Category: Liberty


Civil Liberties Groups Appeal Ruling Over Automatic License Plate Reader Data

 

 

 

 

” The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California are taking the fight over automatic license plate reader (ALPR) data to the next level by asking the California Court of Appeal to rule that the public has a right to know how Los Angeles cops are tracking their locations.

  ALPRs are cameras mounted to patrol cars and fixed locations, such as light poles, that are able to capture, process, and store the license plates of every vehicle that passes nearby. The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department together collect close to 3 million license plates each week; these data points could give police an intimate picture of the comings and goings of the entire population over several years. By our estimates, these agencies currently have an average of 61 plate scans for each vehicle registered in Los Angeles County.”

 

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New York’s Registry Of Mentally Ill People Barred From Having Firearms Draws Heavy Criticism

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous.

  The database, established in the aftermath of the mass shooting in 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and maintained by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, is the result of the Safe Act. It is an expansive package of gun control measures pushed through by the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The law, better known for its ban on assault weapons, compels licensed mental health professionals in New York to report to the authorities any patient “likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others.

  But the number of entries in the database highlights the difficulty of America’s complicated balancing act between public safety and the right to bear arms when it comes to people with mental health issues.

“ That seems extraordinarily high to me,” said Sam Tsemberis, a former director of New York City’s involuntary hospitalization program for homeless and dangerous people, now the chief executive of Pathways to Housing, which provides housing to the mentally ill. “Assumed dangerousness is a far cry from actual dangerousness.” “

 

Post Gazette

 

Police Chief Accuses Secret Service Of Misconduct

 

 

 

 

 

” Nashville’s police chief is raising stunning new allegations regarding the U.S. Secret Service, saying local agents once asked his officers to fake a warrant.

 Even more disturbing, Chief Steve Anderson said he complained to top Secret Service officials in Washington, and they did not seem to care.

  The allegations regarding the January 2013 incident are contained in a letter that Anderson sent last week to several members of the House Committee on Oversight. That’s the congressional committee that has spearheaded the on-going investigation into the Secret Service. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was recently forced to resign as a result of that scandal.

” There’s already a lot of fodder to attack the Secret Service with, and this will be more,” said Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, who was among the committee members who received the letter.

  The legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Thomas Castelli, called the incident an “absolutely appalling” violation of basic constitutional principles.

” If this is something that not all law enforcement — and I’m talking about from the cop patrolling the streets in our smallest town in Tennessee all the way up to the Secret Service and the FBI — if this is not something that they’re taught, then that’s a big problem,” Castelli said. “

 

NewsChannel 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 States Have Laws Voiding Federal Firearms Regs

 

 

 

 

” Across the country, a thriving dissatisfaction with the U.S. government is prompting a growing spate of bills in state legislatures aimed at defying federal control over firearms – more than 200 during the last decade, a News21 investigation found.

  Particularly in Western and Southern states, where individual liberty intersects with increasing skepticism among gun owners, firearms are a political vehicle in efforts to ensure states’ rights and void U.S. gun laws within their borders. State legislators are attempting to declare that only they have the right to interpret the Second Amendment, a movement that recalls the anti-federal spirit of the Civil War and civil-rights eras.

“ I think the president and the majority of Congress, both in the House and Senate, are just completely out of touch with how people feel about Second Amendment rights,” said Missouri state Sen. Brian Nieves, who has fought for bills to weaken the federal government’s authority over firearms in his state.

  In Idaho, the Legislature unanimously passed a law to keep any future federal gun measures from being enforced in the state. In Kansas, a law passed last year says federal regulation doesn’t apply to guns manufactured in the state. Wyoming, South Dakota and Arizona have had laws protecting “firearms freedom” from the U.S. government since 2010.

  A News21 analysis shows 14 such bills were passed by legislators in 11 states, mainly in Western states, along with Kansas, Tennessee and Alaska. Of those, 11 were signed into law, though one was later struck down in court. In Montana, Missouri and Oklahoma, three others were vetoed.”

