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The Founders on Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The Founding Fathers of this country designed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights specifically to forestall just such an abuse of federal power by strictly limiting federal authority and by retaining the ultimate instruments of popular self-government — militia. Such is the historical lesson at the heart of Stephen P. Halbrook's book The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms."

"The book is a study of the period from 1768 to 1826, as it says on the book’s flyleaf, 'from the last years of British rule and the American Revolution through the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and the passing of the Founders' generation.' ..." ...
 

Too Late For a Political Solution?
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"Courtesy of Billy Beck, who kindly granted permission to reprint in full his above-titled essay from 1996:"

... "This point cannot be overstressed. The reason that a man takes up resistance to government is that his own life is his highest value. He necessarily holds it in higher regard than assertions of 'public policy', or their methods. A rational man understands that he is given to walk the planet for only a limited number of days. A principled man, who would make the most of each one of those days, will also never submit a single one of them to any other powers but his own."

"As for 'violent confrontation', I have long believed that it would be virtually inevitable, while hoping that I was wrong." ...
 

Billboard to host new gun-control 'ad'
Submitted by: motoboy

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"The gun-control activist whose provocative billboards have been turning heads along the Massachusetts Turnpike for 13 years today will unveil one of his most eye-popping messages yet - a fake neon advertisement for American gun shows where people can buy weapons, no questions asked."

"'We Sell Guns! No ID required. No background checks. Criminals and terrorists welcome!' the billboard peals."

"'Gun shows are the equivalent of Al Qaeda terrorists walking directly onto the airplane while you and I wait in the TSA line,' John Rosenthal, founder and chairman of Stop Handgun Violence, said in a recent interview. 'They don't want us to go on airplanes but they let Al Qaeda buy guns unprotected.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: "National security" coming back to bite us. I told you so.
 

Questions for Sarah Palin
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The designation by Senator John McCain of Governor Sarah Jane Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate and her relatively thin or unknown record on many issues, including gun violence prevention, makes her answers to the following questions important:" ...

"-- Most Americans ... support banning military-style semiautomatic assault weapons. What is your position?"

"-- Do you agree with Senator McCain that the 'gun-show loophole' ... should be closed?"

"-- What did you mean when you described 'attacks on our Second Amendment rights' as equivalent to gangs and drug use as something that would 'harm family life?' ... Does this include efforts by groups like the Brady Campaign to make it harder for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons?" ...
 

Gun Lawsuit Expected to End Without a Bang This Week in Brooklyn
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Managers at the Bob Moates Sport Shop were spoiling for a fight when they found out New York City was suing the Virginia store over the way it sold firearms."

"Workers hung Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s photo on a shotgun rack over the words 'our worst enemy.' ... One manager called the mayor 'an idiot.'"

"Two years later, the case in Brooklyn federal court will have a much more subdued ending — likely to occur this week."

"The business is poised to become the latest in a string of firearms dealers that have settled lawsuits accusing them of contributing to street crime in New York by making it easy for customers to get around rules intended to keep guns off the black market." ...
 

MD: Police:Garage owner fatally shoots would-be robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Baltimore police say the owner of an auto repair shop fatally shot a man trying to rob his business.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Friday at Joe's Garage in northwest Baltimore.

Police spokesman Sterling Clifford says this was the second time that owner Joseph Goldman has shot someone trying to rob his business, but he did not have further details about the first shooting.

In Friday's incident, police say two men entered the business and displayed a handgun, but Goldman grabbed his own gun and fired at the men, hitting one.

The injured man was taken to Sinai Hospital where police say he was pronounced dead. Police did not release that man's name.

The second man fled and police are still looking for him.
 

FL: Police: Woman Shoots At Men Trying To Break Into Car
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The three men were trying to break into a car outside a home ... at about 1:30 a.m., police said. Miami-Dade police said they think the men were trying to steal the car's stereo."

"A man and a woman who were inside the home came outside. When the man got into a confrontation with the three men, the woman started firing a gun, police said. Neighbors said they heard between four and seven shots."

"'These subjects came here to do a crime,' said Bobby Williams of the Miami-Dade Police Department. 'Once that crime was committed, the boyfriend came out to stop them or at least to talk to them. They attacked him, so she was in fear for her boyfriend's safety and herself.'" ...
 

WA: Concealed pistol permits up 43 percent in Wash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In Julian Piercy's mind, the small bulge in his shirt near his lower back is a way of 'leveling a situation.'"

"The clip that he fastens to his waist band before leaving the house isn't just another accessory. It gives him an option, he said, when all others are off the table and a life is on the line."

"When he feels the pressure of metal on his back, it gives him confidence that he has a chance of protecting those he cares about most."

"'As a parent, I am the first line of defense for my children,' he said. 'Not the police.'"

"Piercy ... lifts his shirt to reveal a .45-caliber Springfield XD ... He carries constantly with a few exceptions mostly when he's on campus and prohibited from doing so." ...
 

McCain is anti-gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Before writing and promoting my new book, "None of the Above," I hadn't realized how willingly Republican-leaning voters would accept John McCain's election-year reinvention of himself." ...

