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'Not Without a Fight' Gun Rights Documentary Completed
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Gun rights documentary maker Max Lemus informs me his 'Not without a fight' video has been completed and its official release date is today."

Find out how you can purchase your copy.

This young man invested months of his life traveling the country to interview gun rights activists, and invested his own savings in order to bring this to us, and I think he's created a tool that can be very helpful in spreading the message "outside the choir." When you consider how uncompromising the views presented are, that's really a pretty remarkable achievement.

I'd like to think someone who has earned our support deserves to actually receive it.

If not from you, then who?
 

‘Not without a fight’: A documentary on guns gets it right
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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"Director Max Lemus today released his documentary on guns and the gun rights movement. It is entitled 'Not Without a Fight,' and is available for purchase at: http://notwithoutafight.net/download.html

"Unlike Michael Moore’s 'Bowling for Columbine,' which was a propaganda piece for gun control, Lemus looks at the gun rights movement through the eyes of gun rights activists. Moreover, he asks them fundamental questions, such as 'What does the Second Amendment mean to you?' and 'What motivates you to fight at all costs to preserve the Second Amendment?' and 'What do you have to say to people who tell you 'it can’t happen here'?'" ...
 

New York Daily News Uses Ignorant Snobbery to Push Citizen Disarmament
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"[C]reatures such as these will never stop promoting the destruction of our right to keep and bear arms. There can be no compromise with them, because they'll never stop, so long as other, rougher men in the service of the state are willing to enforce their demands at gunpoint..."

Also see a mess caused by some spilled beans and get the latest from my fellow GREs.
 

Gun Control: Wounds, Part II
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gun Control creates wounds all its own. Gun control creates heartbreak. It creates immense numbers of injuries, both emotional and physical. Gun control creates a tyranny that is the worst injury of all: abuse of the law and the destruction of the United States."

"In my last essay, I addressed the central point of Dr. Adams who observed that law enforcement officers who must shoot the suspect in their duty suffer wounds he as a police surgeon did not expect to see: emotional trauma. I had posted that gun owners have long been keenly aware of how traumatizing such an action is long before the doctor noticed it ..." ...
 

Kentucky census worker not victim of 'right-wing hate'--can we stop calling for censorship?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Back in September, census worker Bill Sparkman was found dead--apparently hanged--in Kentucky. Almost immediately, this was portrayed as 'proof' of 'right-wing hate.' Anti-government sentiment on the part of the right, the story went, had become so toxic that murder was becoming a staple of right-wing political discourse."

"A bit after the discovery of Sparkman's body, I wrote about the exploitation of his death to demonize the right." ...
 

NYC teen killed by police sealed own fate
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "We should put something to rest right here. Despite the location of the entry wounds, there is every indication that Vasconcellos brought about his own demise, because he fled from the police and when pursuing officers caught up with him near the closed city park where the chase had begun, the teen pulled a 9mm handgun and aimed it at them ..." ...

"The dilemma law-abiding gun owners, including the 5 million or so legally-armed citizens who are licensed to carry, along with the tens of thousands of open carry activists, is that when guys like Vasconcellos misbehave, guys like Bloomberg want to hold honest gun owners somehow responsible." ...
 

Heflin announces support for NRA stance in current court case
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"State Rep. Joe Heflin has joined a bipartisan group of state legislators and elected officials from all 50 states in signing an amicus curiae, or 'friend of the court' brief supporting the National Rifle Association’s position that individual protections of the Second Amendment are incorporated to apply to the states through the 14th Amendment." ...

"'I believe it is imperative that gun rights be preserved to the individual, and that those rights should not be impinged by state or local governments,' Heflin said. 'I believe that was the intention of our founding fathers, and it is a position that I continue to support by joining in this filing today.'" ...
 

Bloomfield Press Files Amicus Brief In Chicago Gun-Ban Case
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Should individual states be required to honor your guarantees under the Bill of Rights?"

"Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to say yes, in an amicus ('friend of the court') brief just filed."

"The goal is to require states to be bound by the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. They are not currently obligated to do so. ..."

"The Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791 only to control Congress ... and the High Court has only applied the Bill to the states in bits and pieces. ..."

"The 14th Amendment in 1868 said states cannot abridge the privileges or immunities of the citizens, or deprive or deny the rights of the people, but it provided few details ..." ...
 

How Can You Lose Your Second Amendment Rights?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit cast doubt on the constitutionality of a 1996 federal law that bars anyone convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence from owning a gun for the rest of his life. Other courts, including the 10th Circuit, have concluded that the law is consistent with D.C. v. Heller ... Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority in Heller, 'nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill.' But as the 7th Circuit noted ... Heller did not address the constitutionality of taking gun rights away from people convicted of misdemeanors. ..." ...
 

