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To Terrify and Occupy: How police militarization is turning cops into counterinsurgents

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Published on: September 5, 2014

Jason Westcott was afraid.

One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They were intent on stealing Wescott’s handgun and a couple of TV sets. According to the Facebook message, the suspect was planning on “burning” Westcott, who promptly called the Tampa Bay police and reported the plot.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the investigating officers responding to Westcott’s call had a simple message for him. “If anyone breaks into this house, grab your gun and shoot to kill.”

Around 7:30 PM on May 27, the intruders arrived. Westcott followed the officers’ advice, grabbed his gun to defend his home and died pointing it at the intruders.

They used a semiautomatic shotgun and handgun to shoot down the 29-year-old motorcycle mechanic. Their fire hit him three times, once in the arm and twice in his side. Medical personnel pronounced him dead upon arrival at the hospital.

The intruders, however, weren’t small-time crooks looking to make a small score. Rather they were members of the Tampa Police Department’s SWAT team, which was executing a search warrant on suspicion that Westcott and his partner were marijuana dealers.

A confidential informant tipped off the cops. Law enforcement drove the informant to Westcott’s home four times between February and May to purchase small amounts of marijuana, at $20 to $60 a pop. The informer notified police that he saw two handguns in the home, which was why the Tampa police deployed a SWAT team to execute the search warrant.

In the end, the same police department that told Westcott to protect his home with defensive force killed him when he did. After searching his small rental, the cops indeed found weed—two dollars’ worth—and one legal handgun. The one he was clutching when the bullets ripped into him.

Welcome to a new era of American policing, where cops increasingly see themselves as soldiers occupying enemy territory, often with the help of Uncle Sam’s armory, and where even nonviolent crimes meet with overwhelming force and brutality.

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4th Amendment No Longer Recognized in New York (SAFE Act)

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Published on: September 5, 2014

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Apparently, when Gov. Cuomo broke the rules and rammed the SAFE Act down the throats of his constituents in the dead of night before anyone read it, it held some disturbing sub parts that are now just being brought to light.

Namely, the 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

will no longer be recognized as an absolute right and will be wantonly ignored whenever the authority desires it.

A SWAT team raided co-owner Joe Palumbo’s Albion Gun Shop without a warrant. They were acting on orders from the Narcotics Enforcement Unit, who asked the shop to hand over a customer list so they could determine how many people had purchased New York SAFE Act compliant rifles. The gun owner was forced to present approximately 170 sales records. Under the state’s anti-gun law, this intrusion was completely legal.

Ever since the SAFE Act was passed, the New York State Troopers Narcotics Enforcement Unit has been delegated to enforce the act with carte blanche to ignore the Constitutional rights and freedoms that are supposed to reign in tyranny.

And Joe Palumbo wasn’t selling weapons on the sly or in some shady way that would warrant such an intrusion. In fact, Palumbo went so far as to check with the State Police AND his local police to verify that these weapons indeed were legal to sell under the SAFE Act.

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Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) Merges With Second Amendment Foundation (SAF)

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Published on: September 4, 2014

Dear JPFO Members and Supporters,

Even before the passing of founder, Aaron Zelman, there was serious doubt as to whether or not JPFO could survive. For years Aaron struggled heroically with chronic health problems.

The results were rapidly expanding problems in administrative, database and member support and new product operations, along with no systematic fundraising program — to name just a few. Aaron delegated painfully little… But considering it all, what he accomplished goes well beyond the heroic to near miracles.

The regular staff was reduced to a devoted office manager of some 15-years, LaVonne, an equally devoted webmaster, Chris and Aaron’s two Board members, Bruce and Bob serving with him since the mid-1990s. The effort to rebuild JPFO began in earnest, facing the ominous headwinds of a diminished database and largely empty coffers.

After some months, Charles Heller stepped-in to provide Executive Director services; including media contacts.

One bright spot was the wise counsel of the JPFO advisor on spiritual matters, Rabbi Dovid Bendory, known affectionately as the “Gun Rabbi.”

The task was truly immense. It seemed to grow in difficulty as each step forward unearthed more challenges. Tragedy struck again a year later when our office manager, LaVonne passed away unexpectedly. She had loyally worked with Aaron for over 15-years. Her husband, Doug resigned his regular employment as her fulltime replacement. Without his commitment it is a virtual certainty JPFO would have collapsed more than a year ago.

Adding to these losses was the death of another key writer, Kirby Ferris. More recently a board member was blindsided with two major heart surgeries and is still in rehabilitation.

