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Support Drops for Handgun Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to a new Gallup poll, there is one indicator that seems to infer that Americans are now more conservative that ever. In spite of having elected a very liberal president, the number of those polled favoring a ban on handguns has dropped to 28%.

Reporting on the poll, the Economist indicated that support for stricter laws for the sale of all firearms has dropped from 78% in 1940 to 44% today. Polls suggest that 43% believe laws should not be made tougher.

This reinforces reports that gun sales and the demand for ammunition of all types have soared since the 2008 election. Much of this is attributed to the pre-election advertising which depicted an Obama Administration, if elected, moving to restrict gun sales.
 

Americans continue speaking, and it's not the message gun haters want to hear
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hot on the heels of a national Rasmussen poll that showed declining support for stricter gun control measures, and a public response to a proposed ban on firearms on city parks property by out-going Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels comes a new poll released by Gallup that also shows the lowest support ever among Americans for banning handgun possession.

This cannot make the gun prohibitionist lobby very happy, and it just might cool the jets of people like Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, though that might be wishful thinking.
 

Gun case has broad implications
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new case...comes from Chicago. The law there bans handguns and the legal distinction being argued is that while the District of Columbia is federal turf, governed directly by Congress, cities and states are different. They may ban guns, say Chicago's lawyers and the 7th Circuit Court, as a matter of state and local rights.

That theory, that the Constitution limits Congress but not state lawmakers, has not cut much butter in previous Supreme Court decisions. That it likely won't again even with new Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the court has gun control advocates in a tizzy about their fear of "rollbacks."

We'd prefer to call them reinstatements or a renewal of protection of a basic right.
 

Bill forces citizens to list guns on taxes?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A firearms tracking bill has many bloggers up in arms over a federal requirement that would purportedly force gun owners to list their firearms on federal income tax returns.

But while the bill implements sweeping gun-control measures – including one that would prohibit citizens from owning a gun without a license – the income tax provision doesn't exist. Ed.: Emphasis added.

The Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act, or H.R. 45, was introduced Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Il., on Jan. 6. While the bill does not include stipulations about reporting guns on tax forms, it does contain numerous gun-control proposals that are drawing fierce criticism from gun-rights advocates.
 

These Things Are Not Negotiable
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I would argue that we, like our patriot forebears, have also endured "patient sufferance." For at least a half-century, we have patiently endured the erosion and abridgment of our freedoms and liberties. We have watched the federal government become an overbearing and meddlesome Nanny State that pokes its nose and sticks its fingers in virtually everything we do. ....

In the same way that Jefferson and Company patiently suffered up until that shot was fired that was heard around the world, we who love freedom today are likewise patiently suffering "a long train of abuses and usurpations." In fact, I would even dare say that these States United have become a boiling caldron of justifiable frustration and even anger.
 

UT: Slippery slope
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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...“Any instrument that can cause death needs to be heavily regulated …” I can’t even begin to explain how outrageously ridiculous that prospect is. I honestly asked myself if the author was serious. So do we regulate knives? Chairs? Books? Pillows? Fists? Where does it end? Anything can be used to injure or hurt someone.

The Founding Fathers’ intent behind the Second Amendment was to protect us from our own government. A society is easily subjected to a tyrannical government if the people they pretend to represent are stripped of their means to resist. As Suzanna Gratia-Hupp said in her testimony before Congress, “The Second Amendment is about our rights, to protect ourselves from all of you guys (referring to Congress).
 

VA: Failing His Way to Higher Office
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Now the man who has overseen and implemented that policy for the last seven years, Prince George's County Sheriff Michael Jackson, wants a promotion to political office. He's running to become the chief executive for Prince George's County.

Police misconduct in Prince George's County has made national headlines for 25 years. The Washington Post reported back in 2006 that from 2000 to 2006 the county of about 800,000 residents paid out $16.3 million in police misconduct settlements and lawsuit awards. Jackson, who took office in 2002, can't be blamed for a legacy that extends back to the 1980s and also includes the troubled history of the county's separate police department.
 

When He Gets Out, I Hear Sheriff Joe Arpaio Is Hiring
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last week, attorneys for special ed student Marshawn Pitts released the security video below, which shows Pitts being beaten by Christopher Lloyd, a police officer in Dolton, Illinois who was working security at the school. Pitts' attorneys say Lloyd administered the beating because Pitts hadn't tucked in his shirt, as required by the school's dress code.

