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NRA Survival Skills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every sincere and open-minded contributor to the National Rifle Association should read the op-ed piece in the December 16 edition of the Washington Post. The writer, Richard Feldman, who once worked for the NRA, explains how the organization is now more about money than hollering about Second Amendment rights."

"Feldman accuses the NRA today of morphing from a reasonable lobby group to a money-making machine for its executives and well-placed friends."

"A stark example is Wayne La Pierre, the executive vice president and mouthpiece for the group. Feldman said La Pierre earned $950,000 in 2005." ...
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Submitter's Note: Which would explain why they tried so hard to sabotage Parker et al. v. DC/
 

Regret for one more life lost to guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Two bullets had ricocheted off a brick pillar, leaving coin-sized impact marks that still looked fresh Monday. One crater was about head high, the other waist level."

"A third bullet had gone a few inches wider and continued down the block to where bits of crime scene tape tied to trees and a lamp post still fluttered in the icy wind, looking like yellow ribbons outside a deployed soldier's home."

"The tape had been used to seal off the stretch of pavement where that third bullet had struck a profoundly innocent bystander, a student nurse named Carol Simon. She was hit in the torso; a pool of vomit in her building's vestibule marked where she had collapsed." ...
 

What effect could the Supreme Court's decision have on banning assault weapons and banning high capacity ammunition magazines? (video)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Question: What effect could the Supreme Court's decision have on banning assault weapons and banning high capacity ammunition magazines? Answer: Jon Lowy, Senior Attorney, Legal Action Project, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
 

Constitution says right-to-bear-arms applies only to militia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sometime next year the Supreme Court will decide whether the District of Columbia's 30-year-old handgun ban is constitutional under the Second Amendment. The court should uphold the district's law banning handgun possession by its residents for both constitutional and public safety reasons."

"The overwhelming historical evidence and weight of judicial precedent support the position that the Second Amendment was intended and designed to protect a militia-based right."

"The amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms only within the context of the constitutionally mandated militia, thus guaranteeing states armed militias to provide for their own security." ...
 

OH: Trigger check
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://www.thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"The shooter who terrorized shoppers at a busy mall in Omaha, Neb., on Dec. 5 drew this nation's attention, once again, to the violence that can occur when unstable people have access to guns."

"Robert Hawkins, 19, used a semiautomatic rifle that he stole from his stepfather to kill eight people and himself in a Von Maur store, according to police. Hawkins, a high-school dropout, had been fired a few days before from a McDonald's restaurant. He left a suicide note in the home of the parents of friends with whom he lived. He was believed to be suffering from depression following a breakup with a girlfriend."

"Previously, he had spent four years in treatment centers, group homes and foster care after threatening to kill his stepmother." ...
 

IN: Automatic weapons spell trouble
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Something is clearly wrong with our society when we condemn victims of violence like Jamaal Tinsley instead of their assailants. It's as if we would condemn a young woman who is sexually assaulted leaving a Broad Ripple bar as somehow deserving it because of her alleged provocative attire." ...

"The issue surrounding Tinsley's assault should be focused on one principal thing, namely our society's inability to deal with the obvious problems of guns, particularly automatic weapons and assault rifles." ...
 

Clause and Effect
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"LAST month, the Supreme Court agreed to consider District of Columbia v. Heller, which struck down Washington’s strict gun ordinance as a violation of the Second Amendment's 'right to keep and bear arms.'"

"This will be the first time in nearly 70 years that the court has considered the Second Amendment. The outcome of the case is difficult to handicap, mainly because so little is known about the justices’ views on the lethal device at the center of the controversy: the comma. That's right, the 'small crooked point,' as Richard Mulcaster described this punctuation upstart in 1582. The official version of the Second Amendment has three of the little blighters:" ...
 

States Take Sides on D.C. Gun Ban Challenge
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up D.C.'s gun ban in March, it could open up a new battle between the states."

"States across the country are lining up on both sides, filing friends of the court briefs for or against the District's law banning handguns." ...

"Virginia, along with Arkansas and Texas, are joining the challenge of the ban."

