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To err on the side of freedom is no error
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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From the Nazi gun-banner's dream of herding 6 million defenseless Jews onto the death trains to the no-guns-or-gunpowder-allowed IRA bombings and shoot-'em-ups in Bono's Ireland to Idi Amin's unstoppable slaughter of unarmed victims in Uganda, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley still fails to grasp the self-evident truth that gun bans and preposterous buyback programs are just the stuff of gangbangers' dreams. Who doesn't get this stuff? Liberal, dopey denial cultists, that's who.
 

CO: Burglary victim faces four counts of attempted murder
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The Jefferson County District Attorney is pursuing charges against an 82 year old man who protected his property, and his life, with a firearm back in February of 2010. Two suspected illegal immigrants, who attempted to steal a trailer from Robert Wallace and run him over with a pickup truck, were finally arrested Friday in connection with the case. Robert Wallace, the 82 year old homeowner, still faces 12 felony charges, including four counts of attempted first degree murder. Furthermore, the two suspected illegal immigrants went months without being charged at all.
 

MT: Responsible gun ownership
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Clearly it is in the best interests of law abiding — and responsible — gun owners that gun laws be devised to deny firearm access, not only to criminal or violent individuals, but also to those who are careless, accident-prone, alcoholic or suicidal. Independent polls show that most gun owners — even a strong majority of the membership of the NRA — understand this. However, in the past many have been conflicted by their fears that their hunting rifles or hand guns might be confiscated. Now that the self-defense rights of law-abiding gun owners have been accorded constitutional protection, these fears surely can be put to rest.
 

IL: Tough New Chicago Gun Law Takes Effect
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An ordinance that Chicago officials say is the strictest handgun regulation in the country takes effect Monday.

The restrictions were approved by the City Council July 2 in response to a Supreme Court ruling that local lawmakers say will put more guns in people's hands.

The new ordinance bans gun shops in Chicago and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or in their garages, with a handgun.

Suits have already been filed by a man who wants to open a gun shop in the city and four residents along with a gun sellers group. They claim the ordinance is unconstitutional.
 

CT: Stop seeking foolish ways to circumvent gun ruling
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State Rep. Michael P. Lawlor said the decision says reasonableness is not owning “a tank or a thermonuclear device.” He further said, “Obviously, some people feel that they want to have firearms for self-defense or hunting purposes and they have a right to do that.”

Perhaps now Lawlor, state Sens. Andrew J. McDonald and Martin M. Looney might save thousands of dollars and countless hours of time spent researching and at public hearings by not proposing more foolish ways to circumvent this decision. Stop with the ill-fated microstamping schemes and other infringements on our rights that don’t support the meaning or the spirit of the Second Amendment.
 

MO: Armed robber shot by his would-be victim
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An armed robber was reportedly shot in self defense by his would-be victim

Police say that a man was in a parked car, on the 5400 block of Riverview Blvd in St. Louis, MO just after 10 PM when a robber drove up, got out of his own vehicle, approached the parked car on foot, and brandished a handgun. The victim reportedly drew his own gun and fired in self defense, striking the robber in the arms and chest, and ending the attack. The robber is said to have fled a short distance through an alley, before collapsing in front of a home. Police arrived to find a suspect, who was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition, according to news reports.
 

TX: Lytle homicide first in at least 13 years, police chief says
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A male was shot and killed shortly before noon at a Park and Ride in Lytle on Sunday while sitting in the front seat of his vehicle, police say.

The Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 39-year-old Guadalupe Hernandez Junior of Somerset. Meanwhile, Lytle police say the shooter may have been acting in self defense.

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Police say Hernandez was fighting with a woman and punched a hole through the windshield of a late-model Mercedes. Witnesses say the shooter got involved to protect the woman and himself. They say he shot Hernandez once in the chest.

The shooter, who was still on the scene when the officers arrived, is being questioned by Lytle police.
 

GA: State House Candidate Josh Clark Endorsed by NRA
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Josh Clark, Candidate for State House of Representatives District 98, is pleased to receive the endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and GeorgiaCarry.org, two leading Second Amendment groups.

