PDF For Active Shooter Guidelines for Places of Mass Gathering.

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Yet again in the PDF (link below) the government blames law abiding gun owners for criminal access to illegal firearms. This is a lie and unfair. Law abiding gun owners have their/our firearms locked away in secure gun safes. Gun thefts from government agencies and purchases on the black market are largely responsible for criminal access to illegal guns. Simple guns are easy to make from items which can be purchased in any major hardware store. It is not rocket science, anyone with a hacksaw, a hand drill and a screw driver can make a shotgun.
Restrictions and controls made on law abiding citizens are done so for one purpose, to control the people. The last gun confiscation by the government did nothing to make the populace safer, on the contrary, home invasions have increased along with other violent crimes.
Australians are given no legal right to carry anything for use in self defence.

National Counter-Terrorism Committee

NATIONAL GUIDELINES for the PROTECTION of PLACES of MASS GATHERING from TERRORISM


Contents

Introduction                                                                                   3

Purpose                                                                                   3

Definition                                                                                        4

Security context                                                                              4

Principles                                                                                        4

Process for engaging with places of mass gathering

at risk from terrorism                                                             5

Risk management in the current environment                                             5

Roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the

        protection of places of mass gathering                                           6

        Role of the Commonwealth Government                                               6

        Role of the State and Territory governments                                         6

        Role of State and Territory police                                                   6

Role of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee                                     7

Role of owners and operators of places of mass gathering and event organisers       7

Role of Mass Gatherings Strategy Group (MGSG)                                 7

Role of the Business Advisory Group (BAG)                                  8

Roles of peak bodies and associations                                            8

Distribution of relevant intelligence and information/communications protocols Current security context Introduction

In November 2009, COAG SOM agreed to recommendations of the Review of the National Critical Infrastructure Protection Arrangements, including that work relating to the protection of places of mass gathering should be coordinated by the National Counter-Terrorism Committee (NCTC).

In December 2009, NCTC noted that the protection of places of mass gathering is most effectively delivered through a business government partnership, and agreed to coordinate at a national level, work associated with protecting places of mass gathering. In December 2010, NCTC agreed to establish the Mass Gatherings Strategy Group (MGSG) to operate as a national forum to share information on issues and best practice relating to the protection of places of mass gathering from terrorism.

NCTC also agreed to establish a consultative forum with business comprising national and major venue owners and operators, through a Business Advisory Group (BAG), to exchange information, and engage with law enforcement authorities to discuss Australia-wide issues relevant to the protection of places of mass gathering.

Purpose

Places of mass gathering not only present terrorists with potential opportunities for mass casualties, symbolism and high impact media coverage, they pose a broad range of security challenges for their owners and operators. NCTC noted that places of mass gathering have been specifically identified by religious and political extremists as attractive targets.  

All jurisdictions have robust and well tested arrangements for the planning and management of major and specific events. However, determining which places of mass gathering are at higher risk is not an easy task given the sheer number and variations of such places, and the limited security resources available. Once identified, they further present the challenge of what consistent risk mitigation strategies to develop and implement.

This document has been developed to ensure a nationally consistent approach is taken by all Australian jurisdictions in the development of their own guidelines for the protection of places of mass gathering from terrorism. The approach supports a systematic process identifying security risk management activities which can be integrated into existing jurisdictional emergency management arrangements. It provides a basis for:

•       identifying places of mass gathering that are vulnerable to the threat of terrorism, and

•       risk management arrangements associated with this threat, based on the roles and responsibilities shared among all private and public stakeholders.

Definition

Places of mass gathering incorporate a diverse range of facilities including, but not limited to, sporting venues, shopping and business precincts, tourism/entertainment venues/attractions, hotels and convention centres, major events and public transport hubs. This also includes significant one off events. They are characterised by having a large concentration of people on a predictable basis and often have a minimum of security controls present. Identification of places of mass gathering for the purpose of this document is based on risk and not on any arbitrary numerical threshold.

Given the pervasive threat to a diverse range of targets, the identification of places of mass gathering cannot be precise.

The identification of places of mass gathering potentially at risk from terrorism should be informed by the current security context.

Security context

The current security context for mass gatherings is provided by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and is at Annexure A.

Places of mass gathering are potential targets for terrorist attack, particularly in larger cities, as they may satisfy the following criteria:

•       provide opportunity for attack in terms of accessibility and vulnerability

•       cause high-impact imagery likely to be generated by an attack

•       have high symbolic value, and

•       have consequences in terms of mass casualties, economic impact and public anxiety in the broader community.

By concentrating large numbers of people at high density in accessible places, at regular or predictable times, mass gatherings present the opportunity for terrorists to inflict mass casualties, cause economic damage, and instil public fear.

Places of mass gathering, or the events themselves, may have symbolic value, or be representative of Western culture. Furthermore, any terrorist attack against a place of mass gathering would generate considerable media interest.

Principles

The national approach is based on the following principles:

•       counter-terrorism preparedness for places of mass gathering focuses on the protection and safety of people

•       all levels of government contribute to the prevention, preparedness, response and
recovery from a terrorist incident, including local government

•       event managers and owners and operators of places of mass gathering are responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure the protection and safety of people

•       prevention and preparedness arrangements for protection from terrorism are
underpinned by an intelligence-led, risk management approach

•       security arrangements for places of mass gathering recognise the dynamic nature of the terrorist threat and are responsive to changes in the security environment, and

•       effective security outcomes in complex mass gathering environments require cooperation and coordination between all stakeholders.

Criminal incompetence: police & firearms

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In 2010, the details of thousands of NSW firearms owners were downloaded on to the unsecured police intranet, available to general duties police officers, civilian volunteers and anyone else with access to the police intranet. Subsequently, there was a string of targeted thefts of firearms.

In a number of cases the thieves came equipped with cutting equipment and trolleys, removing the gun safe but not stealing other valuables in the house) gave shooters grave concern that the data had leaked to criminals. This gross breach of privacy remains un-remedied, with police instead claiming “there is no evidence to show there was a breach”…as if nobody could have copy/pasted on to a flash drive, or just printed a copy and taken it home. Sheer bloody-minded arrogance.

Firearms Inspections By Police in your Home. Your Rights. Their Authority.

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I don’t know about you, but my experience with police officers coming into my house for the purpose of inspecting my firearms & their safe keeping has been a mixed bag. First & foremost the police know very little to nothing at all about any firearms other than service issue. This can be a big problem & it has cost me money & time trying to prove the police wrong & me right!
 Secondly the police come into my house thinking that I am guilty of breaking the law until proven innocent, this is blatantly obvious from their attitude towards me. They check out my house as best they can without going through cupboards & draws just looking for anything that may be used against me. NEVER leave a police officer alone in your house, they must be under observation at all times, & I recommend that you video their visit, especially when they are checking your safe keeping & your firearms. If you do not have a video camera, use a sound recorder. You do not have to hold this device in your hands so it is visible, you can set up the video camera or the recorder in the room where your gun safe is before the police arrive. Simply turn on before admitting them into your house.

Policing In Australia By Consent for the last 200 years? News to me!!!

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Police Failed To Stop Killer When They Could Have!

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Now why would senior officers instruct police not to intervene when they had the ideal opportunity to stop this man???!!! This is not the first time this has happened!

Surprise! Police Support Gun Rights Even MORE Than Americans Do, Poll Finds

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Surprise! Police Support Gun Rights, Survey Says

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WASHINGTON — Cops are more supportive of Second Amendment rights and more opposed to gun control than average Americans are, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.

Pew’s “Behind the Badge” survey on police and public views was released Jan. 11 and found that the majority of law enforcement officers strongly support the Second Amendment, with 74 percent saying it is more important to protect the rights of citizen to own guns than it is to control gun ownership. Among the general population, only 53 percent support gun rights over gun control.

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Police even support the rights of Americans to own so-called assault rifles, with only 32 percent favoring a ban on them, compared to 64 percent of Americans who answered that way.

The survey did find that police favor some gun control measures. A full 95 percent of police support laws preventing the mentally ill from purchasing guns, and 88 percent favor background checks on people who buy firearms at gun shows or from individuals. Those numbers are similar to the beliefs of the general public.

On the question of whether a national database should be created to track gun sales, 61 percent of police and 71 percent of the general public support such an idea.

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Is Amazon Echo Now A Police Surveillance Device?

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Is Amazon Echo Now A Police Surveillance Device?

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot were popular Christmas gifts in 2016, but some privacy advocates are warning they could be used by law enforcement to gather data about you and your family.

Prosecutors in Benton County, Arkansas, have issued a search warrant to Amazon for data from an Echo device belonging to murder suspect James Andrew Bates.

So far, Amazon is refusing to cooperate.

“Amazon will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us,” a press release from the online retail giant states. “Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.”

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Echo and Echo Dot are digital assistants that answer questions from owners who use voice commands to “wake up” the devices. One typical word is “Alexa.” The devices are tied to Amazon’s computer cloud. Supposedly, the only information within the home that is stored is what is said following the word prompt.

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Investigators want the Echo data in order to get more information about the mysterious death of Victor Collins, who was found dead in Bates’ bathtub in Bentonville, Ark., last November. Amazon might have recordings of sounds from Bates’ home, the search warrant alleges.

Attorney Kimberly Weber is representing Bates and opposes the use of the data in court.

“You have an expectation of privacy in your home, and I have a big problem that law enforcement can use the technology that advances our quality of life against us,” Weber said, according to The Information.

Bates had a number of such gadgets in his home, including a smart water meter that shows he used 140 gallons of water from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m., police say.

Police seized Bates’ Echo but allege that there is more information stored in the cloud.

Boundaries Needed?

Echo also allows a person to control home automation devices, such as lights and the thermostat. Additionally, a person can request news and information from Echo.

Lynn Terwoerds, executive director of the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security and Risk Management, told USA Today that devices like Echo would not benefit police.

“The myth we must fight against with Echo is that it’s constantly listening in on you — it’s not,” she said. “I understand that law enforcement would have an interest in any information that could help in a murder investigation, but it can be argued that this data would be of very limited use as compared to individual privacy rights,” she said.

Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), said that to protect privacy, “there should be clear legal standards established for law enforcement access.”

“And manufacturers should adopt techniques for data minimization and data deletion,” Rotenberg said. “Devices that retain data will be the targets not only of law enforcement officials but also criminal hackers.”

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A Town’s Entire Police Department Just Quit – ‘The Community Will Suffer’

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A Town’s Entire Police Department Just Quit – ‘The Community Will Suffer’

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INDIANAPOLIS — There no longer are any cops on the streets of Bunker Hill, Ind., because the town’s entire police force quit.

Town Marshal Michael Thomison and all four of his unpaid reserve deputies submitted their letters of resignation, leaving the town of 888 people without local law enforcement, The Kokomo Tribune reported. The resignations stemmed from a dispute between Thomison and the town council.

Thomison sent the council a letter accusing its members of asking him to “be involved in illegal, unethical and immoral things over time.” Among his concerns: the council requesting background checks on city officials when it was not necessary, and also asking for confidential information.

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“The town has refused to educate themselves on how to run a town, they continue to carry out their personal agendas to either run off the police department or make it so that it is impossible to work with or for them,” Thomison told The Kokomo Tribune.

Thomison also expressed frustration that there is not enough body armor for all of the deputies.

“The community will suffer, but I can’t continue to stay there when the support’s not there for the department or the reserve deputies,” he said.

The town released a statement, reading, “The resignation of the entire police force has come as a shock to the council. It has never been the goal to dismantle or otherwise endanger the town police department or officers.”

This is not the first time an entire police department has walked out. All four members of the force in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., quit in April because of a dispute with the town council, Fox 31 reported.

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Police Stun Community: Yes, We Spread Fake News

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Police Stun Community: Yes, We Spread Fake News

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Believing what you read or see in the news is becoming harder every day. In Santa Maria, Calif., even the police are spreading fake news stories.

Police officials this month acknowledged they deliberately lied to the local media and citizens with a fake news release about two prisoners, TV station KEYT reported. On Feb. 23, the Santa Maria Police sent out and tweeted about a news release that said Jose Santos Melendez and Jose Marino Melendez had been arrested for identity theft and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation.

“We never arrested them for that charge,” Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin admitted. “We never turned them over to ICE. They were always in our protective custody.”