"'This is a case of fundamental importance to the interpretation of the Constitution of the United States that is going to impact every state and every territory in the Union based on how they rule,' Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell says."

"Maryland, New York, Illinois and Hawaii are filing briefs backing the law." ...
 

NRA eyes Supreme Court battle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two looming issues are on the minds of National Rifle Association of America members in Oklahoma and across the nation."

"NRA President John Sigler was the guest at a Monday reception by H&H Gun Range in Oklahoma City, and he said the U.S. Supreme Court's examination of Second Amendment rights and next year's presidential elections are on the minds of citizens in every state."

"'I expect to see a lively debate before the Supreme Court in 2008,' Sigler said."

"He also addressed the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City today."

"The NRA will participate in the case through briefs as a friend of the court." ...
 

U.S. v Miller: A Product of Benign Neglect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In Parker v. District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down portions of the D.C. Firearms Control Regulations Act (FCRA) - a law that essentially prohibits any D.C. resident from possessing or controlling a handgun. Senior Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman (a Ronald Reagan appointee) authored the Parker opinion and the D.C. Circuit Court joined the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in holding that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects an individual’s right to own and operate a firearm for a private use. ..." ...
 

MN: Supreme Court gets my logical vote
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A number of my gun-owning friends are worried about the pending challenge to the Second Amendment in the appeal of Washington, DC's gun ban, which the US Supreme Court has decided to hear. Some anti-gun folks I know are watching the potential decision like a barnyard rooster eyeing up a big, fat juicy worm."

"So, I decided to do some investigating." ...

"The case doesn't deal with carrying a gun away from home, doesn’t seek to overturn DC’s firearm registration law and doesn’t seek to overturn other laws in DC." ...
 

VA: State Attorney General says gun ownership is an individual's right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Should Americans be allowed to have guns? Virginia's Attorney General says they should."

"Bob McDonnell is supporting a federal court decision that banning guns is unconstitutional. The case originated in Washington, DC where handguns have been banned for decades."

"Now it is up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide. The court's ruling will have national implications."

"McDonnel says if justices base their ruling on the intentions of the authors of the Constitution, they'll conclude that owning a gun is an individual right." ...
 

TN: Burglary resulting in man's shooting death leaves family upset and uneasy
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... "The boy's grandfather, Harry Smith, arrived to find a front door kicked in and no idea whether anyone was inside or not ..."

"Smith ... brought a revolver, for which he has a permit. ..." ...

"Sakhleh's mother arrived next. She was in the driveway when Coffey hopped the front porch railing and headed in her direction ..."

"When Harry Smith saw Coffey running toward his wife, he faced several unknowns. Smith didn't know who this man was, according to his daughter. ..."

"He raised his handgun and ordered the man to stop or he'd shoot ... How far away her father was from the burglar when he shot, his daughter doesn't know." ...

"Harry Smith pulled the trigger and Tilvis Coffey dropped, shot once in the head ..." ...
 

Giuliani pays N.H. quick visit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After a flurry of campaign events in late November, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has been absent from the state. Last month, he spent more than $2 million on television ads geared to sway New Hampshire voters - who seemed a natural fit to his mix of fiscally conservative and socially moderate views. Giuliani has drastically cut the money he's spending to run ads on Boston television stations." ...

"'I support the right to bear arms,' Giuliani said. 'The Second Amendment gives you the right to have a firearm. . . . It allows the government some limitations. . . . Those limitations, as a general matter, include a criminal record, people with a history of mental illness.'" ...
 

Mike Eyes '08 Team
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"Mayor Bloomberg's aides have been reaching out to consultants from his past campaigns about whether they are free for a possible 2008 White House bid ..."

"The moves took place in the past few weeks, as the primaries for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees are about to begin - and aides have suggested that he will wait and see who the nominees are before making a decision about an independent White House run." ...
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Submitter's Note: Anti-gun zillionaire NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has allegedly confided to his closest advisers that he would spend up to $1 billion of his own fortune on a run for the White House. The Framers and others who have gone before us in the fight for freedom are spinning in their graves.
 