Then just weeks ago another key writer, the prolific 2A and science fiction author, L. Neil Smith, who worked with Aaron on various books and other major editorial projects, suffered a stroke, right in the middle of our Fall educational and fundraising product developments.

In spite of all this seemingly endless “damage control” we were able to increase the membership; and thanks to the contract writers and the webmaster, who maintain a flow of quality editorial material; while organizing first-rate office operations; including tight inventory controls with a quick turnaround of member requests.

From day one, due to the highly specialized Jewish orientation, the primary target constituency was extremely small. Fortunately, non-Jews, so taken with the powerful JPFO message, have also consistently been a vital source of revenue; while donating impressive amounts of time and talent to various projects, from 1989 to this very day.

However, all along was the paradox that as a skeletal crew of fiercely devoted workers salvaged and refined after Aaron’s passing, the Stalking Horse of poor cash flow was always there. We came to realize that JPFO needed one or more major supporters to break through to the next level.

Many inquiries yielded nil, it became clear that the most logical and efficient solution was to ally with another 2A organization, while preserving our identity.

That’s not all. We realized we must have an organization with longevity, solid management, financial depth and marketing powers to insure JPFO carried on.

The urgency of this search accelerated as the monthly revenue streams, from all sources, began a steadily decline early this year. Recent fundraising efforts have yielded little. The headquarters was reduced to being run by the managing director, with part-time secretarial help.

To solve these problems, the JPFO Board of Directors sought out and elected to merge with the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF).

Founded in 1974, now with over 650,000 members, SAF is the oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the right to keep and bear arms.

JPFO will be operated independently by SAF and current JPFO private and industry members and contributors will continue to receive all benefits promised. It will maintain a separate board of directors.

The JPFO website will continue to run independently as a stand-alone entity but will now include links to it from TheGunMag.com, KeepandBearArms.com, plus SAF.org. JPFO will also become a member organization of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) to expand its reach internationally.

Certain JPFO editorial and administrative staff are likely to remain or be available for the transition. Later, headquarters will move from Wisconsin to SAF headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.

The decision to merge with SAF has generated powerful disagreements and no small amount of vitriol… But before making final decisions on this action, please visit this page to discover what firearms industry icon, Massad Ayoob, has to say about this controversy.

Adulation of Aaron Zelman is spot on; nevertheless, it would be profoundly unfair to not tip the hat of deep gratitude to all members, donors, plus those deeply devoted volunteers that have committed well into the thousands of hours of free services since 1989, so making many of Aaron’s landmark projects possible even with the Stalking Horse of financial distress continually behind his back, as it was for us until the merger.

Sincerely,

JPFO Board of Directors

Michael Bloomturd Returns to Private Business as Gun Control Push Is Failing

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Published on: September 4, 2014

With gun control failing nationally, The New York Times reports that Michael Bloomberg is heading back to private business at Bloomberg L.P.

This comes after he dumped $150,000 into the August 12th Milwaukee County Sheriff’s race in an attempt to beat Sheriff David Clarke’s “conservative pro-gun policies.” Clarke won. Bloomberg lost.

It also comes after his gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety aired a video meant to justify firearm confiscation for women’s safety, but which inadvertently made the case for women to own guns to protect themselves. Breitbart News reported that after a female panel reviewed the commercial on ABC’s The View, three of the four panelists came away telling women to get a gun to protect themselves and their children.

Bloomberg’s return to private business also comes after the most visible gun control group he supports, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, only managed to convince five businesses–Chipotle, Jack in the Box, Chili’s, Sonic, and Target–to ask law-abiding citizens to come to their stores unarmed. Moms Demand was able to get a sixth business–Starbucks–to ask customers who openly carry firearms not to be so flamboyant about it.

On the other side of the coin, Breitbart News recently reported that 57,000 businesses were fighting this push by putting a “guns welcome” sign on their front doors.

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Gallup: Obama Drops to 39% Job Approval (Death Spiral Begins!)

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Published on: September 4, 2014

According to Gallup’s daily tracking poll of President Obama’s approval rating, the president lost 5 whole points overnight and for the first time since July, his job approval rating is back on the 30’s. Tuesday, Obama stood at 42% approval, 52% disapproval. Wednesday the numbers sit at 39-54%.

The president is 15 points underwater.

Currently, in the Real Clear Politics poll of polls, which as of this writing has not been updated with today’s Gallup numbers, the president is upside down 10 points: 42% approve, 52% disapprove. The president has not been above water in the RCP poll of polls since June of last year.

