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67% Say Cities Have No Right To Ban Handguns-2nd Amendment Baby!!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Americans say city governments do not have the right to prevent citizens from owning handguns, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey."

"Support for stricter gun control laws also has fallen to its lowest level in several years."

"Twenty-four percent (24%) think cities do have the right to ban handgun ownership. The Supreme Court this week overturned a handgun ban in Chicago that opponents argue is a violation of the Second Amendment right of citizens to bear arms." ...
 

Does McDonald decision go far enough to fight race-based forcible disarmament?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All week, we have discussed the ... McDonald v. Chicago decision, and reactions to it. Pam Adams, of the Peoria Journal-Star, seems to have a somewhat unusual objection--not that it will cause blood to run in the streets, or that the decision is somehow 'racist,' although she begins in a way that suggests the 'racism' angle." ...

"Adams then goes on to point out that the five justices who ruled in the majority Monday have also ruled (in other cases) in ways that she considers racially discriminatory. ..."

"While Adams gives a nod to Justice Alito's accounts, in the majority opinion, of blacks being disarmed in the post-Civil War South, she points out a different current greatest threat to gun rights in the black community." ...
 

In Second Amendment case, Justice Thomas springs to life
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"He hardly ever speaks during oral arguments, often appearing asleep on the bench."

"But in his written opinion Monday supporting the right to bear arms, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas roared to life."

"Referring to the disarming of blacks during the post-Reconstruction era, Thomas wrote: 'It was the 'duty' of white citizen 'patrols to search negro houses and other suspected places for firearms.' If they found any firearms, the patrols were to take the offending slave or free black 'to the nearest justice of the peace' whereupon he would be 'severely punished.' Never again, Thomas says." ...

"This was no muttering from an Uncle Tom, as many black people have accused him of being. His advocacy for black self-defense is straight from the heart of Malcolm X. ..." ...
 

Founders' vision would shock some
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "How might our Founders have commented about last week's U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding our rights to keep and bear arms? Justice Samuel Alito, in writing the majority opinion, said, 'Individual self-defense is the central component of the Second Amendment.' The Founders would have responded 'Balderdash!' ..." ...

"Contrary to Alito's assertion, the central component of the Second Amendment is to protect ourselves from U.S. Congress, not street thugs."

"Today's Americans have contempt for our Founders' vision. I'm sure our Founders would have contempt for ours."
 

Brace yourselves for 'reasonable regulation'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"How do you feel about licensing gun owners, registering all of their firearms, requiring training in order to own a firearm, mandatory liability insurance for every gun owner, limiting citizens to owning a single handgun for personal protection, background checks for all firearms transactions and mandatory waiting periods on all gun purchases?"

"Are these 'reasonable regulations' that pass the constitutional smell test? (Be sure and offer an opinion below.)"

"In the 48 hours that followed Monday’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court ... various anti-gun newspaper editorials have essentially provided the gun prohibition lobby's definition of 'reasonable regulation.'" ...
 

Why liberals should love the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Liberals can quote legal precedent, news reports, and exhaustive studies. They can talk about the intentions of the Founders. They can argue at length against the tyranny of the government. And they will, almost without exception, conclude the necessity of respecting, and not restricting, civil liberties."

"Except for one: the right to keep and bear arms."

"When it comes to discussing the Second Amendment, liberals check rational thought at the door. They dismiss approximately 40% of American households that own one or more guns, and those who fight to protect the Second Amendment, as 'gun nuts.' They argue for greater restrictions. And they pursue these policies at the risk of alienating voters ..." ...
 

Open response to The Des Moines Register
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Des Moines Register published an opinion piece in today's edition, entitled Keep reasonable gun restrictions in place. Since the chances are very slim that they will publish any rebuttal to their opinion piece (and certainly not one that takes apart their piece paragraph by paragraph), a pro-gun rebuttal to their opinion is presented here." ...
 

Wassup with the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A friend from middle Tennessee called yesterday and asked that question. A Knoxville friend emailed me with the same question. I had been wondering, myself, about that."

