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MN: Farmer charged after chasing thief
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A farmer who chased down a thief and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived now faces a more serious charge than the thief himself.

Kenneth Englund, 74, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony. The thief, who the sheriff said admitted stealing about $5 worth of gasoline from Englund's neighbor, was charged with misdemeanor theft.
 

Canada: The rap on a culture of violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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To drive their point home even further, Bascuñán and Pearce pose this question: if the rap CD influenced the snipers, then what about the magazine about guns found with Malvo's fingerprints on it?
 

Mexico: On Its Day, a Look at the Mexican Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The right to bear arms is part of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and it is also guaranteed in the Mexican Constitution (Article 10). But Mexican weapons’ laws are more restrictive than in the U.S. Needless to say, this hasn't prevented Mexican criminals from bearing arms, including rocket launchers and grenades, as recent news reports demonstrate.
 

ND: Diatribe on NRA 'bizarre'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The Forum’s Jan. 19 article paraphrases Walaker as saying he is against automatic weapons and also against automatic weapons in the hands of criminals. Again, since there aren’t any automatic weapons around, what’s the problem? Is that really all that Walaker and “mayors against illegal guns” are worried about? Also, as we all know by now, fully automatic weapons are restricted by the National Firearms Act of 1934. The NRA does not favor changing that.
 

AR: State News
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Also Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to consider a proposal by Rep. Mike Burris, D-Malvern, that would make it easier to use deadly force in self-defense. The bill would remove the requirement that a person who is attacked has a "duty to retreat" before turning to deadly force.
 

MI: Vicksburg Halls' ban on guns, smoking violates basic rights
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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I am writing this letter for myself and some of the residents here at Vicksburg Halls of Marysville. We are getting a new lease that we have to sign, and in this lease, there are a few policies I oppose.

One: There will be a no-smoking policy in our apartments.

Two: No guns or firearms allowed in our apartments. There also are a lot of other nit-picking items that are just unbelievable.
 

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, "...composed of free citizens, who are ever ready to take up arms...", July 6, 1848
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"...While the people of other countries, who live under forms of government less free than our own, have been for ages oppressed by taxation, to support large standing armies in periods of peace, our experience has shown that such establishments are unnecessary in a republic. Our standing army is to be found in the bosom of society. It is composed of free citizens, who are ever ready to take up arms in the service of their country when an emergency requires it. Our experience in the war just closed fully confirms the opinion that such an army may be raised upon a few week's notice, and that Our citizen soldiers are equal to any troops in the world...."

 

AR: Another Busy Week Expected For 86th General Assembly
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A special hearing is scheduled Tuesday on House Bill 1027 by Rep. Mike Burris, D-Malvern. The proposed "Stand Your Ground" law eases the current self-defense law requiring a person to retreat, if possible, before using deadly force in self-defense.

"It's a basic natural right, in my opinion, in regards to you having the ability to protect your family and yourself from people who choose a criminal vocation," Burris said last week.
 

IN: Agenda: The principles behind editorial positions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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We support the Second Amendment to the Constitution and do not believe that sensible gun control and the Constitution are in conflict. We believe gun sales should be subject to a waiting period that allows purchasers' qualifications to be verified. Violations of gun laws should be aggressively investigated and prosecuted.
 

NY: L.I. home invasion slaying
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A Long Island man was shot to death while struggling with a trio of masked home invaders but not before firing off a few bullets from the thugs' gun - fatally wounding one and leaving another with severe injuries, Suffolk County police said yesterday.
 

Second Amendment and more at NRA's YES
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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When most people think of the National Rifle Association, they more than likely think of one thing -- guns. They might view the NRA as an extremist organization that promotes the use of firearms and shoots down legislation that might restrict the ownership of guns. However, the NRA's Youth Education Summit program is not a political sermon or a recruiting device for the NRA trying to bolster its numbers.
 

Journals of the Continental Congress, "...such as arms, ammunition and military stores of all kinds...", May 7, 1784
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"Resolved, That in the formation of these treaties the following points be carefully stipulated:"

"5. And in case either of the contracting parties shall happen to be engaged in war with any other nation, it be farther agreed, in order to prevent all the difficulties and misunderstandings that usually arise respecting the merchandize heretofore called contraband, such as arms, ammunition and military stores of all kinds, that no such articles carrying by the ships or subjects of one of the parties to the enemies of the other, shall on any account, be deemed contraband, so as to induce confiscation and a loss of property to Individuals..."

"...I'm sure that everyone is aware of the special significance of treaties...."
 

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, "...the rights of our citizens are every where respected...", Dec. 4, 1838
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"...closes the first half century of our federal institutions; and our system--differing from all others in the acknowledged, practical, and unlimited operation which it has for so long a period given to the sovereignty of the people...."

