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Journal article links Second Amendment to state bills of rights
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“'The two men most involved in development of the Second Amendment and rest of the U.S. Bill of Rights in 1788-1789, George Mason and James Madison, were on the committee that drew up and approved Virginia's 1776 Declaration of Rights,” Young says. 'Thus, both men fully understood the "well regulated militia" language originated in reference to self-organizing, self-arming, self-officering, self-training, self-embodying men voluntarily associating for defense against government forces employed to violate the constitution and the people's rights.'”
 

NY: Bernhard Goetz victim commits suicide on anniversary of subway shooting
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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On the anniversary of the day 27 years ago that he and three teens pals were wounded at close range by New York “subway vigilante” Bernhard Goetz, shooting victim James Ramseur is dead by his own hand. He was 45 years old.

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At the time of the shootings three decades ago, New York was in the throes of an unprecedented wave of street crime. Some city residents saw Goetz as a hero.
 

Christmas Gift to Gun Owners: 3 Congressional Victories
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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H.R. 2055—the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012—has been passed by the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and has been sent to the President for his expected signature. This bill contains three NRA-backed provisions that will strengthen our Second Amendment rights and prohibit your federal tax dollars from being used to advance an anti-gun agenda. One of the protections expanded and strengthened can be found in Sec. 218 of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (Labor-H) division of the bill. This section prevents the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from using taxpayer dollars to promulgate junk science designed to paint legal gun ownership as a public health hazard.
 

Accidental Gun Deaths at All-Time Low
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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Data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2008, the number and per capita rate of firearm accident deaths fell to an all-time low. There were 592 firearm accident deaths (0.19 such accidents per 100,000 population) in 2008, as compared to 613 accidents (.20 per 100,000) in 2007. In 2008, the chance of a child dying in a firearm accident was roughly one in a million. Firearm accidents accounted for 0.5% of all accidental deaths; well below the percentages accounted for by motor vehicle accidents, falls, fires, poisonings, and several other more common types of mishaps.
 

NY: One of Bernhard Goetz's victims kills self on anniversary of subway shoot
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Exactly 27 years to the day after Bernhard Goetz ­ famous in New York lore as the “Subway Vigilante’’ ­ shot four young men he thought were threatening him on a train, one of them killed himself by swallowing prescription pills in a low-rent Bronx motel, authorities said. James Ramseur, 45, was found dead of an apparent overdose at 11:30 a.m. yesterday at the Paradise Hotel at 2990 Boston Road, law-enforcement sources said last night.
 

Obama says he won't be bound by gun control ban in spending bill
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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The Obama administration won't be bound by a gun control ban in the $1 trillion spending bill for 2012, the president said Friday. The funding provision for the federal health agency says that "none of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control." The language aims to ban taxpayer dollars from supporting gun safety research. "I have advised the Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to the Congress's consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient," Obama said in a statement as he signed the bill into law.
 

The Left’s War on the Second Amendment Continues as Gun Sales Skyrocket
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Walk into your local gun shop and you’re likely to be greeted by some of the hardest working salesmen and women in America. On Black Friday alone Gun dealers flooded the FBI with background check requests for prospective hand gun and long gun buyers, smashing the previous record by more than 30%. Deputy Assistant FBI Director Jerry Pender said the checks, required by federal law, surged to nearly 130,000 during the day, far surpassing the previous high of 97,848 on Black Friday of 2008. The actual number of firearms sold is likely much higher because multiple firearms can be included in a transaction by a single buyer. The FBI does not track actual gun sales.
 

WI: New law drives conceal and carry courses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The demand for “conceal and carry” courses has increased after Wisconsin law made it legal Nov. 1, even in Minnesota.

Steven Holt, manager of Arrowhead Firearms Training Academy in Duluth, says new training demand means he’ll begin classes for Wisconsin residents in January.
 

AK: Every Gun is loaded
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Friday came the good news that Ashton Chinnis, the 2-year-old Anchorage boy shot in the head when a gun discharged in an adjoining condo, was improving. May that continue to a full recovery. We can’t imagine a better Christmas gift for his family

It’s a gift that shouldn’t have been necessary.

Police said that Ronald Flannigon was handling a handgun when he accidentally fired a shot that went through a wall and struck the sleeping boy.
 

IA: Iowa Firearms Coalition announces their 2012 legislative agenda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The most important thing on their roadmap is the constitutional amendment. Iowa is one of only a handful of states that does not provide the right to keep and bear arms in the state constitution. It is important that our rights are protected there, as the decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2008 Heller and the 2010 McDonald cases could just as easily be reversed by a future court decision. Once our rights are spelled out in our state constitution, we would still enjoy our right to keep and bear arms regardless of what a group of justices sitting in a courtroom halfway across the country say.
 

