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Here's something to get all wired up about . . .
Submitted by: Larry

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You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it.

That’s the upshot of the rules the agency has followed for years to monitor licensed television and radio stations, and to crack down on pirate radio broadcasters. And the commission maintains the same policy applies to any licensed or unlicensed radio-frequency device.

“Anything using RF energy — we have the right to inspect it to make sure it is not causing interference,” says FCC spokesman David Fiske. That includes devices like Wi-Fi routers that use unlicensed spectrum, Fiske says.
 

Arming sailors on US flagged ships goes mainstream
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.OpenCarry.org

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News column highlights the obvious - its not surprising that the mainstream media and Congress is receptive to proposals to expand gun rights. After all, the public's support for gun control is at an all time low. Meanwhile an overwhelming number of Americans believe citizens have the right to own guns.
 

Some Journalists Won't Admit Truth about Mexican 'Crime Gun' Numbers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Fortunately, the rest of the media seems to be waking up to what Todd refuses to. A Google 'News' category search of the terms 'Mexico gun 90%' reveals that, aside from an increasingly lonely and desperate opinion maker at The Dallas Morning News, their competition appears to be coming around to the truth."
 

WA: Concealed weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Not just anyone can obtain a concealed-weapons permit, but there is no distinction between Democrats and Republicans on the application ["Credit-card measure: GOP priority: guns," Opinion, Northwest Voices, May 22]. Mike Kelly might be surprised that there are many millions of Democrats who own and use firearms legally and yes, many of those citizens also have concealed-weapons permits.
 

PA: Country's gun-loving tradition has gone too far
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Increased gun control makes the country a better place.

On April 29, The Patriot-News reported that the city of Harrisburg created a gun law to increase public safety in the area. It was a great move by city officials to make the city and area better environments.

But the city, state and national government need to continue their efforts. Statistical evidence and common logic suggests that America would improve with tighter gun restrictions.

First, there are legal and Constitutional reasons that the country should increase gun laws. Proponents of gun rights suggest that they have a Constitutional, Second Amendment right to "bear arms." However, they are strongly mistaken.
 

Reid relents on guns in U.S. parks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Case in point: Every single member of the Nevada delegation voted recently to allow guns to be carried in national parks.

The legislation was tacked onto to a popular credit card reform bill that prevents arbitrary interest rate hikes and other practices consumers find unfair. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on Friday.

Parks advocates are aghast at the notion of people packing pistols while coming to see Old Faithful or other national park treasures. The nation’s parks are special places, they argue. Current rules required guns to be stored and disassembled. The new law will take effect in nine months.

A duel had been under way for more than a year on the guns-in-parks measure.
 

Congress joins states in making parks safe for gun carry
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://OpenCarry.org

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examiner.com — Eventually gun rights advocates expected the federal Congress would step in and repeal the odd man out gun ban in National Parks. And so Congress did this week, finally aligning national parks and wildlife refuges with regulations governing the national forests and property controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.

Ed.: N.B. This doesn't take effect until next year!
 

Obama Is Said to Consider Preventive Detention Plan
Submitted by: Anonymous

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President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said. ...
The two participants, outsiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the session was intended to be off the record, said they left the meeting dismayed.
They said Mr. Obama told them he was thinking about “the long game” — how to establish a legal system that would endure for future presidents.

COMMENT: One person's "patriotic American" is another's "terrorism suspect."
 

OK: Oklahoma pharmacist kills armed robber, saves the lives of his staff
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The robbers began shooting at him, with one bullet grazing him on the arm, he said he heard another round whiz past his ear.

Ersland recalled: "All of a sudden, they started shooting. They were attempting to kill me, but they didn’t know I had a gun. They said, ‘You’re gonna die.’ That’s when one of them shot at me, and that’s when he got my hand.”

Ersland grabbed the semi-automatic Kel-Tec .380 in his pocket.
 

