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David Codrea: Freedomnomics
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com/

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"'Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't,' reads the subtitle on the dust jacket."

"So what? And what does that have to do with gun rights?"

"Like the saying goes, it’s not about guns, it’s about freedom. And Freedomnomics, by economist and author John Lott, Jr., does much to illustrate the relationship between free markets and liberty." ...
 

GUNS Magazine: September 1957 (War on Guns)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'WHY NOT Have A Pro-Gun Law,' is possibly the longest article we have ever published. It may well be also the most important article we have ever published."

"The 'call to arms' which ends the story, urging all firearms enthusiasts to write to the Director of the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax Unit,Treasury, Washington 25, D. C., to protest new revised federal regulations in the gun law field is a little like Paul Revere's 'one if by land, two if by sea.' Only now it isn't the 'British are coming,' it is the bureaucrats." ...

"The September 1957 issue of GUNS Magazine is now online. Go to page 22 to read the entire article in question, which brings to light much information I had not previously been aware of ..." ...
 

Para's Gun Rights Pistols
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The famous movie quote 'Fasten your seat belts; it's going to be a bumpy ride' could well describe our near future. Those in power are not friendly to us. There are already panicked cries of impending bans of one kind or another."

"'Which gun or guns should I buy before the ban?' is a common question at gun shows and gun clubs. Well, the best defense is a good offense. You should be sending money to gun rights support groups--all of them--and becoming a member. But it doesn't hurt to hedge your bets and stock up on the 'likely suspects' either, just in case."

"Well, there is a way to do both." ...
 

Regular gun care key to performance
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"In his 30 years as a gunsmith, John Blauvelt of the hamlet of Wallkill has seen it all — thousands of rifles, shotguns and pistols with all kinds of ailments."

"Year after year, hunters seem to seek him out the day before or after the first day of hunting season with a rifle or shotgun that doesn't work."

"'You don't want to come into my shop (or any other gunsmith) the week before big-game season starts because we get backed up,' Blauvelt said."

"That's why it's a good idea to ensure your rifle and shotgun are in optimal working order as soon as possible. In a recent interview, Blauvelt shared his checklist of absolute 'to-dos' related to gun care." ...
 

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Posts Record First Quarter Revenues and Profits
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation , parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 155-year old company in the global business of safety, security, protection and sport, today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2007."

"Record revenue of $74.4 million for the quarter ended July 31, 2007 reflects an increase of 56.3% over the comparable quarter last year. Revenue from the sale of firearms for the quarter ended July 31, 2007 grew 55.2% over the comparable quarter last year. Excluding revenue from Thompson/Center Arms, a rifle maker we acquired in January 2007, revenue increased by 17.8% over the comparable quarter last year." ...
 

Suicide Rate Among US Girls Soars
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "The study also documented a change in suicide method. In 1990, guns accounted for more than half of all suicides among young females. By 2004, though, death by hanging and suffocation became the most common suicide method. It accounted for about 71 percent of all suicides in girls aged 10-14; about half of those aged 15-19; and 34 percent between 20-24." ...

"... It also said the suicide methods suggest that prevention focused solely on restricting access to pills, weapons or other lethal means may be of limited success." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: This may be obvious to us, but it'll be news to grave-dancers who don't care to focus on the real causes of suicide.
 

TX: Don't throw blame at terrified homeowner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Let's start with the unarguable proposition that Carter Albrecht was a popular man with a lot of friends and fans, a hometown celebrity whose fame and talent were nicely balanced by his regular-guy personality." ...

"... this story is not, ultimately, about the many things that some people are trying to drag into it."

"It's not about a gun-besotted, trigger-happy Texas gun culture claiming another victim, nor is it about Mr. Albrecht's fame and popularity ..." ...

"It's about the other guy, an ordinary guy who was in fear for himself and his wife, who had about three seconds to make a life-and-death decision with which I hope to God I am personally never confronted." ...
 

Washington, D.C. public dumps on handgun ban in hoplophobic Post's Express survey, notes American gun law expert
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"'The metropolitan Washington, D.C. public overwhelmingly rejects DC’s handgun ban as unconstitutional by a margin of nearly nine to one,' gun rights expert John M. Snyder noted here this morning."

"Snyder based his claim on an internet survey conducted early this week by the Express, a free tabloid newspaper distributed Monday thru Friday by The Washington Post, a local daily broadsheet."

"When asked, 'Do you think DC's tough ban on handgun ownership is unconstitutional,' 89 percent of the 2,034 respondents answered 'yes' and only 11 percent stated 'no.'" ...
 

High court must face up to gun issue
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"It would be inconceivable for the Supreme Court to turn down the District of Columbia's recent petition to decide whether one of the strictest anti-gun laws in the nation will be reinstated, overturning an appeals-court ruling that every American has the right to own a firearm and the capital city has no right to curtail that."

