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A Gun Rights Carol: Marley's Ghost
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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That Marley was dead there could be no doubt. All the papers carried the news, the coroner had performed a thorough autopsy, and Scrooge himself had identified the body and bore witness at the funeral.

Was Scrooge certain in his identification? Of course he was! Scrooge and Marley had been friends for more years than either could remember and both considered the other to be family. In reality, each others’ only friend and the only family either cared to associate with.
 

CA: Boy Rescued From Costco Gun Safe
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A young boy was rescued after becoming locked inside a gun safe on the showroom floor of a Sacramento Costco.

The Sacramento Fire Department rushed to the store on the 1600 block of Expo Parkway at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports of an 11-year-old boy who had become trapped inside a gun safe.
Authorities said the unidentified boy walked inside the safe and another boy closed the door as a prank, locking him inside. The battery mechanism inside the lock was either dead or missing, so employees could not reopen the safe.

Firefighters were preparing to drill holes into the safe to let air in when a new battery finally opened the lock. The boy had been in the safe for about 10 minutes and was not harmed.

 

UK: Justice in Great Britain
Submitted by: xqqme

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A businessman who fought off knife-wielding thugs threatening to kill his family was jailed for 30 months yesterday.

Munir Hussain and his wife and children returned from their local mosque during Ramadan to find three intruders, wearing balaclavas, in their home.

He feared for their lives as their hands were tied behind their backs and they were forced to crawl from room to room.

The 53-year-old made his escape after throwing a coffee table and enlisted his brother Tokeer in chasing the offenders down the street in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, bringing one of them to the ground.

Submitter's note: Is this what's coming to America? Remember Sotomayor had no opinion on a Right to self-defense...
 

The Thin Blue Whine, Pt. III: Who Mourns the Murdered Mundanes?
Submitted by: Larry

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2009 "was a particularly perilous year for officers involved in gun disputes," insists the Times, with a 24 percent increase in the number of officers killed in the line of duty by gunfire. As of December 12, 47 police officers died nationwide after being shot while on duty, as compared to a total of 38 who had died in similar circumstances in 2008.


As it happens, however, 2008 saw "the lowest number of gunfire deaths [of police officers] since 1956" -- which would mean that 2009 wasn't unusually dangerous for police, but rather that the previous year was an unusually safe one.
 

MN: Moorhead Police announce they will not charge homeowner who killed intruder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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He took the life of a Moorhead teenager who broke into his home and tried to assault him and today Moorhead Police announced they will not be pressing charges against Vernon Allen.

Police say Allen acted out of self defense and that all the evidence, gun and interviews, was consistent. In June 20th, 17-year-old Joel LaFromboise entered three different homes in Moorhead.
 

The Second Amendment, The States, and the People
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment’s application to the States is even more obvious. First, in general, the Amendment’s reference to “a free State” cannot conceivably embrace only the General Government, and not as well the very States that comprise the federal system, and without which the General Government would never have been formed in the first place and could not continue to exist. In particular, the Amendment declares that “[a] well regulated Militia” is “necessary to the security of a free State.” But the Constitution provides for no “well regulated” — or even any — “Militia of the United States,” only “the Militia of the several States.”
 

KS: Robbery shooter exonerated
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For the first time, liquor store owner Cliff Cormier has said publicly he was the one who shot two would-be robbers in his store on Oct. 19.

And Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said Monday he is drafting a "clearance letter" to send to the Topeka Police Department saying no charges would be filed in connection with the shootings.

On Oct. 19, Rickie Loyd, 21, was shot and killed by someone inside Cormier Liquor, 2611 S.E. California, during a robbery attempt.

Until Monday nobody associated with the incident — not Clff or Janice Cormier, not law enforcement — would say who fired the shots.
 

Bill doesn't 'give' us our rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There is a major misrepresentation in this country when it comes to the Bill of Rights. A recent letter to the Readers' Forum said that "nearly everything that makes an American proud to be one comes from the Bill of Rights. Freedoms to speak, print, read, assemble, pray, petition the government, and keep and bear arms."

Even at the tea parties, they get it wrong when they say the Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms.

The fact of the matter is the Bill of Rights gives us nothing. The Bill of Rights is simply a confirmation of pre-existing rights emanating from our natural rights to life, liberty, and property. The Bill of Rights is essentially a prohibition on government's power.
 

NY: County board OKs resolution on gun control
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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The Otsego County Board of Representatives split along party lines Wednesday as members expressed their views on gun control. All four of the board's Democrats _ Cathy Rothenberger, D-Oneonta; Richard Murphy, D-Oneonta; Katherine Stuligross, D-Oneonta; and Marty Stayton, D-Oneonta _ voted against a resolution to advise state lawmakers to not adopt further restrictions on gun owners.
 

TN: Registered Gun Carrier Shoots Home Invader
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Police said a registered gun carrier used his weapon on two men carrying out a home invasion at his residence on Sunday.

According to the homeowner, Marcus Grier, he stopped by his home briefly to use the bathroom. He said he had his gun with him at the time of the home invasion.

While at home, he said he heard someone enter his residence. He was met by two armed men who told him to give them his money.

Mr. Grier told police that he began firing at the pair and shot at least one of the suspects.

A short time later, one of the men, Leon McKinney, showed up at Erlanger suffering from several gunshots wounds to his chest and legs.
 

Did Justice Ginsburg Call for Overturning Heller Decision?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"So what was alarming about Ginsburg's speech?"

"'As an example, she pointed to the dissent in District of Columbia v. Heller.'"
 

New Year's Gun Rights Resolution: Spread the Word on Gun Rights Examiner
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"If you get regular value from these efforts (and believe others would as well)...we can use your help to spread the word."
 

