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I’m a Cop. If You Don’t Want to Get Hurt, Don’t Challenge me.
WASHINGTON POST, August 19, 2014 – A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America. It is also a terrible calumny; cops are not murderers. No officer goes out in the field wishing to shoot anyone, armed or unarmed. And while they’re unlikely to defend it quite as loudly during a time of national angst like this one, people who work in law enforcement know they are legally vested with the authority to detain suspects — an authority that must sometimes be enforced.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 -- You’ve had that reaction, maybe more than once. Probably several times. You were pulled over by red and blue lights that scream STOP! STOP NOW! Then you’re politely asked to show your license and your insurance card. You sit and begin to boil while the cop returns to his car to run you through the CID system.
You think, “I didn’t do anything serious. Sure the light went red as I approached, but there was no crossing traffic and I would have been embarrassed to lay rubber. So what’s the big deal?” And that’s when you decided to ask the cop the same question. And the more you wanted, then demanded, answers the more the cop stiffened.
“Sir,” he said, “Please stop waving your hands around and place them on the steering wheel.” Then you really blew it.
“Why,” you ask. You think you’re God or something. I pay your salary. You work for me.!” The next thing you hear is not what you wanted to hear and your heart began to sink while your face heated up. “Step out of the car, sir” came the order. Now you’re in for a really bad day.
To Protect and to Serve. That’s what the writing on the patrol car said, and that’s what set you off. Rethink the times you encountered a cop. Think back and recall just how stupid you must have sounded. You could have made a friend. Instead, you may have made yourself the enemy. Don’t do it.
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FOX NEWS, August 19, 2014 - Utah officials are scrambling to prevent the Obama administration from locking down thousands of acres of land in their backyard, as federal officials consider up to a dozen possible national monument designations – all in western states. The Antiquities Act gives U.S. presidents the authority to unilaterally declare public lands as national monuments at the stroke of a pen, with no input from the public unless they choose to seek it. Many national monuments eventually go on to become national parks. [full article]
USA TODAY, August 19, 2014 - SALT LAKE CITY — "Stop. Drop your weapon. Don't shoot." Kasey Hansen yelled as she pointed her loaded handgun at a target's chest at a shooting range outside Salt Lake City. "I want to protect my students," said Hansen, a special needs teacher in Utah. "I'm going to stand in front of a bullet for any student that is in my protection, and so I want another option to defend us." [full article]
While there are still a few states (NY, CT, WASHINGTON, DC, and COOK COUNTY, IL) that do not accept the IWI TAVOR rifle for residents, there are now compliant models of the TAVOR available to residents of CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, MASSACHUSETTS, MARYLAND, and NEW JERSEY. Residents of those states now qualify for the GunProPlus TAVOR giveaway.
MERCED (CA) SUN-STAR, August 19, 2014 - A new West Sacramento ordinance would remap where gun retailers can do business, moving over-the-counter sales of firearms and ammunition out of the central business district to outlying business park and industrial areas. Today, retail sales of firearms and ammo are conditionally permitted in the central business district, on the city’s waterfront, and in areas of the city zoned mixed use and general commercial. But city staffers said concerns voiced by West Sacramento police led them to reconsider where gun shops can open their doors, particularly after one location was proposed near a community center, library and day-care center. [full article]
PASADENA STAR-NEWS, August 18, 2014 - Police on Monday arrested two students suspected of planning a mass school shooting that targeted teachers and students at South Pasadena High School. School officials reported the suspected plot to police on Thursday, but did not say how they learned of it. The pair had been under surveillance since the report, South Pasadena police Sgt. Brian Solinsky said. He would not elaborate on the plans or what form they took, but Solinsky said they were “very specific” and included named targets. [full article]
THE POST-STANDARD, SYRACUSE, NY, August 18, 2014 - One hundred and five people will be laid off at Remington Arms in Ilion, Sen. James Seward's office confirmed this afternoon. The layoffs are part of the gun maker's plans to move two assembly lines to Alabama, which was announced in May, Seward's office said. In May, the president of United Mine Workers Local 717 said about 80 people would be laid off with no guarantees of jobs at the new plant. Fran Madore said at the time that the passage of the NY Safe Act played into the decision. [full article]
POLICE ONE.COM VIA LA TIMES/NBCLA, August 18, 2014 - LOS ANGELES — A section of the northbound 110 Freeway heading into downtown was closed early Monday as Los Angeles police investigated a shooting that they said left one of two gunmen dead and an officer wounded. The incident involved two men firing at LAPD officers from an SUV when the officers tried to pull them over for reckless driving at about 2:20 a.m., police said. The two men sped on and off the freeway and twice fired at police, LAPD Deputy Chief Bob Green said. [full article]
WLTX SOUTH CAROLINA, August 17, 2014 - COLUMBIA – South Carolinians may still fear crime and federal regulation but their rush to stockpile guns and ammo appears to be waning, some Greenville County firearms dealers say. Firearms are not as hard to find as they were earlier in the year, and gun owners can find ammunition, even if their purchases are limited or they cannot find the brand they want, dealers told The Greenville News. [full article]
TOWNHALL August 19, 2014 - Oh good… Another big business is being pressured to boycott law abiding gun owners. However, unlike Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Chipotle, and Target, Kroger has decided to reject the Bloomberg-inspired requests to ban guns on their property. I guess they (for some strange reason) didn’t feel like experiencing an uptick in violent crime and robberies. According to the Wall Street Journal (strangely I didn’t see this report on Bloomberg News), a Kroger spokesperson has said that the company will continue to allow carry – both concealed and open carry – as allowed by local laws. [full article]
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Bob Rogers, August 19, 2014 -- Oh, sure, you say. Why not lead cats? Put them on a copper diet. We'd save a lot of birds that way.
We don't blame you. We were just as confused when we read a report that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants a toll of dead birds recorded for a full year over parts of southern California's Mojave Desert. That's where a massive solar plant, BrightSource Energy, has encountered toasted, roasted, fried, stewed, baked and cremated birds that have flown through the plant's sun rays, have ignited in mid-air, and have puffed into smoke trails called "streamers" at a rate estimated to be about one bird every two minutes. But, who's counting? [full article]
"Brady Bill" Namesake James Brady Dies at Age 73
Alan Korwin, August 6, 2014 -- James Brady, the White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan has died. He was 73. He is being credited with "stunning successes" in the "gun-control" efforts in America.
Continuing a long tradition of spinning gun-related news to fit a set of beliefs instead of conformance with the facts, the "news" media is portraying James Brady as the moving force behind what is now the Brady Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence, formerly the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, formerly the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence Allied with The Million Moms March, formerly the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, formerly Handgun Control, Inc., formerly the National Council to Ban Handguns. [full article] More Features
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