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The Twelve Senate Elections Gun Voters Can Influence in 2014
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"In case you haven’t heard, there are going to be important elections in a couple of months; elections that could make a huge difference in the future of our nation, including recognition of our right to bear arms."

"The Democrat Party currently controls the White House and has a majority in the US Senate, while Republicans control the House."

"The majority party controls the floor agenda and names chairmen of the committees through which every bill must pass, thus effectively controlling the legislative process."

"Control of the Senate is even more important though, due to its duty to 'advise and consent to' the Presidential nomination of judges to lifetime terms. ..." ...
 

These Alabama gun owners explained why they carry. We want to hear your reason. (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Why do you carry a concealed firearm? I've asked that question many times, and many have asked me."

"I wanted to find out why many Alabamians make the important decision to carry a concealed weapon. Over three weeks, I logged 1,400 miles traveling from Empire to New Market, from Mobile to Dothan, from Oxford to Heflin. In the end, 17 Alabamians posed for portraits."

"The video above is a discussion with those 17 Alabamians. They told me, in their own words, why they choose to conceal carry a handgun and what guns they prefer to carry."

"Alabamians that hold a conceal carry permit are a diverse group. The folks I talked to include stay-at-home moms, sales people, shop owners, office managers and college students." ...
 

Business is booming for gun-friendly companies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "After the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting, many national chain eateries, including Starbucks, Sonic and Chipotle, told their customers to leave behind their weapons — homing in on what they believed to be a rising national antigun sentiment."

"However, many smaller restaurants and bars are embracing guns, telling patrons to come in and eat armed for a variety of reasons, including not angering their own customer base, to attract Second Amendment rights activists and to not leave themselves vulnerable to crimes by blatantly stating everyone in the joint is unarmed." ...
 

Kroger Ignores Bloomberg-Funded Moms Demand Action – “We Trust Our Customers”
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Shannon Watts, paid spokeswoman for Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gun control campaign, had planned to continue her crusade against companies that white suburban soccer moms care about by demanding that Kroger ban firearms from their stores. She had seen some marginal success with the likes of Starbucks and Chipotle, and she expected to be able to roll right along and declare a marginal victory with Kroger as well. Unfortunately for her, Kroger wasn’t playing ball. In a statement released Saturday, Kroger essentially told Shannon Watts to go away and stop bothering them." ...
 

Gun Review: Heckler & Koch VP9 (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"HK is no stranger to striker-fired pistols, but it’s been a while since they’ve designed a new one — close to four decades. With the VP9 hot off the presses, the wait is over and Heckler & Koch has reentered the striker-fired handgun market. This bad boy is sort of like a cross between HK’s own P30 and Walther’s PPQ, with a trick or two of its own thrown in for good measure . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Cryptic Coatings Bolt Carrier Group
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The AR-15 is a dirty, dirty girl. The gas expansion system it uses to operate sprays hot carbon all over the internal parts of the gun every time it cycles, leaving a baked-on layer of gritty, nasty gunk that can clog up your rifle and make it stop working. It sucks, and the traditional method to keep your gun running sucks even more: regular and thorough maintenance. I mean, this is 2014, surely there’s a way I can throw money at the problem and make it go away, right? That’s where Cryptic Coatings comes in with their new bolt carrier groups . . ." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: Mind the Gap! (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'Atlanta police say an officer was forced to open fire after a man stabbed a plainclothes Georgia State University officer with a large knife in the middle of downtown Atlanta,' wsbtv.com reports. Roger that. Also no question: it sucks to get stabbed. The best way not to be stabbed is not to be stabbable. The best way to attain unstabbability? Stay out of reach. How far out of reach? Different time zone works for me. Short of that . . ."

"Try to stay well out of arm’s reach. The most effective strategy in that regard: move indeed run away."

"But what it you can’t? What if the edged-weapon-wielding perp take you by surprise? Or you’re mobility challenged? In that case, you’re gonna get cut." ...
 

