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  • Republicans seek to hold attorney general in contempt over Fast and Furious

    04/27/2012 8:13:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 26, 2012 | Richard A. Serrano
    House GOP leaders draft a citation accusing Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Justice Department of hindering their inquiry into the ATF gun-tracking operation. WASHINGTON — Republican House leaders have drafted a proposed contempt of Congress citation against Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in which they charge that he and his Justice Department have repeatedly "obstructed and slowed" the Capitol Hill investigation into the ATF's flawed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. The 48-page draft citation is being drawn up by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Top committee officials recently met...
  • Man Ordered to Dance “Moonwalk” at Gunpoint, Police Say

    04/27/2012 7:13:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    NBC NY (From Drudge) ^ | Friday, Apr 27, 2012 | DANIEL MACHT
    Man Ordered to Dance “Moonwalk” at Gunpoint, Police Say Just remember always to think twice before ordering someone to dance the “moonwalk” at the barrel of a gun. An Idaho man has been hit with a felony assault charge for allegedly forcing another man to perform Michael Jackson’s signature “moonwalk” while having a rifle pointed at him, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported. Police accused John Ernest Cross, 30, of using an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle while issuing the bizarre order to mimic a dance the late King of Pop debuted back in 1983. Cross said during an initial court appearance...
  • House committee could cite Holder for contempt

    04/27/2012 10:57:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 27, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House Committee is preparing a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder in a dispute over access to documents from a flawed gun-tracking operation. An official of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee said a final decision on issuing the citation has not been made.
  • Issa, Chaffetz confirm contempt plans for Holder over Fast and Furious

    04/27/2012 3:11:56 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 27 2012 | Fox News
    House GOP leaders said Friday they are pursuing a plan to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Justice Department in contempt for “stonewalling” them over information regarding the administration’s failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking program. GOP Rep. Darrell Issa confirmed to Fox News that House Speaker John Boehner gave him and others on his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform the authority to drafted a contempt of Congress resolution. “We have a few other options (but) to a great extent we’ve been stonewalled by the Justice Department,” said Issa, R-Calif. The news of the document and...
  • Government's answer to "Fast and Furious" records requests: Blank pages

    04/27/2012 4:52:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 27, 2012 | by Sharyl Attksson
    For more than a year, CBS News has been investigating the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms' "Fast and Furious" operation and related cases that also employed the controversial tactic of "gunwalking." With Justice Department officials refusing all interview requests to date, CBS News requested numerous public documents through the Freedom of Information Act. So far, all of the requests that have been answered have been denied in part or in full. This week, we received a partial response to a request made more than a year ago. It asked for communications involving "Project Gunrunner," the umbrella program for Fast...
  • Don't diminish right of self-defense

    04/27/2012 12:06:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | April 27, 2012 | Will Weatherford
    Florida has been the epicenter of national attention in recent weeks as the heartbreaking events surrounding Trayvon Martin continue to unfold. His premature death has shocked and wounded us all, beginning with his grieving parents. As our thoughts and prayers go out to them and all of those involved, we long for the facts to be sorted out and justice to prevail. I want to commend Gov. Rick Scott for his swift and decisive action to appoint a special prosecutor. His methodical approach yielded a lawful and just path for resolution in this case. It was the right course to...
  • Presence of firearm in Martin case woefully unaddressed (Heads full of mush alert)

    04/27/2012 10:12:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Lamron of SUNY Geneseo ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jessica Maslyn
    Since the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, racial backlash concerning the incident has consumed the media. Many suggest that Martin’s death stems from an inherent suspicion in this country of young black males. Others disagree with this assessment, citing that Zimmerman is Hispanic and therefore a minority himself. While I do not deny the significant role race played in Martin’s death, a key element of the case has seemingly gone unnoticed – 28-year-old George Zimmerman, Martin’s shooter, was unnecessarily armed with a 9 mm pistol. Regardless of Martin’s race and Zimmerman’s intentions, why was a 9 mm handgun...
  • Issa, Boehner at odds over holding Holder in contempt of Congress

