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Christian Resistance: "Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." -- Romans Chapter 13 Revisited
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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... "For many Christians throughout history, the above text of Romans 13 has been used to justify inaction against the tyrannies of their day. German Lutheran pastors hid behind it in the time of the Nazis, giving sermons to their congregations that justified submission in the face of Nazi tyranny as 'obedience to the Higher Power.' Hitler was happy to let them continue preaching."

"Other Christians, however, have resisted this interpretation. In American history, Jonathan Mayhew, the man who was the first practicioner of what King George the Third would later dub 'The Black Regiment,' was one Christian who correctly interpreted Romans 13 not as an excuse for inaction but rather as part of a Christian call to arms." ...
 

Does civilian gun ownership cause bloodshed?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"('Joe' - One of history's most successful gun control proponents, who led tens of millions of his people to a new life of peace and prosperity. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)"

"In the last article, reader 'Alex' commented:"
"'Obviously it is time to repeal the second amendment because of all the bloodshed it has caused.'"
"Faithful reader 'Hank' responded:"
"'Alex wants to repeal the second amendment because of all the bloodshed. Alex maybe you want to repeal all the amendments and live under a dictator on the fact that all dictators have a exemplary record of reducing crime much better then [sic] representative governments.'"
"So who's right?" ...
 

Lessons from 'bring your guns to church day'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Lloyd Garver writes for the Huffington Post, and commented on the Louisville, Kentucky church that had a 'Bring your gun to church' Sunday on June 27th to celebrate Independence Day and the Second Amendment. In his column of July 2nd, he raised some interesting objections that I wanted to answer. Pastor Pagano had told him many pictures from ancient, medieval, and our own revolutionary time show people attending church while obviously armed. He responded 'I reminded him that there were many things that were done hundreds of years ago that aren't done today -- like sacrificing goats, having slaves, and avoiding baths.' ..." ...
 

Chicago: national gun rights battleground
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Today, a prediction: Chicago is going to be the most crucial battlefield in the struggle for gun rights for at least the next two years. If you care about gun rights, no matter which side of the debate you favor, then you need to know what's going on in Illinois ... The battle lines are being drawn already."

"First, there's the judicial match coming to a head sometime in the coming year: McDonald v. Chicago. he NRA's case against Chicago has been merged with the original lawsuit filed by four Chicago residents ... together with the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association. Both cases expand on last year's Supreme Court decision in Heller v. D.C. ..." ...
 

Froman takes center stage in gun rights battle over Sotomayor
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Former National Rifle Association President Sandra S. Froman – full disclosure: a dear friend of mine – has stepped up to the plate and is demonstrating the kind of leadership that propelled her to the helm of the 4-million member organization a couple of years back."

"She will, on Thursday, testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court."

"A Tucson, AZ attorney who was first elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 1992, Sandy Froman is nobody’s fool. She will deliver remarks to the Senate committee that are well-thought-out, specific and from the head as well as from the heart." ...
 

Libertarians take aim at Sotomayor's anti-gun stance
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"America's third largest party reiterated its opposition Wednesday to the Supreme Court nomination of federal judge Sonia Sotomayor after the nominee refused to give a firm answer on whether individuals have the right of self-defense."

"'Is there a constitutional right to self-defense?' Sotomayor asked when questioned by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) whether or not the Constitution guaranteed him the right of self-defense. 'I can't think of one. I could be wrong.'"

"... it's troubling that when confronted with a constitutionally-enshrined principle she disagrees with ... things are suddenly muddled and up for debate,' said Donny Ferguson, Libertarian National Committee Communications Director." ...
 

Gun Rights Examiners Take On Sotomayor
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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... "As you can see, we've been working hard to bring you information on where this nominee stands on your right to keep and bear arms, raising questions that will no doubt be put to her if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court."
 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Testifies at Judge Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"WHITEHOUSE: Now that the panel is assembled, I will swear the entire panel in. We will return to regular order. You can all give your opening statements, and then questioning will begin at the conclusion of those opening statements." ...
 

NRA opposes Sotomayor nomination to Supreme Court
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The National Rifle Association announced Thursday that it opposes Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court."

"'We believe any individual who does not agree that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right and who does not respect our God-given right of self-defense should not serve on any court, much less the highest court in the land,' said a joint statement by Wayne LaPierre, the NRA executive vice president, and Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Reform."

"Opposition to Sotomayor by the powerful gun lobby reflects conservative unease with President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, but is considered unlikely to prevent her confirmation by the U.S. Senate." ...
 

Sotomayor: Where for art thou, NRA?
Submitted by: Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.GunsPoliticsandFreedom.com

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"From statements, rulings and writings, there is little doubt that Obama Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is an enemy of the Second Amendment. Even beyond hints of racism and liberal judicial activism, beyond numerous overturned rulings, gun owners should realize that once seated, she would have an immediate impact on the court’s interpretation of the right to keep and bear arms." ...
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Submitter's Note: After a three week hiatus, Paul Valone returns to examiner.com by demanding why the NRA has mounted only half-hearted opposition to the Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.
 

