Tuesday, February 19, 2013

VA-ALERT: VCDL Update 2/19/13

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1. Website alert: The Gun Wire
2. Virginia Beach pizza restaurant gives discount to gun owners!
3. Farrakhan: 'Angry' Americans taking advantage of obsolete 2nd amendment
4. Media matters reportedly used illegal guns to protect organization's leader
5. OH: Gun-control activist protesting how easy it is to by guns, is a rapist
6. Why this liberal no longer believes in gun control…
7. Industry Report: rise in gun sales prompts industry chaos
8. CA, Police Chief: We can disarm Americans within a generation
9. Police push for background checks on gun purchases
10. Dial 911 and die
11. Carrying a gun saved my life
12. Seattle gun buyback gets jacked! Turns into a gun show! LOL
13. Teen who performed at Obama inaugural events shot dead in Chicago
14. New York State resistance [VIDEO]
15. MILLER: NY vet arrested for 30 round magazines (Part 1)
16. 16 year old screamed as he was hacked to death with swords in central London
17. Journalist accosted by security over Mayor Bloomberg gun control question
18. Detroit high school coach shoots 2 attackers outside school
19. Another potential school tragedy avoided...by armed guard
20. Newtown sides with NRA
21. Henson Ong at gun violence prevention public hearing [VIDEO]
22. 67% of Americans don't believe gun ban would prevent Sandy Hook
23. Sandy Hook hearing reveals sharp divide on gun control
24. LTE: Elected officials are fundamentally dishonest
25. Small: Schools push to 'disarm the minds' of our children
26. After gun crime, weapon history takes time to find
27. Shotgun more dangerous than AR15? [VIDEO]

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1. Website alert: The Gun Wire
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The Gun Wire® - The Last 24 Hours of Gun News Headlines, Updated All Day Long

Walter Jackson alerted me to this website:

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http://thegunwire.com/


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2. Virginia Beach pizza restaurant gives discount to gun owners!
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And their delivery guys open carry! Nice to see a company that cares about its employee's safety. Pizza anyone?

Board member Dale Welch sent me this link:

http://tinyurl.com/ckslzg8


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3. Farrakhan: 'Angry' Americans taking advantage of obsolete 2nd amendment
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Walter Jackson sent me this:

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From breitbart.com: http://tinyurl.com/a6398jk


FARRAKHAN: 'ANGRY' AMERICANS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF OBSOLETE 2ND AMENDMENT
by Ben Shapiro
January 28, 2013

Louis Farrakhan, head of the anti-Semitic and historically violent Nation of Islam, has now announced that the Second Amendment is obsolete. "See, the right to bear arms was given at a time when there was no regulated militia to protect America," he said, ignoring the actual wording of the Second Amendment, which speaks of a "well-regulated militia." Furthermore, he added, "now you have police well-armed, you have state troopers well-armed, you have the National Guard and you have federal troops."

Of course, the rationale for the Second Amendment was to protect from government tyranny; many of the founders were particularly worried about the threat of standing armies. But Farrakhan uses that as an excuse to say that the Second Amendment is no longer relevant.

Instead, said Farrakhan, we should worry about Americans' desire to own guns in the face of the government (an odd position for someone who lived through Jim Crow, in which a tyrannical government routinely violated basic rights of citizens). Said Farrakhan, "Look at the American peoples' thoughts about Congress. What is the percentage of the American people that feel that the US Congress is doing a good job? Eleven percent. Then 89 percent of the American people are angry, disaffected with their government – and you're selling them weapons of war and the militias are multiplying."

According to Farrakhan, the American people are "savage" and violent. What else would you expect from the virulently anti-Israel, anti-American, Obama-worshipping leader of the Nation of Islam movement who calls America "Uncivilized, uncultivated, brutal, wild" – and yet says we should trust the government of that "beast" of a country?


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4. Media matters reportedly used illegal guns to protect organization's leader
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"Guns for me, but none for thee."

Bill Watkins sent me this:

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From foxnews.com: http://tinyurl.com/av9dp3g


Media Matters reportedly used illegal guns to protect organization's leader
by FoxNews.com
January 28, 2013

The former Media Matters for America staffer in charge of guarding the group's leader not only committed multiple felonies when he carried firearms across the country but did so with the organization's blessing and money, according to a report in the The Daily Caller Monday.

Multiple guns were reportedly bought and used to protect liberal leader David Brock. They were purchased with member money and were green-lighted by the head of the group, according to an unnamed source.

The Daily Caller reports that Brock's assistant carried a concealed Glock handgun without the proper permit.

The Glock-toting revelation flies in the face of the strong anti-gun stance Media Matters touts.

During one of Brock's gun-guarded trips, he went to a Democratic summit in California. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who re-introduced a gun control package last week in the House including a renewed assault-weapons ban, was also there.


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5. OH: Gun-control activist protesting how easy it is to by guns, is a rapist
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Paul Henick sent me this:

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From frontpagemag.com: http://tinyurl.com/afa6zrl


Gun Control Activist Protesting How Easy it is to Buy Guns, is a Rapist
by Daniel Greenfield
January 30, 2013

Jerome McCorry organized a protest against a gun show, claiming that the gun show made it too easy to buy guns. Why did that worry him? Perhaps because because the easy availability of guns might have made his career as a rapist more dangerous. (via Instapundit)

Outside of Bill Goodman's Gun and Knife Show, people were protesting the sale of assault weapons. Those are the guns which the proposed bill would ban inside Hara Arena.

"We know that guns are being sold on the floor inside Hara Arena illegally" said Jerome McCorry. "No background checks no identification of any kind."

McCorry said "AK-47s and M16s are not gonna be used for hunting, they're not going to be used to protect anybody. These are the weapons that are coming back and being used in mass murders and mass killings."

And Jerome is an expert on what kind of guns can be used to protect someone, since he is the kind of guy that people buy guns to protect against.

But according to him, you don't need an AK-47 or M16 to stop him from raping you. It's just overkill. When Jerome bursts into your bedroom, you don't need that much firepower, says the guy bursting into your bedroom.

Senator Feinstein needs to bring Jerome down to D.C. as an expert witness so he can testify on just how much firepower a woman needs to defend herself from him. And maybe Piers Morgan can have him on too.

Jerome McCorry is so passionate about keeping guns out of the hands of people who might shoot him that he spends a lot of time working on anti-gun activism.

The Dayton Daily News has also given McCorry legitimacy, covering a "hoodie rally" sponsored by McCorry and The Adam Project in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, after the 17 year-old allegedly attacked neighborhood watch volunteer and concealed weapons permit-holder George Zimmerman.

You can see how McCorry and Obama's Favorite Son have things in common. When WHIO was contacted about McCorry's rape problem, they responded that they knew he had a "controversial past" but these days he's "voicing a message of community harmony through non-violence."

Peace, love and rape.


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6. Why this liberal no longer believes in gun control…
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Mark Hile sent me this:

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Here is a very good article written by someone who used to be a opposed to guns and tells about what changed his mindset.


From liberaltaria.com: http://tinyurl.com/aja43tw


Why this liberal no longer believes in gun control… (and why the "Assault weapon ban" is an ideologically-driven distraction)
by Admin
January 12, 2013

As someone who has done a complete 180 from liberal firearm skeptic and supporter of gun control to now being an ardent supporter of second amendment rights (and a responsible gun owner), I feel like I am uniquely qualified to speak to those individuals whose views I used to share. I'd like to believe I'm a reasonable and objective-minded person, and I want them to read a different perspective on gun control — one that arises from personal experience and research and is not filled with the hyperbole and mis-information we see all over television.

I feel like many people, including most liberal politicians, treat gun control like most conservatives treat sex education or climate change. Their views and thus the policies they support are based entirely on ideology, with only the most cursory attempts at studying the facts. They are blinded by confirmation bias, cherry picking factual evidence to support their foregone conclusion. This is why gun owners can find it hard to even come to the table to have the "gun control" conversation; they are convinced the other side made up their collective minds long ago and are NOT interested in an honest discussion. Many times, it seems their sole focus seems to be on restricting gun rights as much as possible, regardless of whether or not it will help to prevent tragedy. Unfortunately, after the spectacle in the media I've seen in the past few weeks, I'd have to agree.

But let's back up for a moment.

I was raised in Idaho (and now reside there), but I didn't hunt and I wasn't much of an outdoorsman when I was young. After graduating from high school, I decided to head out east to go to college in urban Pittsburgh — not exactly a bastion of second amendment rights supporters. I didn't own firearms and didn't know anyone that did except for family back in Idaho. The only day to day interaction I had with them was reading about another drug or gang related shooting near campus. In that environment, lacking any practical experience with or knowledge about firearms — in essence, seeing them solely as accomplices in crime — it is easy to understand why so many in urban areas tend to favor strict gun control.

