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Russia: Russians Allowed to Fight Back Police Officers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Russian Minister of Interior Rashid Nurgaliyev has noted at the meeting with students that it is legitimate to hit back a police officer in self-defense.

...the statement came as a reply to the question asked by a student, which runs as follows: “Police officers’ assaults on citizens became more frequent lately. Don’t you think that it’s time to deprive the police of immunity?”

The Minister clarified that if the individual to be detained is not a criminal or offender, then he has every right to go on the defensive. “We are all equal here, and civilians all the more so since in this situation we stand up for his rights and freedoms. If a crooked cop is detected, he should be put away,” Rashid Nurgaliyev added.
 

FL: Catering Co. Owner Shot Man In Self Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The shooting occurred sometime after 9 a.m. inside Yolene Catering on the 5900 block of Northwest Second Avenue. Yolene Francois, the owner, told CBS4's Tiffani Helberg that her husband shot a man in self defense. She said the man had worked for them briefly. He allegedly came in demanding money and picked up a chair as if to strike him. That's when the owner allegedly shot the man, Francois said.

Miami-Dade police say the owner who shot the former employee won't face charges because he shot in self defense. The former employee who allegedly assaulted the husband may face charges.
 

Supreme Court Schedules Major Gun Rights Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The U.S. Supreme Court has set a date to hear the landmark civil liberties case that will determine whether the Second Amendment prohibits state and local governments from enacting stiff anti-gun laws.

Oral arguments in the lawsuit, McDonald v. City of Chicago, will be held on the morning of March 2, 2010. A decision is expected by late June or early July.

It's also worth noting the amicus briefs that have been filed in the last week or so in support of the Second Amendment Foundation and other groups challenging Chicago's handgun restrictions.

There are at least 30 of them -- ably reposted at ChicagoGunCase.com -- plus two unaffiliated ones filed by the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund and the Brady Center....
 

The Second Amendment, Bill of Rights and our duty to this country
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment is one of the most often debated “individual” right afforded by our founding fathers in the Constitution. Recently it has been under direct attack by those who believe the Constitution is a “fluid” set of “guidelines” and not the foundation of the American Criminal Justice code. While I will try not to get into the many varied explanations regarding this, it should be noted that arguments of this nature do in fact exist.
 

TX: State Rep. Hopson signs amicus brief
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State Rep. Chuck Hopson, R-Jacksonville, along with a group of state legislators and other elected officials from all 50 states has signed 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 891 state legislators and other elected officials — including two governors and three lieutenant governors — was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court last week in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago.
 

Gun Rights as a Defense against Tyranny
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As Justice Antonin Scalia asserted on behalf of the majority in District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the D.C. ban on handguns was declared unconstitutional, the right to bear arms, enshrined in the Second Amendment, preserves specifically the common-law right to self defense. What is often overlooked, however, by both those who oppose and support gun rights, is that the aggressors which an armed citizen is suited to resist may include one’s own government. An armed citizenry is the last resort against oppression; the right to bear arms is the freedom from which all other freedoms flow.
 

WA: A long history of crime should send a signal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Pacific Northwest seems to be asking itself a question: How could a man with the criminal history of suspected cop-killer Maurice Clemmons be on the street?

Here is a guy whose life history from his mid-teens to Sunday morning in Parkland reads like a bad crime novel. Simply discussing the crimes Clemmons had been convicted of or charged with should make one’s skin crawl, and leave the community wondering how any judge could let this guy loose, to say nothing of a former Arkansas governor who granted this man clemency…apparently on condition that he leave the state.
 

SC: Tax-Free Guns with a Side of Barbecue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"I'm living the American dream," said Jack Sheppard. "I've got the No. 1 product in America." That would be guns, and the 42-year-old Sheppard, owner of Aim Right Guns & Ammo, is an expert. At his shop on Main Street in this small South Carolina town just over the state line from Charlotte, N.C., business was brisk. It was a Black Friday bonanza.

For the second year, the 48 hours starting at 12:01 a.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving marked what's called "Second Amendment Weekend," at least by the Republican state legislator who sponsored the bill. To Rep. Mike Pitts, that, more than the possible economic stimulus, is what's important. Handguns, rifles and shotguns were tax exempt, ammunition, holsters and toy handguns were not.
 

Arms treaty threatens 2nd amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Former U.S. Representative, Tom Tancredo, has decided to propose a 2010 ballot initiative after Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, announced America's intention to participate in an international arms treaty. Tancredo’s initiative would be non-binding, but designed to show Congress that strong support for our second amendment rights still exist. In short the initiative would urge congress to oppose any further infringement on the Second Amendment rights we enjoy as Americans.

The international arms treaty that prompted Tancredo to file the proposal with the legislative counsel was referenced recently in the news as the UN begins talks about “curbing the illicit trade of small arms.”
 

CO: Aiming at gun fears
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As the Associated Press reported last week, Tancredo is pushing a ballot measure for next year’s election — one that would reaffirm Coloradan’s support for gun rights and the Second Amendment.

You might think that Colorado support for gun rights is well established. But Tancredo says he is worried that the Obama administration may restrict gun rights in the United States through the signing of international treaties or agreements. He wants Coloradans to send a message to federal officials — even if it is a nonbinding one — saying voters in this state oppose such restrictions.
 