"If You Ain't Cop, You're Only Little People" or Yet Another "Tragic Mistake"
Submitted by: Larry

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You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it.

That’s the upshot of the rules the agency has followed for years to monitor licensed television and radio stations, and to crack down on pirate radio broadcasters. And the commission maintains the same policy applies to any licensed or unlicensed radio-frequency device.

“Anything using RF energy — we have the right to inspect it to make sure it is not causing interference,” says FCC spokesman David Fiske. That includes devices like Wi-Fi routers that use unlicensed spectrum, Fiske says.
 

Can the Police Be Criminals?
Submitted by: Larry

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Did a schoolyard bully ever acknowledge a limitation on his power to inflict harm on his victims? Only a higher authority could do that (e.g., a school principal, or a police officer) each of whom represented the higher authority of the state, which did not approve of the bully's competition with its monopolistic status.

The only solution to this dilemma lies within the victims, who resolve - and with enough defensive force to make it effective - to deny and resist such claims to state monopolies on violence. It is the purpose of the Second Amendment to provide people with the effective means of protecting themselves against criminals of all sorts, be they private or political in nature.
 

The Triple Con: Barnett's Constitutional Convention Confidence Game
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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Had Richard Nixon been hung from a lamppost in Lafayette Park and been left to twist in the wind for a week or so as a warning to future presidents who violate their oaths of office, do you suppose Bill Clinton, Dubya, or the Lightworker would have found the job enticing?

We know that these rogues are not deterred by the prospect of impeachment. Bill Clinton proved what a hollow threat that was. Yet Barnett and Company act as if we pass one more law, provide one more Amendment, that constitutional law breakers will begin obeying them? Who's fooling whom?

Folks, this doesn't work for street thugs, it doesn't work for white collar criminals and it doesn't work for rapacious tyrannical politicians.
 

TN: Fairview parent convicted for gun at school
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"I never brandished it," Clark said Thursday.... "I never showed it. I did not know what the best thing to do was."

Williamson County Circuit Court Judge James G. Martin III said Clark may have been better off if he'd used the gun in self-defense. Under state law regulating weapons on school property, Clark might have avoided a conviction if he had actually pointed the gun or used it because that would have demonstrated self-defense, according to Martin.

"There's no question he was in a situation where a man pulled a knife on him," Martin said. "It's an extremely unusual statute . . . in the defense side of it. While it's illegal to possess a firearm (on school grounds), it's OK if you use it to defend yourself."
 

CO: More people want to learn to shoot, but they need bullets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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More and more people are trying to learn how to use handguns, and at least one local instructor chalks up the interest to fears about the Obama administration.

Another, though, says interest in self-defense started with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has never really abated.

Either way, instructors said, they’re seeing more women joining men in looking for training on how to handle a handgun.

“It used to be about 20 percent” of his students were women, said Linn Armstrong, a National Rifle Association instructor. “After 9/11, it went up to 40 to 45 percent” and has remained at that level, he said.
 

AK: Park equity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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More than a few people support the firearm ban because they like the idea of national parks as places where man and beast are equalized, where any fight between the two will be “fair.” That’s real wilderness, right?

Yes, but saving a few human lives is worth sacrificing the resurrection of an Eden that disappeared when man began sharpening spears and arrows. Even the most devout proponent of a fair fight probably would grab a large-caliber firearm if one happened to be lying on the pristine park tundra just as a grizzly decided to gnaw on his leg. Timothy Treadwell himself might have done so, if not to save himself then to save a loved one.
 

U.S-Mexico effort key in cutting off weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Your reporter's allegation that the Mexican government "handpicked" weapons for tracing by U.S. authorities, and that the statement that 90 percent of weapons are traced back to the United States is "overblown" is a denial of reality, ....

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Indeed, 90 percent of all weapons seized in Mexico and successfully traced by ATF originated in the U.S. While not all serial numbers could be provided for a variety of reasons, it is only logical that Mexico, a country with an insignificant arms industry of its own, has weapons coming in from a country with the logistical ease to bring the guns in.