And that was the boat I started in. Up until a few years ago, I genuinely didn't understand America's fascination with guns, seeing them mainly as a tool of law enforcement. I didn't mind hunting rifles, but felt that semi-automatic pistols and "assault rifles" didn't have much of a legitimate purpose for civilians and thus reasonable they be restricted. Similarly, I didn't understand the antagonism against gun control measures like national registration, mandatory permits, etc. Not understanding the modern context under which they exist, I thought of the NRA as gun-nut extremists who seemed to want abolition of all gun control. I was indifferent to the second amendment, perceiving it as an anachronism written for a different time. Overall, I accepted the argument that we needed more restrictive policies to reduce gun violence in our society, and that the more guns in the hands of citizens, the more problems would come from them.

Those days are long behind me, and in hind-sight I am surprised how off-base I was with what I considered reasonable views. For the record, this change didn't happen overnight. My opinions slowly changed as I took the time to learn about firearms and how to responsibly handle them. This phenomenon only increased the more I learned and the more experience I accumulated. I believe actual experience owning and shooting firearms is the singular element that will always separate those on opposing sides of this debate. It is only with this experience that you can understand the perspective of the gun owner.

I started taking courses at a local gun shop for firearm safety and proper shooting technique, and then defensive shooting, concealed carry, etc. The excellent instructors (retired law enforcement) really opened my eyes as to how many home invasions, muggings, assaults, attempted murders, etc were stopped short by armed citizens, and how to protect yourself. I came to realize how short-sighted I was being with regards to keeping myself and my family safe, both at home and out in public. And although law enforcement is certainly important, you are ultimately the last line of defense between an attacker and your family and It is your responsibility to be able to defend yourself. I've had arguments with people who claim that they don't need to have firearms in their house; that they don't choose to live in fear and are counting on the statistical improbability that they will be victims. I view that decision the same way I view not wearing a seatbelt or buying a car without airbags. Although it is unlikely that I'll end up in a severe car accident, why would I take the chance? Why would I purposefully put my family at risk — however small — when I could spend a small amount of time and money to buy the tools and learn the skills I need to defend them. Although unlikely in my lifetime, I certainly hope that someday firearms won't be necessary and that everyone can feel safe and keep their doors unlocked at night. But that is not the reality in my neighborhood, and I doubt it is in yours.

The more informed I became about gun control (and the associated politics) — and this really only happened in the last few months — the more I realized how absurd and counter-productive a lot of it can be. After reading about the experiences of cities like Washington DC and Chicago (whose violent crime spiked after enacting new handgun bans), states like Vermont and others (whose violent crime rate actually dropped after passing laws legalizing concealed carry) and countries like Australia and the United Kingdom (click here for a video on the Australian experience) I have to believe that anyone who takes an honest, unbiased look at the sacred cow of Gun Control will have no choice but to agree with me on many points. That is not to say ANY form of gun control is bad or won't work. I think most gun owners are open to new ideas for combating gun violence, including mass shootings, but its hard not to get discouraged when the only suggestions being put forward are not based on sound reasoning or statistical evidence.

Recently, it seems that gun control has become a goal in and of itself, regardless of any measurable effects on gun crime, and just another football for politicians. This perception has been crystallized by the knee-jerk reaction to the Sandy Hook school shooting, with all manner of interest groups and politicians prescribing gun control "solutions" that don't address the underlying root cause of gun violence and won't do anything to stop it.

This is what scares gun owners:
Gawker publishes NYC gun permit holders
Lawmaker calls for confiscations of semi-automatic guns
Columnist calls for repeal of second amendment and death of gun owners
Map of gun permit holders

Let's talk about the most popular rallying cry, the so-called Assault Weapons Ban
Piers Morgan of CNN has been screaming about "assault weapon killing machines" for a few weeks now:

What the uninformed like Mr. Morgan don't understand is that the focus on so-called "assault rifles" is a complete red herring. Although used in recent high-profile shootings, the AR15 (and similar "scary looking" rifles) are no more or less dangerous than common wood-stocked hunting rifles which also can accept detachable magazines.

The proposed legislation bans these rifles based SOLELY on aesthetic features that have zero effect on their lethality. How many instances of gun violence are perpetrated with a rifle-mounted WWII-style knife bayonet? Similarly, How does a telescoping stock or pistol grip make the gun more dangerous? How does a flash suppressor – which is designed to keep the bright flash from temporarily blinding the shooter — contribute to gun violence?

Despite their appearance, these are not fully-automatic military weapons and are otherwise functionally identical to many classical-looking semi-automatic hunting guns. They are not owned exclusively by psychopaths looking to commit mass murder, they are owned by millions of law-abiding Americans and available at your local Wal-Mart. They are akin to the Honda Accord of rifles, a modular design whose parts can be swapped out and customized, hence their popularity with gun owners.

Yet despite their popularity, the AR15 (and all other so-called "assault rifles") only account for a tiny fraction (2-3%) of incidents of gun violence.
If handguns can be just as deadly as an AR15 in a mass shooting and are used in 95% of gun crime, why aren't gun control advocates trying to ban handguns instead?

Seung-Hui Cho, the man who committed the single most deadly mass shooting in US history at Virginia Tech University did not use an AR15 or other "assault rifle", he murdered 32 people with a 9MM pistol and a back-pack full of 10-round magazines.

As an aside, while I personally don't think it would have much effect on mass shootings (it only takes a second to reload a magazine — see Virginia Tech Massacre), I can at least understand why people would support the idea of simply banning large capacity magazines. But instead, politicians create sweeping new restrictions on particular guns they don't like and don't want us to own. Similarly, they insist no one needs these "high-powered rifles", despite the fact that the 5.56mm round it fires is much weaker in power than most calibers used in larger hunting rifles.

Worse than that, despite all of the media focus, the politicians know full well that a new Assault Weapons Ban will have essentially zero effect on gun violence and mass shootings. This isn't speculation, this is based on extensive research conducted on the last Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2003. This is well-known to the author of the bill, Senator Feinstein:

Despite being studied by various academics, there was no conclusive evidence found to support the idea that the Assault Weapons Ban did anything to prevent violent crime:

* A 2004 review by a National Research Council panel noted that academic studies of the assault weapon ban "did not reveal any clear impacts on gun violence" and noted "due to the fact that the relative rarity with which the banned guns were used in crime before the ban … the maximum potential effect of the ban on gun violence outcomes would be very small…."

* In 2004, a research report submitted to the United States DOJ and the National Institute of Justice found that should the ban be renewed, its effects on gun violence would likely be small, and perhaps too small for reliable measurement, because rifles in general, including rifles referred to as "assault rifles" or "assault weapons", are rarely used in gun crimes and that is just the beginning. If you would like to read more, see:

So why is the focus on a new, just as ineffective "Assault Weapons Ban" instead of trying to prevent deranged individuals from getting access to ANY firearms? And more importantly to preventing violence — actually protecting the vulnerable like school children when evil individuals inevitably get access to some type of weapon, whether a gun, knife, crossbow, bomb, etc. Without a reasonable explanation, I have to assume that the legislation is purely political in nature, and driven by an ideological gun-control lobby who is far more interested in their anti-gun agenda then in effective solutions to reduce violence.

Unfortunately, this is par for the course. There are a whole host of other gun control laws that while perhaps well-intended, are just as ineffective as the "assault weapons ban".

Although this post is already too long, it wouldn't be complete without mentioning the ever-popular "Gun Free Zone"

I honestly don't understand the conceptual foundation of a "gun free zone". Ignoring for a moment that every mass shooting in the last fifty years has occurred in one (including the "Batman shooter" in Colorado who actually drove out of his way to a specific theater which banned concealed weapons from their premises), the idea that the mere presence of concealed weapon holders is more dangerous than allowing criminals or homicidal lunatics to be the only ones with a firearm in a particular area is just flat-out lunacy. For this policy to work, you'd have to live in a world where police are all-knowing, and could immediately spot those individuals not following the law. It requires a canyon-sized logical leap that the individuals that commit gun violence are the same individuals who will abide by the "no guns" rule, which is just preposterous.

And on the contrary, there are many cases where concealed weapons holders have interrupted gun violence just by their mere presence, many times not even firing a shot. And then there is the case of Suzanna Hupp, a concealed weapons holder who normally carried a revolver in her purse, but was forced to hide under a table while a madman murdered dozens in a small restaurant in Texas (including her parents) because of gun restrictions at the time.

I understand the human desire to do SOMETHING about these vexing mass shootings (and general gun violence) so that those poor children in Sandy Hook did not die in vein. But the best way to serve their memory is to have a rational discussion about effective strategies and means to preventing future violence. It is NOT by using this tragic event as a political springboard to advocate policies that have been proven not to work. Everyone needs to come to the table without any preconceived notions of firearms and gun control, and certainly without the irrational ideology and paranoia that is rampant on both sides. The extreme elements of both sides need to marginalized. only Only then can sane adults come together and determine what will actually be effective.

