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Gun paint company taunts Mayor Bloomberg with paints named after him
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A Wisconsin company that disguises deadly firearms with bright paints and camouflage has a new target: Mayor Bloomberg."

"Lauer Custom Weaponry, whose products were banned in the city in 2006 because they make dangerous guns look like innocent toys, is taunting the anti-gun mayor with a line of paints named 'The Bloomberg Collection.'"

"The company ... is peddling a rainbow of candy-colored paints for each of the five boroughs." ...

"Gun owners also can plunk down $129 for a 'Bloomberg Collection EZ Camo Kit' to pimp out their semiautomatics and rifles with a brick wall and graffiti decoration."

"It's no joke."

"An outraged Bloomberg called gun-coloration kits 'a tragedy in the making.'" ...
 

Why Are American Jews So Anti-Gun?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... now seems a pretty good time to ask a question that's been perplexing me for nearly as long: Why is that American Jews are so overwhelmingly anti-gun?"

"I've been stumped by this communal aversion to firearms ever since I was a 6 year old, back in 1947. While flipping through old Life magazines one day in my grandparents’ living room in the Bronx, I came across photographs taken at the liberation of concentration camps. I saw the pictures of bodies stacked like cordwood, and was stunned."

"'Mommy,' I asked, without missing a beat, 'do you and Daddy have a gun so we can protect ourselves if the Nazis come for us?'"

"'This is America,' my mother reassured me. 'That can't happen here.'" ...
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H/t to Joel Rosenberg.
 

Historic Day At The Supreme Court
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In the three days since oral arguments were held in District of Columbia v. Heller, I've had the chance to reflect on the day's events and develop some perspective."

"I was in the courtroom on Tuesday, and counted myself fortunate to have had a ringside seat to history. It was probably the most extensive discussion ever by the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the nature and scope of the Second Amendment, and whether and to what extent elected representatives have the power to pass the reasonable gun control laws they believe are necessary to keep their communities safe." ...
 

Supremes & The Second Amendment: 'A Little Knowledge is Dangerous'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"That's the conclusion of Second Amendment scholar and Roger Williams School of Law Professor Carl T. Bogus writing on the American Constitution Society's blog on this week's Supreme Court oral arguments on whether the District of Columbia's ban on handguns violates the Second Amendment. Observing the 'individual rights' tenor of the majority of the Justices' questions, Professor Bogus writes:"

"For those of us who believe that the collective rights model is the correct one ... oral argument in Heller v. District of Columbia was ominous. Based on comments at oral argument or previously, I count six likely votes for the individual rights interpretation: Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Breyer, Roberts, and Alito." ...
 

NY: Gun rights aren't absolute
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The U.S. Supreme Court is doing something it has put off for decades: taking a hard look at the Second Amendment and whether it gives individuals the right to own guns. When it rules on this case, it must not impede the efforts of elected officials to enact reasonable gun-control laws aimed at keeping their streets safe." ...
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KABA Note: So as long as a "reasonable" law is "aimed at" a beneficial result it passes Constitutional muster? Then a law requiring a background check and a permit issued at the whim of some official in order to report the news whould be just fine with the Poughkeepsie Journal's editorial staff?
 

Oh, Those Hypocritical Conservative Justices.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here they talk about 'strict construction, federalism, and judicial modesty.' And now we see that the Heller Second Amendment argument 'is about' 'the abandonment of every principle of strict construction, federalism, and judicial modesty in which the Roberts Court ever purported to believe.' 'After all these years of deep conservative suspicion of turning over policy matters to the courts, the Roberts Court has fallen in love with a new constitutional right.' That's what Dahlia Lithwick (Slate) reports."

"Here's the trouble: To some people, the Second Amendment is not a new constitutional right. It's an old constitutional right, right there in the text. ..." ...
 

Whose right to bear arms?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"GUN laws are a matter of life and death, reckoned both groups of protesters outside the Supreme Court on March 18th. One side argued that sensible curbs on gun ownership save lives. The other side retorted that if you outlaw guns, only criminals will carry them. Plus the police, of course, but gun-lovers don't find that terribly reassuring. 'When seconds count, the police are only minutes away,' read one placard." ...
 