"There are a few names or issues I will mention, and if you have not been in a cave in Afganistan, you have probably heard about some of these:"

"'NRA endorses Harry Reid?'"

"'NRA endorses John McCain?'"

"'NRA cops a deal on DISCLOSE bill?'"

"'NRA takes wait and see attitude on Kagan?'"

"NRA, the 800 lb gorilla in the gun rights world, is a single issue, incumbent friendly organization. As Tom Gresham says, 'I get it.'"

"But the Harry Reid that NRA endorsed is the same Harry Reid who voted for Justice Sotomayor ..." ...
 

Utah's Gun Permit Popular With Nonresidents
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"James Roe, a 64-year-old computer consultant from rural Pennsylvania, spent a recent Saturday in a ... gun safety class ... for people seeking a concealed weapon permit in Utah, some 1,500 miles away. Never mind that Mr. Roe has not been to Utah in 20 years and has no plans to visit anytime soon."

"Like thousands of other gun owners who will likely never set foot in Utah, Mr. Roe wants a permit there for one reason: It allows him to carry his 45-caliber automatic pistol in 32 other states ..."

"... Mr. Roe ... wants the option of bringing his handgun with him when he visits his son in Ohio, both for protection and for target practice. (Ohio does not honor Pennsylvania weapon permits.)" ...
 

As Independence Day approaches changes are made in American military riflery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Interesting things are happening in the world of military firearms, and with Independence Day coming up, the best protection for America's fighting men and women should be on all of our minds."

"A replacement for the current SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon)? The supplier makes great firearms, but is accuracy dominant over sustained firepower in the current assessment of needs on a two-theater front? Read THIS and tell us what you think."

"The FN SCAR (Special Operations Combat Assault Rifle) is a fine weapon: I for one have shot it and been impressed with it. A massive order for the 5.56mm version has been put on hold, ostensibly because the budget is limited and the need for other weapons is greater ..." ...
 

Gun Review: Benelli M2 Tactical ComforTech
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tactical shotguns aren't supposed to be pretty. They're supposed to be brutal. The uglier and more intimidating, the better. Trust the gunsmiths at Benelli to turn their back on this tradition ... The Benelli M2 Tactical auto-loading (semi-automatic) 12-gauge is gorgeous. Its sleek design, minimalist lines and dark brooding looks generate love and affection long after its American and Brazilian cousins' machismo starts to grate. But the M2 Tactical is more than just a pretty face. This gun’s beauty lies deep within its unassailable combination of form and function."

"Most auto-loading 12-gauge shotguns use some form of gas-operated feeding system. Benelli's M2 semi-automatic shotguns are inertia recoil weapons. ..." ...
 

Two Accessories for Any Home Defense Shotgun (video)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Click here for a review of the Sperian Impact Sport ear protection system.
 

Revolutionary Acts You Can Commit At Home In Your Spare Time
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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  • "Turn off your television. This will help put Main stream Media out of business and help clear your mind of its lies."


  • "Turn on the internet. The traditional free press no longer exists in America. The real free press is now the blogosphere." ...


  • "Start your own blog. It's fun and easy. ..."


  • "Speak the truth on your new blog ..." ...


  • "Arm yourself. Exercise your Second Amendment rights. You'll need weapons if the country goes down the tubes and owning a gun will give you peace of mind when you start receiving the hate mail that inevitably comes with speaking the truth."


  • "Choose one or two organizations who are doing work you believe in. Join them and make a small monthly donation to help them operate. ..." ...
 

More Fitness Resources
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the lessons from this weekend's training activities was the need for more physical endurance and conditioning, even for the short scenarios we were running."

"Here are some resources you may find useful:"

"US Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Requirements & Related Training Links"

"USMC Combat Fitness Test (CFT) Information"

"USMC CFT Video (sit through the 30-second commercial at top)"

"You are doing PT, aren't you?"

"At least brisk walks in excess of one mile and light weight work 3x/week? Working on increasing your mileage week by week? How about burpees?"