Gun control advocates need not see gun owners as the enemy, most of them that I know are intelligent, reasonable, sane individuals who enjoy hunting or target shooting, as well as just want to be able to defend their family and themselves. They are not paranoid anti-government extremists living on a compound. And that cuts both ways. Everyone that wants to see revised gun control is not an evil representative of the UN one world government, wanting to take all your firearms to establish a tyrannical dictatorship. There are millions of reasonable people who will listen to facts and evidence, and just want something to be done to keep crazy people from obtaining firearms. Unfortunately, the extreme elements on both sides get all the media coverage, and certainly there are far more pro-gun control voices than gun-rights advocates in the mainstream media.

This post is not meant to discuss reasonable solutions, that is for another day. but I wanted to quickly say that a good place to start looking is the national background check system. It is currently missing a lot of data, mainly as a consequence of the federal government not providing the funding it promises. There is a lot of state data on mentally ill and felons that is not making it into the system. Why not start by fixing and extending it?


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7. Industry Report: rise in gun sales prompts industry chaos
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Jay Minsky sent me this:

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From gunsandammo.com: http://tinyurl.com/b5d6d4n


Industry Report: Rise in Gun Sales Prompts Industry Chaos
by Dylan Polk
January 30, 2013

Before December 2012, the firearms industry was riding out one of its best sales seasons of all time. Indeed, gun companies raked in the money thrown at them by eager consumers, resulting in not just the highest number of background checks in a single day—the FBI reported 154,873 background check requests on Black Friday—but also the best year for gun sales in recorded history.

To say then the gun industry was doing pretty well would be an understatement, and from the looks of things, it would take a real catastrophe to really change things.

And as we're all painfully aware, that's exactly what happened. Right around the time sales began to peak, a horrible tragedy suddenly put guns in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and all of a sudden those sales numbers either seemed trite in comparison, or were used to reflect what some talking heads deemed a violent, paranoid sect of American culture.

A proposed ban and other legislative regulations on firearm ownership has therefore sent dealers and companies into a frenzy, especially those that almost exclusively deal with semi-auto rifles that are so commonly referred to as "assault weapons." These rifles—as well as all the high capacity magazines that go with them—have skyrocketed in value due to the unprecedented demand. In fact, it's not uncommon to walk into your local gun store and find the ammo shelf almost completely picked over, or find that companies and dealers backlogging more requests than they can meet.

"The tactical firearms marketplace is certainly no stranger to turmoil—look what happened during 1989, 1994, 2004, and 2008," said S.P. Fjestad, author and publisher of Blue Book of Gun Values. "The difference between what's going on now and what happened back then is how fast things have changed. Tactical firearms consumers used to take months to react to factors within the marketplace—now it can happen almost overnight!"

Indeed, the industry was almost immediately sent into a frenzy after the Sandy Hook shootings on Dec. 14. According to The Associated Press, the FBI reported the week following Dec. 14 saw the highest spike in background checks for a week-long period since 1998; the second-highest came not long after, when President Barack Obama announced his administration would be pushing gun control legislation during his second term. Those numbers continued to climb into the new year, CNN reports, with eight of the 10 highest days for gun sales recorded by the FBI.

"After the Newtown tragedy, it was clear that an assault weapons ban became a very serious focus of the White House and debates intensified on Capitol Hill, " Rommel Dionisio, a Wedbush Securities analyst, told CNN. "That led to consumers flocking to stores to buy guns before they could be banned."

That is, if they're even able to get their hands on a gun. Public demand has outpaced companies' ability to keep up, resulting in thousands of backlogged orders. Glock, for example, has a 10-month backlog, according to CBS Atlanta.

Demand for AR-15 variants is even higher. Earlier this month, Stag Arms reported two years of back orders on its rifles, prompting the company to not accept any new orders, according to The Boston Globe; the company has even gone so far as to recruit office workers to help packing and shipping in an attempt to beat any new restrictions that may be enacted in the near future. In the same article, Smith & Wesson noted $332.7 million in backlogged orders—nearly double its backlogged orders in 2011—and Springfield Armory also pledged to boost production through outside vendors and its own facilities.

Similarly, ammunition sales have skyrocketed to the point that both companies and vendors cannot keep up.

"We are hearing of spot shortages of some calibers of ammunition at retail," said the National Shooting Sports Foundation in a statement. "Demand has been high for several years. America's ammunition makers are working hard to safely produce and ship the quality and quantity of ammunition to meet that demand."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported area vendors staying up late to place orders with wholesalers while supplies last. What's more alarming is how the shortage affects law enforcement agencies, which according to WTHR-TV have had trouble trying to maintain a steady supply of ammo. Some departments have even had to cancel training exercises.

"In years past, you could be looking at one, maybe two months. Now you're looking at one, maybe two years," Franklin (Ind.) Police Chief Tim O'Sullivan told WTHR-TV.

The frenzied demand has in turn affected firearms' values. Blue Book of Gun Values released a series of charts putting the public firearms demand in a visual format. The chart on the left displays the prices for four different AR-15s, AK-47 imports, three different high-capacity semi-auto pistol variations and high-capacity magazines, as well as both .223 Rem./5.56 NATO and 9mm ammunition.

As you can see, the prices for all—besides S&W semi-auto pistols—saw an increase between Dec. 14 and Dec. 22. After a slight dip, prices for most models continued to increase, though Bushmaster ARs saw a decline.

Ultimately, the fluctuation in prices completely disregards the true value of any given firearm.

"When fear, greed and speculation are the dominating factors for the demand of a specific firearms configuration, values are almost impossible to accurately ascertain," Fjestad said. "It's like a gun's value is almost forgotten about, and price becomes the only consideration."

Long term, Fjestad said, this could spell disaster for gun companies, which could see the value of its products drop dramatically.

"This is the largest and hardest stampeding 'buffalo herd' (tactical firearms consumers) I've ever seen in my 30-plus years in the firearms industry," Fjestad said. "Are they destined to run off the cliff and plunge to their deaths? We're going to find out in the next six months."


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8. CA, Police Chief: We can disarm Americans within a generation
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Walter Jackson sent me this:

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From breitbart.com: http://tinyurl.com/alcxfkt


SAN DIEGO POLICE CHIEF: WE CAN DISARM AMERICANS WITHIN A GENERATION
by Awr Hawkins
January 28, 2013

San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is fully supportive of the Obama/Feinstein gun grab, and says if lawmakers play it right Americans can be completely disarmed within "a generation."

Lansdowne has gone on record saying: "I could not be more supportive of the president for taking the position he has. I think it's courageous with the politics involved in this process. [And] I think it's going to eventually make the country safer."

He made it clear that it may take "a generation," but new laws could eventually take all guns off the streets.

This is quite a departure from other law enforcement personnel we've seen around the country--particularly Sheriffs--who've come out firmly against any infringement on the 2nd Amendment. We've cheered those officials for standing with the people, and now Lansdowne has taken a position completely opposite them.

Moreover, Lansdowne has also been slamming the NRA in interviews. And he seems overtly thrilled at the money the NRA is being forced to spend to get their message out in the wake of the crime at Sandy Hook Elementary. "We broke the NRA," says Lansdowne.

Breitbart News contacted Lansdowne's office about these statements but received no comment.


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9. Police push for background checks on gun purchases
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Board Member Dennis O'Connor sent me this:

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From my.earthlink.net: http://tinyurl.com/aprj7jw


Police push for background checks on gun purchases
by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press
January 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement leaders who met with President Barack Obama Monday urged him to focus on strengthening gun purchase background checks and mental health systems, but did not unify behind his more controversial gun control efforts.

The message from sheriffs and police chiefs gathered at the White House reflected the political reality in Congress that the assault weapons ban in particular is likely to have a hard time winning broad support. The president appeared to recognize the challenge of getting everything he wants from Congress as well, participants in the meeting said.

"We're very supportive of the assault weapons ban," as police chiefs, said Montgomery County, Md., Police Chief J. Thomas Manger in an interview with The Associated Press. "But I think everybody understands that may be a real tough battle to win. And one of the things that the president did say is that we can't look at it like we have to get all of these things or we haven't won."

Opinions over an assault weapons ban and limits on high capacity magazines — two measures the president supports — were divided in the room. While Manger said the police chiefs from the large cities support that kind of gun control, some of the elected sheriffs who were in the meeting may not.

"I think what was made clear was that gun control in itself is not the salvation to this issue," said Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald of Story County, Iowa, one of 13 law enforcement leaders who met with the president, vice president and Cabinet members for more than an hour, seated around a conference table in the Roosevelt Room.

Among the participants included three chiefs that responded to the worst shootings of 2012, including Aurora, Colo., where 12 were killed in July; Oak Creek, Wis., where six died in an assault on a Sikh temple, and Newtown, Conn., scene of the most recent mass tragedy that left 20 first-graders dead.

The White House recognizes that police are a credible and important voice in the debate over guns that has developed following last month's elementary school shooting in Connecticut. Obama opened the meeting before media cameras and declared no group more important to listen to in the debate.

"Hopefully if law enforcement officials who are dealing with this stuff every single day can come to some basic consensus in terms of steps that we need to take, Congress is going to be paying attention to them, and we'll be able to make progress," Obama said.

Obama urged Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, limit high capacity magazines and require universal background checks for would-be gun owners in a brief statement to the reporters. But participants said after the media was escorted from the room, the focus was not on the assault weapons ban.

