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VA: Tighter gun-show checks backed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Former state police Superintendent W. Gerald Massengill said yesterday that he is willing to personally support restrictions on sales of firearms at gun shows.

Stepping into a volatile political issue that he said will take on a new urgency and tenor in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, Massengill described himself as a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights but as a man who has witnessed an intolerable rise in gun violence and gun presence.
 

TN: Knox Co. homeowner shoots would-be burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A homeowner in south Knox County stopped an attempted home invasion by shooting the would-be burglar. Knox County Sheriff's Office investigators say just before midnight Sunday, a man tried to kick in the door of a couple's home on Chestnut Street. The homeowner, Horace Garland, 63, shot Jeremy Johnson, 21, in the neck after he then broke a window and entered the house.
 

UK: 'De Niro videos won't get me back to the US'
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I had many enjoyable holidays in the US between 1995 and 2004, but stopped visiting after the introduction of iris scanning and fingerprinting.

The US is the only country in the world where tourism is regarded as a criminal activity and all visitors are subjected to an arrest procedure on arrival. It's easier to enter China. It seems that the Department of Homeland Security would much prefer all visitors to stay at home. I know when I am not welcome - my tourist money has gone elsewhere and will not be back.

I shall never return to the US, where you can be intimidated, insulted and made to feel like a criminal by aggressive officials. For business and pleasure, I prefer to visit India and China...
 

VA: Head of Virginia Tech panel urges end to gun ’proliferation’
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The chairman of the independent panel that investigated the Virginia Tech shootings said Monday the nation must stop the spread of guns.


W. Gerald Massengill spoke at a meeting of the Virginia Center for Public Safety, a gun control advocacy group, in which he gave an overview of the panel’s report on the April 16 shootings that left dead 33 people on the Blacksburg campus, including the mentally ill gunman.

Submitters Note: The man's name is "Massengill"...it's just too easy to call him a douchebag, but I gotta.
 

OH: Store Owner Fires Shots At Robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A local store owner says he barely takes a break running his mini-mart downtown, so he wasn't about to let a crook just walk away with cash. The robber hit the store at Ninth and Elm downtown, just before noon. The owner said the suspect acted like he had a gun.

But as Local 12's Deborah Dixon tells us in this developing story, the shots people heard came from an angry business man.

When Wade Nassar came to America forty years ago, he worked 16 hour days, seven days a week. The downtown mini-mart used to do well. Not so much any more, and today was his third robbery.
 

DC: Will Supreme Court take handgun-ban case?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The U.S. Supreme Court could announce as early as tomorrow whether it’s going to take up the challenge to Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban.

If it does, it will be the first meaningful Second Amendment case in the court’s modern history. And the case will instantly become the largest lightning rod of the term, even more than the Guantanamo detainee cases to be heard in December.

The District of Columbia bans ownership of handguns, but allows unassembled rifles and shotguns in the home. In March, in a 2-1 decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the District’s ban violated the Second Amendment. It was the most affirmative embrace of the right to bear arms by a federal appeals court.
 

DC: Crime Data Underscore Limits Of D.C. Gun Ban's Effectiveness
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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"One of the difficult things is, you can't measure what didn't happen," Singer said. "You can't measure how many guns didn't come into the District because we have this law. You can't measure all the crimes that we know(*) were prevented from happening."

But you can measure the violence that did occur, using the bellwether offense of homicide to chart the ebb and flow of crime in the District since the ban was enacted. And the violence here over those years was worse than in most other big cities, many of them in states with far less restrictive gun laws.

* Ed.: They admit they can't measure that, yet they *know* crimes were prevented. And they say that *we* are irrational or unreasonable?
 

CBS's Schieffer: Limited Government Is 'Anti' Government
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Schieffer labeling all of Paul’s limited government policies as being "anti" something clearly displayed the automatic assumption by many in the mainstream media that big government is good and reducing the size of government is bad.

Paul himself responded to Schieffer’s attack and pointed out:

"Look, everything that you have said you can turn that into a pro. I'm pro-Constitution. I'm pro-liberty. I'm pro-sound money. I'm pro-states rights...I want people to take care of themselves. ... I'm pro-Second Amendment. So every time they say you're anti-something means you have to be pro-something...Freedom is what made America great. Not welfarism and socialism and government controls..."
 

