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Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
Submitted by: ChareltonHest
Website: http://www.atfabuse.com

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As students, parents and citizens we demand our State Legislatures recognize our right to defend ourselves on college campuses across the nation.

School shootings and violence will never be stopped. As individuals and concerned citizens we deserve the right to defend ourselves even when we are on campus.

We are licensed by our State Governments to carry handguns to protect ourselves but they tie our hands at school. We are adults who have taken on the responsibility to carry concealed weapons to defend ourselves. We are not criminals. We are not crazy. We are citizens who have proved that we are capable of being responsible carrying weapons in public.

 

Take the Airsoft Challenge
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com/

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"There's a lot of debate going on right now about what the results of the Virginia Tech massacre might have been had just one targeted student been armed.

"Here's a way we can approximate real world results: Stage an Airsoft mass shooting."
 

AL: Jury acquits Huntsville man after fatal shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The shooting occurred Nov. 11, 2005, at Leamon’s residence.
According to testimony, Leamon fired a shot with a 9mm pistol that went through the front door and struck Griffin in the chest.
Leamon testified that he fired in self-defense, because he believed whoever was knocking at his door was trying to break into the house.
 

MN: Supporting the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Some suggest that protection is best left to professionals: the police, the military and the "government." The police are not always where they are needed, and their response time isn't always on-the-spot. Even when they do arrive, they are often in the retaliatory and not the prevention business.

Criminals know that in gun-free zones, they will encounter no resistance, and can wantonly commit crimes, including murder at will.

The problem is that gun bans disarm only citizens who obey the law while leaving criminals free to prey on the populace. A gun makes the most petite woman the equal of the largest thug, the oldest most venerable professor with the most callous killer-student.
 

NJ: Gun Control Kills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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In light of the tragedy at Virginia Tech last week, it might come as a shock to some people that many of their fellow citizens are calling for more guns in the hands of college students. Only this time, they want them in the hands of the law abiding folks who go out of their way to study and practice safe and responsible firearms use before picking up their license to carry a gun and their God-given right to self defense.
 

In Defense of Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The first statistic doesn't actually prove what Foer takes it to prove. It's an old chesnut among anti-gunners. I wrote about it briefly in 1998, and mentioned a 1993 Ellen Goodman column that usedd[sic] the statistic. Back in 1998, I pointed out that criminologist Gary Kleck had estimated that guns used in self-defense kill the assailant only 1-2 percent of the time. Whatever the right number, clearly a gun that has scared off an assailant, or wounded him, has made its owner safer even if it hasn't killed him. (Obviously, the same problem afflicts Foer's FBI statistic.)
 

Self-defense is the best way to fight evil
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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This is the flip side of the gun control argument. Deterrence and self-defense can work better than fruitless attempts at pre-empting evil intent. Let’s say that stronger gun laws had made it more difficult for the shooter to purchase a gun. Instead, he might have easily acquired a bomb and blown himself and the others up, as is frequently done in the Middle East. Would there then have been calls for more bomb control?
 

China: Why should the rest of us be targets?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Knives also cut bread and carve wood and aid surgery, but guns only shoot bullets. That's what they are designed to do, and that's what they do. When we talk about protecting our right to have guns, we are talking about protecting our right to shoot bullets. So what is it that's so important to shoot at?
 

VA: US pro-gun lobby feels good
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Following last week's tragic college campus shooting, the powerful US gun lobby has emerged stronger calling for US citizens to be better-armed.

According to gun rights advocates, it will become harder for the gun control forces to apply tighter restrictions after Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old student, fatally shot 32 victims at Virginia Tech University.

"This is a huge nail in the coffin of gun control," said Philip Van Cleave, president of the gun rights group Virginia Citizens Defense League.
 

Let's be realistic about reality
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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But you can't do that at Virginia Tech. Instead, the administration has created a "Gun-Free School Zone." Or, to be more accurate, they've created a sign that says "Gun-Free School Zone." And, like a loopy medieval sultan, they thought that simply declaring it to be so would make it so. The "gun-free zone" turned out to be a fraud -- not just because there were at least two guns on the campus last Monday, but in the more important sense that the college was promoting to its students a profoundly deluded view of the world.
 