 

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Public Attitudes Toward Federalism: The Public’s Preference For Renewed Federalism

 

 

Cato Federalism Poll

 

 

” For much of its history, the United States had a notably decentralized government structure. Since the 1930s, the national government has undertaken new efforts to regulate the economy and society and to redistribute resources. Those new efforts have implied a greater centralization of authority in Washington. In the past the public often supported such centralization. Public opinion about federalism has changed. Voters are more supportive of decentralized policymaking on many issues where they previously supported a stronger national role. This shift in the public mood is consistent with other polling data that indicates profound distrust in the capacity of the federal government to act on behalf of the public good. On some issues, like national defense, much of the public continues to support national primacy. Such issues are often assigned to Washington by the Constitution. In contrast, much polling finds that many citizens believe state and local governments are likely to perform better than Washington. Americans support a more decentralized federalism than in the past both on particular issues and as a general matter of institutional confidence. “

 

   The study is filled with topical data on the public’s shift away from supporting the overweening Leviathan state including this very telling nugget of information on attitudes towards healthcare …

 

Healthcare Federalism

 

   As the above graph demonstrates , there remains one segment of society that is out of touch with the mainstream on who should decide the issue of healthcare and it’s not the Right . The results are the same or very similar on a wide range of issues , all indicating a strong support of state’s rights with the single exception of education policy . 

The other single factor that remains steady is the Democrat’s desire for federal control over ALL issues . Once a statist , always a statist .

 

Read the entire study at Cato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hong Kong Police Use Sledgehammers, Chainsaws To Clear Protest Barriers, Open Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws on Tuesday to tear down barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters near government offices and the financial centre, reopening a major road for the first time in two weeks.

   But late in the evening demonstrators retaliated by swarming into a tunnel on a major four-lane thoroughfare, bringing traffic to a halt and chanting for universal suffrage.

  Riot police tried to push them back with pepper spray and batons, according to a local news channel, but later retreated.

  Traffic flowed freely along Queensway Road after the protesters’ obstructions were cleared early in the day, although other major protest sites remained intact in the Admiralty and Mong Kok districts and pro-democracy demonstrators were defiant.”

 

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Economic Freedom Of The World

 

 

Economic Freedom Index

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” Global economic freedom fell slightly in this year’s report, and it remains well below its peak level of 6.92 in 2007. The average score fell to 6.84 in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. In this year’s index, Hong Kong retains the highest rating for economic freedom, 8.98 out of 10. The rest of this year’s top scores are Singapore, 8.54; New Zealand, 8.25; Switzerland, 8.19; Mauritius, 8.09; United Arab Emirates, 8.05; Canada, 8.00; Australia, 7.87; Jordan, 7.86; and, tied for 10th at 7.84, Chile and Finland.

  The United States, once considered a bastion of economic freedom, now ranks 12th in the world, tied with the United Kingdom at 7.81. Due to a weakening rule of law, increasing regulation, and the ramifications of wars on terrorism and drugs, the United States has seen its economic freedom score plummet in recent years, compared to 2000 when it ranked second globally.

  The rankings of other large economies in this year’s index are Japan (23rd), Germany (28th), South Korea (33rd), France (58th), Italy (79th), Mexico (91st), Russia (98th), Brazil (103rd), India (110th), and China (115th). “

 

Cato Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Oliver Strikes Again

 

 

 

” It does seem to me that John Oliver is in the process of inventing some interesting new kind of political/social commentary – the 20-minute single-issue rant that is both hilariously funny, well put-together, and often quite devastatingly effective, as argument.  I find that when he deals with something I happen to know something about — net neutrality, say, or the governance of FIFA, or the so-called right to be forgotten” — he gets to the heart of the matter pretty quickly, and that’s not something I often find to be true, and it’s not an easy thing to do (though of course, like all good performers, he makes it look easy).  He is quite good at isolating the outrageous and then looping us for a while around the slippery slopes that surround it, and then bringing the conversation back to another bit of outrageousness and doing it again.  It’s like an amusement park ride, but it has an argumentative purpose.   There’s a line between simplifying (which he does, brilliantly) and over-simplifying (which I find he generally does not do), and it’s a very hard one to walk, and he does it quite well. “

Washington Post

The FBI’s Bogus Report On Mass Shootings

 

 

 

 

 

 

” It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.

  The FBI counted 160 “mass” or “active” shootings in public places from 2000 to 2013. Worse, it said these attacks rose from just one in 2000 to 17 in 2013. Media outlets worldwide gave the “news” extensive coverage.

  Too bad the study is remarkably shoddy — slicing the evidence to distort the results. In fact, mass public shootings have only risen ever so slightly over the last four decades.