What Giuliani's Lead Really Means
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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For now, Mr. Giuliani's ability to sustain his lead is striking, almost baffling. The idea that a party dominated by Southerners and conservatives who oppose abortion would open its arms to a thrice-married New Yorker who has backed abortion rights, gay rights and gun control is a mind-bender. The last supporter of abortion rights who made a plausible run for the party's nomination was then-California Gov. Pete Wilson in 1996, and he lasted about as long as a red-eye flight from the West Coast.
 

Spain: British woman, 74, murdered in Spanish home
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A British pensioner was stabbed to death in a brutal attack at her home in Spain, while her disabled and bed-bound husband listened to her screams, unable to help.

Janette May Grocutt, 74, was found dead in a pool of blood on Friday evening.

Police believe she was killed after interrupting robbers, heightening fears among Britons living in Spain that expatriates have become lucrative targets for crime gangs who carry out a series of targeted burglaries on a single night.

advertisementMrs Grocutt's home, in the remote village of Paredon, near Alicante, had been ransacked, and detectives investigating the killing believe she was stabbed several times as she tried to fight off at least one attacker.



 

TN: Homeowner: No time to think, only time to shoot
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Horace Garland didn't have time to think when two men claiming to be police officers tried to force their way into his South Knoxville home.

He didn't have time to consider why cops would be screaming and yelling on his front porch about midnight Sunday. He didn't have time to be scared. The 63-year-old man only had time to react with the .38-caliber Police Special he kept at his bedside.

Garland, a Vietnam veteran, said he started shooting at "anything I could hit."
 

WI: Wisconsin cop shocked by own taser
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A police officer has been reprimanded for accidentally discharging a Taser, causing an injury _ to the police officer.

According to a summary of the investigation, officers are required to make sure no air cartridges are loaded before testing the Taser gun at the start of each shift. It's the air cartridges that propel the Taser's prongs, which deliver a jolt of electricity when they strike a target.

The officer's hand was injured, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

A letter of reprimand was issued because failing to ensure the air cartridge wasn't loaded was a violation of department policy, the report said.

 

MI: To push gun rights, group offers a gun voucher
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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According to LSA sophomore Eric Plourde, the right to own guns is "the most attacked civil liberty." That's why his group, the University chapter of the College Libertarians, is holding a raffle tonight for a $200 gift certificate toward the purchase of a gun at the Mill Creek Sports Center in Dexter, Mich.

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"We feel that people are safer when they can defend themselves," Plourde said.
 

OR: Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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“It has long been said that, ‘God made all men, but Samuel Colt made all men equal.’

No other personal weapon in history has been relied upon more by men and women alike, regardless of physical condition, build, or skill in self-defense techniques.
 

DC: High Court Has 'Shot' At Right to Bear Arms' Case
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & PIstol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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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.
 

Blackhawk Visit to Middle School Evokes Disdain At First, Cheers At End
Submitted by: Brent Greer
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"I wondered how the students and staff were going to react to this. As most people know, teachers as a whole are a pretty liberal left-leaning group of people and many of the adult faces showed distaste during this 30-second video."

A new video showed how The Blackhawk was used to transport several Navy Seals and other Special Forces personnel to rescue two Italian men who had been kidnapped by Iraqi insurgents..."And what was going on in our auditorium? Absolute, complete silence. There were no looks of distaste on the faces of staff at this point. When the video was over, there was brief silence before applause exploded throughout the room. All of a sudden you could feel the pride. We all seemed proud to be Americans."
 

ATF Cartoons: The Adventures of Western Arms
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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Well the ATF has cartoons on their web site on how to run a Gun Shop, I found this very entertaining. Personally with less that 10 guns in stock, Western Arms shouldn't have any problems with their paperwork but I don't think they are going to be in business long.
 