What actually happened in Ferguson

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Published on: September 4, 2014

I wonder if major media executives are savvy enough to be embarrassed by the unpaid citizen journalists who have subverted their high price monopoly on the news.

Does it trouble these executives, I wonder, that people who care about the truth go anywhere but CNN or ABC or the New York Times to find it?

Do they know that on subjects that deal with race – as the major media proved again in Ferguson, Missouri – the best informed Americans consider their coverage to be not just inadequate but preposterous?

To get the skinny on Ferguson I turn, as I did on the Zimmerman case, to the alternative media and especially to my pals at the blogging collective known as the Conservative Treehouse.

Their task, as one of their bloggers put it, is “to deconstruct the narrative, to find out who all the people were behind the curtain.”

In the case of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, as with Trayvon Martin’s in Sanford, Florida, the Treepers have pulled back the curtain as a team.

One Treeper posts, and the other members and their allies comment. Unlike many such sites, the goal is not just to air gripes. The goal at the Treehouse is to analyze existing data, add information and, finally, to solve problems.

The Treepers believe that at just about noon on Aug. 9 Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson attacked officer Darren Wilson as he attempted to exit his SUV.

The conventional wisdom is that only Brown and Wilson were involved in the altercation. By analyzing video from the earlier convenience store robbery and the crime scene photos, the Treepers concluded that Johnson was involved as well.

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GOP leaders squelched the opportunity offered by the Tea Party…but it’s not too late

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Published on: September 4, 2014

Mitch McConnell is a man of his word. He said that he would crush the Tea Party, and he did. He not only got himself renominated in Kentucky, but he helped renominate fellow GOP senators who, like him, had been primaried by tea-party opponents: Lindsay Graham (S.C.), Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Cornyn (Texas), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), and Thad Cochran (Miss.).

Those could turn out to be expensive victories.

I followed the Mississippi campaign from early on. The first thing you notice about Thad Cochran, if you haven’t seen him in a while, is that he’s adopted an old man’s shuffle. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m working on one myself. But it’s not a good look when you’re campaigning at the age of 76 for a six-year term. And then there’s the short-term-memory thing. It doesn’t matter a hill of beans whether you happen to be in Smithtown or Jonesville, but the locals tend to fuss over the distinction.

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Cochran told friends late last year that he was packing it in after 36 years in the Senate. Enough was enough, he said. Then he reversed himself and filed for reelection. He may have been right the first time.

The second thing you notice is how different Mississippi is from her neighbors. I live in north Florida, which is about as far south as you can get. We share a political culture with extra-Atlanta Georgia and much of Alabama, a salutary blend of small-business Republicans and disaffected southern Democrats that produces a rich, red soil. Put it this way: My home county went bigger for Romney-Ryan than did either Romney’s or Ryan’s home counties. We don’t just preach the limited-government gospel. Some of the time, anyway, we practice it.

All of that private-sector buzz stops dead at the Mississippi border, where the dominant economic and political player is your federal (and apparently unlimited) government. Drive down Magnolia Boulevard, any Magnolia Boulevard, and everywhere you look there are government complexes, defense contractors, welfare dispensaries, all of them fueled by a D.C. pipeline serviced diligently over the years by Democrats (James Eastland, John Stennis) and Republicans (Trent Lott, Thad Cochran). Lott is speaking for this bipartisan effort when he explains, “Pork is federal spending north of Memphis.” If the states can be divided between givers and takers, count Mississippi as a taker and, dadgummit, proudly so.

You have probably heard that Cochran ran second in the GOP primary to an obscure state legislator from the Jackson suburbs. That was an upset. Big time. But then the wiliest political operation in the state, Haley Barbour’s, went to Plan B and brought in enough Democrats to put Cochran over the top in a runoff.

Some dust kicked up. There were those who thought it wasn’t right for the Democrats to nominate the candidates for both parties. Others thought it wasn’t right and maybe borderline illegal to toss walking-around money into black precincts in the Delta and center-city Jackson, which benefactions seemed to have had the effect of spiking Cochran’s support in those areas from roughly “none” to roughly “all.”

