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Since Obama’s Election, Gun Sales SkyRocket

March 15, 2009
Customers at a gun shop: Barack Obama fuels gun buying boom with pledge to tighten laws
Firearms sales have soared across America after US President Barack Obama pledged to tighten gun control laws Photo: AP

THE TALIBAN leader, Mullah Omar, has given his approval for talks aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan and has allowed his representatives to attend Saudi-sponsored peace negotiations.

“Mullah Omar has given the green light to talks,” said one of the mediators, Abdullah Anas, a former friend of Osama Bin Laden who used to fight in Afghanistan but now lives in London.

One of those negotiating for the Afghan government confirmed: “It’s extremely sensitive but we have been in contact both with Mullah Omar’s direct representatives and commanders from the front line.”

The breakthrough emerged after President Barack Obama admitted that US-led forces are not winning the war in Afghanistan and called for negotiations with “moderate Taliban”.

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Since Obama’s Election; Guns, Ammo Running Out in Stores

Since Obama’s Election; Guns, Ammo Running Out in Stores

March 13, 2009

We first heard about this from friends in Texas, then Oklahoma….

You decide what it may mean….

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By Kelly Bostian
Tulsaworld.com

One shop says the “hoarding” of ammunition since Obama’s election has created a shortage.

Four months after the election of President Barack Obama, firearms and ammunition sales in Tulsa remain at a fever pitch.

Popular self-protection ammunition is often sold out at local stores, weapons are flying off shelves and the state reports an 87 percent increase in concealed carry permit applications for February 2008 over February 2009.

“People are hoarding. They’re creating a shortage,” Jim Prall at Sports World on 41st Street said of ammunition sales. “We’ve sold more ammunition in the last three months than we sold last year.”

Gun sales spiked in November with the election of Barack Obama and Democrats adding to their majority in Congress. But local gun dealers say the spike is turning into a steady climb with political worries about gun rights as well as worries about the economy and potential for increased crime.

Prall said his store planned ahead for the increase, having seen a similar spike after Bill….

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Drugs, Crime Make Mexico “Under Sustained Assault”

January 18, 2009

Last Monday President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexico’s President Caderon.  Then came the news from a U.S. military study that says Mexico could “collapse” from the wight of “sustained assault” in the drug war. 

U.S. military reports are not known for their alarmist tone. But this assessment  is unheard of and unusually stark  for a North American ally.
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Obama praised Calderon Monday for his work on energy and climate change yesterday.

But neither a bad environment nor energy problems are as likely to bring Mexico to its knees — and impact negatively on the United States — as the drug war, according to the U.S. military.

Most observers have ignored the elephant in the room and on the North American contintent: Mexico is in real trouble.

Mexico and the U.S. are watching as millions of illegal immigrants move from Mexico northward and while drug lords kill off law enforcement and law abiding political leaders, citizens and  politicians in Mexico.

Most news stories of the Calderon-Obama meeting failed to mention either the drug issue or major immigration problems until somewhere around paragraph eight….

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Mexico: Obama Can’t Ignore Elephant on the Continent

President-elect Barack Obama meets with Mexico's President Felipe ... 
President-elect Barack Obama meets with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, January 12, 2009.(Larry Downing/Reuters)

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Indiscriminate kidnappings. Nearly daily beheadings. Gangs that mock and kill government agents.

This isn’t Iraq or Pakistan. It’s Mexico, which the U.S. government and a growing number of experts say is becoming one of the world’s biggest security risks.

The prospect that America’s southern neighbor could melt into lawlessness provides an unexpected challenge to Barack Obama‘s new government. In its latest report anticipating possible global security risks, the U.S. Joint Forces Command lumps Mexico and Pakistan together as being at risk of a “rapid and sudden collapse.”

By TRACI CARL, Associated Press Writer Traci Carl, Associated Press Writer

The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels,” the command said in the report published Nov. 25.

“How that internal conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state.”

Retiring CIA chief Michael Hayden told reporters on Friday that that Mexico could rank alongside Iran as a challenge for Obama — perhaps a greater problem than Iraq.

The U.S. Justice Department said last month that Mexican gangs are the “biggest organized crime threat to the United States.” National security adviser Stephen Hadley said last week that the worsening violence threatens Mexico’s very democracy.

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 Mexico: “under sustained assault”; Could “collapse” — U.S. Military

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Mexico: “under sustained assault”; Could “collapse” — U.S. Military

January 14, 2009

During the same week that President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexico’s President Caderon comes news from a U.S. military study that says Mexico could “collapse” from the wight of “sustained assault” in the drug war.

The U.S. military reports is unheard of and unusually stark  for a North American ally.
President-elect Barack Obama met with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon Monday.

Obama praised Calderon for his work on energy and climate change yesterday.

But neither a bad environment nor energy problems are as likely to bring Mexico to its knees — and impact the United States — as the drug war, according to the U.S. military.

Most observers have ignored the elephant in the room and on the North American contintent: Mexico is in real trouble.

Mexico and the U.S. are watching as millions of illegal immigrants move from Mexico northward and while drug lords kill off law enforcement and law abiding political leaders, citizens and  politicians in Mexico.

Most news stories of the Calderon-Obama meeting failed to mention either the drug issue or major immigration problems until somewhere around paragraph eight….

Related:
Mexico: Obama Can’t Ignore Elephant on the Continent

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The El Paso Times
January 14, 2009

Mexico is one of two countries that “bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse,” according to a report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command on worldwide security threats.

