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Does anyone still believe

that this campaign is a jest and he will drop out?

A new strongman has arisen

How many checks on the list tonight? 10 of 14? 12?

Tennis balls bounced from Cleveland 'event zone' -- but not guns

Tennis balls bounced from Cleveland 'event zone' -- but not guns

(CNN)Slingshots, sledgehammers, rockets and ... tennis balls?

The city of Cleveland has explicitly banned at least 72 kinds of weapons, gadgets and assorted hardware from the 1.7 square-mile "event zone" surrounding next week's Republican National Convention.

Not on its extensive list: Guns.

Ohio is an open-carry state, so local officials said they cannot prevent licensed gun owners from carrying their weapons around the external security perimeter.

What are they going to do if a light bulb burns out, since light bulbs are on the banned list?

Police shooting of gun permit holder concerns others who legally carry

Police shooting of gun permit holder concerns others who legally carry

The death of 32-year-old Philando Castile appears to mark the first time a Minnesota permit-to-carry holder has been shot by police at least since the current permit law took effect in 2003.

And it raises concerns for some permit holders about their interactions with law enforcement.

Unless an officer asks, it is up to the individual whether they tell an officer they are carrying a gun, said Joseph Olson, who was the leading proponent of Minnesota’s permit-to-carry legislation that took effect in 2003. Olson has taught many permit-to-carry courses.

He said the advice he gives students on dealing with police is: Turn off the radio, roll down the window, turn on the interior lights if it’s nighttime, put your hands on the top of the steering wheel and follow the officer’s instructions.


I usually advise students to place their permit with their license and hand that over to the officer along with anything else requested. Then put your hand back on the wheel. Invariably the next question will be are you carrying and I recommend answering with a clear yes I am or no I am not. I believe that is less threatening even than saying "I have a permit and I am carrying a gun."

The NRA speaks

As the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization, the NRA proudly supports the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms for defense of themselves and others regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.

The reports from Minnesota are troubling and must be thoroughly investigated. In the meantime, it is important for the NRA not to comment while the investigation is ongoing.

Rest assured, the NRA will have more to say once all the facts are known.

... just the messenger

Police instructions...

...that should not be emulated

The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone

AMERICA’S GUN CULTURE has been a subject of intense interest and controversy for years, with concerns frequently raised about shadowy militias, paramilitary extremists, and unstable zealots in possession of alarming quantities of explosives and firearms.

Amid the current din over assault weapons and body armor, consider one domestic organization’s fearsome arsenal of military-style equipment.

In the space of eight years, the group amassed a stockpile of pistols, shotguns, and semiautomatic rifles, along with ample supplies of ammunition, liquid explosives, gun scopes, and suppressors. In its cache as well are night-vision goggles, gas cannons, plus armored vests, drones, and surveillance equipment. Between 2006 and 2014, this organization spent nearly $4.8 million to arm itself. Yet its aggressive weapons buildup has drawn almost no public attention.

Does all this firepower belong to a jihadist terror cell? A right-wing hate group? A vicious urban gang?

A lot of people are having trouble with this math problem that requires some basic algebra

Nothing like a viral mind boggling math problem to make you feel like you should have paid better attention in high school algebra.

The equation in question? 9 – 3 ÷ 1/3 + 1 = ? The deceptively simply math problem recently blew up in Japan, as people quickly found they were routinely getting the wrong answer. According to PopSugar, only 60 percent of 20-somethings solve it correctly, a study showed.

So what is the remaining 40 percent doing right? YouTube user MindYourDecisions shows you, bringing in mathematician Presh Talwalkar, the man behind the problem, to explain how it’s done.

So looking in the crystal ball...

What is going to happen with the other countries that have been rather tepid on the EU lately?

Will they hold a referendum on whether to leave or will they look at the UK as a cautionary tale and the troubles the UK now faces encourage them to remain within the EU?

I have thought is over, sorry the answer is still no.

When Bush brought out the various terrorist lists, I felt they were unconstitutional travesties. I was very disappointed that once Democrats had control they did not abolish them I continue to oppose their use to abridge any freedom.

If the FBI wants to keeps lists of suspected terrorists, fine. They can list Muhammad Omar Malinowski because he has a strange name and might be up to something. That list should have the same legal force as the post-it in the lunchroom that says 'Wash your own dishes'

If a person is suspected of terrorist links and the Government wants to limit their activities, be it buying a gun, travel, dancing the Electric Slide..., it needs to be done via the courts, not the bureaucracy. Establish a process similar to restraining orders. Present evidence, allow it to be contested, follow due process. If a person is such a high risk, an emergency order can be issued for a very limited time until a full hearing can be held. If the person is still too great of a risk, then there should be sufficient evidence to arrest and charge them.

If people think our Freedoms are too dangerous for the modern world, then we need to call a Constitutional Convention and make sweeping change. It would be better to respectfully roll up the Constitution, if it has become obsolete, and throw it in a fire than tear it up piecemeal and use it as asswipe.

Anti-gun director admits to felony gun purchase

Under the Gun director Stephanie Soechtig describes sending a producer from Colorado to Arizona where he purchased a Bushmaster and three pistols without a background check. She goes on to describe how this is legal. Unfortunately her legal knowledge is lacking.

First they violated 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(3)- Willful receipt of firearm from out of state by unlicensed person, carrying a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Also since they planned this action, it would be defined as conspiracy under 18 U.S. Code § 371, giving an additional potential 5 year penalty.

Depending on the actual transaction (such as did he identify himself as non-Arizona resident) there may be additional charges of fraud, illegal transfer/transport of weapons, conspiracy and inducement to commit crime.

The current whereabouts of the four firearms was not revealed.

Should Ms Soechtig and the unnamed producer be charged with Federal felonies or excused?
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