After Hostage Incident Australia Senator Says It’s a “Nation of Victims”

From Australia Broadcasting Company:

“What happened in that cafe would have been most unlikely to have occurred in Florida, Texas, or Vermont, or Alaska in America, or perhaps even Switzerland as well,” Senator Leyonhjelm told the ABC’s AM program.

“That nutcase who held them all hostage wouldn’t have known they were armed and bad guys don’t like to be shot back at,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

 

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Civil Disobedience in Olympia Over I-594

From Townhall.com:

As the RSVPs in advance of the rally grew to over 6,000, the police – most who probably detest I-594 – decided not to enforce the law. The Washington State Patrol announced there would be no arrests for exchanging guns – not even for selling guns. Seim refused to obtain a permit to hold the rally, citing the right of people to peaceably assemble.

If you can choose when to enforce or not enforce laws then what is the point of having laws in the first place?

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Viewing Russia From the Inside

Viewing Russia From the Inside is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

By George Friedman

Last week I flew into Moscow, arriving at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. It gets dark in Moscow around that time, and the sun doesn’t rise until about 10 a.m. at this time of the year — the so-called Black Days versus White Nights. For anyone used to life closer to the equator, this is unsettling. It is the first sign that you are not only in a foreign country, which I am used to, but also in a foreign environment. Yet as we drove toward downtown Moscow, well over an hour away, the traffic, the road work, were all commonplace. Moscow has three airports, and we flew into the farthest one from downtown, Domodedovo — the primary international airport. There is endless renovation going on in Moscow, and while it holds up traffic, it indicates that prosperity continues, at least in the capital. Read the rest of this entry »

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Freedoms Die When Public Health is Invoked

Newsweek wants to turn the gun issue into a public health issue because they know the argument is lost when it is framed as a gun issue.

…if we remove the debate from a gun context, if we approach our epidemic of gun violence from the point of view of a doctor serving the health and welfare of all Americans—well, that changes things. Or could if Murthy is given a chance.

 

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Intelligence Authorization Act of 2015

EFF’s Statement on the Act:

On Wednesday of last week, the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2015 passed in the US House of Representatives. The bill, H.R. 4681, contains Section 309, which imposes guidelines for when the intelligence community can keep some communications collected under Executive Order 12333 (EO 12333). President Reagan wrote the policy document in the 1980s to provide the framework for intelligence agency conduct. Today, it is used to justify mass surveillance of communications.

Congress showed that it is willing to tackle the mass spying conducted under EO 12333 by inserting Section 309 into the bill. It’s one of the first times Congress has publicly stood up to spying covered by the Executive Order. It’s a good sign, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. The bill must usher in more vigilant—and public—Congressional oversight of EO 12333 and other NSA spying activities.

Unfortunately, the procedures in Section 309 reflect the current status quo: the over-collection, over-retention, and over-sharing of innocent users’ communications. The procedures in Section 309 try to protect the communications of non-targets, but include massive loopholes. These loopholes do not grant any new authority, but they do allow the President to continue the egregious retention and sharing of innocent users’ communication, which is a practice that must be stopped.

While the language in Section 309 was taken from the Senate Intelligence Authorization bill(.pdf), the House did not take time to debate it. We’ve learned over the past year that, at a minimum, both Congress and the public need time to read these intelligence bills and understand their implications. Yet again, this didn’t happen. And yet again, the American public is left without a voice on the surveillance laws used to collect their communications.

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GoPro is Official Sponsor of SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range 2015

NSSF Press Release:

SAN MATEO, CALIF., (DEC. 4, 2014) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today’s most
immersive and engaging content, has signed on as the Official Camera Sponsor of SHOT Show® Industry
Day at the RangeTM. Industry Day at the Range will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, at the Boulder
Pistol & Rifle Range, Boulder City, Nevada.

The event will provide media and buyers an opportunity to preview and test the industry’s exciting new
line of hunting and shooting products for 2015, displayed by more than 150 exhibitors.

“The new HERO4 Black and Silver Edition cameras and recently-introduced Sportsman Mount and
Blackout Housing, along with the more than fifty other mounts and accessories GoPro offers, deliver
even more exciting ways create incredible content in the field and on the range,” said Paul Crandell, VP
of Marketing at GoPro. “Industry Day at the Range is the perfect opportunity to guide media and
industry influencers through a hands-on experience using our products and introduce them to what
GoPro can bring to this vertical.”