"If not, think about distributing your gear and other resources now, so that it will go to folks who will use it to fight for freedom ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Links available at original post on WRSA.
 

Americans Lead the World... In Gun Murders
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"God Bless America. On the eve of the Fourth of July, as Americans reflect on the history of the nation’s founding and contemplate its future, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has released the latest edition of its God Bless America poster, documenting that, in one year, guns murdered 17 people in Finland, 35 in Australia, 39 in England and Wales, 60 in Spain, 194 in Germany, 200 in Canada, and 9,484 in the United States." ...
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Submitter's Note: What the Brady Bunch fail to mention is that from 1999 through 2007 the US averaged 6,180 murders per year where no firearm was involved. So if guns 'caused' the gun murders, what 'caused' the non-gun murders?
 

Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms
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"Many folks are unaware that Thomas Jefferson wrote another declaration for the Continental Congress a year before THE Declaration. It was entitled 'Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms.' This document was prepared by the Second Continental Congress to explain to the world why the British colonies had taken up arms against Great Britain. The final document was a combination of the work of Thomas Jefferson and Colonel John Dickinson (well-known for his series 'Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer.'). Jefferson's first draft was perceived by the Continental Congress as too harsh and militant so Dickinson prepared another. The final document below combined the work of both." ...
 

Eminent Domain: We're All Indians Now
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"Seizure of property through eminent domain is facilitated by ... the Fifth Amendment provision specifying that private property can be taken for 'public use' when the government offers what it considers 'just compensation.'"

"The familiar civics class platitude describes this provision as necessary for the construction of bridges, hospitals, and other amenities ... The inescapable reality is that eminent domain is a particularly vulgar form of plunder used to enrich the political class and their corporate cronies at the expense of the rest of us."

"In his recent book Government Pirates ... former real estate developer Don Corace offers a concise description of eminent domain operated prior to the onset of the current depression:" ...
 

OK: Home Invasion Suspect Shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A home invasion suspect is in custody after being shot by the homeowner during a robbery."

"Police said Melvin Dan forced his way in to an apartment around 5:30 a.m. Monday ... According to the arrest report Dan put a gun to the face of the homeowners and forced them into a bathroom. One of the homeowners had a gun of his own and shot the suspect through the bathroom door."

"Dan fled the scene but later showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. The victims identified him as the suspect who broke in to their house. The homeowners were shaken up but not seriously injured."

"Dan is being held in the Tulsa county jail for armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a felony."
 

NH: Dog Survives Coyote Attack In Strafford
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"The owners of a Pomeranian puppy said they thought their dog was dead after one of them watched a coyote snatch it off a lawn in Strafford and run away with it." ...

"Andrea Doyon said a coyote came out of the darkness, bit Teddy around the neck and bolted into the woods with the dog in its mouth." ...

"Hours later, the owners' landlord showed up at their door with the dog."

"'We go outside and he was all so happy to see us, still doing tricks and jumping like nothing ever happened,' Doyon said."

"Teddy's owners said they think that when they fired a shotgun it caused the coyote to get scared and drop the dog."

"They said Teddy has some scrapes on his neck from the coyote's teeth, but he's expected to be OK."
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Submitter's Note: I'm happy that everything worked out for you, but it would have been better if you'd pulled your pistol and shot the coyote before it grabbed 'Teddy'.
 

FL: Armed robber in Delray Beach killed in shootout with store clerk, police say
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"A man who tried to rob a convenience store at gunpoint ended up being killed by the store clerk Saturday night, according to police." ...

"A clerk saw the man with the gun and ducked behind the counter before the robber started shooting at the clerk. The clerk grabbed a gun from behind the counter and returned fire, hitting the robber."

"After the shootout, the clerk ran from the store and called 911 ... Police found the would-be robber lying on the ground in front of the store still clutching a semiautomatic handgun in his right hand. He had been shot once in the chest." ...

"The clerk, who was not injured, was questioned but was not taken into custody, said Delray Beach police spokesman Jeff Messer." ...
 

