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The Failure of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: motoboy

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"Gun rights advocates often point out that the purpose of having access to firearms is not just to keep the occasional thief of murderer at bay but also to be used as a check on government. The idea is that an armed citizenry can and would scare off the state in case it became too tyrannical."

"The problem with the view that 'guns will keep us free' is that if the majority of the population does not want freedom, then no amount of private gun ownership will make a difference. Indeed, this is what is happening today in the United States. There are millions of firearms in private hands yet the government continues to violate more rights as it grows ever more powerful." ...
 

Your Gun Was Made To Comfort – Not for Comfort
Submitted by: motoboy

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"Not everybody reading this carries a gun. Several reasons exist for most freedom-loving Americans to still be disarmed."

"Reason for Not Carrying a Gun #1: Your Locale

"You live in a state where carrying a weapon is not permitted."

"Why do you still live there?"

"You're almost complaisant in whatever danger comes your way. Move. Let your state fend for itself and it will die out. Once you leave, only the bad guys will have guns and they’ll shoot each other; ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Good carry advice.
 

Nail Gun Regulations?
Submitted by: Dustin
Website: http://dustinsgunblog.blogspot.com/

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"Richard Williams was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole for murdering his wife with a nail gun. My heart goes out to their children & extended family members for their tragic loss. Richard's attorney tried to blame the murder on depression. That often works but did not this time. I was surprised he didn't blame it on the excessive availability of unregulated nail guns."

"I suddenly wondered how often nail gun violence takes place, so I did a google search for 'nail gun death' and there were about 197,000 results. With all of that nail gun violence out there, why hasn't the Brady campaign asked for legislation regulating nail guns? They are after all supposed to be interested in stopping all forms of violence are they not?" ...
 

1776 - Military Weapons in Civilian Hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The latest call from the Loony Left and the Brady Bunch is to 'get military weapons off the streets' in America. Paul Helmke of the Brady Bunch said in a recent blog post on the HuffingtonPost:"

"Why do we allow weapons of war on our streets which make it easier to kill more people, more quickly? This is America, not Iraq."
"Often screeds like these are accompanied by phrases like, 'The founding fathers never intended people to have machine guns.' The implication being that the founding fathers wouldn't have agreed with military-grade weapons in the hands of the common people."

"That just doesn't square with the facts. Military-grade weapons were exactly what the founding fathers had in mind. ..." ...
 

Insights Into The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here's a hoot for Second Amendment and judicial activism pedants and frauds."

"Read Adam Freedman's article in the New York Times on Dec. 16. He talks about the use of the comma and the fact that there is one after 'Militia,' 'State' and 'Arms' but none after 'people.'"

"At the end of the article, with tongue in cheek, he says, 'Advocates of both gun rights and gun control are making a tactical mistake by focusing on the commas of the Second Amendment.'"

"After all, couldn't one just as easily obsess about the founder's use of capitalization. Perhaps the next amicus brief will find the true intent of the amendment by pointing out that 'Militia' and 'State' are capitalized in the original, whereas 'people' is not." ...
 

Nicki F: Wow! The Stupid is strong in this one!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Say 'hello' to Dan K. Thomasson writing for Scripps News - another idiot who thinks the Second Amendment somehow GRANTS us rights."

"Here are a few gems." ...

"The rest is more noxious drivel. It's ironic, however, to note that someone who claims that a decision favoring freedom on the part of the Justices somehow means they're not in touch with reality, while asserting that restoring the right of innocent people to defend themselves from armed thugs will somehow bring 'great harm' to our nation."
 

Nicki F: Idiots with keyboards, part... I'm losing track
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This particular idiot comes to us from OpEdNews.com, and I'm sorry to be mean, but I had to giggle at his bio."

"Rev. José M. Tirado is a poet, writer and Green activist. He is also a Shin Buddhist priest living and teaching in Iceland. His articles have appeared in CounterPunch, Swans Commentary, Dissident Voice, the Magazine of Green Social Thought: Synthesis/Regeneration, Gurdjieff Internet Guide and The Endless Search. He has a BA in Religious Studies, an MA in Buddhist Studies, and an MA in Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. He is now working on his PhD student at Saybrook."
"Gosh, I hope the student is a willing participant! Good lord! With a CV like that, how can he not spew fetid yambaggery about the Second Amendment?" ...
 