    04/27/2012 9:54:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/27/2012 | Matthew Boyle -
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa has drafted a 48-page contempt of Congress citation for Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious. It now appears Issa is currently moving forward without the support of House Speaker John Boehner. Holder’s Department of Justice has provided only about 7,000 pages worth of the more than 70,000 pages of documents Issa has subpoenaed related to Operation Fast and Furious. Issa and many others on Capitol Hill have threatened for months that they’ll hold Holder in contempt without actually doing it. This 48-page contempt citation is the first official step in...
  • Republicans prepare contempt citation against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious

    (CBS News) -- House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious scandal have gotten the go-ahead by their party leaders to pursue a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, senior congressional aides told CBS News. The resolution will accuse Holder and his Justice Department of obstructing the congressional probe into the allegations that the government let thousands of weapons fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The citation would attempt to force Holder to turn over tens of thousands of pages documents related to the probe, which has entered its second year. For months, congressional Republicans probing ATF's Fast...
  • Oklahoma advances open carry, multiple gun bills

    04/27/2012 7:37:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    tulsaworld.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | MICHAEL McNUTT
    Oklahomans with concealed handgun permits would be allowed to carry their weapons in the open if a bill that easily passed the House of Representatives becomes law. But members defeated an amendment Thursday that would have allowed for the open carry of handguns anywhere without a permit. Senate Bill 1733 would allow anyone with a license to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to carry the weapon either openly or concealed. It passed 85-3 and is headed for a conference committee. It also would allow a property owner to openly carry a handgun on his or her...
  • ATF & U.S. DOJ Plan to Remove CLEO Signature Requirement for NFA Firearms Transfers

    04/27/2012 7:17:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 April, 2012 | CalGunLaws.com
    San Diego, CA --(Ammoland.com)- According to the National Firearms Act Trade & Collectors Association, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) are preparing to remove the often burdensome Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signature requirement from Form 1 and Form 4 for NFA firearms. (see article here) “NFA firearms” are highly regulated devices meeting the specific and somewhat counter-intuitive definition of “firearm” as that term is defined under the federal National Firearms Act (NFA). These “firearms” include machineguns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, destructive devices, silencers, and “any other weapons,” as that...
  • CO: Colorado Bill to End Duplicative State Background Checks Dies in Anti-Gun State Senate

    04/27/2012 7:07:59 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 26 April, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- On April 23, House Bill 1048 had its hearing in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and was postponed indefinitely by a 3 to 2 vote, effectively killing this bill for this year. HB 1048, introduced by state Representative Mark Waller (R-15), would eliminate the duplicative state-run Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) InstaCheck system for the purchase of firearms and solely utilize the existing National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-17) ignored the wishes of the thousands of NRA members who called the state capitol in support of a fair...
  • Getting Out While The Getting Is Good (gunwalker)

    04/27/2012 7:04:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 27 April, 2012 | John Richardson
    It was announced yesterday that Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich will be leaving the Department of Justice to become Dean of the University of Baltimore Law School. From the university's announcement: University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny has named Ronald Weich, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs in the U.S. Department of Justice and former chief counsel to both U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Edward M. Kennedy, as the new dean of the University's School of Law. Weich, a longtime federal official with expertise in criminal justice and legislative process, will begin his tenure as...
  • “Homer Simpson’s Dumber Brother” Is Back

    04/27/2012 6:41:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Bruce Krafft
    Former U.S.ambassador Dan Simpson is once again weighing in on the gun issue. Some of you may remember the “modest proposal” he came out with shortly after the VA Tech shootings, and while his new screed does not contain ideas like: The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty his proposals are still unacceptable. Perhaps he needs a reminder of just what sort of unintended consequences his anti-gun nuttery might produce . . . [Foreword by David Codrea: This may make some uncomfortable, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. And after all, it's just a hypothetical "ping,"...
  • Will right questions be asked at today’s 'ATF Roundtable’?