There was something else that may not have been right. I’m skeptical of the notion that, for 15 bucks a head, you can get large numbers of black Democrats to vote in a Republican primary for an old white guy. Some of those blowout precinct numbers suggest a top-down deal more than store-bought deference to the white power structure. My surmise is that there was a sit-down and that the black leaders didn’t open the conversation by saying: “Mr. Thad, we’re worried sick about the national debt. How can we return to fiscal discipline?” More likely, it was something along the lines of: “Mr. Thad, we understand that you’re in line to chair the Appropriations Committee. Should that blessed event occur, what tangible form might your gratitude take?”

What we know as a matter of public record is that, for his big finish, the six-term incumbent rolled out his former colleague and current lobbyist-sidekick, Trent Lott, to make the point the candidate might have preferred not to make himself. Said Lott, directly and repeatedly: Cochran’s defeat could cost government jobs. That’s right. In the closing days of a Republican runoff in the deep-red state of Mississippi, the airwaves were filled not with cries of “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!” but with cries of “Government jobs! Government jobs! Government jobs!”

Now, none of us here at Conspiracy Central is a stickler for doctrinal conservatism, but let’s be clear: It’s time that we checked our ideological coordinates.

To ask where we went wrong.

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Aging, Depressed Bloomturd Claws His Way Back to CEO Spot at His Old Company

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Published on: September 4, 2014

Michael R. Bloomberg has decided to reassume the leadership of his business empire only eight months after ending his final term as mayor of New York.

Late Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg told close confidants and senior executives of Bloomberg L.P., a financial data and media company, that Daniel L. Doctoroff, its chief executive and a longtime friend and lieutenant, would leave the company at the end of the year and that he would take over.

For years, Mr. Bloomberg had insisted that he had no intention of returning full time to the company he founded.

When he left politics, Mr. Bloomberg, 72, was expected to devote most of his time to giving away his $32.8 billion fortune. Those philanthropic efforts — on issues like gun control, immigration and public health — were supposed to take up much of his time and he would “most likely spend a few hours a day working from his new desk on the fifth floor,” at Bloomberg’s offices, according to a memo Mr. Doctoroff sent employees in January.

But in recent months, Mr. Bloomberg — who still owns 88 percent of the company — has become an increasing presence at Bloomberg’s Lexington Avenue headquarters. Those “few hours” soon turned into six and seven hours a day with Mr. Bloomberg taking a hands-on role in meetings and strategy decisions. Mr. Doctoroff, 56, a former deputy mayor of New York and private equity executive, told Mr. Bloomberg about two weeks ago that he planned to resign, frustrated with how the leadership dynamic had shifted. Mr. Bloomberg urged him to stay and remain chief executive, but Mr. Doctoroff demurred.

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Obama Administration Retreats on “Operation Choke Point” (Gun Owners Win – Libs Lose)

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Published on: September 4, 2014

Pat yourselves on the back!

As you will recall, GOA rallied gun owners several times over the past couple of months in opposition to Operation Choke Point.

Well, faced with a devastating barrage from the Second Amendment community, the Obama administration has staged a hasty retreat on its plan to shut off credit for gun stores through “Operation Choke Point.”

According to an article in The Washington Times, “[g]un retailers are no longer on a hit list deemed ‘high risk’ by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. after the banking regulator formally withdrew [this list]” last week.

The FDIC said its efforts to destroy the gun industry “led to misunderstandings.”

But frankly, the only “misunderstanding” in the actions by the FDIC and Eric Holder’s “Operation Choke Point” involved Obama’s misunderstanding of the withering response to his slimy efforts to destroy the Second amendment “by the back door.”

With the support of GOA, appropriations legislation in the House had language which would have eliminated Operation Choke Point entirely. And Harry Reid was forced to pull the bill and derail the appropriations process after Senator Rand Paul, with our urging, threatened to force endangered Democrats to vote on the issue in that chamber.

As is always the case with Barack Obama, one can never assume that he has backed away from his efforts to destroy the Second Amendment.

But last week’s actions are pretty good news for the gun community. So thanks again for all your hard work!

GOA issues official rebuke to President Obama

As Congress leaves for its August recess, Gun Owners of America is turning up the heat on the White House.

GOA today posted an Open Letter to President Barack H. Obama and pressed him to revise the official White House explanation of the Second Amendment.

Thousands of children across the nation use this official site to get help in understanding the Constitution while doing reports for their civics classes.

Given that fact, the Presidential misunderstanding of our God-given rights — and confusing them with mere privileges — is simply atrocious.

Go here to read the President’s description of the Second Amendment to read GOA’s response to it.

GOA educating the masses as to how guns save lives

While the national media has engaged in a virtual blackout of the tremendous news story out of Darby, Pennsylvania, GOA is helping to spread the news from coast to coast.