Israel Exporting Ammo to Federal as U.S. Releases Ammo to Israel
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"You may recall that America released ammunition supplies to the Israelis during their recent 'police action' against Hamas in Gaza. You may be surprised to learn that Israel has been making and exporting ammunition – albeit pistol rounds as opposed to 120-mm and 40-mm rounds – to America for Federal Premium. That’s the revelation unearthed by an investigation into the Israeli-owned shipping company Zim, the target of recent port blockades organized by Palestinian solidarity activists in California (don’t ask). According to truth-out.org . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Strike Industries Cobra Tactical Fore Grip
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Strike Industries makes a lot of cool gear. Most of it, small odds and ends that subtly make your gun just a bit better. I got my first introduction to Strike with their Ambush Sling Loop, a now permanent fixture on my go to AR. I shot them a note after that review posted asking if they had any other knicknacks that needed reviewing, and they enthusiastically sent me their Cobra Tactical Fore Grip." ...
 

Viewpoint: It's time to stop coddling the gun lobby
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Even some gun lobby advocates have taken a deep breath and conceded the need for age, size or weapons-type limits on young shooters. For those who wrap themselves in their interpretation of the Second Amendment, this is a major concession that gives the rest of us hope that sanity still has a chance in the United States."

"Even many gun owners and weapons enthusiasts (and how's that for a term that describes modern America?) are saying children should be trusted only with single-shot weapons, not submachine guns ..."

"But the tragedy, while accidental, could have been avoided. The guilty parties are not the gun zealots but the rest of us who have timidly indulged their bleating and browbeating for years." ...
 

Tragic reminder: Guns are neither toys nor symbols
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Stop. Don't even think about turning this into some carnival conversation about gun rights, gun control or the Second Amendment."

"This is about a 9-year-old girl who will carry grief and guilt the rest of her life because the adults around her were irresponsible."

"It's about a gun instructor in northern Arizona whose lack of judgment contributed to his death."

"It's about individuals who play with guns as though they are toys or political symbols."

"There's been too much of that."

"People who bring assault weapons to stores or airports to make a point show a level of immaturity inconsistent with responsible gun ownership. The same is true of those who set up roadside attractions to put guns in children's hands." ...
 

Agree, at least, to safe gun storage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Americans are twice as likely to kill themselves with a gun than be murdered with a gun used by someone else."1

"And they are four or five times more likely to use a gun to kill themselves if they live in a gun friendly state like Alaska, Wyoming, Montana or Idaho than in a state with strict gun laws like New Jersey, New York or Connecticut."

"The gun suicide rates in the three northeastern states are 1.6 per 100,000 residents in New Jersey, 2.6 in New York and 2.9 in Connecticut while the rates in the four western states range from 11 to 15 per 100,000." ...
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Submitter's Note:1 Actually, according to the CDC, from 2002 - 2011 you were twice as likely to commit suicide as be murderered with/by anything. Just sayin' . . .
 

Brownells Labor Day Weekend 2014 WebBench
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I hope by now have a copy of our latest 'Big Book' #67 in your hands – and you’ve had a chance to page through it and see all the goodies inside. If you don’t have a copy yet, you can order [y]our very own today!"

"Be sure to check out our brand-new sections for Emergency & Survival Gear and Archery products. Bow season for deer is coming up real fast, so NOW is the time to get outfitted!" ...
 

An Honest Reporter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One ongoing theme of this blog has been, 'get both sides of the issue before you judge.' A classic example of why is the 20-part series in this blog that ran from July 13, 2013 into September of that year. CNN and some other 'news' outlets made the shooting of a young attacker by an armed citizen into a racist murder to rival the lynching of Emmett Till, and that became a lynching all its own before a jury heard the facts and saw the evidence and acquitted George Zimmerman."

"We’re seeing something of a replay of that in Ferguson, Missouri in the still-controversial shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police officer Darren Wilson. CNN has at least put a few voices of reason on the air ..." ...
 

OH: Headline: Lancaster Woman Scares Off Bat-Wielding Attackers By Pulling Gun On Them (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Ohio concealed handgun license-holder is reported to have been able to fend off two attackers by drawing her pistol. She did not have to fire. ..." ...
 

