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thumbWayne LaPierre: Do you think your vote matters? (Video)

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Published on: November 1, 2014

The future of our 2A rights comes down to one day— Election Day—Tuesday, November 4!

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NRA Friends,

The future of our Second Amendment rights comes down to one day— Election Day—Tuesday, November 4.

Tuesday’s elections are the most important of our lifetime. Our fundamental right to keep and bear arms has never been in greater jeopardy. This election cycle, we face the best organized and most well-funded attack on our freedom since our forefathers put pen to paper to ensure our Second Amendment rights.

As a Second Amendment supporter, you belong to one of the most effective civil rights advocacy organizations in the country. But make no mistake; our opposition is not to be underestimated. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared war on the NRA and the Second Amendment. We must not sit back and let him use his billions of dollars to impose his radical and elitist anti-gun agenda on the American people.

Your vote on Tuesday could ensure the strength of the Second Amendment for generations to come. Stay home, and we will only be able to watch as anti-gun politicians advance and enact legislation to erode our rights and disarm the American people. We must be sure our collective voices are heard loudly and clearly on Tuesday— the future of our freedom depends on it!

To ensure you know which candidates support or oppose our Second Amendment rights prior to voting on Tuesday, please visit www.NRAPVF.org.

Without the hard work of millions of NRA members, our right to keep and bear arms would have already been rendered all but meaningless, just as it has for the people of Australia and England, places that President Obama cites as model gun control jurisdictions.

We salute our members and their determination to win each and every battle, and the culmination of that battle is Election Day on Tuesday. You, the voters, ultimately determine America’s fate this year and for years to come. Freedom can be lost or gained incrementally. Your votes on Tuesday will ultimately determine which way the fate of our freedoms will sway. Now is your time to stand and fight!

Yours in freedom,

Chris W. Cox
NRA-ILA Executive Director

Open-carry advocate targeted in ‘swatting’

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Published on: November 1, 2014

Fairfax, Virginia, resident and open-carry advocate Robert Dickens heard the police siren and saw the lights, so he very carefully stopped his motorcycle, locked his hands on his head and calmly waited for instructions.

He said yes when an officer asked if he could remove a handgun from a holster Dickens was wearing. He gave the same answer when the officer asked to take temporary custody of a pocketknife he had in his pocket.

In the end, he’s thankful he’s still alive after an up-close and personal encounter with “swatting,’ the practice of making a false report of an on-going critical incident to prompt an emergency response.

“Wow, I could have been killed!” he wrote in a report on the Bearing Arms website of an October incident in which officers from many police units suddenly pulled up around him while he was riding his motorcycle home from a couple of errands.

Such swatting incidents are becoming more common. They started out with Internet gamers who would hide behind online personas and anonymous names to report that their gaming opponent had a gun or had taken hostages.

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ELECTION: That’s anti-gun desperation you’re smelling at the national level!

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Anti-gun Democrats at the national level are desperate. As next Tuesday’s election nears, all signs are pointing towards a wipe-out, pushing Barack Obama’s party back to levels not seen for generations. At the same time, if enough pro-gun U.S. Senators can be elected, we can stop future radicals from getting appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Of course, political hacks like Nancy Pelosi are so out of touch with reality that they think Democrats are going to pick up 25 seats in the House of Representatives and reclaim the majority.

(Washington Post) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Washington Post Tuesday that her goal is to win 25 seats this November — a bold statement given that historical trends suggest that the party of a sitting president usually loses seats in the sixth year of his term.

It’s not just Nancy Pelosi though.

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Ebola response ignores history’s lessons: Risks from AIDS were discounted and thousands died

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Published on: November 1, 2014

The last time we treated a deadly disease as a political problem instead of using time-tested medical precautions, we doomed many hemophiliacs to early deaths, along with hundreds of thousands of homosexual men.

I was thinking about the HIV-AIDS epidemic while perusing the Obama administration’s latest rationales for rejecting mandatory, 21-day quarantines of health care workers and others coming from Ebola-stricken nations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the incubation period for Ebola is two to 21 days. Why not err on the side of safety?

The similarities are striking. When HIV-AIDS erupted in the early 1980s, activists opposed restrictions on donated blood, claiming that it amounted to “discrimination.” The blood supply was compromised, leading to transfusion-related infections of many, including tennis star Arthur Ashe, and thousands of hemophiliacs, including child victim Ryan White.

‘Hope and Change’ give way to Fear and Loathing

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'Hope and Change' give way to Fear and Loathing

The New York Times put together a little article about some of the disgusting race-baiting attack ads run by frenzied Democrats in the fading days of the midterm election season. It’s not really surprising that the Times would find nothing terribly objectionable about this – the Paper of Record’s eyebrow is raised a bit, but not enough to make its monocle fall out – but it’s a sobering reminder of how very, very different the rules for Democrats are. They can be as nasty as they want to be, without fear of the media making them pay much of a price for going overboard. It’s hard to imagine what the Republican equivalent of this garbage might be – what’s the GOP version of a Democrat ad that tries to paint a candidate in North Carolina as somehow responsible for the shooting of Trayvon Martin? – but you can rest assured it would not be clinically reported in a non-judgmental article that set aside only two paragraphs to relay a squeak of complaint from the other side.