No revolution is legal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well, it's happened again. Another 'lone gunman' takes an instrument of death—the fetish of choice in the US—and kills 8 people at a shopping mall in Nebraska and then himself. The tragedy of this particular instance will be superceded only by it's repeat, again and again, until the Second Amendment is finally interpreted for what it was meant for, a militia to guard against invasion. In other words, our armed forces. We'll have to leave it to the Supreme Court to make that decision (doubtful in my sad opinion) but we can hope. My own experiences and thoughts about this matter have a long history." ...
 

District Files Supreme Court Brief Defending Handgun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Washington, D.C., filed its brief today to the U.S. Supreme Court defending the city's ban on handguns, after a major shake-up of its legal team on the eve of the filing deadline in the high-stakes case." ...

"First, the brief says that the most reasonable reading of the enigmatic amendment is that it guarantees an individual's right to gun ownership only in relation to some sort of military service. ..."

"But even if the court decides the amendment does protect an individual right, the brief says, it is a restriction on the federal government, not local. ..."

"And if those first two arguments are rejected, the brief says, the court should uphold the restrictions as a reasonable response by the government to urban crime." ...
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KABA Note: A .pdf of the District's brief is available here.
 

Lawyers argue that D.C., states unencumbered by 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Only the federal government - not the 50 states and not the District of Columbia - is subject to the provisions of the Second Amendment ... lawyers for the district argued Friday in a written brief to the U.S. Supreme Court." ...

"The district argues that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms only in the context of an organized militia."

"In their brief, though, the district makes an additional argument: that the Founding Fathers' concern in drafting the Second Amendment was to protect states from an overbearing federal government that might restrict access to firearms as a means of crippling state militias."

"As such, the Second Amendment only restricts Congress, they argue." ...
 

DC: Councilman demands explanation for firing of veteran D.C. litigator
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"D.C. Councilman Phil Mendelson, chairman of the council's Judiciary Committee, has demanded that Mayor Adrian Fenty's top adviser explain why he fired a veteran litigator who was supposed to defend the District's gun ban before the nation's highest court."

"In a letter to Peter Nickles, Mendelson said he was 'mystified' by the firing of Alan Morrison as special counsel to the city."

"'Please explain: (1) the basis for this action; (2) the basis for seeking this action before you have actually taken the role of acting attorney general; and (3) your plans for proceeding with the Supreme Court case,' the letter states." ...
 

DC: City Picks Head of Team for Supreme Court Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Acting D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles has selected former acting U.S. solicitor general Walter E. Dellinger to defend the District's handgun ban in a high-stakes Supreme Court case."

"Dellinger, now with the private firm of O'Melveny & Myers, had been working on the handgun case with a team of more than a dozen lawyers under the direction of D.C. special counsel Alan B. Morrison. Nickles fired Morrison late last week, however, in what Morrison has called a politically motivated act."

"Nickles said Dellinger, will assume the lead role in the case without a hiccup because he helped Morrison write the 15,000-word brief that is due to the high court today. The Supreme Court is likely to hear the case in March." ...
 

SC: Shooting 911 Tape
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The man who shot and killed his roommate on New Year's Day will not face any charges. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced the decision Friday." ...

"... Sessoms re-entered the home ... Buenting said, '... he came running down the stairs after all of us.' That's when Harriott took action and shot Sessoms. The 911 tape reveals Harriott worked to apply pressure on the wound after the first shot. ... Harriott yelled, 'He's resisting.' Buenting repeated the message to the dispatcher and said, 'He's resisting pressure. He's trying to get up.'"

"... Harriott warned Sessoms again, but Sessoms did not listen so he fired again. The same scenerio continued and Harriott fired a final shot, for a total of three." ...
 

WA: Man Charged with Dad’s Murder
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with the murder of his father Thursday after he allegedly attacked his parents with a knife."

"Bellingham Police say Brian H. Williams repeatedly stabbed his father, 52-year-old Mark Williams, during an argument at the family’s home at 3634 Home Road, off McLeod Road. The mother, 50- year-old Connie Williams, also was stabbed during the attack and called 911."

"Mark and Connie Williams were found bleeding from stab wounds in their chests when police arrived shortly after 1 a.m." ...
 

Richardson: Humor, experience
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is equipped with a thick resume and a disarming sense of humor in his campaign for the Democratic nomination."