TN: Robbers pick wrong target; two shot, one killed by gun-toting victim
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"Two would-be robbers forgot to ask their victim a key question:"

"Do you have a gun and know how to use it?"

"The 21-year-old Bartlett man's answer might have prevented the two 16-year-olds from being shot."

"Instead, an exchange of gunfire between the Bartlett man and the robbers Wednesday night left one teenager dead and the other wounded." ...

"The shootout occurred about 10 p.m. Wednesday ..."

"... one of the suspects fired at the man during an attempted robbery."

"The victim, who was within 3 feet of one robber and about 10 from the other, fired five shots, four of them striking the would-be robbers."

"... the potential victim is a licensed handgun permit holder."
 

TX: Carjacking victims sexually assaulted
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... "The women, who are in their mid-20s, were at the drive-thru at 2:30 a.m. when the suspect jumped into their Mustang convertible and held them at gunpoint ..."

"The suspect ... forced the women to drive around for several hours, during which time he sexually assaulted them ..." ...

"But the suspect was instead tricked by one of the women into going to an apartment complex in northwest Houston where her brother lived ..."

"There, she was able to call her brother on a cell phone and told him what was happening ..."

"'The brother is a concealed weapons permit holder,' she said. The brother confronted the suspect, allowing the second victim to escape ... and the suspect then took off in the victims' car." ...
 

MI: Inkster homeowner shoots, kills intruder
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"An Inkster homeowner fatally shot a man who had broken into his house early this morning, according to police."

"Two intruders, one of them armed, confronted the 25-year-old when he got out of bed around 1:20 a.m. and he started fighting with them, Inkster Detective Anthony Delgreco said."

"The homeowner then grabbed his legally registered gun and fired."

"A 32-year-old Detroit man was killed, but his alleged accomplice fled, Delgreco said. The homeowner was cut over his eye."

"According to investigators, nothing is missing from the home on the 29000 block of Parkwood." ...
 

The retiree who is the darling of the gun lobby
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... "McDonald, recruited by gun advocates as the figurehead for the court case, has become an unlikely star of the American gun rights lobby."

"The son of a former Louisiana sharecropper, he worked his way up from a caretaker's post at Chicago University to become a building maintenance engineer."

"The African-American acknowledged that some people think he is being used as a pawn by the largely white gun-rights organizations."

'"Oh, I know they probably picked me because I'm black,' he laughed. 'But that don't matter because I feel that law-abiding citizens like me, who are confronted with violent crime every single day of their lives, are finally getting a level playing field.'" ...
 

Gun-Rights case reveals one true "constitutional" justice
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"By a five to four majority last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that neither a state nor a city acting under a grant of authority from the state, can deny a person the right to possess a firearm as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Interestingly, of that slim, five-member majority, only one justice had the constitutional backbone to rule the right way for the right reason. It was not Chief Justice Roberts, and it was not Antonin Scalia ..."

"Standing alone in his correct and bold interpretation of both the Second Amendment and the Fourteenth ... is Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas ... solidified his reputation as the true constitutionalist on the Court." ...
 

How the McDonald decision shows that activism works
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"Glenn Reynolds takes note of the significant shift in judicial and popular thought on gun control over the last 30 years, ending with the McDonald decision that made clear the individual right of Americans to keep and bear arms, in a Washington Examiner column over the weekend. Glenn emphasizes that this shows how much impact the Tea Party can have if it maintains its efforts in the long run, reversing a seemingly-unstoppable tide of government bloat and intrusion, but the transformation is worthy of note even without that context:" ...
 

Governor or husband? And gun ban irrelevance (second item)
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... "The U.S. Supreme Court's [McDonald decision] isn't stopping Chicago. ... [T]he city has enacted a substitute ordinance to allow handgun possession only inside one's own home -- not even on one's porch -- and requiring the registration of gun owners."

"Maybe the overthrow of Chicago's gun ban will make things worse in the city. But despite that ban, violence in the city long has been out of control."

"... Indeed, in the United States the jurisdictions with the most restrictive gun laws are typically also the most ridden with gun crime, restrictive laws having served mainly to disarm the law-abiding while giving ineffectual politicians something to pose righteously about." ...
 