As we mentioned in our alert last week, a concealed carry holder in at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital saved countless lives on July 24 when he used his firearm to stop a killer who was bent on taking down even more innocent lives.

GOA has published several iterations of this story on its Facebook page … has profiled it on the GOA website … is highlighting this self-defense shooting on other sites and talk shows nationwide … and is currently working on publishing a video for students and media types alike.

NYCG Radio Episode #83 – 9/2/14 “Things Are Getting Better”

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Published on: September 3, 2014

New York City Guns Radio Episode
#83

IN THIS EPISODE:
5 arrested after NYC block party turns violent, Man charged in pellet-gun shooting of Central Park jogger, Another One of Bloomturd’s “Mayors” Arrested in New York!, Knife Rights’ Latest Brief in NYC Lawsuit Cuts Through DA’s Baseless Arguments, CCRKBA’S GOTTLIEB SWEETENS GATES DEBATE CHALLENGE: ‘BRING BLOOMTURD TOO!’, The Anti-Gun Billionaires : They have the money; populist gun-owners’ groups may still have more votes, U.S. Gun Sales Show Signs of Cooling, Ammunition shortages may be ending, The .22 Ammo Shortage Mystery — Solved!, CuHomo may dump Running Mate, fearing win by Communist Law Professor in Primary!, ‘Slim Shady’ Al — look who benefits from Sharpton’s work, Libtard Lesson from Ferguson: Looting Is Good, Allegations surface that Michael Brown was a gang member, faced a second-degree murder charge, When can you legally use a gun against an unarmed person?, Federal District Court: California’s Waiting Period to Acquire a Firearm Violates the Second Amendment, Va. Dem. asks God to murder everyone in NRA with deadly Ebola virus, Would-Be Dairy Queen Bandit Shot, Killed by Armed Employee, Is There a ‘Debate’ Now Over Handing 9-Year-Olds Fully Automatic Firearms?, Charges dismissed for gun rights advocate, Dems in near-panic over Senate (YAY!)
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CuHomo may dump Running Mate, fearing win by Communist Law Professor in Primary!

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Published on: September 2, 2014

Cuomo may dump Hochul, fearing a Tim Wu primary win

Gov. Cuomo’s political operatives are eyeing a “painful scenario’’ to dump Kathy Hochul, a moderate upstater, as the governor’s running mate for lieutenant governor amid growing signs that leftist law professor Tim Wu is picking up momentum in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary.

Such an action could be needed because a Wu victory would result in a Cuomo/Wu ticket on the Democratic line in the November election but potentially disastrous Cuomo/Hochul tickets on the Working Families, Independence, and Women’s Equality lines, where no primaries are slated.

Under the state Election Law, votes for a Cuomo/Hochul ticket in November would not be added to the tally for the Cuomo/Wu ticket, potentially costing Cuomo hundreds of thousands of votes.

Cuomo would have until Sept. 16 under the election law to swap Wu for Hochul, using a technique that would allow the former Buffalo-area congresswoman and lawyer to be nominated instead for a judgeship, according to an expert on legislative election law.

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Scumbag Al Sharpton – Look Who Benefits from His Work

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Published on: September 2, 2014

Late last month, as the Rev. Al Sharpton was marching in the streets of Staten Island and preaching in a church in St. Louis, I couldn’t help but think of Antonio Smith — a 9-year-old boy gunned down by gang members in Chicago the week before.

Antonio should be in school this week; instead, he’s six feet under — almost exactly a year after Sharpton pledged to rent an apartment on the Windy City’s West Side, spend two days a week walking children to school and lead a high-profile challenge to Chicago’s young black men to end that city’s horrific black-on-black crime.

Needless to say, Sharpton’s pledge came to nothing. He spent a few days in Chicago over a few months, then moved on to more lucrative work.

This is why I call him “Slim Shady” Sharpton, after Eminem’s alter ego. The Rev is far more svelte than in his Tawana Brawley days, but he’s still just as dubious a character.

At that black church in St. Louis, the whole nation watched as “Slim” said, “I am not a hater, I am a healer.”

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Reckless SWAT use is worse than tanks in the street

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Reckless SWAT use is worse than tanks in the street

 

Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown didn’t come from the Pentagon.

“Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department’s press secretary, told reporters last month. “The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country.”

In other words: Don’t blame the military for militarizing the police.

Kirby has a point. Although the Pentagon has played a role by distributing surplus gear to police departments, so have the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security by providing grants that can be used to buy military-style equipment.

