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Amata's Pacific Notebook: HAPPY B.O.R. DAY!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On December 6, President Bush issued a proclamation for Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2007. Saying 'Americans value deeply our ability to speak, assemble, and worship freely,' he called on us to 'celebrate the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans and protected in our Constitution's Bill of Rights.'" ...

"... Others, like the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, have not been tested--although there is a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges similar restrictions on private guns in the District of Columbia. That case might impact our gun control laws, depending on the decision rendered and how it is written." ...
 

Happy Birthday, Bill of Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"USA Today recently asked readers: 'Does the Second Amendment give us the right to bear arms?' There was an overwhelming 'yes' response (98 percent). But they got it wrong."

"The second of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, doesn't give us a thing. It protects a right we already have, inherent in our being."

"Both conservatives (who should know better) and liberals (who should know better) frequently protest infringements on 'constitutional rights.' But there's no such thing. Our nation's founders recognized only natural rights ....'"

"In other words, rights do not come from the Constitution, or government or the state. They are yours because you exist." ...
 

Founders were straight shooters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are amendments to our great Constitution. And then, there are amendments."

"As every one of us knows, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, collectively, are known as the Bill of Rights. I'm partial to these initial 10 - of which, I have three personal favorites." ...

"Which brings us to Amendment II - The Right to Bear Arms. ... This amendment is known in some circles as the one that defends all others."

"Still, the Second Amendment comes under fire (pun intended) on an almost annual basis."

"For a nation that once cherished its firearms, and respected them as much as a well-honed ax or a noble steed, many of us no longer appreciate gun ownership among private citizens." ...
 

Locavore, Get Your Gun
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Every year, 15 million licensed hunters head into America’s forests and fields in search of wild game. In New York State alone, roughly half a million hunters harvest around 190,000 deer in the fall deer hunting season — that’s close to eight million pounds of venison. In the traditional vernacular, we’d call that 'game meat.' But, in keeping with the times, it might be better to relabel it as free-range, grass-fed, organic, locally produced, locally harvested, sustainable, native, low-stress, low-impact, humanely slaughtered meat." ...
 

AK-47s surely have little to do with 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regarding the mall shootings in Omaha ('Gunman Kills Eight, Self at Omaha Mall,' Dec. 6): Someone needs to explain to me why people are allowed to possess AK-47 assault rifles. This is a weapon that is used for mass killing. Of course, there will be a torrent of "guns don't kill people, people do" arguments. But recent horrible events show that a rapid-fire gun can kill lots of people quickly."

"How many mass murders are too many? We are the only country in the world that allows the public to own these horrible military weapons. Sometimes the lives of innocent people trump our 'rights.' This is one of those times." ...
 

Stricter gun laws could save lives
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Twelve people are killed and more than a dozen are injured in a week's time in three mass shootings — at a shopping mall and a church, and on a school bus. Almost as horrifying as these heartland shootings is the muted reaction to the tragedies, an almost blase acceptance that such things happen and an assumption that nothing can be done. But something could be done. Weakened gun laws have allowed the wrong people to get the wrong kind of guns." ...
 

Can gun control stem America's shooting problem?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This country has a serious blind spot when it comes to the Second Amendment. Clearly, we can read the part that says 'the right to keep and bear arms,' but we get bullet-shaped cataracts in the part about 'a well-regulated militia.'"

"The events of the past year should prove beyond all reasonable doubt that America is suffering from an epidemic of mass shootings. ... The list goes on and bloodily on. Few corners of our country have been spared this horror."

"Can it really be a simple coincidence that so many countries in Europe, many of them developed, diverse societies quite similar to our own, have strict limits on gun ownership as well as per-capita murder rates that are a fraction of America's? I doubt it." ...

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KABA Note: European gun laws are irrelevant in the comparison of murder rates. Look at their non-firearm murder rates which are also significantly lower than our. Unless the author is arguing that their gun laws reduce their non-gun murder rates?
 

TX: Gunman at door is shot by homeowner
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Three times this week, a gunman knocked on the door of a Tarrant County home ready to shoot whoever answered."

