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The enemy within
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "The thing is, most of us depend on specialization. If a pipe breaks, we call the plumber. If the car makes a funny noise, we get a mechanic to check it out. That’s understandable; life and technology are complicated. We may not have the knowledge, or we may not have the tools. Besides, there are people who can do that for us, whatever 'that' is, and if the price is right, it’s in our interest to let them."

"The trap is, we’ve done that with self-government, too. ..." ...
 

In the interests of justice
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"Sometimes zero tolerance makes zero sense."

"Take the case of former Marine Ryan Jerome, an Indiana jeweler arrested last September at the Empire State Building for carrying a .45-caliber handgun — legally purchased and licensed in his home state."

"It’s not as if Jerome was trying to hide the gun. He volunteered to security personnel that he was carrying it, and actually tried to check it. Nor is he a notorious gangster; he was carrying some $15,000 in jewelry, and needed the gun for protection." ...

"Yes, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance has offered to take a felony charge off the table if Jerome pleads guilty to a misdemeanor, pays a $1,000 fine and performs 10 days of community service."

"Vance clearly thinks this is a reasonable deal. Jerome thinks otherwise, and he’s willing to go to trial."

"This is risky business, but principle matters to some people." ...
 

Obama budget exposes depth of hostility to gun rights, American people
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, Emily Miller of the Washington Times wrote that President Obama's proposed 2013 budget would reverse an effort by Congress to rein in the executive branch's 'gunwalking':" ...

"The White House defends this deletion by claiming that it's 'not necessary.' Perhaps not, but that doesn't explain why it must go, especially when one considers how much noise has been made about other administrations' supposed 'gunwalking'--even if it's (now) 'not necessary' to stop the Obama administration from doing it, what about future administrations? ..." ...
 

The Seven Varieties of Gun Control Advocate
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "Despite a massive amount of historical evidence to the contrary, there is a substantial body of Americans, many occupying positions of influence, who contend that the abrogation of the Second Amendment is the quickest path to domestic tranquility. Since this is as absurd as advocating blood-letting as a cure for anemia, it would seem advisable to question the motives and mentalities of the gun control advocates themselves."

"In my observation, weapon prohibitionists can be broken down into seven major categories. Even though their motives may vary they all pose a mortal threat to liberty." ...
 

An Apologist Argument for Civilian Full Auto
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"OK, this isn’t for you guys who are operators. If you own your own sub-gun, or your job requires you to handle/use M4s regularly, then just go away. There’s no need for you to stick around and sneer."

"This essay is for all the schlubs like me who don’t often get a chance to get to play with full-auto toys. Who have thought, 'oh, that’s no big deal. It’d be silly to pay the freight for rental sub-machine guns, dropping a couple hundred bucks in almost no time.' Well, this is me telling you just do it. Seriously. If you get the chance to give full-auto a go, don’t pass it up and here’s why:" ...
 

Kitsap Rifle & Revolver Club story illustrates problem with gun range conflicts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Somewhere in the middle of all of this, a solution must be found. It's never fair for new neighbors to arrive and suddenly begin dictating to longtime gun ranges that they must quiet down. There is not much sympathy around here for people who know they are moving near a gun range, then deciding that they don't care for the noise. As comedian Jay Leno would ask, 'How stupid is that?'"

"On the other hand, it is probably not a good idea to push somebody's hot button by creating bigger and louder booms in a neighborhood already drifting toward opposing battle lines. ..."

"This sort of thing should not require a lawsuit. Cooler heads should prevail. Unfortunately for folks on the Kitsap Peninsula, it’s a little late for that now."
 

Where to Wear Your Gun When Carrying Concealed (Video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There’s a great number of things to consider when carrying concealed handguns, but number one and number two in terms of importance have to be where you wear your gun as determined by your clothing, body shape and your place of carry (and consequently what gun/holster you wear) and your ability to quickly and easily draw this weapon from concealment. Let’s briefly examine these:" ...
 

First Time CHL: In Which Your Scribe Gets Schooled
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hopefully, you’ve been keeping up with my First Time CHL series. I’ve really enjoyed writing it and while progress has been maddeningly slow, it has been a fun journey. ..."

