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Supreme Court Could Take Guns Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Supreme Court justices have track records that make predicting their rulings on many topics more than a mere guess. Then there is the issue of the Second Amendment and guns, about which the court has said virtually nothing in nearly 70 years.

That could change in the next few months.

The justices are facing a decision about whether to hear an appeal from city officials in Washington, D.C., wanting to keep the capital's 31-year ban on handguns. A lower court struck down the ban as a violation of the Second Amendment rights of gun ownership.

The prospect that the high court might define gun rights under the Constitution is making people on both sides of the issue nervous.
 

Ron Paul Heads Toward $8 Million Via Patriotic Donations on Veterans Day
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The Veterans Day “Money Bomb” donations effort to the presidential campaign of Jeffersonian conservative Ron Paul yielded approximately $50,000 by 9AM/EST and nearly $65,000 by 10AM/EST.

Supporters expect the drive to move Ron Paul close to $8 million in funding for the quarter, which is not yet half over. The goal for the fourth quarter is $12 million. In less than a week, the number of those pledging support to Ron Paul on Veterans Day moved up from 250 to nearly 2,000.

Ed.: As of this writing (11:00pm pacific), the total is over $8,063,188.00
 

NY: Brooklyn dad killed by kid's mother, say cops
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A woman stabbed the father of her child to death as they fought in Brooklyn Saturday evening, cops said.

Thomas Adonis, 25, and the suspect were fighting in her Prospect Lefferts Gardens apartment about 6 p.m. when she stabbed him once in the chest with a kitchen knife, police said.

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A detective from the 70th Precinct said the 27-year-old woman told investigators that she stabbed Adonis once in self-defense because he was choking her.
 

Finland: Finns rethink gun laws after school shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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While the government said Friday it would raise the minimum age for buying guns from 15 to 18, officials insisted there was no need for sweeping changes to gun laws shaped by deep-rooted traditions of hunting in the sub-Arctic wilderness.

"If you look at the rate of homicides with firearms, the figure is very low," Interior Ministry spokesman Ilkka Salmi said. "People using guns are hunters. They live in rural areas. It's part of the life over there."

According to a government study conducted in 2002, only 14 percent of homicides in Finland are gun-related.
 

GA: Gun Battle Is Behind The Scenes - But It Won't Be For Long
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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There’s a lot of background noise right now in the continuing fight between the National Rifle Association and Georgia business leaders over the guns-in-the-parking-lot bill -- the measure that kicked up such a bitter fuss in the state Senate last session and was left to languish as the session ended.

Some folks are still looking to see if there is any middle ground by which senators could give the NRA a little something for its trouble and, thereby, be seen as coming down four-square for the Second Amendment, while not, at the same time, being seen as thumbing their noses at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
 

Patrick campaigns for Obama in N.H.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Patrick told him that Obama is "not about a single issue."
Valade nodded. But he said, "You have to understand that the Second Amendment is a single issue for a lot of people."

New Hampshire voters can be a stubborn lot, as Patrick saw firsthand yesterday in his first trip to New Hampshire on Obama's behalf since endorsing the Illinois senator last month.

After joining more than 100 Obama supporters on a bus trip from Boston to Nashua, he knocked on the doors of five houses, most chosen by the Obama campaign, and talked - sometimes at length - with the residents inside.
 

FL: Burglary suspect killed in North Miami
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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An auto repair shop owner confronted two teens early Saturday in North Miami, shooting and killing one of them as they both attempted to burglarize the business that also doubles as his home.

The 15-year-old North Miami boy, Paul-Marc Petit, died from the gunshot wound. The other suspect, who is also 15, was apprehended and charged with felony murder, burglary and theft. He was not identified by police.
 

High court has shot at 'right to bear arms' case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A U.S. appeals court decision defying precedent on gun rights has reached the steps of the Supreme Court, carrying with it the potential for a seismic shift in laws across the nation.

Since 1939, the nation's judges had generally regarded the Second Amendment right "to keep and bear arms" as belonging to state militias, such as National Guard units, not to individual gun owners. But on March 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit interpreted the Second Amendment differently. The panel concluded that it protects an individual's right to firearms and struck down a Washington, D.C., ban on handguns.
 

SAF Engages in Worldwide Struggle Against Gun Grabbers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The Second Amendment Foundation and the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA) met in Palermo, Italy, on October 4 and 5, 2007, to plan for a looming battle over global gun control.