Merry Christmas from California Rifle & Pistol Association
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On behalf of your CRPA Board of Directors and Staff, we sincerely thank you for your continued support of our association over the past year.

It is only through the ongoing dedication and generosity of our CRPA members that we are able to protect our sacred Second Amendment and hunting rights here in California.
 

NY: Church continues "Gifts for Guns" program
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is a simple concept, turn in a gun and get a gift card.

Hundreds of weapons have been turned in during the "Gifts for Guns" program, but now money for the program is running thin.

They hope that each gun on this table is a life saved.
 

Mobile Mayor's Hypocrisy Showing in Burglary Case, says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mobile, Alabama Mayor Sam Jones has some explaining to do in the wake of a highly-publicized incident this week during which he held a burglary suspect at gunpoint, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

Jones, a Democrat, is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization that has campaigned for stricter gun control laws that affect average private citizens.
 

OR: ‘Second Amendment Versus Medical Marijuana’ Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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My how things have changed since then! Medical marijuana and gun rights has become a national issue. Luckily for Oregon residents, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled in favor of medical marijuana patients in May 2011. However, things are even more complicated then that as seen by the video below. I included the narrative from YouTube to give context:
 

Why hasn’t Rick Perry filled out his Second Amendment Questionnaire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun Owners of America has sent a Second Amendment Questionnaire to every Presidential candidate for this election year. We’ve gotten them back from several of the candidates — even Newt Gingrich, after I met with him earlier this month to ask why he hadn’t sent his back. But we haven’t received one from either Rick Perry or Mitt Romney.
 

WI: Brown County will ban concealed guns from 3 buildings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Brown County lawmakers voted Wednesday to ban concealed handguns in three county buildings, but don't look for metal detectors or special patrols to be added anytime soon.

Concealed carry still will be permitted in several other county buildings, and at special events including the annual county fair.
 

CO: Nine Guns Turned In, No Questions Asked
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“The fact is that you have 15,16,17 year old kids packing lethal weapons. Once they get caught with that weapon, everything on that weapon can be tied back to them,” Arteaga said. “All the ballistics, can be linked to drive-by shootings, all the casings, they all come together. The person is better off turning that weapon over with 'no questions asked' and maybe clearing that chapter in their lives.”
 

TN: Nashville airport sees increase in firearm violations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nashville airport officers are taking twice as many guns from passengers as last year, part of a national phenomenon possibly rooted in ignorance of the rules or forgetfulness.

Nashville International Airport recorded 40 firearm violations as of mid-December, compared to 19 total last year. Nationally, there were 1,238 as of Dec. 14, about 100 more than all of last year.
 

WI: Looking Back at 2011
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In addition to opening Wisconsin for business again, we also worked on long overdue legislation protecting your constitutional rights. We joined with 48 other states to allow law-abiding citizens to exercise their second amendment right to protect themselves. Moreover, we passed legislation protecting your right to fair and honest elections by requiring a photo I.D.
 

Remember Post-Racial America? Neither Does Eric Holder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The official purpose of Fast and Furious was to allow some guns to be purchased by the gangs so that a larger sting operation could conducted. It sounds like a bad plot in a Vin Diesel movie but unfortunately this one didn't work out as well as it would in a film. These guns were used to kill scores of people in Mexico and one American border agent, Brian Terry.

How is the Obama administration responding to the questions and entirely reasonable criticisms of the program?

With charges of racism, of course!
 

IA: 'Unbelievable' rise in weapons permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The number of Iowans seeking permits to carry handguns and other weapons has increased 170 percent during the first 11 months of 2011 — a trend one Iowa sheriff calls “unbelievable.”

During the first year in which a new law gave sheriffs less discretion over which residents can be denied permits, 94,516 Iowans sought and received non-professional weapons permits from January through November, the Iowa Department of Public Safety reports.
 

VA: Will debate on guns be one-sided?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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And some say the pro-gun conservatives in the General Assembly are setting their sights on repealing a gun control law that has made much sense during the decades it has been on the books.

Reports from Richmond say the progun forces in the Assembly — and they now have majorities in both chambers and an ally in the governor’s office— are taking aim at Virginia’s 20-year-old onehandgun- a-month law.
 

MD: Attorney General's Office: County law overreaches
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A county law that forces gun dealers to comply with the same regulations as sellers of other secondhand merchandise steps on the state's toes, according to the Maryland attorney general.

The ordinance, adopted by the County Council last year, imposes licensing, fees and other requirements on secondhand vendors, including licensed firearms dealers.
 

On the eighth day of Christmas, Eight guns for plinking
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On the eighth day of Christmas, I hope my true love gives to me…

Eight guns for plinking…
 

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