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UT: City, county gun bans defy state law, foes say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A pro-gun rights group wants to stop what it says are "petty bureaucrats" from banning guns in their local jurisdictions - an act they say is against state law.

The independent gun rights network Gun Owners of Utah is calling on its members to look for signs at places such as airports, buses and local parks banning guns. After a list of such signs is compiled, members from GOUtah! will ask local leaders to take the signs down and revise their rules and ordinances.

"What we want to do is help all the local and county agencies come into compliance with state law," said Charles Hardy, policy director for GOUtah!. "The first thing we've gotta do is find out who isn't in compliance."
 

Playing with the Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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ALI:...From a constitutional perspective, are handguns encompassed within the scope of the 2nd amendment?

CHEMERINSKY:...One side says that the 2nd amendment is about the right of individuals to have guns. The other side says that it is for the right to have guns for the purpose of militia service....

"Gun control" advocates say the amendment is clear. "It’s all about the right to having guns for the purpose of military service." "Guns rights" advocates say, "…but it proclaims the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

...the issue before the Supreme Court...is divided 5 Justices to 4 Justices in the Conservative direction because 5 of the Justices are more Conservative;....
 

CA: Have you associated with, well, anyone?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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[Scott Barnett's] thoughts turned to McCarthyism when – after disclosing his every financial, legal and personal problem – he reached Question 35:

“Have you ever been associated with any person, group, or business venture that could be used, even unfairly, to discredit your character or qualifications for this requested appointment?”

Barnett, a freelance taxpayer advocate and political operative, pondered the question's wide-reaching implications.

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The National Rifle Association. A few years ago, the NRA sent me a membership card, probably because I subscribe to National Review and they assume I'm simpatico. I never sent it back. In fact, I've been known to brandish it walking down dark alleys.
 

The Best Political Move Ever
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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She's ultra-conservative: Sarah Palin is no Dick Cheney. She's nearly a perfect shot, whether shooting caribou from the ground or shooting wolves from a helicopter. She is a huge proponent of the right to bear arms and a life member of the National Rifle Association. She is also unmistakably pro-life.

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If this political move is successful, the country will not be asking whether or not Obama would be a better president than McCain-it will be asking if Sarah Palin is more qualified to be vice president than Obama is to be president. It is these chess-like moves in politics that make every election cycle exciting.
 

VA: More guns are not the answer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While I predict that the students here will not stand for any kind of policy change pushed by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), I do not fully trust the administration of JMU to listen to students on this issue.

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Even if people were given a greater opportunity to defend themselves with guns, it would not stop people from being killed. Think about it: If someone kills another person in defense of their own life, their attacker is dead. A life would be saved, but one would be lost, too. It is not our job to determine whose life is more valuable.

Ed.: Dueling Op-Eds; second one penned by Daniel Dales, SCCC campus leader.
 

NZ: Courting the other Americans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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To many outside the US, Mr McCain and Mrs Palin represent all that is wrong with American politics, the triumph of vacuous sloganeering at a time when the US needs vision and change.

However, the chattering classes of London, Paris and Wellington do not get to pick the next president of the United States. The men and women in the small decaying industrial towns across the US do. They are the men and women Mr Obama described in an unguarded moment earlier this year as bitter, clinging to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations. They are the voters Mrs Palin could deliver to Mr McCain.
 

SC: Gun ownership a hot topic as election nears
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two recent developments in the Second Amendment field, together with the way gun rights figure in every national election, led me to delve into some of the literature on the whole issue.

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The second was an important new book which recently came to my desk, "These Dogs Don't Hunt." Co-authored by Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb and noted gun writer Dave Workman, the book is a scathing and significant look at a number of prominent politicians and their anti-gun rights views. Well-written and carefully documented, it is particularly timely (and no doubt consciously timed for) a presidential election year.
 

OR: Constitution to be celebrated at city library
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A celebration of the 221st anniversary of the U.S. Constitution will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Anderson Rooms A and B of the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE.

Sponsors are the library and the League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk counties. The moderator is Kasia Quillinan, a lawyer and former city councilor.

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John Scott, an assistant professor of history at Corban College, will talk about whether there are limits to the right to bear firearms under the Second Amendment.
 