Firearms foes determined to restrict guns
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"A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week reconfirmed ... that there is a fundamental right to possess firearms in America ..."

"The justices had hardly finished issuing their judgment when various city officials around the nation starting issuing pronouncements that ... they would find ways to severely limit and control ownership by individuals."

"The justices provided an opening for these tactics by ruling there still could be room for reasonable regulations on gun ownership ..."

"A right that is so restricted that it cannot be easily exercised is no right at all."

"And that appears to be what gun foes in big cities like Chicago and New York are determined to do - observe Second Amendment rights in name only, not in reality." ...
 

IL: Gun ban absurd
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"To the Editor:"

"The Supreme Court held in McDonald v. Chicago that the 14th Amendment’s due process clause incorporates the Second Amendment against state and local governments, thus striking down Chicago's handgun ban."

"But the mayor is determined to find a way around the ruling and deny the citizens of Chicago their Second Amendment protections all in the name of protecting Chicago residents from gun violence."

"This is absurd on its face. Despite Chicago’s handgun ban, gun violence has never been higher. There have been weeks when Baghdad had fewer deaths due to violence. Indeed, a recent press conference by Chicago’s chief of police, Jody Weis, was interrupted by a gang shoot-out less than a block away." ...
 

IL: After Court Ruling, Chicago Adopts New Gun Control Ordinance
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"Just four days after the Supreme Court essentially struck down the City of Chicago's draconian handgun ban ... the City Council unanimously approved a tough new gun-control regime that critics are vowing to fight but supporters are hoping will hold up ..."

"The 'Responsible Gun Ownership Ordinance,' ... will require city-issued 'permits,' registration, and special training for residents who wish to own guns. It will also limit the number of handguns eligible gun owners may purchase to one per month. Handguns will not be allowed outside of the home ... and must be transported broken down and in a case. They cannot be sold within city limits, and only a list of 'safe' guns drawn up by the police superintendent will be permitted." ...
 

GA: Coweta's gun rights advocates pleased by court ruling
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"Last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. Chicago left Coweta's most prominent gun rights advocates pleased, but not very surprised." ...

"'It kind of paves the way for people, both in Georgia and across the nation, to challenge state and local gun laws ...' said Cowetan John Monroe. Monroe is the vice president of gun rights organization Georgia Carry, and its legal counsel."

"'It is a big deal, but it was so widely expected that it wasn't real exciting when it happened,' Monroe said. The ruling probably won't have a big effect on Georgia ..."

"However, 'it will change a lot of things in the way a lot of states and local governments regulate guns, no doubt about it,' Monroe said." ...
 

Four things Chicago should do when its handgun ban expires--but won't
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"And now, presented in the spirit of free and unsolicited advice certain to be ignored, here is a list of four things the Chicago City Council should, but certainly will not, do to cope with the end of the infamous Chicago handgun ban. In fact, as this piece was being published, the Chicago City Council was casting a unanimous, 45-0 vote to approve Mayor Daley's rush to panic in replacing the late, unlamented handgun ban with a new set of regulations designed to make it pointless if not impossible to own a handgun for self-defense in Chicago. Even so, the advice that follows is still not only good, but free, so here goes:"

  1. "Take a deep, calming breath, and slow down." ...
 

Chicago's new handgun law shows Mayor Daley's contempt for city residents
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"The Chicago City Council today showed its contempt for the law-abiding citizens of Chicago by unanimously passing Mayor Richard M. Daley's draconian new handgun law."

"Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court essentially nullified the city's existing handgun ban by ruling against the city in McDonald v. City of Chicago, Mayor Daley pushed through the city ordinance that rivals even Washington D.C.'s gun law in its requirements, complexity, and disdain for the common citizen." ...

"The irony is that because of Illinois state laws that make lawmakers an "elite" class of citizen the 45 Aldermen who voted in the law are already granted the right to carry firearms in self defense by virtue of being elected officials ..." ...
 