"I'm honored to receive the endorsement of these two fine organizations. Protecting our right to own firearms for self-defense as well as recreational purposes is important to me, and essential to the foundation of our liberty" said Josh Clark.

Jerry Henry, Executive Director of GeorgiaCarry.org in a letter announcing their endorsement said "We appreciate your continued support of the Second Amendment and protecting our individual right to self defense."
 

NC: Goals remain clear
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After reading the July 5 letter "Constitutional originalism," I feel compelled to affirm that many Americans do not agree with the statist theories like those proffered by the author of the aforementioned letter. We believe that rights such as self-defense are not something that government can mete out like cheese. We believe that the Founding Fathers were smart enough to realize that a too-powerful, centralized federal government was to be avoided at all cost. To that end, they were also wise enough to know that a disarmed citizenry, whether part of a militia or not, would be akin to granting government complete dominion over the populace.
 

CT: Conn. man allegedly shot by brother dies
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Police say 57-year-old William Fay shot his 52-year-old brother, David, during an argument Thursday at their West Haven home.

Police say David Fay died early Sunday at a local hospital.

William Fay was arraigned Friday on charges of attempted murder and assault. He had a severe gash on his head when police responded to the home Thursday, and his public defender said in court Friday that he may have been assaulted.

He did not say whether they intend to claim self-defense.

Police say the gun was registered to David Fay, and that William Fay has no criminal conviction record. He was being held on $600,000 bond and is due back in Milford Superior Court on July 23.
 

WI: NRA Youth Sports Fest draws 120 participants to Beloit
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You’re never too old to dress up like cowboy and plink cans in the backyard with a .22.

Well, technically, the cowboys weren’t shooting cans. But they were earnest about introducing young people to the wide world of recreational shooting sports Saturday at the NRA Youth Sports Fest at the Beloit Rifle Club.

Volunteers from several local gun clubs as well as Green County 4-H worked with 120 youth participants who ranged from kindergarten to high school age.

The clubs have invested in youth-sized guns, bows and other equipment with help from the Friends of the National Rifle Association, said Tom Helbig, event coordinator and owner of Handgun Dynamics.
 

FL: Robber's killer did what had to be done to save others
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Mr. Hammad says he's sorry it happened and understandably feels bad for Pinkney's family. He said he wishes he had bulletproof glass that would have prevented the shootout. I sincerely hope Mr. Hammad will not beat himself up too badly, though. I'm sure he will be dealing with a fair amount of post-traumatic stress over the incident, but he must console himself with the fact that he saved countless lives with his actions: his own, his co-worker, his two customers and the inevitable future victims of this unrepentant killer.

If that evening had ended any other way, Pinkney would simply have moved on to his next target. Unfortunately real evil does exist in this world, and Pinkney epitomized it.
 

IA: Hancock County and West Burlington respond to the NRA
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As reported in a previous article on The Examiner, the NRA has made contact with Hancock County regarding their proposed ordinance that would ban handguns from County property, and with West Burlington regarding the ordinance they already have on the books regarding a similar ban. It did not take long for both localities to respond to the NRA action. According to The Des Moines Register:

"That's too bad," West Burlington Mayor Hans Trousil said about opposition to his city's ban from the National Rifle Association. "They need to sit in our chairs and worry about these nut jobs that go around with guns."
 

VA: Hampton man killed in overnight shooting
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According to police, Arsenault allegedly approached the suspect as he was getting into his car parked in the Sentara Emergency Center's parking lot across from the restaurant. The suspect told police that he pulled a gun from his vehicle and told Arsenault to stop, Eley said.

The suspect and several witnesses told police that the suspect fired the gun several times when Arsenault continued walking toward him, Eley said.

Police recovered two knives from Arsenault at the hospital, Eley said.
 

FL: Holster outrage; gun ban right call
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Naturally, gun enthusiasts and dealers came in, guns blazin’, to sue Chicago. Just when they thought they had it made after the Supreme Court’s decision, the Chicago mayor shattered their dreams.

It’s difficult for us to fathom some of the on-going debate about gun control or to see the issue from the side of those who believe less-strict policies on gun ownership will ease gun violence.

Saying that allowing more people to own guns is a solution to gun violence is like saying that the solution to America’s obesity is to build more fast-food restaurants.