"He did not ask us if we do or do not support an assault weapons ban," said Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff Richard Stanek, president of the Major County Sheriffs' Association. "He did not ask us if we do or do not support high capacity magazines."

"I told him very candidly that this isn't just about gun control alone," Stanek said. He said the bigger issue is that the Justice Department's system for background checks is incomplete since many states don't report mental health data or felony convictions. He mentioned how in his home state of Minnesota, a 14-year-old shot and killed his mother with a shot gun, but was later able legally to buy additional handguns and automatic weapons because the background check did not reveal his history. "There's example after example after example like that across the country," Stanek said.

Fitzgerald said the mental health system needs to be better funded because jails across the country are becoming "dumping grounds for the mentally ill."

"I was not the only sheriff that spoke up on that issue," Fitzgerald said. "To me, that is the No. 1 thing if we are going to impact that kind of violence that's happening in America."

All the law enforcement participants interviewed said they appreciated the president's attention to the issue and found the meeting constructive. Manger said the president did a lot more listening than talking and heard about the need to fund more police officers to protect school safety and a proposal to restrict the sale of ammunition on the Internet besides the broad calls for stronger mental health and background check systems.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, said he's never been more encouraged about the prospect of gun control legislation of some sort, even if the assault weapons ban his group supports is an uphill battle.

"You're not going to get 100 percent of people to agree on anything as it relates to gun control, and we're no different, but a majority of people in the room recognize that something needs to be done," he said. "This was not just a passing thing as far as the president and vice president are concerned. This is something that they are determined to keep in front of the American people until they get something passed."

While the assault weapons ban was not a major focus of the White House meeting, participants say it was discussed at length at a later meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who sponsored a ban in 1994 that lasted for a decade and last week introduced a renewal of the ban in Congress.

"I would say her message was not well received overall by the group," Stanek said. "Everyone has an opinion on it one way or another."


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10. Dial 911 and die
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From americanthinker.com: http://tinyurl.com/asejy5u


Dial 911 and Die
By Michael Geer
January 29, 2013

The FBI Stats, please:
2,600,000 home invasions 2011
Equals a home invasion every 12 seconds
3.5 million burglaries per year reported
Each year 13% of homes are burglarized
19.2% of rental properties are burglarized per year
85% of all break-ins are through the door
67% of all burglaries involved forcible entry
38% of all assaults occur during a home invasion
60% of all rapes occur during a home invasion
70% of burglaries involve residential properties
Burglaries happen between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Home Invasions happen between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
FBI stats show only 12% - 13% of burglars are ever apprehended. [1]

Hold on to your shorts. From the United States Bureau of Justices Statistics

Titled "Percent distribution of incidents where police came to the victim, by police response time and type of crime":

Crimes of Violence:
Within 5 minutes 31.0%
Within 6 - 10 minutes 24.5%
Within 11 minutes - 1 hour 32.4%
Within 1 day - 6.5%
Longer than 1 day - 1.9%
Time of response not known - 3.6%
Not ascertained - 0.2% [2]

From American Police Beat website: the average of seven same-sized city police response to a High-Priority 911 call is a staggering 11 minutes, 11 seconds. [3]

Before I go further, note neither our national media nor our national crime fighter data takes into account if you are - (1) middle of a heavily populated metropolitan area, (2) in the perimeter urban areas, (3) in suburban areas or (4) you're out there in rural areas.

Makes a difference. Makes a big blankety blank difference.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke says calling 911 is a bad option and urged Milwaukee residents to arm themselves and take certified firearms classes.

"Personal safety is no longer a spectator sport. I need you in the game."

His political radio spot goes on "With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option," Clarke intones.

"You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back."

Clarke said to citizens "so you can defend yourself until we get there."

"You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We're partners now. Can I count on you?"

Proving that (it would appear) government employees fear armed citizens more than anything else,

Roy Felber, president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association, said the ad sounded to him like a call to vigilantism.

"That doesn't sound smart," Felber said. "That's why society has police officers." [4]

Deputy Felber, shut up. You're the one who's not very smart. A home invader, mostly likely a clutch of violent thugs without compassion or normal human attributes can kick a door in, rampage through home (happens 7,000+ times a day) and if they're using Obama approved revolvers with only six rounds per cylinder, how many times can they fire that one weapon in the average police response time of eleven minutes?

Answer - a lot. Depends if the criminal has any dexterity and a modicum of practice. Jerry Miculek set a world record with a Smith and Wesson six round revolver of 12 shots in just under 3 seconds. Three seconds. [5] Now, admittedly he's The Man at this. But I can tell you Mr. Felber in eleven minutes and change criminal thugs in a home invasion can fire all their pistols, revolvers, reload and then go to work with tire irons and brass knuckles, break for tea and cookies and still have time get the big screen out the door and a haul of jewelry and the Justice Department says you'll apprehend this human trash less than 14% of the time.

Seriously, sir. You think free men and women, in a Nation where it is us, free men and women reserving unto ourselves our own God given Right to self-defense is vigilantism? You, Mr. Felber, need a dictionary and a lesson in semantics. And an intensive course in the US Constitution, preferably from Hillsdale College.

Call 911 And Die is a book both probative and startling, especially to those waffling on the issue of self-defense and the 2nd Amendment. Yes, it has its critics but I say nuts to them. Go toe to toe with author and attorney Richard W. Stevens and let's see who wins the fact-based assertions. [6] Decide for yourself. When you believe the mainstream media, when you choose to believe political rhetoric over substance, when emotions rule you instead of common sense, you're a victim. If it's just you, that's your choice. But if you're a parent, guardian, care-giver or otherwise have others in your care and responsibility, circle abrogating the responsibility to protect and defend to government men who on average take eleven minutes to respond is, to sane citizens, such a dereliction of Duty as to be categorized as being as criminal as the violence aimed at you.

You have a duty to protect and defend. You do not have a duty to lie down and take it, or, as the popular saying goes Gun Control is the theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.

I side with G. Gordon Liddy. Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six. Think about that when you look upon your daughters, your sons, your wife, your husband. Remember, Mr. Felber says you're a vigilante for taking up arms in order to survive until the Police come.

PS - Personally, I think it's better that you know how to fire and reload and fire again in under three seconds rather than the 'bangers. But that's just me.


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11. Carrying a gun saved my life
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Deborah Anderson sent me this:

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Interview with someone whose life was saved a few years back because he carried a handgun. I'm so glad this individual was able to defend himself, and that as a result, he's still alive and able to tell his story.


From pjmedia.com: http://tinyurl.com/b2em3g7


'Carrying a Gun Saved My Life': Meet Ryan Moore
The type of gun incident most media has no use for.
by Paul Hsieh
January 30, 2013

On December 11, 2010, in Conyers, GA, 22-year-old Ryan Moore was at a friend's house for an evening of leisure. He borrowed a friend's car to drive to the nearby grocery store, where his handgun saved his life. I interviewed Ryan Moore over e-mail about that evening.

What happened that night at the Ingles (grocery store) parking lot?

I had parked near the front of the store. A man approached as I was about to get out, asking if I had some spare money he could use for gas. After replying I didn't have any cash, he proceeded to walk away. As I was watching him leave, I then stepped out of the vehicle and was grabbed from behind by a man who put a knife to my neck. The first man then came back and demanded my keys and wallet.

How much time did you have to react?

It took a few seconds for me to realize what was happening. Once it dawned on me, I made the decision to fight back.

I grabbed the knife and pulled it away from my neck. After a brief struggle, I managed to push him away allowing me to create a few feet of distance, where I was able to draw my revolver from concealment and to fire in defense as he came back towards me with the knife.

What were you carrying, and how many rounds did you have to fire to stop the attacker?

I had a five shot Taurus 651 snub-nosed .357 magnum loaded with magnum defensive ammunition. After drawing, I fired three shots in about two seconds before the attacker with the knife turned and collapsed after taking a few steps. I then turned around expecting the second attacker to be there, only to see him fleeing the scene.

I knew I only had two rounds left and debated whether or not to reload, but since it seemed the threat was over I holstered the revolver and called 911, only to have the first officer show up for an unrelated security detail while on the phone with dispatchers.

The revolver was taken for evidence and I was briefly detained. Due to the adrenaline I didn't notice the fact I was cut until I was sitting in the police car and noticed blood. I was then looked at by paramedics, and taken to the hospital where I had to get stitches in my neck.

Ryan killed the first attacker, 30-year old Yuhanna Williams. According to the Associated Press:

Williams was still clutching the knife when they discovered his body, and Moore told them he was defending himself. Witnesses corroborated his story and authorities quickly found the killing to be justified.

Williams had been jailed multiple times over the past decade for charges including "disorderly conduct, simple battery, probation violation, public indecency, DUI, and possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute at a school.

I asked Moore what he learned from a self-defense perspective, and what he thought of proposed bans on so-called "high capacity magazines" and "assault weapons."

What do you carry now, and why?

