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  • Open Borders or Open Society

    07/22/2014 8:44:22 PM PDT · by opentalk · 10 replies
    CNS news ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jen Kuznicki
    ...In areport out of Michigan, a protest was organized overthe prospect now seemingly beyond the people's control, that the federal government under the leadership of Barack Obama will be sending dozens of the tens of thousands of children who have come into the nation through our southern border, to the small town of Vassar. Filled with anger and resentment against the open border policies of this president, the people demonstrating described the move as anarchy.But, within the report, it was revealed that the move was being organized by a foundation called the Heartland Alliance: Grosse Pointe Park-based Wolverine Human Services...
  • Ruger 77/44 44 Mag bolt action carbine

    07/08/2014 12:10:51 PM PDT · by Beagle8U · 51 replies
    Vanity | self
    I just picked up a new Ruger 77/44 bolt action and wondered if anyone here has any experience with them, or favorite loads/reloads for them? It is a SS 44 Mag bolt action carbine with an 18 1/2 inch barrel and Synthetic stock. Michigan just passed a law that will allow pistol cartridge rifles to be used for deer hunting in the 'shotgun zone', so I plan to use it for hunting deer. I'm thinking 240 grain semi-jacketed softpoints should do the job out to 125 yds or so.
  • Pope selects Michigan priest to become bishop

    07/01/2014 5:00:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | June 30, 2014
    Lansing, Mich., Jun 30, 2014 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Monsignor Steven J. Raica of the Diocese of Lansing to become the next bishop of Gaylord, Mich. “In these days, as I prepare myself to serve the People of God in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a new bishop, I offer my praise and gratitude to the Lord Jesus whose presence in my life has enabled me to experience an abundance of life,” Bishop-designate Raica said June 27. “My gratitude also goes to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and...
  • (MI) Governor Snyder made gun ownership records private

    06/27/2014 8:00:05 AM PDT · by holymoly · 15 replies
    Michigan Radio ^ | June 27, 2014 | Jack Lessenberry
    Most of us dont completely trust the government. We certainly dont want government to be able to prevent us from getting information we want or need. We are against governments suppressing informationunless it is stuff that we personally want suppressed. Then thats different, of course. I thought of that this week when Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation that prevents the press or public from being able to get gun records. From now on, we will be unable to find out who owns guns, and who has permits and licenses to have them. Well, conservatives and gun lovers are thrilled about...
  • MI:Poll Shows Support for Making Concealed Carry Easier and Cheaper

    06/26/2014 2:34:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Minbcnews.com is running a poll about a proposal in Michigan to make obtaining a concealed carry permit cheaper, faster and easier in the state. The proposal would eliminate the nearly 100 year old county gun boards, which at present have little to do. Under the proposal background checks would be run by the State Police instead of county boards. The 83 County gun boards, which have been accused of delaying permits, would be eliminated. The bill has passed the Senate. It would have to pass the House and be signed by the Governor to become law. The current question...
  • Detroit ranked nation's safest city from natural disasters

    06/03/2014 6:55:09 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 30 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | June 02, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    DETROIT, MI -- While the city has seen some significant improvement in crime statistics of late, it could be a while before Detroit sheds its reputation as one of the nation's most dangerous places. But in at least one national safety ranking, Detroit tops the list in a positive way. Based on six categories of weather statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an analysis by insurance shopping network Homeownersinsurance.com on Monday named the nation's top cities safest from natural disasters. Detroit was ranked No. 1, ahead of Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Denver and Boston. "Detroit came out way...
  • MI:Online Poll: Should Concealed Pistol Permit Holders Carry Guns in Schools?

