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SAF delighted with Judge’s ruling in Maryland case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The Second Amendment Foundation is delighted that the judge in a Maryland case that challenges the constitutionality of that state’s handgun permitting scheme is ready to lift a stay on his original order for the state to process carry permits without a citizen having to provide a 'good and substantial reason.'"

"U.S District Judge Benson Everett Legg will lift the stay on his original order in two weeks because, in his opinion, the stay 'is not warranted.'" ...
 

Records don’t back witness for the prosecution in Reese gun case
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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... "'So far the defense has exposed inconsistency after inconsistency in [Roman's] testimony,' the Luna report recounts. 'He was shown testimony from prior dates and asked to read his prior testimony and statements out loud, followed by the defense attorneys asking him if he lied before or if he was lying on Monday.'" ...
 

Let’s be honest about guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The problem with all of the Second Amendment discussion is that very few people are willing to address this issue directly and accurately. The purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the right to and ability to conduct an armed revol…ution. The Second Amendment was to protect the ability of the people to violently overthrow the government."

"Even if one agrees with the 'Militia limitation' on the Second Amendment, the Militias to which the Amendment refers were State Militias which would have been used to fight the federal government." ...
 

Yes, Guns Kill, but How Often Are They Used in Self-Defense?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"About the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., rapper/actor Ice-T made more sense -- and has a better understanding of the Second Amendment -- than gun-control proponents."

"Asked by a London news anchor about America's gun culture, Ice-T said: 'Well, I'd give up my gun when everybody does. Doesn't that make sense? ... If there were guns here, would you want to be the only person without one?'" ...
 

Guns and Cars: On The Nature of Tools
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Cars aren’t really made to take you to the mall or carry you to work. Sounds stupid, I know, but think about it…if the purpose of owning a car was defined by each trip, we’d have a multitude of potentialities, one for each time you sit down and buckle up. No, the true reason cars exist is that they are vehicles, a group of machines whose purpose is to convert some sort of energy into motive power. That’s the most basic, lowest common denominator we can wrap our brains around. ... Let’s look at how this application of fundamental purpose can be applied to why we own guns . . ." ...
 

Does Ice T Have A Better Grasp of the Second Amendment Than Most Journalists? (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Since the Colorado theater shooting, most of the media has wanted to jump all over the issue of whether or not AR-15 rifles and assault weapons should even be sold to the public." ...
 

Soundwave Alumni Defends Gun Ownership After Batman Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The frontman for American metalcore band, All That Remains, who last visited Australia as part of Soundwave 2011, has spoken out defending his right to keep and bear arms."

"Philip Labonte, vocalist for All That Remains, has submitted an opinion editorial to Alternative Press describing both his and the American people’s right to own and bear weapons in the wake of the horrific shooting at a movie premiere of The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 people dead and 58 others injured."

"Though Labonte wrote the piece before Aurora, Colorado massacre, the singer has simply tweaked his column without changing his fundamental position on gun ownership. ..." ...
 

Question of the Day: Would You Call the Cops on Another Gun Owner? (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"David and Daniel Grinnel were recently busted for illegal gun possession in their quiet Nassau County, New York subdivision. As wnyt.com tells the story, 'They’re under arrest on federal weapons charges. Police said they found 16 long guns in their home. Some of the weapons were modified to make them illegal, including sawed off barrels, fully automatic and collapsible stocks. Police also found nine handguns and high capacity ammunition magazines. They said neither Grinnells had a New York State pistol permit.' And we heard about it because a reader emailed us claiming that, 'I helped bust him (I was aided by a fellow IRC chatter)' . . ." ...
 

Armed in the USA (graphic available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Picture a group of 100 people. Now imagine 89 of them have a gun. That's the average ratio of firearms to people in the U.S. according to 2007 figures from the monitoring group Small Arms Survey." ...
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Submitter's Note: You say that like it's a bad thing . . .
 