"One of the most prolific sources of comments in my inbox has been Karl Rehn from KR Training. After my first article went up, Karl and I made contact about attending some training classes. I’m a pretty decent 'stand at the line, shoot paper, and burn through ammo' shooter. Unfortunately, that’s where the good shooting ends. I don’t know the first thing about drawing from concealment, shooting on the move, or even picking a good holster. Thankfully, Karl has offered to lend me a hand on all those topics as well as some others." ...
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Official: Russia's Rolling Out the AK-12 (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Small arms giant Izhmash has begun production of Russia's long-anticipated AK-12, the 2012 replacement for the AK-74. From the photos, it's safe to say that it's much improved, yet still at heart a Kalashnikov rifle. Mikhail could approve."

"The first big change is rails. You might have noticed that Picatinny's standard on the AK-12, although without photos of the left side of the rifle, we can't assume that it doesn't also have a side mount. It would be a tight fit, as it's supposed to have ambidextrous, thumb-actuated selectors."

"Yep, there are two. One is a safety and the other is a rate-of-fire switch. It's capable of single-shot, 3-round burst, and full auto fire. ..." ...
 

NRA Developing Gaming App to Promote Gun Safety and Education
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Is the National Rifle Association going Angry Birds on us? Well, it would appear so, as last week America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights announced that it had licensed MEDL Mobile, Inc., an incubator and aggregator of mobile technology (fancy words for 'app designer') to create and develop the NRA's first entertainment shooting app, which 'through various methods promotes gun safety via a series of educational information with a gaming environment.'" ...
 

Silencerco's Innovative New Saker 5.56 NATO Suppressor (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Silencerco has been tooling around with a new modular 5.56 NATO suppressor with quite a few tidy improvements, and they're calling it the Saker. With a base retail price of $900, it's extremely competitive with simpler, less flexible silencers."

"The Saker has three sections, the can containing the baffles, the front cap which can be interchanged to add a secondary flash hider, and a multi-mount end cap which can be swapped out depending on what kind of mounting system your rifle uses, aka the MAAD mount, the Multiple Accessory Attachment Device." ...
 

Why I don’t Like the Glock (and Other Striker Fired Guns)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Before I begin, I’d like to ask everyone to take a deep breath and keep in mind that some of the posts I author are intended to convey lessons that I have learned over the last year or so of my admittedly brief tenure as a member of the fellowship of the gun. Over that period, I have purchased a number of different guns and learned a lot about what I like and what I don’t. Whether you agree with me or not, please remember that as I’m discussing what works for me personally, there is no right or wrong answer. What works for me may or may not work for you. That said, let the freak out begin . . ." ...
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Clearing An AR-15 Double Feed (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation is back with another one of their video training tips. This one features Gunsite instructor Bob Whaley showing how to clear a double (or more) feed in your AR-15. ..."
 

Self-Defense Tip: Shoot One Handed (interesting video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I see this on YouTube cop videos all the time. Police officers who are drilled and drilled and drilled again in two-handed shooting reverting to a one-handed grip when the metaphorical fur starts to fly. And why the hell not? It’s a handgun not a handsgun . . ."

"Firing a pistol with one-hand in a SHTF scenario is not only the most practical option—freeing a hand to perform other life-saving tasks—it’s also the most natural way to shoot. And you’re far more likely to move when you shoot one-handed than two. So why don’t armed self-defenders practice shooting one-handed?" ...
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Bloomberg: Gun Control Advocates Should Adopt NRA’s Political Tactics
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"On John Gambling’s radio show this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took some time to continue his crusade against illegal guns, and made the case for what voters should do to get organized."

"'What you've got to do is take a look at your Congressman, your Senator, and say 'Where are you? I'm not going to worry about everybody else. I'm going to work for your opponent unless you do what's right to protect my kids and the cops on the corner who are putting their lives on the line to protect me,' Mr. Bloomberg responded when Mr. Gambling asked how voters are supposed to make a difference in such a complicated legislative body." ...
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KABA Note: Of course for that to work you need actual grass-roots support, not Astro-Turf®
 

The Bradys - The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Brady Bunch aka the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (sic) is confused. They don't seem to know who leads their organization." ...
 

Anti-gunners Rejecting Reality
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I previously wrote about antis preferring their facts to, well, real facts, but Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Ownership Violence seems bound and determined to continue ignoring reality in favor of unreality. He writes ...:"
"Instead of sales data, the NRA and NSSF offer reporters data on background checks conducted through [NICS]. ... As the FBI made clear to Reuters on Saturday, 'An increase in the number of NICS transactions, for a given time period, should not be used to indicate an increase in the number of firearms sold."
"Which is why in the very sentence preceding the one Josh quotes it is pointed out that the NSSF adjusts the data to take into account non-sale NICS checks. ..." ...
 