"Few constitutional issues in modern times have cried out for closure more than the argument over whether the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to bear arms or is actually a collective privilege meant to safeguard a state's ability to raise a militia. ..." ...
 

Handgun ban could lead to key ruling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A case challenging the ban on private handgun ownership in the U.S. capital could lead to the first ruling by the Supreme Court since 1939 on the rights of Americans to bear arms."

"Officials from the District of Columbia government this week asked the high court to agree the city's 31-year-old law banning private possession of handguns is constitutional."

"Supporters and opponents of the law said the case could have far-reaching legal and political importance in affecting the nation's gun laws."

"D.C. officials said a U.S. appeals court was wrong in its precedent-setting ruling in March that broadly interpreted an individual's constitutional right ... to bear arms, and that concluded the law violated those rights.
 

Fenty wastes effort on guns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Yesterday, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty made good on his promise to appeal Parker v. the District of Columbia to the Supreme Court. ..."

"Assuming the court hears the case (the odds are very high), Mr. Fenty's main problem is his argument. It relies heavily on a misreading of the Supreme Court's last gun case, 1939's U.S. v. Miller. Mr. Fenty interprets Miller to mean that only state militia members have the right to bear arms. In Miller, the Supreme Court sided against a man who'd been convicted of possessing a sawed-off shotgun. The court did in fact note that the Second Amendment was written to protect militias. However, the court also observed that 'the Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense.'" ...
 

Thompson on the issues
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"A look at where Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson stands on a sampling of issues, drawn from his 2008 campaign and his record as a Tennessee senator from 1994 to 2003:" ...

"GUN CONTROL: Hostile to many gun control proposals, including mandatory background checks at gun shows. Supported campaign finance changes that gun groups and other activists saw as an infringement of their speech rights." ...
 

GOP Debate Excerpts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some excerpts from Wednesday's debate among Republican presidential candidates in Durham, N.H." ...

"PAUL"

"'If we wouldn't have been dependent on the federal government to set all the rules, which meant no guns and no resistance, then the terrorists may well have had second thoughts, because the airlines would have had the responsibility. But we assumed the government was going to take care of us. After 9/11, instead of moving toward the direction of personal responsibility and private property and second amendment, we moved in the opposite direction. We turned it over to the federal government. And look at the mess we have now at airports.'" ...
 

GA: Public Recreation Gun Ban Up for Repeal
Submitted by: Ed Stone
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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"The Rome City Commission will consider Tuesday a citizen’s call to repeal a local ordinance barring firearms from public recreation facilities." ...

"City resident [and GeorgiaCarry.org member] Michael G. Morton is asking for repeal of a local ordinance banning weapons in recreation facilities, including city parks, athletic fields, gymnasiums and senior centers."

"In an Aug. 21 letter to the board, Morton contends state law prohibits local governments from regulating firearms. Floyd County has a similar ordinance Morton said he also is seeking to overturn."

"Weapons also are banned in cemeteries under local law, and the commission will reconsider that ordinance at the same time." ...
 

CA: Gun bill sent to governor as lawmakers rush to complete session
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"California governors would be barred from ordering the seizure of firearms and ammunition from law-abiding citizens during state emergencies, under legislation that was sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday."

"The National Rifle Association sought the bill by Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa, R-Willows, after Louisiana authorities reportedly seized firearms from law-abiding citizens following the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina."

"It was among dozens of bills considered by the Senate and Assembly on Wednesday as they rushed toward their scheduled adjournment next week." ...
 

ATF Shares NY City Crime Gun Data
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"William G. McMahon, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF), New York Field Division today releases aggregate trace data for crime guns recovered in the New York City region for calendar year 2006." ...
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KABA Note: Unmentioned in the release is the fact that the average 'time to crime' (time between original legal purchase and trace request) is twelve years.
 

BATFU and the Wide Open Spaces (War on Guns)
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://redstradingpost.blogspot.com/

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... "Why did BATFU start compiling statistics on what race a gun owner is? Of what relevance is that, and who authorized them to require racial profiling as a precondition to buying a gun? Could the federal government enforce the same requirement for, say, voting?"

"And here's one of the better illustrations of bureaucratic incompetence I've seen in a long time: In this time of the 'war on terror,' when Sarah Brady et al. are railing about Middle Eastern terrorists exploiting 'the gun show loophole' to procure unregistered .50BMGs that can shoot down the Starship Enterprise, does anybody see a category on BATFU's new 'racing form' for...uh...Middle Easterners?" ...
 