  While the FBI study discusses “mass shootings or killings,” its graphs were filled with cases that had nothing to do with mass killings. Of the 160 cases it counted, 32 involved a gun being fired without anyone being killed. Another 35 cases involved a single murder.

  It’s hard to see how the FBI can count these incidents, which make up 42 percent of its 160 cases, as “mass killings.” They plainly don’t fit the FBI’s old definition, which required four or more murders, nor even its new one of at least three murders.

 

Read the rest at NY Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U-2 In HD

 

 

      52 years ago this week , the U-2 spy plane took photos of Russian missiles being installed in Cuba thus initiating the “Cuban Missile Crisis ” and bringing the world as close to nuclear annihilation as it has ever come .

Deadly Force ~ The Basics…

 

 

FergusonPoliceStory

 

 

 

” My goal here is to help everyone better understand the use of deadly force and why it is unfortunately necessary at times. I am not an attorney, but I do have a law enforcement background. I am a graduate of The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and in a past life held a Certification to teach the Armed and Unarmed Security Officers Course, as well as the Private Investigators Course in Virginia. Prior to all that I served in the United States Marine Corps and did a tour as a Marine Security Guard, protecting American Embassies around the world. I have carried a weapon since I joined the Marine Corps at 17 years of age.

  Law Enforcement Officers are taught about the concept of “Escalating Levels of Force.”  Most Officers have a number of defensive weapons at their disposal, that in an “ideal” situation, time permitting, can be deployed against someone who is being aggressive, or poses a threat to them. Not all people who are aggressive necessarily pose a threat, conversely not all people who pose a threat show signs of aggression before they attack. “

 

Universal Free Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWAT Team Shot David Hooks At Home After Tip From Meth Addict

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Deputies shot and killed a man inside his Georgia home last month following an apparently bogus tip they received from a confessed meth addict and thief.

  East Dublin resident David Hooks, 59, was killed because, according to Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell, he aggressively brandished a gun at the SWAT team that broke in his back door. But Mitchell Shook, a lawyer for Hooks’ widow, contends that the sheriff has misled the public about the shooting and raid, which turned up no drugs.

  The sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant based on a tip from a thief who claimed he had found 20 grams of methamphetamine inside a bag he stole from a vehicle at Hooks’ home, Georgia station WMAZ reports. According to the warrant, Rodney Garrett claimed that he thought the bag was filled with cash but that he later discovered it contained meth. Garrett said that he then turned himself into the sheriff’s office because the drugs made him fear for his safety.

  Garrett, a known drug abuser, also stole a second vehicle, a SUV, from the Hooks home.

  Sheriff’s deputies raided the home without identifying themselves, Shook said, contrary to their claims that they told Hooks they were officers with a search warrant. The sheriff’s office had also said they fired at Hooks for aggressively pointing a gun at them near the back door, but Shook alleges that the deputies blindly shot at Hooks through a wall without knowing who was there.

  When Hooks’ wife saw men in dark clothing heading for their home at 11 p.m. on Sept. 24, she woke up her husband and told him that the thieves who had stolen their SUV were back. Hooks grabbed a gun and headed to the door, according to Shook.

  Deputies shot more than 16 times, Shook said in a statement.

  Authorities searched Hooks’ home for 44 hours, but found no drugs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hooks’ family says that he didn’t use drugs or sell them. They say he ran a successful construction company.”

 

Huff Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okra Mistaken For Pot In Man’s Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Cartersville man is upset after he said investigators mistook a garden full of okra for marijuana plants.
 
  The man growing the popular Southern food said a helicopter woke him up Wednesday and then he had deputies show up at his door.
 
” I was scared actually, at first, because I didn’t know what was happening,” said homeowner Dwayne Perry.
 
  All he noticed was that there was a chopper sitting unusually low over his house, then Bartow County deputies and a K-9 unit appeared at his doorstep in minutes.
 
” They were strapped to the gills,” Perry said.
 
  It turned out, that helicopter was from the Governor’s Task Force for drug suppression and they were out looking for domestic cannabis plants and spotted the tree and plants.
 
” Instead, it’s okra and maybe a bush on the end of the house,” Perry said. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They Are Coming For Your Children

 

 

 

 

 

” Home-schoolers represent the only authentically radical social movement in the United States (Occupy Wall Street was a fashion statement) and so they must be suppressed, as a malevolent committee of leftist academics and union bosses under the direction of Governor Dannel Malloy is preparing to do in Connecticut, using the Sandy Hook massacre as a pretext. The ghouls invariably rush to the podium after every school massacre, issuing their insipid press releases before the bodies have even cooled, and normally they’re after your guns. But the Malloy gang is after your children.