"But the tables were turned about 4 a.m. Thursday, when a homeowner in the 1400 block of East Butler Street disarmed the man at his front door and shot the would-be attacker, critically wounding him. The homeowner was not injured. The shooting was part of an ongoing dispute, police say." ...
 

UT: Home invader shot, killed by homeowner in West Valley
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A home invader was shot and killed Thursday night after the homeowner grabbed the intruder's gun and opened fire on one of the men who was holding he and his wife captive." ...
 

Self defense against suicidal killers
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"Mass shootings are becoming so regular that they are now a routine part of American life. There are almost always certain common factors. You always find one or more disturbed young men who wish to commit suicide in a way that will guarantee media immortalization. You also need a place where guns are prohibited, like a church, school or shopping center. These draw the killers like magnets."

"We will never have the resources to provide police protection for all the soft targets. ..." ...
 

Right-to-carry saves lives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Let's stop saying there's nothing new to say."

"The policy that USA TODAY derided in a 1994 editorial as 'one of the most cockamamie clichés in the pro-gun lexicon' halted unspeakable carnage in a Colorado Springs megachurch on Sunday."

"Colorado's right-to-carry law — which USA TODAY fiercely opposed as 'an old West remedy' — empowered volunteer security guard Jeanne Assam to stop a mass murderer inside her crowded church."

"It is fortunate but not relevant that Assam had a law enforcement background. All permit-holders undergo training, testing and background checks."

"Right-to-carry saves lives. That's news this paper should cover, not disregard." ...
 

Praise the Lord . . . and the armed security guard
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What can you say about the Sunday slaughter at a megachurch and missionary training center in Colorado?"

"What can you say when a 24-year-old man who said he 'hates' Christians shoots two twentysomethings dead at the Youth With a Mission office in Arvada, before killing two teenage girls at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs? ..."

"Yes, all that, but also this: Thank God the New Life Church in Colorado Springs was not a gun-free zone. Thank God volunteer security guard Jeanne Assam was licensed to carry a weapon. Thank God she used her gun to stop Matthew Murray. Yes, thank God." ...
 

MI: Shopping checklist: Cash, coupons ... gun?
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"When Doug VanderWoude does his Christmas shopping, he's packing more than money. Not far from his wallet is his gun."

"It is his way of protecting himself and others from the kind of violence that happened in an Omaha mall last week ... " ...

"But access to malls and stores depends on the policy of individual operators."

"For example, Woodland Mall in Kentwood and Centerpointe Mall in Grand Rapids prohibit weapons except for those carried by law enforcement or authorized security. Mall security guards don't carry guns, either."

"'We are a shopping environment and want people to feel comfortable, and we don't think that makes people feel comfortable to see people with weapons,' said Cheryl Dougherty ..." ...
 

Mission Viejo kids share their thoughts on gun control, smoking
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Students at the Within Reach Learning Center at the Mission Viejo Library recently participated in a writing contest." ...

"GUN LAWS SHOULD BE CHANGED"

"Name: Anna South"

"Age: 12"

"Gun control is a very important subject. In America, everyone has the right to own a gun, in fact, in the second Amendment it states 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and shall not be infringed.' Many citizens own a gun. For example, in the U.S., 49% of households have a gun, and 31% of adults own a gun! Another reason guns are an important subject is because they are dangerous. In America, during 2006 there were 15,289 murders! 10,369 were committed with firearms. These are just some examples why guns are an important subject." ...
 

OH: Headline: 'Castle doctrine' witness tells of shooting, civil suit
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"More than a week after the first proponent hearing on Sen. Steve Buehrer's Castle Doctrine legislation (SB184), Columbus This Week's Michael J. Maurer has become perhaps only the second writer in the state to bother to inform his readers ..."

"... Ryan and his girlfriend were camping on family property ... For the second time in the same evening, they were accosted by the same criminal. ... Ryan is forced to shoot the assailant and to his horror, Ryan, the crime victim, was arrested and charged with felonious assault with gun specifications. He was thrown in jail ... all for defending the life of himself and his girlfriend. Ryan was acquitted NINE long months later, but he soon learned his problems were only just beginning." ...
 