Ed.: This from Mexico's Consul General.

 

OK: Revenge of the Blue Dog Democrats
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But the other vote that suggested that the Blue dog Democrats are still alive and kicking is that Senator Coburn’s amendment to allow guns into National Parks has just passed.

The Coburn amendment allows loaded firearms only in parks in states that permit the carrying of concealed weapons…

Coburn, R-Muskogee, said he attached the amendment to the credit-card bill last week because Senate Democratic leaders had blocked him from offering it on other legislation.

“It’s not about guns,” Coburn said. “It’s about states’ rights — being able to determine what’s best for them. And it’s about the Second Amendment. It’s not about bureaucrats telling Americans when their rights are going to be taken away.”
 

America’s Nightmare: The Obama Dystopia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The foundation for this had already been put in place by Bush with the Patriot Act, Patriot Act 2, Military commissions act and numerous executive orders that strangled what was left of Posse Comitatus and the Constitution.

Homeland Security now defines “Terrorists” as those who believe in the Constitution, the first, second and fourth amendments. Returning veterans are being targeted for a denial of their second amendment rights. A “Terrorist Watchlist” of more than a million and rapidly growing, is being used as the basis for denying citizens the rights to travel and to work.

Obama is now mulling over the idea of indefinite detention without trial for U.S. citizens.
 

FL: Crist and gun lobby
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Crist got a visit last week from Marion Hammer, the former president of the National Rifle Association and the longtime lobbyist for the Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

Hammer is upset because lawmakers moved $6 million out of a trust fund in the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that pays for the processing of concealed weapons permits....
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As for his meeting with Hammer on Thursday, Crist said: "We had a very good discussion."

"She's quite an advocate as you know," he added. "I have enormous respect for her and I am a supporter of the Second Amendment.
 

It's more like a tragic assault
Submitted by: Larry

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It apparently doesn't occur to Urquart that the fact a deputy can -- without fear of criminal penalties or professional consequences -- leave an innocent man nearly dead from an unjustified assault may have something to do with Harris's understandable decision to flee.
 

Spreading Gun Law Rumors Distracts from Real Threats
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"I don't mean to discourage Internet activism. We need electronic Paul Reveres. Just please, before galloping and screaming 'Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm,' make sure the British really are coming..."
 

Sovereignty 101: Why the Second Amendment is absolute, the short version
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Founders met this very same kind of abuses of due process in warrants and other abuses in need of citizen oversight. When they crafted the nation, when they finally debated everything out and arrived at what they would declare and pledge of themselves, it was that the citizen was to be the sovereign and that, as such, only the sovereign would have the monopoly on all lethal force. This was as it should be. Every nation’s sovereign has the monopoly on lethal force. Other nations do not have the Constitution and its first ten amendments we have.

As gun control goes, so goes the nation.
 

PA: Proposed gun curbs have some up in arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But he believes a bill in Congress would limit his ability to sell firearms to his clientele.

The proposed Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 would require a license to own a handgun or semi-automatic firearm. Currently no license is required to own a handgun in Ohio. The bill would also require current handgun owners to become certified or risk losing their property.

The bill was submitted by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., in January. The bill has no co-sponsors and was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
 

NY: Bullet bill is loaded for bear
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One of the most controversial measures to come before the County Legislature in some time is expected to draw an overflow crowd at a public hearing Tuesday night.

At issue is a proposed law that would require gun shops to register sales of ammunition, a measure that has been condemned by gun proponents as a back-door means to register guns and learn what weapons people have. Supporters say it is merely an attempt to close a loophole in state law governing how ammunition
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The gun-control movement is driven by raw emotion. Facts are irrelevant. Logic is spurned. Utter nonsense is solemnly intoned. It's little wonder that our most emotive president has made gun control his signature domestic issue. — Don Feder

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