    04/27/2012 6:25:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 April, 2012 | David Codrea
    “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will hold a roundtable discussion Thursday, April 26, to discuss firearms trace data from the Government of Mexico,” an ATF Public Affairs Division press release advises. “The trace information discussed will cover firearms recovered by law enforcement and military officials at crime scenes in Mexico for calendar years 2007-2011 and submitted to ATF for tracing,” the release states. “This information will be available to the public on the ATF website following the roundtable.” “ATF will not discuss any other firearms recoveries in Mexico which have not been submitted for tracing or...
  • Two NYPD Cops Fire 84 Rounds at Murder Suspect

    04/27/2012 5:36:19 AM PDT · by stickandrudder · 87 replies
    Police Patrol ^ | April 26, 2012 | Paul Clinton
    A man who allegedly killed his 13-year-old half-sister survived a fusillade of bullets from New York City police officers early Tuesday, after pointing his pistol at officers. Officers responded to a 911 call at 2971 Eighth St. in Harlem at 3:27 a.m. Tuesday. Steven Murray, 28, had allegedly shot his mother Christine Fryar, 44, and her daughter Annie, according to the NYPD. Paramedics arrived to find the daughter dead with a gunshot wound to the head. The mother, who was also shot in the head, was transported to Harlem Hospital, and is listed in critcal condition. Police eventually confronted Murray,...
  • Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store

    04/27/2012 12:50:10 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 80 replies
    abc4.com ^ | Updated: 4/26 10:25 pm | Published: 4/26 8:20 pm | Reported by: Don Hudson
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store. Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith's employee Dorothy Espinoza says, "He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people." Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. "There is blood all over. One got stabbed in...
  • ATF Publishes Misleading Trace Data From Mexico

    04/27/2012 4:12:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday afternoon, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms released firearms tracing data to the press from Mexico between the years 2007-2011 during a roundtable discussion and presentation given by ATF Special Agent John Hageman. The data was released at ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. Reporters were allowed to bring pen and paper, but were prohibited from bringing computers or recording devices.  When we arrived, despite prohibiting the use of computers, ATF gave us a flashdrive. “70%” That’s the percentage of guns traced in Mexico to United States sources or Federal Firearms Licensees [gun dealers] according to the Bureau...
  • Protesters at US party conventions could be armed (Freeloaders with guns?)

    04/27/2012 2:56:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/27/12 | MITCH WEISS, TAMARA LUSH
    Protesters at US party conventions could be armedBy MITCH WEISS and TAMARA LUSH | Associated Press – 44 mins ago TAMPA, Florida (AP) — The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns. In Tampa, where the Republicans will hold their festivities this fall, officials are starting to worry about people toting guns in such a politically charged environment. The City Council voted Thursday to ask Republican Gov. Rick Scott to help them temporarily...
  • 'Murder Capital of the World': Sobering take on Mexico's drug war

    04/26/2012 10:22:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Jeff Shannon
    A review of "Murder Capital of the World," a low-budget documentary that provides a sobering account of drug-cartel violence in Juárez, Mexico, including the sobering statistic that more than 50,000 murders have occurred in Mexico since 2006.We've all seen the news reports: Across the border of El Paso, Texas, the city of Juárez, Mexico, has become a war zone where bloodbaths are a daily routine. As Mexican drug cartels continue their deadly campaigns of narco-terrorism, it quickly becomes clear why Charlie Minn's film is titled "Murder Capital of the World." The film is rife with news clips and staggering statistics,...
  • ATF: 68,000 Guns Recovered in Mexico Trace to US

    04/26/2012 10:33:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 76 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 26, 2012 | Alex Johnston
    Mexican authorities have recovered around 68,000 guns that traced back to the United States in the past five years, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) said on Thursday. “Since 2007, trace data shows a trend in recovered and submitted crime guns from Mexico shifting from pistols and revolvers to rifles,” the ATF said in a statement. The agency added that reports from officials in Mexico show “certain types of rifles, such as the AK and AR variants with detachable magazines, are used more frequently to commit violent crime by drug trafficking organizations.” The ATF said it was...
  • Nugent Reveals Details to Beck About the Alaskan Hunting Trip That Made Him a Target of the Feds

    04/26/2012 3:33:22 PM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 26, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Over the past few weeks, rocker Ted Nugent has been making headlines. From his controversial speech at the National Rifle Association conference to his recent drama over hunting missteps with the U.S. government, Nugent has had a busy month. In a radio interview with Glenn Beck this morning, the musician delved into the details surrounding his recent guilty plea for illegally killing a black bear in Alaska — details that appear to show he’s being targeted by the Feds.
  • Fast & Furious Gun Scandal: Is This the Obama Administration's Greatest Cover-Up? (You Tube)

