VA-ALERT: VCDL Update 1/15/13

1. FBI: more people killed with hammers, clubs each year than rifles 
2. 2012 is tragic, but mass shootings not increasing, experts say 
3. Murder by numbers 
4. FBI: Gun checks soar 39 percent, set new record 
5. Can't find an AR-15? Consider one of these rifles instead 
6. Why good people need semiautomatic firearms and "high capacity" magazines...part 1 
7. 446 school age children shot in Chicago so far this year 
8. CNN's Victor Blackwell challenges Jesse Jackson on Chicago's ineffective gun ban 
9. Indian bus rape: Delhi sees rush for guns 
10. 2nd amendment no longer needed? 
11. Gunfight: Newspaper's decision to out firearms owners sparks ongoing battle 
12. NY newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar 
13. The Journal News is armed and dangerous 
14. Defiant county official refuses to hand over list of gun owners to newspaper 
15. Ex-Burglars say newspaper's gun map would've made the job easier, safer 
16. Inmates using newspaper's gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says 
17. Gun shows face new scrutiny after school shooting 
18. Oops: NY state pensions invested in firearms manufacturers 
19. Woman charged in NY firefighter slayings 
20. Psychiatrist Dr. Welner: Why CT shooter Adam Lanza killed [VIDEO] 
21. Dana Safety Supply stops selling semi auto rifles to civilians so sheriff pulls his business 
22. AZ newscaster nails second amendment - get this man to Washington [VIDEO] 

1. FBI: more people killed with hammers, clubs each year than rifles 

Dale Hawley sent me this: 


"If only we could get rid of the guns the violence would go away" How many times have we heard variations on this? 

Not so, says the FBI data. 


by Awr Hawkins 
January 3, 2013 

According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle. 

This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats' feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course. 

However, it appears the zeal of Sens. like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is misdirected. For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle. 

Think about it: In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618. 

And so the list goes, with the actual numbers changing somewhat from year to year, yet the fact that more people are killed with blunt objects each year remains constant. 

For example, in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs. 

While the FBI makes is clear that some of the "murder by rifle" numbers could be adjusted up slightly, when you take into account murders with non-categorized types of guns, it does not change the fact that their annual reports consistently show more lives are taken each year with these blunt objects than are taken with Feinstein's dreaded rifle. 

Another interesting fact: According to the FBI, nearly twice as many people are killed by hands and fists each year than are killed by murderers who use rifles. 

The bottom line: A rifle ban is as illogical as it is unconstitutional. We face far greater danger from individuals armed with carpenters' tools and a caveman's stick. 

And it seems fairly obvious that if more people had a gun, less people would be inclined to try to hit them in the head with a hammer. 

2. 2012 is tragic, but mass shootings not increasing, experts say 

Member Paul Henick sent me this: 



2012 is tragic, but mass shootings not increasing, experts say 
by Matt Pearce 
December 18, 2012 

As Howard B. Unruh barricaded himself in his home against the police -- after finally running out of ammunition -- he got a call from an assistant city editor at a local newspaper who had looked up his phone number. 

“Why are you killing people?” asked the editor, Philip W. Buxton. 

“I don’t know,” Unruh replied. “I can’t answer that yet. I’ll have to talk to you later. I’m too busy now.” 

It was 1949 in Camden, N.J., and Unruh had just killed 12 people and injured four others with a Luger pistol, including women and children. 

Although some indications suggest the American public has reached a breaking point after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting -- yet another tragic mass shooting in a particularly tragic year -- such attacks have long been a part of American history, and some experts say they are happening not much more often than usual. 

"There is one not-so-tiny flaw in all of these theories for the increase in mass shootings," James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, wrote for in August. "And that is that mass shootings have not increased in number or in overall body count, at least not over the past several decades." 

Fox cited a particularly broad set of FBI and police data that counted shootings between 1980 and 2010 in which four or more people were killed: The average pace was about 20 mass murders per year, with a death toll of about 100. Casualty counts fluctuated wildly -- some years would have almost 125 dead, but then be followed by a year with fewer than 50 mass shooting fatalities. Far steadier was the number of attacks, which usually stayed at fewer than 25 per year. 

This year has been especially bloody, though. According to a running tally by Mother Jones magazine, whose counts slightly differ -- the magazine excluded robberies and gang violence, to some criticism, and limited the tally to public attacks -- 2012 has been the deadliest year for mass shootings since 1982 by far, with almost 80 dead. 

The overall number of casualties, when injuries are included, made 2012 almost twice as bloody as the next-worst years: 1999 and 2007, when massacres at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., respectively, inflated the numbers. 

Mass shootings make up only a small fraction of the country's overall gun crime. Between 2007 and 2011 -- which saw an almost unprecedented drop in violent crime -- the U.S. experienced an average of 13,700 homicides, with guns responsible for 67% of the killing, according to the FBI's crime reports. 

But experts say it's the spectacular nature of the attacks that give public mass shootings such impact beyond the affected communities, with intense media coverage lending extra piquance: five or six or even seven attacks in one year may not be statistically significant, but they're emotionally resonant. 

"What we’ve seen after Aurora and what we’ve seen after Newtown is kind of the typical response that we’ve seen over the last 50 years following high-profile mass public shootings," said Grant Duwe, a criminologist for the Minnesota Department of Corrections who's written a book on the history of mass murders since 1900. 

Duwe has counted 21 mass shootings between 1900 and 1966, which was the year Charles Whitman took to the University of Texas tower in Austin, part of a rampage that killed 15 people, including a pregnant woman. Two weeks before, Richard Speck had killed eight student nurses at the University of Chicago. 

Both of these cases tripped off an emotional maelstrom that marked a new era of public killings in the United States; the two attacks became central points of reference in public debate and started a period when guns became more prominent weapons for such killings. 

“We had mass public shootings before 1966, but the frequency with which those cases occurred is less than what we’ve observed since the mid-1960s," Duwe said. 

The country saw an increase in mass public killings during the 1980s and '90s, but Duwe's tallies showed that mass shootings had decreased since then. The 26 public shooting massacres he tallied between 2000 and 2009 were significantly down from the 43 cases he counted in the 1990s. (Duwe counts shootings in public places that result in four or more dead, but he excludes robberies and gang violence.) 

But Duwe acknowledged that there seemed to be more emotional resonance behind the Newtown, Conn., school attack compared with even the recent massacres in Tuscon, Ariz., and Aurora, Colo. 

"What makes the Newtown mass shooting different qualitatively is that we do have a significant loss of young, innocent, precious lives," he said. "That may pack enough emotional power to bring about reinstatement of, say, the assault weapons ban." 

Whether any policy change lasts is a different question. Duwe pointed out that the 1994 assault-weapons ban passed after a wave of high-profile shootings in the '80s and early '90s -- but then time passed, and the law lapsed, and the debate has begun all over again. 

3. Murder by numbers 


Murder by Numbers 
By Randall Hoven 
December 27, 2012 

Listening to the latest media chatter, one could get the impression that murder in the US is historically bad and getting worse. As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, "The time for their talk is over. Now's the time for action, and real change on gun control." 

Actually, now would seem to be a very bad time for such action. The reason is simple: the murder rate is historically low and is already trending downward. In fact, the murder rate in 2011 was the lowest since 1961: 4.7 murders per 100,000 people. In only 5 years since 1910 has it been lower: 1955-59, when it was only slightly lower at 4.5 or 4.6. 