Black community embracing McDonald decision?
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"One line of opinion about the Supreme Court's McDonald v. Chicago decision Monday is that it is based on the bigoted fears of ignorant, white males. That such thinking utterly ignores much of black history--some of which Justice Thomas highlights in his concurring opinion--appears not to trouble its adherents."

"But what about the people who actually live in cities with the most oppressive gun laws--and often some of the most dangerous neighborhoods? Reverend Al Sharpton found what was to him a surprising answer, as reported on Brian Maloney's Radio Equalizer:" ...
 

The foul lines of judgment
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"The final day is usually a big one in a term of the U.S. Supreme Court, but this year's end of the court formally 'sitting' had special poignancy at the temple of justice across the street from the Capitol." ...

"The final day of the session also was marked by the usual drama of major decisions announced. By one of the now-familiar 5-4 majorities, the court decided that state and local laws restricting firearms are subject to the tighter restrictions that the court had earlier applied to federal statutes."

"Once again, the court made headlines."

"And once again, the 5-4 split showed how divided the court is on philosophical grounds. ..." ...
 

OR: Court ruling subverts intent of 2nd Amendment
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The Supreme Court's recent ruling on the right to bear arms is based on an interpretation that cannot be justified by the wording of the Second Amendment.

Justice Samuel Alito Jr., writing for the majority, said the right to self-defense protected by the Second Amendment was fundamental to the American conception of ordered liberty.

The Second Amendment makes no mention of self-defense. It states only that the right to keep and bear arms is contingent on the need for "a well regulated Militia."

The Supreme Court has consistently chosen to ignore that provision, thereby completely subverting the intent of the Second Amendment.

— Peter M. Ronai, Salem
 

WV: City officials do not expect Supreme Court decision to affect gun laws
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"Charleston city officials don't expect a recent Supreme Court decision questioning local government handgun bans to affect Charleston's gun ordinances."

"Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 that the Second Amendment right for private citizens to keep guns applies to state and local governments. The ruling in McDonald vs. Chicago held that a nearly all-out handgun ban in the city of Chicago should take into account a citizen's Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms." ...

"But officials in Charleston don't expect the two rulings will affect the city's gun ordinances."

"'We don't think [our ordinance] is anti-Second Amendment,' Mayor Danny Jones said shortly after the McDonald ruling." ...
 

TN: GOP Candidates Respond to Gun Rights Ruling With 'Clichés'
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... "Independent congressional candidate Mark DeVol says he is 'not surprised by the responses from the establishment Republican candidates' to the U.S. Supreme Court gun-rights decision."

"DeVol ... said Chuck Fleischmann’s and Robin Smith's responses to Monday's Second Amendment ruling included such clichés as 'a victory for all Americans' and 'It reaffirms the Constitution’s protections of gun ownership as an unshakable pillar of American life.'"

"DeVol said, 'The American people are tired of these contrived responses. We should be talking about the fact there was a narrowly passed Second Amendment ruling, a 5-4 split, that allows states to continue placing restrictions on gun ownership.'" ...
 

WI: GOP Newcomer Hot on the Heels of Feingold
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"It was supposed to be an easy re-election for Sen. Russ Feingold. And come November, it still may be. But for now, the Wisconsin Democrat is facing one of his toughest campaign challenges in a long and successful political career."

"Polls show Mr. Feingold with a razor-thin lead over an unknown Oshkosh businessman with no political experience."

"Although Republican Ron Johnson hasn't even cleared his party's primary, set for September, many in the Badger State say he poses a real threat to Mr. Feingold's quest for a fourth six-year term in the Senate." ...

"Although Mr. Johnson has said he supports the Second Amendment, some tea party activists aren't convinced he would be a strong advocate of the right to bear arms ..." ...
 

MO: Emerson wins NRA endorsement
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"U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Monday that she's been endorsed for re-election by the National Rifle Association.
The Eighth District Congresswoman, who is seeking her eighth term, touted the endorsement in a news release."