NY: Westfield Passes Resolution Banning Shooting Within Village Limits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Shooting firearms within the village limits of Westfield is now prohibited, following a resolution passed by the board at the most recent meeting."

"'It is unlawful to discharge firearms within the municipal boundaries of the village of Westfield,' said Mayor David Carr, 'with the exception of authorized police officers and self-defense situations only.'"

"According to Carr, there have been recent issues with firearms in the village on Bliss Street. He said there were three or four calls made regarding them."

"Vincent Luce, village clerk, said the law had previously been in the village code before the early 1990s, when the village reorganized the code." ...
 

Montgomery Blair to Abraham Lincoln, "When citizens of the same State are in arms against each other", Dec. 06, 1864
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"..."It is said that this power in the President is dangerous to liberty, and may be abused. All power may be abused if placed in unworthy hands. But it would be difficult, we think, to point out any other hands in which this power would be more safe, and at the same time equally effectual. When citizens of the same State are in arms against each other*[1], and the constituted authorities unable to execute the laws, the interposition of the United States must be prompt, or it is of little value..."

"...Yet "the State Governments may be regarded (says Mr. Madison in the federalist*[2]) as constituent and essential parts of the federal government"..."
 

Thomas Jefferson to Major John Cartwright, "that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed", June 5, 1824
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"...The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved,) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press...."
 

"DO AS WE SAY NOT AS WE DO!"; Serious problems with the ATF's own record keeping
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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"I had posted earlier about the ATF's own horrendous record keeping; yet, Acting ATF Director Michael J. Sullivan and the ATF are shutting down dealers for clerical errors that add up to a fraction of a percentage and furthermore the ATF has to prove that the dealers committed these errors WILLFULLY!"

"If you are writing your Senators, please pass along the following information:"

" . . . these errors render the NFRTR questionable as a source of evidence in federal law enforcement . . . "

"So wrote Dr. Fritz J. Scheuren, an internationally recognized expert on statistics and administrative records, to Alan B. Mollohan, Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies ... on December 11, 2007. ..." ...
 

John 'Swifty' Kerry: Michael J. Sullivan ‘experienced and capable’
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
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"What is it with the leftists in Massachusetts? We just got the great news that Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig have individually placed holds on Michael J. Sullivan’s confirmation as Director of the ATF. Then we learn, the very next day, that Sullivan’s buddy ole 'Swifty' himself, Sen. John Kerry, comes out and says, 'I am disappointed that his {Sullivan} nomination is now in jeopardy {YES!!!} simply because he has responsibly enforced our country’s laws. I hope this experienced and capable nominee is confirmed without further delay.'"

"Do note that Kerry said the above with a straight face (fingers weren’t crossed) when he is fully aware that the ATF under Sullivan is eliminating firearm dealers and manufacturers ..." ...
 

More on Going After Curio & Relic Licencees
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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"I’ve done a bit of research into this topic, to see exactly how we could be affected by any change in ATF’s stance toward type 03 Federal Firearms Licensees."

"Stepped up inspections of C&R FFL holders would be the most obvious way to make licensing uncomfortable enough that a lot fewer people would want to do it."

"They could also change the C&R terms. Title 18, Chapter 44 pretty much leaves this up to the Attorney General, but the standards for a firearm to qualify as a Curio and Relic are part of the Code of Federal Regulations, and to change it would require going through the rulemaking process ..." ...
 

War on Guns: John Kerry's Friend
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
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... "So Kerry's for him, as is Ted Kennedy and Mr. Vote Freedom First himself--you know, the guy gun owners put over the top in the last two elections."

"If 'Maximum Mike' is confirmed, expect more of the same abuse."

"This is bigger than who heads BATFU. The message to Republicans needs to be loud and clear. The GOP keep expecting us to put up with their betrayals, and they're offering us front runners with a history of doing just that. If they want to lose really big in '08, just keep it up." ...

