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Rush and the NRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The First and Second Amendments of the Constitution are twin pillars of America’s unique form of self-government. Having spent two decades defending one of those pillars, I am grateful to Rush Limbaugh for defending the other on a scale few can equal." ...

"First Amendment freedom is so important to preserving Second Amendment freedom that the National Rifle Association hosted Rush Limbaugh as keynote speaker at our 1993 Annual Meeting in Nashville. Our member's banquet sold out, drawing the largest crowd in NRA history ever to hear a banquet speaker – a record that stands today. As Rush stood at the podium, I could see on his face astonishment at the thunderous applause from our members ..." ...
 

FT's Crook Explores the Gun Owner in His Natural Habitat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In his July 31 blog entry, 'Postcard from the gun show,' Financial Times correspondent and loyal subject of Queen Elizabeth II Clive Crook admits that he 'may get thrown out of Georgetown for this,' but he applauds the rugged individualism of the American gun owner.:"
"Aside from other motivations-sport, self-defence-the gun-show universe is about pride, self-reliance, and resentment at being bossed around. Distinctively American traits, wouldn't you say? Best in moderation, no doubt-but still, where would the country be without those attitudes? I may get thrown out of Georgetown for this, but I say, good for them." ...
 

Gun Accidents Kill 500 Kids a Year
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"This week, a toddler fatally shot himself after finding a gun in his parent's car. According to Jackson, Miss., authorities, the 3-year-old was sitting in the car at a gas station when he found the gun in the front seat and shot himself in the face. Police questioned the boy's parents, but no charges have been filed."

"But these aren't freak accidents. More than 500 children die annually from accidental gunshots. Some shoot themselves, while others kill friends or siblings after discovering a gun." ...
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KABA Note: According to the CDC about one-tenth of that number of 'kids' (age 0 to 12) are accidentally killed by guns each year. To reach the magic '500' number you have to include 'children' up to forty-four years old.
 

No Right to Bear Arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court decision to uphold the ruling of a lower court which struck down a Washington DC law banning handgun ownership as unconstitutional is a bigger set back to American law and public safety than first meets the eye."

"To many Americans the court's actions may make sense because even liberal publications often refer to the Second Amendment as if it speaks simply of a 'right to bear arms.' ... However, until this year, whenever this issue reached the highest court of the land, in cases that span nearly 125 years, the court ruled that there is no constitutional barrier to limiting or removing guns owned by individuals ..." ...
 

Brady Center Files Suit Against Gun Seller Who Supplied Juneau Murderer
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Lawyers with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Juneau attorney Mark C. Choate filed a lawsuit today on behalf of the family of Simone Young Kim, who was killed on August 4, 2006, by Jason Coday with a rifle obtained from Juneau gun dealer Rayco Sales."

"The suit alleges that two days before the murder, Rayco negligently supplied Coday with the rifle, even though Coday was a fugitive from justice and a methamphetamine user, and was thus prohibited from buying or possessing guns. The suit was filed in the First Judicial District, in Juneau. At the time of the shooting, Kim’s murder was the first in six years in Juneau." ...
 

Gun Violence Prevention Groups Shocked at News of Years of Deceit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Members of States United to Prevent Gun Violence were profoundly disturbed to learn of the malicious duplicity of a longtime gun violence prevention activist. An investigative article published online on the Mother Jones web site reported that Mary McFate, the legislative director for States United to Prevent Gun Violence, was in actuality a mole for the gun lobby."

"Information received by reporters for the online journal revealed that the person known as Mary McFate is also Mary Lou Sapone, a 'research consultant' who was hired by the NRA. Sapone has a long history of infiltrating animal rights and environmental activist groups as well." ...
 

NJ: Gun Limit Is Worth Public Support (letter)
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"'One gun a month won't affect crime' ... opposing the state Senate bill limiting firearms purchases to one handgun in any 30-day period, is a model of glib and superficial reasoning." ...

"With no support, the letter said the bill was merely 'feel-good legislation' that would have 'no effect on crime.' This is a statement typical of those more concerned about protecting their selfish privilege of possessing as many handguns as they wish and whatever type of firearm they prefer while giving no thought as to how a moderate limit such as one handgun a month might put a dent in the illegal handgun trade." ...
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Submitter's Note: Gun ownership is a "selfish privilege?" I think not, Ms. Sooy.
 