Second Amendment at face value
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In response to your editorial of July 25, the phrase 'well-regulated militia' does not refer to regulations of the firearms, it refers to having the militia being provisioned and trained to be ready to use their arms. It has a similar meaning to 'properly functioning militia.' It is not a clause to destroy the meaning of the amendment, it is a justification for the rest of it, '... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'" ...
 

Gun Review: SIG SAUER P226 MK25
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"There are designs that transcend time. Like the 1911 handgun. Or the early Ford F-100. Or the P-51 Mustang. They’re designs that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional at the same time, which is why they tend to stick around. One such design is SIG SAUER’s P226, which has been a favorite of law enforcement, military and civilian shooters since 1984. SIG recently released the version used by the Navy SEALs for civilian sale, and one email later I had a box with my name on it on the way to my FFL . . ." ...
 

Gear Review: Nike Special Field Boots
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In the world of competitive shooting, we all know the firearm in your hand is a critical choice, but without sure footing, what good is the most skilled shooter? I’m starting at the bottom, working my way up – in all aspects of life – but today I’m specifically talking about my Nike Special Field Boots, or SFB’s. While attending Crimson Trace’s Midnight 3-Gun Invitational, I did my obligatory pass at the vendor tables. Danner displayed some stellar boots as usual; Otis and Glock also enticed me to linger a bit longer, but this time Nike SFS ('Special Field Systems') had my full attention. Created specifically for what Nike calls the 'Tactical Athlete'. . ." ...
 

My Second Amendment Right to Own Nuclear Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"My Second Amendment right to own nuclear weapons. Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?[Nope.] And yet this is the argument used by the NRA to support anybody's access to any weapons. I am one of a few who could actually design and build his own nuclear bomb. Should I be allowed to do so?[Yep] Obviously not. Can you imagine the Aurora shooter with a nuclear bomb?[Yep; he almost certainly would have killed himself in the process of trying to build it, not to mention the few hundred million the materials would have cost.]" ...
 

Gun laws enabled Colorado shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Media and politicians refer to the shootings in a movie theater in Colorado as a 'tragedy.' It was not a tragedy. It was a crime enabled by gun laws that have no parallel in other Western civilized countries and no foundation in the Constitution of the United States."

"What is also shocking is that nothing will now be done to prevent such massacres in the future." ...
 

Midnight movie and a massacre
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I’ll wager that 71 people who went to a midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colo., last week didn’t realize that they were doing more than just going to a movie -- they were giving the gun lobby another chance to defend our Second Amendment rights. Twelve of them paid the ultimate sacrifice, but at least the founding fathers’ concern for arming militias could be restated. How often do these great opportunities come around?" ...
 

With so many guns, death all too typical
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The horrific shooting in Colorado will cause people to argue about the Second Amendment and to discuss whether gun control is too lenient or is irrelevant. Unfortunately, things won't change whatever is concluded. Incidents like this will continue."

"Why do more children drown in backyard pools in Phoenix than in Minneapolis? Answer: There are more pools here than there." ...
 

A call to (un)arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In the wake of the Aurora, Colo., shooting, the issue of gun control has resurfaced in a big way. But it looks like nothing is going to change."

"Since 1968, the number of Americans that have been killed by guns in the United States exceeds the number of U.S. combat deaths in history. Yet studies show the number of Americans who favor stricter gun regulation continues to decrease, with the majority now favoring either less regulation or no change in gun policy." ...
 

NRA's definition of 'sane American' sure has changed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An executive at the Chesterfield company Cat5 Commerce said a very reasonable thing earlier this week."

"The company, which runs the website Tacticalgear.com, sold some of the gear and body armor ..."

"In light of the horrific shooting carried out by a well-armed, possibly mad gunman, Cat5 chief operating officer Andrew Hoefener told KMOV-Channel 4 that, 'If any additional scrutiny needs to be paid, it's probably to ammunition sourcing online and firearms and how those are purchased.'"

