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SAF Calls On Judge Weinstein To Step Down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Disturbing reports in the New York Sun regarding the way certain cases are steered to the New York courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Jack Weinstein have compelled the Second Amendment Foundation to call on the 86-year-old jurist to step down."

"'As the New York Sun appropriately noted in an editorial today,' said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb, 'Judge Weinstein has a stranglehold on gun and tobacco cases in New York City. His handling of the infamous case of Hamilton v. Accu Tek, coupled with his hearing the case filed against gun makers by the NAACP indicates a pre-disposed bias that has not gone unnoticed.'" ...
 

Nicki F: Hone your OWN grammar, Lee!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Another libtard claiming the Second Amendment is obsolete. Not only that, but this ignoramus claims 'the nine justices should hone their grammar skills.'" ...

"Lee Gaillard of Philadelphia apparently writes frequently on defense issues, but he is no language expert. For expertise on reading the plain text of the Second Amendment, I'd turn to a real expert." ...
 

Gun Owners of America oppose Michael J. Sullivan’s confirmation as Director of BATFE
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"This is GREAT, no WONDERFUL! news, which was sent to me via email last November 30th, but which got lost in the shuffle of posts. This was first posted (to my knowledge) on Red's Trading Post blog by Ryan Horsley. Ryan does a good job of giving us links to the information we need. ... We, and many others, are of like mind that Sullivan is very bad news for gun owners. Yeah, YOU! If you do not believe me, then I am sure you will believe Ted 'Chappaquiddick' Kennedy when he says, 'We'll miss him (Sullivan) in Massachusetts, but he'll be a strong leader at ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key issues on gun control.'"

"If that does not make your blood run cold then it has been too long since you've exercised your Second Amendment rights. ..." ...
 

Would Clinton actually go fight the terrorists with his so-called "Assault Weapon"?
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com

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"Yesterday my boys & I went to a local gun range to do some shooting. Along with shooting our own guns we also used our yearly free rental of an MP5 submachine gun and all took turns shooting it which as always was a lot of fun. On our way home from the gun range we discussed politics as well as the differences between a true fully automatic assault rifle like an M16 used by military forces and the fake definition of a so-called 'assault weapon' used in the now expired Clinton gun ban which is a term that continues to be misused by the media."

"We also talked about how Bill Clinton had scaled back the military & closed quite a few military bases while he was President ..." ...
 

Senate Close To Confirming A Ted Kennedy-style Liberal To BATFE
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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"'We'll miss him in Massachusetts, but he'll be a strong leader at ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key issues on gun control.' -- Senator Ted Kennedy"
"The above quote highlights all you need to know about Michael Sullivan, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."

"Sullivan was, unfortunately, nominated by President Bush to permanently take over ATF this year. Right before Thanksgiving, the Senate 'hotlined' his name for unanimous consent approval."

"... Thankfully, one senator subsequently objected to Sullivan's approval, and his nomination was put on hold. However, that legislator is now coming under fire from other senators, who are asking him to withdraw his 'hold.'" ...
 

Guns Don't Kill People – Misguided Ideology Kills People
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a willfully ignorant move to rid their streets of dangerous guns, the mayor of San Francisco sponsored 'Guns for Gifts' program where people turn in guns for $100 and $200 dollar gift cards ..." ...

"This silly program is flawed on so many levels and is motivated by a far Left anti-gun ideology, not a desire to lower the rate of the city’s homicides."

"Law-abiding, responsible gun owners pose little threat to innocent bystanders. They pose great risk, however, to the criminal elements that prey on innocent people who cannot defend themselves. And law-abiding people who turn in their guns cannot protect themselves from the people out there who – surprise, surprise – won’t turn in their semi-automatic guns." ...
 

My Concealed Carry Class Experience
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Sunday October 28th I attended an NRA Approved Basic Handgun Course/Concealed Carry Course. My boss suggested it would be a good story. Why? Because I'd never fired a handgun before, silly! What better way to demonstrate such a course than by a newbie? The fact of the matter is that most of the people taking the course are already familiar with handguns and shooting in general and are taking the course in order to be able to carry a concealed handgun. So, what would it be like to take a course to learn something completely new? I was intrigued."

"... Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with guns, it's just that I've never had an interest in owning any before. I say 'before' because I'm a little interested now. ...
 