  Malloy’s committee on the Newtown shootings is recommending that Connecticut require home-schooling families to present their children to the local authorities periodically for inspection, to see to it that their psychological and social growth is proceeding in the desired direction. For anybody even passingly familiar with contemporary government schools, which are themselves a peerless source of social and emotional dysfunction, this development is bitterly ironic.

Adam Lanza was the product of madness, but he also was very much a product of the public schools and their allied institutions. He was briefly — very briefly — homeschooled after his parents had exhausted every other option. His mental troubles began long before he was home-schooled and were in fact well known to and documented by the various credentialed authorities under whose management he spent his youth, from his kindergarten therapists to the scholars at Yale’s Child Study Center. Far from being removed from the public system, Lanza was still attending student-club meetings at Newtown’s high school just before the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  As City Journal notes, the Malloy gang says that Lanza’s educational and medical records support its proposals, which is curious: Its members have no access to those records. But a government commission says that it is so, so it must be so.”

 

Kevin Williamson has much more on the latest Statist move from the Nutmeg state

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5 Best Libertarian TV Shows Ever

 

 

 

 

 

” This video was released on October 1, 2014. Here’s the original write-up:

After a long day of Bitcoin mining, even libertarians like to kick back with the intoxicant of their choice and turn on the TV. Here are five television shows all libertarians should watch. “

 

Reason

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If A Tree Falls In The Forest, Make Sure You Don’t Take A Picture With It

 

 

” Last month, the Forest Service proposed a regulation that would require permits costing as much as $1500 to take photographs or film on Forest Service land. The public response has been overwhelmingly negative [I tried but couldn't make the sentence long enough for all the criticism...]. To put this simply enough that a Forest Service bureaucrat can understand it, the First Amendment doesn’t allow the government to forbid speech in public places, to regulate the content of that speech, to subject speech to an arbitrary preclearance process, or to condition a government benefit on waiving the right to free speech. Somehow the Forest Service managed to do all of this in a single proposal.

  The proposal would require a permit for any “commercial” filming, which is broadly defined as any sound or video recording that could generate income and uses models, sets, or props. Say, for example, a nonprofit filmed a video in the forest that might generate donations [*cough* hint *cough*]:

  This video would require Forest Service approval, even though the filming took place in a public place and had no adverse impact on the environment.

  The regulation also prohibits unpermitted still photography if it uses models, sets, or props or causes any administrative inconvenience for the Forest Service (although it’s not clear why the permit regime isn’t itself an administrative inconvenience).”

 

Pacific Legal Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd Amendment Could Be Safe Forever After What The FBI Just Revealed

FBI:CDC Mass Shooting Report

Click pic for PDF of report

 

 

” A CDC study combined with a FBI study reveals that far more people were killed on bicycles and from falling than by mass shootings.

  An FBI study revealed that from 2000 to 2013 there were 64 incidents of “mass shootings”–and that the gunmen involved in these caused 418 deaths

  The New York Times and AP covered the study, but only focused on the rise in mass shootings, not a comparison of the number of mass shooting deaths to other deaths.

  If you look at the numbers, more deaths were caused by people on bicycles in one year, according to the CDC, than the entire fourteen year period of mass shootings.

  That’s right. There were 800 people killed by bicycles in 2010, more than the number of people killed from 2000 to 2013 (418) from mass shootings.

  There were also 26,009 deaths from “falling” in 2010 alone, once again outweighing tremendously the number of people killed from mass shootings.”

 

Western Journalism

 

 

 

 

Here’s Every Major Website Censored By China’s Great Firewall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” It’s hardly a surprise that as mobs of Hong Kongers take to the street to protest the Chinese government, China has banned Instagram to stop people from sharing photos of the melee.

  In fact, what would be surprising is if the country didn’t put the country behind its Great Firewall, considering that the Chinese government blocks nearly every American website of note.

  Started in 2003 and known as the “Golden Shield Project,” the Great Firewall uses a number of censorship methods to keep the Chinese populace from seeing content. There are a handful of exceptions, including Bing and other Microsoft-based sites—Microsoft has an office there—and Amazon, which plays a key role in China’s online retail market.