"Richardson has been this presidential campaign's version of the 'Happy Warrior.' It's a label often used to describe former vice president Hubert H. Humphrey, a Democrat known for his cheerful, passionate pleas on behalf of social justice and advocacy for working people." ...

"Bill Richardson is generally liberal, although not on all issues." ...

"On gun control, he vows to uphold Second Amendment freedoms for gun owners." ...
 

Candidates ignore Bloomberg's questions on guns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The Republican and Democratic candidates running for president have largely ignored Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun questionnaire despite his stated desire to influence the national debate on the topic."

"None answered the questionnaire that Bloomberg's anti-gun coalition released on Dec. 9 and paid $22,200 to publicize last week in full page newspaper ads in Iowa and New Hampshire." ...
 

GA: Athens-Clarke Commission Backs Away From Gun Battle
Submitted by: Ed Stone
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org

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"Gun owners now are free to pack heat in Athens parks."

"The Athens-Clarke Commission will repeal a local law banning the possession of firearms in parks next month, under pressure from a gun-rights group, and can't enforce the law in the meantime."

"Commissioners met in closed session late Wednesday night to discuss a lawsuit filed in November by Fayetteville-based GeorgiaCarry.org. While commissioners believe people should not carry guns in parks, they reluctantly decided not to defend the ordinance in light of a recent Georgia Court of Appeals decision, Athens-Clarke officials said."

"'We think that being able to carry weapons in recreational settings around children is completely inappropriate,' Commissioner David Lynn said." ...
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KABA Note: So Commissioner Lynn feels that we should only carry guns in bars and strip clubs?
 

NJ: Bills to toughen gun laws advance in Legislature
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Proposals intended to crack down on guns and gangs advanced Thursday in the Senate and an Assembly committee." ...

"The Senate voted 26-7 for a bill requiring handgun owners to tell state or local police within 36 hours of discovering a handgun they own is lost or stolen, in an effort to crack down on straw purchasers who buy weapons in bulk and sell them on the black market. ..."

"When weapons used in crimes are traced back to their legal purchaser, that person can claim the gun was lost or stolen -- effectively, bill sponsors say, escaping culpability for the crime. Under the bill, those who report their guns are lost or stolen would not be held civilly liable for damages suffered in any subsequent crime." ...
 

GA: NRA hasn't weighed-in yet on Bearden bill, but national gun group won't like it
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A pair of bills about gun rights are likely to lead to a shootout of sorts during the session of the General Assembly that starts in two weeks because they have competing aims."

"The first bill is a holdover from last year and has the backing of the National Rifle Association. It would prohibit employers from taking steps to bar their workers from having guns in cars parked at the workplace. ..."

"A rival proposal by Rep. Tim Bearden, R-Villa Rica, and a group called GeorgiaCarry.org, does a number of other things. Among them: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would face criminal penalties for sending undercover agents to Georgia to try to get gun shops to sell to 'straw purchasers' ..." ...
 

GA: Court Enjoins County From Enforcing Gun Ban in Parks
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, has issued an injunction against Athens-Clarke County, prohibiting the county from enforcing its ban on carrying guns in county parks. The temporary injunction was consented to by the county as it contemplates repeal of its ordinance in light of the Court of Appeals Opinion that a similar ordinance in Coweta County, Georgia, is preempted by state law. Here's the injunction[.pdf]
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Submitter's Note: Another great victory for the state of Georgia and GeorgiaCarry.Org
 

Cop of the Year, 2007
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Meet Sam Costales, part of the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department."

"In 2006, Costales was present at a roadblock set up by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, after a carjacking investigation turned into a gunfire-laden, high-speed chase."

"The roadblock also happened to be set up in the neighborhood of race car driving legend Al Unser, Sr. Here’s the initial news report of what happened as Unser approached the roadblock:" ...

"Unser of course said that’s not the way it happened. ..."

"Costales ... initially remained silent ... But he was later contacted by a private investigator for the Unser family. That's when he explained what he saw. His version of events were a lot more like the Unsers' than the sheriff's deputies." ...
 

GA: Grand jury refuses to indict grad for pellet gun at UGA
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.commonfolkusingcommonsense.com/

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"A Clarke County grand jury on Wednesday refused to indict a University of Georgia graduate who campus police arrested last year on felony weapons charges for a recreational pellet gun they found in his car on campus."