    04/26/2012 1:30:23 PM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 26, 2012 | PJMedia
    Fast & Furious Gun Scandal: Is This the Obama Administration's Greatest Cover-Up? (You Tube) Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit at PJMedia interviews Katie Pavlich. Her new book, "Fast and Furious, Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up", just hit the NYT bestsellers list.
  • Justice Scalia Shares Gun Love with Justice Kagan on Hunting Trip

    04/26/2012 1:43:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 132 replies
    guns.com ^ | 26 April, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has found himself a new enthusiastic hunting partner in fellow Justice Elena Kagan. We know what you're thinking: "Wait a second, isn't Kagan that new judge Obama appointed?" Yep, that's the one. We're just as surprised (and delighted) as you are. We have to give some kudos to Scalia, but it looks as though we have Sen. James Risch of Idaho to ultimately thank for this fortunate turn of events. Back in 2010 when Obama nominated Kagan for the Supreme Court position, Risch asked Kagan about her views on gun rights. She admitted that she'd...
  • Nonprofit seeks donations to cover Righthaven copyright lawsuit costs

    04/26/2012 1:08:10 PM PDT · by redreno · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04/26/2012 | By Steve Green
    A Virginia nonprofit is asking for donations to cover the $30,000 it spent successfully fighting a Righthaven LLC copyright infringement lawsuit. The Virginia Citizens Defense League Inc. (VCDL), a gun rights group in Newington, Va., was sued by Las Vegas-based Righthaven in September 2010.
  • ATF Death Watch 144: Long Gun Registry Abuse Begins

    04/26/2012 12:32:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 26 April, 2012 | Robert Farago
    <p>One of the most compelling arguments against gun control: laws affecting legal gun purchase and ownership put the government on a slippery slope towards gun confiscation. One of the least compelling arguments against gun control: laws affecting legal gun purchase and ownership put the government on a slippery slope towards gun confiscation. Gun control advocates—and those who view the government as a benign entity—dismiss any mention of creeping tyranny as the paranoid ravings of firearms-fixated members of the lunatic fringe. The ongoing Fast and Furious scandal has highlighted the divide . .</p>
  • Kentucky Employees May Not Be Fired for Lawfully Storing Guns in Their Cars

    04/26/2012 11:21:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 26 April, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    That’s what Kentucky statutes provide, and today the Kentucky Supreme Court applied this rule in Mitchell v. University of Kentucky (Ky. Apr. 26, 2012). There was something of a complication because the defendant was a university, and state law provides universities with generally broad authority to restrict weapons on their property. But the court concluded that the statutory provisions allowing employees to lawfully store guns in their cars is an exception from that broad university power. Michael Mitchell’s wrongful firing lawsuit against the university can therefore go forward. The relevant Kentucky statutory provisions, by the way, are these: § 527.020(4)...
  • Cartel Hit Man Arrested on Canadian Border (Ohio)

    04/26/2012 10:08:44 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 35 replies
    KRGV ^ | April 25, 2012
    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents arrested a cartel hit man along the U.S.-Canadian border. The Border Patrol kept the story quiet until Edgar Campos Barraza, who's also known as "El Cholo," was in Mexican custody. The Mexican government wanted Barraza on kidnapping, conspiracy and murder charges. Barraza was arrested in January. He admitted to Border Patrol agents in Ohio that he worked for the Sinaloa drug cartel. We're told Barraza was living in Sandusky, Ohio. The city is between Toledo and Cleveland, two high-intensity drug trafficking areas. It's also connected to I-80 and several other major highways. According to a...
  • Ky. high court: Gun in glove box legal on campus

    04/26/2012 9:43:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    necn.com ^ | 26 April, 2012 | AP
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Students and staff members at Kentucky universities may keep guns and other deadly weapons in a car's glove compartment, but the schools may continue to regulate them elsewhere on campus, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
  • BREAKING! Rep. Young wants ATF explanation about AK records checks