WI: Robbery Crew Picks Concealed Carrier; 1 Robber Dead, 3 on the run
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A robbery crew went on a city-wide crime spree including two armed robberies on the campus of Marquette University."

"As the crime spree continued, the crew became more and more brazen. Around 5:30 in the morning they targeted the wrong man."

"Four members of the robbery crew, including a 16-year-old, approached the man. During the attempted robbery, the man drew his concealed handgun and opened fire, striking the 16-year-old in the chest and killing him." ...
 

NY: Father and Son Both Grab Guns and Hold Home Invaders at Gunpoint (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The family that catches bad guys together, stays together?"

"A father and son both leapt into action when two men climbed up a ladder to break into their home by coming through a second story window."

"The father and son called police at the start of the break-in. Police then got a follow up call saying that the suspects were being held at gunpoint."

"The suspects are identified as Jacob Rappleye, 18 and Anthony Guarino, 22. Authorities took them both into custody after arriving on scene."

"No one was hurt in the incident." ...
 

TX:Homeowner Forced to Shoot Intruder After Begging 911 For Help (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"As we reported last week, a postal worker on medical leave in the Houston, Texas area was forced to shoot a suspected home invader in the middle of the day."

"Now, new information is coming out after the victim spoke to ABC13 in Houston about the ordeal. His comments highlight the fact that you, not law enforcement, are responsible for your own safety. It always shows how much of a toll shooting someone takes on you, both emotionally and physically, even if you’re justified."

"Quintin Wood made the following statements to ABC13." ...
 

NC: North Carolina County Poised to Repeal Gun Restrictions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Back on August 18th 2014, the Rowan County Planning Board presented to the Rowan County Commissioners their recommendation to finally comply with provisions of HB937, which was enacted into law July 2013, and effective as of October 1st, 2013." ...

"Of course, compliance with state law is compulsory, but the Planning Commission took things a step further and recommended that not only parks be open to lawful concealed carry, but ALL county facilities be open to it. But wait, there’s more! The Planning Commission then recommended that even County Employees be allowed to carry concealed in the workplace!" ...
 

AL: Gun rights amendment on ballot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Following moves in at least two other states, a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution would make owning firearms a fundamental right, and measures to control weapons would have to pass the toughest review by state courts."

"Residents will vote in November on the proposal, sponsored by Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia. He called the amendment a dose of caution should federal gun protections erode or should Alabama politicians try to enact overreaching gun control measures."

"'We want to have that very strong fundamental protection for individual gun rights,' Jones said."

"But opponents say the amendment could be used to dismantle the state’s existing limits on gun ownership and possession." ...
 

MN: Television ads heat up race for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In Stewart Mills’ campaign ad for the 8th District Congressional seat, the Republican candidate sports orange hunting gear and touts his family’s hunting camp doctrine: 'Instead of complaining, I’m going to fight to fix (Washington),' Mills says in the commercial."

"The ad has been running since May. Incumbent Democrat Rick Nolan admits Mills’ television presence has narrowed the race into a fight that has drawn the attention of national observers."

"Nolan’s campaign ads began last week. In one, he’s canoeing on his farm property in Crosby. He’s firing a rifle. Like Mills, Nolan is wearing hunters’ orange." ...
 

Sheriff Warns Feds: Attempt To Disarm Citizens Would Lead To “All-Out Civil War”
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"It’s been said before and I’m sure it will be said again, but it is a point that must be driven home to the supporters of gun control until they realize that an attempt to disarm the United States can have but one possible result."
"Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis, a sheriff in the state of Maryland, recently reminded the citizens of his county that he will not violate the Constitution and warned the federal government that any attempt to disarm Americans will result in an all-out Civil War." ...
 

FL: Broward Deputies Violently Arrest Men for Video Recording Before Destroying Evidence (video available)
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"A group of South Florida filmmakers who were violently arrested for video recording from a public observation deck on a beach last year produced an impressive investigative documentary of their ordeal, documenting everything from their arrest to the ensuing coverup by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office where authorities went as far as intimidating a business owner into getting rid of a surveillance video camera that had captured the incident as well as deleting footage from cameras they had confiscated from the men." ...
 