    05/29/2014 6:27:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A poll in a Michigan newspaper is asking the following question: Should concealed pistol permit holders carry guns into schools? The responses allowed are: Yes No Don't know Don't care So far the results are overwhelmingly in favor of allowing permit holders to carry in schools: Yes 79.36% (1488 votes) No 19.95% (374 votes) Don't Know .32% (6 votes) Don't Care .37% (7 votes) This is typical of online polls involving Second Amendment supporters. It measures the ratio of those who are interested enough to answer an online poll. The results fit comfortably in the range expected, with Second...
  • Detroit Police Chief, Gracing Cover Of NRA Magazine, Defends Stance On Right To Bear Arms

    05/22/2014 4:52:52 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 14 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | May 19, 2014 | CBSdetroit
    DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit’s police chief is interviewed in the most recent issue of “America’s First Freedom” — an NRA magazine — voicing his support for the right to bear arms. The article titled, “A Show of Courage In Detroit,” comes following at least five fatal shootings in two months involving homeowners protecting themselves from intruders. The sub-headline reads, “Motor City Police Chief James Craig Encourages Citizens to Arm Themselves.” Craig, whose photo appears on the cover, says being featured in the magazine does not mean he advocates violence; he just strongly believes in the right to protect one’s self....
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (South & Midwest)

    05/15/2014 1:52:48 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 55 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE SOUTH AND MIDWEST (NORTHEAST, WEST, AND CALIFORNIA are in separate threads and updates are coming, see links below) This is an update of previous threads. There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. Georgia:...
  • MI:John Conyers Does Not Qualify for Primary Ballot

    05/15/2014 9:07:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 13 May, 2014 | Abby Livingston
    Conyers will not appear on the primary ballot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)Updated 6:14 p.m. | Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. failed to qualify for the Michigan 13th District primary ballot, a local county clerk ruled Tuesday.Seeing that I do not have the authority to rule on the constitutionality of laws and statutes, that the County Clerks are bound by, it is my determination that in accordance with the current laws and statutes of the State of Michigan, the nominating petitions filed by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. are insufficient to allow his name to appear on the August 5,...
  • Police unmask 'mystery pooper' who regularly defecated on Ypsilanti park slides

    05/14/2014 4:38:52 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 8 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Tom Perkins
    Ypsilantis childrens slides are free and clear of feces after the Ypsilanti Police recently identified a suspect in their hunt for the notorious "mystery pooper." Ypsilanti Police Chief Tony DiGiusti confirmed the department made contact with an individual believed to be the mystery pooper who regularly defecated on the same slide in Prospect Park between November and April. DiGiusti said there have been no further incidents since contact was made with the individual and he declined to provide any further details on the case. No charges were brought against the individual. Council Member Pete Murdock, who is also head of...
  • IMPORTANT GOP House Primary Races: And How You Can Help (Midwest)

    05/09/2014 5:56:10 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 54 replies
    THIS IS FOR THE MIDWEST (NORTHEAST and SOUTH is in a separate thread and West coming later, see links below) There are numerous important House Primary Races! And places where we can WIN! PLEASE contribute! And if you can't contribute money ... the least we can do is go to their pages and give them a "like" or a tweet. All of these candidates are involved in primaries that are close (or could be close) against generally more moderate or liberal Republicans. All of these districts are winnable in November. West Virginia: ALEX MOONEY, WEST VIRGINIA-2, May 13th .... Open...
  • Following a heated discussion, Ypsilanti City Council rejects resolution supporting gay marriage

    05/09/2014 5:09:11 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 15 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 09, 2014 | Tom Perkins
    In a 2-2 vote Tuesday night, the Ypsilanti City Council struck down a resolution supporting gay marriage. The resolution would have added the city's name to an amicus brief in the case of DeBoer V. Snyder and Schuette, which is in U.S. District Court and will determine the legality of gay marriage in Michigan. Council members Dan Vogt and Brian Robb voted in support of joining the amicus brief. Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson and Council Member Pete Murdock voted against the resolution. But Murdock spoke in favor of the resolution during council discussion and immediately after his vote stated...
  • MI: MLive has Democrat Operative Write Article Critical of Open Carry Rally

    05/05/2014 4:51:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On April 29th, hundreds of Second Amendment supporters attended the Second Amendment rally at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. The rally has grown over the years and is now a major annual event at the Capitol. These rallies are becoming more and more common around the nation. There were numerous articles written about the Michigan event this year. MLive published an article complaining about the open carry practices of the rally members at the Capitol. The writer, Mark Lawrence, is identified as: Mark Lawrence works for the Michigan Legislature and is a member of the National Rifle...
  • MI:"Progressives" Deplore Chief Craig of Detroit Encouraging Self Defense