Today's murder rate is essentially at a low point of the past century. The murder rate in 2011 was lower than it was in 1911. 

And the trend is downward. Whatever we've been doing over the last 20-30 years seems to be working, more or less. The murder rate has been cut by more than half since 1980: from 10.7 to 4.7. 

We can only speculate on what might be behind this trend, but I will point out a few interesting facts. 
• From 1980 to 2000 our prison population more than quadrupled. 
• From the 1980s to 2000, the number of prisoner executions more than quadrupled. 
• From 1986 to 2006, the number of states adopting "shall issue" Concealed Carry permits nearly quadrupled. 

While the most recent murder rate is fairly low for the United States, we often hear that other countries like Australia, Japan and the UK have much lower murder rates. If we want to compare countries, we should not "cherry pick." Let's look at all countries. The United Nations collects such data. Out of 206 countries, the US ranks 103 - smack in the middle. 

You might guess that the Congo (30.8) or Uganda (36.3) would have higher murder rates than us. But would you have guessed Jamaica (40.9), Saint Lucia (25.2), Brazil (21.0), Greenland (19.2) and Costa Rica (10.0) do too? 

Here is the list of European countries whose most recent murder rates exceeded the U.S.'s. 
• Greenland (19.2) 
• Russia (10.2) 
• Moldova (7.5) 
• Lithuania (6.6) 
• Ukraine (5.2) 
• Estonia (5.2) 
• Belarus (4.9) 

It is true that all countries in Southern and Western Europe had lower murder rates than the U.S. But it might be worthwhile to parse the U.S. number if we continue to make such comparisons. 

In over 52% of the murders in the US in 2011 in which the race of the murderer was known, the murderer was black. Over half of the victims of murder were also black. But blacks are only 13.6% of the population. Put all that together, and the murder rate in the US for non-blacks was more like 2.6 per 100,000 in 2011. 

As Peter Baldwin put it in his book, The Narcissism of Minor Differences, "Take out the black underclass from the statistics, and even American murder rates fall to European levels." 

A rate of 2.6 would put us below the Southern European countries of Albania (4.0) and Montenegro (3.5), and in the neighborhood of the Western European countries of Liechtenstein (2.8) and Luxembourg (2.5). 

The Government Accountability Office estimated that 25,064 criminal aliens (non-U.S. citizens) were arrested for homicide in the U.S. Compare that number to the total number of homicides in the U.S. in 2011: 14,612. The criminal aliens committed their murders over a number of years, but that is still a high percentage of all murders in the U.S. that are committed by non-citizens. 

And let's not forget that we are the United States; there are 50 states. (U.S. rates are for 2011 unless otherwise stated. Foreign rates are most recent year available.) 

• Idaho (2.3, was 1.4 in 2010) 
• Finland (2.2) 
• Oregon (2.1) 
• Maine (2.0) 
• Utah (1.9) 
• Belgium (1.7) 
• Canada (1.6) 
• Iowa (1.5) 
• Greece (1.5) 
• Minnesota (1.4) 
• New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island (1.3) 
• UK and Portugal (1.2) 
• Hawaii (1.2) 
• France (1.1) 
• New Hampshire (1.0 in 2010) 

But what about guns? Does the US have a murder problem because of so many guns? Again, let's not cherry-pick; let's look at all other countries. 

To the eyeball, it looks like a more heavily armed population goes hand-in-hand with less murder, as an average. The statistics bear that out: the correlation coefficient is negative, -0.23, and it is statistically significant. 

You can look for various trends, but there is no evidence here that the availability of guns leads to more murders. Two of the most heavily armed countries, Finland and Switzerland, have murder rates of 2.2 and 0.7, among the lowest in the world. On the other hand, every country with a murder rate at least 5 times greater than the U.S.'s has at least 5 times fewer firearms per person than the U.S. 

Yes, you can look for trends, but the Centers for Disease Control already did that for you. During 2000-02, a CDC task force "conducted a systematic review of scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of firearms laws in preventing violence, including violent crimes, suicide, and unintentional injury." Here was their conclusion. 

"The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes." 

In short, the Al Sharpton advice is exactly wrong: this is not the time, and gun control is not the action. To put it mildly, we have better things to worry about. 

In my view, this whole issue is a distraction. The homicide rate in the U.S. is one of the few things that are on a good trend. Why are we even discussing something that is historically low and declining instead of our unsustainable debt which is historically high and climbing? It is another sign of our dysfunctional politics. We seem incapable of even recognizing our real problems, much less tackling them. 

4. FBI: Gun checks soar 39 percent, set new record 

James Durso sent me this: 



Gun checks soar 39 percent, set new record: FBI 
by David Ingram 
January 2, 2013 

(Reuters) - The number of FBI background checks required for Americans buying guns set a record in December, indicating that more people may purchase one after the Connecticut school massacre stirred interest in self-defense and prompted renewed talk of limits on firearms, according to FBI data. 

The FBI said it recorded 2.78 million background checks during the month, surpassing the mark set in November of 2.01 million checks - about a 39 percent rise. 

The latest monthly figure was up 49 percent over December 2011, when the FBI performed a then-record 1.86 million checks. 

Consumer demand for guns appears to have accounted for the uptick in activity. There were no changes in FBI background check procedures that would have affected the December numbers, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said. 

December is typically the busiest month of the year for checks, however, due in part to Christmas gift sales. 

The figures do not represent the number of firearms sold, a statistic the government does not track. They also do not reflect activity between private parties, such as family members or collectors, because federal law requires background checks only for sales from commercial vendors with a federal license. 

Someone who passes a background check is eligible to buy multiple firearms. 

FBI checks for all of 2012 totaled 19.6 million, an annual record and an increase of 19 percent over 2011. 

The FBI system - known as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) - "processed transactions following normal established protocols," Fischer said in an email. 

The national debate on guns has grown more intense since December 14, when Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children and six adults before committing suicide in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. 

Lanza also killed his mother, the registered owner of the guns used in the killings, before going to the school. 


Interest in guns tends to increase after a mass shooting, as customers fear for personal safety or worry that lawmakers might ban certain firearms. 

President Barack Obama has committed to pushing new legislation, possibly including a ban on some semi-automatic weapons, this year. 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for firearms-makers, estimates the size of the industry at $4 billion a year. A spokesman for the association did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. 

Shares of gun maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp were up 1.2 percent at $8.54 at Wednesday's close, while those of Sturm Ruger & Co Inc were up 1.1 percent at $45.88, during a broad rally in which the Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 2.5 percent. 

Neither company responded to requests for comment. 

"The last eight years (have) been very good to be a handgun company. The market has expanded significantly, and long guns having done pretty good, as well," said Smith & Wesson Chief Executive James Debney at a December 12 conference for investors. 

The pattern of gun sales rising after a mass shooting is disturbing, said Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, a Washington group that favors gun control. 

"While the majority of Americans look for solutions to stop the next attack, a minority of gun owners runs to hoard the very guns used in the most recent" incidents, Sugarmann said in an email. 

Even as gun purchases rise, the share of U.S. households with a gun has been falling for decades, from 54 percent in 1977 to 32 percent in 2010, according to the University of Chicago's General Social Survey. 

5. Can't find an AR-15? Consider one of these rifles instead 

Walter Jackson sent me this: 



by Awr Hawkins 
January 2, 2013 

Finding an AR-15 at an affordable price can be quite a chore. In fact, just finding an AR-15 can be difficult. There is a serious run on guns as a result of Barack Obama's re-election and pledges of more gun control by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). 