UT: Orin Hatch: Utah’s worse than worthless Senator
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
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Orin Hatch is a U.S. Senator. Orin Hatch is a Senator from Utah who is supposed to represent the state of Utah. Orin Hatch is on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. I contacted Orin Hatch asking him to vote against the confirmation of Michael J. Sullivan as Director of the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives). Why? Because Sullivan is actively involved in shutting down legitimate firearms dealers in the U.S. and compiling an illegal database of U.S. gun owners. Last Thursday (11/8) the Senate Judicary Committee, by voice vote, recommended the confirmation of Sullivan. Utah’s Senator Orin Hatch has been in the Senate too long and is now working against the People of Utah’s best interests.
 

To Pat Robertson, Rudy Giuliani is the lesser of two evils
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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To his mind, Rudy is the lesser of two evils.

I’m sure he said to himself, “Sure, Rudy is pro-choice and for gay rights and licensing of guns, and all these liberal issues but look at Mitt Romney, he’s a Mormon, a member of a cult.”

I think he understood that many conservative Christians oppose Romney exactly because he is a Mormon and would be more upset if he were to back Mitt instead of Rudy.

As far as the other conservative in the race -- Fred Thompson, the sentimental favorite -- Pat Robertson recognizes that he’s going nowhere. He’s failed to light any fires among conservatives.
 

UK: Kill that squirrel
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'Perfect' conditions over the past two years have led to a plague of the 'cuddly' rodents invading Britain's gardens and lofts. But now, as David Harrison reports, householders are fighting back

In a tree-lined street in south-west London, Paul Richardson, a university-educated banker, grips an air pistol in his right hand and takes aim from a rear first-floor window of his elegant Edwardian house.

The pellet fizzes across his garden towards the target, 10 yards away: a grey squirrel ripping open a black bin bag and foraging for food. It misses, but the alarmed squirrel flees across the lawn and up a tree to safety.

The softly spoken Mr Richardson, aged 42, is an unlikely killer. He took up arms earlier this year because,...
 

UK: Britain's changing firearms laws
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A short synopsis of how the UK went from the 1689 Bill of Rights which guaranteed the Right to Bear Arms, to the present state of disarmament.
 

Lawnmower DUI - Redneck Beer Run [video]
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Submitter George writers: a video of another power hungry JBT. The guy just had to pee!
 

MD: '24': All in a day's schoolwork
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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If you think your job is tough, try being Jack Bauer’s lawyer.

Without blinking an eye, Bauer, a government agent on the Fox network’s hit television show, “24,” will murder a federal witness and then deliver the witness’s head to terrorists to gain their trust. He’ll follow that up by blackmailing his boss to gain permission to interrogate a suspect, later threatening to kill that suspect unless she reveals a certain source.

And that’s all before lunch.

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Sharp’s new class, The Law of “24,” discusses legal issues of counterterrorism raised in the show’s plot. Though it doesn’t start until January, it’s already creating a lot of buzz.
 

Netherlands: The Individual Right to Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to resolve one of the most nagging questions in Constitutional interpretation: is the Second Amendment “right to bear arms” an individual right or merely a collective anachronism linked to the maintenance of state militias?

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Having willfully avoided this issue for decades, the timing of this potential granting of cert by the Court is curious. Some observers are taking it as a sign that the Roberts Court intends to wade more deeply into the cultural wars that roil the American political landscape.
 

High court matters in '08 vote
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Even so, those truths are unremarkable next to the magnitude of what the Supreme Court, diminished or not, can be asked to decide. In the coming months, for example, the court might recast the future of the death penalty, the fundamental rights of Guantanamo detainees, the definition of child pornography, and the meaning of the much-disputed right to "keep and bear arms" under the Second Amendment. Each hot-button issue arises in a case directly affecting only one or a few people. But the impact on voters, on all of us, could be enormous.

"Does the Supreme Court still matter?" Of course it does, and more than ever.
 

The court and guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Perhaps as early as today, the U.S. Supreme Court could take up an issue the justices have not confronted for nearly 70 years: Does the Second Amendment's "right to keep and bear arms" apply to individuals or to states for the purpose of managing their militias?

We believe the history of the Second Amendment points to only one credible conclusion: The Constitution guarantees an individual right to own firearms. So we hope the court will hear the appeal of Parker v. District of Columbia. If it refuses, then the district's sweeping gun ban - which does not recognize even an individual right of self-defense - would stand.
 

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