    05/02/2014 4:06:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Justified defensive shootings are fairly common in Detroit, with 12 justifiable homicides occurring this year and several other criminals wounded. Police Chief Craig has made national headlines by encouraging honest citizens to defend themselves. He has made it clear that citizens involved in self defense shootings will not be harassed and hounded. The full power of the state will not be used make examples of those who dare to defend themselves. At least not in the way the George Zimmerman was. Instead, the police Chief will sympathize with them, and suggest that Detroiters are sick of crime and...
  • Senate Candidates Silent Pause Demolishes Democrat Gary Peters War on Women Meme

    04/23/2014 7:30:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 32 replies
    TPNN ^ | April 22, 2014 | Matthew Burke
    VIDEO AT LINKTerri Lynn Land, whos running for the U.S. Senate against leftist progressive Democrat and current Congressman Gary Peters, is tired of the ridiculous War on Women meme that Democrats invented to smear Republicans (WATCH VIDEO BELOW). But it didnt take any words for Land, the former Michigan secretary of state, to destroy Peters accusation. All is took was a pregnant pause to make the accusation that a woman would be waging a War on Women look moronic in this quite funny new ad by Terri Lynn Land, entitled simply, Really? The Michigan senate race is turning out to...
  • Terri Lynn Land maintains lead in poll for Carl Levins Senate seat (6 points!)

    04/16/2014 10:56:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 4/15/14
     Terri Lynn Land continues to enjoy a six point lead in the race for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Carl Levin. This is according to a poll conducted on April 9 and distributed this morning by Mitchell Research and Communications with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.56%. When asked if the election were being held today would you be voting for Republican Terri Lynn Land or Democrat Gary peters 44% responded Land while 38% answered Peters. A total of 18% were undecided. Both Land and Peters seem to be attending to keep the...
  • Terry Lynn Land (R) now ahead of Gary Peters (D) in RCP average for Michigan-SEN.

    04/16/2014 10:53:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    moelane.com ^ | 4/16/14 | Moe Lane
    The latest Mitchell Research poll has Land up six (44/38) over Peters; a previous Mitchell poll had her behind by one. This is enough to put her in front, overall; toss out the partisan polls and Terry Lynn Rand is ahead by rather more. Looking at the rend line well, Gary Peters cant just seem to catch fire. And I dont think that the governors race is going to help, either: as of this moment Rick Snyder is decently ahead, and in a comfortable place for a Republican governor in a blue state. Hmm. Snyder needs a little work on...
  • Did Michigan Just Trigger 'Constitutional Convention'? Bid Gains Steam

    04/11/2014 1:32:11 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/2/14 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first which has been used for all 27 amendment to date requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though,...
  • MI: Man with Rifle Arrested; Police Hunt for a Charge

    04/08/2014 6:39:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A man attempted to board a bus in Battle Creek, Michigan, with an SKS rifle in his carry on baggage. The rifle was longer than the bag, so the butt stuck out and was visible. Some people called 911. I was not there, so I do not know the totality of the circumstances. It is clear that that no one was threatened by the man, and that the rifle was unloaded. The police showed up and arrested the fellow... for what? From wkzo.com: The Citys Gang Suppression Unit responded and took the 25-year-old into custody seizing the gun and...
  • Michigan to end Ban on Some Rifles and Shotguns

    03/21/2014 6:23:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Senate Bill 610 has passed both the House and the Senate, and is headed to Governor Snyder. The bill will end nearly a hundred years of a pointless ban on the possession of short barreled rifles and shotguns. The Governor has said that he will sign the bill. From the mcrgo facebook page: Regardless, Governor Snyder has indicated he will sign SB 610. The bill will have immediate effect upon his signature. The photo here with Sen. Mike Green is for illustrative purposes only and is not Green's SB 610. It has been suggested that the Michigan ban served...
  • Michigan Man Charged With Felony After Exceeding Public Comment Time Limit (so much for free speech)