We can’t help but agree with Chicago’s decision and are angry that the Supreme Court would be so blind as to limit any state’s rights to make decisions on gun ownership.
 

LA: Guns allowed in church
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For hundreds of years the gun has been used to protect ones self and ones family from harm. Now, Louisiana law makers say you should be able to protect yourself and your family at church, as well. House bill 1272 was recently signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal. His office released the following statement.

"The Governor's position on the second amendment is not new. He sides with the constitutional rights of law abiding gun owners."

Over the past several years we have all heard the reports of deadly attacks on people attending a worship service. But, will the new law make things safer?
 

Liberals ask, "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"
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In defiance of the case's outcome Mayor Richard "Bluto" Daley essentially stood up and made his own ignorant proclamation that this was not over. He has promised a new gun law which will be, by his own admission, a burdensome mishmash regulations designed to allow gun ownership but only after applicants have jumped though a myriad of hoops and paid some hefty fees to the coffers. What he will ultimately try to establish is a way to skirt the rights and privileges of Chicago residents by allowing them to technically own guns but to make doing so so difficult that so that few, if any, will be able to meet all the requirements he will set forth.
 

CA: Gun Advocates Arm for Community Cleanup
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With weapons unloaded and holstered, members of the gun rights organization South Bay Open Carry toured Hermosa Beach Saturday, picking up trash and passing out fliers in an effort to inform residents about the right to legally carry firearms in public.

The Supreme Court ruled in June that municipalities and states must abide by the Second Amendment, which protects that right. And in California, open carry law allows residents to publicly carry unloaded guns.

Many gun control organizations have criticized this law, and the South Bay Open Carry's weekend event. Groups have argued that open carry will cause more violence in communities, and that only police should openly carry guns to protect the public.
 

CO: Colorado Senate Races Illustrate Clamorous U.S. Campaign Season
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The two sparred last week at an amphitheater in Estes Park, Colorado, where about 150 people, including Tea Party activists, gathered on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park.

“I have one reason that I am running for the United States Senate: our federal government is out of control,” said Norton, 55, the lieutenant governor from 2003-07.

Buck, 51, told the crowd about his wife’s gun. “She got her concealed-carry permit the other day, so I am a changed husband,” he said. “That should tell you something about the Second Amendment in our household.”
 

'Don't give up! Get aboard the Stop Kagan Express'
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An effort to derail the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has generated more than 75,000 individual letters to U.S. senators in six weeks, notes the organizer of the campaign that will continue until a final vote.

"We will continue to put every member on notice – Republicans and Democrats – that a vote for Kagan is a vote against the U.S. military, a vote against the Constitution, a vote against free speech and a vote for ultra-partisan extremism and activism on the bench," said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND who is orchestrating the "Stop Kagan Campaign."
 

The Dems' War on SCOTUS
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Comes news from the Windy City that in response to the resounding victory for Second Amendment Rights in McDonald v. Chicago the Mayor and City Counsel have turned to the city’s problems in a manner designed to protect constitutional liberties. Just kidding. They have instituted a scheme of “massive resistance.”

Mayor Daley has said he will not “roll over” to the Supreme Court. Now, I’m as much for not treating Supreme Court pronouncements as gospel as the next guy (presuming he has an “Impeach Warren” bumper sticker down in the basement), but this is really a scandal. This is not a made-up right we have come to expect from the Court.
 

NRA takes flak for ties with left
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The National Rifle Association, the powerful lobbying group that has been a longtime nemesis of liberals, is facing mounting criticism from influential allies on the right and even from its own board over a series of recent moves they say are selfish, short-sighted and ultimately harmful to the conservative movement.

Critics cite a list of transgressions, from considering an endorsement of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), to endorsing moderate Republicans — and even Democrats — rather than their more-conservative challengers, to taking a cautious approach to Second Amendment court cases and President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees.
 

TX: Homicide on Ribbon Tail
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Police are investigating a possible homicide, however officials say the killer is claiming self-defense.

It happened about 12:30 Saturday morning. Police were called to a shooting on the 900 block of Ribbon Tail.

They say it stemmed from a confrontation between two acquaintances from the same neighborhood in Flour Bluff.