Thus, for Americans looking for their first AR-15 but having difficulty obtaining it, here's a question -- Why not look at an AK-47 or an SKS as a viable option? 

Although much maligned by the mainstream media for no reason other than it was malign-able, the AK-47 is a remarkably dependable rifle which was first developed by the Soviets in the late 1940s. Created for military use at that time, variants of it are produced and used by military's around the world, including forces within the Islamic world. 

Civilian versions of the gun are just like civilian variants of the AR-15 in that they are semi-automatic -- NOT FULL AUTO -- and they can be used in conjunction with magazines that come in various configurations: 10 round mags, 15 round mags, 30 round mags, etc. 

Although the recoil of an AK-47 is slightly greater than that of the AR-15, it is by no means significant enough to keep the gun from being enjoyed by males and females, and even children who shoot the gun under adult supervision. 

The other good news about an AK-47 -- you can get one for less than half of what you'd pay for an AR-15 right now. 

Now for the SKS. 

Vietnam Veterans can tell you about SKS rifles. They were cheaper guns produced by the communist world and used by North Vietnamese soldiers and the Viet Cong. And by cheap I do not mean junky. Rather, I mean an SKS is a no frills rifle that will shoot every time you pull the trigger. Whether you're pulling the trigger after the gun has been covered in mud, dropped in the snow, or simply not cleaned for years, the gun is notoriously reliable. 

Like AK-47s, civilian versions of SKS rifles can take magazines in various configurations and the recoil of the gun is more than bearable. 

This is a gun that a father and son can take out to the mountains or the range on a Sunday afternoon and make some memories by shooting up cans and targets, or coyotes and rabbits (in states where shooting coyotes and rabbits with such a gun is legal). 

The good news - an SKS is only 2/3 the price of an AK-47. The bad news, finding one has become increasingly difficult. 

Like the AR-15, ammo for the AK-47 and SKS can be purchased in bulk from various distributors online. It is not the same ammo an AR-15 shoots, but the prices for it in bulk are very similar. 

However, readers should note that the ammo for all three guns is getting as hard to find as the guns themselves. 

6. Why good people need semiautomatic firearms and "high capacity" magazines...part 1 

Actually there are only normal capacity magazines (>10 rounds) and sub-capacity magazines (<11 rounds)... 

Jay Minsky sent me this: 



by Massad Ayoob 
December 29th, 2012 

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a conversation with someone in the last few days who asked, “Why do ordinary law-abiding people need those semiautomatic firearms with magazines that can hold more than ten cartridges?” There are lots of sound answers. 

For one thing, defensive firearms are meant to be “equalizers,” force multipliers that can allow one good person to defend against multiple evil people. To allow one good person to defend against a single evil person so much stronger and/or bigger and/or more violent than he or she, that the attacker’s potentially lethal assault can be stopped. History shows that it often takes many gunshots to stop even a single determined aggressor. Most police officers have seen the famous autopsy photo in the cops-only text book “Street Survival” of the armed robber who soaked up 33 police 9mm bullets before he stopped trying to kill the officers. Consider Lance Thomas, the Los Angeles area watch shop owner who was in many shootouts with multiple gang bangers who tried to rob and murder him. He shot several of them, and discovered that it took so many hits to stop them that he placed multiple loaded handguns every few feet along his workbench. That’s not possible in a home, or when lawfully carrying concealed on the street: a semiautomatic pistol with a substantial cartridge capacity makes much more sense for that defensive application. 

Semiautomatic rifles? Consider this heart-breaking, fatal home invasion in Florida and ask yourself if it might have turned out differently had the homeowners been able to access and competently deploy something like, oh, a Bushmaster AR15 with 30 round magazine. I teach every year in Southern Arizona, and each year I see more Americans along the border with AR15s and similar rifles in their ranch vehicles and even their regular cars. There have been cases where innocent ranchers and working cops alike have been jeopardized by multiple, heavily armed drug smugglers and human traffickers in desert fights far from police response and backup. A semiautomatic rifle with a substantial magazine capacity can be reassuring in such situations, as seen here: 

In the last twenty years, we have seen epic mob violence in American streets. During the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Korean storekeepers armed with AR15s kept their stores and livelihoods – and lives – from the torches of inflamed crowds because the mob feared their force multipliers. Read this, for a survivor’s account: There have been bands of roving, violent predators as lately as this year during the Sandy storm. And the “flash mob violence” phenomenon of recent years has left many urban dwellers picturing themselves as the lone victim of a feral human wolfpack. 

And, if you will, one more stark and simple thing: Americans have historically modeled their choices of home protection and personal defense handguns on what the cops carried. When the police carried .38 revolvers as a rule, the .38 caliber revolver was the single most popular choice among armed citizens. In the 1980s and into the 1990s, cops switched en masse to semiautomatic pistols. So did the gun-buying public. Today, the most popular handgun among police seems to be the 16-shot, .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic. Not surprisingly, the general public has gone to pistols bracketing that caliber in power (9mm, .40, .45) with similar enthusiasm. The American police establishment has also largely switched from the 12 gauge shotgun which was also the traditional American home defense weapon, to the AR15 patrol rifle with 30-round magazine…and, not surprisingly, the law-abiding citizenry has followed suit there, too. 

The reasoning is strikingly clear. The cops are the experts on the current criminal trends. If they have determined that a “high capacity” semiautomatic pistol and a .223 semiautomatic rifle with 30-round magazines are the best firearms for them to use to protect people like me and my family, they are obviously the best things for us to use to protect ourselves and our families . 

7. 446 school age children shot in Chicago so far this year 

But, they have GUN CONTROL in Chicago - this can't be! 


446 school age children shot in Chicago so far this year with strongest gun laws in country – media silent 
December 18, 2012 

The cesspool known as Chicago probably has the toughest gun laws in the country, yet despite all the shootings, murders, and bloodshed, you never hear a peep about this from the corrupt state run media. In Chicago, there have been 446 school age children shot in leftist utopia run by Rahm Emanuel and that produced Obama, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, etc. 62 school aged children have actually been killed by crazed nuts in Chicago so far this year with almost two weeks to go. So why isn’t this news worthy? Is it because it would embarrass those anti second amendment nuts who brag about Chicago’s tough gun laws? Is it because most of the kids who were shot and killed were minorities? Or is it because the corrupt media doesn’t want to show Chicago in a bad light? Amazingly, no Obama crocodile tears either. 

For those of you too dense to get the point of this post, it’s to make the point about gun laws. No matter how tough the gun laws are, the crazed, nut jobs will find a way to get them and if they so chose, use them. No draconian law can stop this, no matter how well intentioned the law is, or if it’s just about leftists grabbing power from citizens and taking away their constitutional rights. 