In any case, the real problem, more pervasive and insidious than BearCats or MRAPs on the streets of our cities, is the dangerously misguided urge to transform cops into soldiers, as reflected in the promiscuous use of SWAT teams.\

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Knife Rights’ Latest Brief in NYC Lawsuit Cuts Through DA’s Baseless Arguments

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Published on: September 2, 2014

Knife Rights filed a Reply Brief in its appeal of a U.S. District Court’s absurd ruling in its ongoing Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. The 30-page legal brief was filed on August 28, 2014, and can be viewed at: www.KnifeRights.org/Knife_Rights_Reply_Brief.pdf

The Reply Brief is the final document needed for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to consider the appeal brought by Knife Rights. It was submitted in response to the District Attorney and City’s briefs opposing the appeal. You can read the nonsensical government brief here: www.KnifeRights.org/DAoppbrief.pdf

The lawsuit challenges the City’s practice of treating common folding knives as prohibited “gravity knives,” then arresting and prosecuting law-abiding knife owners and intimidating retailers into paying large cash sanctions to avoid prosecution. Under the City’s vague and subjective approach, it is impossible to know what knives will be treated as legal.

Knife Rights’ original appeal can be read here: www.KnifeRights.org/Knife_Rights_Appeal_Brief.pdf

Last Fall, U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest ruled that the case could not proceed because Knife Rights and four other plaintiffs (who were falsely arrested or threatened with prosecution for possessing common folding knives) did not identify specific knives being wrongly classified in their complaint, and therefore lacked standing to sue. Requiring identification of specific prohibited knives, in a case about the inability to know what is prohibited or permitted, turns the very idea of this lawsuit on its head.

Judge Forrest then added insult to injury by refusing a request to let Knife Rights amend the complaint to attempt to comply with her requirement that specific knives be identified.

The next step will be oral arguments in front of a panel of three Second Circuit Court of Appeals judges as early as this Fall, after which the judges will render a decision.

Knife Rights’ fight to stop the persecution of knife owners in NYC and to prevent this from spreading to other cities will continue. You can support this lawsuit with a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the Knife Rights Foundation: www.KnifeRights.org/Donate

CCRKBA’S GOTTLIEB SWEETENS GATES DEBATE CHALLENGE: ‘BRING BLOOMTURD TOO!’

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Since billionaire Bill Gates has not accepted a one-on-one debate challenge from Alan Gottlieb to reveal the myriad problems with Initiative 594, Gottlieb announced today that he will allow Gates to bring former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and make it a two-on-one discussion.

Both Gates and Bloomberg have each contributed over $1 million to the I-594 campaign. Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and spokesman for competing Initiative 591, challenged Gates to debate the gun control measure last week, but received no response.

“In addition to bringing Bloomberg along,” Gottlieb said, “I’m willing to loan Gates my Apple iPhone, so if he doesn’t know the answer to a question, he can ask Siri for help.” Siri is a voice-activated “personal assistant and knowledge navigator” offered with Apple’s IOS-7.

“The public needs to know,” he added, “why Gates supports doubling the state waiting period to get a firearm for personal protection. They need to know why I-594 criminalizes the lawful practice of loaning firearms to friends for hunting or target practice. They need to know why I-594 would prevent loaning a handgun to your sister-in-law for self-defense. They need to know why the initiative would prevent a police officer from loaning a firearm to a fellow officer.

“Voters also need to know why no state law enforcement group has endorsed I-594, and why it is opposed by two major statewide police groups, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association, which both endorse the rival Initiative 591 ,” he said. “These are questions the media need to ask so they can inform the public of what’s really in the 18-page gun control measure that Gates and Bloomberg support.”

Gottlieb also said that a Bloomberg appearance would give the Big Apple billionaire an opportunity to explain to Washington voters why he wants to bring New York-style gun control to the Pacific Northwest.

“He could explain why he defends a $340 permit fee and $90 background check fee on New York City residents just to keep a gun in their own homes,” Gottlieb noted. “He could also discuss his support for New York State’s gun law that bans and allows for the confiscation of many semiautomatic rifles, shotguns and handguns, and why he favors a law that only allows a person to keep seven rounds in a pistol at home for personal protection.

“If Gates is willing to debate, and if he can bring Bloomberg,” Gottlieb concluded, “we need to know soon, so we can book a larger venue, with room enough for their armies of bodyguards, and still allow room for the general public to attend.”

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