    03/19/2014 3:45:32 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 71 replies
    BRIDGEPORT TWP, Mich. (March 18, 2014) A man in Saginaw County is facing a felony charge after being arrested at a township board meeting March 4, for going over his allotted speaking time. Mark Adams was charged Friday, March 14 with a felony resisting and obstructing police and a disturbing the peace misdemeanor. The incident was caught on camera and has been viewed thousands of times. FOX 17 spoke exclusively with the man arrested, traveling across the state to get answers. Adams was pulled from the podium by several officers and arrested after exceeding the public comment time limit of...
  • SEIU Hit With Second-Biggest Campaign Finance Fine in Michigan History

    03/18/2014 5:01:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/18/2014 | Bill McMorris
    The Service Employees International Union will have to pay the second-highest fine in Michigan history for its failed 2012 campaign to preserve forced union dues among home care workers. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said that the politically powerful union agreed to pay the state nearly $200,000 for failing to properly disclose donors and file timely campaign reports. The union funneled more than $9 million into two 501(c)(4) non-profit groups, Home Care First Inc. and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care, which served as the public face of a ballot initiative. These organizations cannot be used as a means...
  • The War on Julie Boonstra and other Obamacare cancer victims [who criticized Obamacare]

    03/16/2014 7:23:57 PM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | March 15, 2016 | Henry Payne
    Michigan is a crucial piece on the 2014 U.S. Senate chessboard, and Republicans have a good shot at gaining retiring Democrat Carl Levins open seat, given Democratic nominee Gary Peterss unpopular House vote for the Affordable Care Act. Yet Peters has hope. The presidents unilateral delays in Obamacare mandates have eased planned layoffs by local governments and businesses. Moderate GOP governor Rick Snyder supports the ACAs Medicaid expansion. And the states liberal news media have largely ignored the estimated 225,000-plus canceled individual policies and the job losses at medical-device maker Stryker. But Julie Boonstra wont be ignored. So she must...
  • Hiking to North Manitou Island {Michigan}

    03/10/2014 10:17:25 PM PDT · by shove_it · 7 replies
    On Thursday, March 6th, 2014, we attempted something that hasnt been done for 40 years: to hike the treacherous ice across the Manitou Passage to the islands 8 miles out... (click the link for commentary and photos of a bold day of hiking)
  • Intended crime victims shoot, kill attackers in Detroit

    02/26/2014 10:13:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    clickondetroit.com ^ | 22 February, 2014 | Chauncy Glover
    Two Detroiters targeted by attackers shot and killed those attackers in separate incidents Saturday. It was shortly after midnight when two men approached a woman in the driveway of her home on Abbington Street on Detroit's west side, and attempted to carjack her. The woman, who has a permit to carry, pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the men. One of her would-be carjackers was killed. Neighbor Wala Alshibil said incidents like this make him think about having a gun for protection. "I'm not a big fan of guns but to protect yourself, if you have to...
  • State Board of Ed. Encourages Schools to Include Cesar Chavez into Social Studies Curriculum-MI

    02/25/2014 4:12:57 PM PST · by madison10 · 10 replies
    Michigan Government Website-Dept. of Education ^ | Feb. 13, 2014 | Michigan Dept. of Education
    State Board of Education Encourages Schools to Include Cesar Chavez into Social Studies Curriculum Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs (517) 241-4395 Agency: Education February 13, 2014 LANSING The State Board of Education this week unanimously adopted a resolution honoring the late Cesar E. Chavez as an American hero, a civil rights leader, Latino, farm worker, and a labor leader; a religious and spiritual figure; a community servant and social entrepreneur; a crusader for nonviolent social change; and an environmentalist and consumer advocate. State Board member Lupe Ramos-Montigny initiated the resolution to honor the life, legacy...
  • democrat fascism takes another ugly turn

    02/23/2014 12:05:40 PM PST · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-23-14 | DrJohn
    Apparently it's not enough to use the IRS and FCC to shut down the opposition. What does an aspiring democrat Senator wannabe do when he doesn't like an opposition TV ad? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpjyr1x7mC0Attack the woman cancer victim in the ad, and then threaten to take the station off the air. While Julie Boonstra of Dexter, Mich., struggles to survive leukemia, she now also has to cope with being called a liar by the Democrat who wants to be her next senator. And the campaign of Rep. Gary Peters is also going after television stations airing ads in which her story is...
  • Abandoned dog and six puppies healthy, happy and playful at Jackson County Animal Shelter

