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NC: Back home safe from Greensboro -- exhausted
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Much is being made in the state-run media this election cycle about candidates like Sharon Angle who have talked about the potential failure of electoral politics perhaps leading to "Second Amendment remedies." This plain statement of fact is ridiculed as "crazy." Our mutual enemies attack this common sense statement of fact as "extreme" and "crazy." The Founders who fought and bled and died here -- those Three Percenters -- would not have thought so. They knew themselves better than their ruling class knew them. Americans have always been an eminently practical people, and if the old political forms no longer suffice to protect their liberty, their property and their lives, then they will make their own arrangements.
 

NJ: Old Bridge Rifle & Pistol Club--Black Powder Invitational
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Old Bridge Rifle and Pistol Club will be hosting a Black Powder Invitational on Saturday September 18th, 2010 at our out door range located at the end of Jake Brown Road off of route 516.

We are a group of competitive throwbacks to the 18th Century who enjoy the challenge of antique firearms, making clouds of smoke and playing with explosives!

Matches will be as follows: Rifle Match—3 Division (Flintlock, Cap & Inline) @ 50 & 100 yards aggregate. Side Match Fee $5.00.
 

Larry Pratt on the GOA, the Constitution and Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Daily Bell: You are a person of substantial accomplishments. What motivates you?

Larry Pratt: I came on board with Gun Owners of America shortly after it had been organized because it was clear that this would be an opportunity to work with a built-in base for support of freedom and the Constitution. I thought this would be a good way to defend the Constitution in general and certainly the second amendment.

Daily Bell: You helped found the Gun Owners of America when you were very young. You were very precocious about politics. How and why?
 

NM: Armed rally held near Capitan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It wasn't the largest armed rally in U.S. history, as organizers had hoped, but an estimated 350 people attended the"Restore the Constitution Western Rally," held Saturday near Capitan.

The event, held on private land owned by Billy Weddige eight miles north of Capitan on Highway 246, coincided with an Eastern rally staged in Greensboro, N.C. It was broadcast live on at least 12 radio stations, with a feed by Ruidoso's KEDU-FM.

Supporters of various political candidates set up booths and passed out pamphlets while prominent members of both major political parties were in attendance. A Nogal-based band, the Longhorn Dance Band, entertained the crowd with county music.
 

AZ: Voters don't trump Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Regarding the letter writer's outrage over the recent judicial decision to overturn California's Proposition 8 ("Judge thwarts will of the voters," Aug. 8):

I say this: The rights enshrined in the Constitution cannot be negated by 7 million or by 70 million. A guaranteed "right" cannot and should never be voted on.

I bet the writer would scream "What about the Second Amendment?" should anyone try to take away his right or any Arizonan's right to bear arms.
 

PA: Reasonable gun laws are necessary to protect state residents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Opponents of common-sense laws to prevent gun violence — most notably the National Rifle Association — claim the Supreme Court's recent ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago gives them the right to carry guns anywhere, anyplace, all the time. But that isn't what the Supreme Court actually said in its decision.

The court sent the Chicago handgun ban back to the lower courts and extended the Second Amendment to apply to state and local gun laws — not unexpected developments.

However, the court also said reasonable regulations of firearms are permitted under our Constitution. They always have been, and they always will be.
 

MI: Royal Oak's choice: Guns or families
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As a huge fan of Western movies, I learned that it was common practice for gunslingers to give their firearms to bartenders -- or the marshal -- upon entering town.

In the case of "Tombstone," the fantastic movie that let Kurt Russell channel Wyatt Earp, such action was the law to keep lawlessness to a minimum.

Royal Oak isn't Tombstone. But doesn't it deserve the same level of common sense?

OK. Here's the story: The Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival, which was held successfully and gun-free for a dozen years in Pontiac, will move to Royal Oak this year.
 

