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Journal of the Senate, "if the means for defending their rights are to be made dependant upon those who may have the most powerful of motives to impair them", Dec. 24, 1839
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"...But this chain of dependance does not stop here. It does not terminate at Philadelphia or New York. It reaches across the ocean, and ends in London, the centre of the credit system. The same laws of trade, which give to the banks in our principal cities power over the whole banking system of the United States, subject the former, in their turn, to the money power in Great Britain...."

"...I cannot bring myself to depict the humiliation to which this Government and people might be sooner or later reduced, if the means for defending their rights are to be made dependant upon those who may have the most powerful of motives to impair them...."
 

Well, let's not kill all the lawyers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Don't forget those activists who use the legal process as a means to achieve public policies that they could not get through a legislature. For instance, trial attorneys have sued gun manufacturers on behalf of Americans killed by properly functioning guns. It is one thing to sue a company if a gun blows up in your face, quite another to sue because someone used a gun for ill. These lawsuits are an attempt to drive gun makers out of business. This is a planned end-run around the Second Amendment, although Congress and some courts have stepped in and imposed limits on that particular type of abuse.
 

CA: In S.F., Jesse Jackson fuels call to ban assault weapons
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson galvanized the members of the Calvary Hill Community Church in San Francisco's Bayview district Sunday morning with a call to renew urban communities by wiping out gun violence.

He took the message to the Western Addition in the afternoon with an outdoor rally that drew several hundred people, primarily from the city's African American neighborhoods.

"If we can fight to stop guns in Iraq and have economic development there, we can fight to stop guns here and have economic development here," he said.
 

IL: Daley Speaks About Gun Turn-In Program
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Mayor Daley has a plan to get guns off the streets. Saturday at a rally against violence, he announced a gun turn-in program. As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports anyone who brings in a weapon will get something in return.

Mayor Daley, along with city and police officials, joined forces with the people of West Pullman and areas spiritual leaders. Their goal was to get weapons off the streets, through a gun turn-in program.

"When the Chicago police seizes guns, they destroy all guns – none of them are saved,” said Daley. “I don’t care how ole they are, I don’t care if they’re historical, they’re all destroyed and that’s very important.”
 

Iraq: Ministry to insure and protect professors
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Precise figures are difficult to obtain but more than 240 university professors have been killed since the US-led invasion in 2003 and thousands have fled abroad, according to Abdel-Barri.

The violence in the country is such that in May 2005, the interior ministry gave doctors the right to carry weapons for self-defence.

“The life insurance is a good thing because at least if something happens to us, our families are going to be protected,” Dr Rafid Muhammad, a professor at Baghdad University’s College of Medicine, said. “It is a noble initiative which I believe can help more professionals return home.”
 

SC: Opposition to gun bill is not based on logic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Clemson University Police Chief Johnson Link said in a safety meeting that the police department does not have the manpower to secure the entire campus. Yet, Link is one of the leading critics of the bill. In doing so, Link, as well as other opponents, have essentially said that although his department does not have the ability to protect students, students should also not have the ability to protect themselves.

Police have never once stopped a school shooting after it has started. This is fact. What is also fact is that the only school shooters who have been subdued were subdued by students or civilians using personal firearms retrieved from their vehicles.
 

ABC Suggests Rural Areas to Blame for Philadelphia's Murder Rate
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ABC's World News Sunday presented a sympathetic look at Philadelphia city officials who are threatening to sue the Pennsylvania state government, "dominated by rural lawmakers" from hunting country, for blocking the city's push for more gun regulation in the face of a high murder rate. Correspondent David Kerley suggested a link between New York City's gun control laws and its lower murder rate. Kerley: "Philadelphia has more murders than New York, with six times the population. But unlike New York, Philadelphia cannot pass its own gun laws."
 

Feds pushing states on gun database
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Of the other states that provide mental health information to the database, nine have submitted fewer than 10 records, FBI spokesman Stephen G. Fischer Jr. told Stateline.org in an e-mail. Five of the nine have shared a single record, Fischer said, though he would not name those states.