    02/15/2014 4:24:15 PM PST · by Innovative · 19 replies
    MLive ^ | FEb 15, 2014 | John Szerlag
    A mother dog and her six puppies were found abandoned at a mobile home Thursday while Jackson County deputies went to assist with an eviction. All the dogs are at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. They do not appear to have been mistreated. The dog and her 10-week-old puppies, which are all a mixed breed, appear to be in healthy condition, having good weight and playful personalities.
  • MI:Police: Homeowner Fights Back, Shoots Intruder

    02/14/2014 6:03:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | 4 February, 2014 | NA
    BLOOMFIELD TWP. (WWJ) - Police say a home invasion suspect is on the loose after his partner in crime was shot by a quick-thinking homeowner in Oakland County. The situation unfolded around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 1600 block of Bloomfield Place Drive, near West Square Lake and Telegraph roads in Bloomfield Township. The homeowner told police that two men forced their way inside his home and demanded money. The man told police he agreed to give the intruders all of his money and took one of the suspects into his bedroom. Once in the bedroom, the homeowner grabbed a...
  • Ann Arbor groups rally behind unauthorized immigrant facing deportation

    02/06/2014 8:54:57 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    .mlive ^ | February 05, 2014 | Ben Freed
    Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo, who entered the country without legal permission, has been an Ann Arbor resident for more than 15 years. The father of two American-born children is scheduled to take an unwanted flight to Mexico Monday. The Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit plans to deport Sanchez-Ronquillo Feb. 10. Sanchez-Ronquillo's family said the ICE unit was alerted to his presence in the community after he was taken into police custody following a verbal argument in public in May 2009.
  • MI:Machete-Wielding Suspect Gets a 2nd Amendment Lesson When He Targets the Wrong Woman

    A Michigan woman was confronted last week by a machete-wielding, ski mask-wearing would-be home invader, forcing her to exercise her Second Amendment rights. As if thats not scary enough, what alerted her to the intruder is downright terrifying. The suspect, a 15-year-old teen who was also armed with a shotgun, woke up the Michigan woman at around 1:00 a.m. Friday as he repeatedly tried to break into her home. The woman, who asked not to be identified, told WOOD-TV she heard a mysterious tapping noise from the floor below her. I kept hearing, Tap, tap, tap. Tap, tap, tap, she...
  • CNN exclusive: Obama says Walmart, Apple, others to help jobless

    01/30/2014 4:12:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/30/14 | Sherisse Pham
    (CNN) -- The White House has secured commitments from some of the nation's largest companies for a plan to boost hiring of the long-term unemployed. "What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let's establish best practices," President Barack Obama told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview. "Because they've been unemployed ... so long, folks are looking at that gap in the resume and they're weeding them out before these...
  • Robber with fake gun shot by victim with CCW permit

    01/27/2014 2:57:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    wzzm13.com ^ | 20 January, 2014 | Chris Zoladz
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A man who tried to rob someone with a fake gun is in the hospital after he was shot by his intended victim (snip) But as he did, the suspect began yelling and aimed the gun at the car. The driver, who has a concealed weapons permit, pulled his gun and fired at the suspect, hitting him once in the chest.
  • Bill Would Open Up Competition In Michigans Electricity Market

    01/20/2014 5:52:46 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/15/2014 | Jack Spencer
    A new bill would lift Michigan's cap on electric market choice. Proponents of the bill say the current cap prevents most of Michigan customers from using competition to lower their electric rates, which are the highest in the region and well above the national average. House Bill 5184 is sponsored by Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. The state's current electric competition cap was established in 2008 when Public Act 295, the "Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act," was signed into law. Under the act, Michigan's two largest electric utilities, Consumers Energy and Detroit Edition, were returned to a quasi-monopolistic status. It...
  • MI:Grand Rapids Open Carry Lawsuit Unedited Video: No evidence of "Talking to Nobody"