"I can't tell you how many times I've heard that Barack Obama is going to come take our guns if he is elected president. The assumption, of course, is McCain will not be trying to take our guns. I see no reason to believe that ..." ...

"Here's what Gun Owners of America found in its analysis of McCain's voting record in the 106th Congress: Out of 15 votes relating to the right to keep and bear arms, McCain voted right just four times. That amounts to a 27 percent rating. Few Republicans find themselves in such low standing." ...
 

McCain's views more reasonable
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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The more I read about Barack O"bama and his supporters, the more fearful I am of what they will do to the Constitution's Bill of Rights if Obama is elected, starting with the Second Amendment."

"All of Obama's big-name supporters are anti-Second Amendment activists like Mayors Daley of Chicago and Bloomberg of New York."

"And then there is the rogue Catholic priest Michael Pfleger, who was rebuked by Chicago's Cardinal George for leading a mob that blocked the entrance to a gunstore in Riverdale, a suburb of Chicago, threatening to 'snuff' the gunshop owner and 'snuff out legislators who are against our gun laws.' His statements were viewed as death threats and morally outrageous by the cardinal." ...
 

McCain's Feuds Unlikely To Burn Him In Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In his 26 years in Congress, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has feuded with many." ...

"One of the biggest battles McCain has had was with the [NRA]. He sponsored legislation requiring background checks at guns shows and a bill to tighten campaign finance laws ..."

"Those stances earned McCain a 'C+' rating from the group in his 2004 re-election race after previously consistent 'A' grades in past races."

"But in his race against Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, such positions are treated as mild aberrations rather than heresies against the Second Amendment by the NRA's nearly 3 million members. The simple reason is that the NRA considers Obama much, much worse on gun rights with an 'F' rating." ...
 

Strong Majority of Voters Disagree With Barack Obama on Second Amendment and Self Defense Issues
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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A strong majority of likely voters disagree with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on firearms and self-defense related issues, according to a just-released ATI-News/Zogby poll."

Brad O'Leary, president of ATI-News.com and author of the explosive new book, The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama's War on American Values, notes that opposition to Obama's stance on these issues is widespread across multiple demographics."

"Ban on Hunting Ammunition"

"In 2005, Senator Barack Obama voted in favor of legislation sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) that would have banned nearly all rifle ammunition used for hunting and sport shooting. This position puts Obama squarely at odds with over 75 percent of likely voters." ...
 

Palin pick is a great move for McCain
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With his pick of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain has not only reclaimed the title of “maverick,” but he has increased his chances of defeating Barack Obama this coming November."

"Many in the Democratic establishment have claimed that Palin is too inexperienced to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency, neglecting to mention that Palin actually has executive experience unlike their nominee, who does not have any."

"... The NRA has heavily endorsed Palin as she is strongly in favor of Second Amendment rights. Her record plays well among the traditional Republican areas of the countries." ...
 

Palin Pick Protects Pistol Power, says Gun Law Expert, and Overshadows Obama Oscillation on Second Amendment Issues
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'When GOP presidential nominee John McCain last Friday picked Alaska's sharp shooting Gov. Sarah Palin for his vice-presidential running mate, the selection underscored the significance of Americans' gun rights in the forthcoming national elections and began to galvanize the Second Amendment movement into support for the McCain candidacy,' right to self-defense advocate John M. Snyder stated here today."

"'The McCain-Palin ticket,' Snyder added, 'contrasts sharply with gun-grabbing records of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Hussein Obama and vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden.'" ...
 

The McCain-Palin ticket: A good choice for gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This has been a most unusual political year for me--unusual in that I was having trouble working up real enthusiasm for the Republican nominee after the primary season, as I thrive on politics. But I had little joy this time."

"I will confess John McCain was not my first pick, nor even my second or third choice, in the primary process. His record on guns has not been good enough for my tastes. Hence my lackluster desire to get too involved. ..."

"The words from an essay circulating on the Internet best expressed how I felt about Senator McCain: 'Senator John McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama can cause me to vote for McCain.'" ...
 

NH: Bosse Earns 'A' Rating from NH Firearms Coalition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican Grant Bosse has earned the highest grade awarded from the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition. Bosse and Bob Clegg each received an A rating on the NHFC's candidate survey. Jennifer Horn failed the organization's test, earning a D rating. Jim Steiner did not respond to the survey."

"'Bob Clegg and I disagree on earmarks and health care, but we agree that the Second Amendment matters in every election,' Bosse said. 'Following the Heller decision, it's vital that we not only protect our Second Amendment rights, but expand them.'"

"Grant Bosse is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and is the only candidate pushing to expand Second Amendment protections. ..." ...
 

None of us is safe from police raids
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Imagine you're Cheye Calvo, the white mayor of Berwyn Heights, an affluent part of Prince George's County. Coming home one night in late July, you find on your front porch a large package that, unbeknownst to you, happens to contain a lot of marijuana. As it turns out, your spouse is the victim of a drug-smuggling scheme that targets innocent customers in the UPS system. You bring the box inside; moments later, the SWAT officers standing by break in and shoot your two beautiful Labradors. As the dogs lie there bleeding to death, you're held in the same room, handcuffed for hours. Nearly a month later, you have yet to receive an apology." ...
 