A 1997 U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively made state participation in the FBI data-collection program optional, unless the federal government provides funding.
 

Australia: New details on Wagga Wagga guns seizure [Update]
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***Complete Text***

New details have emerged about the seizure of hundreds of guns from a Wagga Wagga address in southern New South Wales last week.

A well-placed local source says there were over 500 guns taken from the address, which is a shop called the Wagga Wagga Boat and Sports Centre.

The 310 guns were taken as exhibits while 200 other guns were seized for 'safekeeping'. Around 25,000 rounds of ammunition were also taken during the 14-hour operation involving 10 officers.

The source says the man being interviewed by police is actually a licensed gun dealer and had a permit for the guns, and that the shop was raided because authorities were concerned about the storage of the items.
 

Opposing view: There is no loophole
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Let's be clear about gun shows: There is nothing that can be done at a gun show that cannot be done legally outside of a gun show.

The terms "gun show loophole" and "unlicensed gun dealer" are fabricated to mislead the public into thinking that gun shows permit gun sales that would be forbidden anywhere else. The intent of this scheme is to villainize gun shows, making the public more receptive to additional restrictions.

This is just the first step in a "private gun-sale registration" scheme.
 

MD: There are times it's OK to use force
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Add legal savvy to the list of defenses homeowners should have on hand if confronted inside their homes by an intruder.
Laws governing the circumstances under which a person can claim self-defense and avoid prosecution when they have used deadly force to protect themselves and/or family members during a home invasion vary from state to state.
In Maryland, residents have "no duty to retreat" from threatening situations inside their homes before using deadly force as protection from harm to themselves or their families, Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong Jr. said.
 

The shocking link between psychiatric drugs, suicide, violence and mass murder
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From Columbine to Virginia Tech, every time another headline-making mass murderer is discovered to have taken antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs, rumors and speculation abound regarding the possible connection between the medications and the violence.

Submitter's Note: "The hundreds of millions of dollars the drug companies lobbyist give lawmakers will keep firearms as the scapegoat dodging the truth about the drugs which sell for billions of dollars each year."
 

Ron Paul Tops McCain in Cash on Hand
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ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Reports: Though often regarded as a longshot candidate for president, Republican Ron Paul tells ABC News that he has an impressive $2.4 million in cash on hand after raising an equal amount during the second quarter, putting him ahead of one-time Republican frontrunner John McCain, who reported this week he has only $2 million in the bank.

In an exclusive interview taped Friday and airing Sunday on "This Week," Paul said his campaign is on a better trajectory than McCain's.

"I think some of the candidates are on the down-slope, and we're on the up-slope," said Paul.
 

IL: Jackson Expands Gun Shop Protests
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has led protests at a south suburban gun shop in recent weeks, Saturday took aim at a near west suburban gun shop. According to a release from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, that shop -- Suburban Sporting Goods Ammo and Guns, 2306 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park -- "abandoned its normal Saturday hours of operation, closing before hundreds of marchers arrived at its doors."
 

NY: Letter from Washington: Why Bloomberg can't win
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There are two pretty safe bets about Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York: He will be a forceful presence in America for a long time, and he will not be president of the United States.
 

NY: Stolen gun turns up in Orange County buy-back program
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A Monroe man, who brought a .38 cal. handgun to the Middletown City Police Department to turn it in under Orange County’s six-week gun buy-back program, wound up behind bars. Police Lt. Paul Rickard said Thursday that the gun that Michael Motyka, 52, brought in was reported stolen by New York City Police in the 1980s. A computer check confirmed that.
 

Joseph Hewes to Samuel Johnston, "I have furnished my self with a good Musket & Bayonet", Feb. 11, 1776
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"...We must not shrink from it, we ought not to shew any simptoms of fear, the nearer it approaches and the greater the sound the more fortitude and calm, steady firmness we ought to possess. If we mean to defend our liberties, our dearest rights and privileges against the power of Britain to the last extremity we ought to bring ourselves to such a temper of mind as to stand unmoved at the bursting of an Earthquake. Altho the storm thickens I feel my self quite composed. I have furnished my self with a good Musket & Bayonet* and when I can no longer be usefull in Council I hope I shall be willing to take the field. I think I had rather fall there than be carried off by a lingering illness...."
 

