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'Allowed' to carry for self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yes, the various states through which your train may pass probably have their own, contradictory firearms bans. You'd thus be taking your chances should local law enforcement happen to notice that bulge in your coat when you step off to purchase a local newspaper on the platform. But that aside, in reality, pretty much anybody can carry a concealed weapon onto an Amtrak train, right now.
 

VA: Concealed carry is coming to Virginia campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I’m making a bold prediction: this year, the bill will pass to allow state-permitted individuals to carry on Virginia’s public campuses; next week, we will be making the case for it.

November 9 – 14 is Defense Education Week, hosted by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus at colleges across the country, where the issue will be brought forward as we advocate for self-defense rights on campus. The argument is simple: there are no grounds to deny the right to carry on campus lawfully and responsibly for the purpose of self-defense.
 

Traitors Have Just Pierced The Heart of America!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Several bills in the Congress are designed to control all food produced on the productive soils of this great land. An international treaty, if ratified by the Congress, will bring gun control to America, in spite of the Second Amendment. The National Environmental Policy Act, the Marine Mammals Act, the Salmon Recovery Act and the Endangered Species Act (and too many more acts and laws to mention here), administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, will control all land in America. When the progressives control your health, your land, your water, your food, your energy and your guns, you will have been ensnared in a trap that they have been laying for you for the last 80 to 100 years, while you were sleeping.
 

CA: Carrying A Concealed Weapon Takes A Lot of Consideration
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you were to obtain a CCW, I would suggest you take a class to learn how to use a gun as well. Not just firing one, but learning how to take it apart, clean in, proper storage and transporting issues, and most importantly, the legal aspects and use of deadly force policies. You certainly have the constitutional right to protect yourself and your family; however, I always add as a caveat that more people are injured and/or killed by accident with their own handguns. The fact of the matter is that most violent gun crimes are committed by a relatively small segment of the total population.
 

Where’s tax cut Obama promised?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Democrats don’t care about us. The Republicans don’t care, either. Their only concern is perpetuating themselves in power.

We are black, white, Hispanic, Native American and Asian. The current oppressive political establishment (Democrat and Republican), which rapes us of our hard-earned money, knows no race, color or creed. We need a new political party in this country.

We believe in “one nation under God.” We value our God-given right to bear arms in order to oppose a potentially tyrannical government or a police state, as did our Founding Fathers. We believe in a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”
 

Community's been through tragedy before
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Fort Hood mass shooting overwhelmed two victims of the 1991 Luby's massacre, but they sincerely believe the Killeen/Fort Hood community will persevere.

Kirby Lack and Suzanna Hupp were both victims of the Luby's massacre Oct. 16, 1991, when George Hennard killed 23 people and wounded more than 20 others in a Killeen Luby's cafeteria. Lack was critically injured in the incident, and Hupp lost her parents.

"This community has been through it before," Hupp said. "I think they are very organized, and they are outstanding at being able to pull people together and put together so many kinds of helpful community outreach ceremonies for those suffering," she added.
 

Anti-gun nuts: Let’s ban more guns because of Fort Hood
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So wait…the ammunition being used is available only to law enforcement and…military? Why, yes it is, according to FN’s own website. You can buy and use a number of different rounds for that pistol for self-defense, target shooting, or whatever legal purpose you wish, and police officers are at no more risk than if you had picked up a package of 9mm rounds at Wal-Mart. I guess adding in the little detail about Hasan only being able to purchase the AP rounds due to being a member of the military might have blown their argument. Must have just slipped their mind. It even slipped the mind of the writers of the above news article, since the blue-tipped rounds in the included picture indicate that they are, in fact, not armor piercing.
 

AR: Hardy gun show highlights troubles for gun sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While many showed up, gun sellers say they're seeing sales in a bit of a slump after a large boost earlier this year and late last year.

"They were pretty good, especially right after the election," enthusiast Dwain Welch. "Gun sales went way up. People were scared and didn't know what was going to happen. A little bit of paranoia set in."

