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Does the Second Amendment work?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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After reporting about Patrick Burris, one reader left this comment:

"The second amendment has been around for 200 hundred years and it was useless to prevent this man from killing five people."

While superficially true, it highlights the commenter’s lack of reading breadth. There are as many anecdotal stories to prove the Second Amendment’s effectiveness as there are those that ostensibly support the need for gun control.
 

Fighting the law-abiding doesn't fight crime
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"You don't fight crime after the fact nearly as well as you fight crime during the fact. After the fact, when crime has come and gone, you have the score of Crime 1 and the People 0. You certainly do not fight crime by fighting the electorate over more laws criminals ignore anyway, and all gun control does nothing but fight the electorate and ignore criminals."

"I am speaking of California Assembly Bill 962. You can read it all here."

"Fundamentally, it restricts a citizen’s ammunition acquisition and transfer of ammunition to fifty rounds per month. A student goes through more than that in a two hour class. Police officers go through more than that in qualifying when they need to qualify for their weapons. ..." ...
 

Ammunition law shows gun owners must act locally
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"California gun owners are facing another in a long line of threats. NRA-ILA warns us of Assembly Bill 962. Among other things:"
"This bill would require that commencing July 1, 2010, unless specifically excluded, no person shall sell or transfer more than 50 rounds of handgun ammunition in any month unless he or she is registered as a handgun ammunition vendor..."
"Yes, gun owners--anti-gun politicians really do hate you, plus this distracts attention from their utter incompetence at anything other than causing problems instead of providing solutions. It's not like a sane person would present this as an effective crime-fighting measure. The name of the game is political opportunism." ...
 

Tipping further
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As a result of the Supreme Court's Heller decision, many cities are being forced to dismantle their anti-gun laws. Chicago still wiggles and twists, trying to keep the rules unchanged in the face of the decision, but smaller cities are simply changing their laws. One of the first in the nation to ban handguns altogether was Morton Grove, Illinois. 27 years ago they banned all guns from their village and made no provision for legal ownership. Today, that law is rescinded. What I find interesting is that at the hearing by the town council concerning removing the ban, the reaction was pretty small. ..." ...
 

Showdown looms over Sotomayor nomination
Submitted by: Dave Workman
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seattle-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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A showdown is looming over the nomination of Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor to a pending vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, and this showdown will not only be on Capitol Hill, but in the firearms community.
 

Key Questions for Sonia Sotomayor
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Since Judge Sonia Sotomayor was nominated for the Supreme Court ... she has received fierce criticism for a number of her public statements and court opinions that reveal a troubling judicial philosophy. ..."

"In addition to concerns about her judicial philosophy, serious questions have been raised about Sotomayor's respect for judicial procedure. She has displayed a tendency to completely ignore or bury arguments she disfavors, treating unsettled statutory and constitutional questions as frivolous legal claims that merit no serious discussion. Equally troubling is her approach to constitutional rights: In several cases she has denied rights that are specifically protected by the Constitution while giving little or no justification thereof." ...
 

GOA and NRA keeping up pressure on Sotomayor nomination
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Under the current political climate it is more important than ever to be aware of what is going on in Washington in regards to our rights. England and Austrailia, just to name a few, learned the lesson the hard way. If we are to not suffer the same fate we MUST be aware and make use of our organizations and resources to keep enjoying our sport."

"Recently GOA reported that Sandy Froman has stepped up again to keep pressure on in regards to the nomination of Judge Sotomayer." ...
 

Buckeye Firearms Association joins groups opposing Sotomayor confirmation
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Buckeye Firearms Association has announced that it has joined the rapidly growing coalition of groups that are officially on record opposing the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor as a justice to the U.S. Supreme Court."

"'It is critical to the future of our country that we have justices who respect and uphold our Constitution,' said Jim Irvine, Chairman of Buckeye Firearms Association. 'Judge Sotomayor has proven that she does not respect the Second Amendment. Our country cannot afford to find out what other civil rights she aims to repeal.'" ...
 

Remington R-25 Multi-Caliber Semi-Auto AR-10 Crossover Rifle for Tactical AND Hunting Applications
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Several weeks ago, DefenseReview had an interesting conversation with Ralph Lermayer, Editor of AR Guns & Hunting and Predator Xtreme magazines about the relationship and crossover between the tactical shooting and hunting communities, particularly as they relate to the Second Amendment ... and legislation. During that conversation, I talked about how you shouldn't need more than one gun in each caliber for both uses, provided your ... tactical rifle/carbine or sniper rifle ... is accurate enough for hunting use. If you can use one gun for both tactical and hunting applications, it's going to be much easier on your pocket book. Let's face it, quality firearms are expensive, particularly if they’re custom built." ...
 

Josh Sugarmann: Only a 'Madman' Would Oppose All Gun Control, Says Gun World Editor
Submitted by: edward langley

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"According to Jan Libourel, the editor of Gun World magazine, 'Nobody but a madman would oppose some sort of gun control laws.'"