Nation of Lawbreakers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Funny things, 'laws.'"

"If the fallout from the horrendous Heller decision teaches us anything, it's that we will all eventually have to become criminals in the eyes of the state if we want to protect our property from both private and public molesters."

"Jacob Sullum points out that the District of Criminals Council has unanimously approved a law making in-home handgun ownership impractical, only a month after the Supreme Court supposedly invalidated that very thing."

"Interestingly, given that all branches of government are expected to operate as coequals, at least in theory, D.C.'s legislature isn't necessarily flouting the law by essentially ignoring the high court's decision ..." ...
 

Gunning for Nov.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's not easy to get lawmakers to pay attention to issues other than energy and housing when gas is $4 per gallon and banks are announcing record losses ..."

"Yet that's exactly what the [NRA] is attempting to do by grading members on whether they sign a discharge petition to force a vote on an NRA-backed bill. Given the lobby's clout, the chances are that many lawmakers will give it a serious look."

"The NRA remains ... is wisely seeking to capitalize on its historic Second Amendment victory last month at the Supreme Court. The high court's 5-4 decision that the District of Colombia's handgun ban was unconstitutional gave a shot in the arm to the NRA and gun-rights supporters around the country." ...
 

MA: Tell reps to vote no on gun tax
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The governor and his henchmen (your representatives) want to tax your right to self-defense to where many will not be able to afford it anymore. They want to double the fee from $100 to $200 every six years. Firearms are the only consumer product specifically protected under our Constitution in the Bill of Rights under the Second Amendment ..." ...

"To tax (a fee is a tax) our constitutional right to keep and bear arms is an infringement on that right. It becomes a deliberate scheme by politicians to deny your constitutional right by making you pay for it. It is a right already bought and paid for since the time of the American Revolution to the present day, bought by the blood of American soldiers and patriots." ...
 

IL: Support gun rights (third letter)
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

I WOULD LIKE to publicly call on the St. Clair County Board to bring the pro-Second Amendment resolution to the floor for discussion. I would also like all pro-Second Amendment residents of St. Clair County to contact your board representative and urge them to support this resolution.

Eighty-two is now the number of 102 counties in the state that have approved this resolution. We are not Cook County, we are St. Clair County. Protect our rights, and show Springfield and Chicago that you, the board, will stand up for the people that you represent, not the ideals of others.

Micah Turner

O'Fallon
 

CA: Deer season to open with limited ammo
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The A-zone deer hunting season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 9, and most sporting good stores throughout Southern California have dismal supplies of newly-required non-lead big game hunting ammunition."

"'Availability is a serious issue,' said Glenn Tessers with the California Deer Association. 'It irks me when I hear that no one can get non-lead ammunition.' Most bigger Southern California dealers knew this train was coming down the tracks over a year ago, but they still didn't take steps to make sure they had adequate supplies of non-lead ammunition. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Gee, you don't think this might be an intended consequence of the law, do you?
 

Reminders of Botched Investigation as Suspected Culprit Dies
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"The FBI finally believes it fingered the culprit of the 2001 anthrax attacks. The government was 'about to file criminal charges' against a former top government scientist, Bruce E. Ivins, who died Tuesday of an apparent suicide." ...

"Citing a 'U.S. official,' the Associated Press says prosecutors "had planned to seek indictment and the death penalty" against Ivins."

"Investigators first began to focus on Ivins nearly two years ago after new agents were brought in to lead the investigation. According to the Times, investigators questioned Ivins years ago -- and missed key clues:" ...
 

MS: Tutwiler officer charged in insurance fraud case
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Attorney General Jim Hood says a Tutwiler police officer has been charged felony false pretense and insurance fraud.

Hood says 39-year-old Ben Jones III was arraigned before a county judge Thursday and was released on a $5,000 bond.

Jones is accused of telling Allstate Insurance Co. that he lost personal property in an April 30 fire at a home he said he rented in Marks.

Hood says investigators found Jones did not rent or live in the home and did not keep personal property there.
 

ME: Wayne LaPierre of NRA to Visit Kittery Trading Post
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association will visit Kittery Trading Post, Wednesday, August 6, 6-8pm, for a special public presentation in which he will be signing and giving away free copies of his recent book, The Essential Second Amendment Guide. The event will be held in the Shooting Sports Department at Kittery Trading Post." ...
 