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The men’s names reportedly appeared on a hit list compiled by MS-13, a notorious street gang based in El Salvador. Martin said police learned of an MS-13 plot to kill the two men during an investigation of the gang’s activities.

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“This was a split second [decision],” Martin said. “They were en route to go murder two people and our detectives got there and took them into protective custody just minutes before the other people got there. We saved two people’s lives and the gang members that were targeting them backed off.”

Newspapers and TV stations in the area – including KEYT and The Santa Maria Times – posted the information contained in the fake news release, as if it were fact.

“We were trailing MS-13 and watching them target two people over in Guadalupe, (Calif.),” Martin told The Times. “We had a moral and legal obligation to go in and save those people before they got shot and killed.”

The MS-13 gangsters behind the alleged murder plot are now in jail.

Media and Gangsters Fooled

No one in the media was aware of the deception until a reporter for the Santa Maria Sun spotted it in court records. The ploy apparently worked.

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“As the suspects continued to look for their victims the following day, they were overheard in their phone conversations saying that the guys they were looking for were arrested, turned over to ICE and probably got deported,” Martin said. “What that did was save those two people’s lives. We had them in protective custody the whole time.”

ICE was not involved with the fake news release.

“We had nothing to do with this,” Virginia Kice, a regional communications director for ICE, told The Santa Maria Times. “I want to be sure that your readers understand that. I understand the dilemma that the Police Department was facing; two people’s lives were in danger. As a former reporter and now a public affairs person of 30 years standing, I was very concerned about corroborating information that we knew to be false. We did not corroborate that claim.”

Said Martin, “If the circumstances came up and there was something similar, I would definitely do it again.”

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12 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO AND 1 THING YOU NEED TO HAVE IF YOU GET CAUGHT UP IN A RIOT

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12 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO AND 1 THING YOU NEED TO HAVE IF YOU GET CAUGHT UP IN A RIOT

Protesting is a right we enjoy when we live in a democracy.  Peaceful protest is considered a legitimate way of expressing the way we feel about things that are important to us, a way of letting the government know we are unhappy.

Sadly some protests turn  ugly and when they do the change can happen fast. There a variety of reasons why this occurs, from agitators who hold an opposing view infiltrating what would have remained a peaceful protest to high feelings within the protest group that things are not happening quickly enough and maybe more notice would be taken if the protest was more forceful.

If you are caught up in such a situation the reasons for the change are of little importance, getting away from the violence is the only thing that should be on your mind, you can analyse later when you have made it to safety.

Now getting out of a mob is far easier said than done, tempers are flaring, feelings running high. Law enforcement will be in the area and that in itself can pose further problems for someone caught up in an angry crowd…LEO’s won’t stop to ask politely if you are involved. So, what do you do?

Well the obvious thing to say is avoid getting caught up in it in the first place. If you see marchers coming ahead of you go the other way, even if it’s not the direction you need to be going in. Look for buildings, not glass fronted, that you can take shelter in and wait until the mob has  passed. Side alleys, gates you can get over or through and even recessed doorways will give you protection. Getting into a car, unless you have the means to drive it away isn’t a wise move and getting under a vehicle is even more unwise. Vehicles are often overturned or set on fire when people are intent on causing mayhem.

If you know that there is likely to be unrest in the area knowing alternative routes that can lead you away from the area is always prudent, carry a map of the area if you are not on home ground.

Right, back to our protest that is about to turn into a riot, if none of your avoidance tactics work what are your options?

  1. If you KNOW you are going to end up getting swept into the group stay as close to an outer edge as you can. This gives you a better chance of escape should the opportunity arise.
  2. I’m not suggesting you join in with the protest but DON’T try to reason with people, walk/move along with them offering no opinion, all the time looking for a way out of the crowd.
  3. If there is ‘wriggle room’ make your way to one side, edging your way nearer and nearer an outer edge of the group.
  4. Large and fast moving crowds cause more of a problem and as tempting as it may be to move away in the opposite direction and get out of there, unless you are on the outside of the crowd this is ill-advised. Trying to fight your way against a human tide can cause you serious injury and if you go down you will most likely be trampled underfoot.
  5. Continue moving in the same direction as the crowd but edge your way to whichever side is the nearest to getting you out of the throng. Everyone will be jostling so you going one step forwards and one step sideward will not be noticed.
  6. If that’s impossible and you are literally getting forced forward your greatest risk is from falling, a huge crowd is an irresistible force. Lace your fingers together in front of you, place your palms on your belly, thumbs on your waist pointing behind you. Move your elbows out and to the front of your body. This creates a space and prevents your chest from becoming compressed which shortens your breath, causes panic and in very large crowds can lead to suffocation.
  7. At some point the police/military will appear in front of the group. Sometimes they will try to herd everyone in a given direction, other times they will form lines to prevent the protestors from continuing on their route. This is a good indication that it’s going to turn nasty.
  8. If the crowd stops stop with them, keep your elbows out to prevent chest compression. Listen and watch the crowd. Stay calm and assess if there is any possibility of moving sideward. In large crowds some people may actually attempt to move backwards once the police are around. This relieves the pressure and can allow gaps to open up that you can utilise.
  9. Any action by law enforcement will usually cause rapid and haphazard movement in the crowd. Take advantage of this. People will often scatter in all directions simultaneously. You should head for the nearest doorway, building or alley and stay there until you have assessed the situation. At this point even sheltering behind a vehicle can give you a few seconds to think. The prime concern of the crowd at this point is to avoid water action the police are taking, not to stop and set light to a car.
  10. If there is a way to go back the way you came do so but take side roads if you can to get off the route that the protest took. Walk do not run. Running makes it more likely you will fall and more likely police will see your rapid movement which draws attention to you. At the first opportunity get off the street and stay off the street until the situation has resolved.
  11. If police have cordoned off the area around the protest laying low until restrictions have been lifted maybe your only choice if you want to avoid arrest. Many people in many countries have found it impossible to convince law enforcement that they weren’t involved in flash mobs, looting and riots. If you are dressed in a business suit and were on your way to work and the mob is generally the jeans and hoodie brigade you may be able to approach law enforcement and get out of the area. If you are dressed casually and are of the age group protesting this is far less likely regardless of your innocence. I actually know a guy who got swept into a situation like this in London. He called the police, told them he had ‘gotten swept along’. He told them who he was and where he was and they guided him to the nearest police line – where he was promptly arrested!!! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
  12. If challenged by the police or military stop and raise your hands slowly, palms outwards. Law enforcement will also be on heightened alert, this is no time for a misunderstanding. Dropping to your knees before you are asked to do so, telling them “I’m getting on my knees” shows that you are not going to attempt to flee and that you pose no threat.

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Finally – if you have managed to extricate yourself from the situation but can’t yet get out of the area what do you have with you that will be of use?

We should ALL be carrying a few things with us every time we leave home regardless of where we are going and why we are going. An EDC (every day carry ) pack tucked into a backpack or even a briefcase or handbag is a must and can help us cope with anything from a vehicle breakdown to getting stuck at work because a storm has blown in.

What you have in an EDC kit will vary depending on your circumstances. If you work in a restaurant half a mile from home you can forget food and pack something else. What you pack also depends on the time of year, the terrain in your area and risks that may be relative to the area you are travelling in.

There are a few basics however that we can all find useful regardless of where we are:

  • Small flashlight with spare batteries or dynamo wind up type.
  • Sunglasses, preferably mirrored lens type. Good for snow dazzle as well as sun and for keeping wind and dust out of your eyes.
  • Fully charged battery pack for your phone.
  • Fire-starter and tinder.
  • A brightly coloured bandana.
  • Small first aid kit
  • High calorie high energy snacks
  • A bottle of water
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Flat shoes
  • A whistle, signal mirror and compass
  • Small pack of baby wipes
  • Cash in small denomination notes

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Having basic items with you all the time makes sense. So many people have been left in desperate situations and have had nothing with them to help them out. Looking after your own needs when the unexpected happens allows you to calmly take stock and consider your options.

You are not having to look for or scavenge a meal or drink, you can start a fire and you have a map. It buys you time to either shelter until the danger has passed or start your journey to safety. You have a means to communicate, a kit to deal with minor injuries and a whistle and signal mirror to attract attention. You are, albeit in a very basic manner, prepared for the unexpected as long as you have the kit with you.

It beats being thirsty, incommunicado and hopeful that someone with a band aid will come and attend to the cut on your hand.

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New South Wales Authority Exposed.

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PLEASE SHARE! – INNOCENT MAN Justin McMaster, shot by Police.

Justin McMaster was the victim of a home invasion but in the process of defending his family he was shot by police in a shocking case of mistaken identity. Justin now finds himself having to pay more than half a million dollars for Police court costs

Court of Appeal overturns $500k damages awarded to youth, Justin McMaster, shot by police

The highest court in NSW has overturned a $500,000 damages order against the NSW Police Force over the shooting of a Sydney teenager after a violent home invasion, finding that the officer who fired the shot was trying to protect his colleague.

Justin McMaster is also now facing a substantial legal bill after the court ordered that he pay the police force’s legal costs for the original hearing and the appeal.

Mr McMaster was shot in the stomach in the early hours of September 26, 2011, as he ran from his house at Holmes Street, Colyton, in Sydney’s west, holding a metal rod taken from a set of blinds.

He had been woken moments earlier by the screams of one of his sisters as two young men forced their way into the house and held a knife to her throat.

Mr McMaster, then 19, burst from the house and ran down the footpath in the direction of a group including police and his relatives in a bid to chase the attackers away.

Believing that the youth was in fact one of the home invaders, Constable John Fanning shot him in the stomach.

In December 2013, District Court Judge Phillip Mahony upheld a civil claim by Mr McMaster, finding that Constable Fanning had committed a “deliberate assault and battery and trespass to his person” and awarded him $512,450.

Mr McMaster’s two sisters, who saw the shooting, were awarded $89,910 and $132,430 respectively.

But NSW Police took the matter to the NSW Court of Appeal, arguing that, when the shot was fired, Mr McMaster was just metres from Constable Fanning’s colleague, Constable Natasha Kleinman.

On Monday, a three-judge appeal panel upheld this argument, overturning Judge Mahony’s decision and the damages awards and finding that the police were not liable for the shooting.

“In my view, Constable Fanning’s act in pulling out his service pistol when he first saw the man running out of No. 4 Holmes Street with what looked like a metal pole was reasonable in view of what he understood had occurred in that house, which also suggested that this man may have a knife,” Justice Anthony Meagher said.

“From that point, as the man got closer to Constable Kleinman’s position on the roadway, he presented, unless stopped, a threat of significant injury.

“This was not a case of a simple assault being resisted by use of a firearm. The threat to Constable Kleinman was believed to be serious injury or worse.

“Constable Fanning waited until the last moment. He did not see any indication that Constable Kleinman was going to use her Taser. At that point, he had no alternative course of action available to prevent the threat to Constable Kleinman, which he reasonably believed the man presented.”

In addition the court ordered that Mr McMaster and his sisters pay the police force’s legal costs. These are likely to run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

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Emergency Skills Needed in a Crisis

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Emergency workers are truly a different breed. Bravery, leadership, critical thinking, a calm demeanor in crisis, compassion, and empathy are all in a day’s work. Here are a few more emergency skills that can be used at any time.

Firefighters
Firefighters handle a wide range of emergencies. When they’re not containing fires and assisting victims, they respond to car accidents, natural disasters, bomb threats, terrorist attacks, and incidents involving hazardous materials. They make water rescues as well as assist in evacuations. Most are trained to perform lifesaving procedures before paramedics arrive. Firefighters need the physical strength to work with heavy machinery. Like all emergency responders, urgent-duty driving skills are a must. Firefighters do a lot more than put out fires and rescue kittens from trees. If you’re considering this career, make sure you can handle the heat.

Paramedics
Paramedics work within impossible time constraints to sustain life until a patient reaches the hospital. They are jacks-of-all-trade when it comes to knowledge of the human body. Paramedics are extensively trained in cardiac support, triage, burn treatment, airway management, bleeding control, obstetrics, and many more emergency procedures. Keeping the wounded immobile during transport, especially when spinal injuries are involved, is an important part of the job. They aid victims of accidental poisoning and prevent drug overdoses from becoming fatal. They must also be proficient in their knowledge of medications and how they are administered. These dedicated caregivers are adept at making life-and-death decisions.

