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America's Unfulfilled [sic]
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It will take time but we must curtail the right to arm in order to protect the greater right to freedom of expression and freedom from the inevitable violence that will ensue if this trend continues. We must elect officials who are sworn to take no money from the gun lobby that zealously blocks gun control legislation to prevent unstable individuals from purchasing automatic weapons and wielding them in public. We must eventually change the political equation that will not allow anyone to become a Supreme Court justice unless they agree to ignore the language of the second amendment in favor of an unfettered individual right to bear arms. Barring that we must amend the constitution.
 

New Battle in the Gun War Heads to the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Otis McDonald, who lives in the same neighborhood where Albert was killed, says his own life has been threatened by local thugs and he says his home has been broken into.

"When I'm at home, I can't even protect myself there. This house here has been broken into at least three times only a week ago," the retired maintenance engineer told ABC News. "It's the times that we live in, and long ago, when the guns were taken away from us in '82, '83, it wasn't so bad back then, but times have changed. ... Everybody is in danger now, in these days."
 

TX: Handgun ammo shortage has stores limiting sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A nationwide ammunition shortage for handguns has gripped self-defense gun enthusiasts as the demand has gone through the roof in the past year, and there won't be any relief soon in East Texas, according to local suppliers.

Gun sales spiked a year ago when it became clear President Barack Obama would be elected to office. The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported 9 million background checks for gun sales issued January through August, an increase of 21 percent from the same period the year before.
 

Gun bans, political cash on Supreme Court docket
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While overturning a handgun ban in the federal enclave of Washington, D.C., the court did not decide whether the Second Amendment also applies to state and local gun laws, an issue it will address when it considers a similar ordinance in Chicago.

Language in last year's 5-4 ruling suggested that the court was prepared to apply the Second Amendment to the states, like most other provisions in the Bill of Rights. But the justices also signaled that they were willing to allow restrictions on weapons possession short of an outright ban. The court could decide the extent of the government's authority to regulate guns in this year's case.
 

OH: Man is shot during self-defense lesson
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An 80-year-old Ohio man is recovering from a week in which he was beaten during a home invasion and then shot while trying to learn about guns.

Ralph Needs says he wouldn't want anyone to experience what he's been through.

He was tied up and pistol-whipped when at least three intruders broke into his Columbus-area home Sept. 20. Needs' nose was broken and his pickup truck, a computer and credit cards were stolen.

Four days later, Needs was shot in the hand during a self-defense lesson. A 9 mm pistol went off as one of his sons was loading it.
 

MS: Guns: Pending case has broader implications
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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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.

The Constitution is not easy, nor is it absolute. Freedom of speech, for example, is also guaranteed — but even in the days of the founders there were limitations. Libelous speech, for example, is not protected.

What the Constitution and the courts have required is that when a guaranteed freedom is to be reined in by Congress (or by a state or city) the limitation be “narrowly tailored to address a compelling state interest.”
 

MA: Gun laws are plenty strict, but enforcement is lagging
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This argument,...about guns is moot. Despite what Ms. Price would have you believe, there are extremely strict gun laws around this country — some, in my view, in direct conflict with what I believe to be our guaranteed Second Amendment rights. If these laws were simply enforced, gun crimes would be dramatically reduced.

I have a Massachusetts-issued, large-capacity, Class A license to carry. It almost took an act of Congress to obtain it. I have no police record and am a retired military officer. In New Hampshire, I walked into a local police station and bought one for 10 bucks after a quick background check. If you check out differences in gun crime between these two states, you will be surprised how ineffective stricter laws are.
 

Test of laser from C-130H melts hood of car
Submitted by: Larry

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New video released by the Air Force and Boeing Co. show what happens when a C-130H Hercules aims the Advanced Tactical Laser at the hood of car.

In the video recorded Aug. 30 during a test flight at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., the laser melts the hood and sparks a fire. A press statement from Boeing said the laser “killed the vehicle.”

The weapon uses a chemical laser that fills the cargo hold of C-130 to produce a laser beam fired from a turret mounted in the belly of a C-130.

Submitter's note: More weaponry to cow the sheeple.
 

