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Paul Ryan and the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Chicken-Thighs-and-Tomatillos

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Normally, when you see Paul Ryan’s name crop up in terms of policy debate, it tends to be in the area of the economy. (Not terribly surprising, being the head of the budget committee and a widely recognized fiscal policy wonk.) But the man has been on the scene for quite a while and certainly has opinions on other issues of concern to voters. So where does Mitt Romney’s new running mate stand on the issues of gun owners rights, hunting and the associated freedoms that Americans enjoy?
 

Government can limit guns immediately — here’s how
Submitted by: Anonymous

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t happened again, for the second time in just over two weeks — the horror of a gun-wielding maniac wreaking havoc and death. The attack in Oak Creek, Wis., was motivated by a right-wing racist agenda, one that blames “others” for the problems of the sick individual who pulled the trigger. Yes, people pull the trigger — but guns are the instrument of death.

Gun control is necessary, and delay means more death and horror.
 

VA: Cuccinelli files brief in Maryland gun case
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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — hoping to be elected governor of Virginia in 2013 — has filed a brief in a Maryland gun case that is bound to hit the target with firearms enthusiasts in Virginia.

Cuccinelli's office last week filed a "friend of the court" brief on behalf of Virginia and 13 other states in support of a federal district court ruling that struck down a Maryland law. It grants handgun carry permits only to people who can prove a "good and substantial reason" that they face a specific or imminent threat to their personal safety beyond that of ordinary citizens.
 

Gun Lobby Loves 3D-Printed Weapons
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Designing gadgets with desktop 3D printers is nothing new. But until now, no one has ever used an at-home thermoplastic machine to help build a pistol. For one of the nation’s gun lobbies, it’s about time.

The firearm in question is a .22-caliber rifle developed by Wisconsin engineer and amateur gunsmith Michael Guslick. Using his Stratasys 3D printing machine and blueprints downloaded from the internet, Guslick successfully printed the lower receiver — or frame — of an AR-15 rifle and turned it into a gun. He also shared the results on his blog.
 

WI: Doctors target gun violence as a social disease
Submitted by: Joe Brandon

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They want a science-based, pragmatic approach based on the reality of a society saturated with guns and seek better ways of preventing harm from them...
About 260 million to 300 million firearms are owned by civilians in the United States; about one-third of American homes have one. Guns are used in two-thirds of homicides, according to the FBI. About 9 percent of all violent crimes involve a gun – roughly 338,000 cases each year.

Submitters Comment: If I have done my math correctly (using the numbers from above) 338K cases per year is only .001% of ALL gun owners. Don't school sports, swimming pools, and tobacco have higher death rates?
 

MD: Gun seizures up in Ocean City
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The Ocean City Police Department says it’s seized 19 firearms so far in 2012, more than in each of the last two years.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports there have been 34 weapons arrests since January 1, including 12 from traffic stops and nine from searches of vehicles.
 

CO: Man wrongly cited for openly carrying gun at Pride
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Colorado Springs police say an outdated “cheat sheet” for police officers on city laws may have led to the mistaken arrest of a 24-year-old man for openly carrying a 40-caliber gun at Pride Fest on July 21.

According to city and state law for almost a decade, people are allowed to openly carry guns in city parks.

“He was right and we were in the wrong, definitely,” said Barbara Miller, police spokeswoman.

That admission doesn’t mean much to James Sorensen, who says he’s looking for a lawyer after he was detained by police for more than an hour that day when police spotted his gun at his side

 

Analysis: Test ahead for U.S. law limiting gun-seller liability
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(Reuters) - Recent deadly shootings in Wisconsin and Colorado reignited calls for more gun control in the United States, but one element has been largely missing from the debate: Should gun makers or sellers be held liable?
 

CT: Conn. lawyer with gun at Batman movie arrested
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A prominent Connecticut attorney arrested after he brought a handgun to a movie theater showing the Batman film ‘‘The Dark Knight Rises’’ said Wednesday that the charges are baseless and that he followed all police directions.

Sung-Ho Hwang, president-elect of the New Haven County Bar Association, was charged with breach of peace and interfering with police after officers said they found a loaded handgun in his waistband. Police say he had a permit to carry the weapon but didn’t comply with their commands.
 

WA: Wash. Supreme Court rules backpack search illegal
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The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a student backpack search in 2009 at a Bellevue high school was illegal because the officer who conducted the search and found a weapon was acting as a police officer at the time.

The court said the search did not qualify for a school search exemption and the weapon should not have been allowed as evidence in the young man's trial. On a 6-3 vote, the decision overturns an appeals court ruling.
 

WA: Cops in schools can’t search without warrants, Wash. high court rules
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Police officers working in schools can’t necessarily search a student without a warrant, even though a teacher usually can. That’s the upshot of a ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court out Thursday, in a case involving a student at Robinswood High in Bellevue and the murky legal realm of cops in schools.
 

MN: St. Paul Cops Shoot Dog in Wrong-Door Raid, Force Handcuffed Kids to Sit Near the Corpse
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Chicken-Thighs-and-Tomatillos

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A St. Paul, Minnesota family claims in a lawsuit that police officers who conducted a wrong-door raid on their home shot their dog, and then forced their three handcuffed children to sit near the dead pet while officers ransacked the home.
 