Police Officers
Police work is not for the faint of heart, and keeping a cool head might be the hardest part of the job. Officers of the law must identify and defuse potentially volatile situations. They must be good at conflict resolution and have the ability to quickly decide if someone is aggressive or merely uncooperative. They are skilled with firearms but trained to use minimal force. Integrity and restraint are attributes that often go unnoticed. Most are trained in more than just the academy. Some even get degrees like a masters in safety online or paramedic training as well. These added credentials give them a boost in their career and make their jobs a little easier.

Other Unsung Heroes
Aside from lawmen, paramedics and firefighters, many others work behind the scenes to keep the public safe. 9-1-1 operators sometimes have only seconds to make critical judgments. It’s up to them to calm those in distress and inspire confidence. Degrees and careers in occupational safety are on the rise. Occupational specialists identify hazards in the workplace such as toxic materials and dangerous equipment. There are many more unsung heroes like forest rangers, public utility electricians, and mine rescue workers.

A lot can go wrong in this world – hats off to the champions who put their own lives on the line every day.

 

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The Charlotte Riots: 5 Things You Better Know

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The Charlotte Riots: 5 Things You Better Know

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Another American city has been rocked by violent rioting in the wake of a police shooting, as residents of Charlotte faced a night of chaos Tuesday night and are bracing for more.

The rioting followed the shooting Tuesday of Keith Lamont Scott, who was getting out of a vehicle when he was killed. Police said he had a gun and posed a threat.

Here are five things you should know:

1. The officer who shot him was black. Scott, who is black, was shot by Brentley Vinson, a black police officer.

2. Social media sparked the riot. The violence began after a woman, claiming to be the daughter of Keith Lamont Scott, posted a video on Facebook. In the video the woman claimed a Charlotte police officer shot and killed a disabled man while he was sitting in a car reading a book, waiting for the school bus to drop his child off.

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The claims were unverified, but they were enough to launch the riot. The video received 521,000 views in in the few hours after it was posted on Facebook, the Charlotte Observer reported.

3. Rioters deliberately targeted vehicles on Interstate 85. They blocked the freeway, threw rocks, bottles and other objects off overpasses onto cars and reportedly injured motorists. The Observer reported that at least three 18-wheelers were looted and burned on the freeway. Some motorists were trapped in their cars on the interstate for hours, as traffic backed up.

4. A Walmart store was looted. Looters smashed their way into the store and stole merchandise, including electronics, before police arrived, The Observer reported. Workers at the store tried to protect it by blocking the entrances with crates.

5. Business are being warned there might be more violence. “We are concerned that there may be similar protests tonight and beyond in our city,” the Chamber wrote. “We must prepare for this potential as ‘one Charlotte’ by standing together in a way that demonstrates our support of peaceful protests, while also ensuring the safety of law enforcement officers and all citizens.”

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Police Secretly Storing ‘Abandoned DNA’ From Gum, Cigarette Butts — All Without A Warrant

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MELBOURNE, Florida — In a troubling nationwide trend taking place in even small towns, police are collecting DNA from citizens without a warrant and then turning it over to private companies for permanent storage.

Police departments in several states are routinely gathering DNA samples from people who are not even suspected of a crime, ProPublica discovered. Cops are able to do an end run around the Fourth Amendment’s ban on warrantless searches simply by asking for consent.

Often, people don’t know they have a constitutional right to decline. That happened in Melbourne, Florida, when a group of five teens sitting in a parked car in a community were approached by a policeman. They said they were there for a sleepover, but the officer was not satisfied. He asked which one of them wanted to provide a DNA sample. Adam, a 15-year-old, said he would do it, and proceeded to wipe a cotton swab in his mouth and place it in the envelope. He also signed a consent form, ProPublica reported.

“I thought it meant we had to,” Adam said.

Police have defended their actions.

“In Florida law, basically, if we can ask consent, and if they give it, we can obtain it,” Commander Heath Sanders of the Melbourne, Florida, police department said. “We’re not going to be walking down the street and asking a five-year-old to stick out his tongue. That’s just not reasonable. But’s let’s say a kid’s 15, 16 years old, we can ask for consent without the parents.”

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Police in the town of West Melbourne, Florida, even collect “abandoned DNA” from cigarette butts or gum left by citizens who would not sign forms.

Adam’s father said police should not have made the request.

“My concern, being in the medical field, is that it’s not just Adam’s DNA,” Adam’s father (whose name was not revealed) said. “It’s my DNA, it’s my wife’s DNA, and our parents. Not to sound bad, but you just get nervous. There’s some collateral damage there.”

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Cops in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania, routinely ask for DNA tests from suspected drunk drivers and persons merely acting suspiciously, even if the people are not charged.

“There’s no laws, there’s nothing,” Frederick Harran of the Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania, police department said of such DNA tests in a ProPublica interview. “We’re in uncharted territory. There’s nothing governing what we’re doing.”

Bensalem Township officials say the recording of DNA has cut down on burglaries by 42 percent.

“This has probably been the greatest innovation in local law enforcement since the bulletproof vest,” Harran told ProPublica. “It stops crime in its tracks. … So why everyone’s not doing it, I don’t know.”

The problem is that there are few laws governing the collecting of DNA by consent. Also, the private laboratories that store the data are not regulated by state or federal governments.

“No one knows what the rules are about what they’re going to upload into these private DNA databases or not,” said Michael Garvey, head of forensic science for the Philadelphia police. “Mixtures, partials — what’s their criteria? It varies.”

Adam’s father was so upset that he called an attorney. The lawyer, Jason Hicks, quickly discovered that since there were no criminal charges, Adam’s family had no legal recourse. From the police department’s perspective, citizens are voluntarily giving their DNA away – even if it seems they are pressured.

“First, I was just shocked that it had happened,” Hicks said. “Then I was frustrated by the lack of a vehicle to challenge it.”

Some police departments will have the DNA samples destroyed if citizens make a request. Hicks successfully got Adam’s destroyed by making a request and not giving up until it was destroyed. Other police departments, though, have different policies.

“They can ask, but we don’t necessarily have to,” said Capt. Geoffrey Morgan of the Branford, Connecticut Police Department. “I mean, if they gave it to us consensually, then they gave it to us consensually.”

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For 6 Months Police Recorded Citizens’ Every Move With A High-Tech Surveillance Plane – And Not Even The Mayor Knew

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Baltimore’s citizens were under high-tech aerial surveillance by their police for six months, and no one outside of law enforcement – not even the mayor – knew it.

Incredibly, police were able to conduct the surveillance without the knowledge or approval of the city’s elected officials.

To this day, the surveillance is still being conducted by a private company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. Images are recorded by special cameras in a small Cessna aircraft that looks just like any other private plane so that no one grows suspicious. Approval by the city council was not needed because the surveillance is being funded by hedge fund billionaires Laura and John Arnold, The Atlantic reported.

“Technology has reached a point where billionaires can simply bankroll aerial surveillance that significantly and secretly compromises the privacy of hundreds of thousands,” Atlantic writer Conor Friedersdorf noted.

The Cessna flies over the city for around 10 hours a day and has been doing so since January. The cameras can take pictures of an area up to 30 square miles in area, Bloomberg reported. All images are instantly transmitted to computers and permanently stored on hard drives.

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News of the surveillance has outraged citizens.

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“This whole city is under a siege of cameras,” Baltimore resident Ralph Pritchett Sr. complained to Bloomberg.

Baltimore’s streets are already lined with 700 police surveillance cameras, but that apparently was not enough.

The Baltimore Police Department contracted with Persistent to monitor citizens using technology developed for use by the military in Iraq. The only provision the department had was that no public funding be used – so that citizens, the media and elected officials would not find out.

The Cessna flies over the city and takes pictures of activity on the ground with digital cameras. Since the plane is not marked, citizens have no idea it belongs to police. The image is relayed to computers at a secret Persistent office hidden in a parking garage.

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“Imagine Google Earth with TiVo capability,” Persistent founder Ross McNutt said of his technology.

The camera system was developed to detect roadside bombs in Iraq in 2007 and deployed at battles like Fallujah.

Since then, it’s been used in two American cities: Compton (California) and Baltimore. The technology has also been used in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico — just across the border from El Paso — and at public events like NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 race.

Persistent tested the technology in Compton with the help of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2012. The tests ended when the public learned they were under surveillance. Even Compton’s mayor did not realize what was taking place.

“There is nothing worse than believing you are being observed by a third party unnecessarily,” Compton Mayor Aja Brown told The Los Angeles Times.

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A GUN used in a 2002 murder was found in the hands of criminals 10 years after it was seized by police and supposedly destroyed

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More Police Corruption, & the government blames law abiding Australian gun owners!!!

Police Disclosure. More On The Lindt Cafe Shooting.

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This sounds to me like this shooting was all cut & dried before it even started. The question is, who orchestrated this shooting? Was this another attempt to cause havoc so that further gun control measures could be taken against law abiding gun owner citizens?!
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The Milwaukee Riots: 3 Things You Better Know

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Milwaukee became the latest American city gripped by unrest this summer when racial tensions exploded into violence over the weekend.

Mobs roamed through the streets, set businesses on fire and shot at police and firefighters.

“Last night was unlike anything I have seen in my adult life in this city,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told the Associated Press. “I’m very proud of the way our police officers and firefighters responded.”

At least four businesses were burned.

Here are three things you need to know about this latest round of violence.

1. Police were targeted. Seven squad cars were burned and four officers were injured. One officer was hurt when a brick was thrown through a squad car window, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The violence began when a crowd gathered to protest the fatal shooting of Syville K. Smith by a Milwaukee police officer on Saturday afternoon. Smith was shot after he made a threatening motion with a gun, police said. Smith’s action is on video, Milwaukee police officials said, although it has not been released. Smith had fled after a traffic stop.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Smith had a lengthy criminal record that included 13 arrests. Police said Smith’s pistol contained 23 rounds.

The officer who shot Smith has left town for his own safety. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn would not identify the officer but said he was African-American. Flynn claimed his department had received a “credible threat” to the officer.

“We are concerned for his safety,” Flynn told reporters. “He has been staying with relatives out of town.”

2. Racial tension is high. Some news reports indicate that white people were targeted by rioters. A mob chased reporters and a photographer at the beginning of the riot, The Journal Sentinel reported. At least one reporter was shoved to the ground and punched by members of the mob.

Racial tensions have been building in Milwaukee for decades, The New York Times reported, and the unemployment rate for blacks in the city is one and a half higher than the rate for whites.

“This entire community has sat back and witnessed how Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has become the worst place to live for African-Americans in the entire country,” Alderman Khalif Rainey said, according to AP. Rainey represents the neighborhood where the riot broke out on the city council.

3. It is not over. Violence continued Sunday night and could flare up again at any time. A 10 p.m. curfew for minors has been set for the rest of the week.

“This is still a volatile situation,” Barrett admitted. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

He urged parents to keep their children at home.

At least 150 specially trained riot police officers were deployed on Sunday night. Rioters threw objects at police, and at least one person was wounded after shots were fired. Police had to deploy armored vehicles to rescue a shooting victim.

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Obama’s DOJ Has Seized Control Of Local Police, And No One Noticed

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Obama’s DOJ Has Seized Control Of Local Police, And No One Noticed

President Obama’s Justice Department has effectively taken control of police departments across the country by using a sneaky legal trick endorsed by the United Nations.

Incredibly, it has been completed through simple lawsuits.

Placing local enforcement under federal control is much easier than you might think. The Obama administration has done it 26 times using a legal mechanism known as a consent decree, The Washington Post and Lifezette.com reported.

Here is how the process works:

The Justice Department’s civil rights division files a federal lawsuit against a local government, alleging civil or constitutional rights violations. A federal law, the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (42 U.S.C. § 14141), gives the DOJ the power to do this, noted Robert Romano of Americans for Limited Government.

To settle the suit, the local government enters into a special court order, called a consent decree, which puts the DOJ in charge of major aspects of local law enforcement.

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“The municipality then simply agrees to the judicial finding — without contest — and the result is a wide-reaching federal court order that imposes onerous regulations on local police,” Romano wrote at Lifezette of the practice. “This makes local police directly answerable to the Civil Rights Division at the DOJ.”

Independent monitors ensure that the decree is being followed. The decree gives the DOJ the power to tell the cop on the beat what to do. For example, it can write policies for departments and require the use of body cameras. The policies can cover everything from training to the use of force.