NH: GOP alienating pro-choice Republican women like me
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I am a Republican and I am woman. I am a mother of two children whose rights I vote to protect. I have voted as a registered Republican in every election for the past 30 years, whether living in Massachusetts, New York, California or New Hampshire.

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My father, a publicly described ultra-conservative who served in the New Hampshire House and Senate, preached less government and state autonomy. His stance encompassed citizens' rights to control their own body, their land, their religious beliefs, to bear arms and all other individual decisions protected by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Have I become moderate, or has the Republican platform of "less government" been hijacked by religious conservatives?
 

MO: Hammers and guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A caller said that if we ban guns, then we also should ban hammers and nails. That caller misses a very important point. Hammers and nails serve useful purposes, such as building houses and repairing furniture. However, guns serve no useful purposes, except when used by law enforcement personnel.

Ed.: So it is useful for a cop to shoot someone, presumably in self-defense, but it is useless for anyone else to do the same? I must have missed the memo where only a cop's life has value.
 

CO: Obama, Palin in Colorado today
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, a Republican, on Thursday said Palin's experience as governor of Alaska will resonate with Western voters. He touted her lifelong membership in the National Rifle Association and her grasp of energy issues.

"She has a sensitivity to Western values," he said, adding that Obama and his running mate, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, are "hostile to the Second Amendment," which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms.

More than two dozen states have some type of early voting, creating a staggered, lengthy Election Day. Voters here can vote early in person Oct. 20 or return their mail-in ballots immediately after receiving them sometime in the first week of October.
 

Both Sides Now
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Guns, God, Lipstick”? This is what feminism has come to? One can only imagine how many feminist comp lit professors are walking around campus, muttering to themselves ...: "That is not what I meant at all. That is not it, at all."

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Is 2008 just a strange year, or is something big happening? Are we seeing one of America’s periodic political and cultural awakenings, one of our occasional, almost-convulsive democratic reactions to what is felt to be too great a distance between the people and their "establishments"? Such awakenings can be sudden and can come at once from different directions. They often have a theme in common, which is an indignant popular demand: "Stop speaking for us and start listening to us."
 

Why Sarah Palin Has the Democrats Running Scared
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The fear has nothing to do with Palin's views. She likes guns, opposes abortion, wants to drill, is against a windfall profits tax on oil companies, wants to cut spending and earmarks, believes raising taxes hurts small business. She pretty much shares McCain's views on those issues.

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If the Democrats can't win a presidential election after eight years of an unpopular president, five years of an unpopular war, in the face of a lousy economy, a collapse in the housing market and overwhelming sentiment that the country is on the wrong track, it means something is terribly wrong.

This is as good as it gets for a party out of power. A loss in November would be embarrassing -- no, humiliating -- to the Democrats.
 

NY: Cops Shooting Guns Less, Report Says; But Brooklyn Still a Hot Spot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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While last year, NYPD officers fired their guns the least amount in 30 years in the city, Brooklyn continues to rank at the top of shooting statistics. As New York City’s crime rate continues to drop, police officers are using their weapons less, and last year they fired the fewest times since the police department began recording the statistic three decades ago.

Ed.: Hmm. Crime is down about 73% over the past decade, but police shootings are only down about 56%. Perhaps NY police might are more trigger happy than they used to be.
 

NY: Women Learn Important Lessons About Gun Safety
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Local women of all ages learned some important lessons on Saturday about gun safety. The Genesee Conservation League held a basic pistol class for women only. The National Rifle Association sponsered the class. The goal was to teach women about gun safety and how to use a pistol the right way.
 

AK: I taught Sarah to shoot and butcher a moose ... Washington won't scare her
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SARAH PALIN learned to call the shots at an early age — she got to grips with a gun at eight and made her first kill at ten.

The moose-hunting mum-of-five from Alaska grew up shooting animals and skinning them on the spot before hauling the meat home for the family freezer.

Sarah’s dad Chuck Heath shot a grizzly bear three years ago and its skin adorns a sofa in Sarah’s office. Now she is in the political bear pit after accepting the Republican Vice-Presidential nomination.
Chuck told The Sun: “Sarah was always very determined. Whatever she lacked in skill she always made up in determination. She always tried her hardest to be the best at everything she did.... I wasn’t mean to her but I taught her discipline...."
 

