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ND: "Stand Your Ground" Law Keeping People Safe In Michigan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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When North Dakota tried to pass a bill like this local liberals sneered at it, calling it the “Shoot Your Neighbor Act,” and law enforcement refused to support it. But Michigan has had this bill for a year now, and it seems to be working just fine for them
 

ID: No Charges Filed In Swan Valley Homicide
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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No charges will be pressed against the woman who shot and killed her husband a month ago in Swan Valley.

Today prosecutor Dane Watkins says that Debra Schultz shot her husband in an act of self defense.

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Bonneville County Prosecutor Dane Watkins says he is not pressing charges against Schultz because theres evidence to prove she was the victim of domestic violence the night of August 28th.
 

VOX POP: Can't You Read the Signs?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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In reading Bill Bryson’s marvelous book of columns, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, about the wonder and strangeness of the United States from the perspective of an ex-pat who’d returned after 20 years living in England, I came across two astonishing statistics in two separate columns (I've updated them here). They got me thinking a lot more about the strangeness than the wonder of this country.

Statistic #1: There were approximately 240 million cars in the United States in 2005.

Statistic #2 (2005): There were approximately 240 million guns in the United States in 2005.

Kind of gives new meaning to the phrase drive-by shooting, doesn't it?

Ed.: LMAO! Must read!
 

NY: Giuliani defends gun owners' rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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As mayor, Giuliani sued gun makers and distributors, backed a federal assault weapons ban and once described the NRA as extremist. As a candidate for the GOP nomination, he is struggling to square that record with his need to win over a Republican base made up of conservatives who fiercely defend - and in some cases base their votes on - the Second Amendment.

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In the 1990s, he lobbied Congress to ban assault weapons. Now, aides have said it's not clear he would support such a ban.

Giuliani also went from suing the gun industry in 2000 to telling the NRA on Friday that he dislikes the unintended consequences of that lawsuit, which still is working its way through the courts.
 

ME: Waldoboro police target of petition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Residents have mounted a petition drive to eliminate the town’s police department in the wake of last week’s shooting of an unarmed teenager by a town police officer.

"This just brought everything to a head," petition organizer Patricia Chapman said of the shooting death of Gregori Jackson, 18, of Whitefield by part-time Patrolman Zachary Curtis. "People have been dissatisfied with the police department for the last 20 years. There’s been a lot of unrest in town about it for a long time."

She [Chapman] said the group needed to collect 220 signatures to present the petition to the Board of Selectmen.
 

Iraq: FBI to send team to Iraq to investigate Blackwater
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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On Sept. 16, at least 11 Iraqis were killed in a shooting when Blackwater guards were trying protecting a U.S. diplomatic convoy in Baghdad.

For its defense, Blackwater said its guards acted in self-defense after the convoy came under attack but Iraqi witnesses have denied any attack.

Ed.: What are the limits of self-defense? Can you kill people if you suspect they are dangerous, even though they haven't done anything normally considered threatening? Is the standard of self-defense different in Baghdad vs. Washington DC?
 

MS: Castle Doctrine Law Empowers Miss. Homeowners Against Intruders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Within the last week on three separate occasions, Jackson residents have taken up firearms to defend themselves against assailants.

In the most recent case, a man shot and killed 20 year old Kenneth Stewman in the 4900 block of Rosehaven Drive. Police say Swetman and another man were attempting to rob the homeowner.

Police say the man who fired the fatal shot will not be charged in the case.

A state law, known as the Castle Doctrine, allows private citizens to use deadly force to protect their homes, vehicles or businesses from intruders.
 

DC: Docket chockfull for new Supreme Court term
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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"What we ban is a weapon that is uniquely dangerous, that is easily concealed and that is disproportionately used in crime," said Linda Singer, Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

A federal appeals court earlier this year declared the ban a violation of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The law was challenged by a Washington, D.C., resident who claimed the Constitution gives him a right to own a handgun for self-defense.

"I had a house broken into once, and things happen," said Rich Heller, the man who filed the lawsuit. "You want to protect yourself if you need to."
 

ND: Letter writer needs firearms education
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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As for Thompson's nearly absolute ignorance of firearms and ammunition, there simply isn't space available here to address all of his misconceptions. Most notable, though, is his reference to HR 1874 regarding microstamping of cartridges by firearms. Similar legislation is being considered in California and would require the transfer of characters which identify the make, model and serial number of the firearm to the cartridge case being fired. Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of firearms can immediately ascertain how difficult and expensive this would be.
 

National Gun Rights Policy Conference to be Held in Cincinnati Area
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The 22nd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference will be held this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 5-7 at the Drawbridge Inn & convention Center in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. The conference will feature appearances by presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne La Pierre, Second Amendment Foundation President (SAF) Joe Tartaro and Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA). The event is co-sponsored by SAF and CCRKBA, with support from other organizations.

Ed.: See you in Cincinnati!
 