The investigations often begin after allegations of unlawful arrests, illegal searches and racial profiling, The Post reported.

“A good example is that we took on a bunch of cases where one of the critical elements was how police use force against persons who are in mental health crisis,” former DOJ attorney Jonathan Smith told The Washington Post.

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The DOJ can bury local police departments with red tape by using consent decrees, Romano alleged. A March 30 decree between Newark, New Jersey, and the DOJ was 77 pages.

Consent decrees can increase costs to local taxpayers. An investigation by The Post and Frontline determined that DOJ-ordered reforms cost a total of $600 million. Most of that money came from local taxpayers.

Police departments in Los Angeles and Chicago — America’s second and third largest cities, respectively — are currently operating under consent decrees. Miami police are operating under a consent decree, too.

“Officer morale in some of the departments plummeted during the interventions, according to interviews,” The Post reported of the DOJ’s efforts. “Collectively, the departments have cycled through 52 police chiefs as the agencies tried to meet federal demands. Some departments have struggled to sustain reforms once oversight ended, and in some cities, police relations with residents remain strained.”

The reforms don’t always take care of the problems that the Department of Justice was trying to fix.

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“The hard question — have you stopped doing the things that got you into court in the first place — is something that these consent decrees seem to have trouble answering,” Jeffrey Fagan, a professor of law at Columbia University who has studied reform agreements, told The Post.

Police departments may have to go along with consent decrees in order to get federal funding.

“These consent decrees are in essence regulations,” Romano wrote, noting that the decrees take place “without the niceties of administrative procedures requirements, public comments, or even any congressional oversight.”

A United Nations official has endorsed the Department of Justice policy of intervening in local police matters.

“The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has provided oversight and recommendations for improvement of police services in a number of cities with consent decrees,” Maina Kai, a representative of the UN Human Rights Council, said on July 27. “This is one of the most effective ways to reduce discrimination in law enforcement and it needs to be beefed up and increased to cover as many of the 18,000-plus local law enforcement jurisdictions.”

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Woman beaten with hammer while waiting for a bus in Sydney, husband suffers broken arm.

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So tell me, how does this reasonable force self defence work? If we are not legally permitted to carry anything for our own defence, just exactly how was this woman supposed to defend herself against a hammer attack? She is lucky to be alive!



He Was Arrested, Strip Searched & Jailed When Police Confused A Doughnut For …

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested, handcuffed, strip searched and put in jail because a police officer could not tell the difference between doughnut glaze and crystal methamphetamine.

“I kept telling them, ‘That’s … glaze from a doughnut.’ … They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, ‘No, it’s meth, crystal meth,’” Rushing told The Orlando Sentinel.

Unfortunately for Rushing, two field drug tests identified the glaze from a Krispy Kreme Doughnut as methamphetamine. Police found it on the car’s floorboard.

“I got arrested for no reason at all,” Rushing said.

After the arrest, he spent 10 hours in jail and had to pay a $2,500 bond. Charges against him were later dismissed after a laboratory test revealed the substance, in fact, was doughnut glaze.

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Rushing had just dropped off a friend at the hospital and was picking up another friend at a 7-11, when he was stopped by police. Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins of the Orlando Police Department had spotted Rushing doing 42 in a 30 mph zone. She had been watching the convenience store because of complaints about drug trafficking in the neighborhood, The Sentinel reported.

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When she saw that Rushing had a concealed weapons permit, Riggs-Hopkins asked for permission to search his Chevy. He agreed and she spotted the doughnut glaze.

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“I recognized through my 11 years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer the substance to be some sort of narcotic,” Riggs-Hopkins wrote in a report. “Rushing stated that the substance is sugar from a Krispie Kreme Donut that he ate.”

Riggs-Hopkins was not swayed and arrested Rushing. The New York Times and Pro Publica reported earlier this year that a Florida Department of Law Enforcement laboratory determined that 21 percent of field tests are wrong.

Rushing got off easy; New York resident Alexander J. Bernstein spent 29 days in jail in Pennsylvania because a state trooper’s drug test identified homemade soap as cocaine, Off The Grid News recently reported. Bernstein sued the state and received a $195,000 settlement.

Not surprisingly, Rushing has hired a lawyer and is planning to sue the city of Orlando over the arrest.

“It was incredible,” Rushing said. “It feels scary when you haven’t done anything wrong and get arrested. … It’s just a terrible feeling.”

Rushing said he won’t ever treat police stops the same.

“I didn’t have anything to hide,” he said. “I’ll never let anyone search my car again.”

Orlando Police maintain the arrest was a lawful one, but also acknowledged that they don’t know the percentage of false positive field tests.

“At this time, we have no responsive records. … There is no mechanism in place for easily tracking the number of, or results of, field drug testing,” a police spokeswoman told the newspaper.

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Man Arrested, Jailed For 29 Days Because Of Homemade Soap

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Alexander J. Bernstein spent 29 days in jail and lost everything because Pennsylvania state police could not tell the difference between homemade soap and cocaine.

His friend, Anadel Cruz, had placed two large bars of homemade soap in the trunk of a rental car, and Bernstein was driving through the state when police pulled him over on Interstate 78 near Allentown for driving five miles over the speed limit – 60 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Troopers searched the vehicle, found the soap and decided it looked like cocaine, according to The Allentown Morning.

The two were driving from New York to Florida to visit Cruz’s sister, and he told the police that the soap – wrapped in clear plastic – was not drugs. Bernstein and Cruz were taken to a state police barracks, where, incredibly, a drug test falsely identified the soap as cocaine. Bernstein was charged with drug trafficking and held in the Leigh County Prison on $500,000 bail for 29 days. During that time, he lost his job, apartment and possessions, the newspaper reported.

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If that was not bad enough, Bernstein also missed spending Thanksgiving with his 17-month-old son. A lawsuit claims the man was left homeless and destitute.

The real reason the vehicle was pulled over was that it was a luxury car, a Mercedes Benz, with out-of-state license plates driven by a Hispanic woman (Cruz), attorney Josua Karoly told The Allentown Morning Call. Karoly represented Bernstein in a suit against the state.

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“If it was me driving that car, this wouldn’t have happened,” Karoly said.

State Settles 

The charges were dismissed after a lab test verified that the substance was indeed soap. Disturbingly, Bernstein still had to pay $32,000 in bail and court costs even though he was innocent, a lawsuit charges.

“[Bernstein] did not so much as receive an apology from the defendants,” his attorney, Joshua Karoly, wrote in the suit.

“And even then, the FBI, the internet and other media sources will still contain a permanent record of his arrest and the criminal charges upon which he was maliciously prosecuted,” Bernstein’s lawsuit charges.

In the end, it cost Pennsylvania’s taxpayers $195,000 to settle his federal lawsuit against the state, The Morning Call reported.

Bernstein may not be alone; thousands of innocent people might be in jail or prison because of faulty drug tests, Pro Publica charged. The tests are often used as evidence against suspects, even though they can be wrong. Around 33 percent of field tests examined by authorities in Las Vegas were wrong, Pro Publica reported. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab discovered that 21 percent of the substances police identified as methamphetamines using the tests were not meth.

Pro Publica said more than 100,000 people each year plead guilty to drug possession based on field tests.

“Police officers aren’t chemists,” former Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland told ProPublica. “We shouldn’t be doing field tests on the hood of patrol cars.”

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Violence & Mayhem Australia Today. Random Thoughts.

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Violence & Mayhem Australia Today. Random Thoughts.

Why are we seeing so much mayhem in Australia, it seems that every day now there is another report of murder, stabbings, king hits, rape, home invasions & more. Obviously this is not right, not excusable, but can it be understood?

Let’s take a look at what our own government is doing. It has prioritised mining over farming; some farmers have given up fighting & have committed suicide. Protesting has been banned, made illegal so if the people try to back the farmers & “Lock the Gate”, they can now be arrested & charged. The police are now a law unto themselves, & unless someone records their crimes on video, then they get away with it. The people did not vote for mining to be prioritised over farming, why would they? They did not vote to have protests banned, made illegal, why would we? There was no referendum, no one was asked, does this sound like democracy or dictatorship?

I am not saying that all this mayhem & violence is happening because we have a corrupt government who is in itself committing crimes, & that the people who have a tendency toward violence & crime see this as a green flag to do what ever they want, but it is something to think about.

Why are Australian citizens allowing this government to “rule” us in this way? Why are they allowing the degradation of our environment & the loss of many of our rights? Our own constitution is being ignored by this government, a government by the way that is in fact a registered company in the USA! We have two main political parties, neither are better than the other, so when it comes to voting, we are stuck between a rock & a hard place. This year, 2016 the people showed their displeasure by voting independent, & what happened? The Liberal party got in yet again!!!

So, voting for your/our preference does not work, it changes nothing. The same corrupt government is still in power & the Australian people are doing NOTHING about this. Why? In other countries the people simply do not allow this corruption to continue, they rally their numbers & sack the government. We NEED change, we need to sack this government & the whole corrupt system & put something in place that allows the people to have a voice, to have a choice. What is it going to take to make the Australian people say “NO MORE, ENOUGH”?

There are crook police officers committing crimes & there are good police officers that are not prepared to blow the whistle on these bad cops, why? Because if a good cop blows the whistle on a bad cop, he loses his job. He will not be sacked, but he/she will be shunned by all other police officers Australia wide. He/she will be forced to quit the police service. This needs to change, but how do we change this? I do not have an answer for this, but this is the big problem with the whole government system. People are for ever saying “Don’t allow this” “Do your own thing”, but it is not that easy. We are a minority who care, but a minority has no power. We have to pay the ever increasing local council rates/taxes despite the fact that many of us receive no or few services for those rates, because if we refuse to pay, the council will actually evict us from our own homes & sell our property.

I realise that services & road maintenance have to be funded, but should there not be some check & balance? If a retired couple can not afford to pay the rates on their own home, why should they be forced to sell the home that they worked so hard for? After all the years of working & scrimping & saving they are now forced to live in a city or town & pay rent? Does this make any sense?

So we ask ourselves why is there so much crime, so much violence. Why is there so much sadness & depression? I think our society is starting to break down. We are losing human rights every day. New police powers take away citizens rights. They may have been introduced in order to maintain order, but in fact there is no check & balance here, the innocent are affected as well as the criminal element. Did banning certain firearms stop crime or even reduce crime? NO! Yet again the law abiding citizen pays the price. Who has these banned firearms now? The criminals have these firearms because they did not hand them in, they are NOT licensed, they are NOT listed in the gun registry!

So where are we heading? Less farms, less farmers, less food, less rights. Slowly but surely we are being herded into a position where eventually we will not be able to resist even if the majority of Australians grew a spine & decided to do something! Some people say “well if you are not happy with the way things are, why don’t you move somewhere else?” My answer to that is, that there is no better place to move to, no place that has the potential that Australia has for being a great place to live in. We have the room, we have the space. We have less people than anywhere else in the world given the size of Australia, but we need to regain our rights, our freedoms. Yes there must be law & order, but it must be tempered with common sense & research. Knee jerk reactions by the government to certain incidents have to stop. We need to have some professionalism introduced into the making of legislation. We have The Greens who appear to be promoting drugs & at the same time recommending that law abiding Australian citizens should be disarmed! How crazy is that?! Do they think that much of the crime is not linked to drugs & illegal gun use? Right now ignorant people are making these decisions for us, & it is not sensible, it is not right or fair & above all it is bloody stupid!

Police Raid A Church Parking Lot To Confiscate RAW MILK

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KATY, Texas — Buying raw milk can now lead to a police raid in Texas. At least two raw milk transactions have been broken up by officers and health inspectors in the Lone Star State in the past few months.

“They just make everyone nervous,” farmer Bob Stryk said of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), which has been a nuisance to raw milk sales.

In early July, 50 of Stryk’s customers were targets of a police raid in the parking lot of the Holy Apostles Church in Katy, a Dallas suburb. The raid was the result of an anonymous tip to DSHS, The Houston Chronicle reported.

“I know there are two sides and we’ve got rules,” raw milk lover Greg White told the newspaper. “But you feel like a criminal.”

White was in the parking lot when sheriff’s deputies and county health inspectors arrived to break up the milk sale.

Under Texas law and regulations, people can buy raw milk, or they can get someone to pick it up for them. The question now is: What exactly is getting people in trouble?