Voters More Likely to Value Endorsement of the NRA, former President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush; Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand Endorsements of Limited Value
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A recent poll conducted by Zogby International for Associated Television News shows that voters value the endorsements of the National Rifle Association, by former President Clinton and President George W. Bush over influential organizations like the AFL-CIO and the National Council of LaRaza or celebrities Oprah Winfrey and
Barbra Streisand." ...
 

Can You Smell the Desperation?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Paul is calling the candidates to action. You have to figure after two mass shootings, if he can’t get even Hillary to talk about gun control, times are bleak indeed for the gun control movement."

"Face is Paul, the Democrats have run from the issue. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Hillary is your best friend ever, but she knows that if the Parker decision goes the wrong way (i.e. the way you want it to) that gun owners will be very motivated, and very pissed. No Democrat is going to go out on that limb!"

"You also have to figure it’s probably frustrating as hell for them to not have a single legislative achievement at the federal level in 14 years. ..."
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

Crapo leads charge to allow guns in parks
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is leading an effort to repeal federal gun restrictions in national parks and wildlife refuges, saying that the guidelines are 'confusing, burdensome and unnecessary.'"

"In a letter sent Monday, Crapo and almost half of the U.S. Senate asked Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to change rules that prohibit visitors to most national parks and wildlife refuges from carrying active, loaded guns."

"Such changes would 'respect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners, while providing a consistent application of state weapons laws across all land ownership boundaries' Crapo wrote." ...
 

U.S. senators attempt to soften park gun rules
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Both of Alaska's U.S. senators have signed a letter asking the Interior Department to repeal federal gun rules for national parks and wildlife refuges, saying that the existing guidelines are 'confusing, burdensome and unnecessary.'"

"If federal officials agree, the result could be people being able to legally carry loaded guns onto federal lands in Alaska where they're now banned, including much of Denali National Park." ...
 

CO: City looks at gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In Colorado Springs, where a troubled young man brought an assault rifle, two semiautomatic handguns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition to a church, security guards aren't allowed to carry anything more powerful than a revolver."

"That could change early next year, when the city will consider a proposal to permit licensed security officers to carry semiautomatic weapons."

"The proposed change to the city's ordinance doesn't come in response to last week's attack at New Life Church, where gunman Matthew Murray shot five people before a volunteer guard helped stop him with several shots of her own. But some say the situation underscores the need for security officers to be as well-prepared as the criminals they may face." ...
 

The Papers of George Washington, "were obliged to sleep with their Arms by their bed Sides every night", Oct. 9, 1779
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"...That it was not merely the excise law their opposition was aimed at, but to all law, & Government; and to the Officers of Government..."

"...Mr. Redicks information was similar to the above; except as to the three last recitals--on wch. I do not recollect that he expressed any sentiment further than that the situation of those who were not in the opposition to government whilst the frenzy was at its height, were obliged to sleep with their Arms by their bed Sides every night; not knowing but that before Morning they might have occasion to use them in defence of their persons, or their properties..."

 

Another Senator places hold on Acting ATF Director Sullivan's confirmation
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"I just received word that another Second Amendment Senator has joined Idaho Senators in placing a hold on ATF Acting Director Michael J. Sullivan's confirmation to Director. Senator David Vitter has announced that he is also placing a hold on Sullivan's confirmation"

"Last week Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig placed holds on Sullivan's confirmation, this was followed by Anti-Gun Senator John Kerry demanding that the Idaho Senators remove their holds."

"Second Amendment organizations Gun Owners of America and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have urged Senators to oppose Sullivan's confirmation. JPFO also raised awareness about Sullivan. ..." ...
 

Pasco Marksman's Invention Leads Him To Ruin
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
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"It was a simple idea, with big potential."

"For years, marksmen have been using a technique called bump firing, shooting a semiautomatic rifle from the hip and allowing the weapon's recoil to pull the trigger." ...

"If there was only a way to simulate that action, Bill Akins wondered, by creating a device that mechanized the recoil resistance to fire more rapid, and accurate, bursts of bullets."

"Thus, the Akins Accelerator was born." ...