18 YEARS OLD- 15 

17 YEARS OLD- 16 

16 YEARS OLD- 16 

15 YEARS OLD- 6 

14 YEARS OLD- 4 

13 YEARS OLD- 2 

12 YEARS OLD- 1 



446 School Age Children Shot in Chicago so Far This Year 

18 year old- 110 

17 year old- 99 

16 year old- 89 

15 year old- 62 

14 year old- 39 

13 year old- 21 

12 year old- 10 

11 year old- 2 

10 year old- 3 

9 year old- 1 

7 year old- 3 

6 year old- 2 

5 year old- 1 

4 year old- 1 

3 year old- 1 

1 year old- 2 

8. CNN's Victor Blackwell challenges Jesse Jackson on Chicago's ineffective gun ban [VIDEO] 

Joel Michello sent me this: 



I happened to be watching this on Friday and was amazed that Jackson was asked pointedly how Chicago, with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, has such a high violence rate and why it would be any different for the rest of the country to enact more gun control. Jackson had no good answer and (I think) neither would any other politician. More politicians need to be forced to justify their illogic on the air waves. More news talking heads need to be asking these questions. Thanks to Victor Blackwell of CNN for finally asking a logical question of these politicians to show their illogical thinking/talking. 


Random act of journalism: CNN’s Victor Blackwell challenges Jesse Jackson on Chicago’s ineffective gun ban 
By MP 
December 28th, 2012 

CNN shockingly airs several minutes of objective journalism… 

CNN Newsroom December 28. 

I know you’re thinking: “Whaaaaaa?” 

Victor Blackwell is new to CNN. Having only just graduated from local news, he hasn’t been immersed in the liberal cesspool long… 

Victor Blackwell joined CNN August 2012 as an anchor and correspondent based in the network’s headquarters in Atlanta, GA. 


Blackwell comes to CNN from WPBF 25 News in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he served as an anchor. 

Blackwell will surely receive a stern talking-to after this performance. Either learn to parrot the company line, or go back to local news. 

9. Indian bus rape: Delhi sees rush for guns 

James Durso sent me this: 



Indian bus rape: Delhi sees rush for guns 
Hundreds of women inquire about gun licences following woman's murder, showing the lack of faith in law enforcement 
by Jason Burke 
January 1, 2013 

Hundreds of women in Delhi have applied for gun licences following the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman by six men in a bus in the city last month. 

The news underlines the widespread sense of insecurity in the city, deep before the incident and deeper now, and the lack of faith in law enforcement agencies. 

The ashes of the victim of the attack – who died on Friday after 13 days in hospitals in India and Singapore, and was cremated in Delhi in a secret ceremony under heavy security on Sunday – were scattered on the surface of the Ganges river, sacred to Hindus, in northern India on Tuesday. 

The case has provoked an unprecedented debate about endemic sexual harassment and violence in India. Tens of thousands have protested across the country, calling for harsher laws, better policing and a change in culture. 

Politicians, initially caught off-guard, have now promised new legislation to bring in fast-track courts and harsher punishments for sexual assault. The six men accused of the attack are to be formally charged with murder later this week and potentially face execution. 

Indian media are currently reporting incidents of sexual violence that would rarely gain attention previously. In the last 24 hours these have included a teenager fleeing repeated abuse by her brother, who was allegedly assaulted on a bus by a conductor, a 15-year-old held for 15 days by three men in a village in Uttar Pradesh and repeatedly assaulted, an 11-year-old allegedly raped by three teenagers in the north-eastern city of Guwahati and two cases of rape in the city of Amritsar. 

One case reported on Tuesday involved a woman, also in a village in Uttar Pradesh, who suffered 90% burns after being doused in kerosene, allegedly by a man who had been stalking her for months. 

There were signs that a further taboo was about to be broken when one of India's best-known English-language television presenters asked viewers who had experienced abuse from a family member to contact her. 

The rush for firearms will cause concern, however. Police in Delhi have received 274 requests for licences and 1,200 inquiries from women since 18 December, two days after the woman and a male friend were attacked in a bus cruising on busy roads between 9pm and 10pm. 

"Lots of women have been contacting us asking for information about how to obtain licences. Any woman has a threat against her. It's not surprising. There are fearless predators out there," said Abhijeet Singh of the campaign group Guns For India. 

Delhi police received around 500 applications for the whole of 2011, up from 320 the previous year. 

Hundreds of women had come in person to the police licensing department in the city, the Times of India reported. 

"We had to patiently tell them that one needs to have a clear danger to one's life to be given a licence. However some … said that with even public transport no longer safe in the city they just cannot take chances," an unnamed official told the newspaper. 

There are estimated to be 40m guns in India, the second highest number in the world after the US. Licences are hard to obtain and most are illegal weapons, many manufactured in backstreet workshops. Official ownership levels remain low – three guns for every 100 people – but in recent years the number of women holding arms has risen. Most are wealthy and worried about theft or assault. 

There are fears the attack will lead to further restrictions on women in India, who already suffer significant constraints. 

Elders in Matapa, in the poverty-stricken Indian state of Bihar, banned the use of mobile phones for teenage girls and warned them against wearing "sexy" clothes. They claim the move will check rape cases and restore "social order". Other villages nearby are planning similar bans, locals said. 

One member of parliament in Rajasthan, the north-western state, also called for a ban on skirts for schoolgirls to keep them away from "men's lustful gazes". Banwari Lal Singhal said private schools allowing students to wear skirts explained increased sexual harassment locally. 

Matapa is in southern Bihar's Aurangabad district – the region from which one of the Delhi gang-rape accused, Akshay Thakur, comes. The order was issued after a formal meeting with villagers, council officials and school teachers on Sunday. "Almost every villager pressed us to ban the mobile phones use by the schoolgirls saying they are proving quite dangerous for the society and corrupting traditional values," the local village council head, Sushma Singh, told the Guardian on Tuesday. 

Protesters were angered by the news. "Our sister will have died in vain if all that is happening after is our fear is greater and ladies are more unfree," said Deepti Anand, a 21-year-old student in Delhi who has attended demonstrations most days in recent weeks. 

10. 2nd amendment no longer needed? 


by Walter Williams 

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, said: “The British are not coming. … We don’t need all these guns to kill people.” Lewis’ vision, shared by many, represents a gross ignorance of why the framers of the Constitution gave us the Second Amendment. How about a few quotes from the period, and you decide whether our Founding Fathers harbored a fear of foreign tyrants. 

Alexander Hamilton: “The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed,” adding later, “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government.” By the way, Hamilton is referring to what institution when he says “the representatives of the people”? 

James Madison: “(The Constitution preserves) the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” 

Thomas Jefferson: “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.” 

George Mason, author of the Virginia Bill of Rights, which inspired our Constitution’s Bill of Rights, said, “To disarm the people – that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” 

Rep. John Lewis and like-minded people might dismiss these thoughts by saying the founders were racist anyway. Here’s a more recent quote from a card-carrying liberal, the late Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey: “Certainly, one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms. … The right of the citizen to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible.” I have many other Second Amendment references here. 

How about a couple of quotations with which Rep. Lewis and others might agree? “Armas para que?” (translated: “Guns, for what?”) by Fidel Castro. There’s a more famous one: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.” That was Adolf Hitler. 

Here’s the gun grabbers’ slippery-slope agenda, laid out by Nelson T. Shields, founder of Handgun Control Inc.: “We’re going to have to take this one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily – given the political realities – going to be very modest. … Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal – total control of handguns in the United States – is going to take time. … The final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition – except for the military, police, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs and licensed gun collectors – totally illegal” (The New Yorker, July 1976). 

There have been people who’ve ridiculed the protections afforded by the Second Amendment, asking what chance would citizens have against the military might of the U.S. government. Military might isn’t always the deciding factor. Our 1776 War of Independence was against the mightiest nation on the face of the earth – Great Britain. In Syria, the rebels are making life uncomfortable for the much-better-equipped Syrian regime. Today’s Americans are vastly better-armed than our founders, Warsaw Ghetto Jews and Syrian rebels. 