Carefully Plotted Course Propels Gun Case to Supreme Court, Hoping to Rewrite 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A fascinating article by Adam Liptak in the New York Times on Dec. 3rd noted:"

"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." ...
"Isn't it interesting how gun proponents try so desperately hard to make themselves 'victims' and equate their struggle with the civil rights movement. Even though the gun lobby's 'struggle' is really just a radical, ideologically driven agenda to arm every American citizen, weaken public safety by eliminating any and all gun laws, and increase profits to the gun industry. Talk about revisionist history." ...
 

NC: Gun shop shouldn't be so close to school
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Recently I read a letter in another newspaper responding to another letter regarding a ban on guns in forests. When reading this, it made me contemplate on how popular the usage of guns is here in the South."

"I moved here about four months ago from Long Island, N.Y. As my mom and I drove around Hendersonville, we quickly noticed that very near to East Henderson High School is a gun shop."

"At first we were shocked, and then we realized it isn't too big of a deal down here in the South. However, I feel that having a gun store so closely located to the high school sends out a bad message." ...
 

GA: Only criminals benefit from weak gun laws
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"Drivers passing through Georgia often go home with their trunks filled with pecans, peaches, peanuts or other souvenirs."

"Unfortunately, some also head home with guns, giving rise to the term 'iron pipeline' to describe the illegal flow of firearms from Georgia to the Northeast."

"The state's weak gun laws make it easier for criminals to buy a firearm here than in New York or New Jersey, where tighter controls govern firearm sales. Those states, for example, require background checks for purchases at gun shows, and permits and waiting periods to buy handguns. None of those precautions is in place in Georgia, which not coincidentally has a 25 percent higher murder rate than New York and New Jersey." ...
 

Second Amendment up for interpretation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Your story about the GOP fundraiser at the shooting range contained the phrase, '... the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.' This phrase was not a direct quote, thus it was the wording of your reporter."

"Many people, myself included, don't agree with that. The Second Amendment speaks to the arming of a militia for purposes of security. It does not address an individual right to bear arms. On Nov. 20, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a case regarding whether the District of Columbia's handgun ban is constitutional. The result could be an over-arching decision regarding gun-ownership rights of individuals. ..." ...
 

The Ghost of Thomas Jefferson on the D.C. v. Heller case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The following is a guest post regarding the DC v. Heller case by an author simply noted as The Ghost of Thomas Jefferson. Note the mention of the ATF cases as they regard to this case:"

"On November 20, 2007 the United States Supreme Court made a historical decision regarding Constitutional Rights. The case, District of Columbia v. Heller, being the first case successfully appealed to the Supreme Court based on the Second Amendment since the flawed and unresolved case of US v. Miller circa 1939, had the result of shocking the political landscape across the nation." ...
 

Guidance from high court on bearing arms overdue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Go to any law school in the country, and the professors will talk your ear off about speech rights, religious rights, search and seizure, the right to counsel, the right to due process. What they likely won't spend more than 15 minutes on is the 'right of the people to keep and bear arms.' How come? The U.S. Supreme Court has barely emitted a murmur about the Second Amendment. In fact, it has never explicitly stated that there even is a right to 'keep and bear arms' outside of the context of a state's 'well regulated Militia.'"

"The highest court in the land now says it will weigh in on the meaning of the right to bear arms, accepting a challenge to the District of Columbia's 31-year-old prohibition on handgun ownership ..." ...
 

High court should issue clear ruling on gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that is likely to determine the interpretation of the Second Amendment ... for a generation. The court should make it clear that gun ownership is a personal right, but subject to reasonable regulation by government. " ...

"Some argue that the right to 'keep and bear arms' applies only to those members of the successors of the militias of the 18th and 19th centuries ... Others argue that the phrase 'the right of the people' makes firearms ownership a personal right."

"The weight of history and the nature of the Bill of Rights, which is intended to secure individual rights against government, argue that the Second Amendment affords citizens a personal right to own firearms." ...
 

The Second Amendment is obsolete
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Having scheduled a March hearing for the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court will face a fusillade of angry responses -- no matter who wins."

"Both sides (plus NRA lobbyists and gun control advocates) will use the Second Amendment to buttress their briefs. But regarding tangled and contentious issues of ownership and regulation of guns in the 21st century, our Second Amendment -- crafted to address 18th-century national security threats -- offers no solution."

"Indeed, ratified in 1791, the complete Second Amendment considered firearms essential for group defense of our communities ..."