IL: Chicago cop whose home was raided is awarded $565,000 in damages
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When Chicago police broke into his Austin home with guns drawn and a search warrant, Markee Cooper Sr., a cop himself, and his family could only look on as drawers and closets were searched for crack cocaine based on an alleged informant's tip.

On Friday, a federal jury awarded Cooper and his family $565,000 in damages after finding one officer at fault for a falsified warrant and two others responsible for the illegal 2007 search.
 

To Deter Gun Slaughters, The Federal Government Must Cease Disarming The Innocents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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U.S. postal workers can’t wield guns, but disgruntled ex-postal workers can, and since the sullen latter know the former fact, we’ve seen scores of cases of miscreants “going postal” and slaughtering innocents. That wouldn’t happen were it true (and widely known) that on-site postal workers could wield guns. Unlike U.S. postal facilities, shootings at U.S. military facilities are rare, even though these bases are designed to train recruits to kill others quickly, because the bases are also replete with people who wield guns proficiently and defensively.

Ed.: Excluding MPs and some guards, soldiers are always disarmed except when on the firing line on a range.
 

FL: Open carry: More bad law from NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association knows no limits. It persuaded the Florida Legislature to allow gun owners to take their weapons to work. It passed another law to stop doctors from asking patients about their guns, which is tied up in court. Now the NRA wants lawmakers to allow nearly 1 million owners of concealed weapon permits to openly carry their guns on the street. Florida already is awash in guns and high-profile shootings, and embellishing the state's Wild West reputation is no way to attract business and tourists.
 

TX: Gun ownership a right
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mr. Cummings asked what is the purpose of the Second Amendment and I would venture to answer with the textbook response: “The Second Amendment to the Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.” You may want to read all amendments in the Bill of Rights.
 

More guns = more murders, part II
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s an interesting question. If the dramatic rise in gun purchases coincided with a large enough drop in murders committed by knives, blunt objects, etc. (perhaps deterred by the increased probability that a would-be victim or bystander might have a gun), overall murders might have dropped, while murders by gun remained stable, or even increased (perhaps due to shoot-outs).

There’s nothing a statistics nerd like the Debunker likes better than an interesting question. After looking into this one, however, we must pronounce it:

BUNK
 

Revisiting the DHS Smear of the Tea Party Movement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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No, Los Angeles Times. The feds engaged in scare-mongering about unnamed groups and individuals “antagonistic toward the new presidential administration” and “those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.” Code words for the stimulus-opposing, bailout-protesting Tea Party movement. Duh. For good measure, the report tossed in vague references to pro-lifers, Second Amendment activists and border security advocates, too.
 

PA: Does Retail Center's Rule Conflict With Gun Owners' Rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"I understand that it is private property and that they are within their rights to say no firearms, but are they legally able to confiscate my firearm? I don't plan on going there anymore because I don't like to support anti-gun supporters, it just doesn't seem legal to me though that they could confiscate a firearm."
 

UK: No New Gun Laws Despite US Cinema Massacre
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The tepid attempt on Capitol Hill after Colorado was to try to limit availability of high velocity ammunition magazines – the kind that fires dozens of rounds a minute – and that fell flat.

Ed.: I've never heard of a 'high-velocity ammunition magazine', let alone one that can fire dozens of rounds a minute. Wonder where I can get one?
 

Zakaria suspended for copying other writer's work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In Zakaria’s column, titled “The Case for Gun Control,” he began one paragraph with the sentences: “Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, documents the actual history in ‘Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.’ Guns were regulated in the U.S. from the earliest years of the Republic.”

A corresponding passage in Lenore’s New Yorker essay, titled “Battleground America,” begins: “As Adam Winkler, a constitutional-law scholar at U.C.L.A., demonstrates in a remarkably nuanced new book, ‘Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,’ firearms have been regulated in the United States from the start.”
 

Iran: Gun Control? Dream On.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Why am I even bothering to write about gun control? That was going to be my opening sentence when this column was to be focused on the Aurora, Colorado, movie-theater massacre: twelve people murdered and fifty-eight wounded, some very severely, by James Holmes, demented neuroscience graduate student. Then came the massacre at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin: six killed and three wounded by Wade Michael Page, 40-year-old white supremacist and leader of a racist hardcore band called End Apathy. And even after this horrific crime, which the FBI is calling “domestic terrorism,” my opening is the same: Why am I even bothering to write about gun control?
 

AZ: Never give up right to one's liberty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Most people forget the Second Amendment exists principally for three reasons the founders felt strongly about: To protect one's liberty, to raise a militia, and to ensure the population could, if necessary, rise to remove a tyrannical government.
 

NY: Up Close: Gun control dialogue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy from Long Island has been at the forefront when it comes to gun laws, yet she has seen little progress. For her it is a personal mission - her husband was killed in 1993 when a gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road train.

Six years ago, Mayor Bloomberg created a task force called "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" - it started with 12 mayors, and has since grown to 700, yet little has changed.
 

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