Evidence Of Injustice
Submitted by: Anonymous

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In a joint investigation, 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft and The Washington Post's John Solomon report on a flawed science used in the convictions of hundreds of defendants, dozens of whom may be innocent.

Ed.: A long video, but worth the time, I submit.
 

DC: Mississippi Democrat pushing for gun rights
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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To the dismay of the Washington, D.C., police chief and others who are trying to limit gun ownership in the nation's capital, Rep. Travis Childers is pressing legislation that would rollback restrictions. Childers, a Democrat from Prentiss County, won a special election in May to represent the 1st District. He hopes to offer his bill this week as an amendment to a much narrower bill sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. Childers says his legislation is needed to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling in June that the city's wide-ranging gun ban violates the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.
 

OH: Gun rights group plans rally in Northwood
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Ohioans For Concealed Carry plans to hold a demonstration walk Sept. 20 in Northwood in protest of what the organization says was poor treatment of one of its members by city police. The walk is scheduled for noon at Central Park.
 

CO: Sarah Palin revives Annie Oakley Movement
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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Increasing number of women are flocking to the shooting sports because of the influence of Gov. Palin as this video reports.
 

Democrats to gun owners: 'The party is over'
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By Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman

Breaking up is so hard to do. Judging from the Democratic Party platform, remarks from presidential nominee Barack Obama and his selection of anti-gun Sen. Joseph Biden as a running mate, the long, transparent courtship of gun owners by Democrats is over and instead of a goodbye kiss, there was a slap in the face; the political approximation of a domestic assault.
 

CA: Inglewood police probe considers 'contagious fire'
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The investigation into Sunday's shooting of a homeless man by Inglewood police is focusing in part on the tactics of the seven officers involved, who collectively fired more than 40 times at the man, a source close to the investigation said Tuesday.

The death of Eddie Felix Franco, 56, was the fourth fatal officer-involved shooting in Inglewood in four months. City officials have repeatedly declined to answer questions about what prompted the shooting.

Contagious fire has been likened to a chain reaction in which police officers hear gunshots and fire almost as a reflex. Experts say officers tend to be more likely to fire when they see colleagues shooting -- a defensive response that can best be addressed through training.
 

Keep talking Sarah
Submitted by: Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
Website: http://blog.nysrpa.org

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Even more reason to love Sarah Palin. Here’s an except from an interview she did with VOA News: “… Palin also responded to a question about whether she believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to own semi-automatic weapons. “I’m a lifetime member of the NRA (National Rifle Association). I believe strongly in our Second Amendment rights. That’s kind of inherent in the people of my state, who rely on guns for, not just self protection, but also for our hunting and for sport also,” she explained …”
 

IL: Anti-gun forces object to no-law resolution
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Anti-gun forces counterattacked last month's proposal to the Lake County Board to support Second Amendment rights. The inalienable right to live a safe life trumps the right of any individual to own any and every kind of weapon, the speakers fired back in public comments to the board Tuesday.
 

The Party Police
Submitted by: Larry

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Bruce Nestor, president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, who organized scores of legal observers around the Twin Cities to protect citizens' legal rights, told me: "St. Paul actually negotiated a special insurance provision with the Republican host committee so that the first $10 million in liability for lawsuits arising from the convention will be covered by the host committee. The city is very proud of this negotiation. It's the first time it's been negotiated between a city and the host committee. But it basically means we [the city] can commit wrongdoing, and we won't have to pay for it." According to the Minnesota Independent, more than 40 journalists were arrested or detained during the Republican National Convention.

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Like what happened to "Democracy Now!" producer Nicole Salazar, videotaping protests in downtown St. Paul. She was violently forced to the ground, her nose bloodied, was held down with a man's knee or boot on her back, with another person pulling on her leg. Fellow producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous was thrown against a wall and kicked in the chest and back. The police might normally intervene and arrest the perpetrators. Except here, it was the police who were the assailants. And they arrested their victims. Arriving on the scene, I tried to have my colleagues freed, as we were all accredited journalists, and the police arrested me. And we were not the only ones.
 

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