FL: 'Stand Your Ground' defense spares Pasco woman from charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law has spared a 59-year-old woman from prosecution in the stabbing death of her husband.

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Lillian Fahrer told detectives that her husband pushed her against the wall and threatened her. She reached for a knife. Her husband goaded her, saying "Go ahead … and stab me. Kill me. Go ahead."
Her husband then took a step toward her, and she responded by stabbing him in the chest.

Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis said the state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense statute gave
Fahrer absolute immunity in the case.
 

MS: Supes change weapons ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hunters cannot shoot guns within 500 yards of a platted subdivision in Rankin County under a change supervisors made to the county's weapons ordinance.
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Hunters also now cannot shoot bows within 100 yards of a platted subdivision. Bows can be used for target practice in subdivisions, but firing guns at targets will not be allowed.

The ordinance amended last week replaces a 100-yard rule adopted in 1995.

"A .30-06 (rifle) doesn't know distance," Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington said. "We get calls all the time about stray bullets; 300 feet is too close to a subdivision."

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The rule doesn't apply to those using a weapon in self-defense, only those hunting or using a firearm casually.
 

Makes Sense -- Violent Crime Drops While Gun Ownership Rises
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Preliminary statistics released by the FBI for the first half of 2009 show that violent crime continues a downward trend that began in 2006. The figures show crime falling in all categories--robbery, aggravated assault, motor vehicle thefts, etc.--with murders down a remarkable 10 percent from the previous year.

The FBI statistics undermine a favorite argument of anti-gun groups and some mainstream media that "more guns equal more crime," especially when you consider that the decrease in violent crime from late 2008 through the first half of 2009 occurred at the same time that firearm sales were surging.
 

PA: NRA's members know better than their leaders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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National Rifle Association members, take ownership of the organization. A recent poll indicates that when it comes to managing secure and sensible gun ownership, members have more common sense than NRA's officials.

Republican pollster Frank Luntz surveyed NRA members and non-NRA gun owners. Turns out, four out of five who took the survey favor laws that would ban people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns. Nearly seven out of 10 supported requiring gun show dealers to conduct criminal background checks of customers, and nearly eight out of 10 favored a requirement that gun owners alert police if their guns are stolen or lost.
 

Properly Extending the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to the States
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It has come to my attention, however, that I mischaracterized one aspect of the Kens’ op-ed (sorry about that): while they are indeed against overturning Slaughter-House, the authors still seek to apply the Second Amendment right through the Privileges or Immunities Clause (like Cato and most libertarians), rather than through the Due Process Clause (like many conservatives and gun rights proponents). This is the ACRU’s main argument, and it is based largely on Ken Klukowski’s recent law review article – indeed, the brief’s body cites Klukowski article some 20 times, often for propositions that find no further support in case law or academic literature.
 

Will the courts open the door to health care and same-sex marriage as "rights"?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That is why this column urges the justices to do something they are normally loathe to do — open up the March 2 arguments for the C-SPAN cameras (and the mikes and cameras of other TV and web outlets — including YouTube), and let the people of this nation hear why we just may end up with an America we will not recognize, and let the views on all sides be heard. If this exception to the court's no-mikes rule can be made (as it was to let the public hear live arguments on the 2000 election), surely it can be done (with both mikes and cameras) to accommodate a matter arguably of even farther-reaching consequence. That is no exaggeration. It can open what Klukowski indicates is the ultimate "Pandora's box."
 

MI: Michigan universities could allow guns in classrooms, dormitories under new Senate bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Currently, the local boards that govern Michigan's universities and community colleges can pass policies on whether guns are allowed - carried by a concealed weapon license holder or otherwise - on campus. State law bans the institutions from allowing guns in gun-free zones such as classrooms, dormitories and stadiums. SB 747 would remove classrooms and dormitories from that list.

Michigan State University is the only of the state's 15 public universities to allow concealed pistol license holders to bring firearms on campus, except for the banned areas. Southwestern Michigan College is the only of 28 community colleges in that allows the same.
 

WA: Activists: Deaths Highlight Need To Ban Assault Weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Members of the African American community have joined forces with Washington Ceasefire, an advocacy group focused on reducing gun violence in the community, and the Seattle Police Department to promote legislation that will ban military-style assault weapons in the state of Washington.

In response to the shooting death of Aaron Sullivan, 18, in July of this year, three state lawmakers — Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, and Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina – plan to propose legislation in the upcoming legislative session to ban the sale of these types of assault weapons.
 

The Latest Edict From the People's Court
Submitted by: Larry

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The Anti-Federalists predicted that a “Supreme” Court would help pave the way towards tyranny. Now the Nine Creeps have agreed with the Dictator that if he or any of his army of highly paid dependents declares a person to be a suspected enemy combatant (i.e., an enemy of the people), anything can be done to him: he can be kidnapped, incarcerated, tortured, disappeared, etc. with no recourse. This edict has been buried by the minion-media.

Submitter's note: How many Threepers and Oath Keepers will be dispatched by this ruling?
 

MS: Stabbing leaves Hattiesburg man dead
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Zachary Doughtery, 20, was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly stabbing and killing Tony Lee Ducksworth... Police said Ducksworth drove himself to Forrest General Hospital where he collapsed and died.

Doughtery claims he killed the man in self defense.

"I mean that dude was giving me a brutal ass beating," said Doughtery. "If I didn't stab him, I was going to be hospitalized."

Doughtery claims Ducksworth tried to force him to give oral sex, which led to a fight.

"He is twice my size, ok?" said Doughtery as he was being led to his first court appearance. "So, I pulled out a knife, and yes, I stuck him with it because that was my last result. "

Doughtery remains in Forrest County Jail on a $350,000 bond.
 

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