    01/11/2014 12:49:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Yesterday I posted the story where mlive.com had obtained the dashcam video of the incident where Grand Rapids police Officer Moe drew his firearm and aimed it at Johann Deffert, who was walking on a sidewalk from a local restaurant to his home about noon of March 3rd, 2013. Mr. Deffert and his attorney have filed a lawsuit against Grand Rapids for violation of his rights. In the video that was edited by mlive.com, it seemed that Mr. Deffert was confirming that he had been talking to himself as he walked down the sidewalk. Mlive.com reporter John Agar reported that...
  • MI:Video Released in Grand Rapids Open Carry Lawsuit

    01/10/2014 3:49:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a previous article, the issue of whether Grand Rapids police were harassing a person openly carrying a holstered handgun, or if the police were justified in their actions, was discussed. Much depended on what was shown in the dashcam video, which at least one city supporter questioned the existence of. From the mlive.com article comments: The city supporter wrote: "Umm, no one is taking Tim's comments as to a secret video that only he has seen seriously." From my reading of the comments, Tim Beahan, who used his real name, never said the video was secret or that...
  • MI:Lawsuit says Open Carry is Political Speech, Police Knew Carry was Legal

    12/31/2013 11:12:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carrier in Arizona at Political Rally I have often made the case that openly carrying guns is political speech of the first order. Criminals almost never openly carry, because they do not want to draw attention to themselves. Police virtually always know that open carriers are engaged in political activism. An open carrier who had a loaded gun pointed at him by Grand Rapids Police, when the police knew that he was not breaking any law, has filed a lawsuit charging violation of his rights onfirst, second, and fourth amendment grounds. From the complaint: 38. Plaintiff's act of...
  • MI: Open Carry Lawsuit; Police Report or Dashcam Video?

    12/24/2013 3:15:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carrier With Revolver Johann Deffert is suing the Grand Rapids Police for their treatment when he was stopped while openly carrying a handgun. Now, two versions of events are being put forward. In the official police version, as reported in mlive.com: Deffert was alone, and was loudly talking to himself, Moe wrote. Based on the area, and Defferts unusual behavior, R/O (responding officer) was concerned Deffert may have mental issues and was about to commit a violent crime. The responding officer then elaborates: He secured Deffert in handcuffs. He then secured a .40- or .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol with...
  • MI:Legally Carry, Ask a Question, Lockdown a School

    12/22/2013 9:00:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    In an article from wnem.com, when a school volunteer asked if she could open carry a handgun at the school, the school was put into "Modified Lockdown". The article does not say that she was openly carrying a handgun or if she was carrying concealed, either of which were likely legal (depending on the intricacies of Michigan law) only that she asked that the school allow her to do so. The video with the story claims that she had a loaded handgun. The article and the video are vague enough that she might have had a gun in her...
  • Michigan Supreme Court won't hear Lansing library gun case

    11/24/2013 7:01:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 38 replies
    wkzo.com ^ | 22 November, 2013 | NA
    CADL enacted a firearms ban in 2011 at its branches only to have the Michigan Court of Appeals strike it down last year. Public libraries are not included in Michigan's "gun-free zones," and both concealed and open firearms are allowed.
  • MI:Thousands more women are arming themselves

    11/24/2013 6:50:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    upnorthlive.com ^ | 21 November, 2013 | Jamie Innis
    KINGSLEY -- The number of people applying for concealed pistol licenses has taken off in the past few years, and many of those who are arming themselves are women. Thousands of women in Michigan are choosing to carry a firearm. You would never know Tracy Romzek from Buckley grew up afraid of guns, but she confessed it was a fear of the unknown. I was scared of them! I was very scared of guns, explained Romzek. Guns kill. That's kind of the mindset I had before. I think it's really important. There are so many of us that are afraid...
  • Rivalry returns at annual Turkey Bowl

