Should Videotaping the Police Really Be a Crime?

<img src="http://img.timeinc.net/time/daily/2010/1008/a_video_police_0802.jpg"alig... Magazine (http://www.time.com) reports that Anthony Graber, a Maryland Air National Guard staff sergeant, faces up to 16 years in prison. His crime? He videotaped his March encounter with a state trooper who pulled him over for speeding on a motorcycle. Then Graber put the video — which could put the officer in a bad light — up on YouTube.

N.H. police dept posts mug shots on Facebook

BOSCAWEN, N.H. — Some people who're getting face time on Facebook aren't happy about it.

The New Hampshire town of Boscawen is posting mug shots of people who've been arrested. Some of those whose alleged digressions have appeared on the social media website are crying foul.

Scott Hooper says his 17-year-old son is an honor student whose only blemish is an underage drinking charge that landed him on Facebook for all to see. The boy learned about it from friends. Another man called the police department to complain that his mug shot on the Web page cost him a job.

Woman 2, thugs 0 after home invasion

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<i>One gun isn't enough.</i>

That was what Linda Smith (a pseudonym) was thinking after two thugs broke into her Oklahoma apartment. One was holding a weapon (she initially thought it was a knife but it turned out to be a screwdriver) at her throat, and the other was pacing back and forth while holding her purse and demanding her money and valuables. She screamed, and was told if she screamed again, she'd be dead.

Atty. Dean appears on Fox News

<a href="/sites/default/files/PennyFoxNews.png"><img src="/sites/default/files/PennyFoxNews.png" height="200" align="right"></a>Penny Dean appeared on Fox News tonight, the Fourth of July 2010, to be part of a panel discussing Nottingham and the decision to allow employees to be armed.

Nottingham NH restores rights to town employees

The town selectmen of Nottingham, NH have recently decided against allowing a decade-old prohibition to stand. The paragraph in the Employee Handbook that bans the right that New Hampshire residents enjoy, has been removed.

The town has no legal authority to ban any civil rights, whether town employee or not.

U.S. Supreme Court announces its decision in McDonald v. Chicago

Supreme Court affirms firearms’ owners rights. Read the decision directly from the Supreme Court site:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-1521.pdf

Supreme Court reads US Constitution

That may have been an oversimplification, of course. But the headline caption on the New York Times may have summarized it best.

<blockquote>"The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Second Amendment, which forbids Congress from infringing the right to keep and bear arms, applies to state and local governments as well."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/us/29scotus.html
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The Bill of Rights is a list of some of the things that the Federal Government is forbidden from doing.

It does not grant rights to us. We already have those rights.

Home Invasions - a growing problem

In some parts of the country, it appears that home invasions are a problem that is getting worse. From our friends at The Examiner:

<blockquote>Saturday morning in Gatlinburg, a homeowner was shot in the leg by home invaders.

The invaders were armed with semiautomatic handguns, according to WATE in Knoxville, and the suspects made off with the victiim's car, a 2003 Olds sedan, with a Tennessee tag:

824 WTT (If you see this car, call 911)

Home invaders don't call ahead, so it is your responsibility to be prepared when they come calling.

Would this have happened if he were armed?

There is a buzz in the internet about a video that seems to show a man at a so-called Tea Party rally, who is holding nothing more than a bull horn, getting assaulted by a man who seems to disagree with what he is saying. The video shows the first man being punched in the face by the second man. The first man, standing with his wife and child, does not return the blows, but instead, the crowd yells for police assistance. This police assistance is not forthcoming by the end of the video. You can <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91KiD71taJs">watch the video here</a>.

Never forget... gun owners are normal people. Why not?

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GUN-LOVERS DE-LITTER SHOOTING AREA

Tyler Visser of Bellingham wrote to tell me about a volunteer cleanup operation held May 15 at the North Fork gravel pit just east of Deming.

Members of opencarry.org, a Second Amendment group, picked up trash and targets at the local shooting area. They coordinated the effort with the state Department of Natural Resources and Project Wilderness from Bend, Ore.

There were a few weekend shooters at the pit when the volunteers arrived, and Tyler says they pitched in to help with the cleanup.

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