"Libourel is no gun grabber in disguise. The statement, in a column titled "Panic Attack," comes after his personal observation, 'It is true that the Democratic Party has for decades been much more receptive to punitive, repressive and unreasonable gun control measures.'" ...
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KABA Note: Okay, how about this for a national gun law: 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.
 

Senate May Try to Override State Concealed Weapons Restrictions By Amendment To Defense Authorization Bill
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is alerting activists across the country that a potential amendment to a Department of Defense authorization bill scheduled for action in the U.S. Senate as early as next week would eviscerate limitations in many U.S. states on who can carry a loaded, hidden handgun in public in their state."

"'We believe that, at the urging of the extremist gun lobby, some Senators want to adopt Federal legislation that would undercut state law limits on carrying hidden handguns,' said Paul Helmke ... 'This will endanger public safety and make it more difficult for our police officers to do their jobs.'" ...
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KABA Note: And according to a statistical analysis done by Howard Nemerov "Police officers in non-[Right to Carry] states had to defend their lives from violent criminals nearly three times as often as officers in RTC states"
 

Obama's Gunna Gitcher Guns and Steve King joins the Confederacy
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"So a couple of days ago I got a call from the National Rifle Association. Maybe you got this call, too. They were conducting a poll. But first, they wanted me to listen to a brief message from the NRA President. So I listened."

"The President told me all about the upcoming legislation, HR 45, intended to take away our second amendment rights. It was a scary description of this bill. Sounded to me like the beginnings of a police state." ...
 

Right to bear arms is a relic
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "The intent of the framers of our laws was to require citizens to serve in defense of our new nation. The stress of rebellion as well as the need to protect outlying communities obligated all able-bodied men to come to the aid of their country. The right to keep and bear arms was vital to our nation's continued existence."

"The war for independence is over. We have local police, state police and numerous national law enforcement agencies. We have a professional military. We no longer need militias. It is no longer necessary for private citizens to keep and bear arms in defense of our communities or our country. It is reasonable to restrict the type of weapons permitted to be owned by private citizens and time to revisit the Second Amendment."
 

CO: Aurora store owner shoots, kills robbery suspect
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The owner of a check-cashing and cigarette store shot and killed an armed robber in his store early Monday afternoon ..."

"Aurora police said they received a 911 call shortly after 1 p.m. about a gunman who attempted to rob the check-cashing store ..."

"After investigating, police said a 'possible suspec'" had been shot by a person in the store."

"The wounded person was driven by an unknown person to a Denver-area hospital where he died of a single gunshot wound, police said, refusing to identify the victim or the hospital where he was treated." ...
 

TN: 2 Criminals Shot During Jewelry Robbery in East Memphis
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Two people have been shot during an attempted robbery of a jewelry vender in East Memphis." ...

"... a jewelry vender was doing business inside the building just before the shooting happened. The man told police that he had been followed by four men, but didn't know how long they were watching him. ... when the man left the building, the four suspects tried to rob him. The vendor then pulled his gun and shot two of the would be robbers ..."

"Police say the two who were shot are in critical condition. Investigators also tell myEyewitnessNews.com the jeweler, 62 year-old Stephen Fleischman was targeted by the four men. It's believed the would be robbers were following Fleischman for quite some time." ...
 

AR: Worker Shoots Burglary Suspect During Break-In
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A worker at a Little Rock motorcycle dealership shot a burglary suspect early Tuesday morning." ...

"An employee, Julius Ceasaer, told officers that he was sleeping in the business when he heard a loud noise. He then saw a dark colored Dodge pick up backing into the business. Ceasaer said that he grabbed his shotgun, approached the front door and saw a man looking around at some of the motorcycles that were on display."

"When the suspect, 43-year-old Haywood Patterson, saw Ceasaer, he ran out of the business."

"Two other suspects inside the pick up then drove away. Ceasaer saw Patterson crouching down outside. Ceasaer told police he feared Patterson may have had a weapon, so he fired shots at him." ...
 

Three years later, Pinnacle Lake Trail murders still unsolved
Submitted by: Dave Workman
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seattle-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Saturday, July 11 marks the third anniversary of a crime that shook the Pacific Northwest’s hiking community to its core because of its complete senselessness."

"On that date in 2006, Mary Cooper, 56 and her daughter, Susanna Stodden, 27, were both murdered along the Pinnacle Lake trail, one of the more popular hiking trails off the Mountain Loop Highway. Their bodies were found by other hikers who had seen them alive a few hours earlier, at about 10 a.m., at the trailhead." ...
 

New Life Security Guard Speaks to Local Group About Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"When a gunman went on a spree at New Life Church back in December of 2007, security guard Jeanne Assam stepped in and took down the shooter before he could take any more church members' lives."

"Assam has only spoken a few times in public about what happened that day. Thursday night she told her story to members of the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition. She says a lot of what happened that day hasn't been told."

