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Next justice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Supreme Court must continually evaluate and define those boundaries in an apolitical manner. Each justice must set aside any and all political beliefs and stick to interpretation of the law as contained in the Constitution and approved by Congress. Empathy should have nothing to do with it as well.

If political aspirations move beyond constitutional boundaries, then the Constitution should be changed. Again, that is the responsibility of Congress, not the Supreme Court.

Finally, no Supreme Court justice should attempt to implement political change through some tortuous “interpretation” of the Constitution. Gun control is an example. If some citizens should not “bear arms,” then change the Second Amendment.
 

Support For Weapons is Wrong
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Don’t get me wrong, I do not disagree with the NRA when they say according to the second amendment we are allowed the right to own guns. I support the second amendment when it says all citizens have a right to bear arms; I just believe the founding fathers were thinking about muskets, not AK 47’s. Every citizen has the civil liberty to own a gun for protection, but I find it difficult to understand why anyone would need a gun as powerful as a semi-automatic UZI to defend themselves. Assault Weapons like the AK 47 and the UZI were made illegal in 1994 by the Assault Weapon Ban of 1994. However, by 2004 the ban expired, and any efforts to renew it were thwarted by the NRA.

Ed.: Someone ought to tell the author about "Kentucky" Long Rifles.
 

NE: Neighbors In Fear After Shootout At Home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Homeowners in a Florence neighborhood are fearing for their safety after a home invasion turns violent. It happened just after 1:30 Monday morning at 3433 Ernst Street.

Police say two black males broke into the north Omaha home, flashed their guns and demanded cash. The homeowner, 32 year-old Robert Wells picked up his gun and fired at them in self-defense. Police say that is when the two black male robbers returned fire, striking Wells.
 

Second-Amendment Restoration Act Re-Introduced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) has introduced legislation to restore the gun rights of individuals convicted of minor, non-violent crimes. . . .

“To be absolutely clear, the NRA believes it is both constitutional and appropriate to disarm convicted felons,” NRA Director of Federal Affairs Chuck Cunningham wrote in a letter of support for the bill. “However, we also believe that no person should lose the right to arms due to convictions for minor, non-violent crimes, especially those that occurred many years in the past.”
 

Souter's replacement - female, activist...and certainly liberal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Supreme Court analyst says President Obama's nominee to replace Justice David Souter will likely oppose the Second Amendment and support same-sex "marriage," partial-birth abortion, and racial preferences.

Liberal Justice David Souter, 69, announced last week that he is planning to retire at the end of the Supreme Court's current term. Souter, who was appointed by George H.W. Bush, has served on the high court since October 1990.

Ed.: Since its Souter's replacement, what are the odds Obama picks a 'hard-core liberal' who winds up being more of a libertarian than an authoritarian? That'd be karmic justice, right?
 

PA: Gun group could have changed opinions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I can’t believe the attitude towards the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association by many local groups by canceling their participation in the Red Cross Life Walk. The Life Walk has been held on Armed Forces Day, a day in which we honor those who are serving in the armed forces and veterans. This is a slap in their faces and very hypocritical. They are serving and have served to protect our rights and our Constitution.

This will come as a surprise to many who may have backed out of the Walk, but the Second Amendment is part of that Constitution. The Second Amendment gives the PEOPLE the right to keep and bear arms. Do you think that this gun group will be firing at will or doing any type of shooting in the community park?
 

OH: What we need is well-regulated gun ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution 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."

State militias have been replaced by the National Guard and the Coast Guard, and the defense of this country against domestic enemies is entrusted to trained military personnel. Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded.
 

WA: Folklife gun ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The city has an obligation to disallow guns, legal or nonlegal, at the Northwest Folklife Festival if that is what is agreed to on the lease ["Gun ban in time for Folklife?" NWSunday, May 3].

If Alan Gottlieb and his Second Amendment Foundation disagree, maybe they are willing to pay for and carry the insurance on the festival and take responsibility for any gun-related incidents that occur.

Ed.: There are two other letters about the ban on this page as well:

"Licensed carriers need to defend themselves" & "Ignorance about the price of lives"
 

Ammo hard to find as gun owners stock up
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun shops across the country are reporting a run on ammunition, a phenomenon apparently driven by fear that the Obama administration will increase taxes on bullets or enact new gun-control measures.
Ron Cardwell fires his 9 mm semiautomatic at a paper target at a range in Aurora, Colorado.

"In the last two months it's gotten very, very difficult to find ammunition," says Richard Taylor, manager of The Firing Line, a gun shop and shooting range in the Denver, Colorado, suburbs.

"There are a lot of rumors floating around that the present government would like to increase taxes on ammunition. I think [there is] just a lot of panicked buying going on."
 

UT: Gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Utah's gun-rights activists in the Legislature are worriers. Their latest scheme to challenge federal authority to regulate guns is another example. It would be modeled on a law passed by the Montana Legislature which says that guns made, sold and kept within that state are exempt from federal registration, background checks and dealer-licensing rules. The legal theory behind the law appears to be that since none of those regulations involves interstate commerce, the federal government has no authority for them.

What is puzzling is why Utah gun owners would pursue this kind of novel lawmaking when Montana already has taken the lead. Let the Big Sky state pay the bills to test this legal theory in court.
 

CA: Regulation fears leave Valley low on ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ammunition is in short supply at area gun stores, and even some law enforcement agencies are having a hard time getting what they need for training.

And the biggest reason, some local gun dealers say, is fear.

They attribute the shortage to panic buying because of legislation being considered in Sacramento and Washington that would affect ammunition sales and manufacturing. They also point to the demand for bullets by U.S. forces in the Middle East.
 