GA: Legislators hope to push pet projects heading into session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rep. Tim Bearden, R-Villa Rica, historically a staunch proponent of Second Amendment rights, said this session will likely feature legislation that ensures Georgia residents maintain their right to carry firearms. As it stands, Bearden said, there’s a case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court that may end in a decision that would effectively say that states bear the responsibility to protect their own residents’ constitutional rights.

“If [the Supreme Court] say the Second Amendment doesn’t relate to states, states are going to be in charge of making sure the Second Amendment rights are protected to where you can carry a firearm,” Bearden said. “It’s really very important.”
 

The absurdity of gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun control has always been a contentious issue between Democrats and Republicans. On one hand the Democrats believe that more guns contributes to more violence in society. On the other hand Republicans and Libertarians (and other constitutionalists) deeply defend the second amendment in the bill of rights which states:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
 

Mayor Bloomberg's racist gun policies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Actually, with McDonald v. City of Chicago pending in the Supreme Court, this is probably a good time for a reminder that significant motivation for passage of the Fourteenth Amendment after the Civil War was the need for protection of freed slaves' right to keep and bear arms...
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The Klan--perhaps the first domestic terrorist organization in the U.S., exploited onerous "Black Code" gun laws to keep freed slaves unarmed, and thus ripe for lynching. One intent of the Fourteenth Amendment was to end that.
 

NY: Bodies pile up in Staten Island gang war; victims all affiliated with Bloods
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Sources say at least two members of the Bloods have skipped town, perhaps fearing they'll be the next victims.

Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan urged witnesses to come forward.

"This violence must and will stop," Donovan said.

"Reporting someone who has an illegal gun is not 'snitching,'" he added. "It just may avoid the tragedies we've seen in other boroughs where innocent victims were struck by stray bullets."

Submitter's note: Gang warfare on New York City's Staten Island. Don't they have some serious firearms licensing restrictions?
 

VA: New gun rights resource in the DMV: Virginia Gun Owners Forum
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.OpenCarry.org

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The DMV now has yet another pro-gun source of information and cyberspace assembly area for gun owners. The Virginia Gun Owners Forum (VGOF) started up in March 2009 and its owner Rick Sandlin says the site already has "over 700 members strong with more than 21,000 forum posts . . . [and] provides a place for people within the Commonwealth of Virginia to conduct local firearm purchases, trades and sales."
 

MD: Church wants more guns
Submitted by: Matthew Brown
Website: http://www.baltimoresun.com

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Fresh from collecting more than 50 firearms at a gun buy-back in September, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church is expanding the program on Saturday.

Volunteers will purchase weapons at both St. Gregory the Great at 1542 N. Gilmor St. in West Baltimore and St. Wenceslaus Church at 2111 Ashland Ave. in East Baltimore. The sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Police officers who helped with the gun turn-over [in September] said that some of the handguns are especially dangerous because they can be easily hidden and used to threaten or harm,” Monsignor Damien G. Nalepa, pastor of St. Gregory the Great, said in a statement. “We appeal to all the citizens of our city to help stop the violence and turn in guns.”
 

NE: Hunters get to hunt, venison lovers get to eat deer
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KEARNEY — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hopes to see 1,000 deer donated through its deer exchange program this year, and several Hub Territory hunters and meat eaters are getting in on the action

“It’s a way for people who don’t hunt to get meat, and all they have to do is request it. For people who want to shoot deer and maybe don’t eat or use the meat or have too many, it’s a way for them to dispose of the meat so it can be used,” Meduna said.
 

Suicide caused by economics or guns?
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The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that suicide rates have been rising along with the unemployment rate. The Brady Campaign claims that increased gun ownership causes more suicide. Who’s right?
 

NE: Female hunters say they like the camaraderie
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Malia Meyer and Tara Moeller are used to being one of the guys.

In their circles of friends, few other women are active hunters. So when they take their shotguns into the fields during pheasant season, it's more than likely that the hunters on either side of them are men.

They were the only females in a family-and-friends hunting party near Wisner on opening day of Nebraska's pheasant season a month ago.
 

Why Do SEIU Enforcers Oppose You Having Guns?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"What's also clear by their signing the Brady brief, the IBPO is endorsing edicts forbidding the keeping and bearing of arms by any but the 'Only Ones' as 'reasonable.' I'm sure by now those of you who have visited their site will have noticed they are part of a greater Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and may be wondering if the recent beating of a state worker at an SEIU meeting because he 'wanted to expose alleged corruption within the union,' and the earlier 'smashing a black man on the cement and calling him n*****' at a town hall meeting may help explain why they promote citizen disarmament."
 

MO: The Embarrassing Fawning over the Criminal State by Regime Libertarians
Submitted by: Larry

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Missouri GOP Calls for Revolution notes that “Missouri’s Lafayette County Republican Central Committee has put up a billboard proudly advising citizens to prepare for the violent overthrow of the US government.” The billboard (see right) reads:

A citizens guide to REVOLUTION of a corrupt government.
1. Starve the Beast, keep your money.
2. Vote out incumbents.
3. If steps 1 & 2 fail?
PREPARE FOR WAR – LIVE FREE OR DIE

Now, I’m not an admirer of electoral politics, political parties, or Republicans, but this ain’t bad. But of course, this doesn’t sit well with some regime libertarians–or should I say, regime “libertarians.”
 

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