My current everyday carry gun is a Glock 21, a large framed Glock semiautomatic pistol chambered in .45 ACP with a standard capacity of 13+1 rounds. Fortunately it only took three shots from my revolver to stop the threat. However, the thought that I had only two remaining in the event the second attacker didn't flee or had backup didn't sit well with me, especially given the fairly common incidents of crime involving multiple assailants.

Most days I also carry a spare 13-round magazine and on occasion even still carry the revolver as a backup.

Could proposed restrictions on magazines greater than 10 rounds endanger ordinary people caught in situations like the one you faced?

There is definitely a risk involved with arbitrarily limiting normal citizens to ten rounds (or seven in the case of New York). Statistics generally indicate multiple shots being required to stop a single threat regardless of caliber, and there is almost always a degradation of accuracy in a high-stress situation.

If someone is unfortunate enough to be in a self-defense situation with three or four attackers, the difference between ten rounds and thirteen (or twenty) could mean the difference between life and death.

You have an AR-15-style sporting rifle. What do you use it for? How do you answer when anti-gun people say: "No one needs a rifle like that"?

I have an AR-15 that I primarily keep for home defense, but I have also used it hunting. For hunting these rifles have become extremely popular, especially in areas where wild hogs or coyotes are popular game and pose a risk to livestock and native species. Ammunition companies have started producing ammo specifically designed for hunting with these types of rifles, such as the fairly new Razorback XT from Winchester.

The main reason I have it is for home defense. It is among the best tools for the job of protecting my life and the lives of my loved ones. The AR-15 is lightweight, maneuverable, and offers effective stopping power while reducing risk of over penetration through common building materials with the proper ammunition.

It is easy to add lights and optical sights to the rifle, making it more likely you will identify what you are aiming at and thus avoid shooting someone by accident. The rifle has manageable recoil, allowing shooters of all physical condition to handle it effectively.

Like with pistols, one will never know how many rounds are needed. If one hears a loud crash in the middle of the night, one probably won't have the time to grab spare magazines; so whatever ammunition is in the gun is all you have if you must traverse the house in your pajamas to secure a family member against an intruder.

Gun-control advocates typically highlight the criminal misuses of firearms, while underplaying the many times firearms are used by law-abiding citizens in self-defense — ranging from tens of thousands to two million times per year, depending on the source.

Most of the time, the intended victim does not have to fire his weapon to deter the attackers. But in some cases, the good guy having a gun can mean the difference between his life or death. Fortunately, Georgia law allowed Ryan Moore to carry the gun that saved his life.

Shouldn't all law-abiding Americans enjoy that same right?


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12. Seattle gun buyback gets jacked! Turns into a gun show! LOL
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Ingenious response to gun "buy back" program:


From dcxposed.com: http://tinyurl.com/avboufz


Seattle Gun BuyBack Gets JACKED! Turns Into a Damn Gun Show! LOL
by Ed Brown
January 27, 2013

Police officers in Seattle, Washington held their first gun buyback program in 20 years this weekend, underneath interstate 5, and soon found that private gun collectors were working the large crowd as little makeshift gun shows began dotting the parking lot and sidewalks. Some even had "cash for guns" signs prominently displayed.

Police stood in awe as gun enthusiasts and collectors waved wads of cash for the guns being held by those standing in line for the buyback program.

People that had arrived to trade in their weapons for $100 or $200 BuyBack gift cards($100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons) soon realized that gun collectors were there and paying top dollar for collectible firearms. So, as the line for the chump cards got longer and longer people began to jump ship and head over to the dealers.

John Diaz, Seattles Police Chief, wasn't pleased with the turn of events stating "I'd prefer they wouldn't sell them," but admitted it's perfectly legal for private individuals to buy and sell guns, FOR NOW. Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference the private transactions are a loophole that needs to be closed. "There's no background checks, and some (guns) could be exchanged on the streets that shouldn't be in circulation."

But Schuyler Taylor, a previous gun retailer attending the event in hopes of buying weapons, asked "Why not offer them cash versus a gift card? I'm still taking the guns off the streets; they're just going in my safe."

People were reportedly, at one point, jumping out of vehicles whilst sitting in traffic – making on the spot deals with the gun buyers.

But the BuyBack wasn't a bust. On the contrary – their $80,000 supply of gift cards didn't last but 2 hours, and by 11:00 am they began attempting to issue IOU's at which point the entire crowd responded by turning and marching toward the gun dealers, forcing the police officers to pack it up for the day.

On one last note of hilarity, the Seattle Police department claims that they will check the buyback guns to see if any were previously stolen and, if so, try to return them to the rightful owners! LOL. Brilliant!

In 1992, Seattle police collected more than 1,200 guns in a four-day buyback program.

Now the only question is, when will the Seattle Police department stage the next gun show?


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13. Teen who performed at Obama inaugural events shot dead in Chicago
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Why, yes, this did happen in Chicago – how did you know?


From cnn.com: http://tinyurl.com/bzn2d44


Teen who performed at Obama inaugural events shot dead in Chicago
by Catherine E. Shoichet and Ted Rowlands, CNN
January 31, 2013

Chicago (CNN) -- A teen who performed at events around President Barack Obama's inauguration was shot to death in Chicago this week, and now her story has become part of the debate in Washington over gun violence nationwide.

The shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton came up in a U.S. Senate hearing and a White House press briefing Wednesday.

"She was an honor student and a majorette," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. Performing at inaugural events last week "was the highlight of her young, 15-year-old life," he said.

Speaking at Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, Durbin mentioned Pendleton's death as he argued that more must be done to stop gun crimes.

"Yesterday, in a rainstorm after school, she raced to a shelter. A gunman came in and shot her dead," he said. "Just a matter of days after the happiest day of her life, she's gone."

The park shelter where she was shot is just a mile from Obama's home in Chicago.

White House spokesman Jay Carney described her death as a "terrible tragedy."

"The president has more than once, when he talks about gun violence in America, referred not just to the horror of Newtown or Aurora or Virginia Tech or Oak Creek but to shootings on the corner in Chicago or other parts of the country," Carney told reporters. "And this is just another example of the problem we need to deal with."

2013 has gotten off to a deadly start in Chicago -- Pendleton was the year's 42nd murder victim. No arrests have been made in the case, police said Wednesday.

In 2012, 506 people were slain in the city.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described Pendleton Wednesday as "what's best in our city, a child going to school who takes a final exam, who had just been to the inaugural."

"We have a responsibility to see a stop to this," he said. "And all of us are responsible."

Pendleton was shot just blocks away from her high school on the south side of Chicago, CNN affiliate WGN reported.

LaPierre, the NRA's heavyweight

Police told CNN affiliates that the teenager had no gang affiliation and likely was not the intended target.

"There has to be an end to it. It's just too much. The children cannot go to school. They're in fear," Bonita O'Bannion, who lives in the area where the shooting occurred, told CNN affiliate WBBM.

Carney said the president and first lady's thoughts and prayers are with Pendleton's family.

"And as the president said, we will never be able to eradicate every act of evil in this country," Carney said, "but if we can save even one child's life, we have an obligation to try when it comes to the scourge of gun violence."


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14. New York State resistance [VIDEO]
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Kim Singhas sent me this:

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You must watch this video of New York citizens opposing the recent NY SAFE ACT gun ban. Incredible.
Pass on to all of your friends who believe in the constitution. I especially liked the comments about "this is how the Nazi's took over." -So true.


From youtube.com: http://tinyurl.com/bbdmk3r


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15. MILLER: NY vet arrested for 30 round magazines (Part 1)
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James Durso sent me this:

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If you want to donate to his legal defense http://www.gofundme.com/1tkukc#description


From washingtontimes.com: http://tinyurl.com/ab9gjax


MILLER: N.Y. vet arrested for 30-round magazines (Part 1)
by Emily Miller
February 1, 2013

Nathan Haddad, a decorated combat veteran, was arrested earlier this month in New York for possessing unloaded 30-round magazines. Mr. Haddad, who has been recognized by the Army for his selfless acts of generosity to fellow soldiers, was charged with five felony counts of possession of "high-capacity" magazines.

Since 1994, magazines over 10 rounds have been illegal. This month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that makes any ammunition feeding device over 7 rounds illicit in New York. (Click here to read New York's Radical Gun-Control Law.)

Mr. Haddad, who was medically discharged in 2010 after 12 years of service, was arrested when he was stopped by police on Jan. 6 in LeRay, Ny. Through his brother Michael, Mr. Haddad declined to comment on the cause until after his Feb. 20 conference date to meet with the prosecutor and the judge.

"He's not proclaiming innocence," Michael Haddad told me in a phone interview. "He thought he had something that was legal and it turned out that they weren't." Michael said that his brother told him that, "'I was arrested. I was charged with a crime. It is what it is.'"

The case has brought national interest because of the comparison to NBC's David Gregory, who ran afoul of the same law in Washington, D.C. Unlike Mr. Haddad, Mr. Gregory asked permission from Washington's Metropolitan Police Department in advance to possess the illegal 30-round magazine and was denied.

