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A Primer on the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Submitted by: R. Lee Wrights
Website: http://www.virginiainstitute.org/

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"The Second Amendment is among the most misunderstood provisions of the U.S. Constitution. That is not because it is particularly difficult to understand. On the contrary, for more than a hundred years after it was adopted, hardly anyone seemed the least bit confused about what it meant. The confusion, and some serious mistakes, only became widespread in the twentieth century, when influential people began to think it was a good idea to disarm the civilian population."
 

CT: Milford drops 'issues class' as 'too liberal' -- curriculum promoted gun control
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The school system is scrapping a social issues class a Board of Education member criticized as too liberal."

"It's biased towards the left. It sounds like it came out of (University of California at) Berkeley. It's anti-cop," said board member Kim Raseman, a Democrat. One parent said canceling the class is "censorship."

Raseman said he never attended one of the classes and did not talk to the teacher or the students. He said he based his criticism on the textbook and the syllabus. He said he found fault with questions in the syllabus like "Does gun ownership increase violence in the United States?"

"If you're going to censor lies, it's not censorship," he said.

"The class' 10-page curriculum explores contemporary issues such as the environment, civil rights, medicine and individual privacy. Issues addressed include assisted suicide, homosexuality, abortion, gun control and reproductive technologies."
 

Europe: Sky Marshals May Take Off
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Armed sky marshals could still become a feature on European flights as part of tighter security measures to prevent terrorist attacks."

"The option was studied and then dropped by EU governments last year in the wake of the September 11 attacks."

"But now the European Commission says the success of sky marshals elsewhere in the world means the plan should be looked at once more."

"Legal problems over carrying guns on European aircraft, and the huge cost of maintaining security teams had prompted ministers to abandon the idea in favour of tighter checks on baggage and passengers."
 

PA: House unanimously passes resolution to post armed guardsmen at nuclear plants
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The state House unanimously passed a resolution yesterday urging Gov. Mark S. Schweiker to order National Guard troops patrolling the state's five nuclear power plants to carry loaded weapons."

"The resolution is sponsored by Minority Whip Mike Veon, whose Beaver County district includes a nuclear plant in Shippingport. Veon said he has received several calls over the past eight months from Guard members and their families, who say the troops have been carrying unloaded guns."

"He said he proposed the resolution out of frustration with his inability to get answers from the administration or National Guard officials to confirm whether this is true."

"I don't believe this administration can continue to tell Pennsylvanians we are among the most prepared states in the nation in respect to homeland security when our soldiers aren't even permitted to carry loaded weapons," Veon said.
 

HI: Unconstitutional federal gunlock giveaway makes its way through Hawaii
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"More than 300 free gun locks were given out in Kaimuki yesterday to kick off the Hawai'i portion of a nationwide firearm safety program."

"Project HomeSafe workers set up their tent and mobile truck unit in the Kaimuki Pizza Hut/Taco Bell parking lot while almost 100 people waited for their gun locks."

"There are more than 1 million guns in Hawai'i, with 14,000 new registrations each year, said Maj. Tim Slovak, Honolulu Police Department division commander in charge of records and identification."

KABA NOTE: The federal government is funding this program -- $5 million -- but they do not have the Constitutional authority to appropriate public funds and use them in this manner. The "National Shooting Sports Foundation" is an accomplice.
 

DE: Teens and look-alike guns: a tragic combination
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The three youths who flashed a gun at passing motorists on Route 1 are still alive. The 16-year-old male who pointed a gun at three teens in the parking lot at Midway Billiards is still alive but faces charges. The four people who had a gun in their truck when they were arrested for a hate crime, May 24, are still able to tell their story."

"In each of the incidents in Delaware State Police territory during the past two months, suspects brandished BB pistols that look like real guns. All escaped a tragedy either from inciting a problem with someone who had a real gun or from an officer trained to react with force when weapons are involved in a situation."

"...since most of the incidents police have seen involve young people, the responsibility falls on parents."
 