It turned deadly when police say a 45 year old man shot the 39 year old man multiple times with a handgun. Police say during their investigation, the shooter had to be taken to the hospital because of a medical condition.
 

Judges, Guns and Money: Part III
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How was I to know [he] was with the Russians, too?

Justice Stevens’ opinion leaves him on the wrong side of history regarding the importance of the 2nd Amendment.

Part III deals with Justice Stevens’ dissenting opinion in McDonald v. Chicago, Justice Scalia’s responsive concurrence, and a general summary of the issues. Part I dealt with the plurality decision written by Justice Alito, the dissenting opinion of Justice Breyer, and is relevant to a discussion on the doctrine of incorporation. Part II dealt with Justice Thomas’ brilliant concurrence, rejecting the doctrine of incorporation for the “privileges and immunities” clause of the 14th Amendment.
 

CA: Safer Streets 2010: The Los Angeles Times right again??
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Today's Times article appears online as Openly bearing arms, beachgoers cite rights by Jack Leonard. The Times article was above the fold in the California Section in my doorstep edition, and I nodded that it was a good piece, more than fair. Leonard reported that Hermosa Beach saw an organized trash cleanup thanks to South Bay Open Carry, the purpose being to associate cleanup with contributing to a community in general. Gun owners are most interested in community and the self-rule that it requires if community is to work best. Bringing self-rule understanding as a totality to the layman has long been a function of gun ownership.
 

NY: Gun-rights issue has long history for blacks seeking self-defense
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Lobbyists for gun possession owe black Americans a historical debt of gratitude. The Supreme Court reminds us of this debt in its recent decision to overturn Chicago's sweeping prohibition of firearm possession. The decision rests on more than the Second Amendment. It also rests on the 14th Amendment, which brought equal protections under law to freed slaves after the Civil War.
 

OR: Autopsy: Tased woman, 87, had heart disease
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An 87-year-old woman was tased by deputies after they said she was threatening them with a gun, and later died at the hospital.

Dr. Larry Lewman of the medical examiner's office said Friday that Phyllis Owens had a history of heart disease, and a healthy person wouldn't have died in similar circumstances. He said he has yet to determine what effect the stun gun had on the woman's pacemaker.

The Clackamas County sheriff's office said Owens had a gun and was threatening a man working on a water line nearby at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: I'm amazed that no class action lawsuit by relatives of the many people killed by Taser has been filed against the company.
This is one "tool" cops don't need.
 

CO: Elderly man facing serious charges for shooting at thieves
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Legal analyst Dan Recht said he believes the Jefferson County District Attorney is "seriously overcharging" a Wheat Ridge homeowner, accused of attempted first degree murder for shooting at two thieves.

Wallace now faces twelve felony counts, including four counts of attempted first degree murder, for what he described as an act of defending his property and his life. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Ed.: Also a video.
 

CA: Oakland Police Planned for Calm After Verdict
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At 8 p.m. Thursday, a wall of police officers stretching curb to curb slowly made its way up Broadway in downtown Oakland. They gripped batons and wore helmets with plastic visors as they advanced on hundreds of protesters, a few of whom were hurling rocks and plastic bottles.
The officers corralled protesters onto side streets and broke up groups of young men following the involuntary manslaughter verdict in the case of Johannes Mehserle, a former BART officer who had shot and killed an unarmed black man, Oscar Grant III, during the early hours of New Year's Day 2009.
Within an hour, the authorities had secured the city center.

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CA: Grant relative, minister calls Mehserle letter 'garbage'
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A letter to the public by former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, expressing sorrow for shooting and killing Oscar Grant III on a station platform 18 months ago, is "garbage," a mere ploy to get a lighter sentence, Grant's uncle and a minister close to his family told a gathering of community members and reporters Saturday in West Oakland.
"Just like he faked and cried on the stand, he sent out a fake letter to the public," uncle Cephus Johnson said.
"A letter released to the press is not a letter to the family of Oscar Grant," Minister Keith Muhammad of the Nation of Islam said. "It's a political letter to influence sentencing."

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Carrying a Taser gave him a phony excuse for shooting the victim.
 

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