The Second Amendment Foundation and the World Forum on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA) met in Palermo, Italy, on October 4 and 5, 2007, to plan for a looming battle over global gun control.
 

Intel Official: Say Goodbye to Privacy
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As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy.

Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguard people's private communications and financial information.

"Those two generations younger than we are have a very different idea of what is essential privacy, what they would wish to protect about their lives and affairs. And so, it's not for us to inflict one size fits all," said Kerr, 68. "Protecting anonymity isn't a fight that can be won."
 

TX: Guns Linked to Pancho Villa Auctioned
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
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Three guns linked to Pancho Villa were auctioned for nearly $29,000, apparently less than what organizers expected the firearms tied to the Mexican revolutionary to fetch. "That's the fun of auctions _ sometimes you get bargains," said Amy McMurrough, a spokeswoman for the auction, which was held Saturday near San Antonio. The prize of the auction _ Villa's Remington single action revolver with his real name, "Doreteo Arango," engraved on the barrel _ sold for $18,000.
 

NY: Rifled barrels, saboted slugs the way to go
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
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You can use rifles for deer hunting now down in Steuben County. I don’t know that anyone in our camp will, at least this season. This is probably because most of us were opposed to the use of rifles when the Department of Environmental Conservation allowed them in numerous Southern Zone counties in 2005. Now, Steuben, Yates and Chemung counties have been added to Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, Allegany, Chenango, Montgomery, Oswego, Schoharie and Tioga counties. The use of rifles in formerly shotgun-only areas hasn’t resulted in what many of us foresaw as increased safety concerns – the last couple of big game seasons have been among the safest on record – but rifles still make many of us nervous.
 

DC: U.S. justices could decide constitutionality of gun ownership
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"Linda Singer, the district's attorney general, tells the justices that the appeals court made three errors...First,the Second Amendment's text and history, properly understood, show that the amendment grants a right that 'may be exercised only in connection with service in a state-regulated militia.'"

Sorry Ms. Singer...the Amendment does not grant any rights...individual or collective. It restrains the powers of government concerning the right.
 

WA: Teens sentenced for roles in hammer attack
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Two former Mount Tahoma High School students have been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison each for their roles in an attack that left a former college professor dead.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Thomas Larkin sentenced Jarrell M. Marshall on Friday to 15 years, 9 months in prison and Daniel D. Harris to 10 years, 9 months. Marshall is now 17 and Harris 19.
They were arrested in the April 2006 death of Dien Kien Huynh, who prosecutors say was attacked and beaten as part of a robbery.
Marshall pleaded guilty in August to one count of second-degree murder in Huynh's death and two counts of robbery for an earlier attack on a couple out for a walk. Harris pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and two counts of robber
 

Iraq: How weapons in Iraq went astray
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As the insurgency in Iraq escalated in the spring of 2004, U.S. officials entrusted an Iraqi businessman with issuing weapons to Iraqi police cadets training to help quell the violence.
By all accounts, the businessman, Kassim al-Saffar, did well at distributing the Pentagon-supplied weapons from the Baghdad Police armory he managed for a military contractor. But, he also turned the armory into his own private arms bazaar with the seeming approval of some U.S. officials and executives, selling AK-47s, Glock pistols and heavy machine guns to anyone

“This was the craziest thing in the world,” said John Tisdale, a retired Air Force master sergeant who managed an adjacent warehouse. “They were taking weapons away by the truckload.”

 

WA: Irresponsible hunters causing landowners to close access
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It took years of mounting frustration, but Ken Williamson finally had enough.

And state wildlife officials have reason for concern, because he's nowhere close to being the only landowner feeling that way.

Williamson owns..It has long been a prime area for hunters, since Mud Lake sits just over the hill beyond his property. About a mile of the gravel road leading to the lake, including the entrance off SR 410, runs right across Williamson's property.

For years, he put up with the thousands of dollars of vandalism, the relentless garbage-dumping, the all-hours gunfire and poaching, not to mention the dangers created by irresponsible hunters who didn't seem to care that the Williamson family's homes might be in the line of fire.
 