How the Feds Imprison the Innocent
Submitted by: Larry

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Federal judges, an increasing number of whom are former federal prosecutors, permit the prosecution of Americans for crimes that the defendants did not know were crimes, crimes that never before existed until the federal prosecutor brought the charge. The invention of crimes by prosecutors violates every known legal principle in Anglo-American law. Yet, it has become commonplace. Defense attorneys, a group that also increasingly consists of former federal prosecutors, as Silverglate accurately reports, have lost confidence that it is possible to defend a client from a federal prosecution and see their role, not as the defense, but as negotiator of a plea bargain that reduces the charges and prison time of the defendant, no matter how innocent.

Submitter's note: Ask David Olafson.
 

How David Beats Goliath
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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A link to a long article from the New Yorker; excerpts:

... Of the two hundred and two lopsided conflicts in Arregun-Toft's database, the underdog chose to go toe to toe with Goliath the conventional way a hundred and fifty-two times, and lost a hundred and nineteen times.
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It makes no sense, unless you think back to that Kentucky-L.S.U. game and to Lawrence's long march across the desert to Aqaba. .... We tell ourselves that skill is the precious resource and effort is the commodity. It's the other way around. Effort can trump ability; legs, in Saxe's formulation, can overpower arms, because relentless effort is in fact something rarer than the ability to engage in some finely tuned act of motor co-ordination.
 

MA: SJC to hear challenges to state gun laws brought by local defense attorney
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is expected to decide whether a state law that requires residents to apply for gun licenses with their local police departments is unconstitutional.

The challenge is being brought before the court by Paul W. Patten, a Fall River defense attorney who is representing Nathaniel DePina, 19, a New Bedford man serving a 2-year jail sentence after being convicted last year of illegally carrying a firearm.
 

Feds Sued to Keep Out of State's Gun Affairs
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"In the second major front in the war over gun rights that has developed in just days, a lawsuit has been filed against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder seeking a court order that the federal government stay out of the way of Montana's management of its own firearms."

"The action was filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Montana Shooting Sports Association in U.S. District Court
in Missoula, Mont., to validate the principles and terms of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, which took effect today."
 

CT: Police: Cop’s Gun Used In 5 Shootings
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A Waterbury cop turned himself in Wednesday on charges that he stockpiled explosives in this Westville home — and that several of his guns turned up in criminals’ hands on New Haven streets.

Sgt. David Setzer, 41, of the Waterbury police department, turned himself in to New Haven police headquarters around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, police spokesman Officer Joe Avery said.

Setzer was charged with: seven counts of illegal transfer or sale of a firearm, and one count each of: manufacturing a bomb, illegal possession of explosives, illegal possession of an assault weapon, risk of injury to a minor and illegal possession of fireworks.
 

OR: Handgun ban gets second look
Submitted by: Anonymous

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After two recent lawsuits raised questions about the legality of state universities’ bans on concealed handguns, the state Senate decided Wednesday to weigh in on the subject.

At an informal hearing before the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning, Bend lawyer and former Sen. Neil Bryant, who served on the committee for eight years, requested the legislature form a working group to attempt to resolve the legal issues surrounding the bans.


The main case in question was filed by the Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation and petitions the court to determine the validity of the Oregon University System’s handgun ban, which affects those licensed to carry concealed handguns.
 

OR: Oregon University System sued over campus handgun policy (update)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The suit was brought forth last month by the Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation and filed by Salem lawyer and former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party Vance Day. Rather than a traditional lawsuit seeking damages, the suit petitions the court to determine the validity of the rule.

The issue came to a head last year, when Western Oregon University student Jeffrey Maxwell was arrested for carrying a concealed handgun on campus.

The county district attorney dropped all criminal charges against him after determining he had broken no laws. Nevertheless, he was still suspended, and later expelled from WOU.
 

AR: 911 Tape Caught Cops Planning Cover-Up After Shooting
Submitted by: Arkansas Concealed Carry Association
Website: http://www.arkansascca.org

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Homeowner holds intruder at gunpoint. Cops respond to 911 call, shoot homeowner (still on phone with 911 operator) four times in the back, then twice more when he was on the ground.

Bonus: 911 tape records cops planning the cover-up
 

IA : Rants calls for state gun rights amendment
Submitted by: anonymous

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Rants of Sioux Ctiy is calling for another new amendment to the state’s constitution, one that guarantees Iowans have the right “to keep and bear arms.”

Iowa is one of six states which do not have such an amendment in their state constitution, and Rants says that’s important given today’’s announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a gun rights case.