There are about 300 million privately held firearms owned by Americans. That’s nothing to sneeze at. And notice that the people who support gun control are the very people who want to control and dictate our lives. 

11. Gunfight: Newspaper's decision to out firearms owners sparks ongoing battle 

Jay Minsky sent me this: 


This story is another good followup to VCDL's December 28, 2012 VA-ALERT story #4. The backlash includes the paper hiring armed guards to protect it building and its competitor's increased subscriptions at the expense of the Journal News. 


Gunfight: Newspaper's decision to out firearms owners sparks ongoing battle 
January 02, 2013 

Now it is the advertisers and readers of a New York newspaper who are caught in the crossfire, after its controversial decision to publish the names and addresses of gun owners in its community. 

The initial story by the Westchester Journal News on Dec. 22 prompted a bitter backlash by gun advocates, who published the names and addresses of some of the newspaper’s staff. Since then, supporters and critics of the newspaper's controversial stand have been taking potshots at each other in a near-daily exchange that has drawn national attention. 

“The data posted also includes active and retired police officers, judges, battered and stalked individuals, FBI agents, and more," the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association said in a release that marked the latest escalation. "The Journal News has made no credible case, nor offered any valid reason, for releasing the data, and it serves no investigative or journalistic purpose. It merely invites harassment and burglary.” 

The association is calling for a possible boycott of the Gannett-owned newspaper's national advertisers. But the paper isn't just worried about suffering economic harm. On Dec. 28, it began posting armed guards outside one of its offices, according to local police, shortly after a blogger published the names and home addresses of the 50 journalists who worked on the interactive map showing who owned legally-registered guns. 

And the battle shows no signs of subsiding. Hackers claim to have broken into the Journal News' online subscriber database and say they're circulating passwords and user information for 10,000 account holders. They have also made online threats to publish the home addresses and phone numbers of executives at the newspaper’s major advertisers. 

One New York lawmaker said he plans to introduce legislation making it illegal to obtain gun permit holders’ information through Freedom of Information Act requests, which is how the Journal News obtained the permit holders’ information used to create their controversial online database. 

“The Journal News has placed the lives of these folks at risk by creating a virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs,” said Republican State Sen. Greg Ball, in announcing his intent. 

There is one apparent beneficiary of all the controversy: The paper's competitor, the Rockland County Times, claimed in an article to have seen an "influx of new subscribers who stated they canceled their subscription to the Journal News due to the gun story.” 

12. NY newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar 

Jay Minsky emailed me this: 


This is a followup story to the December 29, 2012 VA Alert story "New York newspaper puts up interactive map with exact address of CHP holders". 


New York newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar 
by Noreen O'Donnell - Reuters 
December 29, 2012 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suburban New York newspaper that sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits is now planning to publish even more identities of permit-toting locals. 

Further names and addresses will be added as they become available to a map originally published on December 24 in the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, the newspaper said. 

The original map listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New York City. 

Along with an article entitled "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," the map was compiled in response to the December 14 shooting deaths of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, editors of the Gannett Corp.-owned newspaper said. 

The next batch of names will be permit holders in suburban Putnam County, New York, where the county clerk told the newspaper it is still compiling information. 

Some 44,000 people are licensed to own pistols in the three counties, the newspaper said. Owners of rifles and shotguns do not need permits, the newspaper said. 

The publication prompted outrage, particularly on social media sites, among gun owners. 

"Do you fools realize that you also made a map for criminals to use to find homes to rob that have no guns in them to protect themselves?" Rob Seubert of Silver Spring, Maryland, posted on the newspaper's web site. "What a bunch of liberal boobs you all are." 

Republican state Senator Greg Ball of Patterson, New York, said he planned to introduce legislation to keep permit information private except to prosecutors and police. 

A similar bill that he introduced earlier as an Assemblyman failed in the state Assembly. 

"The asinine editors at the Journal News have once again gone out of their way to place a virtual scarlet letter on law abiding firearm owners throughout the region," Ball wrote on his Senate web site. 

The newspaper's editor and vice president of news, CynDee Royle, earlier in the week defended the decision to list the permit holders. 

"We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings," she said. 

Some critics retaliated by posting reporters' and editors' addresses and other personal information online. 

Howard Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, called the critics' response childish and petulant. 

"It doesn't move the issue of gun control to the level of intelligent public discussion," he said. "Instead, it transforms what should be a rational public debate on a contentious issue into ugly gutter fighting." 

Good said the information about permit holders was public and, if presented in context, served a legitimate interest. 

But media critic Al Tompkins of the Florida-based Poynter Institute wrote online this week that the newspaper's reporting had not gone far enough to justify the permit holders' loss of privacy. 

"If journalists could show flaws in the gun permitting system, that would be newsworthy," he said. "Or, for example, if gun owners were exempted from permits because of political connections, then journalists could better justify the privacy invasion." 

Tompkins said he feared the dispute might prompt lawmakers to play to privacy fears. 

"The net effect of the abuse of public records from all sides may well be a public distaste for opening records, which would be the biggest mistake of all," he said. 

13. The Journal News is armed and dangerous 

Walter Jackson sent me this: 


What is good for the goose is not good for the gander (newspaper). 


Armed guards from RGA Investigations have taken up post at the Journal News’ Rockland County headquarters 
by Dylan Skriloff 
January 1, 2013 

Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander. 

A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. 

[Update 1/4/13-the guards will now be present indefinitely] 

According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester. 

Due to apparent safety concerns, the newspaper then decided to hire RGA Investigations to provide armed personnel to man the location. 

Private investigator Richard Ayoob is the administrator of RGA. He told the Clarkstown Police on Friday, December 28 that there had been no problems on site at the Journal News headquarters despite the massive influx of phone calls and emails. 

McBride had filed at least two reports with the Clarkstown Police Department due to perceived threats. However, the police did not find the communications in question actually threatening. Incident-Report 2012-00033099 describes McBride telling police she was worried because an email writer wondered “what McBride would get in her mail now.” 

Police said the email “did not constitute an offense” and did not contain an actual threat. 

The Journal News caused an international stir when they released an interactive map of pistol permit holders names and addresses in Rockland and Westchester counties last Sunday, December 23. The editors have said they believe knowing where guns are is in the public’s interest. The newspaper has also taken a strident editorial position in favor of strict gun control. 

Rather than take the map down following the public uproar, the executive board at the Journal News has decided to “stick to their guns” and double-down on their original decision, as they have said a map listing all pistol permit holders in Putnam County will soon to be posted. 

[Update 1/2/13---Putnam County officials have since announced their intention to not comply with the Journal News' request for the names and addresses of pistol permit holders] 

The controversial use of the Freedom of Information Act to create the interactive map may come back to bite the Journal News and others who would prefer that pistol permits remain public record. 

New York State Senator Greg Ball has already introduced state legislation to make such records off-limits to the public and Rockland County legislators led by Frank Sparaco (R) will soon introduce a bipartisan-sponsored resolution with a similar intent. 

It is not clear whether the negative reaction has threatened the Journal News’ true popularity as a news source. As an anecdotal piece of evidence, the Rockland County Times confirms receiving an influx of new subscribers who stated they cancelled their subscription to the Journal News due to the gun story. 