    11/22/2013 7:35:05 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble! In the talk of genus Meleagris: Its time for the Turkey Bowl. The annual touch football game will again see the Orange team of Signal Corps soldiers face off against the team wearing Military Intelligence Corps Blue. The winning team will have bragging rights for a year along with a token trophy until the next game in November 2014. While advertised as a touch football game, the event has been known to occasionally include some penalty causing touch football plays, like tackling an opponent carrying the ball. Going on...
  • Michigan Moves to Repeal Obsolete Gun Ban

    11/18/2013 12:09:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    During the early years of the Roosevelt revolution, the "progressive" elite pushed through the first major federal citizen disarmament bill, the National Firearms Act of 1934. Within the act was a prohibition on "short barreled rifles and shotguns". This prohibition was what was adjudicated in the Miller decision in 1939. Any thinking person will wonder what the purpose of using extraordinary taxation and regulation to ban short barrelled shotguns and rifles is. Clearly, handguns are easier to conceal, generally have more fire power, and can be just as powerful. Many states followed these prohibitions with state level prohibitions on...
  • MI:Man with concealed weapons permit shoots, kills robber in double-shooting, Grand Rapids

    11/04/2013 6:37:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 1 November, 2013 | John Agar
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI A man with a concealed-weapons permit shot and killed an alleged robber in an incident outside of a New York Fried Chicken restaurant that ultimately left two men dead, investigators said Thursday. The two related shootings occurred around 12:45 a.m. Oct. 31 at 734 S. Division Ave. One of the people killed was the robbery suspect, police have said. His name has not been released. Family members have identified Domnick Floyd, 23, of Grand Rapids, as the second victim at the shooting scene. They said that police told them that Floyd was picked out for robbery...
  • Pizza delivery driver shoots, kills armed robber trying to steal cash

    10/26/2013 5:59:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 47 replies
    abc15.com ^ | 23 October 2013 | Kimberly Craig
    REDFORD, MI - When James Wethers heard three gunshots around 11 p.m. Monday night, he looked outside and saw a frantic pizza delivery driver and a man face down on the driveway across the street from his Michigan home. Redford Township police say the pizza delivery driver opened fire as he was being robbed by 20-year-old Tajuan Boyd.
  • MI:Justifiable homicides under reported to FBI in Saginaw County and statewide

    10/16/2013 9:06:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 15 June, 2012 | Brad Devereaux |
    There were five justifiable homicides in Saginaw from 2000 to 2010, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation only knows that one of those cases was justifiable. The killing is one of 117 civilian justifiable homicides that took place from 2000 to 2010 in Michigan, according to FBI statistics, though anMLive investigation has shown those numbers are incomplete. Saginaw Police Department Detective Sgt. Joseph Dutoi said the agency reports to the state whenever there is a homicide, and the department is supposed to file another reportwhenthe homicides are determined to be justified.
  • Michigan Won't Pay Xerox Due to Food Stamp Glitch

    10/15/2013 4:44:29 PM PDT · by madison10 · 11 replies
    Monroe Evening News ^ | 10/15/2013 | AP
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan will withhold money from Xerox Corp. because a technical problem crashed the state's debit card-style food stamps program over the weekend...
  • Proposed law would require Michigan pints of beer to hold 16 ounces

    10/08/2013 8:15:17 AM PDT · by posterchild · 50 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct 7, 2013
    LANSING, Mich., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A proposed law in Michigan is aimed at ensuring beer drinkers who pay for a pint get at least 16 ounces. The measure was introduced in the House last week, MLive.com reported. It would ban what barflies refer to as "cheater glasses" with thick bottoms so they look like they hold a pint but actually take a few ounces less. State Rep. Jim Irwin, a Democrat from the college town of Ann Arbor, said the state regulates meat and other foodstuffs to make sure buyers get what they pay for. Irwin introduced a similar...
  • Homeowner shoots intruder

    09/27/2013 3:48:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    woodtv.com ^ | 26 September, 2013 | NA
    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A Kalamazoo man opened fire on multiple people who he said were attempting to break into his home. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety was called to the 900 block of Stockbridge Avenue near Portage Street just after 4:20 p.m. Wednesday to reports of gunshots fired. When officers arrived at the scene, a resident told them he had shot one of several intruders.