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New York Times Hopes For SCOTUS Gun Grab
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The “paper of record” once again makes like a broken record with another prosaic call to take away guns from the average American. The New York Times again displays its complete disregard of the Constitution in an editorial titled, [1] “The Court and the Second Amendment”, claiming our founding law is out of date and doesn’t “confront modern-day reality.” In another editorial filled with extreme language, untrue definitions and arrogance, and cementing its reputation against self-defense and American principles, the Times addressed the recent decision by the Supreme Court to soon take on the DC Gun banning reversal case.
 

The Ideal Self-Defense Weapon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A friend of mine, a South Korean tae kwon do master and a former member of South Korean intelligence, was laughing one day about kung fu schools, which teach students the use of the broadsword and the halberd.

"Who is going to walk around carrying a broadsword?" he said. "Besides, if your life is in danger, use a gun."
 

Anti-Gun Democrats Don't Fear Guns; They Fear Each Other
Submitted by: Randall Walker

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According to Gallup, 58 percent of republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43 percent of independents and 38 percent of democrats.
 

Republicans Report Much Better Mental Health Than Others
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Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.
 

DC: Second Amendment as key today as it was 200 years ago
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Timing is everything, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s acceptance of a case regarding the constitutionality of a handgun ban in Washington, D.C., could become the most critically timed examination of a civil right in the nation’s history."

"The court's decision will come in the middle of the 2008 presidential campaign, galvanizing gun-rights activists who will demand more than lip service about 'support for the Second Amendment' ..."

"An affirmative ruling by the high court that the Second Amendment protects an individual right ... will crush a cornerstone of gun-control extremism, that the amendment is protective only of some mythical 'collective right' ... It won't put the gun-control lobby out of business, but it will have to rewrite its rhetoric." ...
 

CA: San Francisco offers gift cards for guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A man carrying a semiautomatic handgun approached a group of San Francisco police officers Saturday afternoon and, with a smile, handed over the pistol in exchange for $150 in gift cards. "I used to fire it at bottles or do some plinking in the woods," said the gun's owner, 48-year-old Bruce Bourne. "But I have a 6-year-old daughter now and my wife was uncomfortable with it being in the house." For a few hours on a sunny yet brisk Saturday, San Francisco police officers accepted 100 guns from about 80 people in the city's second "Gifts for Guns" event. The first event in July brought in 117 handguns and 2 shotguns.
 

NY: Gun rights put to Supreme test
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Gun owners and the firearms industry are most interested in the decision by the Supreme Court to hear arguments on whether the Second Amendment provides an individual right to keep and bear arms. The Supreme Court granted a review of a decision from March by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in a case that upheld the striking down of the district's ban on private ownership of handguns while asserting the Second Amendment provides an individual right to keep and bear arms. The case is now known as District of Columbia v. Heller.
 

MN: 'Protect Minnesota' Coalition Holds Second Annual Benefit to Launch Public Education and Radio Ad Campaign Calling for Background Checks on Gun Sales
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A statewide coalition will honor the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and give 'Apple Pie Awards' to law enforcement Officials, advocates and gun violence survivors for their efforts to prevent gun violence on Saturday, December 1 from 2-6 PM at the Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N in Minneapolis.
 

LA: All our attempts to regulate guns come to nothing
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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No one can deny that handguns are used in crimes, but it does seem like the media loves to jump on the bandwagon condemning them, while ignoring that many other weapons are used in crimes. It seems like every time a gun is used in a crime, the anti-gun crowd revels in another "I told you so," while conveniently ignoring those times that guns are used to defend oneself and property. For years I didn't belong to the National Rifle Association because I just didn't feel it necessary that people could own some of the fancy stuff available for purchase. Actually, I still don't, but I've come to realize that every little chip in the right to bear arms weakens that right and other rights for all of us.
 

DC: Carefully Plotted Course Propels Gun Case to Top
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Robert A. Levy, a rich libertarian lawyer who has never owned a gun, helped create and single-handedly financed the case that may finally resolve the meaning of the Second Amendment.
 

A Question For The Supreme Court
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"If the Second Amendment read:

A well educated justice, being necessary to the proper adjudication of cases before the United States Supreme Court, the right of the people to keep and read books, shall not be infringed.

Would the Court rule that the Amendment only protects the collective right of Supreme Court justices to keep and read books or would the Court rule that the Amendment protects the right of all the people to keep and read books?"
 

DC: The Second Amendment: The Real Issue
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Too many participants in the debate over what the Second Amendment means have framed the issue incorrectly. The question should not be whether the Amendment protects an "individual" or "collective" right to own guns. That is a red herring, one that leads partisans on either side to look at only half of the Amendment - either the "Militia purpose" clause, or the "keep and bear Arms" clause. As I argued earlier, we have to read all the words in the Second Amendment, not just the ones we like.
 

OH: Gun Control Zealot Right About One Thing
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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Whenever a gun-control issue arises, such as the District of Columbia's ban on handguns, you can always count on some anti-firearms zealot to claim, without any facts, that gun-control laws save lives.
 

DC: Staring down the barrel
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The Second Amendment to the Constitution says that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Now that the Supreme Court has agreed to interpret the amendment, gun advocates are asking: What could be plainer? But the Second Amendment is anything but plain. Indeed, no other provision of the Bill of Rights remains nearly so mysterious. And the high court's relative silence on the issue is revealing. For years, the question of whether the amendment guarantees individuals the right to own guns was essentially settled in the lower federal courts, which ruled that it did not. And until now, the Supreme Court justices showed no desire to unsettle that consensus.
 