The anchor of "Meet the Press" went ahead anyway with it on national TV, but the attorney general for the District of Columbia refused to prosecute. (Click to read more about that decision: David Gregory Gets Off Scot Free.)

Michael, who is raising money for a legal defense, said that his brother's goal is only to get the charges reduced so he can go on with his life. "No one wants to spend 35 years in prison, least of all a decorated, combat, disabled veteran who has done nothing but good for veterans his whole life," Michael said.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff's office sources, Mr. Haddad was in the parking lot of a closed business at 7:30 p.m. when an officer asked him what he was doing. The police allege that the Fort Drum civilian employee said that he was meeting someone to sell the AR-15 style rifle magazines. A police source also said that the magazines were stamped with the words "Restricted. For military use only."

For the possession of the magazines, Mr. Haddad was arrested, booked in county jail and charged with five counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, according to the arrest report. Mr. Haddad did not have his AR-15 rifle in the car, but it is unclear whether he had another firearm. Police say that he was in possession of a New York State carry permit. He was not charged with any other offenses.

These charges are considered "violent class D violent felony offenses" under New York state law and carry a punishment that ranges widely from conditional discharge to seven years in state prison. (The five charges would be served concurrently.)

Kristyna S. Mills, the chief assistant district attorney for Jefferson County, is prosecuting the case. "It's against the law to possess these types of devices," she told me in an interview Friday. "He was arrested in accordance with possession of these devices, and it's our job to prosecute those cases that run amok of the law."


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16. 16 year old screamed as he was hacked to death with swords in central London
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Jolly old gun-free England. Lucky for them they don't have any violent crime.

From telegraph.co.uk: http://tinyurl.com/bk2v4of


16-year-old screamed as he was hacked to death with swords in central London
A mother was forced to stand at a police cordon and watch as her 16-year-old son bled to death after he was stabbed to death with "swords" in a busy central London street.
by Hayley Dixon
January 28, 2013

The boy, who has not been named, was heard screaming for his life as he was attacked in Lupus street, Pimlico, shortly before 7pm yesterday, eyewitnesses have claimed.

He was rushed to hospital where he died from his wounds, becoming the first teenager to be killed in London this year.

Scotland Yard have launched a murder inquiry and said that they are keeping an "open mind" on the motive for the attack.

Witnesses told the Evening Standard that teenager's mother ran up to the police cordon as paramedics tried to save him.

Steve Russell, 46, a project manager, He said: "She was screaming with grief and shouting her son's name but they wouldn't let her through."

Other eyewitnesses described seeing at least four men attacking the boy before he collapsed in a pool of his own blood.

Mohammed Alzubaidi, 49, from nearby Peabody Close, said his friend witnessed a gang of black and white teenagers carrying out the attack.

"He said they were carrying knives, some of them with wide swords. He said the victim was screaming and trying to get away," Mr Alzubaidi said.

He said his friend told him the gang had scattered and run off in different directions.

A 22-year-old resident of a block of flats overlooking the murder scene, who asked not to be named, said: "I came outside just seconds after it happened because I heard a lot of commotion and the victim was shouting.

"I came outside and saw the victim standing and holding his stomach and about three or four young blokes running down the street opposite.

"He was reeling and swaying for about 20 seconds and then fell and then people started gathering and calling the ambulance.

"It was a pretty serious wound - you could see it from a long way off. It was horrible. Once everyone had left there was a huge puddle of blood.

The victim is believed to be a resident of the Churchill Gardens Estate which is plagued with gang crime and street violence.

The problems in the area have become so bad that the estate has received a lottery grant to improve the area and is taking part in a pilot scheme to give local residents a greater say on improvements.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said there have been no arrests.

He said: "A murder inquiry is now under way and an incident room will open in due course under detectives from the Specialist Crime and Operations Directorate.

"We must retain an open mind re the circumstances of the incident and any motive at this early stage."

The murder scene in Lupus Street remained cordoned off this morning with a number of police present.

The street, close to Pimlico Underground station, is bordered by extensive council estates on one side and is home to Pimlico Academy.

A 58-year-old local resident, who did not want to be named, said there had been two murders in nearby Gloucester Street in recent years and a stabbing of a boy outside a row of shops in Lupus Street before Christmas.

"The violence that has started to occur around here is something else, it is frightening for all the residents," she said.

"You used to be able to walk around at night but I am starting to be very wary, especially at night-time."


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17. Journalist accosted by security over Mayor Bloomberg gun control question
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Bloomberg - Mr. Elistist-Hypocrite

Mark Shinn sent me this:

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From breitbart.com: http://tinyurl.com/avpw3lh


EXCLUSIVE: JOURNALIST ACCOSTED BY SECURITY OVER MAYOR BLOOMBERG GUN CONTROL QUESTION
by Wynton Hall
January 28, 2013

In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.

In the video, Bloomberg is seen surrounded by security. Mattera approaches Bloomberg and asks, "In the spirit of gun control, will you disarm your entire security team?"

Bloomberg's reply: "Uh, you, we'll get right back to you."

"Why can you defend yourself but not the majority of Americans?" Mattera asks as the mayor walks away. "Look at the team of security you've got. And you're an advocate for gun control?"

The video then cuts to Mattera walking further down the street when one of the men guarding Bloomberg, identified as Officer Stockton NYPD, stops Mattera and asks to see his photo ID.

Mattera complies before asking, "Is this standard procedure for the press? Wait, wait, wait, it's standard procedure to be questioning members of the press?

The officer reaches inside his jacket and grabs a pen, as if to write down the journalist's name. "You're going to write it down now?" asks Mattera. "Oh, no, sorry," says Officer Stockton.

The video then cuts to a scene further down the street where Officer Stockton, trailing Mattera once again, can be heard saying, "Mr. Mattera, sir? Do you have a date of birth?"

"It's none of your business what my date of birth is," Mattera replies.

Mattera's Jan. 18th on-the-street interview, done in conjunction with Talk Radio Network's "The Andrea Tantaros Show," is not the first time Mattera has received brusque treatment for asking liberal politicians tough questions.

The two-time New York Times bestselling author's past on-the-street interviews have created viral video Internet sensations. In 2011, Vice President Joe Biden warned Mattera "Let's get it straight, guy--don't screw around with me" when he confronted Biden about his use of a rape reference when discussing Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's "jobs" bill.

The Washington Post calls Bloomberg "America's most prominent and deep-pocketed advocate for gun control."


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In Virginia we would expect a permit holder attacked on K-12 school grounds to die rather than to defend himself. That is simply unacceptable and will be on our agenda to fix next year.

Charles Morton shared this with us:

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From thedenverchannel.com: http://tinyurl.com/abw7spq


Detroit high school coach shoots 2 attackers outside school
Coach was escorting 2 female players to their cars
February 2, 2013

DETROIT - Police sources in Detroit say that a women's basketball coach from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot Friday night.

Police sources told our Scripps sister station WXYZ TV the coach was walking the two girls to their cars when two men allegedly approached and one pulled out a gun and grabbed him by his chain necklace. The coach then pulled out his gun and shot both of them, according to sources.

One of the attackers was found dead in the median on Lafayette Boulevard, and the other was taken to a local hospital, according to police sources. WXYZ reported that both of the men had attended the high school, and one had been recently expelled.

Police sources told the station that the coach has a Concealed Pistol License and is reportedly a reserve police officer. They said the 70 year old coach is fully cooperating with authorities.


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19. Another potential school tragedy avoided...by armed guard
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From gopusa.com: http://tinyurl.com/aguucfq


Another Potential School Tragedy Avoided... By Armed Guard
By Bobby Eberle
February 1, 2013

So here's the news story that those on the left don't want you to hear. Whenever someone goes crazy or someone with evil intentions starts shooting, the result is usually tragic, and the reaction of the left is to disarm the population. However, at an Atlanta middle school, after one child was shot, the shooting came to an end... because of an armed guard.

That's right. There was not a mass killing spree in Atlanta on Thursday, but there could have been. We'll never know. And thankfully so, because an armed guard stepped in.

As reported by USA Today, "A 14-year-old student was shot at an Atlanta middle school Thursday afternoon, and another student was taken into custody, police said."

An armed guard disarmed the shooter moments after the 1:50 p.m. shooting in a courtyard at the Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta.

Atlanta Public Schools public information officer Steve Alford said the teen's wound was more toward the back of the neck, WXIA-TV reported.

An armed off-duty Atlanta police officer who works at the school subdued the shooter and had him drop his weapon, Police Chief George Turner said.

Several shots were fired, Turner added. He did not identify the gun.

It appears that the shooting could have been gang related, but here's the point. Rather than having a shooter run amok, this school had an armed guard. Rather than disarming law-abiding Americans, shouldn't the real focus be on providing a safe and secure environment for our kids?

Barack Obama's children go to a school with armed guards, but that's not acceptable for the rest of America? If children are really the focus, then let's protect them. These so-called "gun free" zones do nothing but invite violence. It's like putting up a sign that reads, "Come in. Stop by. Rob or shoot this place. Everyone is unarmed."