Mayor Bloomberg sharpens his aim at gun-buyer background checks after two NYPD officers are shot in two weeks
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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"This is Michael Bloomberg talking about guns again yesterday, because he gets mad when another one of his cops gets shot, because no major American politician of his time and certainly no American mayor has ever done that better or louder or more eloquently:"

"'Is there some magic number of cops or congresswomen who have to get shot in the head before something happens in Washington? How many criminals have to pull the trigger before Washington lifts a finger? The sad truth is that the inaction of elected officials makes them complicit in these crimes.'" ...
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KABA Note: Oddly enough, this is the same man who complains bitterly about the "out-and-out trampling of historic states' rights" when it's federal legislation that he doesn't want passed.
 

AZ: College students are not a militia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wow! We are now considering allowing college students to carry guns on campus and in classes."

"I recognize that there are legitimate uses for some individuals to carry a gun, but college students? Many people reading this letter will think I am a crazy that does not recognize our Second Amendment to the Constitution. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yup.
 

GA: Gun proposals: Unhappy hour
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"GEORGIA LAWMAKERS shouldn’t go off half-cocked on a proposal to make it legal for people to legally carry concealed weapons in more places."

"While Americans are guaranteed the right to bear arms ... lawmakers have an obligation to maintain public safety and respect property rights. When there's an apparent conflict, legislators shouldn’t pull the trigger until they know what they’re shooting at."

"In this case, State Rep. Sean Jerguson, R-Woodstock, has introduced a measure ... that would banish many of the current restrictions on where Georgians can legally carry concealed weapons. Those places include public schools, college campuses, bars, polling places, churches, the state Capitol and most government buildings ..." ...
 

Mexico: Mexico President Felipe Calderon's message to US: 'No more weapons!' -- New 3-ton billboard made from crushed firearms is visible from across Texas border
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"President Felipe Calderon on Thursday unveiled a 'No More Weapons!' billboard made with crushed firearms and placed near the U.S. border. He urged the United States to stop the flow of weapons into Mexico."

"The billboard, which is in English and weighs 3 tons, was placed near an international bridge in Ciudad Juarez and can be seen from the United States."

"Calderon said the billboard's letters were made with weapons seized by local, state and federal authorities."

"'Dear friends of the United States, Mexico needs your help to stop this terrible violence that we're suffering,' Calderon said ..."

"'The best way to do this is to stop the flow of automatic weapons into Mexico,' he added." ...
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KABA Note: I agree! We should all join with President Calderone in calling for the dismantling of the BATFE!
 

IL: As usual, extremes dominate gun debate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It’s a fundamental rule of gun law physics in Illinois: For every threatened action, there will be an even more extreme reaction."

"The latest equation began with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal for a statewide handgun registry in which lawful gun owners would be charged $65 to register each handgun they own. The registrations would require renewal every five years."

"In response, Sen. Sam McCann, R-Carlinville, is sponsoring a bill that would do away entirely with the state’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Act, under which lawful gun owners receive identification cards and the Illinois State Police maintain a database of licensed firearm owners."

"Let the tug-of-war begin." ...
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Submitter's Note: That's how bad things have gotten? Repealing FOID is seen as "extreme"?
 

Hold Onto Your Chair (video clip)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yes, that’s a network television show. If you listen carefully, you can hear the faint sounds of wailing, rending of clothing and gnashing of teeth from MAIG, the Bradys and the VPC. ..."
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Submitter's Note: The Three Rules. One national TV. I am astonished.
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So How Would I Lower Crime?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A commenter on another blog I write for, The Truth About Guns, one Robert, asked ...:"
"'Bruce, I think that you should elaborate on what you think would lower crime and why it would work. If you can both show why the anti’s argument is wrong and suggest a valid replacement, then you would have a rock solid position that no one could object to.'"
"Well Robert, keep in mind that as a good libertarian I believe taxes are theft, but given the current state of affairs in this country the first thing I would suggest is a tax increase."

"... anyone who wishes to rely solely upon the police for defense against crime should have to pay a Defenselessness Tax to cover the increased costs to municipalities of protecting their sorry butts. ..." ...
 

This Is Where We Are Failing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "She said she'd have to do it because that's the government. If they tell you to do something, you have to do it."

"I think I bent the steering wheel."