"Around here, the economy is still real tight. A lot of people don't have a lot of money to spend and a lot of them are holding on to the money they do have so they don't have a lot to spend on something that's not a necessity," added Welch.
 

Safer Streets 101: stopping outlaws and not freedoms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It's not so much about volunteers, since such citizens are not designated responders, per se; we are just average citizens. Leaving violence entitrely to the civilian law enforcement or the MP's to the exclusion of the willing citizen is like frustrating first-aid while waiting for the Paramedics, and we didn't see that at Fort Hood: we saw immediate medical care from people in the immediate vicinity. It is reported that soldiers are taught this, and why not? They are not designated persons per se, they are simply there and willing. The concept is clear: you don't wait for the Medics when seconds count, you act with training and authority if you happen to be there.
 

WI: Pro-Gun Legislation Passes Unanimously in Wisconsin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Tuesday, November 3, the Wisconsin State House unanimously passed Assembly Resolution 15. This resolution requests the participation of the Attorney General in the “friend of the court” brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case, McDonald v. Chicago.

The case will address the application of the Second Amendment to the states through either the Due Process clause or the Privileges or Immunities clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case has major implications for the legality of restrictive gun laws not only in Chicago, but also in other cities across the United States.
 

Australia: America's gun outrage: 276 people killed or wounded a day
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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By now you will have heard of Major Nidal Malak Hasan, the US Army psychiatrist who shot 13 of his colleagues dead and wounded 31 inside the army's largest base, Fort Hood in Texas, last Thursday.

Taryale Petter, John Herman, Jason Rodriques and Marcus Gonzalez are names you may not know.

Taryale was only 15 years old. Early on Friday morning, aboard his Philadelphia school bus, he pulled a handgun from his bag and shot another child.
 

What Would Madison Do?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In one of his final acts as president, James Madison did something almost unthinkable by modern standards: he vetoed a bill solely on Constitutional grounds.

President Madison agreed that it made sense to use federal funds for the construction or upgrade of vital roadways and canals within the states. But the Internal Improvements bill of 1817 was contradicted by a higher law, namely the absence of a concomitant enumerated power in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.

Being among the Framers of our legal system, Madison understood that when two laws clash, the higher one wins out. True to his oath of office, he refused to challenge the Constitution by endorsing an invalid inferior statute.
 

Smokey the Bear Had It Right
Submitted by: Larry

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Please do not get me wrong. I am not advocating that the military change its on-base policy for carrying firearms. My point is this: If the largest US military base on earth is a dangerous place to walk around without a firearm, where thousands of highly-skilled shooters all around you can do absolutely nothing to protect you, why is Silver Dollar City safe?

Why is anywhere safe?

Smokey the Bear said, "Only you can prevent forest fires." Well, only you can be responsible for your own protection. Only you can be responsible for your family.
 

Fort Hood Mystery
Submitted by: Larry

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There has been speculation on the Internet that the shooting could have been a revolt against the Army from soldiers faced with stop-loss and multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. While there is no evidence to support this theory, there is also no evidence to support the official Army version of events. Suicides among military personnel and veterans are at alarming levels, yet the Department of Defense does more to hide these facts than it does to deal with them.

The last thing the state can let happen is an awakening by its enforcement arm (military and LE) that they are nothing but tools of oppression and in fact, slaves to the monster they serve. While the military is trained and encouraged to kill and bomb in the name of the state, they are forbidden the means of protection for themselves and their loved ones once they are outside the killing zones designated by the state.
 

NY: Elmont store clerk scares off would-be robbers with shotgun, police say
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Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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A bodega worker in Elmont scared off handgun-toting bandits who were trying to rob the cashier when he whipped out a shotgun, Nassau County police said. Police say the shotgun that the worker brandished was behind the counter when the two bandits came into the Elmont Deli at about 4:15a.m. Saturday and pointed a handgun at the cashier, demanding money from him. Another employee produced the handgun, police said. "After he brought out the gun, they run away," said Sias Jihan, a co-worker of the employee who had the shotgun. The bodega is located at 237-01 Linden Blvd., police said. The bandits are still on the loose, police said. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crime to call their hotline: 800-244-TIPS.
 