When the video first emerged last week, the Dolton police department refused to release Lloyd's name. With good reason. Lloyd is in jail in Indiana. He was arrested last month for raping an Indiana woman at knife point. He had also threatened the woman weeks earlier, but apparently wasn't arrested or disciplined for it.
 

KY: Pistol-Packing Pastor Quits to Work for Gun Rights, Protecting Churches
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Pagano has since teamed up with New York Rabbi Gary Moskowitz, who has worked to protect synagogues from terrorist attacks, to form the International Security Coalition of Clergy, an organization dedicated to "making the vulnerable less vulnerable," according to their mission statement.

The group promotes the use of armed and trained security at houses of worship. Kentucky law allows residents to carry guns openly in public, with restrictions.

"Churches are very soft targets and very vulnerable to attack from terrorists and other homegrown, disgruntled individuals," Pagano told The Washington Times. "Unfortunately, most religious leaders are living in denial," he told the paper.
 

DE: 6-Year-Old Scout Suspended for Bringing Knife-Fork-Spoon Utensil to School
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Six-year-old Zachary Christie was so excited to become a Cub Scout that he brought his camping utensil to school. The tool serves as a spoon, a fork and a knife, and Zachary wanted to use it at lunch.

What Zachary didn't know was that the gizmo violated his school's zero-tolerance policy on weapons. And now the Christina School District in Newark, Del., has suspended the first grader and ordered him to attend the district's reform school for 45 days.

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The school district, in a statement, said rules are rules and defended its decision to suspend the boy.

"At this time, the Student Code of Conduct does not take into consideration a child's age in a Level three offense," the statement read.
 

NY: N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg Goes Gun Hunting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This excursion into other states cost the city over $1 million, something the citizens themselves should be up in arms about. Bloomberg has zero power over gun sales outside of New York. Certainly there is plenty of real crime in New York City that he could attend to, if he were serious about stopping crime.

So there are questions as to why he did it, aside from his hatred for guns and his lack of support for the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and the fact that he is running for reelection and needs anti-gun organizations’ endorsements.
 

SC: S.C. high court orders new trial, sets precedent
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The S.C. Supreme Court on Monday overruled decisions on more than two-dozen murder and assault cases dating to 1894 when it ordered a new trial for a 42-year-old man convicted of killing his cousin.

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The high court said the jury was inappropriately told it that could infer that the killing involved malice because a gun was used.

Defense attorney Rauch Wise argued it's an unfair assumption when both people are armed.

The high court agreed, saying the malice inference should no longer be used when the defense gives evidence that, if believed, would justify the actions of someone charged with murder or assault and battery with intent to kill.
 

AL: 81-year-old man shoots Escambia County home invader to death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An 81-year-old man shot and killed a masked gunman during a home invasion early this morning at a residence north of Brewton, Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said.

The sheriff said the robber had been released from a Nebraska jail just two days before he was killed.

...the man and his wife were in bed in their home along U.S. 31 north of town about 3 a.m. when the intruder kicked in the door to the home and entered their bedroom, demanding money.

Smith said the homeowner managed to retrieve a pistol from the bedside table and pointed it at the robber, who told the homeowner to drop the weapon.

Instead, Smith said, the homeowner fired the gun, striking the intruder in the forehead, killing him instantly.
 

Limbaugh’s radio network yanks ads for ‘free guns’ unless they’re called ‘free gifts’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The radio network that broadcasts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck balked at running ads for a handgun training class that came with a free gun, unless the sponsor called the firearms "free gifts."

Dr. Ignatius Piazza, the founder and director of the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute that provides the course and is touting the gun giveaway, refused to make the change and is calling on his fans to protest Premiere Radio Network's decision.
 

Amtrak Increases Services for Vancouver Olympics as Ridership Remains High
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a year of declining revenues, Amtrak was planning to lean heavily on its $1.6 billion federal subsidy. But in a surprising vote, the Senate threatened to withhold this much-needed support unless Amtrak ends its ban on handguns in checked luggage.

The vote was a landslide, with Democrats and Republicans alike pushing for Second Amendment rights. Proponents also pointed out that airlines allow unloaded handguns in checked baggage.