NE: Nebraska Cops Receive no Jail Time for Stealing Memory Card, Despite Big Talk from County Attorney (video available)
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"A Nebraska cop who chased a man into his home after he had video recorded cops arresting his brother, confiscating his camera and later admitting to throwing the memory card away, received a year of probation this week after his charge was reduced from a felony to misdemeanors, proving once again that the system will always side with the cops, even in cases like this one where the prosecutor talks a big game." ...
 

CA: Report: Relaxed Restrictions Will Have More OC Residents Packing Heat (video available)
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"The number of concealed weapons permits issued this year in Orange County could double after officials implemented a more relaxed standard earlier this year, according to a report."

"A federal court ruling in February has prompted Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to ease documentation requirements when applying for a concealed carry (CCW) permit, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hutchens’ decision came after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals deemed many urban counties in California too restrictive." ...
 

WA: CCRKBA's Gottlieb Challenges Gates To 'Put His Mouth Where His Money Is!'
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"Gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and a leading opponent of Initiative 594, today is publicly challenging billionaire gun control supporter Bill Gates to debate the measure, to which he just donated $1 million."

"'It's time for Gates to put his mouth where his money is,' Gottlieb said. 'It's one thing to be for background checks, but I-594 is poorly written bad law, and all the money in the world won't make it better.'" ...
 

IN: West Indiana gun dealer asks enthusiasts to boycott businesses that ban firearms from premises
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"A Terre Haute gun dealer has begun a campaign among firearms enthusiasts to boycott businesses that ban weapons from their premises."

"Steve Ellis, owner of Top Guns in Terre Haute, launched the 'No Guns = No Money' Facebook support page on Aug. 22. By Monday, it had topped 1,100 'likes.'"

"Ellis says he wants gun enthusiasts to band together and deny business to retailers and others who won't allow them to carry their guns inside."

"'In some ways they feel that putting this sign up it's going to stop a criminal from coming in and doing something bad. The reality is that the only people they are going to regulate are those of us that are following the rule,' Ellis said." ...
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LA: Tax free weekend on hunting equipment ahead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The unofficial end of summer means the advent of hunting season and the state’s annual tax holiday on hunting equipment and firearms. Local gun suppliers look forward to this year’s Second Amendment sales tax holiday September 5-7."

"'Sales more than double,' said Stephanie Speyrer, department manager at the St. Landry Lumber Co. 'It’s the busiest weekend of the year.'"

"The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday applies to a wide range of hunting gear, including camouflage and other hunting clothing, socks, sweaters, jackets, hats, face masks, insulated underwear, gloves and mittens."

"Safety equipment, knives, game bags and other items are exempt from taxation." ...
 

IL: 3 Killed, 33 Wounded in Holiday Weekend Shootings (video available)
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"A 29-year-old man was shot and killed Sunday night, becoming the third person to die in Chicago shootings over Labor Day weekend."

"The victim and another man were shot by individuals in a vehicle in the 7400 block of North Ridge Sunday at around 8:45 p.m., police say. One of victims was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The other was listed in stable condition."

"The weekend's first homicide took place late Friday night in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood." ...
 

China: Chinese School Killer Stabs Three Children to Death
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"'The new school year in China began Monday with a horrifying attack,' cnn.com reports. 'A man stabbed to death three children at a primary school in central China and then committed suicide by jumping off a building. The attacker broke into Dongfang Primary School in Hubei province around 10:20 a.m., Xinhua news agency said, citing the local government. Wielding a knife [not shown], the man stabbed eight students and a teacher before he took his own life, the report said. ...'" ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Those, who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. [Thus,] there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people. — Aristotle, as quoted by John Trenchard and Water Moyle, An Argument Shewing, That a Standing Army Is Inconsistent with a Free Government, and Absolutely Destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy [London, 1697].

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