Rants is not a gun owner or a hunter, and he is not a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
 

PA: Victory for First Amendment: Pittsburgh-Area College Allows Student to Advocate for Concealed Carry on Campus, Abandons Repressive Policy
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Need-business-capital-but-have-poor-credit-No-problem

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PITTSBURGH, October 2, 2009—After months of national media attention, a student threatened with punishment for attempting to form a gun-rights group at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is finally allowed to distribute pamphlets about the group on campus.
 

The Best Gun in the World
Submitted by: Larry

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The best gun in the world is the one you’ll have with you when you need it.

Seriously, the features of a gun you don’t have with you don’t matter.

Like most tools there’s an optimal gun for every task under the sun. The task here is to ensure you’ll always have it with you when you need it. This article will talk about the features of a gun tool that will get that job done. And yes, I have a specific make and model in mind.
 

Analysis: Making rights grow
Submitted by: rick schwartz
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The Second Amendment — the one that guarantees “a right to keep and bear arms” — is one of the few remaining parts of the Bill of Rights that have not yet been extended to the state and local level. If the Court now opts to “incorporate” it into the Fourteenth Amendment as a restriction on state and local governmental powers, it will truly expand the right, although no one seems eager to predict just what laws will fall if it does so.
 

MI: Boy Repels Burglars from Home with Shotgun
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"You'll find no shortage of hoplophobes who--unable to rid our homes of guns--seek to have them rendered useless under the guise of 'safe storage laws.' We even find this presumption coming from some on 'our side,' including in Josh's home state."
 

IL: Police unions file complaints about layoffs
Submitted by: Adam Peterson

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Representatives for two of the Waukegan police unions affected by the city's announced layoffs this week say their groups didn't get a fair shake before cuts were announced.

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"I just can't believe (police officers) are the only people they can do without in a time of an emergency," [MAP chief counsel Joseph] Mazzone said.
 

450 Mayors Petition Obama To Adopt Broad Gun Reform
Submitted by: Foo Bar

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A new report from a national coalition of mayors urges President Obama to adopt dozens of reforms to help curb gun violence, including steps to crack down on problems at gun shows and the creation of a federal interstate firearms trafficking unit.
 

Warsaw Ghetto Hero Edelman Dies
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"The only way 'never again' works is if you mean it."
 

NY: $65M Question: Why's Bloomberg Dissing Thompson's Small Chest?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg's has spent 64.8 million so far to get reelected, it was revealed today -- and his campaign is actually picking on Bill Thompson's for being poor.
 

MS: Hattiesburg man honored by National Rifle Association
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Johnie Williams is a man who values patriotism. He says he's known by community kids as "the flag man" and doesn't mind it at all. Williams, 79, of Hattiesburg, also was recently awarded the National Rifle Association's National Patriot's Medal for 2009. An NRA member for as long as he can remember, Williams is retired from the United States Air Force. The award came to Williams in recognition of his commitment to the NRA and the cause of freedom. "I was in total awe," he said was his first thought after receiving the news via telephone. "I thought for a minute and asked if this is the same award Charlton Heston received and they said 'yes,'"
 

Boy Shooting Gator Shows Value of Teaching Kids about Guns
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: Boy shooting gator shows value of teaching kids about guns

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"Naturally, the hand-wringing hoplophobes, who preach ignorance and avoidance rather than education and training, have nothing to say. If they weigh in at all, we'll probably get a grudging 'They were lucky.' And then the focus of the critique will be on using Fox News as a source."
 

IA: Polk deputy avoids indictment in fatal shooting
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A grand jury declined to indict a Polk County sheriff's deputy who shot and accidentally killed a suicidal man earlier this year, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

The Polk County grand jury met and heard evidence this week from a June 8 case in which Deputy Dale Petersen fired the wrong type of specialty ammunition at Justin Schleuning, 21, of Urbandale, ultimately killing him.
 

Big police depts back anti-terror citizen watch
Submitted by: Larry

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Among the [terrorist] indicators:

_If you smell chemicals or other fumes.

_If you see someone wearing clothes that are too big and too heavy for the season.

_If you see strangers asking about building security.

_If you see someone purchasing supplies or equipment that could be used to make bombs.

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But American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel Mike German, a former FBI agent who worked on terrorism cases, said the indicators are all relatively common behaviors. And he suspects people will fall back on personal biases and preconceived stereotypes of what a terrorist looks like when making the decision to report someone to the police.
 

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Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest. — Mahatma Gandhi

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