The BATFE is after your firearms; ignore the facts at your own peril
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://redstradingpost.blogspot.com/

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... "So you can see that the anti-gunners have had some successes but they are currently blocked or hindered in a number of areas. Thus enters the 900 pound regulatory agency, [BATFE also known as ATF]. Now this agency is supposed to be working for us, We The People, yet it is doing everything but that. Since 2002, 85 percent of American firearms manufacturers have been forced to close their doors. Additionally, from 1994 to 2005, 80 percent of firearms dealers have been forced out of business. Who is doing this? Your BATFE! People, they mean to get your firearms!"

"... ask the Manager of Red's Trading Post in Twin Falls, Idaho, Ryan Horsley. The BATFE intends to shut down Red's firearms sales in any way possible, including for trivial clerical 'errors'." ...
 

TX: Driver alleges off-duty officer threatened his life
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Dallas Police Department has launched an investigation after an off-duty officer allegedly threatened to shoot a driver for cutting him off in traffic Thursday morning." ...
 

AZ: Cop Accused of Leaving K9 in Hot Car
Submitted by: jac

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"A suburban police officer is accused of leaving a police dog in a patrol car for more than 12 hours on a 109-degree day, killing the animal."

"Chandler police Sgt. Tom Lovejoy was booked into the Maricopa County jail on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a two-week investigation into the death of a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois named Bandit. He was released later Wednesday, said Capt. Paul Chagolla, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office."

"The sheriff's investigation showed Bandit was in Lovejoy's patrol car from about 9 a.m. to shortly after 10 p.m. Aug. 11. During that time, the investigation found, the officer ran errands, napped and ate out with his wife. Lovejoy later found the dog dead in the car." ...
 

PA: Gun Sales Back After 2-Day Shutdown
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"Gun sales resumed in Pennsylvania Tuesday after a two-day shutdown that upset dealers but gave state police time to upgrade a computer system used for background checks."

"The $32 million upgrade, involving the transfer of 47 million records dating back to the 1930s, was urgently needed, police said. The system had been using 1981 technology to provide criminal background information for schools, courts, federal agencies and local law enforcement." ...
 

PA: There’s no law against being stupid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I enjoy immersing myself in a good case of righteous indignation as much as the next guy but there’s barely enough juice in this one to wet my toes. Despite the public outcry, this is one of those times when we shouldn’t ascribe to malice what is better described as stupidity." ...

"It’s a matter of public record, for instance, that there are anti-gun legislators who would like to see every single one of our firearms melted down and made into… well, almost anything that could be made out of steel besides another firearm. But this isn’t a case of malicious, anti-gun legislators trying to take away our Second Amendment Rights. Malice implies forethought and planning and both ... were conspicuously absent." ...
 

NY: Gun amnesty program OK'd
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Using a no-questions-asked policy, city police will be encouraging residents to turn in unregistered and unwanted weapons next month in exchange for a $50 certificate to buy food."

"City Council voted 8-0 Wednesday to endorse Police Chief Frank Pane's gun amnesty plan, modeled after a Rochester program."

"Pane said the Salvation Army on North Street has agreed to host the event, which will run four to five hours on a Saturday afternoon. The date has yet to be determined and will follow a community outreach effort."

"An unidentified local sponsor has agreed to pay for the certificates."

"'I feel that any weapon we can remove from our streets and our homes is a positive,' Pane told councilors." ...
 

OH: Anti-hunting PETA at work in the Buckeye State; Is your legislator helping?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Middletown Journal is reporting that People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a radical anti-hunting organization that has financially supported organizations identified by the Federal government as domestic terrorist groups, is making inroads in the Ohio legislature."

"According to the story, it's not only the newspaper that is promoting PETA's legislative agenda." ...
 

OH: Responsible gun ownership is fundamental right
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regarding the Aug. 21 letter 'Only military personnel, police should have guns': That person's loss of one family member and injury of another from firearms is more than tragic. Unfortunately, her gun ban suggestion is an unwise, unconstitutional response to those losses."

"What is needed is maximum enforcement of existing federal and Ohio laws concerning transfer of firearms to minors. Ohio law specifies no handgun may be transferred to a person under 21 and no gun may be transferred to anyone under 18. Additionally, pending legislation ... would allow more potentially dangerous people to be screened out of the purchase process if it becomes law. Such a measure might have prevented the Virginia Tech shootings and others." ...
 

PA: Second Amendment Debate (video clip available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

It's a hot issue across the country. Guns- should any regulations be imposed? What would it do to the crime rate if guns were banned?

Students and faculty debated those questions and more at Dickinson College’s second amendment debate. Both pro and anti gun messages were debated in the hopes to find a real solution to gun violence.

The series was apart of the Clarke Forum, a weekly discussion about contemporary issues.
 

NY: Shooting clubs offer several advantages
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"One common thread for all hunters and target shooters is the need for a safe place to shoot. Whether you are sighting in a scoped rifle in preparation for the upcoming deer season or trying to shoot a few clay pigeons to train your skills for waterfowl hunting, you need a target facility." ...
 

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