    04/26/2012 9:30:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 65 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 April, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Alaska Congressman Don Young today demanded to know why agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been asking gun shop owners in the 49th State for copies of their gun sales records. As this column reported, ATF agents had contacted gun shops in Anchorage for the bound books which contain information on gun buyers. Federal law prohibits federal agents from doing that, and they know it. Gun rights activists across the Northwest are furious. The situation has caused an uproar in the firearms community, and Young – a member of the National Rifle Association Board of...
  • Open Carry Laws Benefit Public Safety

    04/26/2012 9:23:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    usnews.com ^ | 25 April, 2012 | John Pierce
    The first thing I noticed about the question for this debate was the way it is worded. "Should people be 'allowed' to carry guns openly?" Using the phrase 'allowed' implies that open carry is a privilege that the state grants to citizens. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The right to openly bear arms for security and self-defense is enshrined not only in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution but also in a majority of state constitutions. [See the latest political cartoons.] While concealed carry is seen today by much of the populace as synonymous with the...
  • Russia, U.S. to Hold Anti-terror Drills in May

    04/26/2012 8:42:03 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 25 replies
    CRIEnglish.com ^ | 4/20/2012 | Xinhua
    Airborne troops from Russia and the Untied States would hold joint anti-terror drills in the U.S. state of Colorado between May 24 and 31, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Col. Alexander Kucherenko said on Thursday. According to the spokesman, it will be the first time that the Russian airborne forces have held exercises with the U.S. airborne forces on the U.S. territory. "According to the exercise scenario, soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including the reconnaissance of imaginary terrorists' camp and a raid," Kucherenko said. "After the operation, a helicopter will evacuate the soldiers,"...
  • Should People Be Allowed to Carry Guns Openly?

    04/26/2012 9:17:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies
    usnews.com ^ | 24 April, 2012 | NA
    A bill currently making its way through the Oklahoma state legislature would allow citizens of the state to openly carry loaded handguns without a permit. Only six states and the District of Columbia expressly prohibit this practice, with the remaining states either specifically allowing open carry or having no law on the books prohibiting it. In recent years, the practice of openly carrying a gun has grown in popularity, as legislation that would permit it has been introduced in places like Texas, South Carolina, and Arkansas—some of the last states that have held out against it. Proponents of open carry...
  • Officers fire at would-be robbers in Norfolk; 4 arrested (4 SOBs try to rob undercover cops)

    04/25/2012 4:13:11 PM PDT · by csvset · 21 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 25, 2012 | Patrick Wilson
    NORFOLK The two men parked at McDonald's must have looked like good targets for a stickup. It was 10:53 p.m. Both vehicles were backed into parking spaces at the restaurant on Campostella Road near its intersection with Indian River Road. Armed with handguns and with their faces covered, two men approached the cars and pointed their weapons at the drivers in an attempt to rob them. "Give it up," one of the men said. But then the intended victims drew weapons and began firing. The robbers ran from who they would later learn were officers with the Norfolk Police Vice...
  • Report: Russian Troops to ‘Seize’ CIA Facility in Elaborate War Game… on U.S. Soil

    04/26/2012 7:37:15 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | April 26, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    According to reports, the U.S. and Russian military will be engaging in an anti-terrorism exercise that will involve Russian paratroopers using U.S. weapons to “take and hold” the main facilities of the CIA and Denver International Airport in Colorado and the National Security Agency in Utah. (Related: Learn about the hypothetical ‘war games’ the U.S. and China have been playing) The European Union Times has more on the report announcing this exercise from the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation: Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Alexander Kucherenko publically announced this 24-21 May “anti-terror drill” this Friday past noting that this...
  • Harper Woods police officer witnesses fatal shooting(MI)

    04/26/2012 5:43:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | 25 April, 2012 | MAURIELLE LUE
    HARPER WOODS, Mich. (WJBK) -- In Harper Woods, a police officer becomes the prime witness to a fatal shooting. It happened in an alley off Kelly Road overnight. The alleged shooter is in jail. Police tell us that they will hold him for 72 hours while a decision is made on whether charges will be filed. The problem is this person could also be a potential victim. A Harper Woods police officer says that he saw a couple walking in a dark alley and a man following them. That did not sit right with this officer, so he turned his...
  • Slow news day when Workman is hot item in Seattle Times(WA)