"And by the way--how come our self-proclaimed leaders from Fairfax are nowhere near the fray, and purposefully quiet about the whole thing?"
 

Armed and Safe: Who do you trust?
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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"Ryan Horsley, at Red's Trading Post, has been leading the charge in the effort to block confirmation of Michael "Maximum Mike" Sullivan as the new director of the BATFE. War on Guns has also been near the forefront of that fight. Me? As I generally do, I've been bravely bringing up the rear (hey--someone has to be last, right?)."

"Apparently, folks are listening to the voices of opposition to the idea of giving "Maximum Mike" the keys to the agency that considers violating the Second Amendment (along with any other parts of the Bill of Rights that get in the way of that endeavor) its sacred calling. ..." ...
 

AR: Reporter Arrested Covering Fire
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... "Lawson said he got his camera gear together and began walking toward the fire, which was about 100 yards away. After he walked about half that distance, Weindruch began yelling at him to go back to his vehicle, he said."

"Lawson said he explained that he was with the news media, and Weindruch told him he knew that and continued yelling at him to go back to his vehicle."

"'As I was leaving, before I turned around I took a picture of him and the scene in the background. I was probably about 10 feet away,' Lawson said."

"Lawson said he then turned around and was walking toward his vehicle when Weindruch approached him from behind, jerked his left arm behind his back and placed him in handcuffs." ...
 

AR: Officials Unsure Why Trooper At Fire (follow-up)
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"A state trooper apparently was acting on his own initiative when he set up a police perimeter around a house fire in Maumelle and subsequently arrested a local journalist ..."

"Bill Lawson, 59, a reporter and photographer for the Maumelle Monitor, said Trooper Tom Weindruch, 33, arrested him Monday night after Lawson began taking pictures at the scene of a chimney fire ... Lawson said Weindruch kept him in handcuffs for about 30 minutes before issuing him a citation for obstructing governmental operations and releasing him." ...

"The incident is the subject of an internal investigation ... The question of why Weindruch was at the scene 'is one of the questions that trooper is being asked as part of this internal review,' he said." ...
 

FL: Robber Burns 2 Women, Shoots 1 At Lake Wales Business
Submitted by: Fred Rawlings

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"Two women were severely burned and a man who came to their aid was shot in the nose during a robbery at a Lake Wales insurance office Thursday afternoon."

"Police said the robber threw gasoline on the women and set a fire inside the Nationwide Insurance office, injuring Juanita Luciano, 23, who was six months pregnant, and Yvonne Bustamante, 26."

"They were flown to an Orlando hospital and were in critical condition Thursday night, Lake Wales Police Chief Herbert Gillis said."

"Leonardo Suarez, a friend of Bustamante's husband, Mike, said an emergency Caesarean was done on Luciano to save the baby. Gillis confirmed that report." ...
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KABA Note: Paul Helmke and the Brady Bunch should be relieved, he didn't use an evil gun to rob the women, just to scare off a would-be rescuer.
 

NY: Making history
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"When someone thinks of a sportsmen's club member, an image might come to mind of a man who likes to hunt. Dottie Wells does not fit that image. She obviously is not a man, and she doesn't hunt."

"Yet the Brutus resident was recently chosen to be the Falcon Sportsmen Club's next president. On top of that, she will be the club's first female president in its more than 50 year history." ...
 

UK: Gun Victims Treble Under New Labour
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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THE number of people hurt or killed in firearms incidents in London rose to a record high of 1,221 last year, it has emerged.

Home Secretary John Reid admitted the figure has more than trebled since Tony Blair came to power in 1997, when 401 people in the capital were shot. The new toll includes 38 deaths.

Last night, the increase sparked demands for action. Liberal Democrat home affairs spokeswoman Lynne Featherstone said: "Many of these guns are being shipped in illegally from overseas.

"We want the Government to set up a national border force and combine the police, customs and immigration."

The Home Office said: "The Government is absolutely clear gun crime will not be tolerated."
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