TN: More gun restrictions won't change behavior
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Gun control laws serve only to infringe the rights of citizens who obey the laws. Gun control laws make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and others. The pendulum has for too long infringed the rights of the citizens effectively to provide for their own defense and now legislatures must push it back to restore the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment.
 

Are gun-free nations or "zones" safer?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Gun-free nations are safer -- at least for folks like Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin, Castro, Pol Pot and Saddam, all of whom disarmed their detractors before slaughtering them by the tens of millions.
History records the consequences of disarming people, both in terms of protection, in their person and property, from tyrannical governments and from criminals. Regarding the latter, "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."
 

NY: Bloomberg, mayors fault Virginia's lax gun policies
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The guns were sold in Virginia, the lives taken so violently just a few miles away. It is the guns bought there and used for crimes elsewhere that have long had mayors nationwide angry.
 

NY: SUNY Geneseo arms its cops
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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State University College at Geneseo is now allowing its officers to carry handguns. In a memo Friday, President Christopher Dahl announced the reversal of a controversial college policy and said that the change — which allows its campus police officers to carry sidearms at all times while on duty — takes effect immediately. "The context in which colleges are operating ... has changed," Dahl said. "The Virginia Tech situation does make a difference." Geneseo, in Livingston County, had been the only four-year state university to not let its officers be armed at all times.
 

CO: Lakewood Man Wants Guns Allowed On College Campuses
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Colorado man decides to stop attending college because as a concealed carry permit holder he can not carry on campus.
 

NY: Once again, our focus turns to guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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I am an average white-collar civilian, who goes to work at an office. The most dangerous weapon I use on any given day is a Swingline stapler. The last "gun" I fired was a Red Ryder BB gun rifle I bought my kids at Christmas for basement-only target practice. A couple of times over the years, I've played in one of those organized capture-the-flag contests in which the standard-issue weapon was a gas-powered paint gun. Further out in the country, I've plinked soup cans off a fence with a .22 rifle.
 

Australia: Pols who fear the Gun Lobby but not the guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Our country is a laughingstock on the rest of the planet because of our devotion to unlimited gun rights. On Thursday, an Australian newspaper carried the headline: “America, the gun club.”
 

MA: Professor axed for VT stunt: Re-enacted tragedy to tout pro-gun perspective
Submitted by: Anonymous

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An Emmanuel College professor has been fired after re-enacting the Virginia Tech massacre in his classroom in order to air a pro-gun viewpoint that offended students at the Catholic liberal arts school, the professor charged yesterday.

Nicholas Winset said he was terminated and permanently barred from campus following a Wednesday lecture in which he dramatized the massacre to show that deranged gunman Cho Seung-Hui could have been stopped if another student had been carrying a gun.

“If there were more guns in society, the response time to the (rampage) might have been much faster,” said Winset, an adjunct professor of financial accounting. “Someone might have been able to do something to stop it.”
 

Wilson v. State of Arkansas, "the Constitution guaranteed to the citizens the right to keep and bear arms for defense", 1878
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"..."The grand jury, etc., etc., accuse Chancy Wilson of the crime of carrying side arms, committed as follows, to-wit: The said Chancy Wilson in the county aforesaid, on or about (p.558)the 14th day of February 1878, did then and there unlawfully carry a pistol as a weapon..."

"...but that the Constitution guaranteed to the citizens the right to keep and bear arms for defense, etc..."

"...But to prohibit the citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm, except upon his own premises or when on a journey traveling through the country with baggage, or when acting as or in aid of an officer, is an unwarranted restriction upon his constitutional right to keep and bear arms..."

 

When the Group Is Wise
Submitted by: Anonymous

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SEUNG-HUI CHO seemed indifferent to every small act of human kindness, any effort to connect.
According to classmates of Mr. Cho, the Virginia Tech killer, one student made several attempts to speak to him, even after reading his frightening writings. Mr. Cho's suitemates, and some teachers, too, made an effort to engage him. And there were undoubtedly others. Maybe they signaled their openness with a slight nod, a friendly widening of the eyes.
Those acts of genuine decency failed to prevent Mr. Cho's rampage on Monday.
 