"Unless you believe that there should be no limitation on any purchase of any sort of weapon an American can buy, ever (tank, anyone?), there's nothing unreasonable about that statement." ...
 

Pause and think for a Second
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'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.'"

"So reads the Amendment II to the Constitution of the United States, adopted in 1791 when frontier settlements faced threats from hostile Indians, bandits and even foreign armies with designs on those frontiers."

"The concept of a citizen militia using personal arms to help secure the state is as an anachronistic today as the definition of arms as understood by the founding fathers."

"Every time a shooting like the Aurora, Colo. movie theater massacre occurs, the debate over what the Second Amendment means is renewed." ...
 

Glory gone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Only in Third World nations governed by demagoguery are more people killed by guns than in America."

"The vaunted Second Amendment has more to do with enabling citizens to bulk up our pitiful militia (which couldn’t even clothe General Washington’s troops). After the new Americans defeated them, the great British monarchy began plotting how to retake its intractable little colony." ...
 

How I Ended My Lifelong Love Affair With Guns
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... "But the sad fact is that American society can no longer handle the responsibility of private gun ownership. We've lost whatever internal gyroscopes enabled us to monitor ourselves and our conduct. We need stronger legal controls on gun ownership, including not only background checks but mental fitness exams and mandatory training. There should be at least as much required to own a gun as there is to obtain a driver's license. Instead, even people on the government's terrorist watch list are legally able to purchase firearms." ...
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KABA Note: Hate to break it to you Skippy, but people on the terrorist watch list are allowed to drive cars, too.
 

Obama: AK-47s belong on battlefield, not streets
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"President Obama touched the sensitive issue of guns here on Wednesday, pivoting off last week’s Colorado movie theater shootings to call for a 'consensus around violence reduction' in the country." ...

"'I – like most Americans – believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,' Obama said. 'I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.'"

"'But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,' he added." ...
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KABA Note: And I would imagine that "a lot of people" think blacks belong in the back of the bus; this is not, however, a valid argument for abrogating anyone's civil rights.
 

UN arms treaty takes shape, raising alarm among gun rights advocates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The arms trade treaty being hammered out by the United Nations is nearing completion, and the current draft shows it could lead to perpetual attacks on the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment and American foreign policy, critics say."

"The document, which critics say has been framed by countries hostile to U.S. interests, allows for future amendments to be approved by just two-thirds of states showing up at an amendment conference. That means it could be agreed to by the U.S., put into effect and then changed over Washington's objections. And even if the U.S. Senate refuses to ratify it, the deal could have a huge impact on the global arms trade, where the U.S. is the biggest player." ...
 

Bill, You Ignorant Slut
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Bill,
I’ve watched your show on and off over the years, often nodding my head in agreement and infrequently shaking my head in disagreement. In the few times I’ve disagreed I at least thought you put forth an intelligent, thought provoking argument that left me thinking about the topic in a new light. This can not be said of your Impact Segment on July 24th regarding gun control. To call some of the points you made (while yelling at your guest) 'inaccurate' would be putting it lightly. The following is a brief list of corrections for the most egregious falsehoods you shouted incoherently during the program . . ." ...
 

Aurora shootings show assault rifles must be banned
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Second Amendment to our Constitution famously allows us our right to bear arms."

"The amendment has been the focal point of many arguments from gun advocates to lessen the impact of gun control, citing our right to defend ourselves with deadly force if necessary as an integral piece of individual liberty."

"Unfortunately, the issue at stake has reached a greater sense of urgency in the turn of recent events. Brazen flourishes of violence have brought gun ownership, particularly ownership of assault weapons, under immense scrutiny and it is time for us to assess our constitutional values with a more modern approach." ...
 

Gun laws and bad things
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The recent and troubling mass shootings in both Tuscaloosa and Aurora, Colo. has certainly brought up thoughts about our Second Amendment. Message boards are awash with anti-this and pro-that arguments as events like this cause us to ask questions."