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20. Newtown sides with NRA
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Walter Jackson sent me this:

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From breitbart.com: http://tinyurl.com/b3smzur


NEWTOWN SIDES WITH NRA: VOTES FOR ARMED GUARDS IN SCHOOLS
by John Nolte
February 1, 2013

When the rubber hits the road, when the stark and very real choice is either empty political posturing with useless gun control laws or doing something practical to protect your children, the only people laughing at the NRA are a media determined to protect anything and everything involving Barack Obama. Today the Newtown Board of Education made the only choice any parent can: It voted to put armed guards in its schools:

The vote, for now, only represents a request — it still needs to clear budget and logistical boundaries since the guards would come from the town's police resources as opposed to the school board itself. But the plan 'would put two eyes and ears -- one armed, one unarmed -- at each Newtown school,' reports Bronxville Patch's Davis Dunavin. The guards, officially called school resource officers (SROs), were already a fixture at all Newtown schools in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, but until this vote they were budgeted only to be a presence at middle and high Schools, according to NBC Connecticut.

The current push for gun controls by The State and its media is nothing more than another front in the relentless culture wars against Red State Americans and Bitter Clingers. None of the proposed laws would have stopped the Sandy Hook murderer, which should tell you everything you need to know.

Meanwhile, in Democrat-run Chicago, there's a Newtown every month. But the only solution to that problem would be admitting harsh gun control laws and liberalism run amok have failed. So the media would rather Chicago's monthly Sandy Hook goes on than ever admit to such an inconvenient truth.

The NRA proposed putting armed guns in schools, and now the school board closest to this tragedy agrees.

Keep laughing and ignoring Chicago, media. You're only fooling your corrupt selves.


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21. Henson Ong at gun violence prevention public hearing [VIDEO]
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Sometimes a new American understands liberty better than those of us who are born here. A "must watch."

Jack Doyle sent me this:

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From youtube.com: http://tinyurl.com/be7r286


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22. 67% of Americans don't believe gun ban would prevent Sandy Hook
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Walter Jackson sent me this:

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From breitbart.com: http://tinyurl.com/aw75m8n


POLL: 67% OF AMERICANS DON'T BELIEVE GUN BAN WOULD PREVENT SANDY HOOK
by Mike Flynn
January 30, 2013

According to a new Reason-Rupe poll released today, just 27% of Americans believe that an assault weapons ban would have helped prevent the tragedy at Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT. 67% of Americans believe that the ban, which expired in 2004, would not have prevented the tragic shooting. Overall, the poll finds Americans far more skeptical of gun control laws than the Democrats and media assume.

Asked what the government's response to the Newtown shooting should be, just 16% said "stricter gun control." 21% said the federal government shouldn't do anything in response, while 20% said the federal government should act to increase security in schools. Despite the wall-to-wall media coverage and the President's bully pulpit, the American public understands that preventing tragic shootings like Newtown is far more complicated than simply passing new gun laws.

On Obama's signature issue, an assault weapons ban, just 44% of Americans think these weapons should be banned. A solid majority, 52%, believe politicians are exploiting the Newtown tragedy for their own political ends.

It should be noted that the Reason poll has a heavy Democrat tilt. 36% of respondents identify with the Democrat party, while only 22% identify as Republicans. Also, a majority of respondents, 54%, are not gun owners.

The Democrats have tried to paint supporters of gun rights as a "fringe" element of the public. The American public clearly does not agree with this assessment. The left, in its zeal for gun control, has run far further down-field than the American public on this issue. If they pursue this course, they will likely face severe headwinds going into 2014 elections.


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23. Sandy Hook hearing reveals sharp divide on gun control
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EM Dave Hicks sent me this:

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From cnn.com: http://tinyurl.com/bjzzo4d


Sandy Hook hearing reveals sharp divide on gun control
by David Ariosto, CNN
January 29, 2013

(CNN) -- His voice wavering, Mark Mattioli wiped away tears as he recalled the day his 6-year-old son died when a man wielding an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School and began shooting.

His son, James, was among the 20 children and seven adults killed by Adam Lanza on December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut -- an event so horrific that it has since spawned a federal task force and kick-started a national conversation about gun control.

But unlike the handful of other parents who testified Monday at the emotionally charged hearing in Hartford, Connecticut, Mattioli said there are more than enough gun laws on the books. He called instead for a closer look at mental health policies.

Why new laws could miss America's bigger gun problem

"I don't care if you named it 'James' law,' I don't want (another law)," he said during the first of a series of meetings set up by a legislative task force assigned to review the state's gun laws.

"I think there's much more promise for a solution in identifying, researching and creating solutions along the lines of mental health."

Connecticut's medical examiner said he was told that Lanza, 20, had Asperger's syndrome. Research has not shown a link between that condition and violence.

The hearing drew hundreds to the Connecticut state house and revealed the sharp divide in public opinion over what should happen next in the massacre's aftermath.

"The time is now," said Veronique Pozner, whose son, Noah, was also killed, referring to a strengthening of the nation's gun laws.

Sandy Hook probe to extend until summer

With a framed photo of her slain 6-year-old propped up beside her, Pozner called on Connecticut to become "an agent for change" across the country.

During her testimony, she held up a crayon drawing that Noah once scrawled on Thanksgiving.

"I am thankful for the life I live," he wrote.

At one point during the hearing, Neil Heslin, father of a 6-year-old boy named Jesse who was also gunned down that day, asked why the public needed assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Some people in the crowd then interrupted his statement and shouted the "Second Amendment shall not be infringed."

"We're not living in the Wild West. We're not a Third World nation," Heslin continued. "We have the strongest military in the world. We don't need to defend our homes with weapons like that."

Connecticut already has some of the nation's strictest gun laws.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, a first-term Democrat, has also vowed to address the factors that led to last month's massacre and set up a 16-member panel of experts to come up with recommendations. It includes experts who reviewed policies after mass shootings in Colorado and at Virginia Tech.

The panel must meet a March 15 deadline for its initial report, which Malloy is expected to use in drafting initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence.


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24. LTE: Elected officials are fundamentally dishonest
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From newtownbee.com: http://tinyurl.com/aslkkgo


Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest
by Brendan Duffy
January 8, 2013

To the Editor:

This letter was forwarded to Barack Obama, John Boehner, Chris Murphy, Dick Blumenthal, Elizabeth Esty, and Harry Reid

I live in Sandy Hook, CT. My family and close friends weren't harmed on December 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain and anguish. For most of Sandy Hook, it merely affected us with an inescapable intensity of sadness and grief.

Gun control has long been a focus of many in this country. Though I'm not knowledgeable of all the nuances of the Second Amendment, based on the Founding Fathers' circumstances, it had far more to do with enabling the citizenry to protect themselves against tyrannical government than against local psychopaths. It is about providing a balanced firepower so when King George's successor came knocking on your door, you could fight back. Government today is no less inclined to abuse its authority than it was then. Based on the absurd and ongoing power grab that is present day Washington, it's as threatening as ever.

That so many of you view the NRA with its resistance to further restrictions on firearms as intransigent lunatics has far more to do with how you conduct yourselves in office than it does with the NRA's actions.

You in public office are fundamentally dishonest people. You lead lives of deception at every turn, structuring your lives as comfortably as you can while governing with an indifference and arrogance that is absolutely maddening. When the country is reeling from financial disaster, you waste a trillion dollars on a health care bill we can't afford and you've never read. You claim it's critical because health care costs are killing this country... no they're not, you are! You are killing this country. You endorse the ongoing slaughter of millions of unborn children and whine when terrorists are water boarded. You can't lecture us right in Newtown High School about not doing enough to keep our children safe, while simultaneously slaughtering the unborn. You fabricate the intense, media laden drama of the fiscal cliff and lack the courage to do anything about truly reforming the obscene gluttony of government. You know you'll be out of office before the bill comes due… you don't care and have no integrity nor honor.

You lie whenever and wherever you need to to move forth your agenda. Were you able, you would purge the US of guns… every last gun in the country, if you could. So please forgive Wayne LaPierre and those of us who don't trust you as far as we can spit. You're a dishonest lot, motivated by a distorted worldview. If mass murder prevention were truly your goal, you would welcome armed security wherever needed. It is outrageous that we protect our money with far more firepower than we protect our children.

I have never owned a gun, nor wanted to as intensely as right now. You'll stop restricting guns when only you have them.


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25. Small: Schools push to 'disarm the minds' of our children
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From washingtontimes.com: http://tinyurl.com/aevxxaa


SMALL:Schools push to 'disarm the minds' of our children
Conditioning kids to reject the Second Amendment
by Robert Small
January 27, 2013

Maryland educators are launching an assault on normal childhood behavior. In Talbot County, Maryland, two boys aged 6 were recently suspended for pretending their fingers were guns while playing cops and robbers during recess. This comes just after another 6-year-old at a Montgomery County school was suspended for the same thing. These suspensions were later reversed, but why are they happening in the first place? They seem to be part of a larger effort to condition our kids to reject guns and the Second Amendment.