To Keep and Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nearly 135 years ago, the United States experienced what may have been the worst one-day slaughter of blacks by whites in its history. On April 13, 1873, in the tiny village of Colfax, La., white paramilitaries attacked a lightly armed force of freedmen assembled in a local courthouse. By the time the Colfax Massacre was over, more than 60 African American men lay shot, burned or stabbed to death. Most were killed after they had surrendered."

"Though it caused a national sensation in post-Civil War America, this horrible incident has been largely overlooked by historians. It deserves fresh study today not only to illuminate the human cost of Reconstruction's defeat but also to enrich our understanding of constitutional history. ..." ...
 

Nine justices parsing 27 words
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The U.S. Supreme Court should allow Dick Heller to keep a handgun in his home."

"Dick Anthony Heller is a 66-year-old security guard who carries a handgun to protect the employees and property at the federal building where he works in Washington, D.C."

"Because Heller also is a resident of the District of Columbia, he is prohibited from having a handgun in his home for self-protection."

"Heller sued to overturn Washington's 1976 gun-control law that also requires all rifles or shotguns in D.C. homes to be disassembled or kept under trigger lock."

"Heller sued claiming that the D.C. law violated his Second Amendment rights." ...
 

AZ: Arizona Democrats split on DC gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A majority of the state's federal lawmakers have weighed in on a monumental Second Amendment case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 18, but two key Arizona Democrats have remained silent on the issue."

"The case, ~District of Columbia, v. Heller~, arose from a lawsuit filed by Washington D.C. resident Dick Heller, a 65-year-old security guard prevented by law from bringing his work-issued handgun home with him to protect himself in what he considers a dangerous area."

"Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, through a spokeswoman, declined to comment on the case. And Gov. Janet Napolitano, a former Arizona attorney general and U.S. attorney, has withheld an opinion. Both are Democrats." ...
 

NY: Expect gun laws in New York to take high court's best shot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"After 68 years, the U.S. Supreme Court is finally wading into the 27 words of the Second Amendment and what they mean."

"The court heard arguments Tuesday concerning the constitutionality of a Washington, D.C., law that prohibits private citizens from owning a handgun in the district."

"It's been a long time coming." ...
 

NC: Police: Home invasion victim shoots, kills suspects
Submitted by: TheOtherDave

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Police say two suspects are dead after an attempted home invasion.

Catawba County sheriff’s deputies say two men dressed in black and carrying pistols forced their way into a home on 33rd Avenue in Hickory around 11:00 last night. According to a sheriff’s official, the homeowner was armed with his own gun, and shot the suspects. Both suspects were pronounced dead at the scene.

Major Coy Reid with the sheriff’s office said both men were wearing masks and latex gloves.

At this time, no arrests have been made.
 

NY: Resident shoots at burglars in his home
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Gunfire was exchanged between a Ridge homeowner and two burglars yesterday after he discovered them in his home at 4 a.m., police said."

"No one was believed injured at the Kastal Court house, and the burglars escaped, Suffolk police said. The men, one armed with a rifle, climbed through a front window, confronted the homeowner and chased him down a hallway into a bedroom, police said."

"The homeowner shut the bedroom door, but the barrel of the suspects' rifle was wedged between the door and the door frame, police said, and the gunman fired the weapon. The homeowner was able to get to his own rifle and fired through the closed door, police said, and the intruders fled." ...
 

PA: Should a woman carry a gun for protection?
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Half of Steve Rementer's students at the shooting range are women these days. In fact, he has designed his course around teaching women how to shoot firearms in self-defense."

"'If a woman can protect herself, it's the first line of defense. She is 30 to 40 percent more likely to be attacked than a man,' said Rementer, a police firearms instructor at Pistol People, a shooting range in Bensalem, and a Philadelphia police officer for 30 years. He said he's met many women who have been raped and attacked."

"'Women are better students than men. They are more focused, and they don't want to be victimized. Every woman I could teach, I would.'" ...
 

NY: 200 Cameras Fail To Stop Rapist
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"Once again a rapist was caught on videotape, and once again cops failed to see him, police sources said Thursday."

"A 19-year-old woman was raped at knifepoint inside the Van Dyke houses in Brooklyn early Thursday - a housing complex with more than 200 cameras supposedly monitored around the clock by the NYPD."

"Sources told the Daily News that at least one video camera recorded the rapist grabbing the young woman and pulling her into an elevator." ...
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By way of LewRockwell.com.