NV: Reid's GOP challenger tests tea party' appeal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After Sharron Angle scored a come-from-behind victory in June's U.S. Senate primary, political observers wondered if she'd cool her fiery rhetoric in hopes of ousting Harry Reid, the unpopular but well-funded Nevada Democrat who has shepherded President Barack Obama's agenda.

Angle had called for scrapping Social Security, dismissed entitlement programs as "idolatry," and urged elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency - the type of positions that served her well as a state lawmaker in a heavily Republican district but were viewed as potentially too divisive for a statewide race.

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"I usually bring Smith and Wesson along, ... I'm going to give Washington, D.C., a lesson in ... the Second Amendment."
 

Dragunov Style Rifles--The Straight Facts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During the Cold War it was the sniper weapon of choice throughout the Warsaw Pact, and was later licensed by China and Iran. Similar variants are used throughout the world, and while not quite as iconic as the AK-47, the Dragunov rifle has become quite popular with collectors today.

The long gun fires the versatile 7.62x54mmR, which was used for the Mosin-Nagent bolt action rifle developed at the end of the 19th century, and later with the SVT-40 semi-automatic rifle that was developed during World War II.

The rifle, which is also known as an SVD (Russian for Dragunov’s Sniper Rifle), was one of three competing designs being considered for use by the Soviet Red Army at the height of the Cold War during the 1960s.
 

NC: Rally draws conservatives and gun rights backers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the crowd gathered opposite the monument to Gen. Nathanael Greene, there were a handful of “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirts and dozens of hip-holstered handguns and rifles slung over shoulders.

On Saturday afternoon, about 175 people gathered at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park to celebrate their right to bear arms — and express a variety of conservative political viewpoints, such as discontent over immigration reform and a desire to give the boot to the Washington elite.

The “Restore the Constitution” rally was in recognition of a law that went into effect this year that allows people to carry guns at federal parks.
 

FL: Campaign fliers spark debate in House race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Another flier from the same PAC claims Costello is "soft" on the right to bear arms. The claim comes from Costello's former membership in a group called "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." Costello said he joined the group as an indication of his support for law enforcement but later resigned because the group -- headed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- was perceived as a threat to Second Amendment rights. Both Costello and his wife have concealed weapons permits, he said.

A Tallahassee lobbyist is the chairman of the Voters Response group responsible for the ads. They've received campaign contributions from a group called Florida Mainstream Democrats and another known as Citizens for Housing and Urban Growth.
 

Ready, Fire, Aim II...
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Are guns good or bad? Passing moral judgment on an inanimate object is a little silly. Guns are neither good nor bad, just us humans. Guns don't leap up and shoot people, it takes a human being to do that. Ready, Fire, Aim Pt. One did generate some response from what it would seem is a sensitive subject. Owning a firearm is fine as long as you are willing to take the risks….

Fear is a very effective marketing tool. Gun purchasers buy guns out of the unrealistic fear that having a gun will save their life in a home robbery. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Having a weapon at home increases the odds by 500% that the homeowner, or a resident of that home, will be the victim of a gun related accident.
 

MI: Gun activists take aim at metro Detroit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun-rights activists are not only demanding that Royal Oak officials drop the city's ban on openly carrying guns at the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival over Labor Day weekend, they also are going after Clawson, Pontiac, Taylor and Flint for local rules they say infringe on gun rights.

Members of Michigan Open Carry plan to visit the Pontiac City Council on Aug. 26 to protest that city's gun ordinance.

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Besides the Constitution's Second Amendment -- establishing the right to bear arms -- Michigan activists rely on state law. In 2003, the state Supreme Court ruled against Ferndale and affirmed Michiganders' right to carry guns in libraries and other public buildings.
 

MI: Mapping the limits of self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Have you ever got into it with another driver? Have you ever been in one of those unfriendly road exchanges that escalates in mere seconds from muttered profanities to obscene gestures, maybe even to the point where one of you rolls down his window (It's usually a him) or even -- Danger, Will Robinson! -- steps out of his car?