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Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran Arrested for concealed carry

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A Mexican judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

The judge called for retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (Tah-mor-EE-si) to be freed because of his mental state and did not make a determination on the illegal arms charges against the Afghanistan veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a Mexican official who had knowledge of the ruling but was not authorized to give his name.

Tahmooressi has said he took a wrong turn on a California freeway that funneled him into a Tijuana port of entry with no way to turn back. His detention brought calls for his freedom from U.S. politicians, veterans groups and social media campaigns.

 

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Gallup: Public support for stricter gun laws drops 11 points in less than two years

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Published on: November 1, 2014

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Emblematic of Obama’s entire second term, really. After the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012, he made gun control his top policy priority to start his second term. Public support for action spiked in the emotional aftermath of the murders; the White House, mindful of Rahm Emanuel’s advice to never let a crisis go to waste, demanded that Congress act quickly to address gun violence, knowing that public opinion would soon revert to the pre-Newtown status quo as that emotion faded. Republicans stood firm for Second Amendment rights, though, arguing — correctly — that nothing proposed by Democrats would reduce mass shootings, which, contrary to popular belief, haven’t become more common over time. (Gun violence more broadly has declined sharply over the past 20 years.) After the Toomey/Manchin bill failed in the Senate, Obama gave up and moved on to other priorities, with Democrats vowing that the GOP would pay a price for their opposition at the polls in 2014.

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New York City Pays $7,500 to Falsely Arrested Knife Owner! (NYC Anti-Knife Regime Will Fall SOON)

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Published on: November 1, 2014

he City of New York has agreed to pay $7,500 to a falsely arrested knife owner in a Knife Rights supported case. The embarrassing settlement shows that the city would rather pay than try to justify its illegal conduct after police declared his knife an illegal “gravity knife” even though the blade did not lock open. The knife owner (a sculptor who uses a knife for his work) was arrested, handcuffed, booked, and placed in a holding cell like a common criminal.

“New York City’s outrageous persecution of those with common pocket knives must end. This is just one of thousands of similar outrageous excesses by the City and DA. Knife Rights will continue to fight these unconstitutional abuses by the City until we win” said Doug Ritter, Chairman of Knife Rights.

The settlement results from the City’s particularly egregious mistreatment of law-abiding knife owner Jonathan W. (name withheld at his request). Jonathan was carrying a Spyderco UK Pen Knife with a non-locking blade in New York City when he was arrested for possession of an illegal “gravity knife.” After considerable effort the charges in the case were dismissed and Knife Rights then referred Jonathan to attorney Richard Holzberg of Ernest Holzberg and Associates. Holszberg recently obtained a settlement of $7,500.00 for Jonathan’s wrongful arrest, incarceration and malicious prosecution for carrying a pocket knife that was New York City legal, even considering the City’s continued unconstitutional application of state law against owners of common folding knives.

While Jonathan was smoking a hand-rolled cigarette on a sidewalk in Manhattan, he was approached by a police officer who asked what he was smoking. While informing the officer that his cigarette was merely tobacco, the officer noticed a knife clipped into his front pants pocket. The officer demanded to see the knife and, without concern, Jonathan handed it to the officer, explaining that it was a legal pocket knife that complied with all New York City regulations and its unique interpretation of state law (under 4-inch blade and doesn’t lock open). He knew this because he had researched the New York knife laws prior to buying the Spyderco UK Pen Knife (a non-locking slip-joint folder).

According to Jonathan, the officer unsuccessfully attempted to open the knife several times using a so-called “wrist-flick.” He then opened the knife blade halfway with two hands and finally managed to flick it open from there. At that point, even though the knife clearly couldn’t be opened with only a wrist-flick and, and even more to the point, had no locking mechanism, the latter a key element of the state gravity knife definition, the officer placed Jonathan under arrest for illegal possession of a “gravity knife,” handcuffing him in public before taking him to the precinct for processing . (Jonathan could have been given a ticket for carrying the knife clipped to his pocket, which is a violation of a city ordinance, but that is not normally an arrestable offense, more like a jaywalking ticket, and the officer did not do so.)

At the precinct Jonathan was was forced to go through the humiliating booking process like a common criminal and was then placed in a holding cell for over an hour before he was finally given a Desk Appearance Ticket with a court date.