Submitter's Note: Just think, 200 grains of lead/copper would have done the trick.
 

WA: Respecting their rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment can be a controversial topic, but that hasn’t stopped one student group from looking to fight against campus laws inhibiting people’s right to carry concealed weapons."

"The Students For Concealed Carry On Campus was created at WSU as a response to recent university shootings and the growing concern of guns on campuses."

"The club ... wants to fight for a person’s right to carry concealed weapons on the WSU campus if they hold a Concealed Carry License in the U.S."

"Washington does not have any laws pertaining to carrying concealed weapons on campus and instead leaves that decision up to the different universities. WSU policy prohibits any firearms on campus, with the exception of the police." ...
 

OK: OU faculty members oppose guns-on-campus bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"University of Oklahoma faculty spoke out this week against a state bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses."

"The OU Faculty Senate passed a resolution against the bill early this week, despite being off for spring break."

"The resolution was e-mailed to the 50 members of the senate Monday, and by Tuesday the members approved it by 27 out of 30 votes, said Steve Bradford, chair of the Faculty Senate."

"The bill that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses around the state was approved 65-36 by the Oklahoma House March 13. It will now be considered by the state Senate." ...
 

NY: Hunting Bill's Kid Friendly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A NUMBER of bills regarding both fishing and wildlife will be submitted this year before New York's legislature."

"Tops on the list, is the Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring bill. The junior hunting license would allow 14- and 15-year-olds (who are already allowed to hunt small game with a firearm) to obtain a license to hunt big game with a firearm."

"The junior hunter would have to be accompanied by an adult who is 21 or older, has at least three years of big-game hunting experience, and exercises control over the junior hunter at all times during hunting. The trapper mentoring program would allow licensed trappers to serve as mentors and allow someone younger than 12 (who doesn't have a trapping license) to assist." ...
 

KS: Kansas legislators need to make smart decision about gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What this state needs is more fully automatic weapons on our city streets."

"We're being sarcastic, but the idea had the support of enough legislators to merit a hearing last week ... on a bill that would allow manufacturers and dealers to sell the weapons to private citizens."

"The measure primarily was introduced to clear up a conflict over a federal law allowing gun manufacturers and dealers to sell machine guns to law enforcement officials." ...

"The bill would make it clear machine guns can be sold in Kansas to law enforcement authorities."

"That part is fine. But in going a step further and allowing sales to private citizens, the measure raises concerns ..." ...
 

DC: ATF orders Leatherman tools w/ special engraving
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"ATF wanted 2,000 Leatherman Micra pocket tools. Okay, fine. It's the engraving that bothers me."

"Take a look at this.

"ATF-Asset Forfeiture 'always think forfeiture'"

"I wonder if the Border Patrol would get into trouble for ordering tools that say 'Always think Deportation'? If that'd be in bad taste and inappropriate for a government agency, why isn't this??!"

"A $37,460.00 contract (your tax dollars) has been awarded to "Freedom Enterprises" of Spokane, Washington. The official record is here." ...

"Disgusting. My elected officials are getting letters over this."
 

NY: 4-H to hold banquet for shooting sports
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The annual New York 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet and Auction will be held on April 19 at Roaring Brook Ranch Resort and Conference Center."

"The banquet is the main fundraiser for the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program. About 300 people are expected to attend. Leaders in the shooting industry join volunteer instructors, 4-H participants and friends to recognize outstanding contributions to the program and help raise funds by bidding on items in auctions, as well as playing various games."

"All funds raised directly support the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Donations are being sought from any person or company to be included in the auctions, games and drawings." ...
 

NY: Albany mother takes a stand against gun violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Allison Banks stands with friends on the street where her son Elleek Williams was shot and killed."

"'It was uptown-downtown,' she said. 'My son changed his life, you know, at the end of his life. Yes, he was a kid running the streets of Albany, and as we know, this is what goes on.'"

"But before he got the chance to pursue his new ambitions, including working with kids, Williams was gunned down ..."

"He was celebrating his 24th birthday. And just last week, the man charged with killing him, Dushan Wilson, was found not guilty." ...

"After her son died, Banks joined Albany's Gun Violence Task Force and the Capital Region chapter of New Yorkers Against Violence. She said she'll keep fighting for justice." ...
 

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