The command’s “Joint Operating Environment (JOE 2008)” report, which contains projections of global threats and potential next wars, puts Pakistan on the same level as Mexico. “In terms of worse-case scenarios for the Joint Force and indeed the world, two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico.

“The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels. How that internal conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state. Any descent…

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From the Associated Press

President George W. Bush on Tuesday pledged continued U.S. cooperation on narcotrafficking in Mexico, saying the United States has a responsibility to help prevent guns from moving south across the border.

Bush had his final Oval Office meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, a leader U.S. officials have praised for deploying troops to fight cartels and capturing top drug kingpins. Calderon won a multimillion-dollar, anti-drug aid package from Washington last year.

Incoming President-elect Barack Obama, who met with Calderon on Monday, supports the plan, known as the Merida Initiative, and has promised to help end gun-smuggling from the U.S. to Mexico.

“Americans are concerned about the battle that’s taking place in Mexico, and I want our fellow citizens to understand that this man understands the responsibilities of government to provide security,” Bush said.

“The less drugs we use, the less pressure there’ll be in Mexico. We have got responsibilities to help prevent guns from going from the United States into Mexico.”

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Pakistanis Are Armed, Dangerous

January 13, 2009

Twenty million Pakistanis carry guns: outflanking the U.S. NRA for sure….

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By Ayesha Akram
The Washington Times
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When Abid Noor bids farewell to his wife before leaving for work each morning, he runs a mental check to see whether he has remembered everything – his briefcase, his watch, the lunch his wife has packed and a loaded AK-47.

The AK-47, or Kalashnikov as it is commonly called in Pakistan, is a recent addition.

“I only began carrying it two to three months ago and now I don’t leave home without it,” said Mr. Noor, 40, who works at the government’s planning and development department in the northwest city of Peshawar.

Mr. Noor said he decided to travel armed after a friend, Muhammed Javed Afridi, was kidnapped by five masked men carrying AK-47s, while driving home.

Another friend “was working as principal of a school in Jamrud, and for no apparent reason he was shot dead one day as he was returning from work.”

“I think the police are doing the best they can but it’s not enough,” he said. “I need to try and save myself also.”

It’s hard to quantify the exact numbers of Pakistanis carrying arms. Some estimates put the number of small arms in the nation of 172 million at more than 20 million, most of them unlicensed.

The United States has a far larger number of weapons per capita – 210 million privately owned firearms in a nation of 300 million, according to National Rifle Association, but these are licensed.

The North West Frontier Province, a haven for insurgents with a population of about 2 million, is thought to have more than a half-million illegal small arms and light weapons.

Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League burn an effigy of Israel's ... 
Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League burn an effigy of Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during a protest in Lahore January 12, 2009 against Israel’s attacks on Gaza.REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN)

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 Pakistan is World Leader in Anti-Terror Fight — Musharraf

Plaxico Burress: Armed, Dangerous and Stupid (Apparently)

December 24, 2008

Plaxico’s house was searched and guns, ammo and other objects were seized, police said on Christmas eve….

In our opinion, Pro Players should leave their ego and their guns at home an enjoy their cushy, highly paid life and perform as expected.

Plaxico may have ruided his NFL career by playing with guns….He wouldn’t be the first “star” too risk everything…

From Michael Vick to Jim Brown there is a parade of “Bad Boys” from the NFL, other sports and Hollywood.  We are not saints; just people.  Now Plaxico Burress gets 15 minutes of fame not for a Super bowl touchdown but for shooting hemself in the foot, er, leg….

Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves ... 
Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves Surry County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea on two felony counts connected to dog fighting in Sussex, Virginia. Under a plea agreement, Vick, who is currently serving a term in prison for federal dog fighting charges, will serve one-year of probation for the state charges.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Geoff Burke)

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The weekend self-injury of New York Giants star badboy Plaxico Burress, who sustained a personal injury gunshot in the leg when an illegally concealed weapon accidentally went off may have a few others in hot water.

In New York state, it is a misdemeanor for a hospital not to report a gunshot wound to the police, and according to reports, that is exactly what happened.  It appears that several employees of New York-Cornell Hospital, who treated Burress, did not contact the police. The New York State Department of Health is investigating to see if information was deliberately hidden to protect Burress. Additionally the hospital itself has admitted it has suspended an employee for not following procedure.  The hospital says it is their policy to contact the police in regards to all gunshot patients.

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives ... 
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives in Manhattan Supreme Court in handcuffs, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in New York. Lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Burress planned to plead not guilty to a weapon possession charge during a Monday afternoon court appearance. Burress accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday evening.(AP Photo/David Karp)

Meanwhile Antonio Pierce, another New York Giant who was with Burress at the club Latin Quarter during the injury and aftermath, is being sought for questioning by police.  It appears, however, that he ditched the cops yesterday in favor of a paid radio appearance.  Pierce also is reported to have spoken to NFL security about the incident without a lawyer present which could get the league itself tangled up in the investigation.

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Above: Mug shots of Ryan O’Neil and son Redmond when they were booked by police on drug charges….


Jim Brown was my hero when he played for the Cleveland Browns and he is again my hero now.  But there was a time there when he was just about nobody’s hero…..

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A 9 mm handgun, a rifle, ammunition and clothing were confiscated during a search of the home of New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, police said Wednesday.

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In this Dec. 1, 2008 filep hoto, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, second from left, is escorted from a police station in handcuffs in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig/FILE)

In this Dec. 1, 2008 filep hoto, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, second from left, is escorted from a police station in handcuffs in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig/FILE) (Seth Wenig – AP)