Over the course of the next five months Jonathan had to appear in criminal court on three separate occasions with the threat of up to a year in jail hanging over his head each time. On each occasion, the District Attorney assigned to the case and even his own Legal Aid lawyer kept trying to convince Jonathan to plead guilty, even though he had not committed a crime. Wisely, he refused, and ultimately with the help of an expert witness he proved his knife was legal and the District Attorney voluntarily dismissed the case against him.

Subsequently, Jonathan was referred by Knife Rights to attorney Holzberg to pursue a claim against the City of New York and the NYPD for false arrest and malicious prosecution. After nearly six months of litigation, Holzberg was able to negotiate a favorable settlement of $7,500 for Johnathan.

If you believe you have been falsely arrested in New York City for possession of an illegal knife as Jonathan was, or for any reason, you must act quickly! A false arrest claim against NYC must be filed within 90 days of the arrest or you may be legally barred from filing a false arrest claim. It may well be useful to speak with an attorney who specializes in false arrest claims before your underlying criminal case is resolved, because a conviction may preclude you from filing a viable false arrest claim.

A claim for false arrest, false imprisonment or malicious prosecution can be made even if you did not suffer any physical injury. You may have a stronger case if you were subjected to racial profiling, unconstitutional searches or other illegal conduct. (NOTE that under current local court interpretation, the successful “wrist flick” test on a lock-blade folding knife is generally considered proof of the knife being an illegal gravity knife in New York City, which is the issue of law in our federal civil rights lawsuit.)

Knife Rights appreciates the assistance of Ernest Holzberg and Associates in this matter. Richard Holzberg is a knife enthusiast (we first met him at the East Coast Custom Knife Show a few years ago) and is willing to assist in any similar false arrest cases in New York City. Such cases are handled on a contingency basis and if they do not recover compensation for you, you do not owe any attorney fees. As with all Knife Rights attorney referrals, there is no charge for a consultation. Contact information at: www.holzbergnyinjurylaw.com

Knife Rights’ fight to stop the persecution of knife owners in New York City and to prevent this from spreading to other cities will continue. Click here to read the latest news on Knife Rights’ Federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.

Please support this lawsuit with a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the Knife Rights Foundation

WARNING: New York City has interpreted the state law against gravity knives such that if an officer can “wrist flick” the knife blade open, or alleges that the knife might be able to be opened in such a manner, and the knife blade locks open, that knife is an illegal gravity knife. NYC takes this position even if it requires multiple tries and use of exaggerated arm thrust or motion. Using this interpretation, most any lockblade knife might be deemed an illegal gravity knife.

Note also that New York City administrative code has an under-4-inch length limit and requires knives be carried concealed. Knife Rights recommends that you never carry your knife clipped to your pocket in New York City. Even when covered by a jacket, simply moving the jacket aside to get to a wallet has been enough to get folks arrested. Always ensure your knife is completely concealed at all times, including not “printing” on the outside of your clothing. In addition, be extremely circumspect about using a knife for any purpose in a public setting.

Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over (Putin Has Won, Obama Lost it for US)

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Published on: October 30, 2014

Most people in the English-speaking parts of the world missed Putin’s speech at the Valdai conference in Sochi a few days ago, and, chances are, those of you who have heard of the speech didn’t get a chance to read it, and missed its importance. (For your convenience, I am pasting in the full transcript of his speech below.) Western media did their best to ignore it or to twist its meaning. Regardless of what you think or don’t think of Putin (like the sun and the moon, he does not exist for you to cultivate an opinion) this is probably the most important political speech since Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech of March 5, 1946.

In this speech, Putin abruptly changed the rules of the game. Previously, the game of international politics was played as follows: politicians made public pronouncements, for the sake of maintaining a pleasant fiction of national sovereignty, but they were strictly for show and had nothing to do with the substance of international politics; in the meantime, they engaged in secret back-room negotiations, in which the actual deals were hammered out. Previously, Putin tried to play this game, expecting only that Russia be treated as an equal. But these hopes have been dashed, and at this conference he declared the game to be over, explicitly violating Western taboo by speaking directly to the people over the heads of elite clans and political leaders.

The Russian blogger chipstone summarized the most salient points from Putin speech as follows:

1. Russia will no longer play games and engage in back-room negotiations over trifles. But Russia is prepared for serious conversations and agreements, if these are conducive to collective security, are based on fairness and take into account the interests of each side.

2. All systems of global collective security now lie in ruins. There are no longer any international security guarantees at all. And the entity that destroyed them has a name: The United States of America.

3. The builders of the New World Order have failed, having built a sand castle. Whether or not a new world order of any sort is to be built is not just Russia’s decision, but it is a decision that will not be made without Russia.

4. Russia favors a conservative approach to introducing innovations into the social order, but is not opposed to investigating and discussing such innovations, to see if introducing any of them might be justified.

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Report: Darren Wilson Expected to be ‘Eased Out’ of Police Department (Fire the Victim!)