OH: Camp Perry is loaded with shooters of all ages
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Willoughby News-Herald has published an excellent story updating readers on the ongoing 101st running of the National Matches, which are being held at Camp Perry, a sprawling 640-acre Ohio National Guard base along Lake Erie in Ottawa County."

"From the story:"
Fifteen-year-old Claudia Duksa hopes to earn a college scholarship by being right on target."

"The Bristol, Conn., teenager was a participant in the National Rifle and Pistol Matches, three-position small-arms competition. The contest is one of many segments that make up the National Matches, which began July 7 and conclude Aug. 13." ...
 

NJ: Armed citizenry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Re: 'Privilege' (letters, July 24)."

"The letter writer must not have read 'The Federalist Papers' or other writings from the time of our nation's birth. Language then was more eloquent and complex than it is today. Sentences were longer and contained commas in places we do not expect them."

"The much-discussed comma in the Second Amendment separates two independent thoughts, one regarding the militia, the other, 'the people.' One phrase does not modify the other." ...
 

NY: Shooting with the best of them
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Even though Marna Evans excels individually in the sport of trapshooting, she insists that it's much more than that."

"'It's a family sport to us,' Evans, 65, said this week."

"Evans and her husband Larry, who live in Ionia, have their children and their grandchildren involved in the sport as well, including their 16-year-old granddaughter, who got hooked on the sport while watching her parents compete."

"Evans finished seventh overall in the 200 Bird Singles event at the 2008 Eastern Zone Championship Tournament in Bridgeport, N.Y. on July 26. After nailing 189 of 200 targets, she won a shootout against three other shooters who were tied with her, hitting 50 straight for the higher spot." ...
 

NY: NY teen's shot at gold
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Go ahead, Beijing, make her day."

"Manhattan sharpshooter Sandra Fong may not be old enough to qualify for a city gun permit, but she's still packing heat in hopes of winning gold for the United States at the Olympics."

"'Making the Olympics is definitely the best feeling I've ever had,' said Fong, 18. 'I've been working very hard for this for a very long time. It's been a lot of pressure, but now I just want to enjoy it.'"

"Fong, a student at Hunter College who lives on the Upper East Side, learned to shoot from her father, Dr. Yuman Fong, a surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who emigrated from Hong Kong." ...
 

Canada: Handguns and Elections - Shooting For Success
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced on July 30th his concern with handgun violence in Canada and promised harsher sentences for those in possession of illegal handguns. While such measures are of course welcome, are the necessary?"

"Appearing on the front page of the Toronto Star and Toronto's Metro newspaper July 30th 2008, was a feature explaining the Tory position on gun control - specifically relating to handguns. According to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, the crime rate in Canada is 'unacceptable' - specifically in regards to handgun violence - and therefore must be addressed." ...
 

Canada: Witnesses on bus could be traumatized for years: experts say
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"There could be a lifelong and potentially life-altering psychological impact on the 36 passengers who witnessed the painful screams and gruesome murder of a Greyhound-bus rider on Wednesday night, psychologists say."

"'Because we are not used to this kind of event, just the gruesomeness of it is a bit like experiencing an earthquake ...' said Doug Saunders, a clinical psychologist in Toronto." ...

"Witnesses to such horrific events can feel less safe in the world, and they can experience long-term problems, such as insomnia, vivid flashbacks, constant irritability or emotional breakdowns -- symptoms that often describe post-traumatic stress, said Mr. Saunders." ...
 

Canada: Eyewitness account: A Prairie bus ride's descent into terror (another view)
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... "Garnet Caton, who was sitting directly in front of the victim, told reporters he initially thought a fist fight had broken out. 'Arms were flailing and stuff like that, but then I saw the guy had a knife - a big frickin' Rambo knife, a hunting knife and it was covered in blood,' Mr. Caton told the CBC."

"'Everybody else started screaming,' an elderly woman said. 'They had terror in their eyes.'"

"Mr. Caton ran to the front of the bus and screamed at the driver to stop. ... within seconds they were all on their feet and pushing towards the front, knocking one woman over as they fled ..." ...

"'Some people were puking, some people were crying, other people were in shock . . . everybody was running, screaming off the bus,' Mr. Caton said." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
There is no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. — Ayn Rand in her must-read novel, Atlas Shrugged

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