"'I'm very honored to have the support of the NRA and of their many members in the Eighth Congressional District,' said Emerson. 'In Southern Missouri, hunting and sportsmanship are part of life. So is the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for the defense of our property, our homes and our families. I take defending these rights seriously.'" ...
 

DC: DC leaders try to stop new gun bill
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"Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said that she appreciated the letters D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) expressing his strong opposition to the new D.C. gun bill."

"In his letters, the mayor said the gun bill would undermine the rights and safety of District residents. Norton delayed the D.C. House Voting Rights Act (DCVRA), which had more than enough votes for passage, after the [NRA] attempted to attach a new and even more dangerous gun amendment to the bill. Norton warned at the time that the NRA would still try to get its amendment passed, and a stand-alone bill has now been introduced ..." ...
 

No wonder Mayor Daley has been wearing a s**t-eating grin since the McDonald decision. The Chicago gang may be about to take the helm at ATF
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"Meet Andy Traver. Waldo, our patriotic snitch on the fifth floor of ATF headquarters in D.C. ... passes along the word that Traver is currently being vetted to become the next Acting Director of the ATF now that Ken Melson has stepped aside from that position."

"So, what do we know about Traver? Well, if you believe ZeroCancer.org, the prostate cancer cure advocacy group, he's a paragon of selfless virtue:" ...

"But there is more to Traver than selfless service to his community. He is an anti-firearm rights zealot. He is on record as opposing so-called "assault rifles" in the hands of citizens. Worse, he is a prominent member of the virulently anti-firearm International Association of Chiefs of Police." ...
 

Clemency for Wall Street Criminals, Prison for the Powerless
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"Johnny Gaskins of Raleigh, North Carolina faces a 30-year prison term -- an effective life sentence -- for the supposed crime of depositing $450,000 in his own bank account. The corporate leaders of Wachovia Bank ... won't face prosecution despite admissions that the laundered hundreds of billions of dollars on behalf of Mexican narcotics cartels."

"Wachovia was deemed 'too big to fail,' and thus too important to prosecute. In our system, mercy is reserved exclusively for the powerful and corrupt, and Johnny Gaskins -- a criminal defense attorney -- was neither. "

"Gaskins had earned his money legitimately. As a dutiful tax victim, he reported his income to the criminal predators running the IRS. ..." ...
 

TX: Man arrested for taking picture of cop in his own home
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"A Texas man has sued his local police department, saying he was arrested for taking a picture of a police officer when the officer entered his home without permission."

"... Sgt. Justin Alderete of the Sealy, Texas, police department arrived at the home of Francisco Olvera in October, 2009, apparently responding to a noise complaint. ..."

"The sergeant asked Olvera for identification. When Olvera went inside his home to grab his ID, Sgt. Alderete followed him inside. Believing the officer didn't have a right to enter his home without permission, Olvera picked up his cellphone and took a photo of the officer. At that point, the lawsuit states, Alderete accused Olvera of 'illegal photography' and arrested him." ...
 

WY: Trial of Rawlins cop begins in Casper today
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"A former Rawlins police officer and Carbon County commissioner goes on trial today in Casper in connection with allegations that he molested a teenage girl five times in the 1990s."

"Adam Lee Meacham, 46, faces five felony counts of immoral or indecent acts with a minor, according to the most recent amended criminal information document filed Friday."

"If convicted, each of these counts is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment ..."

"In November, Carbon County Attorney and Prosecutor Cal Rerucha filed the original charges against Meacham that included other allegations of sexual assault and multiple misdemeanors, including the intent to furnish alcohol to a minor." ...
 

WY: Newcastle Wyoming, police terrorize family on an alleged barking dog complaint
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"It's some time after midnight, you are awakened by a loud persistent pounding at your front door."

"As you head to the front door your wife checks on your little-one that may have been frightened by all the banging."

"Before you open the door you say to yourself, what kind of animal comes pounding on the door at this hour, 'maybe they aren't so friendly'."

"You open the front door but no one is there, with your gun in hand pointed toward the ground you decide to walk outside to investigate, you take a few steps into your own yard."