OH: Pro-Gun Battleground Governor Endorses Hillary; Could His Move Result In A New Job And Ohio Get An Anti-Gun Governor?
Submitted by: Brent Greer
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Ohio's Gov. Ted Strickland on Friday announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. Both parties desperately need Ohio to win. Would the pro-gun democrat governor, who swept the state in an overwhelming victory at the polls a year ago, entertain an offer to join the ticket as vice president? And if elected, what would Ohio firearms owners face from now Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, who for years was an active board member of Handgun Control Inc.?
 

Veterans Day Parade A Time For Reflection
Submitted by: Brent Greer
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A lot goes through your mind at a Veterans Day parade. Thoughts of your father, of other relatives who serve, and of the countless nameless individuals who made -- and continue to make -- this country safe for our children.
 

Japan: Japan's police see no evil
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The boy had been badly beaten but his death was ruled natural. The case was closed in an official culture that discourages autopsies.
 

Denver & R G R Co. v. Harris, U.S. Supreme Court, "That the plaintiff engaged voluntarily, and not for his necessary self- defense", May 27, 1887
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"...the Denver & Rio Grande Railway Company, by an armed force of several hundred men, acting as its agents and employes, and under its vice-president and assistant general manager, attacked with deadly weapons the agents and employes of said Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company having charge of said railroad, and forcibly drove them from the same, and took forcible possession thereof; that there was a demonstration of armed men all along the line of the railroad seized..."

"...That it appears from the plaintiff's case, and by his evidence, that he voluntarily armed himself..."

"...plaintiff engaged voluntarily, and not for his necessary self- defense..."
 

Coronado Coal Co. v. United Mine Workers Of America, U.S. Supreme Court, "furnish guns and ammunition to all these men and their families", May 25, 1925
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"...He bought a number of Winchester rifles and ammunition, and surrounded his principal mining plant at Prairie Creek, No. 4, with cables strung on posts..."

"...The guards, directed not to use their guns save to defend their own lives, were at the mercy of the union miners, who assaulted them, took their guns away..."

"... A large force of union miners of the local unions and of District No. 21, and their sympathizers, armed themselves with rifles and other guns..."

"...He said he would furnish guns and ammunition to all these men and their families in that valley..."

"...McNamara further testified that he saw between 300 and 400 guns in boxes at Hartford..."
 

Loving v. U.S., U.S. Supreme Court, "Instead, the majority repeatedly substitutes ipse dixit for historical evidence", June 3, 1996
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"...As Loving contends, and as we have explained elsewhere, the Framers well knew this history* [3], and had encountered firsthand the abuses of military law in the colonies..."

"...Nor does the majority cite any historical evidence, whether from the constitutional debates,*[5] the Federalist Papers, or some other source, that demonstrates that the Framers sought to embrace, or at least actively considered, the English system of shared power over the military. If the majority pointed to some basis for conducting the inquiry that it does, I might be willing to accept its analysis. Instead, the majority repeatedly substitutes ipse dixit for historical evidence..."
 

Smith v. U.S., U.S. Supreme Court, "tended to show that the defendant had reasonable cause to apprehend great bodily harm", March 2, 1896
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"...defendant admitted the killing, and contended that he did it in self-defense; and, being called as a witness in his own behalf, testified that he knew Welch . . . that Welch was a bigger and much stronger man than himself; that he knew that Welch had a pistol..."

"...The main question in controversy at the trial was whether the killing of Welch by the defendant was in self-defense. Upon that question any evidence which, according to the common experience of mankind, tended to show that the defendant had reasonable cause to apprehend great bodily harm from the conduct of the deceased towards him just before the killing, was admissible; and upon principle, and by the weight of authority..."
 

Rowe v. U.S., U.S. Supreme Court, "did the law require that the accused should stand still, and permit himself to be cut to pieces . . . We think not", Nov. 30, 1896
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"...We think that these portions of the charge (to which the accused duly excepted) were well calculated to mislead the jury. They expressed an erroneous view of the law of self-defense. The duty of the jury was to consider the case in the light of all the facts...."

"If a person, under the provocation of offensive language, assaults the speaker personally, but in such a way as to show that there is no intention to do him serious bodily harm, and then retires under such circumstances as show that he does not intend to do anything more, but in good faith withdraws from further contest, his right of self-defense is restored when the person assaulted, in violation of law, pursues him with a deadly weapon..."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I have not one doubt, even if I am in agreement with the National Rifle Association, that that kind of record keeping procedure [gun registration] is the first step to eventual confiscation under one administration or another. —CHARLES MORGAN, DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON DC ACLU

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