What You Should Know About The Marlin 336
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The wind was cold and frost filled the air, it was a typical December morning in Tennessee."

"As dawn began to lift, I saw the silhouette of what appeared to be a large black bear behind a thicket of undergrowth about 90 yards to my right."

"He set up on his behind and looked directly at me. I remained motionless, knowing any sudden movement would send him over the hill and into campfire tales."

"After looking my way for several minutes, he went back to digging and rooting in the ground behind the bushes. Apparently he didn't see me or perceive me as a threat."

"I slowly raised the Marlin 336 to my shoulder, when he moved, I moved, when he stopped, I stopped." ...
 

Brady Campaign President Responds To NRA Opposition To Judge Sonia Sotomayor
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, released the following statement:"

"'Judge Sonia Sotomayor has given clear and responsible answers concerning the Second Amendment to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, while not pre-judging any issues that may come before her on the Supreme Court. We were impressed with her presentation. The National Rifle Association, in opposing her, is showing its true colors. '" ...
 

Don't use domestic violence to promote gun-rights issues
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Bob Palma's July 2 letter to the editor sadly misses the point of the June 28 report on three recent victims of domestic violence. Palma seems to imply that the victims are at fault for their own murders for not taking the time to purchase guns and learn how to use them. Guns may or may not have protected these victims of violence; however, invoking the Second Amendment only serves as a distraction from the true issue. Though some individuals may be more comfortable letting victims of domestic violence take the blame for their own abuse, it is time to face the facts and understand that the three men charged with murdering their own wives are completely culpable, not the women who suffered at their hands.
 

Tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) To Oppose National Hidden Handgun Law!
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The gun lobby is attempting to force our communities to permit untrained and dangerous individuals from other states to carry loaded, hidden handguns in public." ...

"If the gun lobby gets its way in Congress, the following scenarios might become all too real:"

"You're visiting an elderly family member at the hospital when you see a gruff man in the waiting room adjusting his loaded and deadly handgun in his belt. You inform the nurse that there is a dangerous and armed man next to sick and dying people and the nurse informs you that it is 'legal' for the gun owner to carry a concealed weapon inside the hospital." ...
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Submitter's Note: Except, of course, that most (if not all) 'shall-issue' states allow businesses to forbid guns, usually by posting a simple sign.
 

CNN's Toobin: 'Preposterous' to Believe in 2nd Amend. Right Back at Harvard
Submitted by: JarheadSgt

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"During CNN’s coverage of the Sotomayor hearings on Wednesday, legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin implied that the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision to uphold the Second Amendment was revolutionary: 'When I was in law school...the idea that you had a Second Amendment right to a gun was considered preposterous....But the Supreme Court [in Heller]...said that...individuals have a personal right to bear arms.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Their arrogance is on display here. We are just a bunch of gun toting, uneducated. rednecks.
 

TN: Hats Off to Tootsie's Owner for Manning Up to the Guns-in-Bars Crowd
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"As reported in Tuesday's Tennessean, bouncers at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge will soon start using metal-detecting wands to ensure that patrons respect the bar's 'no guns' policy. Yesterday, a story posted on Forbes magazine's website about the first day of Tennessee's transformation into the Wild Wild West featured these words from Tootsie's owner Steve Smith:"
"We've never had nobody seriously injured at Tootsie's, and I don't want to start gambling now by starting to allow guns in the place."
"For Smith, who says he expects to lose a few customers, clearly sanity has prevailed over greed. ..." ...
 

SC: When the Constitution means what it actually says...
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"If you're younger than 21 in South Carolina, you cannot buy alcohol. But what about having it in your possession or drinking it?"

"A court ruling today suggests state law contains nothing that would make it illegal for many young people to own or use alcoholic beverages." ...

"... Article 17, Section 14 of the state constitution conditionally gives those 18 and over the 'full legal rights and responsibilities' of all other adults, with one exception -- the General Assembly can restrict the sale of alcohol."

"But that section of the constitution does not specifically address consumption or possession." ...
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Submiter's Note: Will 18 year old citizens gain their full 2nd Amendment Rights as well? This case may be the start of something...
 

TX: NW Houston resident fatally shoots intruder
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A man was shot and killed in a Spring Branch home this morning in what police believe was a case of self-defense."

"Shortly before 7:30 a.m., paramedics received a call that a man was wounded in the 9000 block of Kerrwood, northwest of the intersection of Hammerly and Bingle."

"Police on the scene say it appears the dead man was killed trying to rob the modest wood-frame house, which has a visible security camera installed outside."

"Neighbors said crime has increased in the area in recent years, mostly break-ins and burglaries."

"'It's disturbing, but there's nothing you can do about it,' neighbor Terry Vick said, referring to what happened today." ...
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Submitter's Note: Terry, you're an idiot! Plainly shooting a burglar stops one burglary amd ,ay prevent dozens more.
 