Amtrak officials say they do not have the manpower to safely enforce this new policy within the six-month deadline. The railroad, which claims it would have to shut down if it does not receive the federal funding, hopes that the House or President Obama will overturn the measure.
 

CA: Gov. Approves Amuntion Bill
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Before the midnight deadline Governor Schwarzenegger acted on 685 bills that were on his desk. He signed 456, and vetoed 229. One of the bills that he signed was Assembly Bill 962. It would require handgun ammunition to be kept behind the counter where customers cannot access it without assistance. It would also require gun shop owners to thumbprint people who buy handgun ammunition, as well as record their identification and provide that information to police.
 

CA: Schwarzenegger signs ammunition sales bill
Submitted by: UTAHmilitia.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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Submitter's note: The restrictions are aplenty but this one is what everybody's wondering about: "Ammunition that can be used in both pistols and rifles — like the popular .22 caliber round used by target shooters and small game hunters — fall under the new restrictions."
 

Anti-2A zealots try to capitalize on gun advocate's murder
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
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It didn't take long for anti-Second Amendment fascists to try to capitalize on the Oct. 7 murder of Meleanie Hain. Just as they tried to benefit from the murders of the Chicago boys walking home from school -- how that becomes a call for gun control in a city that bans guns is a mystery -- they wasted little time in blaming responsible gun owners for Hain's death.
 

Reynolds: Out-of-Doors Political Activity
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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Having previously commented on the efficacy of political violence, Professor Reynolds discusses some lesser steps along the action continuum:

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SO I’VE WRITTEN IN THE PAST ABOUT “OUT-OF-DOORS POLITICAL ACTIVITY,” and... as I’ve suggested, I think an early phase is internet satire. Tea Party protests are another. Or pranks.

But what if you’re in the Hugo Chavez world — not quite outright military government, but not exactly democracy, either? Or just afraid you’re moving that way?
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Read all of the linked material.

Then ask yourself, as you contemplate 2010:

Will I be simply rewarding bad behavior and treachery with my vote?

Or is there another way to keep my oath as an American citizen?
 

OH: Ohio law fails to stop bar shootout
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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A shootout involving at least five people occurred Thursday night in front of Route 66 Kitchen, a bar in Toledo near the University of Toledo campus. Why didn't the law keep the guns out?
 

CA: Schwarzenegger Signs Handgun Ammo Registration Bill
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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If by improving public safety Arnold means making it lucrative for criminal gangs to smuggle in more ammunition from out of state, he's got a point. If he means it will provide more opportunities to harass everyone who jumps through each new stupid, evil hoop the state of California imposes on the "law-abiding," and further throttle a revenue-generating segment of the economy at a time when the state is issuing worthless IOUs, then no argument.

If he means it will stop one evil person from committing an act of violence, he's simply not being truthful.
 

Should Violent Police be Exempted from Mandatory Minimum Sentences?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"These bills are not the way to fix that, nor the way to fix injustices in flawed mandatory minimum sentencing standards, typically championed by 'law and order' types, and which will still be imposed on the rest of us. On their face they make a mockery of equal protection by bestowing unequal privileges and immunities. They are misguided attempts at facilitating police protection that, if enacted, will instead facilitate the strengthening of the police state."
 

DE: Totalitarian Schoolites Punish Little Boy
Submitted by: Larry

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A six-year-old boy is sentenced to 45 days in jail for the crime of bringing his Cub Scout fork-spoon-knife to Delaware government school. There is nothing wrong, in a sane world as versus the feminist government schools, for boys not to bring pocket knives, etc. But now this harmless little camping tool is banned as well, for the purpose of attacking boyhood and independence. Public indoctrination academies–which hate independence and critical thinking–wreck children. Everytime I see one of those yellow school transports, picking up the victims and looking exactly like a prison bus, I get the chills.
 

OH: I Think Some Gun Control Is Needed [video]
Submitted by: JarheadSgt

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...Thugs and parasites who carry guns almost never know how to use them, let alone engage an enemy and shoot their gun with accuracy. Watch the guy who thinks he can shoot somebody from underneath a pool table. And then there’s the guy shooting through the front door, from outside, shooting one-handed while he’s flailing his arm.

Submitter's Note: How long before VPC and Bradyites call for a complete ban because gangbangers could have hurt someone?

Ed.: Watch the video.
 

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