The Rockland County Times has not investigated whether the Journal News’ Westchester County headquarters in White Plains has beefed up security. 

14. Defiant county official refuses to hand over list of gun owners to newspaper 

Bill Hine sent me this: 



Defiant county official refuses to hand over list of gun owners to newspaper 
January 04, 2013 

The defiant New York county clerk who has refused to hand over names and addresses of handgun permit holders to a newspaper that has stirred controversy by publishing the public information is standing firm, saying it's a matter of safety. 

"This certainly puts my public in danger," Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said in reiterating his stance against the Journal News, a daily paper that serves the New York City suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. 

Assemblyman Steve Katz backed Sant, saying the newspaper had exposed the names of those who own guns for no good reason, and said the decision could put people at risk. 

“The Journal News has really come up with the perfect map for the perpetrators and for the stalkers and for the criminals,” Katz said. “They have yet to give us a cogent reason why, except for the reason that they can. I am sorry — that is not acceptable.” 

The paper sparked an outcry Dec. 23 when it published clickable online maps with the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties. Although much of the journalism community has rallied to support the newspaper, the move has also sparked a bitter backlash and even calls for a boycott of the paper's advertisers. Sant's defiance has made him something of a hero to gun enthusiasts and groups who believe the newspaper overstepped its bounds. 

When the newspaper requested the same information from Putnam, Sant initially said the county needed more time to fulfill the request. Sant balked entirely this week, saying the law gives him the prerogative to refuse to release public information if it endangers the public. Judges and police officers could be targeted by the people they put behind bars, he said. People with orders of protection have expressed concern to him about would-be attackers finding them through the database. 

While anyone can come into his office and file the necessary paperwork to request information on individual permits, Sant said the difference is that the Journal News plans to publish the information in a way that makes it accessible to everyone, instantaneously. 

"First of all, it tells criminals who doesn't have a gun," he said. "It gives a burglar or it gives a thief a map." 

The Journal News' database and accompanying story, "The Gun Owner Next Door," was published as part of the newspaper's coverage following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Some readers say it unfairly stigmatized gun owners, branding them in the same way as online maps showing where child molesters live. The newspaper says it received threats and has posted armed guards at its offices. 

Journal News Publisher Janet Hasson did not respond to several requests for comment Thursday but has issued statements previously standing behind the newspaper's project and maintaining residents have a right to see such public information. 

Diane Kennedy, president of the New York News Publishers Association, said she reached out to Hasson offering support. She said editors may debate whether the Journal News should have published the database, but they fully backed the newspaper's right to access public records under New York's Freedom of Information Law. If the issue went to court, she said, member newspapers would file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Journal News. 

"It's really clear cut," Kennedy said. "The existing law doesn't have exemptions in it. It says this information is subject to FOIL." 

Rex Smith, editor of the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., said : "There is a broad consensus that the kind of resistance to the FOIL application that we're seeing in Putnam County is intolerable." 

The denial of similar information to The Wall Street Journal by New York City's police commissioner led to a case that in 1981 was decided in favor of the newspaper. 

But Sant says that times have changed. 

"The technology today is so different," he said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity of bringing to the magistrates that this is not 30 years ago."

Several attempts to pass a law that would shield gun permit holders' personal information have failed to pass the legislature in recent years. 

Experts say the county may have a difficult time defending the refusal, because New York state law classifies the data as public. 

"The argument has been made and rejected," said Robert Freeman of the State Committee on Open Government. "There's never been any indication that disclosure resulted in any jeopardy." 

Edward S. Rudofsky, a New York attorney who specializes in the First Amendment, added, "I don't see why technology makes this any more or less sensitive than it would otherwise be." 

15. Ex-Burglars say newspaper's gun map would've made the job easier, safer 

Mark Shinn sent me this: 



Ex-Burglars Say Newspaper’s Gun Map Would’ve Made the Job Easier, Safer 
by Jana Winter 
January 06, 2013 

Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade. 

The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them. 

"Having a list of who has a gun is like gold - why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?” 
- Walter T. Shaw, former burglar and jewel thief 

“That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T. Shaw, 65, a former burglar and jewel thief who the FBI blames for more than 3,000 break-ins that netted some $70 million in the 1960s and 1970s. “Having a list of who has a gun is like gold - why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns? 

"What they did was insanity," added Shaw, author of "License to Steal," a book about his criminal career. 

The newspaper published the online map last month alongside an article titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood." The map included the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. 

While the paper ostensibly sought to make a point about gun proliferation in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the effort backfired. A blogger reacted with a map showing where key editorial staffers live and some outraged groups have called for a boycott of parent company Gannett’s national advertisers. Ironically, the newspaper has now stationed armed guards outside at least one of its offices. 

“They just created an opportunity for some crimes to be committed and I think it’s exceptionally stupid,” said Bob Portenier, 65, a former burglar and armed house robber turned crime prevention consultant. 

Professional burglars are always looking for an edge, and like most folks, they read the paper, said Portenier. 

“Criminals are always looking for opportunity and words travels through the grapevine—burglars trade secrets and when you see something like that in the paper, that’s is something burglar’s are going to talk about,” Portenier said. “‘Did you see in the paper where all these people have guns and their addresses?’ and that kind of stuff, they’ll say.” 

While some burglars may use the newspaper’s information to avoid guns, Portenier said others will target homes with guns. The newspaper’s decision could even lead to legally-owned guns proliferating on the street, he said. 

“That’s one of the first things we’d check out—guns are on the top of the list of what you want to steal,” he said. “They can walk out with a shotgun and a couple of handguns and sell them on the street for $300 or $400 a pop. They can sell them to a gangbanger who ends up killing someone." 

Frank Abagnale, who was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 film “Catch Me if You Can,” and is perhaps the most famous reformed thief to ever earn a legitimate living by offering the public insight into the criminal mind, called the newspaper’s actions “reprehensible.” 

“It is unbelievable that a newspaper or so called journalist would publish the names and addresses of legal gun owners, including federal agents, law enforcement officers and the like,” said Abagnale, who noted that he grew up in the suburban New York area served by the Journal-News. “This would be equivalent to publishing the names of individuals who keep substantial sums of money, jewelry and valuables in their home.” 

16. Inmates using newspaper's gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says 

From member Paul Henick: 



Inmates using newspaper's gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says 
January 4, 2013 

Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards. 

Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger. 

"They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday. 

Robert Riley, an officer with the White Plains Police Department and president of its Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, agreed. 

"You have guys who work in New York City who live up here. Now their names and addresses are out there, too," he said adding that there are 8,000 active and retired NYPD officers currently living in Rockland County. 

Local lawmakers also say that they intend to introduce legislation that prevents information about legal gun owners from being released to the public. 

The newspaper published the online map last month alongside an article titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood." The map included the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. 

While the paper ostensibly sought to make a point about gun proliferation in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the effort may have backfired. A blogger reacted with a map showing where key editorial staffers live, and some outraged groups have called for a boycott of parent company Gannett’s national advertisers. Ironically, the newspaper has now stationed armed guards outside at least one of its offices. 

17. Gun shows face new scrutiny after school shooting 

More stupidity from elected officials. 

Board Member Dennis O'Connor sent me this: 



Gun shows face new scrutiny after school shooting 
by Chris Carola and Michael Hill 
January 4, 2012 

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Missing from the gun show here next weekend will be some of the most popular guns. 