"I tried to explain to her that the Constitution was written to keep the government from doing exactly what I just described. She replied with the comment that it didn't matter what the Constitution says, the government is going to do what the government wants to do, and that's just the way it is."

"And that, dear readers, is how we are going to lose this republic. ..." ...
 

TX: Homeowner Shoots, Wounds 1 of 2 Daytime Home Invaders
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A TX homeowner was confronted by 2 Hispanic males in his home around noon. The homeowner had a handgun and fired on the suspects, who fled. Police believe a man matching one of the suspects descriptions showed up at an area hospital and are investigating the man’s involvement in the crime. The homeowner was not harmed." ...
 

CA: Investigators say federal agent opened fire on manager during discussion of job performance
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"It had all the ingredients of workplace violence: a manager, an angry employee, a discussion about job performance and at least one gun."

"But in this case, both people were federal agents. And when gunfire erupted in a government office building, a third agent drew his handgun and took out the shooter, helping save the manager’s life." ...
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KABA Note: A workplace shooting rampage nipped in the bud by an armed fellow employee. Now why don't we see this more often?
 

The Pfeifer-Zeliska: The Revolver in .600 Nitro Express (VIDEO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pfeifer Waffen is an Austrian manufacturer of revolvers that are only unique in one way: they are the some of the largest handguns in the world. And what started out as a custom order is now some of their bread and butter."

"The first Pfeifer-Zeliska revolver was a request by a Swiss shooting enthusiast by the name of Zeliska—so the legend goes—who wanted a handgun chambered in the fantastic .600 Nitro Express, one of the cartridges designed at the peak of the big game hunting era." ...

"These guns may be novelties, but they take what they do seriously. A Pfeifer-Zeliska weighs 13¼ pounds and has a ported 13-inch barrel. The five-shot cylinder alone weighs 4½ pounds; the revolver is made from a tungsten-steel alloy. ..." ...
 

Inaccuaracies from the ATF? Say it Ain’t So, Joe!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here at The Truth About Guns we have covered the ATF’s death spiral (well, I can hope) to a fare-thee-well. But for those who haven’t been paying attention, the ATF, with the knowledge and/or connivance of the FBI, DEA and DHS (via ICE), allowed something on the order of 2,000 guns to be purchased by straw-buyers for the purpose of allowing the guns to be smuggled to Mexico in violation of state and federal laws as well as at least one international treaty. And then things only got worse . . ." ...
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A Disturbing Case in New Mexico
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While the Reese family sits in their various jail cells accused of should have known, it should be pointed out that in Operation Fast & Furious, the ATF and DOJ, along with the US Attorney for Arizona, twisted dealers arms to get them to sell over 2000 guns to traffickers for Mexican drug gangs. They did this with every intention of allowing the un-monitored guns to reach the bad guys ... The program was only stopped when two of those guns turned up at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder."

"My question for US Attorney Gonzales is; when are those responsible for Fast & Furious going to be arrested and tried for their contributions to 'the violence that has been devastating Mexico?'" ...
 

It’s time to return Holder’s contempt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Contempt of Congress' is a pretty strong term, and one with tangible legal consequences, but how else to describe Attorney General Eric Holder’s continuing obstructionism in the burgeoning Fast and Furious scandal?"

"It’s been 14 months since news broke that a federal agent had been killed with weapons that Holder's Justice Department intentionally allowed to cross the border into Mexico, with no plan on how to track them ... In all, the Obama administration sent thousands of guns south to the drug gangs under the misbegotten operation."

"But since last May, Eric Holder has been stonewalling congressional attempts to get to the bottom of Fast and Furious — a mess hatched on his watch ..." ...
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Obama makes sure rich pay their fair share…to see him
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Barack Obama is coming to town, and for those hoping to see the hipster president from Chicago, they better bring a fat wallet, because he is making certain the rich pay their fair share…to share some time with him at two fund-raisers." ...

"Do not expect the president to make any major announcement that he is ordering Attorney General Eric Holder to fully cooperate with the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. To do so would nullify the current 'calling your bluff' scenario that seems to be unfolding between Holder and Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform." ...
 

Efforts to Prevent Another Fast and Furious Stripped by Obama
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Emily Miller of The Washington Times has been sifting through President Obama's latest budget boondogle and has found some pretty alarming items. First, Obama's budget strips language that would prevent another Operation Fast and Furious from occuring again."