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“What has been OK in the past — if friends want to rotate [who picks up the milk], that’s OK,” Chris Van Deusen, a DSHS spokesperson, told the Chronicle. “But it appears to be larger now, in the hundreds. The source of concern is the scale, which is different from the past.”

But the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, which advocates for independent farmers, said the transactions are perfectly legal.

“The ability to designate someone to act on your behalf, as your agent, is a fundamental principle of law that goes back centuries,” said Judith McGeary, executive director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. “There is no basis for the government to say that my agent can’t do something that would be legal for me to do myself – such as pick up milk from a licensed dairy and bring it back to town.”

Incredibly, “in this latest incident, a sheriff’s deputy told one of the customers that they’d been pulled off a domestic dispute case in order to break up the milk delivery,” McGeary said.

Not the First Time

An earlier incident is just as disturbing.

Police Raid Church Parking Lot To Confiscate RAW MILK

A grainy screen capture from a video of the raw milk raid at an Austin private home.

On May 26, an unmarked police car blocked a courier van and a customer’s car in the driveway of a private Austin home, the Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance reported. Four inspectors from the Austin Health Department and DSHS then told the group of raw milk customers that they could not have the milk – despite the fact that it already had been purchased.

“One of the inspectors confronted the woman who had organized the group drop-off and demanded that she provide her driver’s license,” the Alliance said in a summary on its website. “When she hesitated, the inspector called a policeman over and then started to take pictures of her car with her children in it. After the woman broke down in tears, the inspector continued to question her to try to find out the names and locations of other drop points.”

The dairy is two hours away, and the customers had hired the courier to bring it to them.

“By involving the police and actually stopping people from getting their food, these incidents represent a new level of government hostility towards raw milk that is not based on any science or real health issues” McGeary said. “There have been only six illnesses over the last twenty years linked to raw milk in Texas. This harassment of farmers and consumers is completely unjustified.”

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Cleveland Top Cop: Suspend Open Carry — ‘I Don’t Care If It’s Constitutional Or Not’

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CLEVELAND – The head of Cleveland’s police union is asking Ohio Governor John Kasich to suspend the state’s open carry law in light of a series of police shootings, including one Sunday that killed three officers in Louisiana.

The Republican National Convention began Monday in Cleveland with an unprecedented amount of security.

“We are sending a letter to Gov. Kasich requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something — I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point,” Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told CNN. “They can fight about it after the RNC or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.”

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Kasich, a Republican, responded by saying he did not have the power “to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested.”

“The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt — as we’re doing in Ohio — so our communities and officers can both be safe. Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal,” Kasich said.

Loomis, concerned about protests outside the convention and about police becoming targets, said officers would view open carry guns with suspicion.

“We are going to be looking very, very hard at anyone who has an open carry,” he said. “An AR-15, a shotgun, multiple handguns. It’s irresponsible of those folks — especially right now — to be coming downtown with open carry ARs or anything else. I couldn’t care less if it’s legal or not. We are constitutional law enforcement, we love the Constitution, support it and defend it, but you can’t go into a crowded theater and scream fire. And that’s exactly what they’re doing by bringing those guns down there.”

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NSW Police Force: A Law Unto Themselves. Australia.

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New powers given to police are looking even worse than initially feared, as concerned groups delve into the breadth of their applicability.

The NSW Bar Association points out that new ‘public safety orders’ (PSOs) and ‘serious crime prevention orders’ (SCPOs) can be used to prevent individuals from visiting certain places open to the public, such as churches, mosques, sporting arenas and licensed premises, even where there is no evidence of any danger or wrongdoing.

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The new laws now allow police officers – without permission from a court – to issue “public safety orders” banning individuals who police claim are a “risk to public safety” from attending specified public places for 72 hours.


Movement To Nationalize Police Training Gains Momentum

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The movement to place local law enforcement training under federal control has gained momentum following several high-profile controversial encounters involving police.

“There are approximately 18,000 departments in the United States,” former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told NBC’s Meet the Press. “In my opinion, far too many. And we need to look at a long-term goal. More regionalization, better training, more consistency in policy and procedures.”

Ramsey was the co-chair of The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, whose purpose was to develop a blueprint for reforming American law enforcement. The final report, released in May 2015, reads like a blueprint for having the federal government gain more control over local police.

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Ramsey is one of a growing number of people who believe recent police shootings and violence should serve as a pretext for centralization of America’s law enforcement efforts. President Obama said after the Dallas tragedy that he wants any solutions to be based on the report.

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“We need to bring people together, but we need more consistency in terms of the training that’s provided, the selection and hiring of individuals,” Ramsey said.

The Task Force issued a final report that recommended more federal government involvement.

“The U.S. Department of Justice, through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Office of Justice Programs, should provide technical assistance and incentive funding to jurisdictions with small police agencies that take steps towards shared services, regional training, and consolidation,” the final report recommended.

The report also said that the federal government should have a larger role in police training.

“The Federal Government should support the development and delivery of training to help law enforcement agencies learn, acquire, and implement technology tools and tactics that are consistent with the best practices of 21st century policing,” the report states.

The training would be directed by the Department of Justice.

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‘Our Nation Has Become Too Divided,’ Trump Says After Racially Motivated Shooting Leaves 5 Officers Dead

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'Our Nation Has Become Too Divided,' Trump Says After Racially Motivated Shooting Leaves 5 Officers Dead

DALLAS — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton cancelled their Friday campaign events following a racially motivated Dallas shooting that left five officers dead and another seven injured.

The coordinated shooting Thursday night shocked the nation, and it occurred less than 48 hours after a pair of videos surfaced showing officers in Louisiana and then Minnesota shooting black men.

Three suspects in Dallas are in custody and a fourth one died in a standoff early Friday morning. Before he died, that suspect told police that he wanted to kill white people and white officers. He also said he was upset with the Black Lives Matter movement. The four suspects shot the officers sniper-style, aiming their rifles from elevated positions.

Trump called the killings “an attack on our country.”

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“It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe,” he said. “We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.

“The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done. This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.”

Trump added that “our nation has become too divided.”

“Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children. This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.”

Clinton said on Twitter “I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them.” (A full statement by Clinton was not available.)

Said Dallas Police Chief David Brown, “All I know is that this must stop — this divisiveness between our police and our citizens. We don’t feel much support most days. Let’s not make today most days. Please, we need your support to be able to protect you from men like these, who carried out this tragic, tragic event.”

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Supreme Court Justice Warns: Police Now Can Stop You For ‘Whatever Reason’ They Want

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A new US Supreme Court decision will allow police to stop, detain and search citizens without a warrant anytime they want, according to at least one justice.

“This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants — even if you are doing nothing wrong,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor warned in a dissent this week in Utah vs. Edward Joseph Strieff Jr.

“The Court today holds that the discovery of a warrant for an unpaid parking ticket will forgive a police officer’s violation of your Fourth Amendment rights,” Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.

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The case involved Strieff, who was stopped and questioned by a detective after walking out of a suspected drug house in South Salt Lake City. The detective had no warrant and no evidence Strieff had done anything wrong, but he still took the man’s ID and ran it through a police database.

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The database revealed that there was a warrant for Strieff for illegal drug possession, and he was arrested and charged. His attorneys appealed to the Utah Supreme Court, which ruled his Fourth Amendment tights had been violated.

The Supreme Court reversed that decision this week along a 5-3 vote. Sotomayor and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan dissented. Chief Justice John Roberts, and justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy supported the ruling.

Thomas said the detective’s “discovery of the arrest warrant attenuated the connection between the unlawful stop and the evidence seized incident to arrest.”

Sotomayor disagreed.

“This Court has allowed an officer to stop you for whatever reason he wants—so long as he can point to a pretextual justification after the fact,” Sotomayor wrote. “When we condone officers’ use of these devices without adequate cause, we give them reason to target pedestrians in an arbitrary manner. We also risk treating members of our communities as second-class citizens.”

“The officer’s control over you does not end with the stop,” Sotomayor added. “If the officer chooses, he may handcuff you and take you to jail for doing nothing more than speeding, jaywalking, or ‘driving [your] pickup truck . . . with [your] 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter . . . without [your] seatbelt fastened.’

“It implies that you are not a citizen of a democracy but the subject of a carceral state, just waiting to be cataloged,” Sotomayor wrote.

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Jaw-Dropping Video: Heroic Mom Fights Kidnapper Trying To Steal Daughter In A DOLLAR GENERAL

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Jaw-Dropping Video: Heroic Mom Fights Kidnapper Trying To Steal Daughter In A DOLLAR GENERAL

A new dramatic surveillance video out of Florida shows the necessity of always being prepared to defend yourself and your family.

On Tuesday a mother was shopping at a Dollar General in Hernando, Florida, when a man grabbed her 13-year-old daughter and began dragging her through the store, attempting to kidnap her. The mom, though, wouldn’t give up, and fought back, even laying on her daughter to make it more difficult to kidnap her. Eventually he gave up and fled to the parking lot, where an off-duty policeman, Deputy Jonathan Behnen, blocked the man’s car and arrested him.

The attempted kidnapper was 30-year-old Craig Bonello.

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The names of the mom and daughter have not been released.

“This was a chaotic scene with a lot at stake,” Commander Buddy Grant said, according to local TV station WFAA. “Thank goodness the girl’s mother jumped into action to prevent this man from kidnapping her daughter. And, thank goodness Dep. Behnen used his training and experience to stop this man from escaping. This is obviously someone who needs to be behind bars. He won’t be getting out anytime soon to do this again.”

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Australian Firearms Legislation & Government Corruption.

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Article by Ron Owen of Owen Guns Australia.

Bad News Sometimes has a Silver Lining.

Sixteen years ago, in the year 2000. I, like thousands of other law abiding shooters (who are aware) was horrified that all licenced shooters details were to be included in the new Crimtrac data base run by the Federal Government. To be listed with Criminals, known Paedophiles, Sex offenders, Drug addicts and dealers was degrading. Listed, so it was available to the largest criminal organisation in the country, one that is under constant investigation, in every state for corruption and criminal intent, the Police. Controlled by an organisation with the average integrity lower than sewer rats, who would sell their parents and children into slavery for a moments glory on the television, the Government. This to me, was the final plunge into the putrid mire of Communism, Fascism, all are forms of Socialism pressed on us by the most evil means of Fabianism.

As to Crimtracs purpose, if we believed the worst of our politicians they would be guilty of treason and corruption, spying on their own good citizens. If we believed that this was not the case, that their intentions were good, then that would prove that they were imbecilic and need guidance to cross the street.

From the Crimtrac Annual Report 2014–2015 https://www.crimtrac.gov.au/sites/g/files/net526/f/CrimtracAnnualReport2015_8.pdf?v=1446084987  the cost this Orwellian nightmare is enormous.

To spend 74 million per year for 16 years, plus the NATIONAL FIREARMS INTERFACE (NFI) Budget $4.289 million, and the AUSTRALIAN BALLISTIC INFORMATION NETWORK Budget $5.594 million, besides every State Police Firearm Department in Australia is spending multi -millions to duplicate their own records from law abiding citizens spreading their personal details to the criminal corrupt police forces of the world.

Ultimately, it is the licenced shooters, the innocents, who for doing No wrong have all this money extorted from them on the false pretext of public safety. With a cost that would run into many billions of dollars during the last 16 years what good has come from it, has it saved a life, caught a criminal? Last years Crimtrac Annual Report 2014-15 reports that since its inception sixteen years ago their 207 public servants have recorded 16,000 unique firearm templates ( different sorts of firearms) 42,266, cartridge cases, a total of 56,485 identifying pieces of information and have matched up this information with 76 crime scenes in Australia. The Western Australia Police achieved the sixth hit on the national ABIN system.

“In December 2012, police executed a search warrant locating a .45 calibre self-loading pistol. The gun was test fired and the ballistic information entered into the ABIN. A search of the database identified a link to a drive by shooting in the Western suburbs of Sydney in May 2012.New South Wales Police subsequently confirmed this link. Further investigations revealed the recovered handgun was subject to international tracing (serial number) and had been imported into Australia illegally from the USA.”

Do we have 6 convictions of Criminals for all of these billions of dollars, No. I am sure that if there was just one conviction the Annual Report would have mentioned it.