VA: U.S. Rules Made Killer Ineligible to Purchase Gun
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Under federal law, the Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho should have been prohibited from buying a gun after a Virginia court declared him to be a danger to himself in late 2005 and sent him for psychiatric treatment, a state official and several legal experts said Friday.
Federal law prohibits anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective,” as well as those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, from buying a gun.
The special justice’s order in late 2005 that directed Mr. Cho to seek outpatient treatment and declared him to be mentally ill and an imminent danger to himself fits the federal criteria and should have immediately disqualified him ...
 

NY: McCarthy gun bill gaining ground
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The Virginia Tech shooter's ability to buy handguns despite a judge's ruling that he had mental illness is giving new impetus to a stalled House bill to improve state reporting of ineligible gun buyers to the national background check system. The Democratic House leadership could decide as early as next week whether to push forward with some version of the legislation introduced in January by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), House aides said. The decision hinges on talks between Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), a gun-rights advocate and bill co-sponsor, and the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby whose support is crucial to the measure's survival, House aides said.
 

NY: Counties require safety course for pistol permit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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While New York state law does not require safety training before the purchase of a handgun, but handgun licensing is done on the county level and many counties in the state require safety training. In Central New York, Onondaga, Oswego, Madison and Cayuga County require a gun safety course be completed before a person gets a pistol permit, according to officials in those counties. In Cortland County, a county resident may receive a permit before taking a safety course, but the resident must complete a 10-hour safety course within a year of receiving a pistol permit or that permit will be revoked, according to the Cortland County clerk's office.
 

NY: Virginia Tech: The issue isn't guns, it's violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech has many Americans discussing and debating the issue of gun control. While I firmly believe that stricter gun laws would help control some violence and help police track guns used in crimes, I also believe it is not the complete answer. The issue here is not guns - it is the violence that took place.
 

NY: Faber Memorial shoot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The 6th Annual John Faber Memorial Trapshoot, the Southern Tier's most prestigious shooting event, will be held Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 28-29) at the Binghamton Gun Club in Kirkwood. Entries open at 9 a.m. each day for the event, held in memory of New York State Trapshooting Hall of Famer John Faber of Endicott, a multi-time national, regional and state champion who was still winning titles until he died in 2001 at the age of 89.
 

PA: Pennsylvania receives low marks regarding gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Besides spending a few moments waiting for the results of an "instant" background check, there is no waiting period to purchase a gun in Pennsylvania. There's no limit on the number of guns someone could buy per month. There's no registry of gun ownership. No firearms training is required to buy a gun. Residents could carry a concealed weapon with a permit. Only some assault weapons are banned. Cities cannot enact gun laws more stringent than the state's. Many would say Pennsylvania is a gun-friendly state.
 

NY: Virginia Tech shootings re-open gun debate
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Hunters, target shooters, legitimate gun owners and millions of others were shocked and dismayed by the senseless shooting by a deranged student last week at Virginia Tech that resulted in the deaths of more than 30 students and others. Now the anti-gun forces are up in arms demanding stricter gun laws and the abolishment of the National Rifle Association. The blame game has begun, and there is blame enough to go around.
 

UK: American psycho
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... [Camille] Paglia is a defender of the constitutional right to bear arms in America. She is troubled, however, by the ease with which Cho bought his weapons. "The problem is not hunting guns but these semi-automatic weapons. He could not have cut down that many people so quickly or with such brutal efficiency without them. They have no use except for commandos, swat teams and paramilitary organisations. ...
"Throughout most of human history men have been armed, but with swords not guns," Paglia observes. As the weapons grow more deadly, even a solitary "boy" can commit the worst massacre in American history. This is the 19th such scenario in the past decade. Unfortunately it is unlikely to be the last.
 

VA: Tech Gunman Bought Ammo Clips on EBay
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The Virginia Tech killer went to eBay to buy ammunition clips for one of the types of guns he used in the rampage, a spokesman for the auction site confirmed Saturday.

Using the handle Blazers5505, Seung-Hui Cho bought two 10-round magazines for the Walther P22 - one of two handguns used in the massacre of 32 people. The clips were bought March 22 from a gun shop in Idaho.

"It's apparent that he purchased the empty magazine clips," eBay spokesman Hani Durzy said. "They're similar to what could be purchased in any sporting goods store around the country."

 

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Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? — Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836

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