Joseph Hewes to Samuel Johnston, "You must also make Salt Petre & powder if you mean to defend your liberties to the last extremity.", March 26, 1776
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"...and being apprehensive if they were suffered to stay there they would fall in with some of our Vessels returning with powder & arms..."

"...I wish my Salt that was thrown into the River had been stored and given to the poor. You must make Salt or you will be undone. You must also make Salt Petre & powder if you mean to defend your liberties to the last extremity*...."

"...* - Yeah, our present government is more than well aware of the need for gunpowder aren't they? Hence their present preverse reasoning for “Work rules could blow up ammunition supplies - OSHA considering new requirements for handling 'explosives'.” ..."

 

NY: Taking Aim at Illegal Guns
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On many nights Shaun Cheeseboro is awakened at 1 a.m., 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. by the cacophony of gunfire. A 22-year-old resident of a New York City Housing Authority project on the Lower East Side, Cheeseboro, who just graduated from college with a degree in anthropology, vows to move out of the neighborhood by November. The gunfire and violence that saturate the streets where he grew up, Cheeseboro said, are far from welcoming. Cheeseboro is not alone. Gunfire still echoes through many city streets, even though New York City has what are widely believed to be the most stringent gun control laws in the country.
 

NY: Groveling on guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Here's a litmus test for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Stand up for the police, and the safety of the American public, by taking a stand against the gun lobby. If either leader fails to do so, then there is good reason to dismiss as empty rhetoric all the Democratic claims of charting a new course for the country after years of Republican fealty to the Bush administration. The NRA is no trifle, to be sure. It has proven its might on Capitol Hill time and again, as both Republicans and Democrats have done its bidding. But what happened recently in the Senate Appropriations Committee was far more than just bowing to the NRA's clout. It was tantamount to a betrayal of the public and the police.
 

ID: Feds decide man killed grizzly last fall in self-defense
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Federal officials have determined NOT to file any charges against a Lander man who shot a grizzly bear on Togwotee Pass last October. Officials say 65-year-old Ken Meade was acting in self defense when he killed the charging grizzly with a single shot from his rifle at a range of 23 yards. Officials estimated the bear's weight at up to 400 pounds. Meade says it was clear to him that the animal wasn't charging him to get his autograph. He says killing it was the luckiest shot of his life.
 

GA: Giuliani whistles gun tune in Dixie
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Martin Sullivan may have gone to Rudy Giuliani's town hall meeting up in arms over the former mayor's record on gun control, but he came away with his worries back in the holster. Sullivan, 21, is from Savannah and attends Hampden-Sydney College, a rural Virginia men's school where students keep their hunting rifles in a gun locker on campus. As president of the College Republicans chapter there, it was up to him to ask Giuliani yesterday what his classmates demanded to know: Does Rudy want to take away our guns?
 

Russia: Kalashnikov satisfied with rifle he designed
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Sixty years after the AK-47 went into production, Mikhail Kalashnikov says he does not stay awake at night worrying about the bloodshed wrought by the world’s most popular assault rifle. “I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence,” Kalashnikov said Friday at a ceremony marking the birth of the rifle, whose initials stand for “Avtomat Kalashnikov.”
 

SC: Allowing firearms to be carried is unreasonable
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Another violent tragedy, and the immediate response is that we need new legislation. The International Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum and other professional organizations have consistently opposed any law that increases the number of firearms available to the general public. Mind you, all of these organizations, including myself, are supportive of the Second Amendment rights that allow citizens to possess and own firearms. The intent of the Constitution and its authors, I believe, intended for reasonable ownership and possession. Legislation to increase the presence of firearms on the grounds of public schools and universities is unreasonable.
 

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