OH: OH AG Candidate Dave Yost Answers Gun Rights Questionnaire
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"The other Republican contender, Mike DeWine, might as well be on the Brady Campaign payroll. I can think of no stronger message to send the Republican establishment than to let them know anti-gunners will no longer be tolerated, so they'd better stop offering them."
 

First responders at Fort Hood: Fox News gets it wrong
Submitted by: Howard Nemerov
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-2879-Austin-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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When Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan committed mass murder at Fort Hood on Thursday, it took three minutes for armed response to arrive.

Fox News claims that the “first responders” arrived at a scene of “organized chaos.” This statement should arouse healthy suspicion in readers: If they are first responders, why was the scene already chaotic?
 

Fort Hood: Hasan's Uncounted Victim?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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In the media coverage of Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s mass murder of 13 unarmed Army personnel–and wounding of 30 more–at Fort Hood last Thursday, there was inconsistent coverage of one shooting victim. The consequences of this reach beyond the Fort Hood tragedy and increase the likelihood of future ones.
 

OH: Ohio AG: NRA Said Signature on Gun Ban Opposition Letter 'Not Needed'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Attorney General Cordray spoke to his contacts at the NRA who told him the congressional leadership had already decided not to renew the ban and, therefore, our advocacy was not needed at that time"
 

OH: More Gun Rights Questions for Ohio AG Cordray
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"How hard could it be for the state's top law enforcement officer, the AG, to write a memorandum recognizing the legality of peaceable open carrying, and send it to every police and sheriff's department in the state, as well as to the Highway Patrol? "
 

TX: Fort Hood Suspect Hasan Still in ICU, Off Ventilator
Submitted by: Mitch

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"Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of a shooting spree that killed 13 people, remains in an intensive care unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and is no longer on a ventilator, said Colonel John Rossi, deputy commander at Fort Hood...

"The carnage could have been worse as the suspect stormed a crowded waiting room, reloading and firing more than 100 rounds from a semi-automatic machine pistol with an extended magazine, officials also said."

---I doubt that military officials said "semi-automatic machine pistol".

 

VA: Virginia incumbents’ losses explained by weakness on gun rights
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.OpenCarry.org

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Last Tuesday’s election in Virginia has been reported by some as a vote of no confidence in the Obama administration. Maybe it was – but a closer look indicates that seven of the nine incumbents who lost were caught flat footed on gun rights.


. . .

Philip Van Cleave, President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. feels that "the results show that this election was open season on anti-gun incumbents. The antis have lost at least five reliable anti-gun votes in the already pro-gun House of Delegates, and their perennial bill to restrict private firearm sales at gun shows has now assumed room temperature and is already developing rigor mortis."
 

Gun foes exploit Fort Hood tragedy to subvert vets' rights, Sen. Burr responds
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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Gun foes exploit Fort Hood tragedy to subvert vets' rights, Sen. Burr responds

F. Paul Valone
Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner

It takes a special kind of Chutzpah to exploit the massacre of military personnel as justification for depriving those very same military personnel of due process of law. But that is exactly what the Violence Policy Center and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence did yesterday when they attacked S. 669, the “Veteran’s 2nd Amendment Protection Act …”
 

Dr. Hasan
Submitted by: Larry

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In addition to this, any reasonable person would assume that if they went into a military installation, they would encounter people with guns. That these people were unarmed may indeed demonstrate the paranoia of the state, but it is just beyond stupid. Really, it just defies comprehension — a base full of soldiers, and they are all sitting ducks.

When I get to be king, every soldier on base will be required to carry a sidearm, loaded, for defense of himself and fellow personnel, and the psychs and their prescription pads will be given their walking papers.
 

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