Peterson Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Congressman Collin Peterson has signed on to an amicus curiae ... brief asking the Supreme Court to uphold Second Amendment rights on the state and local government level. The Court announced in late September that it would visit the question of whether state and local governments could deny rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment on the federal level. ..."

"'I'm pleased the Supreme Court is going to address this issue,' Peterson said after learning of the Court's decision to hear the case. 'The Court should take this opportunity to make clear what we all already know, that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments too. No state legislature can take away the freedom to protect yourself.'" ...
 

Delegation fights to keep Second Amendment rights consistent across city and state lines
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"This spring the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the right to bear arms, as written in the Second Amendment, applies to every resident of the United States or just residents of the District of Columbia."

"U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., aren't taking any chances. They signed their names to an amicus curiae brief related to a case involving Chicago's gun ban ..."

"'The Supreme Court has already ruled that the right to bear arms is a constitutional and individual right. ...' Enzi said. 'It is absurd to think the Bill of Rights was only written with District of Columbia residents in mind. Second Amendment rights apply to Americans in every part of the country.'" ...
 

Brownback Signs on to McDonald v. City of Chicago Amicus Curiae Brief
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"U.S. Senator Sam Brownback joined an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in signing an amicus curiae, or 'friend of the court,' brief supporting the NRA's position that the Second Amendment is incorporated against the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. The amicus brief, bearing the signatures of 251 Members of Congress and 58 Senators, was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court today in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. This is the most signers of a congressional amicus brief in the history of the Supreme Court, breaking the record set just last year in the Heller v. District of Columbia case." ...
 

Roefaro pushes "Terror Gap" legislation
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Utica Mayor David Roefaro is joining 500 mayors in an advertisement in Wednesday Washington Post, pushing for tougher gun control laws."

"The mayors say right now terrorists can buy guns legally. They're referring to the 850 people on the 'no fly' list who applied for guns. However, the President of the [NYSRPA], Tom King, points out that none of those 'no fly' applicants passed the background check and didn't receive guns." ...

"'People need to start understanding that, this is not about the legal gun holders of legal guns, this is about illegal guns,' Roefaro says. '(This is) about terrorists. ...'" ...
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KABA Note: So as far as MAIG is concerned people on the watchlist are guilty until proven innocent?
 

When is lethal force justified?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When is lethal force justified? At the most basic, in American law, it is when you truly believe that your life will be taken or you will suffer grievous harm if you don't stop the assailent. In discussions with my sister, she has said that she wouldn't carry a gun because in a panic of fear for her life she might misinterpret a threat that wasn't actually going to be lethal or grievous and might kill someone who wasn't really planning to kill her. She wouldn't be able to live with the guilt, so it is better for her not to be tempted by the option of using lethal force. I love her, but I think she is wrong. If the attacker isn't interested in her purse, but does indeed plan to rape and kill her, she really loses. How do you know?" ...
 

A Lot Behind McCarthy's Gillbrand Embrace
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"One of the interesting not-so-sub-texts of yesterday’s joint gun control press conference between Sen. Gillibrand and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-L.I.) was the fact that the two have certainly not always seen eye-to-eye on guns."

"You'll remember McCarthy, a staunch gun-control advocate whose husband was killed and her son wounded in the infamous 1993 [LIRR] shooting, famously threatened to primary Gillibrand in 2010 over the former upstate congresswoman's NRA-friendly views."

"But it was all buddy-buddy before the cameras at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where the two came together with Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and others to announce their new gun trafficking prevention legislation." ...
 

OH: Police Chief Found Guilty
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"A Belmont County jury on Monday convicted Martins Ferry police chief Barry Carpenter of three charges for his role in an alleged break-in at the home of Michelle Ross, the surrogate who carried twin girls for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick."

"Following more than a dozen hours of deliberation that began Friday and ended shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, jurors convicted Carpenter of theft in office and receiving stolen property, both felonies. They also found him guilty of tampering with evidence." ...
 

MT: Gun Rights Advocates and Others Discuss Second Ammendment in Montana (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gun and ammunition sales have spiked in the last year, and more attention is being placed on massacre type shootings, such as the recent events at Fort Hood in Texas."

"Yet here in Montana, guns have been and still are a way of life, and many believe that restricting one's ability to own, carry, and use a firearm will continue to cause more harm than good."