Nicole Rose is now the CEO of CrimTrac, she was the Director of the Office of the NSW Police Commissioner where she was instrumental in the establishment and operation of the NSW Innocence Panel. In 2013, Ms Rose was awarded the Public Service Medal for services to policing. Her 2IC is Mr Walton was appointed CIO in January 2013 and he has more than 30 years’ experience working in government in both Australia and the United Kingdom. They say in there report,
“It will enable police to share data on guns used in crimes, and provides a quick way to match firearm information against a national dataset. This will significantly affect the way Australian police agencies investigate gun-related crime, by linking ballistic evidence from crimes involving firearms both locally and nationally. This will also provide a national picture of criminal use of firearms in Australia, enhancing the capability of Australian police to investigate firearm-related crime and target violent offenders in our community. Our firearms solutions are valuable tools for police to solve firearm-related crime and to prevent gun crime in Australia. Will support police in addressing violent gun-crime.”

What nonsense, when they waste all that time and money tracking people good enough to volunteer information and cannot track the unlicensed and un registered criminals. When in 16 years and after billions of dollars they have a match with six firearms. No record of convictions or a report of their information being the cause of one conviction.

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Where is the accountability in this? There is transparency its easy to see through the verbal manure of self justification and gratification for no real result, bar one.
‘Blind Freddy’ can understand the futile waste of recording all the details of the most law abiding part of our community. Only those as ‘Mad as a Hatter’ would believe that those with criminal intent would record any information. So why spend all that money and impose all those costs on us? Are they ‘Mad’, or is it really “People Control” not Gun Control?
Yet, in this report there is some truth, a small grain that should make every shooter in Australia celebrate. It forecasts the winning of our war for firearm freedom. On page 29 it reports that in 2015 there was 1.9 million licenced shooters in Australia and 5 million firearms.


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Combine the above information with I suspect the more accurate picture from Inspector Craig Rolls Manager Weapons licencing, QPS. In March this year he stated

“This figure represents a significant concern for Weapons Licensing as we are receiving approximately 350 applications a week, a 50% increase in the last 3 years and cannot continue to effectively process applications with this percentage, or a similar high percentage”

Note, he states a 50% increase in licence applications not 27 %.

Why does he say that this is a “significant concern” well that equated to 18,200 applications per year and when it increases at 50% per year in five years time that is an extra 90,000 applications per year.

This year in Australia we will have at least 2 million licensed shooters that is 10 % of the population, is there 2 million people who play football?  Unlikely, there might be one other group fishermen that could be a larger self interested party, but they do not have to put up with all the impositions and hoops to jump over that firearm owners do. To have a shooters licence we have to be voting age or close to it we should be the most motivated section of our community as we have had to suffer the most from government bureaucracy.

Inspector Craig Rolls was making the warning as shortly we shooters will not be the minority, we will NOT  be the political football that they can kick, whenever they want to serve out more in -justice on us, to make it look like they are doing some ‘feel good’ legislation.

Now, for the first time Shooters can make or break any other political force in this country, that was why our Prime Turncoat put legislation through parliament to disenfranchise smaller parties, but that now could backfire on him. Years ago shooters were in the wilderness, then we discovered the internet and facebook now we have the numbers and the means to communicate with them all.

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The largest “Nosy Parker” in Australia has achieved one single good thing, it has officially told us that we are now a powerful force. All we have to do is to let each and all of us know that we have that force. Now with the internet we can even improve it, if each one of us encouraged and succeeded to help a family member or friend to get a shooters licence, we would not have 2 million licenced shooters in Australia we would have 4 million. Well I never thought I would be encouraging shooters licences, I don’t think they serve any useful purpose, but now there is a newfangled point to it all. It unites us in the largest club in this country, expensive and inconvenient, but a means to end the tyranny that we have suffered for the last twenty years.

We have to wake up the ‘Sleep Walkers’.

The ten thousand subscribers to this bulletin have to spread the message on all mechanisms, we must recruit more militant shooters, people who are willing to sign a petition, write to the ‘letter to the editor’ post on facebook, create websites, send out to email lists and force the politicians to openly accept that we are a political force to be reckoned with. We must point out that before they make a law, that imposes great difficulty to millions of good people that they should prove that it works, to state that ridiculous one liner “If it saves one life, its worth it” should provoke everyone’s immediate responses. So well why not ‘ban prescription medicine’, as logically medicine saves lives, even though mistakes in prescriptions kills thousands besides the over usage. Guns are tools of Human creation, like medicine, or any other product humans can manufacture , they can be used for good, or evil.

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Our Government has been allowed to create two separate classes of people, one being the elite Government employee’s who can carry firearms, who can use them to guard the lives and families of government politicians and other employees, and those untrusted citizens, whom the elite refer to as the ‘great unwashed’, whose only role is to work, pay tax and vote for Tweedle dee, or Tweedle Dumber. We cannot Discriminate, we can be prosecuted by the state for just thinking that you have an opinion, you don’t actually even have to express it, yet the Elite, the Police Ministers, the police, and other government employees all exempt from the Weapons Act can thrive, while we are not allowed to even defend ourselves with a spoon full of pepper.

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As with the United States if you prove that more homicides are committed by black people, it would be more logical to address that problem on a racial basis rather than to ignore it. When they blame a tool that by itself has no cause, if there is a problem it will continue un abated. Allowing the politicians to return to it again and again, to fuel their real agenda, People control. When causes are identified like Race or  Economics that cannot be discussed, it would not be ‘Politically Correct” they know that high unemployment areas have higher armed crime rates and homicide rates, logically we should address that problem in that area instead of imposing legislation on un related items in all unaffected areas?
Soon Politicians will come to the realization that our 10% of un happy licenced shooters can keep them out of government, or put them into government, their next tactic will be to try and split licenced shooters into categories backing some against others, but before that happens we can form new parties and destroy old ones. Please never forget  Mr. Wendell Phillips said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. The living sap of today outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand entrusted with power becomes, either form human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.”

Ron


Unfortunately not all Australian gun owners will back other Australian gun owners, this has been proven already. Australian gun owners do not appear to be a special group, they are just like all other Australian citizens. Some care, some don’t, so banking on gun owners EVER being a majority when it comes to voting is a big mistake. Sad isn’t it.
Keith.

State Seizes Homes, Makes Innocent Citizens Pay $5,000 To Get Them Back

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Innocent citizens whose property is seized by police in Michigan have to pay cash for the chance to get it back. Even worse, there’s no guarantee that those who pay the cash will get their belongings returned.

Homeowners whose property is seized have to put up a bond to appeal the forfeiture. If that wasn’t outrageous enough, owners of seized property can be forced to pay the government’s legal bills if they lose in court.

“Once a property has been seized, the owners then have to pay anywhere from $250 to $5,000 just to begin the procedure to win back what’s rightfully theirs,” Jarrett Skorup and Nick Sibilla wrote of the state’s forfeiture laws.

“Under Michigan law, if your property is seized and valued less than $50,000, you must post a bond worth 10% of the property’s value to start the process of having it returned to you,” the two wrote in The Detroit Free Press. “But if you fail to post that bond within 20 days of the property being seized, it is automatically forfeited to the state.”

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“And if you pay the bond but fail to win the property back in court, you can be ordered to pay the expenses the government incurred during the forfeiture proceedings,” Sibilla and Skorup concluded.

Skorup is a policy analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, while Sabilla is a communications associate with the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit law firm that fights forfeiture throughout the nation.

The two were writing in favor of Michigan House Bill 4629, which would abolish the bond requirement. Michigan is one of four states that “mandate a bond before owners can appeal to a neutral judge to get their seized property back,” Sabilla and Skorup wrote.

“Michiganders can still lose their property even if they have never been convicted in criminal court,” they wrote. “Meanwhile, state law provides a perverse incentive to seize property and ‘police for profit.’ After a property has been forfeited, police and prosecutors can keep up to 100% of the proceeds.

“…Forcing property owners — who may be innocent after all — to pay to challenge a legal proceeding offends fundamental American notions of due process and fair play.”

Between 2001 and 2014, Michigan agencies collected more than $258 million in forfeiture proceeds, according to an Institute for Justice report.

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Shock: Police Seize 4 Children Simply Because They Were Spanked

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Just the suspicion of spanking can lead to a police raid and seizure of children by social workers in at least one Western nation.

A couple in Norway had four children and a baby taken away because they spanked the older ones.

“They didn’t find any physical marks or anything like that when they had medical examination. … They were, are, all fine,” the mother, Ruth, told the BBC. “But the law … is very clear until the smallest detail, it’s not allowed of any physical correction, and we have never been aware that it was this strict.”

Corporal punishment is illegal in Norway.

Ruth’s ordeal began last year when social workers and police seized her two daughters from school without her knowledge and then drove to her house and took two sons. The next day four police officers returned and seized her three-month-old baby, too.

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The children are still in foster care, and Ruth and her husband, Marius, are in family counseling. The parents can only see their children through eight-hour visiting sessions. Even worse, the children have been separated and live in different parts of the country, hours from one another.

The baby has been returned, although the parents don’t know what will become of the others.

The couple accused Norway’s children protection service — which is known as Barnevernet — of lying to them at a meeting.

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“We had already engaged ourselves in family counselling, to be prepared to fix whatever needs to be fixed,” Marius told the BBC. “But at that meeting they didn’t even want to look at our plan. Actually, they said they set up the meeting to inform us that they would file a case for permanently removing the kids.”

Some critics charge that Barnevernet might have been motivated by something other than the children’s welfare. They say the children were taken because their parents are Pentecostals; Norway is a Lutheran country. Others think the action was motivated by the fact that Marius is an immigrant from Romania who married a Norwegian woman.

Asked by the BBC if children can be seized for mild spanking, Norway official  Kai-Morten Terning – the undersecretary at the Ministry for Children and Equality – responded, “parents have to know the law and live by it in Norway, regardless of background.”

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The seizing of children has soared in recent years in Norway, particularly after an 8-year-old boy was beaten to death in 2005. The most common reason for taking kids is “lack of parenting skills,” the BBC reported.

In another case, Barnevernet may have taken a baby from her parents because her grandmother was looking after her. Social workers accused the baby’s father of being simple and his wife of lacking parent skills, the BBC reported.

Health professions never examined the baby.

The grandfather, Yngve, has a government-appointed position and has changed his opinion about the country’s child welfare system. He has been unable to get Barnevernet to allow even him to take care of the baby.

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“I grew up believing that Norway was the best system in the world, best for children, the UN are saying this all the time, and then I discovered that this cannot be the case,” he told the BBC.

“At first I thought that this case that we had experienced must be one in a million. There just can’t be more madness than this. And when I showed my face on TV in connection with this, a lot of people have contacted me, and they have showed me other stories that are even worse than the one that I have experienced.

“I am a senior civil servant, and I should really be a defender of Norway, and normally I am, but here it is something extremely wrong.”

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Norway’s child protection system has been called a role model for other nations. It was the first country to allow an independent ombudsman to represent children.

Around 170 Norwegian experts on child protection, including social workers, lawyers and psychologists, signed a letter to Norway’s children’s minister, expressing concern.

“There is a lack of what I’d call the human factor,” psychologist Einar Salvesen, a critic of Barnevernet, told the BBC. He helped organize the letter. “A lack of empathy, really providing an atmosphere so people can learn… It’s more like police interventions, more like we have to find out what’s wrong with you.”

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Bodycam shows officer using amazing restraint with knife-wielding man

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officer using amazing restrainA video featuring the body cam of an officer belonging to the Hamilton County Police, shows the officer using amazing restraint recently went viral due to an encounter between a homeless drifter and local officer, Josh Hilling. The video shows, from beginning to end, the violent and abrupt interaction between the two.

It started off with Hilling approaching the man, asking for his identity as well as social security number. The drifter didn’t appear to know English and had trouble communicating with the officer, at one point struggling to spell his own name. As the officer wrote on his pad, the body cam showed the drifter with his hands in his pockets, slouching.

“Take your hands out of your pockets, sir,” the officer asked, telling the drifter to get closer to his squad car. As the body cam shows, Hilling escorted the seemingly nameless drifter to the back of the car, to which the drifter violently lurched, suddenly wielding a knife. Hilling’s voice got noticeable louder and more aggressive as the homeless man stepped into oncoming traffic fromI-75, flinging the knife. “Drop the knife!” Hilling screamed.

The homeless man backed away from the highway and it the video showed that Hilling had then stepped into the street, stopping traffic altogether as he held his gun out at the drifter. “Drop the fucking knife!” he shouted, making the same command over and over as the homeless man continued to approach him with slow agitation.

