability to easily and quickly transform to meet the end user’s requirements. Everything from heavy-barreled long range precision to tiny stubby 9″ lightweight designs are possible, and swapping from one to the next can be accomplished using everyday tools and a little elbow grease. MGI recognized this fact and decided to take it one step further — why need tools at all? Why not make a gun where you can change barrels, calibers, and even magazine types easily and quickly on the range without any tools? And so they did, and dubbed it the Hydra . . ." ...
 

ShootingTheBull410 .380 Ammo Quest, The Sequel: Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Finding a good-performing load for a .380 pocket pistol is tough. Really tough. That’s why I had to run over 30 different tests before settling on the winner, Precision One’s loading of the Hornady XTP bullet. But… even though that load met the penetration requirements and performed more consistently than any other, and has been loaded in my TCP ever since, I still keep an eye on the .380 ammo market to see if anything better has come along . . ." ...
 

Diversity for Thee, but Not for Me
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Progressive mantra of 'diversity is our strength' is one of the most honored catchphrases of the left."

"Like all slogans, it is a test to see if common folk are 'gun-toting, Bible-clinging' Neanderthals or are they part of the enlightened, educated elites to whom the rest of us must surrender our individual beliefs, opinions, and thoughts." ...
 

AR-15 Birthday Cake for Celebration with 1,300 Connecticut Patriots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A few days ago, Elizabeth Mais dropped us a line from Connecticut."

"She told us about the wonderful time she had last weekend at a Friends of NRA dinner. But she wanted to do more than just say thanks. She wanted to tell us about a cake."

"As luck would have it, the date of the Friends banquet fell on the same day as her husband’s birthday. So Elizabeth decided to sieze the opportunity celebrate the NRA, the shooting sports, and Bill’s birthday all in one fell swoop. What better way to do that than with frosting?"

"Everything came together thanks to a little creativity by Elizabeth, Jenny-Lu’s and their AR-15/Gadsden flag cake creation." ...
 

Commentators Ep. 78: “Everyone Gets a Gun” With Billy Johnson (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"NRA News Commentator Billy Johnson examines how we tend to curb our right to bear arms in America rather than celebrate it as a constitutional freedom."
 

In the Gun Debate, Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Dangerousness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Fear-mongering masquerading as informed concern is what most politicians and pundits do when it comes to the discussion of mental illness and dangerousness. The new focus on mental illness as the principal culprit behind gun violence is not only without merit, it is discrimination."

"A handful of high-profile shootings America has turned the gun debate focus to mental illness. This is absurd. There are 10,000 homicides with a firearm every year in America. Only a small fraction of these are done by people who had mental illness as a factor. Over one recent weekend, more than 60 people were shot in Chicago alone. The media is rightly not focusing on mental illness because it is not a primary factor in gun violence." ...
 

MO: Missourians will vote on whether right to keep and bear arms is 'unalieanable'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two weeks from today, Missourians will vote on Proposed Constitutional Amendment 5, which declares the right to keep and bear arms 'unalienable.' This was not long ago in doubt, because several parties had filed lawsuits enjoining the state to either reword the ballot's description of the amendment, or even remove it altogether from the ballot. The 'reasoning,' supposedly, is that in merely telling voters that the measure would upgrade the state's recognition of the right to the status of 'unalienable,' the ballot failed to adequately inform voters that gun laws would now be subject to the 'strict scrutiny' standard of judicial review ..." ...
 

AZ: Ted Nugent Endorses Dark Horse GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It's probably not a game-changer in the six-way Republican primary for governor, but dark horse GOP candidate Frank Riggs has captured the endorsement of Ted Nugent. We can only hope that the Nuge would be Arizona's poet laureate in a Riggs administration."

"The press release from Team Riggs:" ...
 

CA: California tightens handgun restrictions; bans some models
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"California already has some of the toughest gun laws on record. Now, a recent bill signed into law last Friday by Governor Jerry Brown has just tightened things up a little bit more, effectively closing a loophole created by an earlier law."