UT: State office can't keep up with concealed-carry applications
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Concealed firearm permits are a hot item in Utah these days. So much so, that the state agency in charge of issuing those permits is behind to the point of technically breaking the law.

State law says concealed firearm permits have to be issued within 60 days. It's taking at least 70 days right now.

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That interest is swamping the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). This month, the agency is adding six full-time employees just to process gun permits.

An avalanche of applications is overwhelming them. "We're doing the best that we can with the staff that we have available, and we just don't seem to be able to catch up," said Utah BCI Chief Janet Erickson.
 

"It Can't Happen Here?" It Already has ...
Submitted by: Larry

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Ed.: Lew Rockwell links to a video about the Patriot Act being used against a 16 year old boy.
 

AZ: Ariz. bill would bar gun bans for parked vehicles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill being considered by Arizona legislators is seen as pitting gun owners' Second Amendment rights against the private property rights of businesses and others.

Backed by the National Rifle Association, the bill would permit gun owners to keep legally owned weapons in their locked, privately owned vehicles while they're parked in parking lots, garages or other parking areas of private property where the owner has a policy against allowing guns on the property.
 

Humane Society of the US: Not just your Mom’s animal shelter any more
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.gunspoliticsandfreedom.com

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While Rush Limbaugh stirred controversy by endorsing the Humane Society of the US, most Americans don’t know that not only is HSUS unrelated to local animal shelters, it is hiding a radical animal rights agenda behind them …
 

Olofson Machine Gun Transfer Conviction Upheld
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"David R. Olofson's conviction 'for knowingly transferring a machinegun in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(o)' has been upheld."

Read the latest from US v Olofson, including a link to download the decision.
 

The Threat
Submitted by: clell

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One can determine the character and integrity of individuals and governments by examining the entities they refer to as their enemies. The United States government now says it is threatened by, and will protect itself from, the following: Those who believe in the constraints of constitutional government; those who believe in state sovereignty; a belief in the right to keep and bear arms; those who abhor state sponsored infanticide; those who fear the ramifications of illegal immigration; alleged "white extremists"; the fear of an "economic turndown"; those who oppose state control of their lives and veterans returning from the state’s illegal and immoral wars.

The "unclassified" version of this report is an admission of criminality on the part of the state and the fear of the demand for enforcement of the rule of law by its citizens. What is in the "classified" section is certainly more damning to the state and a stronger admission of criminality and the fear of an informed citizenry, otherwise, why would they hide its content?
 

Obama Pushes Anti-gun Treaty
Submitted by: R. Smith

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After a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon last month, Barack Obama announced his support for the “Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms” treaty, also known by its Spanish acronym CIFTA. The gun-control treaty was signed in 1997 by former President Bill Clinton, but was not ratified by the Senate as required by the Constitution.

"As President Calderón and I discussed, I am urging the Senate in the United States to ratify an inter-American treaty known as CIFTA to curb small arms trafficking that is a source of so many of the weapons used in this drug war," President Obama proclaimed ..

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MI: (Yet Another) Potentially Deadly Sate Monopoly
Submitted by: Larry

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Here's a great example of why the government should not be in the business of providing emergency rescue services. When a 17-year-old high school senior called 911 as her father was having a seizure, the operator cursed at her and hung up – not once, but three times. Then, when she ran to the police department, she was arrested for “disorderly conduct” and “abusing 911.”

Ed.: Also a nice video.
 

NY: District Attorney Candidate Unveils Gun Platform
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Richard M. Aborn, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Manhattan district attorney, has recently gained some momentum. He has received endorsements from a former police commissioner, William J. Bratton, and from several elected officials, and on Monday, he released his first detailed policy paper, a five-point plan for combating gun violence in Manhattan.
 

MA: Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Illegal Gun Possession Victimless Crime
Submitted by: Seth Vose

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Never thought I would see anything like this from Massachusetts!

For what it may be worth, I recognize the gun they picture as one which only shoots blanks!
 

What's the Harm in Waiting for Government to Recognize Rights?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"See, we have to do a study first and see what effect your possessing a tool will have on the environment--just in case you have to present a gun to discourage an attacker, or maybe even fire it to defend yourself. Assuming the latter, we can't just go around allowing people to potentially return quantities of metal measured in grains into the 84 million acres of national parks land without calculating the disruption to elk migration or impact on greater sandhill crane eggshell thickness."

"Your lives just aren't worth that much to us."
 

Necessity for protection creating new gun owners
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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There are millions of new gun owners in this country since the continuing decline of the economy leads not only to fears that desperation will cause crime levels to increase, but also to a decrease in police protection from financially strapped cities and towns. More and more people are realizing they must take responsibility for their own safety.
 

AK: Sarah Palin honored by NRA with special Alaska-themed assault rifle
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was bashed for her pricey wardrobe, but now she's getting a lethal accessory. The National Rifle Association Foundation will present Sen. John McCain's ill-fated running mate with a military-style assault weapon next week. The all-white "Alaskan Hunter" - fashionable until Labor Day - is the civilian version of a modified M-4 rifle carried by U.S. troops overseas.
 

NY: Guns Important to Upstate NY
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Last week, the Assembly passed a series of anti-gun bills which many of my colleagues in that house and even some in the Senate believe will reduce gun violence. However, this legislation goes too far and would have little, if any, effect on gun violence. Rather these bills would just put new and onerous restrictions on law abiding gun owners and sportsmen.
 

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The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them. — Zachariah Johnson, 3 Elliot, Debates at 646

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