"She says she actually wasn't even supposed to be working on that Sunday as a security guard at New Life. She planned to take the day off, then she had a vision."

"'I had a vision of a gunman coming into the church,' she said." ...
 

NY: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Urges Governor to Sign Hunting Bill
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The State legislature has passed companion bills A-8302A and S-5500A allowing for permanent big game rifle hunting in Madison County.

Last year the legislature approved a one-year trial period for rifle hunting in the county.

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association thanks Assemblyman William Magee and Senator David Valesky for sponsoring these bills, and we encourage Gov.

Paterson to sign them promptly so the law will be in effect during this fall’s hunting season.
 

FL: Firearms Freedom Act Introduced in Florida
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Introduced in the Florida House on July 6, 2009, the 'Firearms Freedom Act' (HB-21) seeks to provide 'that specified firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition for personal use manufactured in state are not subject to federal law or regulation' in the State of Florida."

"The bill is sponsored by Florida State Reps '’Toole and Plakon. They follow in the path of Montana, and Tennessee who have already passed such legislation. And they join with Utah, Texas, South Carolina and others who are considering it in an effort to limit federal regulation of guns, and specifically invoke the 9th and 10th Amendments as restrictions on federal power ..." ...
 

TN: Bristol Exercised Its Right On Gun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Getting a statewide bill passed that allows citizens to carry firearms into parks became one of the most drawn out and messiest battles of the 2009 Tennessee General Assembly."

"Gov. Phil Bredesen ultimately vetoed the bill, the legislature swiftly overrode it and the law will take effect Sept. 1."

"But Tennessee lawmakers left an opening for localities to decide for themselves, which begs the question: Why did they spend all those weeks fighting and wrangling?"

"On Tuesday, the Bristol Tennessee City Council took advantage of that loophole. On a 3-2 vote, council members said bring the picnic basket when you enter a city-owned park, but leave the gun at home." ...
 

Where Does YOUR Attorney General Stand on the Second Amendment?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"We spoke on Tuesday about California Attorney General Jerry Brown petitioning the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Chicago's gun ban. 33 other state AGs have also lent their names to the effort."
 

MA: Officer accused of beating wife's pal
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Sandwich police officer accused of beating a man so severely he required 37 stitches to his face has a history of threatening the alleged victim ..."

"Accompanied by attorney Jens Bahrawy and an unidentified woman, Sandwich police Officer Dennis Byrne pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (blunt object) in Barnstable District Court yesterday, reports the Cape Cod Times."

"Byrne, 38, has a 'long history of conflict due to an ongoing relationship between Byrne’s wife ... and (the alleged victim),' a police report states. The alleged victim told police Byrne's wife is a battered woman, adding that 'Byrne is unstable and that he will eventually kill (his wife).'" ...
 

LA: NOPD cops lied about bar brawl, inquiry says
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The New Orleans Police Department's own internal investigation into a high-profile 2008 bar fight between off-duty officers and city transit workers found that five of its officers broke police conduct rules and then lied to investigators, with at least one officer coercing a civilian witness to lie about the incident, according to an internal report made public Thursday." ...
 

MT: MT's Bullock joins other AGs on gun case
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Montana's Steve Bullock is among 33 state attorneys general asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review Chicago's ban on private handgun ownership.

They've joined a friend of the court brief filed on behalf of a Chicago community activist who wants a handgun. The attorneys general also asked the court to hear a second case filed against Chicago by the National Rifle Association.

Last year, the court ruled in favor of gun rights in a case involving a gun ban imposed in Washington, D.C..

The attorneys general say in their court brief that the Chicago ban is a similar violation of the Second Amendment.
 

MA: Records Show Relatively Low Gun Ownership in Brookline
Submitted by: Seth Vose

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"For some, Brookline may not seem like the kind of place where you’d need to keep a machine gun handy."

"But according to state records, two residents are licensed to own — but not carry — the fully automated firearms in Brookline. Another 400 or so residents are licensed to own handguns, rifles and shotguns."

"For a town with 25,000 households, that means Brookline has a remarkably low rate of gun ownership compared to national averages, something critics have long blamed on the town's tough stance on gun registration and licensing." ...
 

NJ: Turn In Your Neighbor For $1000
Submitted by: Larry

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"Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark and member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition has a video explaining how to turn in your neighbor for $1000 cash, no questions asked. He calls this the best program in the country. Awful, of course. But there’s more." ...
 

TN: Follow rule of law regarding gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"For the second time in the past two years, the Jackson City Council has overwhelmingly supported the legal gun carrier's right to take their weapons into city parks. We support the council's decision, not because we believe guns belong in our parks, but because federal and state laws are clear on the matter. With no compelling evidence that responsible, licensed gun owners represent a danger to park patrons, the Second Amendment, the Tennessee Constitution and a host of laws and court rulings should be allowed to govern the issue." ...
 

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