It's tempting to call suspensions like these an overreaction to the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, but that's not the case. A couple months before Sandy Hook, my son, who is in elementary school in Howard County was playing "war" with friends when a recess monitor warned them to stop shooting with their fingers "because guns are violent."

"I don't get it," my son said to me that night at dinner. "We were just playing."

In a child's imagination, a thumb and forefinger make a handy play gun. Some adults, however, see a fully cocked finger and their imaginations run wild. Maybe they imagine today's finger-pointer coming back one day as a homicidal maniac and pointing a real gun at them. Maybe they see a future NRA member — another threat to their dream of a gun-free world. It's obvious they don't see a cop protecting them from robbers, or a soldier from our country's enemies.

Punishing kids for finger guns has nothing to do with school safety; they know the difference between a finger and a gun as well as adults do. It has everything to do with "moral disarmament."

What's more, the idea of using schools as conditioning grounds is not new. Thomas Sowell discusses it at length in his 2009 book "Intellectuals and Society." After the horrors of World War I, intellectuals of the time determined that "war" and "weapons," not other nations, were the real enemies. They promoted both military disarmament and "disarming of the mind."

Nobel prize-winning author Anatole France urged French school teachers to promote pacifism and internationalism, saying, "In developing the child, you will determine the future." Prominent
intellectuals from a number of countries, including many famous novelists, signed a petition banning military conscription, and students at Oxford pledged not to fight to defend their country.

Conditioning a generation to reject arms to promote peace nearly consigned Britain, France and the rest of the world to a very bleak future when World War II exposed the pacifists' folly. Yet, the world's progressives continue to champion policies that target guns, and private gun ownership, as a bigger threat to humanity than the world's tyrants.

In his 1999 article about the gun control movement, "The Armed Defense of Liberty," Alan Keyes wrote, "Perhaps more important than the physical disarmament the government is attempting is the moral disarmament that accompanies it. If we accept the view that the American people cannot be trusted with the material objects necessary to defend their liberty, we will surely accept as well the view that the American people cannot be trusted with liberty itself…. By disarming, we will confess to our government that we no longer aspire to sovereignty, and wish our rulers to take up this burden in our stead. We will be signaling with great clarity that we wish to be comfortable slaves — and slaves, at least, we will soon become."

How fitting that these warnings about moral and physical disarmament come from two men whose family trees are rooted in the bitter soil of state tyranny. Slavery was America's Old World inheritance, and free people bearing arms ended it in the New World. Anyone familiar with the Federalist Papers knows the claim by some progressive academics that the purpose of the Second Amendment was to preserve slavery is nonsense. "The right of the people to keep and bear arms" is constitutional insurance against threats to life and liberty, including from abusive government at all levels.

Acting out pretend battles with friends in the schoolyard is probably better for a kid's social development than playing violent video games alone in the basement. To keep play from being interrupted by pacifist proponents of gun control, they could try keeping their thumbs down. A de-cocked finger gun is indistinguishable from a magic finger wand and equally effective. They can say they're only playing "Harry Potter." Parents of kids who have been sent to the principal's office for finger weapon violations, please use the opportunity to inform your educators that you refuse to let them disarm your child's mind. Today's playground warriors may be tomorrow's soldiers and upholders of the law.


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26. After gun crime, weapon history takes time to find
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Antis crying crocodile tears over government being restricted on gun registration.

From news.yahoo.com: http://tinyurl.com/aqmsnak


After gun crime, weapon history takes time to find
by Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press
January 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the fictional world of television police dramas, a few quick clicks on a computer lead investigators to the owner of a gun recovered at a bloody crime scene. Before the first commercial, the TV detectives are on the trail of the suspect.

Reality is a world away. There is no national database of guns. Not of who owns them, how many are sold annually or even how many exist.

Federal law bars the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from keeping track of guns. The only time the government can track the history of a gun, including its first buyer and seller, is after it's used in a crime. And though President Barack Obama and numerous Democratic lawmakers have called for new limits on what kinds of guns should be available to the public and urged stronger background checks in gun sales, there is no effort afoot to change the way the government keeps track — or doesn't — of where the country's guns are.

And tracing a gun is a decidedly low-tech process.

"It's not CSI and it's not a sophisticated computer system," said Charles J. Houser, who runs the ATF's National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, W. Va.

To trace a gun, the search starts with police sending all the information they have about the gun — including the manufacturer and model — to an office worker in a low-slung brick building just off the Appalachian Trial in rural West Virginia, about 90 miles northwest of Washington.

ATF officials first call the manufacturer, who reveals which wholesaler the company used. That may lead to a call to a second distributor before investigators can pinpoint the retail gun dealer who first sold the weapon. Gun dealers are required to keep a copy of federal forms that detail who buys what gun and a log for guns sold. They are required to share that information with the ATF if a gun turns up at a crime scene and authorities want it traced. Often, gun shops fax the paperwork to the ATF.

That's where the paper trail ends.

In about 30 percent of cases, one or all of those folks have gone out of business and ATF tracers are left to sort through potentially thousands of out-of-business records forwarded to the ATF and stored at the office building that more closely resembles a remote call center than a law enforcement operation.

The records are stored as digital pictures that can only be searched one image at a time. Two shifts of contractors spend their days taking staples out of papers, sorting through thousands of pages and scanning or taking pictures of the records.

"Those records come in all different shapes and forms. We have to digitally image them, we literally take a picture of it," Houser said. "We have had rolls of toilet paper or paper towels ... because they (dealers) did not like the requirement to keep records."

The tracing center receives about a million out-of-business records every month and Houser runs the center's sorting and imaging operations from 6 a.m. to midnight, five days a week. The images are stored on old-school microfilm reels or as digital images. But there's no way to search the records, other than to scroll through one picture of a page at a time.

"We are ... prohibited from amassing the records of active dealers," Houser said. "It means that if a dealer is in business he maintains his records."

Last year the center traced about 344,000 guns for 6,000 different law enforcement agencies. Houser has a success rate of about 90 percent, so long as enough information is provided. And he boasts that every successful trace provides at least one lead in a criminal case.

"It's a factory for the production of investigative leads," Houser said of the tracing center.

A 1968 overhaul of federal gun laws required licensed dealers to keep paper records of who buys what guns and gave ATF the authority to track the history of a gun if was used in a crime. But in the intervening decades, the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups lobbied Congress to limit the government's ability to do much with what little information is collected, including keeping track on computers.

"They (lawmakers) feel that the act of amassing those records would in essence go a step toward creating an artificial registration system," Houser said.

What the ATF can do is give trace information to the law enforcement agency that asked for it and in some cases uses the data to help point them in the direction of other crimes.

Houser said the "manually intensive process" can take about five days for a routine trace. In some cases, completing the trace can mean sifting by hand through paperwork that hasn't yet been scanned.

In more urgent situations, including the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting in Connecticut last year, ATF agents run a trace within about 24 hours. Oftentimes, that involves sending agents to the gun dealer that first sold the weapon to quickly find the paperwork listing its original buyer.

Despite having access to millions of records about gun purchases from dealers that have gone out of business, the ATF isn't allowed to create a database of what guns were sold to whom and when.

ATF does keep tabs on how many guns are manufactured and shipped out of the country every year, but only gun makers and dealers know for sure how many are sold. There are also strict limits on what the agency can do with the gun trace information. And that's just the way the gun lobby and Congress want it.

Various laws and spending bills have specifically barred the ATF from creating a national database of guns and gun owners. And due to the efforts of lawmakers, including former Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas, ATF agents who trace the history of a gun can't share that information with anyone but the police agency that asked for it.

As it stands now, local law enforcement doesn't have access to regional data about gun traces. So if the police commissioner in New York City is trying to figure out where the guns are coming into the city from — whether they're going to New Jersey first or upstate New York, for example — that data is not available because of an amendment introduced by Tiahrt, said Mike Bouchard, a former ATF assistant director for Field Operations. ATF can tell police where most crime guns are traced from, by state. But it does not release information on gun shops or purchasers.

If police chiefs want that, they have to reach out to individual chiefs at other departments and ask.

"It's pretty ridiculous when we have an automated system that will do it for the chiefs," Bouchard said.

Tiahrt said he first proposed limiting access to trace data to make sure the information wasn't available under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. It was an issue of keeping undercover police, informants and innocent gun buyers and sellers out of the public eye, Tiahrt said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Knowing who legally buys guns won't prevent gun violence, the former Republican congressman said.

"We're chasing these wisps of smoke that won't solve the problem," Tiahrt said. "Get to the root cause. Put out the fire. Deal with mental illness. Deal with situational awareness."

Houser said he would prefer the tracing center's operations to be expanded and a center built that would use some technologies to help more easily trace a gun. But until the law changes, his staff will continue removing staples, turning pages right-side-up and taking digital pictures of records.

"Our job is to enforce the laws that are passed to us," Houser said. "What they give us is what we are required to work with."


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27. Shotgun more dangerous than AR15? [VIDEO]
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From military.com: http://tinyurl.com/bg8vqql




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