"The next thing you know you are being held at gun-point by the police on your own property!"

"This is exactly what happened to ... Elijah Schlup on July 1, 2010 ..." ...
 

HI: Census worker taken to court for trespassing
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"In these divisive times, Census worker Russell Haas has come to expect some resistance when he goes door to door ... He didn't expect to get arrested."

"An attempt to get one resident, a county police officer, to fill out Census forms landed Haas in the back of a patrol car with a trespassing charge."

"The case is now in federal court ... It has created a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have stepped in to serve as criminal defense attorneys.

"'I was trained to encourage everybody to be in the Census,' said Haas, 57, a former New Jersey police officer." ...

"Census officials weren't aware of any other case where federal lawyers are defending an arrested employee." ...
 

OR: Confession solves murder in federal job corps program
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... "Two decades after the 16-year-old Puyallup boy disappeared, one of his former classmates has confessed to murder ..."

"Walter Thomas Ackerson Jr. ... was beaten to death, or close to it ... 200 miles from home, when he was a student at a federal Job Corps ..."

"His assailants: three older boys, fellow Job Corps students. After the beating, they ... shoved him over the rail and watched him fall [10 stories above to Pacific Ocean]." ...

"Hull sees why the truth stayed hidden for so long: The people who could have solved the crime didn't try very hard ..."

"Records of the criminal investigation, obtained by The News Tribune, reveal early patterns of skepticism and indifference." ...
 

WI: New TriMet Lines Expand Liabilities
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"TriMet has doubled its transit police force from 29 to 58 officers during the past two and a half years. Despite these security increases, light rail continues to attract crime. The newly opened Green Line ... has experienced a 32% increase in reported crime and a 56% increase in calls for police service since the light rail opened in 2009. The addition of police forces will cost an added $140,000 per year per officer, or a total of $43 million ..."

"Despite the security risks that accompany new rail lines, TriMet continues to build ..."

"In 2007 the Oregon legislature appropriated $250 million ... for Milwaukie light rail, most of which hasn’t yet been spent. The legislature should reauthorize those dollars for other purposes ..."
 

WI: District Attorney in Wisconsin will not prosecute certain state gun laws after Supreme Court decision
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"Gerald A. Fox, district attorney for Jackson County, says a lot of things that make me want to move there."
"Yesterday, in a resounding victory for all freedom-loving Americans, the United States Supreme Court confirmed that the Second Amendment’s protection of our right to keep and bear arms applies everywhere in America ..."

"This Supreme Court ruling is binding on all states and local governments, and immediately renders some of Wisconsin’s current laws unconstitutional. Therefore, in keeping with my oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, I hereby declare that this office will no longer accept law enforcement referrals for violations of the following statutes:" ...
 

NC: Land of the free? -- Civil liberties seem to be disappearing
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"Local area veterans who have fought for the everyday freedoms Americans enjoy say the government can be too restrictive at times, but they don't discount what they see as the safety aspect behind certain decisions." ...

"But where is the line between a government protecting its populace and a government meddling in people's private affairs?"

"Firearms"

"Handgun manufacture Smith & Wesson’s stock rose 5 percent last week after the U.S. Supreme Court called Chicago's ban on individual ownership of handguns unconstitutional. ..."

"'Self-defense is a basic right,' Justice Samuel Alito wrote in ... He said the founding fathers believed the right to own a gun is 'necessary to our system of ordered liberty.'" ...
 

NY: The issue of handguns and privacy
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"Based on the numerous columns that I’ve written about the Second Amendment and the natural right to self-defense, it's pretty obvious to the reader that I pack heat. I'm a firm believer in being prepared to protect myself and others ... A lot of people are. But, they don’t have columns in which to expound on that belief and most of them try to keep their feelings about handguns close to the vest."

"To those folks, possessing a firearm is their business and no one else's."

"Unfortunately, something transpired in June that trampled over their rights to both gun ownership and privacy ... A Web site ... featured a series of databases listing the names and addresses of all registered handgun owners in New York state. ..." ...
 

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