"'They were selling like hotcakes,' Akins said. 'We were truly amazed by the response.'"

"That was until the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives banned the Accelerator — two years after approving it." ...
 

MN: Captain faces two felonies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On the same day he's scheduled to take his school board seat, Austin Police Captain Curt Rude will appear in Mower County District Court for charges filed Monday by the Olmsted County Attorney's Office, who allege Rude took two prescription pill bottles filed as evidence against Mark Johnson, a KAAL-TV crime reporter who died of an Oxycontin overdose March 26 after pleading guilty to drug charges."

"'The captain has a long history of excellent service with the city of Austin, and this news saddens us all,' Chief Paul Philipp read from a statement ..."

"Rude is charged with felony theft, felony 5th degree drug crime and gross misdemeanor interference with property in official custody ..." ...
 

PA: City Police Officer Charged In Suburban Home Invasion
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"Officials released new details Tuesday about a Philadelphia police officer accused of being the getaway driver in a home invasion."

"Investigators said Officer Malik Snell has been charged in connection with a home invasion Sunday in Pottstown."

"Police said Snell -- most recently assigned to the 18th district -- is an 11-year veteran. The 35-year-old officer ... joined the force shortly after his discharge from the armed services."

"Montgomery County prosecutors said Snell and two other Philadelphia men, Stephon Gibson and Tyree Aimes, broke into a Pottstown home and robbed it at gunpoint Sunday morning."

"... Snell masterminded the home invasion."

"Sources said Snell also drove the getaway car ..." ...
 

OR: Police: Man accidentally kills wife while drawing pistol
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"A man accidentally shot and killed his wife while practicing drawing a pistol from a holster in the couple's Tualatin apartment Sunday night, police said." ...

"[Ryan Osbrink] told police he was drawing a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol from a holster when it accidentally fired as his wife entered the room, hitting her in the abdomen ..."

"Ryan Osbrink was scheduled to begin working for the Clark County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday ..."

"His employment there has been delayed pending the outcome of the investigation, which will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for review, police said."
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Submitters Note: Osbrink was a former Marine, decorated with the Bronze Star. Only the Military? Right Sarah....
 

OH: Contact U.S. Senators about National Park Carry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is movement afoot on our long-sought ability to carry in National Parks. As you know, federal law restricts law-abiding citizens from having a firearm there for self defense... even with a valid Concealed Handgun License."

"Forty-seven Senators (at the time of the writing) led by Senator Crapo have sent a letter to the Department of the Interior asking for the federal government to leave this decision to the states. Many states do not prohibit carrying in National Forests and other federal lands for which they can make this decision."

"Please take a moment to write a letter to Senators Voinovich and Brown either in your own words, or using the sample letter below. ..." ...
 

OH: Ohioans are sitting ducks (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While we can admire Jeanne Assam as a heroine whose actions saved lives, let's keep in mind that, in Ohio, she'd be facing a jail term right about now. In Ohio, taking a gun into a church is generally against the law, even with a conceal-carry permit."

"Ohio is effectively a 'sitting duck' state: If shots ring out in your church, or in most other public places, your only legal recourse is to run, hide, pray and basically kiss your butt good-bye. Police will almost certainly arrive too late to save you."

"It is time to revisit Ohio's insane conceal-carry laws and remove the restrictions. Responsible, armed adult citizens such as Jeanne Assam are not a danger. ..." ...
 

MO: Gun crime punishment, not gun bans, will help kick crime
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"As is the case throughout the nation, Columbia has enjoyed the good as well as experiencing the not-so-good during 2007. The most alarming example of the latter is the recent increase in violent crime, much of which has been committed either by armed criminals or with the implied threat of weapon possession." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Some of the worst abuses of government force in recent years were precipitated by technical and victimless gun-law violations. For example, the BATF claimed that the Branch Davidians possessed machine guns without paying the required federal tax and filling in the proper registration forms. So a tax case worth less than $10,000 led to a 76-man helicopter, machine gun, and grenade assault on a home in which 2/3 of the occupants were women and children. — Dave Kopel and Dr. Michael S. Brown, Prohibition Fever, NationalReview.com

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