"Bill Garcia, the Smith and Wesson District Manager, says, 'It's the cowboy lifestyle. We're a little different here in Montana, we don't like to be told what to do...and I think gun rights are one of those things.'" ...
 

OH: OSU's Second Amendment Center Runs Out of Ammo
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Ohio State University's Second Amendment Center, funded largely by the anti-gun Joyce Foundation, has called it quits. Randy Barnett has details over at the Volokh Conspiracy."

"Barnett argues that the Center closed because its purpose — to argue against an individual-right interpretation of the Second Amendment — was rendered moot by Heller. In NR last year, I detailed how the Joyce Foundation funded law-review symposia on the Second Amendment ..." ...
 

SC: Shoppers Can BuyTax-Free Guns This Weekend (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"For the second, and possibly last, time, gun buyers will pay no sales tax this weekend. The 'Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday' is from just after midnight Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, until midnight on Saturday. There will be no state sales tax on handguns, rifles and shotguns. ..."

"Last year was the first sales tax holiday on guns. State lawmakers had intended for it to be permanent, but they included it in another law that was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court. So they added it as a temporary measure in this year's budget. That means this will be the last tax holiday on guns unless lawmakers include it in next year's budget or pass it as a separate law." ...
 

SC: Academy Sports + Outdoors offers Hot Deals for firearm tax-free holiday
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"WHO: Academy Sports + Outdoors (Academy) WHAT: For the second consecutive year, South Carolina residents will save on firearms through a special two-day tax free holiday. In celebration of this Second Amendment tax free event, which is the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Academy Sports + Outdoors is providing Hot Deals on several handguns, shotguns and rifles. Check out the Black Friday ad at academy.com for all of the Hot Deals, including great hourly specials on other great holiday gift items." ...
 

CA: Supervisors ask sheriff to grant concealed firearms permits
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Riverside County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a resolution urging the sheriff to consider granting concealed firearms permits to law-abiding residents who cite 'personal defense' as the reason for wanting one."

"'This is a way we can better protect ourselves,' said board Chairman Jeff Stone, who authored the resolution that was approved on a 3-1 vote. 'I want to make sure our citizens have that ability.'"

"Stone highlighted the prospective release of 27,000 inmates in the next six months from California prisons and the impact that might have on public safety as one of the motivating factors behind the resolution, which Sheriff Stan Sniff has the option — but not the obligation — to act upon." ...
 

WA: County law could change to allow guns in parks
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As Seattle readies to defend in court its ban on guns at city parks, Snohomish County might move in the opposite direction."

"If a new law passes, you could feel free to tote a legally owned firearm into county parks. Just don’t shoot it, unless it’s in self-defense."

"County code, as it reads now, prohibits people from carrying or discharging guns in county parks."

"Lifting the long-standing ban is mostly a house-keeping measure to bring the county in line with state law, said Councilman John Koster, who submitted the proposal earlier this month. An opinion from State Attorney General Rob McKenna supports his stance." ...
 

KY: Authorities: Hanged Ky. census worker killed self
Submitted by: Larry

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"When an eastern Kentucky census worker was found naked, bound with duct tape and hanging from a tree with 'fed' scrawled on his chest, suspicion fell on the hardscrabble Appalachian area where bad news seems like a way of life."

"Perhaps Bill Sparkman had been a victim of violent anti-government sentiment ..."

"That speculation was doused Tuesday when authorities said that Sparkman killed himself but staged his death to make it look like a homicide. The conclusion that Sparkman died by his own hands, and not by those of anti-government zealots, was seen by Clay County community activist Doug Abner as a vindication for the area." ...
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Submitter's Note: SPLC shocked that 'dirty white boys' are not to blame. Mark Potok's coiffure to go into indefinite mourning period.
 

TN: In the guns-in-bars ruling, a tricky maneuver uses handgun-permit holders' provision against them
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "... The law allows loaded weapons only in establishments whose principal business is the sale of food. Gun proponents love this provision, saying it means the law doesn't actually allow guns in bars but only in restaurants that happen to serve alcohol. It helps them seem more reasonable. But they make that claim with a wink and a nod because everyone knows that, as a practical matter, it's impossible to tell the difference."

"The law's opponents cleverly turned the provision against the gun nuts. If no one can tell which is which, then how will all our law-abiding citizen gunmen know when they're breaking the law by waltzing into a bar with a loaded weapon? ..." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908 [by an Indian extremist opposed to Gandhi's agreement with Smuts], whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence. Hence it was that I took part in the Boer War, the so-called Zulu Rebellion and [World War I]. Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor. — Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India, August 11, 1920 from Fischer, Louis ed.,The Essential Gandhi, 1962

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