  There isn’t an official count made public, but the massive activist project Greatfire.org keeps track of reportedly unavailable sites. “We started monitoring about 100 sites in 2011,” the site’s Charlie Smith told the Daily Dot. “You can see we are up to 140,000 urls, of which 44,000 are blocked.”

  Here are some of the big ones. You may notice a pattern: No Google, no social networking, no user-submitted content, no news, and no porn. Is there anything else even on the Internet?

 

• Adult Friend Finder
• Archive.org
• The Blaze
• Blogger
• Blogspot
• Bloomberg
• Change.org
• Dailymotion
• Dropbox
• DuckDuckGo
• Facebook
• Flickr
• Hard Sex Tube
• Instagram
• Hootsuite
• Le Monde
• Liveleak
• Macy’s
• Netflix
• New York Times
• Pastebin
• Pornhub
• Redtube
• Shutterstock
• Slideshare
• Soundcloud
• Tube8
• Twitter
• Vimeo
• Vine
• Wall Street Journal
• Wordpress
• Xhamster
• YouPorn
• YouTube
• More than 1,000 Wikipedia pages
• More than 2,000 search results on Weibo, China’s most popular Twitter-like microblogging site.
• Google (Including .com, .br, .ca, .pl, .tr, .sa, .ar, .eg, .pk, .se, .dz, .za, .at, .ve, .vn, .co, .pt, .dz, .ae, .ph, .pe, .ie, .sg, .bd, .fi, .kr, .hu, .il, .rs, .lt, .hr, .ly, .de, .uk, .in, .tw, .es, .fr, .gl, .ru, .it, .id, .ng, .th, .mx, .ro, .jp, .sk, .au, .cl, .kz, .ua, .no, .my, .dk, .nz, .az, .be, .ch, .nl, .bg, .ec, .lk, and .hk domains.) “

 

 

Reprinted from The Daily Dot . Visit them for more great stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ComputerCOP: The Dubious ‘Internet Safety Software’ That Hundreds Of Police Agencies Have Distributed To Families

 

 

 

 

 

 

” For years, local law enforcement agencies around the country have told parents that installing ComputerCOP software is the “first step” in protecting their children online.

 Police chiefs, sheriffs, and district attorneys have handed out hundreds of thousands of copies of the disc to families for free at schools, libraries, and community events, usually as a part of an “Internet Safety” outreach initiative. The packaging typically features the agency’s official seal and the chief’s portrait, with a signed message warning of the “dark and dangerous off-ramps” of the Internet.

  As official as it looks, ComputerCOP is actually just spyware, generally bought in bulk from a New York company that appears to do nothing but market this software to local government agencies.

  The way ComputerCOP works is neither safe nor secure. It isn’t particularly effective either, except for generating positive PR for the law enforcement agencies distributing it. As security software goes, we observed a product with a keystroke-capturing function, also called a “keylogger,” that could place a family’s personal information at extreme risk by transmitting what a user types over the Internet to third-party servers without encryption. That means many versions of ComputerCOP leave children (and their parents, guests, friends, and anyone using the affected computer) exposed to the same predators, identity thieves, and bullies that police claim the software protects against.”

 

 

Read the entire , exhaustively comprehensive dissection of this “child protecting” scam at EFF 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guns Welcome At These Restaurants

 

 

 

 

” Lauren Boebert, mother of four and owner of the Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., didn’t plan on becoming the poster girl for open-carry gun laws.

  But after a man died violently in the alley behind her grill last year, she started packing a pistol at her restaurant.

” I’m a small girl and I wanted to protect myself, my employees and my customers, if needed,” said Boebert, who waits tables with a Springfield XD sub compact semi-automatic handgun holstered to her hip. She also allows other waitresses and customers to openly carry their guns in her restaurant.

  The Shooters Grill is not alone. Other restaurants around the country are celebrating openly carrying a firearm in public by offering a discount to customers who bring their guns, or by selling tchotchkes that declare their support for guns.

” Guns are welcome on the premises,” read the T-shirts and coffee cups peddled on the web site of Shiloh Brew and Chew in Maryville, Tennessee. “Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”

  Other restaurants, including All Around Pizza and Deli in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats of Port Allen, Louisiana, and The Cajun Experience in Leesburg, Virginia, are offering discounts to pistol-packing patrons.

” If you’re exercising your Second Amendment rights, you get 10 percent off,” said Bryan Crosswhite, who hosts “Second Amendment Wednesdays” at The Cajun Experience. He also runs an organization for gun-supporting businesses called 2amendment.