FL: Widow gets settlement from pawnshop in case where gun dealer sold firearm to mildly retarded man
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Florida Supreme Court has refused to review a controversial appeals court ruling that declared an Okeechobee pawnshop negligent for selling a gun to a mildly retarded man three days before he killed an Ohio tourist four years ago."

"The decision ended a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of tourist Sonny George Jones against Williams Gun & Pawn, the shop that sold a.38-caliber handgun to Jamie Lofton in November 1998."

""This means people in the gun business have an added liability if they are going to sell a gun to a mentally disturbed person, even if that person is not noticeably weird," Stuart attorney Jack Sobel said."
 

FL: Goodwill president caught with gun at airport, arrested and fined
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"Authorities arrested the president of Southwest Florida Goodwill this weekend for trying to bring a firearm onto a plane at Southwest Florida International Airport."

"Kathy Beehler, of North Fort Myers, was arrested on the charge of carrying a concealed firearm. She was released after posting $2,500 bond."

"Kathy and her husband, Gail, were going through security at the airport when security officials noticed a handgun inside Beehler's bag after an X-ray examination."

"Goodwill issued a statement Monday showing support for Kathy."

""We are totally supportive of Kathy Beehler and we believe that this was indeed a freak event and that she had absolutely no intention of inflicting harm in any way," stated Hatton Rogers, chairman of Goodwill's Board of Directors."
 

PA: Another failed 'restraining order' leads to death of woman who should have been armed
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Charles Schuler threatened to kill his wife three times before he showed up with a hunting rifle at the home they once shared..."

"Mr. Schuler arrived at the South Abington townhouse early Sunday and killed his pregnant stepdaughter and himself instead."

"Lisa Schuler had an active protection-from-abuse order against her husband, a convicted felon. He was not supposed to have contact with her."

KABA NOTE: A piece of paper cannot stop a truly committed madman -- but a shotgun can.
 

Gun Control Groups Worry About Justice Department Rule
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Gun control advocates say a new Justice Department interpretation of the Second Amendment could affect the course of pending litigation, and they are urging attorneys to take note."

"The Brady Campaign, a Washington-based advocacy organization that favors gun control, is taking aim at two footnotes published last April by the Department of Justice."

"Those notes refer to a finding of two judges sitting on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges interpreted the Second Amendment to the Constitution as guaranteeing an individual right to keep and bear arms, subject to certain reasonable restrictions."

"At a briefing with reporters last week, Brady Campaign attorney Dennis A. Henigan said that Attorney General John Aschroft is misusing precedent. He said that most other circuits have interpreted the 2nd amendment to support a collective, 'militia-use' right, and did not extend that right to private citizens."

"He said that the decision to use the 5th circuit precedent was selective and arbitrary."
 

25,000 Gas Masks Ordered for Capitol
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Call it another sign of the times: 25,000 gas masks have been ordered to help protect the Capitol — tourists included — in the event of a chemical or biological attack."

"Capitol Police officials were to announce they had ordered up the so-called quick masks today, a congressional official said, speaking on condition of anonymity."

"They'll be stored around the building to help tourists, members of Congress and their staffs survive a chemical or biological attack, the official said."
 

Please welcome our special guest from the NRA....Bill Parkerson.
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The Guns and Ammo magazine website is hosting an NRA rep to field questions from gun owners. This is an ongoing discussion which will take place from June 26-28. To access, click on the "Gun Talk" icon, select "Second Amendment Issues," and then select "Please welcome our special guest from the NRA....Bill Parkerson.."

The site also has a signup feature for people interested in joining their board.
 

FL: School's dean held in armed robbery
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The man responsible for discipline at Escambia Charter School was arrested Tuesday in the armed robbery of a convenience store a day before, Pensacola police said."

"Anthony B. Woods, 37, who is a school dean and also the former assistant coach of the Pensacola Barracudas football team, told Detective Erik Goss he had been drinking before the robbery of Tom Thumb at 3280 Summit Boulevard..."