Show organizers, facing pressure after last month's elementary school massacre in Connecticut, agreed to bar the display and sale of AR-15 military-style semiautomatic weapons and their large-clip magazines. 

"The majority of people wanted these guns out of the city," said Chris Mathiesen, Saratoga Springs' public safety commissioner. "They don't want them sold in our city, and I agree. Newtown, Conn., is not that far away." 

Though gun advocates aren't backing down from their insistence on the right to keep and bear arms, heightened sensitivities and raw nerves since the Newtown shooting are softening displays at gun shows and even leading officials and sponsors to cancel the well-attended exhibitions altogether. 

The mayor of Barre, Vt., wants a ban on military-style assault weapons being sold at an annual gun show in February. Mayor Thom Lauzon says he supports responsible gun ownership but is making the request "as a father." The police chief in Waterbury, Conn., just a few miles from Newtown, has halted permits for gun shows, saying he was concerned about firearms changing hands that might one day be used in a mass shooting. 

In New York's suburban Westchester County, officials decided against hosting a gun show next month at the county center in White Plains, about an hour's drive from Newtown. County Executive Rob Astorino had brought back the show in 2010 after a ban of more than a decade following the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, but he said the show would be inappropriate now. 

Three additional shows in New York's Hudson Valley and Danbury, Conn., were listed as canceled on the website for Big Al's Gun Shows. A man who answered the site's contact number said it was the venues that canceled the shows, not the promoter. 

In Houston, transportation officials temporarily stopped using electronic freeway signs for public safety traffic updates near firearms-related events amid complaints following a gun show the day after the Dec. 14 school shooting. State-level transportation officials overruled the decision. 

And on Wednesday, the Saratoga Springs City Council urged organizers of a downtown gun show Jan. 12-13 not to display military-style weapons and the high-capacity magazines "of the type used in the Newtown tragedy." The vote came after about a dozen people gave impassioned pleas at the meeting. 

Show organizer David Petronis, of New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates, agreed to the limit. 

"I don't think it's fair that we're taking the brunt of the problem," Petronis said, "but I can understand the reaction of people in doing so." 

Petronis said his group is a "nice, clean family-oriented ... arms fair" that brings in thousands of visitors and a lot of money for the city. He stressed that buyers at his show undergo background checks, as per New York state law. 

Gun dealers around the country are reporting a spike in sales of semiautomatic rifles amid renewed talk of a federal ban on assault weapons. The possibility of tighter gun control has also pumped up attendance at gun shows in several states. 

Marv Kraus, who helped organize a weekend gun show in Evansville, Wis., said business has been especially strong lately. 

"The gun sales have been crazy. They are going through the roof," said Joel Koehler, a gun dealer who operates shows in Pennsylvania. While a few dealers have dropped out of this weekend's show in the Pocono Mountains, Koehler said, it's "because they have nothing to sell. They are out of inventory." 

Koehler said he has felt no pressure to cancel his shows in Pennsylvania. 

"The shows are going on," he said. "Nobody's said to us that we can't have them." 

The gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December used an AR-15 to kill 20 first-graders and six educators in the school. The gun belonged to the shooter's mother, but it's not clear where it was purchased. The shooting has led to calls for stricter regulation of assault weapons, though the National Rifle Association has steadfastly opposed such measures. 

President Barack Obama has urged Congress to vote rapidly on measures that he says a majority of Americans support: a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons; a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines; and required criminal background checks for all gun buyers by removing loopholes that cover some sales, such as at gun shows in states that don't currently require checks. 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Friday said he would consider a radio-show caller's suggestion that gun shows be banned on publicly owned property, such as the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. But he also noted that the complex is open to all businesses. 

While government officials take a harder look at gun shows, organizers remain adamant that they run safe, legal businesses. There is no central government database on how guns used in crimes are obtained. 

The Brady Campaign, which advocates for stricter state and federal gun laws, has long pushed to close the so-called "gun show loophole" by forcing every state to require background checks of buyers at the shows. They note that three of the weapons used in the Columbine attack were bought by someone who went to a gun show that didn't require a background check. Seventeen states require an extensive background check, according to the campaign. 

Kraus said there was never any reason to consider postponing or canceling the Wisconsin event, which runs from Friday through Sunday. One of the few vendors there with semiautomatic weapons, Scott Kuhl of Janesville, Wis., bristled at any suggestion that he temporarily stop selling semiautomatic weapons because of the Connecticut shooting. 

"When a plane crashes, should they shut down the airline for six months?" Kuhl said. "This is my business; this is my livelihood." 

Jared Hook, 40, who came to the show looking for a .223-caliber gun for coyote hunting, said he was glad vendors did not back away after Newtown. 

"If anything, there's a lot more interest in guns now because of the shooting," Hook said. "People want them for protection, and it's good that they still have access to them." 

On the other side are an emboldened group of advocates, like Susan Steer of Saratoga Springs, a 46-year-old married mother of three who started a petition seeking to cancel the local gun show. Steer said she'll continue to push for banning gun shows at the taxpayer-supported venue. 

"For many of us," she said, "the shooting in Sandy Hook was the tipping point for taking some action." 

18. Oops: NY state pensions invested in firearms manufacturers 

From member Paul Henick: 


Guess the state workers will need to have a talk with Governor Cumo about rate of return versus political platitudes. 

stay safe. 


Oops: NY State Pensions Invested In Firearms Manufacturers 
by Jammie 
December 29, 2012 

Considering how profitable gun manufacturers are they will be doing a disservice to the state employee if they invest in something less profitable. Like, say, the media. 

Following the Newtown shootings, state lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo have been negotiating a package of stricter gun control laws. That could include a tightening of the assault weapons ban and comprehensive background checks for purchasing firearms. 

But it turns out that New York State invests its public employee pensions in companies that manufacture guns. Some say that sends the wrong message. 

“Certainly looking at divesting,” said Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh. “There are private equity firms that are looking into divesting some of these assets because it’s the right thing to do. And certainly, we should be looking at the pension funds and any public entities.” 

New York State has a roughly $150 billion pension fund for its public employees. More than $1.1 billion of that is managed by Boston-based Acadian Asset Management. As of its latest quarterly filing, Acadian held roughly $22 million worth of stock in the gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson. 

So the workers will lose out because these clowns want to preen for the cameras and feel good about themselves. The workers be damned. 

Never one to avoid beclowning himself, Nanny Bloomberg chimed in. 

“Well, I had to recuse myself from comment because my company done business with all the pension funds,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “I can just tell you personally, I do not own, do not have any investments in companies that either manufacture and sell cigarettes or manufacture and sell guns.” 

No word about those evil soda companies. 

19. Woman charged in NY firefighter slayings 

Background checks for guns are really a joke. Easily gotten around using a "straw purchaser," who has no criminal background, buys a gun, and then turn it over to the criminal. 

Member Bill Hine emailed me this: 



Woman charged in New York firefighter slayings 
by Rik Stevens and George M. Walsh, Associated Press 
December 29, 2012 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - William Spengler raised no alarms in prison for 17 years and for more than a decade afterward. Well-spoken, well-behaved and intelligent, his demeanor was praised by four straight parole boards that nevertheless denied him parole, worried that bludgeoning his 92-year-old grandmother with a hammer showed a violent streak that could explode again. 