"In November, the president signed the Justice Department appropriations bill, which included language ... prohibiting federal agencies from facilitating the transfer of an operable firearm to an individual known or suspected to be in a drug cartel, unless they monitor the weapon at all times."

"Now Mr. Obama is proposing to remove that provision from the 2013 spending bill, thus making it legal to revive gun-walking operations in the future. ..." ...
 

Ron Paul Campaign Comments on Obama Proposal for Federal Flight Deck Officer Program
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Days after 9/11, Congressman Paul introduced legislation restoring pilots’ Second Amendment rights, and he has championed this cause ever since" ...

"'President Obama's budget statement claims that there is less need for the Federal Flight Desk Officer Program because the government has implemented 'other physical security measures.' In other words, now that the government is violating the Fourth Amendment rights of every airline passenger, President Obama no longer feels the need to give even limited respect to the Second Amendment rights of pilots.'" ...
 

Activating the Second Amendment Grassroots Movement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I am reminded of a story I heard a few years ago. It was ... about the old 'Rosie O'Donnell Show' in which she attacked Tom Selleck like he was the Antichrist because of his firearm rights stance, even though he only appeared on her show to promote his then-new movie ..."

"While I am told she apologized to him later, the apology means nothing. What does matter is that she actually lost control. This is a professional television personality who ... made herself look like a mentally deranged person over the issue of firearms. While this was an easy example, we are now facing the hate and stonewalling from the administration via 'Fast and Furious.' We are being given a glimpse into the future if things don't change." ...
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Submitter's Note: Here is the O'Donnell Selleck clip for those who missed it the first time around.
 

Rep. Cravaack Hammers Janet Napolitano Over Cuts To Armed Pilots Program (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Obama’s budget would gut the program to arm airline pilots (FFDO). Rep. Chip Cravaackk, a former pilot and an FFDO, grills Janet Napolitano over the cuts." ...
 

GA: Georgia Senate Committee Votes on Bill Preventing the Destruction of Seized Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The destruction of any functional firearm that is not being held as evidence in a criminal investigation doesn't make any sense. Why would authorities, police departments, federal agencies, etc., essentially choose to burn money? Why not sell those seized firearms back to the public or to a licensed firearms dealer?"

"When seized guns are sold back to the public, it’s a win-win situation. The municipality makes a little cash from selling the guns as opposed to shelling out dollars to have someone destroy them and the public gets access to inexpensive, used firearms. Win-win, right?" ...
 

IA: Reflecting on Tuesday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I've had a chance to reflect on Tuesday's actions of the Iowa House Public Safety Committee. I wrote a fairly scathing piece on my Examiner page about the lack of leadership by Representative Baudler when he failed to pass HF 2114 and HJR 2005 out of the committee without being severely weakened. In fact, both bills were weakened to the point of being nearly useless. But they did get kicked out of committee, and that means they have still have life. Failure to get them out of committee would have meant death for this session, and the death of HJR 2005 would set it back at least two or three years, if not longer." ...
 

IL: Just when you thought gun laws couldn't get any worse...
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse in Illinois for Second Amendment rights, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to expand Chicago's handgun registration throughout the rest of the state."

"Yes, that's right, Chicago's mayor has decided he can set policy for the entire state now." ...
 

Air marshals to be reorganized amid internal problems
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"The Federal Air Marshal Service is being reorganized to avoid the kinds of personnel problems described in a recent government report, witnesses at a congressional hearing said Thursday."

"The service is a branch of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that oversees security on airline flights, and includes undercover officers who are armed and fly aboard planes to thwart potential attacks."

"A TSA inspector general's report last month said some managers have created a hostile work environment for air marshals through their insults toward women, minorities, veterans and gays." ...
 

KY: Sheriff faces federal charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton said Wednesday night he will continue working the job he was elected to do, just hours after he and four other county law enforcement officers were indicted on federal civil rights violations accusing them of beating a handcuffed man and attempting to conceal the incident."

"A federal grand jury in Bowling Green on Wednesday indicted Eaton on two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, one count of witness tampering, one count of falsification of a document and one count of giving a false statement to federal investigators." ...
 

NC: Raleigh officer charged with promoting prostitution of a minor
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fayetteville police arrested a Raleigh police officer Thursday and charged him with promoting and participating in the prostitution of a minor."

"Sgt. Jason Brandon Hoyle, 34, of 8609 Maryel Way, was being held under a $100,000 unsecured bond on the two felonies."