"... Yet even in 1791, this right to bear arms was deemed conditional." ...
 

MT: McGrath filing brief in gun case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Attorney General Mike McGrath said Monday that he intends to file a friend of the court brief in a case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges a Washington, D.C., ban on handgun ownership."

"A McGrath spokeswoman said Monday that the attorney general intended to weigh in, arguing that gun ownership is a constitutional right afforded all Americans."

"McGrath's promise came in response to a press release issued by Republican attorney general candidate Tim Fox of Helena."

"Lynn Solomon, a McGrath spokeswoman, said the attorney general never intended to avoid the issue, but the U.S. Supreme Court only recently announced that it would hear the case and McGrath has not yet had time to file Montana's argument." ...
 

The Ideal Self-Defense Weapon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"People who believe in gun control are ignorant, superstitious or stupid. Violence is not caused by inanimate objects. Criminals, by definition, do not obey laws, including gun-control laws. Therefore, the only accomplishment of gun-control laws is to assure the criminals that their victims will be unarmed." ...

"The gun is the ideal self-defense weapon. It can be wielded by a woman, a child, an elderly person or even an invalid. There was an old saying in the American West: 'God created men, but Sam Colt made them equal.'" ...
 

FL: After attack at florist shop, victim becomes 'the victor' by getting a permit to carry
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"She was beaten, kicked in the face, gagged, tied to a chair and locked in a closet."

"After escaping that nightmare, Beth Ferguson needed nearly two weeks to garner the courage to step out of her home. Her first trip was to church, her safe haven." ...

"She endured the glances from curious church members, who couldn't help but see the bruises and cuts on her face. After that night, Beth decided she needed to return to a normal life. But she still felt violated, unsafe. She was living in fear."

"Her second trip out of the house: a gun shop on Cross County Road in North Charleston."

"'I'm going back to work one day,' Beth said. 'And when I do, I'll have a gun.'" ...
 

TX: In Horn case, self-defense isn't so clear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There seems to be some confusion here. Joe Horn is not a hero."

"The Pasadena homeowner certainly had a chance to be a hero, but he gave up that opportunity as soon as he allowed fear, adrenaline, suburban angst, Old West entitlement or all of the aforementioned to overwhelm his ability to think rationally and consider the consequences of his actions."

"Let's imagine, for a moment, that the whole ordeal had turned out differently, that after the 61-year-old computer consultant called 911 to report a burglary next door on that November afternoon, he had followed the dispatcher's advice and stayed safely inside his house." ...
 

VA: Self Defense is a Right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As foolishly mistaken as Mr. Fordney ('Gun Ruling Will Be Far Reaching,' Nov. 27) continues to be concerning the right and responsibility to bear arms when it comes to self defense, he is also missing an important point."

"Being a student of the Founding Fathers, perhaps he should read Federalist Paper 46 which was so brilliantly penned by James Madison. Madison speaks in plain English of the ability and responsibility of armed average citizens repelling an oppressive government when the need arises. The Founding Fathers knew much better than the modern American the dangers that exist with an ambitious government and also understood the basic safeguard against such potential exploitation would be an armed populace ..." ...
 

OH: TV Report Focuses On Aftermath Of Violent Attack, Not Avoidance Or Deterrance
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"With the U.S. Supreme Court in the process of trying to decide whether owning a firearm is an individual civil right ... I find the report below to be that much more devastating."

"First as a woman, and second as a resident of Ohio's capital city, I was stunned to learn that Columbus has a higher rate of rape than that of New York City, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Philadelphia ..." ...

"... There was even a list of telephone numbers for various rape, sexual assault and counseling information and hotlines ... You know what I'm talking about . . . the numbers you would call AFTER you have been beaten, bloodied, bruised, violated and traumatized."

"Not a one telephone number, not one organization or or agency to contact, included a single self-defense class, a firearms instructor ..." ...
 

AZ: Home Invaders No Match For BB Gun-Toting Dad
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"A Mesa father armed with a BB gun confronted two home invaders, one of them brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle, after they grabbed his daughter by the hair at gunpoint, police said."

"'I woke up and first I thought it was my mom screaming,' said 15-year-old Gricel Ruelas. 'Then I heard people shout, 'Open the door, open the door.'" ...

"Her father, Leonardo Lucia, came to her rescue and threatened them with a BB gun, police said."