After his sentence was up in 1996, he stayed out of trouble until 2010, police said Friday. That's when Spengler went to a sporting goods store with a neighbor's daughter, picked out a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle and a shotgun and had her buy the guns that the convicted felon couldn't legally possess. On Monday, he used the weapons to ambush firefighters lured to a blaze he set at his house in upstate Webster, killing two people and wounding three others before killing himself. 

On Friday, state and federal authorities charged the woman who bought the guns, 24-year-old Dawn Nguyen, with lying on a form that said she would be the owner of the guns she bought for Spengler. 

The charges involve the semiautomatic rifle and the 12-gauge shotgun that Spengler had with him Monday when volunteer firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were gunned down. Three other people, including two other firefighters, were wounded before the 62-year-old Spengler killed himself. He also had a .38-caliber revolver, but Nguyen is not connected to that gun, police said. 

Investigators were still working Friday to confirm their belief that a body found in Spengler's burned home was that of the sister he lived with, Cheryl Spengler, 67. 

U.S. Attorney William Hochul said Nguyen bought the two guns on June 6, 2010, on behalf of Spengler. Police used the serial numbers on the guns to trace them to Nguyen. 

"She told the seller of these guns, Gander Mountain in Henrietta, N.Y., that she was to be the true owner and buyer of the guns instead of William Spengler," Hochul said. "It is absolutely against federal law to provide any materially false information related to the acquisition of firearms." 

During an interview late on Christmas Eve, she told police she had bought the guns for personal protection and that they were stolen from her vehicle, though she never reported the guns stolen. The day after the shootings, Nguyen texted an off-duty Monroe County Sheriff's deputy with references to the killings. She later called the deputy and admitted she bought the guns for Spengler, police said Friday. 

That information was consistent with a suicide note found near Spengler's body after he killed himself. The rambling, typed letter spelled out Spengler's intention to destroy his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people." 

Nguyen is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 8. She declined comment Friday, and a working phone number for her lawyer could not be found. 

The .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle, which had a combat-style flash suppressor, is similar to the one used by the gunman who massacred 20 children and six women in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school earlier this month. 

As police announced the charges against Nguyen, a clearer portrait of Spengler began to emerge, in the words of wary parole commissioners who kept him locked up until the law said they had to let him go. 

At his final parole hearing in 1995, the then-45-year-old Spengler repeated his desire to get out of prison while he still had time to rebuild his life. He also took issue with a previous decision not to release him because the board believed he remained a danger to society. 

"You know, the only area of confusion, the last Board, they said that I might be a danger to the community at that time," he said. "I can't figure out where in my record it shows that." 

"Well, 13 shots to the head. The grandmother. You killed a 92-year-old woman. We are worried about that," a board member replied. "There might be another occasion where you lose your temper and you might repeat that behavior. That is what frightens us. That frightens us." 

During four hearings between 1989 and 1995, Spengler quarreled with parole board members over details of his grandmother's killing, insisting each time he'd only hit her three times on the head with a hammer while evidence pointed to 13 blows, and initially saying he couldn't explain why the attack happened. 

He told the commissioners he took care of his father's mother in her home next to his because others in the family had difficulty dealing with her, in part because she could be violent. He denied insinuations he was taking financial advantage of Rose Spengler. 

The transcripts reveal a well-spoken man, proud to be staying out of trouble in prison and earning positions of trust and responsibility, even time out of prison with a work crew that did renovation work in places including a century-old chapel. The board members mention Spengler testing high for intelligence and noted he came to prison with no other crimes on his record, had only dabbled in drug use and had a spotty work history, mostly as a house painter. 

On the day of the killing, he said, he planned to nail shut a basement door to prevent his grandmother from going down and endangering herself. But he said she attacked him, inadvertently kneed him in the groin, and he hit her with the hammer. 

"So why do you think you killed her?" Spengler was asked in 1989. 

"I still haven't figured that out. It was matter of just wanting to get out. She was between me and the door," he replied. 

"She was just a little, bitty old lady," a board member commented. 

"I realize that. That's why I still can't explain it," Spengler said. 

20. Psychiatrist Dr. Welner: Why CT shooter Adam Lanza killed [VIDEO] 

Harry Schneider sent me this: 



Psychiatrist Dr.Welner: Why CT Shooter Adam Lanza killed 
by GaryMule 
Published on Dec 23, 2012 

21. Dana Safety Supply stops selling semi auto rifles to civilians so sheriff pulls his business 

I'm getting more and more partial to Sheriffs. 

Walter Jackson emailed me this: 


Sheriff pulls his business 


Dana Safety Supply Stops Selling Semi Auto Rifles to Civilians So Sheriff Pulls His Business 
JANUARY 3, 2013 

UPDATE: Sheriff Berry was interviewed on Fox Business tonight. Click: 

to see the full video interview! 

Well, another vendor has joined the ranks of those that fail to completely honor the Second Amendment. 

Dana Safety Supply has stated that they will no longer sell AR-15 style rifles to civilians and will reserve those rifles for sale only to “law enforcement” only. DSS defines law enforcement as Law Enforcement Officers, Public Safety, LE Academy Cadets, EMT/Firefighters/Paramedics, Military Personnel, Corrections Officers, State Licensed Armed Security Officers, Court Judges, District Attorneys, and Deputy D.A.s. 

According to numerous reader reports and other reports around the net, Dana Safety Supply has issued the following statement which suspends their sale of semi automatic rifles to civilians. 

An email to DSS remains unanswered and a request for comment on their Facebook page was deleted without comment. 

This would put Dana in the company of several other companies who have adopted the same policy in recent days. 

One Sheriff in Oconee County wasn’t too fond of the new policy. Sheriff Scott Berry tells us: 

Well, I have done business in the past with DSS and found them to be an excellent source of products that we buy…however, I just sent them this email 


It is my understanding that you have stopped selling self loading rifles to members of the general public in favor of selling them to law enforcement officers only. 

I deeply regret that decision. As such, this agency will no longer seek bids from or purchase from DSS. 

Thank you for your time and attention to this email. 

Sheriff Scott Berry, Oconee County Georgia Sheriffs Office 

Kudos to Sheriff Berry for standing up for the civilian right to bear arms. 

If anyone is interested the following companies are also owned by the same people who own Dana Safety Supply: 

Dana Safety Supply, Atlanta, GA 
Southern Firearms, Greensboro, NC 
Palmetto Firearms, Columbia, SC (NOTE: This is NOT Palmetto State Armory!) 
Central Firearms, Tampa, FL 
Dana Safety Supply, Miami, FL 
Duval Honda 
Duval Ford 
Duval Acura 
Duval Mazda at the Avenues 
Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville 
Subaru of Gainesville 
Tampa Honda Land 
Countryside Ford of Clearwater 
Countryside Mazda of Clearwater 
U.S. Auto Credit 
Scott-McRae Advertising 
Cause to Communicate 
Commercial Landscape Solutions 

22. AZ newscaster nails second amendment - get this man to Washington [VIDEO] 

Walter Jackson sent me this: 



[Video] Arizona Newscaster NAILS Second Amendment – Get This Man to Washington 
DECEMBER 31, 2012 

The following video is a refreshing take on the Second Amendment by a newscaster out of Arizona. 

The information he presents is probably not too popular with his peers, and you have to give him credit for even going there. 

If more media, even at the local level, would follow suit we would have a much more fair representation of the Second Amendment in the news. 

If more politicians followed Ben Swann’s lead and actually tried to understand the document they swear to uphold Washington would be a far better place.