Carl Mintz found himself in just such an argument one afternoon this past spring. The 28-year-old pizza delivery man was stopped at a traffic signal south of Orchard Lake Road and 13 Mile when the driver behind him, 20-year-old Faith Said, got out of his car and approached Mintz's vehicle to express his vehement disapproval of the way the pizza man had been driving.
 

IL: NRA Challenges Illinois Semi-Automatic Gun Referendum
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association is backing a protest filed with the Electoral Board in Cook County, Illinois, in response to a petition to ban the sale of semi-automatic firearms across the state. The petition asks, “Shall the Governor and the members of the Illinois General Assembly enact legislation to ban the sale of semi-automatic and assault weapons that are used by criminals to threaten the lives of law enforcement and the people of Illinois?”

The petition is aimed at creating a referendum on the county's November ballot to prevent citizens of Illinois from being able to purchase semi-automatic firearms, which are the firearms most commonly bought for self-protection today.
 

MD: Md. crime victim sues over denial to renew permit to carry concealed handgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation, a Bellevue, Wash.-based nonprofit group that was a plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago has joined Woollard's lawsuit against the state police and the Maryland Handgun Permit Review Board. The lawsuit says that people should not have to prove "a good and substantial reason," as required by Maryland law, to exercise a fundamental constitutional right.

"I think that what's going to happen now is, we're going to start to test where these boundaries lie in what is a 'reasonable' and an 'unreasonable' regulation," said Dave Workman, a spokesman for the Second Amendment Foundation, which is challenging similar discretionary regulations in New York and North Carolina.
 

MD: Washington Post Covers Gura's Maryland Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a surprisingly sympathetic article, the Washington Post examined the background of Raymond Woollard's case against the State of Maryland over the denial of his concealed carry permit. The case, Woollard et al v. Sheridan et al, challenges the requirement of the State of Maryland that a person must show "apprehended danger" before being issued a concealed carry permit.

I examined the case back in July here. Mr. Woollard is joined in the case by the Second Amendment Foundation. Alan Gura is joined by Maryland attorney Cary Hansel as the attorneys of record. The case is being brought on both Second and Fourteenth Amendment grounds.
 

Gun Voter Registration Alert
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With the 2010 elections rapidly approaching, gun owners have a tremendous opportunity to elect officials who will support our Second Amendment rights.

This will not be possible, however, unless you make your voice heard by voting, and encouraging your family, friends, and fellow gun owners to do the same.

Therefore, it is critical that gun owners are registered to vote for the November elections, and for the upcoming primary elections.

NRA has created a new affiliate, the NRA Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF), which focuses on nonpartisan voter registration and citizen education.
 

TX: Armed store clerk defends himself against 3 robbers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police say that three robbers entered Prince's Food Mart, on the 100 block of Coulter Avenue in Bryan, TX, and demanded money while threatening the clerk. The store clerk reportedly grabbed his gun and fired at the robbers, apparently striking one of the three men, and causing them all to flee (with the apparently injured robber crawling away). One suspect was driven to a local hospital by another suspect, for treatment of his gunshot wound, and both suspects were taken into custody, police say. The third suspect is being sought, and no injuries to the clerk or any bystanders were reported.
 

Mary Jo Kilroy race shows why gun-owning voters shouldn't be caught sleeping
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Are you sleeping, Are you sleeping,
Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie,
And when the revolution comes,
We'll kill you all with knives and guns,
Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie"
 

Being prepared, defending your familiy IV
Submitted by: examiner.com
Website: http://www.examiner.com/parenting-in-indianapolis/cristi-dehoff

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This is the latest in a series of being prepared, and is now getting to the topic of personal defense. These articles are geared to towards parents with children at home, which can be a tricky subject, but needs to be done in this day & age.
 

Rally speech recalls historic sacrifices, triumphs of 'The Three Percent'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Mike has posted his speech at Sipsey Street Irregulars. Reading it, I deeply regret I was not there to hear it delivered in person. There are lessons here, both historic and contemporary. There is also hope and inspiration."
 

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