  Not everyone thinks it’s a great idea. Boebert and Crosswhite both said they received death threats from people they described as anti-gun.

  These family-run restaurants are going in the opposite direction of corporations like Target, Starbucks, Chipotle, Sonic, Chili’s and Panera, which recently told their customers that guns are not welcome in their stores and restaurants.”

 

   Read more here and visit the links to these 2nd Amendment supporting restaurants we’ve provided to give them a show of support if you are unable to visit them personally .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Son Shoots, Kills Alleged Intruder In Hockley-Area Home

 

 

Hockley Home Invasion

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” A man opened fire on a group of home invaders inside his family’s northwest Harris County home early Friday, deputies said.

  One of the suspects died at the scene while the other two fled in a getaway vehicle. It all happened around 4:30 a.m. in the 23000 block of Botkins Road in the Hockley area.

  Family members told deputies that their mother was in the kitchen cooking breakfast with three young granddaughters when the armed men broke in. The woman’s adult son heard the commotion from his bedroom and grabbed his gun.”

 

 

HT/Bearing Arms read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrests Made In Hong Kong Demonstrations

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Hong Kong police said Saturday that they have arrested 19 people, some of whom are believed to have organized crime ties, after mobs tried to drive pro-democracy protesters from the streets where they have held a weeklong, largely peaceful demonstration.

  At least 12 people and six officers were injured during the clashes, district commander Kwok Pak-chung said at a pre-dawn press briefing. Protest leaders called off planned talks with the government on political reforms after the battles kicked off Friday afternoon in gritty, blue-collar Mong Kok, across Victoria Harbor from the activists’ main protest camp.

  Police struggled for hours to control the battles as attackers pushed, shoved and jeered the protesters. Those arrested face charges of unlawful assembly, fighting in public and assault, Kwok said, adding that eight men are believed to have backgrounds involving triads, or organized crime gangs.”

 

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Anti-Gun Movement Runs Out Of Steam In 2014

 

 

 

 

 

” For gun policy watchers in 2014, the game has become a one-sided affair. Gun rights advocates continue to rack up political and legal victories, while the anti-gun movement “seems to have run out of steam entirely” says John Pierce, co-founder of OpenCarry.org, and a Virginia gun rights attorney specializing in ‘gun trusts’ and the restoration of gun rights under Virginia and federal law.

  2014 looked promising for gun rights from the ‘get-go’ when in February the Federal Ninth Circuit held that the Second Amendment does not permit states to require citizens to justify their need to carry guns. The Court struck down California’s “may issue” carry permit scheme, generally following the precedent set by the Seventh Circuit when it struck down the Illinois ban on carrying handguns in 2012.

  July 1st then brought clarity to open carry in Kansas when a law took effect to clearly preempt localities from banning open carry.

  And then on July 29th, Federal District Judge Frederick J. Sculin Jr. struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns in public. For several days thereafter, citizens legally carried handguns about the District without causing alarm or crime. Judge Sculin later stayed his ruling to allow the District time to enact a reasonable scheme of gun carry regulations. The District’s response so far has been to draft a draconian may-issue permitting scheme like the one struck down by the Ninth Circuit early this year, and, adding insult to injury, ban gun carriers access to public transportation, not even allowing gun owners to sit in the back of the bus.”

 

 

Read the whole Examiner piece for a rundown on the year’s gun rights victories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did That Cop Just Say “We’re Here To Protect Your Rights, Not Violate Them”? Yes, Yes He Did!

 

 

 

 

 

” Activist and independent journalist Brett Sanders was conducting a First Amendment test in White Settlement, TX.

  He was filming outside of the Lockheed Martin facility when 3 officers pulled up to inquire as to what he was doing.

  What happened next was completely unpredictable. The officers from White Settlement police department weren’t belligerent or confrontational. They were actually cordial.

  Sanders refused to identify and they actually respected him for it! Instead of shoving his camera down or trying to confiscate it one officer sparks up a conversation about Sanders’ camera and equipment because he also enjoys photography.”

 

   

Credit where credit is due … we spend plenty of time highlighting the actions of horrible cops that have no respect for the Constitution and it is only fair to publicize the honorable actions of law enforcement officers when they come to our attention as well . Kudos to these three White Settlement officers .

 

 

Free Thought Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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