"...that many citizens of the United States have associated together to make hostile incursions from our territory into Canada, and to aid and abet insurrection there, in violation of the obligations and laws of the United States, and in open disregard of their own duties as citizens. This information has been in part confirmed, by a hostile* invasion actually made by citizens of the United States..."

"...* - Now how would American citizens make a hostile invasion if they were unarmed?"
 

NY: Westchester legislators divided on proposal to change handgun-licensing process
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano's proposal to take judges out of the handgun license process will face its first test this week when the plan comes up for a vote before a Westchester Board of Legislators committee. The Committee on Legislation, which meets tomorrow afternoon, will consider including the bill in the county's "joint legislative package," an annual set of state priorities set by both Spano and county legislators. The final package - with or without the gun bill - is headed for a board vote Feb. 12.
 

NY: New Black Panthers protest Sean Bell shooting as grand jury hears testimony
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As a Queens grand jury heard testimony in the Sean Bell shooting case, a dozen members of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense chanted on the courthouse steps, "Death to police brutality! 50 shots! No more!"

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"We are not here to stand against the police but to stand for justice," said Al Walker, Bell's uncle, holding his side of the banner against a chilling wind. "We're here to bear moral witnesses, peacefully calling on the police and the district attorney to make changes in their policies so that what happened to Sean will not happen again, not to blacks, not to whites, not to anyone."
 

ME: Mother fights to change gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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She wanted a store manager to introduce her to the sales clerk who, earlier that weekend, had sold a gun to her 18-year-old son ­ Laurier J. Belanger Jr. Belanger, dark-eyed and handsome, would not be coming in again. He had used the gun to kill himself.

Crowley didn't meet the sales clerk, she met an explanation. The store was obeying the law, the store manager told her. If she thought the law was wrong, she should take it up with her elected officials.
 

States Challenge Nat'l Driver's License
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A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states.
The Maine Legislature on Jan. 26 overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases.
Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID. They are expected soon to pass laws or adopt resolutions declining to participate in the federal identification network.




 

WV: Guns kill people: Abolition is the only way to stop the madness
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The constitutionality of possible gun abolition would be an issue with many Americans who are law-abiding gun owners. But it is the courts that interpret the Constitution, not the popular vote. The Second Amendment states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." In United States v. Miller, the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted this provision to mean that citizens do not have an individual right to bear arms unless they possess "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia."
 

CO: Retired lawyer hopes to form ACLU chapter
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Durango lawyer Matt Kenna is an ACLU member, but said he has never been active further than paying his annual dues. Nonetheless, he also welcomes a local chapter and agrees with the philosophy of the organization.

"All they do is seek to enforce people's rights under the Bill of Rights, and I think it's hard to complain about that much," Kenna said. "I'm a supporter of Second Amendment rights, but also First Amendment rights, Fifth Amendment rights, and anyone should be in favor of enforcing all constitutional rights if you're a true civil libertarian and not a selective civil libertarian."
 

FL: Our community talks about crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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What should be done is to eliminate nearly all guns. If there were no guns then the number of murders would be dramatically reduced.

The constitutional Second Amendment that supposedly allows U.S. citizens to own guns is misinterpreted as this amendment was established to assist America in maintaining its freedom from England.
 

Argentina: The fight against guns in Argentina
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Burry is taking matters into her own hands by doing what many would be afraid of - buying the guns from the criminals.

"If I had enough money, I would disarm Argentina," she says.

"All I do is offer this young people an alternative. Guns are infecting our society, especially the poor areas where most youngsters have no hope."
 

CO: Chief supports expanded gun law
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Not everyone is a fan of a pending bill to expand Colorado's "Make My Day" protections to businesses, but Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn said he did not believe the measure's passage would necessarily increase violence. House Bill 1011, which passed the House judiciary committee Wednesday, would allow business owners to use deadly force against intruders, in certain circumstances, without fear of prosecution. A provision that would have extended the same protection to vehicles was dropped.
 

U.S. House of Representatives, "...is founded,in the same principle--the security of the people against the abuse of power...", June 16, 1789
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"...With a corrupt executive, liberty may long retain a trembling existence. With a corrupt legislature, it is impossible: the vitals of the Constitution would be mortified, and death must follow in every step. A government thus formed would be the most formidable curse that could befall this country. Perhaps an enlightened people might timely foresee and correct the error; but if a season was allowed for such a compound to grow and produce its natural fruit, it would either banish liberty, or the people would he driven to exercise their unalienable right, the right of uncivilized nature, and destroy a monster whose voracious and capacious jaws could crush and swallow up themselves and their posterity...."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. — Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria in On Crimes and punishment (1764).

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