FBI: Too Busy to Follow Its Own Rules?
Submitted by: Larry

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"The Washington Times reported Tuesday on the still-being-investigated case of the FBI collecting the phone records of four reporters working for The New York Times and Washington Post's Indonesia bureaus. Earlier this month, FBI Director Robert Mueller apologized to the papers' editors for collecting its reporters' phone records."

"The Washington Times reports:"

"While it is not known why the agent in [Communications Analysis Unit (CAU)] sent the [exigent letter demanding the phone records], [FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni] suggested the agent in CAU may have been trying to be helpful. She also noted CAU is on the front lines of the fight against terrorism and that the unit was busy at the time." ...
 

Top 5 Police Brutality Videos
Submitted by: Larry

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"The YouTube generation has brought a new degree of awareness to the problem of police brutality in America. Check out HuffPost's list of the top 5 viral videos of police brutality below:"

"Our first two videos came into the news within days of each other. Video from last Friday's Critical Mass ride in Times Square showed a rookie NYPD officer lunging at a cyclist and shoving him off his bike. The officer has been stripped of his badge and gun and is on desk duty pending an investigation into the matter." ...
 

NY: Youngsters enlisted in Albany anti-gun bid
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"When kids head back to school this week, the Rev. Charlie Muller wants them talking about guns."

"Counterintuitive, maybe. But in the eyes of Muller and his backers, long overdue."

"Several hundred people packed Livingston and Lake Playground in West Hill Monday afternoon to score a free backpack stuffed with school supplies stamped with the slogan, 'Enough,' and the phone number of Muller's 3-month-old gun buy-back program."

"The money for the supplies is part of a $70,000 grant from the Albany County District Attorney's Office to the Albany Police Department." ...
 

MA: Author Peter Manso faces a decade in prison for nonviolent firearms violations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Prolific writer Peter Manso ... has been indicted on a dozen firearms charges by a Massachusetts grand jury and faces years in prison."

"Did he brandish a gun in public? Threaten a neighbor with a drive-by shooting?"

"No, the guns were all stored, quite securely, in his locked and alarmed home. In fact, police discovered the weapons only when they responded to a burglar alarm while the writer was away. Either the guns were in plain view -- evidence that Manso expected no legal trouble for their possession -- or else, as Manso's attorney alleges, 'Truro police searched Manso's house illegally while responding to the alarm. ...'" ...
 

VT: State to hold shooting range seminar Saturday
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has planned a workshop on operating and managing shooting ranges on Saturday at the Lamoille Valley Fish & Game Club in Morrisville.

Experts from the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Range Technical Team will be leading the workshop and focusing on the fundamentals of operating and maintaining shooting ranges. Topics will include safety, noise and lead management.

Representatives from 20 Vermont Fish and Game Clubs and related organizations have signed up to attend this historic training opportunity hosted by the state of Vermont.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department education staff, Mark Scott and Chris Saunders, will also be there.
 

NY: Gun Ad Draws Fire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Residents of Franklin County, New York are celebrating their bicentennial through the year 2008."

"But when an advertisement for a Franklin County bicentennial rifle showed up-- some people were up in arms." ...

"... They are upset that a Colorado company did not let them know that they were using their bicentennial year to sell guns to county residents."

"'It's a scam,' said Wanda Murtaugh, of the bicentennial committee."

"One thing they object to is the engraving on the rifle." ...

"The bicentennial committee said that they would be contacting the State Attorney General and make a complaint with him. They said that they will let him look into the situation... A situation they are calling a scam."
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H/t to David Codrea.
 

OH: OFCC Announces Academic Scholarship!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry is proud to announce a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled in an Ohio college or university who is a current member in good standing of an active on-campus student organization devoted to gun rights!"

"OFCC feels it is important to invest in the future of gun rights activism. Recently, we've seen many pro-gun student leaders posting in our forums, and they need our support. By helping them now, we help ourselves in the future."

"This scholarship will be awarded for the second half of the 2008-2009 school year. If you, your child, grandchild, friend, or relative meets the eligibility criteria below, encourage them to apply for this scholarship. ..." ...
 

UK: Firearms: cheap, easy to get and on a street near you
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The gun shown here, a Webley, is up for sale in London for £150, one of hundreds of such weapons that are easily and cheaply available on the streets of the UK's big cities, a Guardian investigation can reveal."

"The variety of weapons on offer in Britain is extensive and includes machine guns and shotguns, as well as pistols and converted replicas. A source close to the trade in illegal weapons contacted by the Guardian listed a menu of firearms that are available on the streets of the capital."

"'You can get a clean [unused] 9mm automatic for £1,500, a Glock for a couple of grand and you can even make an order for a couple of MAC-10s,' he said. 'Or you can get a little sawn-off for £150. ...'" ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Thanks to the government’s past record, it is unfortunately very predictable that, in spite of the severe penalties mandated, tens of thousands of people will not comply at all (with Bill C-68). A new class of criminal will be created among harmless citizens whose previous lawbreaking may have resulted in nothing more than parking tickets. — Lee Morrison, Canadian Mounted Police

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