"Douglas Kyle McClure, of Hoschton, was arrested Feb. 17 - three months before he graduated - by a UGA police officer who was patrolling ... and saw what looked like a gun on the floor of a car." ...

"The weapon turned out to be an 'airsoft' pistol that shoots plastic pellets ..." ...

"Police had defended the arrest by saying even though airsoft pistols are not actual firearms, they look like the real thing and could create panic and even put the owners in danger if confronted by an officer." ...
 

NY: Cops seize Army vet's weapons arsenal
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Cops seized a stunning array of weapons and 28,000 rounds of ammunition from the Queens apartment of an unstable Army vet after a girlfriend reported him to authorities ..."

"Suwei Chuang, 36, who had once failed a psychological screening administered by the NYPD, was nabbed Wednesday night ... A subsequent search of his posh new Flushing apartment revealed the cache of guns."

"Cops found a submachine gun, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 9-mm. Glock pistol, a .50-caliber rifle and a .22-caliber rifle scattered about ... The AR-15 assault rifle seized from his Toyota FJ Cruiser was fitted with a scope and fully loaded, officials said. Police also seized 800 rounds of ammo from the vehicle." ...
 

VA: Animal control officer charged with fraud
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An animal control officer in Virginia Beach has been arrested and charged with identity fraud and credit card fraud."

"Kathy Starr, 50, was charged with those two counts and also charges of forging and uttering, credit card forgery and obtaining money under false pretenses. She was taken to the Virginia Beach Correctional Facility and given a $2,500 secured bond."

"According to the police report, a friend reported that Starr had used her identity to obtain a credit card in her name almost a year ago. The victim told police she was unaware of the crime until creditors informed her of the delinquent account." ...
 

GA: Macon Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Macon police officer has been charged with sexual assault and could lose his job."

"... William Enders presented his appealed to Chief Mike Burns Thursday. Jail records show he was charged with sexual assault on a person in custody ..."

"The alleged sexual assault first came to light when someone who had spoken with the victim contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation."

"The GBI contacted the Macon Police Department, which launched its own investigation."

"Enders has been on administrative leave pending termination since his arrest."

"Burns must determine whether Enders should remain an officer or be fired, based on Enders' appeal."

"Police Captain Wayne Avery says a decision is expected Friday." ...
 

TX: West Lake Hills officer charged in online sex sting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A West Lake Hills police officer was arrested Thursday morning after being accused of e-mailing sexually explicit images to an undercover investigator who he thought was a 13-year-old girl."

"Paul Kirksey, 33, was ... and charged with online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. ..."

"... Kirksey logged on to a Yahoo chat group in November and began communicating with someone who he thought was a young girl but who was an investigator from the attorney general's office."

"Although he was reminded that the 'girl' was 13, and Kirksey acknowledged that he could get in 'big trouble' because she was underage, his chat messages contained sexual innuendos, and he e-mailed nude photographs of himself ..." ...
 

CT: Gun show sets sights on Danbury
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Hunters and gun enthusiasts looking to buy or sell a rifle, pistol or shotgun will have an opportunity to do so this weekend during Big Al's Silver Bullet Premiere Gun and Knife Show."

"Now in its 10th year, the show runs Saturday and Sunday at the Sheraton Hotel in Danbury ... A record number of venders -- more than 250 -- are expected. Hunters, collectors and military buffs can buy, sell or just browse."

"There will be new and used modern firearms and antique firearms, plus shooting and hunting accessories, ammo, scopes and mounts. This is also the place to find knives, swords, bayonets, holsters, gun care products, black powder necessities, eye and ear protection, military collectibles, and reloading supplies." ...
 

Canada: Intruder killed in foiled home invasion
Submitted by: Trapper

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"A man and woman lay sleeping in bed when two intruders forced their way into the couple's rented Alberta farmhouse Thursday."

"It was around 3:30 a.m. local time when the attackers broke in through a side door in the home ..."

"Following a fight in the bedroom, one man - one of the intruders - lay dead, while his accomplice fled ..." ...

"'It is an unusual case. It doesn't happen very often. To have a deceased person, a home invasion where an attacker ends up deceased, is pretty rare,' said RCMP Const. Patty Neely."

"One of the biggest hurdles investigators face is determining what charges to lay - and who will be charged ..."

"'It is a homicide; (the intruder) didn't die accidentally. Whether or not it's murder isn't clear.'" ...
 

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