    04/26/2012 5:36:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 April, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat put one out of the park Wednesday morning with a column on the sharply rising number of active concealed pistol licenses in Washington State, in which this columnist was, er, “liberally quoted.” And quoted accurately, I might add. Did Workman really say “firearms are dangerous?” Uh, huh, because that happens to be true; if you’re not careful with a firearm, you’ll get an education about 30 seconds after you need it. An old Texas Ranger once related how one of his colleagues had apparently been approached by a lady who had been observing the “cocked-and-locked”...
  • Scientists Confirm: Guns are Manly

    04/26/2012 5:28:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 55 replies
    guns.com ^ | 25 April, 2012 | dabneybailey
    UCLA anthropologists found that test subjects holding a handgun are significantly more terrifying than people holding tools or other objects. Are you surprised? During the experiment, scientists asked men to hold an object, ranging from hand guns and water guns to saws and paint brushes. The anthropologist took a photograph of each hand and showed them to 600 test subjects, who were then asked to guess the approximate height and strength of the person holding the object. Their answers confirmed what we knew all along: people who hold guns are more intimidating. On average, test subjects guessed that men with...
  • ‘Blood on their hands’ seeks to document truth about Fast and Furious(gunwalker)

    04/26/2012 5:03:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 April, 2012 | David Codrea
    “We have launched our new film project ‘Blood on their Hands,” COPS (Citizen’s Organization for Public Safety) Productions CEO Mike McNulty writes in an email to friends and supporters introducing an effort to fund and produce a documentary on government misdeeds resulting in Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” crimes. McNulty is a filmmaker of no small achievement. His production and writing credits include “Waco- The Rules of Engagement,” introduced by actor Robert De Niro at the 1997 Academy Awards, where it was nominated as Best Documentary. From his IMDB biography: "blockquote"Producer Mike McNulty is Investigative Researcher and Producer of "Waco:...
  • Around the Water Cooler: "Safe"

    04/26/2012 4:49:53 AM PDT · by 50cal Smokepole · 9 replies
    The Tactical Wire ^ | April 26 : 2012 | Rich Grassi
    A likely apocryphal story winds through the community changing in detail though not in punch line. In one telling, the situation occurs in the Germany of 1945 when Soviets and the US were allies and it had to do with a Tokarev. In another, a Russian defector was lecturing at the Commanding General War and Staff College, Ft Leavenworth. Finally, it was another Soviet absconder, this one at Ft. Benning, lecturing in small arms. In every story, an American officer called the Russian out about a firearm or a method of gun handling. "That's not safe," the officer says....
  • Maine safest state, Louisiana the most violent

    04/25/2012 9:32:22 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    upi.com ^ | 25 April 2012 | uspi
    The United States is less violent today than at any time in the last 20 years -- Maine was the least violent state and Louisiana the most violent, a group says. The United States Peace Index, produced by Institute for Economics and Peace, found Cambridge, Mass., the most peaceful metropolitan area and Detroit the most violent. The index analyzes peacefulness at the state and city levels, via five indicators: The number of homicides, number of violent crimes, the incarceration rate, number of police employees and the availability of small arms. There were improvements in all indicators from the 2011 to...
  • High-ranking DOJ official to resign amid Fast and Furious, Virgin Island Bribery scandals

    04/25/2012 2:28:40 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 25 April 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich plans to resign his position soon, as two different scandals rage on in which he has provided allegedly misleading information to Congress. Weich, who has served as Attorney General Eric Holder’s emissary... will become the next dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law in July, according to the National Law Journal. The DOJ official is the same Holder deputy who falsely told Congress that neither the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives nor any part of the Department of Justice ever allowed illicit firearms to “walk” across the U.S.-Mexico border...
  • Self-Defense Under Attack