"The new law bans the sale of single-shot handguns that can be modified into semi-automatic weapons, and this is a small victory for proponents of this law, Reuters reports." ...
 

MA: Gun bill change worries police
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Massachusetts police chiefs, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, and members of gun violence prevention groups plan to speak out Tuesday against action by the state Senate that takes away police discretion when issuing certain firearm ID cards."

"The law enforcement leaders will hold a press conference at the State House to call attention to a provision that was dropped from a gun control bill last week by the Senate." ...
 

MA: Statehouse Roundup: Anything but child's play
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Not the least of the challenges facing the Legislature with less than two full weeks left until the clock runs out is what to do with anti-gun violence legislation. The bill is supposed to be DeLeo’s signature achievement for the session, but the Senate threw a wrench in the gears July 17 when it voted 28-10 to strip a key provision from the House bill that would give police chiefs greater discretion when awarding rifle licenses."

"The gun control lobby blasted the vote as a capitulation to the NRA, whose representative was on hand for the vote. Sen. James Timilty, who carried the bill, and Sen. Michael Moore, who offered the offending amendment, defended it as consistent with the Second Amendment." ...
 

CT: Money, Gun Advocates Greet Christie at Foley Fund-Raisers in Connecticut
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In a deliberate effort to ratchet the momentum of his quest for the Republican gubernatorial race in Connecticut, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley pulled out the artillery Monday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie coming to Greenwich for three separate appearances."

"Christie's schedule included two private fund-raisers that attracted a Who's Who in Connecticut GOP circles as well as about 150 protestors — including dozens from Newtown and Sandy Hook where 26 students and teachers died at the hands of a crazed gunman in December 2012 — who decried Christie's veto of the New Jersey gun magazine law last month. The protestors also were vocal in their opposition to Foley's support of gun rights advocates." ...
 

CA: A Gov. Brown Signs Bill Against Single Shot Handguns
Submitted by: mynameisfoxtrot.com
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"Oh the gun blogosphere is all spun of over CA's Governor Brown signing SB1964. For those of you not familiar, CA has a list of approved handguns which have been deemed 'safe' to be purchased by law abiding citizens in this state. Don't worry, none of the states that border CA follow this safety list so you know it is complete BS. The list centers around guns having certain safety features like loaded chamber indicators and a few other minor things, but gun manufacturers must pay the state money to have their weapons tested and continually pay to keep these handguns on the list. Make no mistake, the whole purpose of this list is limit which handguns are legal here and slowly choke off the flow of new handgun owners in CA." ...
 

Appeals Court Denies Rehearing On California Bay Area Ammunition Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the petition for rehearing and petition for en banc rehearing in Jackson v. San Francisco."

"National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) had filed a joint amicus brief supporting rehearing and en banc review."

"The denial allows to stand two San Francisco ordinances, the first banning ammunition that serves no sporting purpose (common self-defense ammunition) or that is designed to expand or fragment upon impact (hollow point ammunition) and the second requiring handguns to be stored in a locked container at home or disabled with a trigger lock when not carried." ...
 

IL: Former Richmond, Hebron police officer charged with misconduct
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A former nine-year veteran of the Hebron Police Department has been charged with official misconduct, possession of a stolen firearm and burglary, only three days after he was fired from the Richmond Police Department for failing to show up for work." ...
 

FL: Homicide detective accused of having sex with minor in cop car
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A homicide detective was jailed Saturday, accused of having sex in his police car with a teenage girl whose trust he gained while on the job."

"Pembroke Pines police investigated the case of Oldy Ochoa Jr., a veteran officer with the Miami Beach Police Department who surrendered himself at the Broward County jail on Saturday, said Capt. Carlos Bermudez in a release."

"The 48-year-old detective is charged with two counts of sexual battery. He has been employed with the agency for approximately 20 years, an arrest report said." ...
 

OH: Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Indicted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Clark County sheriff's deputy has been indicted out of Champaign County for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and improperly furnishing firearms to a minor in relation to a murder investigation. Christopher Myers is charged with killing his father Jerald in May." ...
 