MI: Safety first on guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The list of inventions that have truly, dramatically changed the course of human history is not very long -- the wheel, the motor vehicle, the printing press, the airplane, the telephone, the Internet and, certainly, the gun. Firearms made distance killing possible, and forever altered hunting, warfare and human equality. Once guns arrived, the biggest were not always the baddest. This nation, with guns deeply ingrained in its culture, goes through occasional dust-ups about firearms control, usually after a gun-related tragedy such as the Virginia Tech massacre or the Washington sniper shootings, but nothing much comes of it.
 

NY: Right to deadly force ends at the fence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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It's been said good fences make good neighbors. That may be true, unless you live next door to Joe Horn. In that case, better make your fence bulletproof and sew your curtains out of Kevlar. I say this because Horn is a 61-year-old Texan who believes the Second Amendment right to bear arms also gives one the automatic right to use them.
 

NY: It's a real blast from the past
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Graham Fennie squeezes the trigger on his 50-calibre Thompson Center Omega muzzleloading rifle. In a flash of black powder — in this case, a synthetic substitute — a bang loud enough to jar a tooth loose rings out through a gorgeous swath of rolling hills behind Fennie's rural Ontario County home, and white smoke engulfs his head. Dressed in a heavy coat and sporting a thick beard, Fennie, in another life, might be a Revolutionary War colonist fighting against British tyranny or a frontiersman putting food on his family's table. In this life, he's a 30-year-old director of renewable energies for ECC Technologies of Fairport and an avid sportsman who can be found in the woods most weekends of each hunting season.
 

From the legal community Prof wrong about right to bear arms
Submitted by: Anonymous

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PROFESSOR Erwin Chemerisnky's column ("No need to choose meaning of Second Amendment" in the Times Nov. 27), does little justice to the Second Amendment.

He begins by stating that "The language of the Second Amendment is a puzzle," citing its reference both to a "right of the people" to arms, and its reference to the necessity of a well-regulated militia.
 

NY: 'Black rifles' don’t deserve critics' assault
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Sitting in a deer stand near this northwest Wisconsin town the other day, I wondered whether I could fire the rifle I held in my hands twice quickly in succession before a standing whitetail could move. I had wanted for some time to carry what is commonly called a “black rifle” while deer hunting — particularly since the brouhaha that arose in January over comments made about these weapons by outdoors writer and broadcaster Jim Zumbo, who lives in Wyoming.
 

NY: Gun reward hot line under way in city
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The Utica police announced the start of a gun reward program called Stop the Violence. The program’s purpose is to establish a gun-reward hot line that encourages community participation in the effort to deter gun violence, police said. Police will give a $500 reward to anyone who provides police with information that leads to the arrest of a person in possession of an illegal firearm.
 

AR: Attorney General Takes His Best Shot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is armed for battle to preserve gun ownership rights for individuals. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in a lawsuit challenging the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns. Let’s face it, nobody really cares much about handguns in Washington, D.C. If they allowed more people in the nation’s capitol to carry a handgun, maybe they’d all shoot each other, politicians included. Just to be on the safe side (or the unsafe side, depending on how you look at it) McDaniel said his office will be joining a Texas (spit) brief arguing in favor of individual’s gun rights.
 

UT: Gun dealer gets probation for Talovic gun sale
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A man who sold a gun used in February's Trolley Square shooting was sentenced to one year of probation in federal court Friday for failing to fill in one line on a 33-line form required when a gun is sold.

Wesley Wayne Hill, 39, a West Valley City gun dealer, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge ....

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball, at the request of prosecutors and defense attorneys, dismissed another felony charge of unlawful transfer of a firearm.

Hill could have faced a year in prison and a $100,000 fine on the misdemeanor charge....
 

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, "seizure of the armory and arsenal of the United States at Harper's Ferry, in Virginia, by a band of armed men", Dec. 5, 1859
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"...Resolved, That a committee be appointed to inquire into the facts attending the late invasion and seizure of the armory and arsenal of the United States at Harper's Ferry, in Virginia, by a band of armed men, and report--

"Whether the same was attended by armed resistance to the authorities and public force of the United States, and by the murder of any of the citizens of Virginia, or of any troops sent there to protect the public property:

"...what was the character and extent of such organization; and whether any citizens of the United States not present were implicated therein, or accessory thereto, by contributions of money, arms, munitions or otherwise..."

 

France: France stunned by rioters’ savagery
Submitted by: Anonymous

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IN retrospect, it was not a good idea to have left his pistol at home. Called to the scene of a traffic accident in the Paris suburbs last Sunday, Jean-François Illy, a regional police chief, came face to face with a mob of immigrant youths armed with baseball bats, iron bars and shotguns.
What happened next has sickened the nation. As Illy tried to reassure the gang that there would be an investigation into the deaths of two teenagers whose motorbike had just collided with a police car, he heard a voice shouting: “Somebody must pay for this. Some pigs must die tonight!”
The 43-year-old commissaire realised it was time to leave, but that was not possible: they set his car ablaze.
 

Pulling the Trigger
Submitted by: Eugene Hayes

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...no matter what the justices ultimately decide, we believe that a constitutional protection of an individual right to bear arms is detrimental to the country. Instead, the Second Amendment should be replaced with federal statues designed to tightly regulate gun ownership.

Submitter's note: The Harvard Crimson is advocating the repeal of the Second Amendment stating that it is no longer a relevant part of the Bill of Rights. I suppose we have our directives from Olympus.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms. — Tench Coxe in `Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution' under the Pseudonym "A Pennsylvanian" in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1.

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