"Police identified Woods with a surveillance video...he had his hand under his shirt, told the female cashier he had a gun and demanded money...Police said she thought he was joking. But he grabbed her by the shirt, pulled her down to the counter and demanded money again. The cashier gave him some cash, and he left in a car..."
 

FL: Family of slain Largo woman sue sheriff's office for negligence
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TAMPA -- "The family of a woman killed by her ex-boyfriend after he escaped from a mental health facility and retrieved his gun from authorities have sued the facility and the sheriff's office for negligence."

"Jennifer Lynn Thompson, 20, of Largo, was shot in the head at close range with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun in a secluded parking lot near Tampa International Airport in 2000."

"Stephen Howard Look II, 22, of St. Petersburg, was sentenced to life in prison for her murder."
 

NE: Crimes against persons on the increase in the capitol city, while RKBA is denied
Submitted by: T.L.Tyrrell Sr.

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Young adults, in Lincoln, strong armed and frisked for CD's in a public park, and local man followed and vehicle rammed for a few dollars, yet the Nebraska legislature steadfastly denies constituents the means to defend themselves.

A woman viciously raped and strangled with her own panty hoose is morally superior to enforcing her right to defend herself.
 

Do we need a "government"?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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Any American who loves the concept and practice of "liberty" should be scared to the very core of his being when government moves beyond its authority and does not adhere to the dictates of the true governing body, the sovereign people, resulting in a "ruling" body over people. ... Because each of the people governs himself does not mean there is the absence of any form of political authority resulting in disorder and confusion or lacking in any cohesive principle or anarchy.
 

Understanding the Loss of Freedom
Submitted by: R. Lee Wrights
Website: http://www.rationalreview.com

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"The sacrifice created by humanity's fear of the unknown is twofold and therefore doubly tragic. Especially when the sacrifice involves freedom. Any individual that willingly relinquishes their own freedom for a promise of greater security will have no qualms about voting away someone else’s liberty.... People sacrifice themselves and their neighbors on the altar of Sacred Safety, which is a false-god conjured by the beast Bureaucracy feasting upon an ample fare of human fear."
 

Probe of FBI shooting of unarmed man begins
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"A grand jury investigating an FBI agent's mistaken shooting of an unarmed Pasadena man in March began taking testimony yesterday, with the wounded 20-year-old as one of the first witnesses."

"FBI mistook Schultz for a bank robbery suspect the agent and his unit were searching for that day and shot him in the face with an M-4 rifle."

"The FBI admitted the error. Schultz had nothing to do with the bank robbery, and a suspect was arrested two days later."

G. Hughes also submitted: "The Anne Arundel County grand jury is expected to hear many more witnesses as it considers whether to indict FBI Special Agent Christopher Braga for shooting Joseph Charles Schultz on March 1 as Schultz and his girlfriend returned from a trip to a mall."
 

Court rules Pledge of Allegiance 'unconstitutional'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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SAN FRANCISCO, California -- "A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag cannot be recited in public schools because the phrase "under God" endorses religion."

"In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that reciting the phrase was a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state and amounted to government endorsing religion."

"The 9th Circuit is the most liberal and the most overturned appeals court in the country."

Another Newslinks submitter's comments: "Now that the Pledge of Allegiance has been declared unconstitutional, should we stop using US money? If this isn't the biggest bunch of horse manure, I don't know what is."

KABA NOTE: The 9th circuit has also said the Second Amendment's "right of the people" refers to the alleged right of states. Anyone who is suprised by this move needs to wake up and smell the coffee.
 

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The provision in the Constitution granting the right to all persons to bear arms is a limitation upon the power of the Legislature to enact any law to the contrary. The exercise of a right guaranteed by the Constitution cannot be made subject to the will of the sheriff. [People vs. Zerillo, 219 Mich. 635, 189 N.W. 927, at 928 (1922)]

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