"Fayetteville police also arrested a 17-year-old Fayetteville girl and charged her with misdemeanor solicitation for prostitution. ..." ...
 

PA: Pittsburgh Bureau Of Police Officer Arrested (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pittsburgh police have arrested one of their own."

"Adam Skweres, 35, is a Zone 3 police officer and has been with the force for five years. He faces charges including official oppression, criminal coercion, bribery and indecent assault."

"He allegedly told at least three women that he could get either them or their boyfriends out of a jam for sexual favors." ...
 

FL: Former Cop Takes Plea Deal For Roadside Rip Off
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Miami-Dade police officer accused of using his badge and gun to help his cousin and another man steal more than $130 thousand from a gambler has taken a plea deal from prosecutors."

"On Thursday, John Villar was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by three years of probation. In addition to being fined $10,000 in investigative and court costs, Villar will also give up his law enforcement credentials." ...
 

MN: St. Paul paying $90K to men who claim unlawful seizure in downtown parking ramp (w/ VIDEO)
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"Craig Spelbrink was wearing a red shirt, he said, when two St. Paul police officers beat him in a downtown parking ramp."

"The shirt's color caught the attention of an officer who wrote in a report that he'd just received word that a robbery suspect in the area was wearing a red shirt. But another officer wrote in his report that the witness had said the robbery victim was wearing a red shirt."

"'According to one of the officers' accounts, they basically tackled the victim of a robbery,' said Jeff Storms, an attorney who represented Spelbrink and his friend Robert Geistfeld in their federal lawsuit ..."

"The St. Paul City Council on Wednesday approved a $90,000 settlement to Spelbrink, of Savage, and Geistfeld, of St. Paul." ...
 

MI: Ex-Detroit cop, associate charged in fraud
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"A former top Detroit Police Department homicide lieutenant has been charged with running a criminal enterprise ..."

"Former homicide Lt. William R. Rice, 60, and Cheryl R. Sanford, 44, were arraigned Wednesday. Bond was set at $10,000."

"According to the prosecutor's Deed Fraud Unit, the suspects are alleged to have conducted a criminal enterprise from 2006 through last year ..."

"'It is alleged that Rice and Sanford provided false information and misrepresented their interests in Detroit and Taylor properties to obtain federal funds to qualify for mortgages,' the Prosecutor's Office said in a statement."

"They are also charged with acquiring or maintaining property used to violate the Controlled Substances Act." ...
 

IA: Linn County Sheriff Gardner's Comments
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"Back when Linn County was having an election for Sheriff, Brian Gardner wanted members of [Iowa Firearms Coalition] (then known as Iowa Carry) to know that he was the right choice for the citizens of the county who wanted to see their firearms rights protected and restored. But in a perfect example of how quickly things can change, and exactly why NONE of our rights should EVER be subjected to the whims of any elected official, here is Sheriff Gardner talking to KGAN about the recent push to tighten up Iowa's preemption law through HF 2114:" ...
 

SC: 'Line of Sight' to bring clarity to current 2nd Amendment issues
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"A Greenville-based concealed weapons instructor wants to ensure that the public is informed on issues involving the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms."

"Shea Kim, owner of Definite Defense, plans to both facilitate the conversations and help inform with a 'Line of Sight' event on February 22, at tbe Embassy Suites on Verdae Boulevard in Greenville."

"Line of Sight South Carolina is a platform to connect government and residents for the protection of second amendment rights." ...
 

UT: Students dodge bullets near Utah Lake
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"Forty students from Westlake High School went from taking pictures Friday afternoon to taking fire from target shooters near Utah Lake."

"It's a common thing on the western side of Utah Lake: gunfire, on public land, with signs everywhere to let people know to be cautious." ...
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Submitter's note: These kids and their teacher are competing for the prize of supreme ignorance. I've been shooting there for decades. You ALWAYS hear gunfire. These drama queens heard gunfire, then the nonsense they saw on TV, telling them to panic, took over.
 

TX: Texas Parks and Wildlife May Allow ‘Silencers’ for Hunting Game Animals
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"As of today, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is accepting comments for a proposed rule change that would enable you to hunt this fall with quieter firearms, making your outdoor experience safer and more enjoyable."

"Scott Vaca, TPWD Assistant Chief of Wildlife, said the proposed suppressor regulation covers hunting, and if approved at the March 29 meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, hunting with suppressors will begin on September 1, 2012." ...
 

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