MS: Police: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Man With Gun
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A homeowner shot a man to death early Monday morning outside his home on Rosehaven Drive, according to the Jackson Police Department. Detective Eric Smith said the homeowner opened fire after two men with handguns came after him. "The homeowner, of course, fired multiple shots, striking one of the subjects, and the subject later died on the corner," Smith said.
 

Politica, By Johannes Althusius, "Tyranny and Its Remedies", 1614
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...A tyrant is therefore one who, violating both word and oath, begins to shake the foundations and unloosen the bonds of the associated body of the commonwealth. A tyrant may be either a monarch or a polyarch that through avarice, pride, or perfidy cruelly overthrows and destroys the most important goods..."

"...For in this case private persons are armed against the magistrate who lays violent hands upon them by the natural law (jus naturale) and the arrangements constituting kings..."

"...Accordingly such private persons may do nothing by their private authority against their supreme magistrate, but rather shall await the command of one of the optimates before they come forth with support and arms..."
 

TN: East Memphis homeowner shoots burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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An East Memphis homeowner shot a burglar who had been prowling around his home Sunday morning, police said.
 

NY: Gun Games in the Senate
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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It is a travesty that the Senate has failed to vote final approval of a law intended to close a gun-control loophole laid bare by last April’s bloody massacre on the Virginia Tech campus. Despite a history of mental illness, a deranged student easily bought enough guns and ammunition to take 32 lives and then his own. He was previously deemed dangerous by a judge who ordered him to undergo health care. But this was outpatient treatment, not in-hospital, so his name was never placed on a federal watch list that might have barred him from buying guns.
 

Judges Seek Leeway in Prison Sentences
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WASHINGTON -- Marion Hungerford, a 52-year-old woman diagnosed with a mental illness, was convicted two years ago as an accomplice after her live-in boyfriend pleaded guilty to a series of armed robberies in Billings, Mont.

Her sentence: 159 years in federal prison.
 

Rudy's change of heart
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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It's sad watching what politics does to some people. Lately, Rudolph Giuliani has been turning stomachs with his pandering to the powerful National Rifle Association. Remember, seven years ago he filed a lawsuit to punish the nation's gun manufacturers for violent crimes involving firearms. And he didn't bite his tongue, saying: "This is an industry which profits from the suffering of innocent people. The lawsuit is intended to end the free pass that the gun industry has enjoyed for a very long time, which has resulted in too many avoidable deaths." But that was then. Now Giuliani is singing quite a different tune. He recently disavowed the lawsuits against gun makers during a speech before the NRA.
 

MO: St. Louis motorist (Brett Darrow) turned to camera for safety
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The motorist, famous for standing up to a cop, now waited to stand before a judge. And he looked nervous. Brett Darrow chewed his nails.

Last Friday, it was revealed the police officer was fired. Prosecutors now are investigating.

The fired cop's attorney, Richard Sindel, said his client was a victim of a setup. "That's what this kid likes to do," Sindel said.

The video camera has protected Darrow several times, he is sure of it. But the camera also has made him feel like a target. The threats made on STL CopTalk sound real to him. He says he recently spotted city police parked not far from his house.

It alarmed him. He shot video of that, too, and posted it online.
 

Political Institutions, By Herbert Spencer - [History of “freemen bearing arms”], (1876)
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...Evidence coming from many peoples in all times, shows that the consultative body is, at the outset, nothing more than a council of war. It is in the open-air meeting of armed men..."

"...—“this meeting of all the men of the State capable of bearing arms, was called a Parliament.”..."

"...It may, indeed, be alleged that in early unsettled times, the carrying of weapons by each freeman was needful for personal safety; especially when a place of meeting far from his home had to be reached..."

"...Even if, under such conditions, the ruling few could impose their will on the many, armed like themselves, it would be impolitic to do so; since success in war would be endangered by dissension...."
 

ATF from the inside
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
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" Field agents have attempted to challenge the un-ethical, and illegal actions of field managers through various means in recent years only to meet with retaliation so destructive it almost inevitably results in the challenges or allegations being withdrawn."

"The EEOC complaints over the last 2 years number in the hundreds. The overwhelming percentage of which contain allegations of retaliation. "
 

MI: Bill to permit guns in schools is 'harebrained'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Amid the round-the-clock budget debate in Lansing, some lawmakers have found the time to stray from the real issues at hand to develop a questionable scheme - some might call it harebrained - such as House Bill 5162 introduced by state Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville. Agema, who found 16 other representatives to support him, including four from Oakland County, proposes allowing teachers and administrators in public schools and day care centers to carry concealed weapons.
 

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There are other things so clearly out of the power of Congress, that the bare recital of them is sufficient, I mean the "...rights of bearing arms for defence, or for killing game..." These things seem to have been inserted among their objections, merely to induce the ignorant to believe that Congress would have a power over such objects and to infer from their being refused a place in the Constitution, their intention to exercise that power to the oppression of the people. —ALEXANDER WHITE (1787)

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