"He and the girl's uncle detained one man, but the one who had the rifle dropped it and took off running, according to officers." ...
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Submitter's note: Even a BB gun is better than no gun.
 

TCW Interviews ConcealedCampus.org
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TCW got the chance to sit down with two of the organizers of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), Miami University of Ohio's Stephen J. Feltoon and University of Cincinnati's Michael Flitcraft. SCCC non-partisan, grassroots organization comprised of over 8,500 college students, faculty members, parents, and concerned citizens (about 90% college students and 10% faculty, parents, and concerned citizens) who support the right of concealed handgun license holders to carry concealed handguns on college campuses."

"TCW: As two of the organizers of SCCC, what exactly does your job entail?" ...
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H/t to the Buckeye Firearms Organization.
 

Op-Ed: Richardson stands out as pro-gun Democrat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"During his first term as New Mexico's governor, Bill Richardson backed legislation allowing residents to carry concealed weapons. When it became law in 2003, Richardson applied for a permit himself. Although he has said he seldom packs heat, the move was symbolic of a politician who has been largely supportive of gun owners' rights."

"It also separates Richardson from the other Democrats running for president, who tend to favor more stringent regulation of firearms. Richardson's track record in Congress and in Santa Fe has earned him accolades from the National Rifle Association, which endorsed his reelection as governor last year. ..." ...
 

To be top gun, Rudy Giuliani sells out
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Rudy Giuliani has seemed virtually scandal-proof thanks to 9/11 and a crime-fighting miracle that began with a document titled Police Strategy No. 1: Getting Guns off the Streets of New York."

"The most prominent name on the cover page was the man in charge."

"'The Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani
Mayor of the City of New York'"

"The words in the introduction are in his name before all others:"

"'With 90% of the illegal guns in New York flowing into the city from other states, this is clearly a problem that transcends any one city's boundaries. Federal legislation and federal enforcement action are imperative.'" ...
 

Hillary slams Obama 'present' votes on abortion, gun laws
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"White House hopeful Hillary Clinton sharpened her attacks on Democratic rival Barack Obama on Monday, criticizing him for failing to vote yes or no on a series of abortion and gun-control measures when he was in the Illinois Senate."

"Speaking in Iowa, Clinton singled out nine roll calls in which Obama voted 'present.' The votes dealt with abortion and gun-control initiatives."

"'A president can't vote 'present.' A president can't pick and choose which challenges he or she will face,' Clinton said." ...
 

VA: Panel OKs bill on gun permits
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"The state police would withhold information about Virginians with permits to carry concealed handguns and allow no exceptions for political organizations and firearms advocates under legislation endorsed Monday by a state advisory council."

"The draft legislation would prohibit the state police from releasing its database containing the identities of state residents with concealed-carry permits. The information had been considered a public record until March, when a Roanoke Times editorial writer wrote a column encouraging readers to check the list and included a link to the database. The newspaper obtained the database under the Freedom of Information Act."

"Publication of the list triggered outrage from gun owners and advocates. ..." ...
 

OH: The truth about Cleveland's "Assault Weapon Ban" - Part I
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Through public records requests (an undertaking we challenged the Ohio media to perform more than 8 months ago), Buckeye Firearms Association has obtained the answer to a question that Mayor Jackson has been asked several times, but refused to answer. And now we know why."

"Mayor Jackson has been crying about HB347 rendering Cleveland’s so-called assault weapons ban unenforceable since before the law passed in late 2006. ..."

"Mayor Jackson took office in January 2006. According to the city of Cleveland, in all of 2006 there was not one single person charged with a violation of Cleveland's assault weapons ban. That’s right, not even one." ...
 

KS: Cops taze innocent naked deaf guy because the, uh, thing under his towel could have been a threatening weapon.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This might be the most unlikely story of the year:"

"Donnell Williams had just gotten out of the bath tub, wearing only a towel around his waist, when he turned the corner to see guns pointing right at him." ...

"Police forced entry into Williams home while responding to a shooting, but it turned out to be a false call. They had no idea at the time the call wasn't real and that Williams is hearing impaired. Without his hearing aid he is basically deaf."

"'I kept going to my ear yelling that I was scared. I can't hear! I can't hear!'"

"Officers were worried about their own safety because at the time it appeared Williams was refusing to obey their commands to show his hands. That's when they shot him with a Taser." ...
 