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Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is reportedly expected to be “eased out” of the department.

A source tells MSNBC that Wilson – who fatally shot Michael Brown that touched off months of protests – will be “eased out” of the Ferguson Police Department and might resign. The report also stated Chief Thomas Jackson would resign, but the department said that is not true.

“Ferguson Chief says he has not resigned, he has not been told to resign. He has not been fired. If he leaves, it will be his choice alone,” the department posted on Twitter.

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Colorado Anti-Gun Governor is Behind the 8 Ball in Colorado (Let’s Repeal the 2013 Gun Ban!)

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King Douche Ridin’ High After His Gun Ban in 2013. Now, he is being kicked out by gun owners in Colorado!

 

If Quninnipiac polling matches turnout, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is toast. And a catastrophically bad performance among men is at cause.

Beauprez Pulls Ahead In Colorado Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Republican Up 21 Points Among Men
Men are going Republican in a big way in the Colorado governor’s race, giving former U. S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, the Republican challenger a 45 – 40 percent likely voter lead over Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Democratic incumbent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Libertarian candidate Matthew Hess has 4 percent, with 2 percent for Green Party candidate Harry Hempy. Another 9 percent are undecided.

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Anti-Gun Bloomturd Pal Mark Udall Set to Lose Senate Campaign in Colorado!

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October 30, 2014 – Udall Down 7 Points In Colorado Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Men Give Republican Big Lead

With strong support from men, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican challenger in the Colorado U.S. Senate race, leads U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, the Democratic incumbent, 46 – 39 percent among likely voters, with 7 percent for independent candidate Steve Shogan, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 7 percent are undecided.

This compares to a 46 – 41 percent likely voter lead for Gardner in an October 24 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

With Shogan out of the race, Gardner is up 49 – 41 percent.

In the three-way race today, men back the Republican over the Democrat 54 – 33 percent, with 6 percent for Shogan, compared to Gardner’s 51 – 38 percent lead among men last week. Women back Udall 45 – 39 percent, with 8 percent for Shogan. This compares to last week’s results, with women going 45 percent for Udall, 41 percent for Gardner and 5 percent for Shogan.

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Mitch McConnell willing to kill Obamacare with just 51 votes (Use “Reconciliation” Against The Democraps!)

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he would be willing to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority if he takes over as majority leader in January, his spokesman told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.

The announcement comes just days before Tuesday’s midterm congressional election, in which Republicans have a strong chance of seizing the upper chamber from the Democrats and putting the Kentucky senator in charge.

“Leader McConnell is and has always been committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, and he’ll continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace it with patient-centered reforms that enable greater choice at lower costs. He knows it won’t be easy, but he also believes that if Republicans are fortunate enough to take back the majority we’ll owe it to the American people to try through votes on full repeal, the bill’s most onerous provisions, and reconciliation,” McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire wrote in an emailed statement.

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VIDEO: Wife of Cuomo’s GOP Opponent Skewers the Governor for Suggesting Her Husband Wants Guns in Classrooms

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When New York’s Democratic Committee, led by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), released an ad suggesting that his GOP challenger Rob Astorino wanted guns in classrooms, Mrs. Astorino had had enough.

In a new online video, Sheila Astorino skewers Cuomo for the misleading attacks on her husband:

“You’ve really gone too far for this mom and schoolteacher. Telling people my husband wants guns in classrooms. Guns in classrooms? You can’t be serious,” she says. “You used an extra curriculum rifle-safety program in a rural upstate county to make it sound like Rob would threaten the safety of school children. How dare you.”

Powerful stuff from Astorino, who is a schoolteacher herself. She said her children can’t even watch TV anymore without seeing their father attacked by the governor.

In the misleading Cuomo ad in question, it is likely referring Astorino’s support of school marksmanship programs in upstate New York. But, Astorino is adamant about using guns responsibly and he insisted that the Second Amendment is not something that should be threatened by those few who use firearms for the wrong reasons:

“Fishing and hunting has always been a part of our culture in America and very strongly here in New York. And because some bad people do some very bad things with guns doesn’t mean we should change our whole society and way of life,” said Astorino.

Cuomo may still have a 22-point lead in the polls overall, but a recent survey revealed that Astorino has come within 4 points of the governor in Central New York. This is largely due to Cuomo’s unpopular “SAFE Act” gun control bill, which banned the sale of AR-15s and changed former gun possession misdemeanors into felonies.

Cuomo has also lost some support thanks to his disbanding of the ethics committee the Moreland Commission when it seemed to get too close to his campaign. This is a scandal the New York Times did not shy away from reporting. What’s more, this Monday the New York Postheartily endorsed” Astorino.

Oh yeah, and joking that people under Ebola quarantine should “read his book” certainly won’t win him any votes.

With six days to go, however, perhaps Cuomo can afford to make a few gaffes.

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