    04/25/2012 6:43:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Reason ^ | April 25, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    Critics of Florida's "stand your ground" law refuse to retreat, regardless of the evidence. Critics of Florida's self-defense law object to its recognition of a right to "stand your ground" in public places, which eliminated the duty to retreat from an assailant. Yet many of these critics seem to believe they have a duty to stand their ground and never retreat, using George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin as a weapon to attack Florida's law, no matter what the evidence shows.The emphasis on the right to stand your ground is puzzling in the context of the Martin case, since Zimmerman's...
  • ATF's mysterious grenade smuggler case: new photos, documents turned over to Congress

    04/25/2012 3:10:19 PM PDT · by brityank · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson - CBS
    ATF's mysterious grenade smuggler case: new photos, documents turned over to Congress Evidence photos just turned over to Congress under subpoena show a frightening stash of grenade parts, fuse assemblies and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition. It was all hidden in a spare tire of an SUV crossing from the US to Mexico in 2010. The accused smuggler, an alleged drug cartel arms dealer named Jean Baptise Kingery, was questioned by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) but released. Documents handed over to Congress by the Justice Department shed new light on missteps in the...
  • Will Zimmerman Have Special Hearing For Self-Defense Claim? SYG Hearing Held Before Trial

    04/25/2012 2:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    WESH-TV ^ | April 25, 2012
    SANFORD, Fla. -- The lawyer for the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin said it's too soon to know it they'll claim self-defense under the Stand Your Ground law. In Florida, if a person is charged with murder and is able to prove Stand Your Ground, then the case will never see trial, and experts said that is what they feel Zimmerman and his team will try and to prove. Zimmerman will have a special immunity hearing before the case ever goes to trial. At Zimmerman's bond hearing on Friday, one of the lead investigators said they did not know...
  • George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

    04/25/2012 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2012 | Chris Francescani
    (Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009. The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show. "Don't use pepper spray," he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. "It'll take two or three...
  • Making a Hash of the Second Amendment

    04/25/2012 1:19:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 25, 2012 | Robert VerBruggen
    Harvard historian Jill Lepore has a piece attacking gun rights in the latest New Yorker, and a follow-up post on the magazine’s website. Most of it is basically what you’d expect: some numbers about gun violence, some horrifying anecdotes about people who’ve misused guns, some reporting from a gun range, some artsy writing (“a gun is a machine made to fire a missile that can bore through flesh”), and an overarching history of the gun-rights movement.More irksome, however, is Lepore’s analysis of the Second Amendment’s meaning. By leaving out or misrepresenting key historical details, she shortchanges the idea that...
  • Death from above: Video of drones fitted with machine guns that could transform battlefield

    04/25/2012 10:29:58 AM PDT · by cowboybeebop · 45 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 4-23-2012 | Ted Thornhill
    In the clip ‘FPSRussia’, whose Call of Duty videos and real-life weapon demonstrations have earned him a cult following, shows off a quadrotor – a mini helicopter with four rotors - outfitted with a machine gun. The machine is controlled by a tablet computer and FPSRussia explains that a camera on front of the quadrotor gives him a ‘birds’ eye view’ of the target.
  • The Movement To Torch The United States Constitution

    04/25/2012 4:10:01 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 50 replies
    The New American ^ | May 2012 Issue | James O. E. Norell
    DID YOU KNOW SOUTH AFRICA HAS A CONSTITUTION THAT'S FAR SUPERIOR TO OUR OWN? THAT'S WHAT ONE U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, AS WELL AS SHADOWY ACTIVITIST GROUPS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO EFFECT CHANGE, BELIEVE. “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa … a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights …” -Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jan. 30, 2012. That stunning disavowal—by an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court—of the Constitution she has sworn...
  • New Hampshire Republicans Conspiring to Kill Constitutional Carry Bill

    04/25/2012 8:38:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 April, 2012 | Jonathan R Evans
    Milford, NH --(Ammoland.com)- The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Constitutional Carry (HB 536) on this Wednesday, April 25th! I wish this meant the Senate intended to pass the bill. Unfortunately, my sources are telling me the Senate is already planning to kill this bill without a recorded vote. You read that right. Despite the fact that a majority of the Senate has pledged to support Constitutional Carry — Republican Senator Peter Bragdon is still leading the fight to make sure this bill doesn’t pass. What’s worse, in a sickening display of politics at its worst, anti-gun Senators...