IL: A Chicago Tragedy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police said the gun belonged to Jalynn's mother, a Cook County sheriff's corrections officer. ..." ...
"And as HZ writes, 'My first reaction though, was the realization that this child's death will no doubt be used by the gun grabbers to pad their numbers of children 'killed by guns' and to bolster their argument that I need to be disarmed.'"

"'I also reacted strongly to the Chicago Heights Police officer they interviewed (might have been the chief). He emphasized the importance of keeping guns locked up and disassembled at home. No one ever heard of 'gun-proofing' their kids instead of the other way around!?!?!'"

"Does anyone really think many in the Chicago PD lock up and disassemble guns in their homes?" ...
 

AZ: Fox 10 Phoenix News gets it wrong . . .
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com

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"What a LOAD of baloney (My apologies in advance to all the fine makers of the meat product called Baloney for associating their good name with such poor reporting). I could hardly believe my own ears when I watched the news last night & heard the Monday night Dec 3rd 9pm Fox 10 Phoenix newscast make the following statement while reporting a story on a group of semi-automatic rifles confiscated in 5 ATF seizures that occurred in Arizona during the past week:"

"Many of these guns including the dozens of semi automatic rifles are the same guns used by soldiers serving in Iraq'"
 

VA: Don't Let Gun Critics Scare You
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Critics like to use gun shows to scare you into accepting more restrictions on your Second Amendment freedoms. The terms 'gun show loophole' and 'unlicensed gun dealer' are fabrications designed to mislead the public into thinking that gun shows permit gun sales that would be forbidden anywhere else."

"The intent of this scheme is to villainize gun shows and make the public more receptive to additional restrictions. This is just a first step towards a private gun sale registration scheme."

"Gun haters know that they must take small steps and place more hurdles into making gun ownership more difficult. A gun is like any other private property. It is yours to sell whenever you wish. ..." ...
 

PA: Restricting guns in Pennsylvania (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Rep. Daylin Leach has the matter completely wrong."

"The Second Amendment is not about hunting, self-defense or defending one's home. To the contrary, the Second Amendment represents our constitutional right to overthrow an oppressive and undemocratic government."

"To that end, restrictions on assault weapons or upon the number of guns one is allowed to assemble overall or on a monthly basis go rather critically to the heart of and infringe upon the intention and spirit of our Second Amendment protections."

"And even if Leach was right about gun-control measures passing federal constitutional scrutiny, he fails to acknowledge that Pennsylvania has a clear and cogent protection written into its constitution:" ...
 

VA: Vigilance necessary for gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is in response to the letter 'Control more guns,' ... stating that he was a National Rifle Association member and cannot understand why the NRA does not talk of the innocent lives lost in shootings. Where has he been? The NRA magazine is crammed with stories about shootings and the heinous acts of criminals who prey on law-abiding citizens. The NRA continually presses for effective enforcement of laws."

"Further, Pollard stated that NRA members 'sound as if soldiers and law enforcement officers will be pounding on their door confiscating all weapons immediately.' That is exactly what happened in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina ... police and National Guard going door to door confiscating the weapons of law-abiding folks ..." ...
 

PA: Restricting guns in Pennsylvania (first letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Mary Ann Gardner
Philadelphia

State Rep. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) has put forward a concise, well-thought out, and constitutionally correct interpretation of the right to keep and bear arms ("Guns can be regulated, Second Amendment or not," Nov. 28).

Under the one-gun-per-month bill, gun enthusiasts can still purchase 12 guns per year. That means 12 in 2008, 12 more in 2009 and so on. Unless you are raising an army, why does one person need more than that?

It's time for the NRA to stop using the Second Amendment to further its cause. It's also time for the House Judiciary Committee to grow a spine. Kudos to Mr. Leach.
 

FL: Doomed to die by gun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I must respond to John E. Clay's 'Individual right' guest column Friday. I agree that the Second Amendment is unfortunately worded. Nevertheless, I will abide by the idea of freedom in the greatest republic the world has ever known."

"Clay, a retired senior law firm partner, states: 'Gun experts say that guns so secured (disassembled or trigger locked ) can be made operable in one or two minutes.'"

"In one or two minutes, I'm likely doomed."

"Clay's definition of the Second Amendment is garnered from legal sources. Indeed, judicial precedent exists for widespread firearm seizures. The Nazis followed Franco and Mussolini ..." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. — Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

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