"It makes you wonder 'what if someone was carrying a concealed weapon with them to the movie? Would they have been able to take down the shooter before more lives were taken?'"

"The same goes for the Tuscaloosa shooting, where by some miracle, no one was killed. And what about the shootings in Auburn or Virginia Tech?" ...
 

[Name Redacted] Gun Control Debate: NRA Still Has the Numbers and the Money
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"After any gun-related violent crime, a debate regarding Second Amendment rights is practically inevitable. However, as an article by Canada'sGlobe and Mail claims, concrete results of these debates have decreased over time. Is it the case that this is due to the increasing influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) lobby?" ...
 

Colorado shooting doesn’t sway Grassley from gun control stance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If Congress takes any action on stricter gun control laws following last week’s shooting in Colorado, don’t expect Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley to a be a supporter."

"'I’m very much a Second Amendment supporter,' he said Wednesday during his weekly telephone news conference." ...
 

Local gun sales, CPL numbers up since Colorado
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Distance does not matter when people are concerned about personal protection, and in the days since the theater attack in Aurora, Colo., applications for concealed pistol licenses and firearm transfers in King County are twice the level they normally are for this time of year." ...
 

The Aurora Propaganda Award Goes to…
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The New York Daily News. Hands down."

"The winning entry is an anti-Second Amendment Rights piece written in the wake of the Colorado tragedy, one in which virtually every line contains a callow, melodramatic appeal to emotion or an outright falsehood." ...
 

Left's reaction to Colorado shooting reprises the same, old misplaced fears: Kevin O'Brien
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"Maybe the police officers who protect Michael Bloomberg 24 hours a day ought to let the mayor of New York City experience life without an armed security detail watching over him."

"Hey, it's not my idea. It's his -- broached after Friday's mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater." ...
 

Fear prompts gun sales, panic after Colo. massacre
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"Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre as buyers express fears about both personal safety and lawmakers who are using the shooting to seek new weapons restrictions." ...
 

Judge to MD AG: A Right’s Existence Really Is All You Need
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,' (U.S. District Court Judge Benson) Legg wrote. 'The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.' Sure, we hold this truth to be self evident, but not everyone does. At least they didn’t in Maryland until Judge Legg ruled that Marylanders can have a license to carry a gun without demonstrating 'need.' But after the ruling was handed down back in March, the Judge stayed implementation to let Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler argue how many angels can dance on the head of a pin what the meaning of a right is . . ." ...
 

LA: New Orleans Police, Mired in Scandal, Accept Plan for Overhaul
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"The New Orleans Police Department and the United States Department of Justice announced a far-reaching agreement on Tuesday to overhaul the city’s scandal-ridden police force and improve safety in a city that has had little of it." ...
 

Gun lobby fires up Obama fear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"AS WITH other mass shootings, the killings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., trigger a familiar chain of reactions: horror, remorse, rage and a call for new restrictions on guns."

"And in the recent past, at least, that call for action has been followed by little or no legislative action at all." ...

"Remember the dramatic surge in gun and ammunition sales that immediately followed Obama’s election? They’re surging again, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade group, as owners fear the weapons won’t be available if Obama is re-elected." ...
 

MD: Commissioner Rothschild: 'Second Amendment is a Restriction Against Government'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Patch readers across the region spoke out, to the tune of more more than 340 comments, when it was reported Tuesday that a U.S. District Court judge declared Maryland's gun permitting process unconstitutional. The ruling will relax the handgun permitting process in Maryland."

"'People believe the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms. Actually, it protects their fundamental right to keep and bear arms,' Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild told Patch. 'Our forefathers understood that arms provide citizens with the means to secure their lives, their liberty, and their property.'" ...
 

CA: California Leads U.S. in Restrictive Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States, which some Americans see as a model for future national laws. But others worry about the erosion of the right to bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

"There are few restrictions on owning guns in most U.S. states. Guns are widely used for hunting and sport, and for self-protection." ...
 

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