“We could not be more pleased with the commitment that GoPro is making to this event,” said Cathy
Williams, co-owner of Industry Days at the Range. “This agreement shows GoPro’s commitment to
entering into this industry and Industry Day allows them the opportunity to showcase their products to
more than 1,500 attendees.”

Industry Day at the Range attendees will have the opportunity to experience the newest GoPro cameras
and gear at the Browning/Winchester shotgun range. Products available for use on the range will
include the new GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver editions, the Sportsman Mount, Blackout Housing, Jaws:
FlexClamp and HeadStrap + QuickClip.

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R.I.P. Ammo Recall For .45 Glocks

G2 Research which makes the ammo released a statement on their Facebook page telling customers not to use the ammo in Glock pistols.

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The State’s Use Of Force To Enforce Law

This article deals with the recent death of a New York man which was the result of cops enforcing a cigarette tax.

On the opening day of law school, I always counsel my first-year students never to support a law they are not willing to kill to enforce. Usually they greet this advice with something between skepticism and puzzlement, until I remind them that the police go armed to enforce the will of the state, and if you resist, they might kill you.

I wish this caution were only theoretical. It isn’t. Whatever your view on the refusal of a New York City grand jury to indict the police officer whose chokehold apparently led to the death of Eric Garner, it’s useful to remember the crime that Garner is alleged to have committed: He was selling individual cigarettes, or loosies, in violation of New York law.

 

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U.S. Teacher Murdered in United Arab Emirates

From USA Today:

An American kindergarten teacher was fatally stabbed in a public restroom at a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi by a suspect wearing a black robe and full-face veil, police said.

The attack on Reem Island in the United Arab Emirates on Monday came a little more than a month after the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi warned Americans of an online posting that encouraged attacks against teachers at American and other international schools in the Middle East. There’s no evidence the mall attack was related to the threat.

 

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U.S. Born al-Qaeda Member Killed in Pakistan

From CNN:

Pakistan’s army said it killed an al Qaeda operative who grew up in the United States and was on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists.

Shukrijumah, a senior commander, is thought to have served as one of the leaders of al Qaeda’s external operations program, according to the FBI, hatching plots to attack the West.

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Austin Police Chief Wants To “Vet” Gun Enthusiasts

From Western Journalism:

“It’s important for us as Americans to know our neighbors, to know our families,” he said. “Tell somebody if you know somebody that is acting pecu—with a lot of hatred toward any particular group.”

He urged the city’s residents to pay distinct attention to anyone in their lives “who’s a gun enthusiast or is armed with these types of firearms and they’re showing any type of propensity for hatred.”

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Magpul To Be Out Of Colorado In Early 2015

From The Washington Times:

The firearms-accessories manufacturer announced that the company has finalized a contract on its headquarters in Austin, Texas, after entering into a deal on the property in March. In the interim, Magpul had used a temporary facility in Texas, according to a Wednesday press release.

Meanwhile, Magpul’s manufacturing and distribution center is slated to open in January in Cheyenne. A 50,000-square-foot addition is expected to be completed in December on the 185,000-square-foot facility.

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Israelis Stocking Up On Weapons

From JPost.com:

A few meters away, eating shwarma on a bench under a clear sky, two women in their 20s said they planned on arming themselves soon.

“The attacks are happening everywhere, and I want to be able to protect myself,” said Nofar, who requested that her last name not be published.

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Islamists Use Boy Preacher As Propaganda

From WND:

The preacher, apparently about 9 or 10 years old, is identified as Abu Jafar.

His message: “Make haste and purchase your place in paradise, my dear brother. Go to the battlefields of jihad and kill the enemies. Kill [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad and the enemies of Allah and of our religion. Destroy them, and if you die, you will become a martyr.”

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Shoebat: ISIS Will Take Over Pakistan

From Walid Shoebat:

ISIS now has camped in Pakistan and all across Pakistan, the black standard of the Islamic State has been popping up all over from urban slums to Taliban strongholds, the ISIS logo and name have appeared in graffiti, posters and pamphlets and a cluster of militant commanders in Pakistan declared their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the Islamic State as ISIS presence there increases by the day. But the one trillion dollar question is will the world leaders secure Pakistan’s nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of ISIS? It doesn’t look like it and the prospects of ISIS gaining nuclear bombs are very likely as the news from Pakistan reveals.

 

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