SC: Gaffney police officer suspended, accused of firing gun inside home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A longtime Gaffney Police Department officer has been suspended after he was charged Friday with aggravated criminal domestic violence and pointing a firearm."

"Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said deputies were called to the McKowns Mountain Road home of Johnny Miller, a Gaffney police officer, Friday afternoon. Mueller said Miller's wife told deputies he had gotten up about 9:30 a.m. and wasn't feeling well. Miller, 55, was “acting bizarre” from about 9:30 a.m. until noon and discharged a firearm several times into the floor of the home, Mueller said, reading from an incident report."

"At some point, Miller pointed the firearm at the woman and a 14-year-old inside the home, Mueller said." ...
 

FL: Florida Town Stunned By News Of Police KKK Ties
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"Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says."

"Last week, that five-year-old initiation ceremony stunned residents of the small town of Fruitland Park, who found out an investigative report linked two city officers with the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area. Ann Hunnewell's ex-husband, George Hunnewell, was fired, and deputy chief David Borst resigned from the 13-member Fruitland Park Police Department. Borst has denied being a member." ...
 

AZ: If a right isn't absolute, then it is not a real right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Republic's editorial Sunday on suicide statistics and guns is a total denial of the concept of rights, beginning with the claim that 'no right is absolute.' If a right is not absolute, it is in fact not a right at all." ...
 

Question of the Day: What Should Chicago Do to Reduce “Gun Violence”?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Gun violence has reached almost endemic levels in Chicago,' thinkprogress.org declares, after another ballistically active Windy City weekend (22 people shot in 24-hours). Adam Peck meant to use the word 'epidemic.' 'Endemic' means '(of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area.' 'In epidemiology,' Wikipedia informs, 'an infection is said to be endemic in a population when that infection is maintained in the population without the need for external inputs.' That’s the exact opposite of Peck’s excuse for his gun control-crazy town’s shootings . . ." ...
 

IL: Enforcement is the solution to gun violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The tragic surge in murders that struck Chicago over the July Fourth weekend has brought forward gun control advocates who want to hype the political battle between Michael Bloomberg and the National Rifle Association (NRA) yet again. The situation in Chicago is a tremendous tragedy, and gun control supporters are acting upon Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s famous advice to never let a tragedy go to waste. They are citing the violence in Chicago to offer misguided solutions that will only impact law-abiding citizens. But as a former deputy sheriff and member of Congress, I can attest that their proposed 'solution' is anything but." ...
 

IL: Life is cheap in parts of Chicago
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Why is Chicago the nation’s murder capital? Its officials always want to talk about gun laws, and Superintendent McCarthy complained about their laxity after the latest shootings. This is bizarre since Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and has been slapped down in the courts for trampling on the Second Amendment in its zeal to make it all but impossible to own guns."

"Chicago is a running illustration of the cliche that if you ban guns, only criminals will own them. Not surprisingly, if you are willing to shoot someone in a meaningless gang dispute, you are willing to disregard laws for the purchase and possession of firearms." ...
 

MO: Armed shopper causes concern at south KC Walmart store (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A man with a gun who was shopping at a south Kansas City Walmart store alarmed shoppers early Monday, but what he was doing is legal."

"Police said a customer called officers to report the man carrying a gun inside the store near 135th Street and State Line Road. The customer also reported the incident to the store manager."

"In Kansas City, Missouri, the open carry of firearms is legal. Unlike conceal-carry, it does not require a permit or special training." ...
 

AL: No guns at polls, period
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"No one should feel scared when taking part in democracy by voting."

"But due to a loophole in state law some gun rights advocates in Alabama are exploiting, that's happening."

"The mess started in 2013 when the Legislature passed a poorly worded law weakening gun control regulations that included provisions supposed to clarify where gun owners could or could not tote their weapons."

"During the June primary elections several men showed up to test the rules, sporting holstered guns at precincts located on church properties in Shelby and Chambers counties." ...
 

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