The homeless man was identified as ‘Aleman,’ and at one point during the scuffle, Hilling shot Aleman in the leg, though Aleman continued lurching forward anyway. “Kill me!” Aleman shouted, throwing the knife around, “Kill me! Kill me!”

The officer begged for Aleman to stop and tensions rose to an all-time high when the drifter stood in front of the halted traffic, holding the knife to his own neck. “Kill me or I kill myself!” he shouted. Soon, other squad cars arrived and Hamilton County was able to safely apprehend the homeless man by use of Taser.

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Nighttime Raid Leaves 2 Dead — All Over Possession Of Something You Can Get At Walgreens

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A sheriff’s deputy may have been killed during a nighttime raid in Indiana over a syringe. To compound the tragedy, another deputy was injured and a suspect died during the incident.

Deputy Carl A. Koontz was shot while trying to serve a warrant on a man named Evan Dorsey last month in Russiaville, Indiana. Dorsey, who had previously been arrested for drug possession, had failed to appear in court over a charge of possession of a syringe.

Koontz’s partner, Sgt. Jordan J. Buckley, also was shot during the incident. He survived.

Dorsey died shortly after the raid of a self-inflicted gunshot, The Indianapolis Star reported. The raid took place around 12:30 a.m.

Radley Balko, who writes about criminal justice for The Washington Post, said the raid should never have occurred.

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“A deputy is dead, a suspect is dead, and a third deputy was seriously wounded because a guy failed to appear in court after he was arrested for possessing a syringe,” Balko wrote, adding: “The Indianapolis Star reports that the suspect had prior arrests for drug possession. Not distribution. Just possession.”

Koontz was married with an 8-month-old son.

Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers told the media: “You can only imagine the loss here … a wife with a small child, so we’re just trying to be as comforting as we can and help her through this process. That’s basically it. We’re trying to be there in every way we can for her.”

Dorsey had a drug record dating back at least five years involving both marijuana and heroin.

It isn’t known if the police knew Dorsey’s drug possession past, which took place in multiple counties.

“A major problem in this state in that individual counties don`t talk with each other about the criminal history of defendants,” attorney Jack Crawford told Fox-59. “… I bet you anything that each judge that sentenced Dorsey was unaware of his full entire criminal history.”

Lodge 78 of the Fraternal Order of Police has set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations for Koontz’s widow, Cassie, and their child.

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Never take for granted the freedoms we enjoy today!

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Rather a strange title for us in Australia, as we have already lost so many of our freedoms. Let’s make sure we do not lose any more human rights! 

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Guns or No Guns, It’s Your Choice.

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Even so, self-defence is not accepted by the Firearms Registry as a genuine reason for owning a gun. If you do have a gun in your home you are legally bound to keep it locked in a gun safe!!! And if you do use it to protect your life & that of your family, then you must be ready to face the consequences. The police advise that in a home invasion that you leave by the nearest exit!!!

“WELL GET READY TO BELIEVE IN DEATH BECAUSE WE WON’T BE THERE FOR ANOTHER 15 MINUTES.”

Chief Justice Tom Bathurst warns of threat to basic legal rights. Australia.

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This is how it is with legal gun owners. Any suspicion on the part of the Police is automatically transferred to guilt on the part of the law abiding citizen, & it is the legal gun owner who has to prove his innocence. 

False Flags Are Just a Conspiracy Theor … Admitted Fact

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Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror

In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos:

(1) Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. This is known as the “Mukden Incident” or the “Manchurian Incident”. The Tokyo International Military Tribunal found: “Several of the participators in the plan, including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have on various occasions admitted their part in the plot and have stated that the object of the ‘Incident’ was to afford an excuse for the occupation of Manchuria by the Kwantung Army ….” And see this.

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Are You A Threat? Police Software Scans Your Social Media: “Very Dangerous For a Citizen”

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Sticks and stones may break my bones. But names will never hurt me.

That old rhyme has been conventional wisdom for those bred in common sense and thick skins. But that world is fading away.

Its replacement is a now-cemented system of political correctness, ideological division, egg shell floors and, of course, always listening, always watching “big brothers” and “parental supervisors” who keep a look out, even if they assume you are doing nothing wrong.

Be that as it may, what you say, and what is said about you is now more likely than ever to land you in trouble with the law, or disqualify you for employment, promotion, government benefits or other opportunities.

The Washington Post reports:

Perhaps the most controversial and revealing technology is the threat-scoring software Beware. Fresno is one of the first departments in the nation to test the program.

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More Police Corruption.

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Unions and bikies – explosive evidence at Royal Commission

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The Sick Trick Pranksters Can Use To Get Your House Raided

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swat raid -- wikipediaSWAT teams have become a weapon that anyone — including sociopaths — can deploy against innocent law-abiding citizens.

In a growing-but-disturbing practice called “swatting,” a bad guy places a false 911 call to police designed to provoke a SWAT-team raid on an unsuspecting person, perhaps an enemy or even a friend. Swatting is now so common that legislators are writing laws against it.

“Perpetrators of these hoaxes purposefully use our emergency responders to harm their victims,” US Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Massachusetts) told the press. “These false reports are dangerous and costly, and have resulted in serious injury to victims and law enforcement. It is time to update our laws to appropriately address this crime.”

The FBI estimates that around 400 swatting incidents occur each year, The Framingham Patch reported. An April swatting incident in Framingham prompted Clark to propose a new law, the Interstate Swatting Hoax Act, which would make hoaxes a federal crime punishable with a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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“It is far more than a hoax,” Clark said. “It is really such a dangerous situation for law enforcement, for victims, and for communities at large.”

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Recent news stories reveal some very disturbing swatting incidents, including:

  • A January 2015 incident in which Police Chief Louis Ross of Sentinel, Oklahoma, was shot three times by a man named Dallas Horton. Ross raided Horton’s house because of a 911 call about a bomb threat to a local community center. The Oklahoma State of Bureau of Investigation later determined that the threat was a hoax and Horton was innocent, Off The Grid News reported.
  • A fake 911 call about a hostage situation that prompted a SWAT team raid on the Framingham, Massachusetts, home of Irandi Waighe and her 96-year-old mother-in-law in April. The two women were asleep in the home when a SWAT team entered it. The raid was prompted by a call from “Peter” who claimed he had shot his girlfriend and taken a hostage. Cops quickly determined none of that was true and there was no Peter. This incident inspired Clark’s proposed law.Disturbingly, the person who was behind the Framingham swatting hoax was able to hack the phone system and make it appear the call was from Waighe’s landline, The Patch reported. A similar ruse was used on Horton’s phone.
  • An incident in Houston, where a man named Zachary Lee Morgenstern was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for a series of false bomb threats and swatting calls directed at a high school and individuals in Marshall, Minnesota. In this cross-state incident, the police caught him before a SWAT raid took place.

“The defendant engaged in a pattern of harassing activity against several victims using the cloak of anonymity afforded by the Internet,” Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Rank said. “He wrought emotional havoc and caused the needless expenditure of public funds to respond to his destructive emails, tweets, and phone calls. Mr. Morgenstern committed his crimes in part because he thought he would not get caught. Because of the excellent investigative work of the FBI, he was wrong, and the sentence today sends a strong message that there are serious consequences for this type of behavior.”

Framingham Police Chief Ken Ferguson told The Patch he favors a federal solution.

“Having a national law will help reduce these type of calls,” Ferguson said.

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4 Of The Largest Handguns In The World

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This is not the first time I get to talk about guns, that’s true. Every time I’ve covered the subject I’ve tried to be as pragmatic as possible when it comes to the usage of firearms in a survival situation. I’m talking a different approach this time. Not that carrying a largest handguns caliber could not serve you well in a SHTF scenario; if it’s one thing they do well, is to obliterate everything that stands in your way. A single shot fired is more than enough to stop even large animals in their tracks. They might not be as easily concealable or maneuverable, but there’s something really intriguing (almost poetic) about owning your very own hand cannon. Maybe it has something to do with the “bigger is better” mentality, who knows? All I know is that there is no such thing as “too big” when it comes to firepower. And I’m sure that many of you share the same exact belief. Let’s have a look at some of the best of the best in the field of “heavy artillery”.

 

The Desert Eagle .50 Caliber Handgun

The Desert Eagle .50 is one of the most notorious handguns in the world. Commonly known as “the 50 caliber”, it was developed by the Israeli military with the aid of Magnum Research in 1972. It’s the largest magazine-fed handgun in the world and despite its age, this old timer is considered (still) to be one of the best looking handguns on the market; especially the versions that come in chrome or titanium gold plating. When it comes to firepower, only one word comes to mind: annihilation. The .50 projectile packs such a heavy punch that made it feared and respected across the map, and won fans from both sides of the law. It’s just as lethal as it is beautiful. It has a capacity of 7 rounds and it measures a total length of 10.75 inches (with a barrel length of 6 inches).

 

The Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum Revolver

This particular handgun was firstly introduced to the world by Clint Eastwood and his infamous character by the name of Dirty Harry. This revolver gained so much in popularity that Smith and Wesson was not only able to sell this particular model, but hat to release “improved” version to meet the demand. It’s not a large enough of a gun to cause your body spinning in the air several times before you hit the ground, as seen in the movies, but it’s powerful enough to end a life instantly. It’s 11.63 inches in total length (the barrel measures 6 inches) and it’s about 49ozs heavy. Not the most practical gun in the world, but nothing compares to shooting a .44 Magnum.

 

The Smith & Wesson’s 460XVR Revolver

You might look at this particular Smith and Wesson model and think “overkill”. When I look at it I see “beauty”. This handgun was introduced in 2005 and the XVR stands for “Extreme Velocity Revolver”. It shoots fairly well, especially at a distance bellow 125 yards; when this distance is exceeded, the trajectory of the projectile tends to get curbed, thus losing accuracy. It’s really noisy, so for those of you that do not enjoy the “music” made by the 460XVR, I recommend you bring along muffs or ear plugs. It has a capacity of 5 bullets, weighs about 75ozs and the barrel length comes in various sizes: 83/8 (standard), 35/8 inches, 6 inches, 7½ inches and 10½ inches. The finish is stainless, which makes it one of the most beautiful handguns in the world.

 

The WTS .50 BMG Pistol

This is a fully German product. And once again, when it comes to technology, Germany seems to push the barrier just a bit further. Although the WTS .50 BMG (the BMG stands for “Browning Machine gun Cartridge”) is technically a pistol, it weighs about 15.87lbs, which is as heavy as an ordinary riffle. Not to mention that the ammo in question, the .50 Browning Machinegun cartridge, was primarily used to pierce heavy armor and take down tanks and airplanes. Imagine how ridiculously power drunk you would feel to unleash all this power from a “pistol”. Shooting flesh with a WTS .50 BMG can make it disintegrate into thin air… literally! This monster measures 24.21 inches in length (16.92 inches in barrel length), it has an adjustable trigger mechanism and grip safety. Is it practical? Probably not. Is it glorious? Yes.

Getting a big handgun for survival purposes would not be practical for so many reasons that would take forever to explain. There are way better options for a TEOTWAWKI scenario, that’s true. There are lighter, faster and more maneuverable options on the market for preppers and survivalist. But nothing feels quite like shooting a powerful handgun, even if it’s just for target practice. It will be heavy to carry, almost impossible to conceal and the recoil and the noise might sometimes feel like it’s just too much. But if you’re ever in trouble, a big caliber handgun will do its job and stop anybody or anything that threatens your life.

 

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4 Best Shotguns For Home And Self-Defense

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Let’s have a look at some of the best shotguns that money can buy because there’s no survival or home invasion scenario that a shotgun can’t get you out of. Maybe you won’t even get to use it, as the sound of pumping your shotgun would be enough in sending chills down the spine of whomever means you harm. But if this fails, know that the large caliber ammo in use is more than enough to even stop an elephant in its tracks; what it’s capable of doing to a human assailant is not even worth mentioning. But shotguns come in a great variety of shapes and sizes and you’ll need to be aware of the differences before getting your own. Maybe the most important criteria to consider is the firing
method, as you can get a pump action or a semi-automatic. Length is also important, as it makes for greater maneuverability in certain situations, not to mention that a more compact one would be easier to carry
around all day as it will most probably be lighter.