It takes a gun to stop a gunman
Submitted by: John Pierce - Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-3253-Minneapolis-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Last Saturday night, Richmond Virginia storeowner Mustapha Kassou met an angel. But he had to get shot first."

"This particular angel ... was carrying what witnesses described as a western style six-shooter carried openly on his hip. And like the sword of fire which angels of old were reputed to carry, this six-shooter was used as a force-for-good to smite the wicked."

"... the robber ordered the patrons to the floor and then opened fire on Kassou striking him twice. ..."

"And that was when the angel revealed himself. ... Reacting quickly, the patron drew his sidearm and ordered the robber to drop his gun. When the robber refused, the patron fired once wounding the robber and then disarmed him." ...
 

PA: Lebanon Police Chief Urges Caution On Trails
Submitted by: jac

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"Lebanon's police chief is urging women to exercise caution and common sense when using recreational areas."

"The warning comes on the heels of a reported sexual assault along one walking and biking path. At this point, Chief Dan Wright said Monday's attack appears to be random."

"Wright is advising women not to walk alone at night or in the early-morning hours along a couple of popular trails."

"The sexual assault allegedly happened on the Greenway Path between 11th and 12th streets just before 5 a.m. Monday. ..." ...

"'I don't know what they can do to protect themselves....' said Susan Comp. ..." ...
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Submitters Note: Get a gun.

 

CA: They Carry Guns
Submitted by: TranssylvaniaPhoenix
Website: http://transsylvaniaphoenix.blogspot.com

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"Here is a real Rara Avis: a liberal newspaper from San Diego publishing an impartial , unbiased and well researched article on California UOC (Unloaded Open Carry) movement.
Kudos to every participant in the interview and kudos to Miss Rosa Jurjevic, she proved herself to be is a great gal and an honest journalist." ...
 

OH: He's BAAACK!: Anti-gun Mike DeWine seeks Ohio AG slot three years after Ohio voters send him packing
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Montgomery County Republican Party Chair Greg Gantt is circulating an email to 'Republican insiders' that Mike DeWine will announce his candidacy for Ohio Attorney General on Wednesday, July 22nd ..."

"That's right, Mike DeWine."

"The same Mike DeWine who was thrown out of his U.S. Senate seat by voters in 2006, after running around sporting a Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Handgun Control Inc.) endorsement because 'his record really wowed the group.'"

"The same Mike DeWine who Human Events Online named among the Top 10 anti-gun U.S. Senators, noting that he was 'consistently the only Republican to speak in favor of anti-2nd Amendment legislation on the Senate floor.'" ...
 

IN: Brief of City of Indianapolis Claiming That Second Amendment Does Not Apply to Municipalities [.pdf]
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... "A. Plaintiff cannot state a Second Amendment claim against a municipality. Plaintiff cannot state a claim under the Second Amendment against any Defendants. Plaintiff purports to state a claim under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Amd. Compl., Dkt. No. 20, ¶ 23. However, such a claim is not a claim upon which relief can be granted as the Second Amendment is not applicable to states or municipalities. See N.R.A. of America, Inc. v. City of Chicago, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 11721, *3-6 (7th Cir. June 2, 2009); see
also Quilici v. Morton Grove, 695 F.2d 261, 269-70 (7th Cir. 1982)."
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Submitter's Note: The Mayor is a Republican. With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?
 

Every once in a while, almost by accident, we get a ray of good news.
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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"Federal prosecutor bemoans Supreme Court decision requiring government lab analysts to testify about their tests."

"Now, can anybody get a new trial for Olofson based on this? I think not. Maybe one day the ATF will be forced to actually write their procedures down and film ALL of their tests. Probably too much to hope for."

"My thanks to Len Savage for forwarding this Washington Post story." ...
 

TX: Former Somerville Officer Saga Costs Him Job
Submitted by: jac

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"Orville McKinzie Jr. was suspended from the Somerville Police Department in early July in relation to an incident at a Bryan home. Investigators with the Bryan Police department closed the case on McKinzie on Tuesday. Investigators say McKinzie used his firearm in two separate incidents for non-official police business."

"Residents of a Bryan home say a July 9 argument between McKinzie and another man went sour when McKinzie brought his service weapon in the home. According to police reports, McKinzie confronted the person, who used to date his girlfriend, at the man's home. Two women tell News 3, the man feuding with McKinzie was upset because McKinzie ran an unnecessary criminal history background report on him." ...
 

Shooting Sports: Gun sales soar; ammunition supply down
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"When I attended the [NSSF's S.H.O.T.] Show in Orlando, Fla., last Jan­uary, there was a completely different atmosphere among the 1,700 firearms-related manufacturers and the thousands of dealers that attended."

"Business, for most of the firearms manufacturers especially, was booming. Despite the weak economy throughout the country, the one industry with sales that were soaring were the gun manufacturers." ...

"Why the sudden rush to buy a gun? Some gun owners fear that the current administration may reinstate the assault rifle ban that expired during the Bush administ­ration. ..."

"I spoke with the propietors of several local gun shops about this increased demand for guns and its effect of them, and here is what they had to say." ...
 

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