The number of rounds that it can hold is a big deal, especially for those of you who aren’t good shots. It deals a world of hurt, it’s true, but you’ll need to hit your target; so the more chances you can take at gunning down your target, the better. The grip shouldn’t be overlooked either. Most shotguns come with a standard rifle-like grip, but some have a grip similar to pistols.

 

Remington 870 Express Tactical

This is not state of the art when it comes to shotguns, but it’s still one of the most used shotguns out there. It’s made a name for itself, and its capabilities are undisputable. This is a 12 gauge destroyer that has a capacity of 6 + 1. Its reloading system is based on pump action and it measure 18.5″ barrel. For precise aiming (as precise as aiming can be) it comes equipped with a fully adjustable XS Ghost ring and a removable front sight. It uses a SuperCell pad which can reduce recoil by about 40%-50%, depending on the situation. The whole body is covered in a weather resistant Carakote coating, which makes it perfect for those that are used to wandering outside in all sorts of weather conditions. It’s not a cheap shotgun, as it costs around $500, but it doesn’t cut corners in quality and precision.

 

Beretta AL391 Teknys Gold Target

This is a 12 gauge shotgun that is very well built and it’s fairly easy to shoot. It weighs at about 8lbs 11oz and when it comes to autoloaders, it’s simply one of the best (if not the best) you can find on the market. It has a 30” barrel and it might seem a bit heavy considering its weight, but it doesn’t feel heavy at all while you’re shooting. It has a removable recoil reducer in the buttstock, and if you’re eager of making it lighter, you can simply take the recoil down and drop about 0.5lbs from the overall weight. The self-compensating gas system it’s equipped with runs very smoothly and it reacts very fast, making the shooting process feel incredibly comfortable. It costs $1,200, and in my own personal opinion, you can’t get anything better in this price range.

 

Winchester SXP

This particular 12 gauge shotgun produced by Winchester has the latest and greatest when it comes to pump technologies, meaning that the SXP pump systems are extremely diverse and reliable. It has aluminum oil receivers, which are lighter and cheaper than steel ones; and despite popular believes they work perfectly. You can get a barrel length of maximum 30” and as far as looks go, there’s a great variety of models to choose from: camo, wood-stocked and synthetic black with chromed elements. It comes equipped with cross-bolt safeties, an Inflex pad that mitigates a great deal of recoil and a rotating bolt head with four locking lugs. This should cost you about $470, and if you ask me, it’d be money well spent.

 

Mossberg 930 SPX

Moosberg are well known for the quality of their products, and they’ve certainly made no exception to the rule when it comes to the 930 SPX. It’s a 12 gauge shotgun that has an 18.5″ barrel and a capacity of 7 (+ 1). It’s not exactly a cheap shotgun (considering you’ll need to throw away about $700 to get one), which won’t seem that much if you take into account that it’s a semi-automatic we’re talking about.  The top of the gun is equipped with a rail that allows you to fit any sort of aiming system you find compatible; you can install a red dot, a scope or even a holographic site. Loading the magazine is very simple and It can be done very quickly: open the bolt lock, place a shell in the ejection port and push the bolt release.

There’s nothing more to be said about shotguns. We all know them, and we all love them. All you have to do now is find the one that works best for you. Usually prices vary from a couple of hundred $ to many thousands. It’s up to you on how much you’re willing to spend. But just know that if there’s ever the need for it, a shotgun will save the day.

 

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Turn In All Of Your Guns And Get A Secret Free Gift, Police Urge Residents

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Citizens of one American city were asked to turn guns and ammunition over to police with the help of a local church.

Residents of the city — Greensboro, N.C. – also were encouraged to sign “a pledge of nonviolence.”

The event held on Nov. 14 was not a weapons buyback, because no money was exchanged for guns, police assured The Greensboro News & Record. Instead, the first 1,000 people who turned in weapons at Destiny Christian Center were to receive an unidentified small gift.

During the event any person over 18 years of age could turn in unloaded handguns, rifles or shotguns. After turning in the guns, people were asked to sign a pledge of nonviolence. Those who turned in the weapons were to remain anonymous.

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Police said they would then check to see if the guns were lost or stolen, and if they were, the guns would be returned to legal owners.

People who missed the event can turn in unwanted weapons by calling the Greensboro Police Department’s non-emergency line.

The gun turn-in and the nonviolence pledge are apparently part of the Greensboro Police Department’s effort to deal with a 68 percent increase in gun violence over the past year, The News & Record reported.

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The Wegmans supermarket chain donated $15,000 in gift cards for a gun buyback that was held by the Rochester, New York, Police Department. During that event, police traded $19,350 worth of Wegmans’ gift cards for 228 functional firearms, including 160 handguns, The Democrat & Chronicle newspaper reported. (The police department had donated $5,000 worth of gift cards.)

Gun buyback programs always are controversial, especially in light of Australia’s rigid gun control laws that started with a national mandatory gun buyback program during the mid-90s. Critics have labeled that program a mass confiscation of guns.

Not all Australians are fans of gun control.

“We are a nation of victims,” Senator David Leyonhjelm, who represents the state of New South Wales in Australia’s parliament, told NRA News. “You cannot own a gun for self-defense … the criminals still have guns.”

Leyonhjelm warned Americans not to emulate Australia’s gun control efforts, and he criticized Hillary Clinton for praising the Australia model.

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Will Cops Bug Out During SHTF? (Video & Transcript)

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Will Cops Bug Out During SHTF? An Insider’s Answer

“Hey folks, Welcome to Ethical Preparedness. Several times in the prepping community I’ve heard the topic come up of whether cops, paramedics or first responders will bug out and abandon post should SHTF happen. So in this video I wanted to address this topic. As a first responder myself I feel I have a little insight on this topic from what I’ve witness from working along side so many other first responders.”

“First lets get this out of the way. If you hate cops and you think all cops are power hungry and abuse their authority and SHTF were to happen and everybody is gonna come for the cops whatever. That’s fine, everybody is entitled to their opinion, but I know who I am and I know what I stand for. So feel free to go ahead and leave your hateful comments or send me your hate messages. All I have to say is if you hate cops that much then go to the police academy, become a police officer yourself and do the job yourself and then change what you hate about cops and change the system from with in instead of being a keyboard commando. I personally don’t care what you think about cops either and I probably won’t waste my time responding to someone who doesn’t know anything about me either.”

“So back to the point of this video which was the question. Will cops and other first responders bug out and abandon their post should SHTF happen. My belief is from my experience of working along side so many other first responders is that cops and first responders from larger cities, especially cops that patrol the bad inner cities, will most likely get the heck out of dodge should SHTF happen. BUT while the cops and first responders  from the smaller towns probably will  not. The reason I believe this is because cops that work in larger cities usually do not live in their patrol beat, if they even live in that city at all. When a cop doesn’t live in the area that he/she patrols then he/she doesn’t have any real personal stake in that area. The bigger city cop usually just goes from dispatch run to dispatch run dealing with the criminals and the intoxicated idiots in their patrol beat. The bigger city cop also usually doesn’t have the time to really get to know the good people that live in their patrol beat. Plus people that live in the bigger cities tend to hate cops to begin with. Maybe not everybody, but many of the people living in the inner city have a tendency to be involved in narcotics, gangs, and robbery and hustling and other illegal activity and just criminals have a tendency to dislike cops. So during a societal melt down, who in their right mind would stay and try to protect an area they have no personal stake in? Especially in an area that would have so many criminals that would hate them. Especially when their families and loved ones are elsewhere and possible in personal danger. I can also see a lot of cops and first responders not necessarily feeling sorry for these ghetto neighborhoods that will almost surely burn to the ground should SHTF happen.”

“With the amount of cop haters that these neighborhoods have, if SHTF were to happen and the cops were forced to get out of dodge the cops probably won’t lose a wink of sleep when these thugs are standing in the ashes of what use to be their neighborhoods and their scratching their heads trying to figure out what went wrong. But even if the bigger city cops that don’t patrol bad areas, but instead patrol decent areas in a bigger city, they still won’t know most of the people in that area. Cities are just full of different people and strangers and the cops home and family will still more than likely be outside of that city or the complete opposite side of the city.”

“Now you take the small town cop, you know the ones that so many people like to make fun of in the movies or on TV. These small towns will usually require their police or other first responders to either live with in the town or live with in a close proximity of it. this makes it so that many of these small town cops will know most of the people on their control beat and it also makes it so many of these people know where the police officer themselves  lives at. Now while I’m sure this isn’t true in every situation most of these small town cops know that they can not get away with some of the same stuff the big city cops get away with. Therefore, they are a lot more respectful of the townsfolk and in turn the townsfolk like the police more. So when you have a small town cop whose patrol beat includes his neighbor, and his friends and the church he goes to and his own home…he’s going to have a lot more at stake in that town. While he’s obviously not going  to want to see his own house looted and his own family harmed he is also not going to want to see his neighbor harmed or his church or his pasture or the friends that he has in that town to be harmed either.”

“You have to realize he is probably going to know the bank manager or the grocery store manager and his pasture probably married him and his wife. And he’s probably going to know the teachers and the school principal and many people in the town will have probably seen actually grow up from kids to young adults. So I can actually even see local law enforcement in these rural town actually deputizing or swearing in able body townsfolk to assist in protecting the town out should SHTF happen. I can also see the paramedics and fire fighters in these rural towns putting in extra work hours to help out in their community. As again they don’t want to see their neighbors with medical needs suffer should the lights go out and delivery of some medicine stops and etc etc. And they also won’t want to see their neighbors businesses burn to the ground and stuff like that.”

“Now, in reality, unless the catastrophic event makes it necessary to get out of dodge, something like a very contagious disease or nearby dirty bomb or something like that. Small town first responders will probably almost certainly stay at their post. Most first responders know it’s better to fight the beast before it reaches even their neighbors door, let alone actually let it reach their own door. So just to recap, I can see bigger city first responders not having any real stake in the areas that they service and being quick to bug out to protect their family and neighbor should SHTF happen. And I can see smaller town first responders almost being forced to not bug out in order to protect their family and neighbors should SHTF. To simplify it, during SHTF, everybody including most first responders will simply go to where their families members safety is at stake.”

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This City’s New Law Closed EVERY Gun Store (And It’s Headed Your Way, Too)

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Hunters, target shooters, and citizens concerned with defending their homes soon will no longer to be able to buy a gun in at least one United States city.

The last gun store in San Francisco is preparing to close its doors by the end of this month, due to mounting pressure from local leaders and new pending gun sales regulations. High Bridge Arms – a 63-year-old business — has decided that doing business in the city is no longer a viable option.

Steve Alcairo, the shop’s owner, said the decision was reached, at least in part, to protect the privacy of its customers.

The gun shop has become a little famous over the past several years, even attracting celebrities as customers. T-shirts boasting that it’s the “Last Gun Store in San Francisco” have been popular and sold well, even to people outside of the city, Alcairo told NPR.

“We’ve been boxing them and sending them off to different states,” he said.

Alcairo wrote on Facebook, “It’s with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop. It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco gun shop.”

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The decision to close the store came after local lawmakers garnered intense support for proposals that would require not only the turning over to police the records of ammunition purchases but also to video customers and give that footage to the police. Both proposals have been considered in other American cities.

“We’re getting phone calls: ‘So if I buy a box of bullets from you, are you going to report us to the police department?’” he told NPR.

Although the law does not take effect until after a final vote later this year, expansive media coverage already has scared away customers.

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“I’m not doing that to our customers. Enough is enough,” Alcairo told AP. “Buying a gun is a constitutionally protected right. Our customers shouldn’t be treated like they’re doing something wrong.”

If the new gun control law passes as written, it will usher in the most stringent Second Amendment restrictions San Francisco has passed in two decades.

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Some customers have shopped in the store for much of their lives.

“My wife, she bought her first rifle here. Actually I bought my first handgun here,” said one customer, Steven Walker. “It’s pretty amazing we’re losing this shop.”

The National Rifle Association said the city accomplished its goal.

“Looking at this entire regulatory scheme, it becomes painfully obvious that San Francisco’s intent is to simply make it unfeasible to operate a gun store within the city,” the NRA said in an analysis on its website. “However, city officials should tread lightly when considering more rules. The Second Amendment includes the protection of an individual’s ability to acquire arms.”

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Part III: Gun Confiscation Goes Mainstream: Tyranny in the Land of the “Free”

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