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Change in the Nick of Time
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.cafepress.com/taff

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A militarized police state is coming to this country—into your own neighborhood, and with you and your family as its targets—unless you start, right now, to enforce the Constitution, as is your right and your duty.

In addition to their long-standing strategy of “federalizing” and para-militarizing State and Local police departments under the General Government’s Department of Homeland Security, the big brains in the Disgrace of Columbia have two additional schemes openly in the works: (i) the overtly military, which depends upon the deployment of the Armed Forces as domestic police; and (ii) the covertly military, which depends upon the creation of SOME new, ostensibly civilian, “national-security force.”
 

Constitution Party recommends ‘The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.cafepress.com/taff

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The brilliant and wildly popular book The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms has been catapulted to Amazon.com’s #1 slot in the categories of law, Civil Liberties, the Constitution and Constitutional law!

Americans know the Founders’ legacy is under attack. That’s why sales of this book during the busiest book-buying season of the year sent it to the top of Amazon.com’s list and in doing so sent a message that cannot be ignored!

Word is out that Americans are arming themselves with the hard facts about gun owners’ rights.
 

TX: Police investigating deadly shooting that could fall under "Castle Law"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police investigate a deadly shooting that could fall under the State’s so-called “Castle Law”.

Police are not saying much right now because they are still investigating the invasion, but we do know that the suspected burglar was shot and killed. It happened at a home about an hour northeast of Austin in Cameron.

Milam County Sheriff's deputies got a call around two this morning about the shooting of a home intruder.
 

VA: Gun sales skyrocket as Obama’s inauguration nears
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Concern that new gun-control measures will follow Obama’s election has fueled skyrocketing increases in gun sales and applications for permits to carry concealed weapons, both in Central Virginia and across the nation.

The Virginia State Police also has seen a surge in the number of background checks for potential gun owners, especially since the November election.

And local gun dealers report a waiting list for sales of assault rifles and many handgun models.

The president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Phillip Van Cleave, said gun owners point to Obama’s voting record as a state senator in Illinois and as a U.S. Senator.
 

KY: Gun show draws crowds, brisk sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A good turnout and brisk sales are marking Kenny Woods' Gun & Knife Show this weekend at the Kentucky Exposition Center -- an interest that Woods attributes to the nation's shifting political landscape.
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Woods and other firearms and ammunition dealers say sales have been upbeat as buyers worry that President-elect Barack Obama's administration will push for changes in gun laws or possibly new taxes.

"If you want people to want something, all they have to do is think that they can't have it," said Woods, who lives in Hazard.
 

Separation of church, state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I know of no atheists, including Jewish atheists, who want to deny Christmas celebrations to their neighbors. You have to be a Grinch not to appreciate and enjoy the warmth and color of Christmas.

The atheist position as I understand it is that Christmas displays should be private and not placed on public property. It is in defense of the separation of church and state and is a constitutional issue no different in kind from the defense of the Second Amendment by people who support gun ownership.
 

CA: Allowing loaded guns in national parks a reckless move
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With its days numbered, the Bush administration has made an unnecessary and dangerous change to a 25-year-old regulation that bans concealed, loaded firearms in America's national parks and wildlife refuges.

This regulation, created by the Reagan administration, has done an outstanding job of making these special places among the safest in the nation. And it did so without imposing unreasonable restrictions on gun owners - it merely required that weapons be unloaded and kept in a place that's not readily accessible, such as a car trunk.
 

WA: Can paintballs legally deter intrusive hookers?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Q: I live near Aurora Avenue North and on two different occasions have caught prostitutes and their clients either in my driveway (in a car) or in my yard.

Is it legal to shoot trespassers with a paintball gun, water cannon gun (Super Soaker), rubber band gun -- essentially any "non lethal" weapon -- within the city limits of Seattle?

A: It depends.

If they're not a threat to you and you go after them, you could be arrested for assault. Things are different if they're threatening injury and you act in self-defense.
 

Mexico: More legal guns would help
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He also points out that many of the guns used by these Mexican criminals come from the U.S., since their neighbor to the north allows private firearms purchasing and ownership.

Last I checked, private ownership of firearms was severely restricted in Mexico.

Given the level of corrupt police involvement in the drug trade, innocent citizens cannot even count on their various law enforcement entities to protect them.

Perhaps Mr. Calderón should consider the potential value to his war on drugs of giving innocent Mexicans greater right to defend themselves and their communities by liberalizing gun ownership.

Knowing their victims might defend themselves might make the criminals refocus on merely killing one another.
 

NC: Gun permits on the rise in Surry County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Surry County Sheriff’s Office has been swamped with applications for concealed carry and gun purchase permits since the election in November.

To date, the sheriff’s office has receive a total of 1,286 purchase permits in 2008. Last year, the office processed 1,131 for the entire year. Last December, it received 21 requests for the entire month. This month, the office has already received 39 with three days left in the month.

Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said the sheriff’s office has received more requests for gun permits for the whole year from about five to six weeks ago. He said both concealed carry and purchase permits have exceeded last year’s requests.
 

PA: Reading passes law when state won’t act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And, according to McMahon, most legitimate gun owners support the 24-hour reporting requirement. The mayor cited a poll by Ceasefire PA that found 96 percent of state residents and 92 percent of gun owners back the measure.

If those statistics are accurate, and we have no reason to believe that they are not, it is difficult to understand why state legislators haven’t passed similar legislation that would apply statewide.

Ed.: The simple fact that the source was Ceasefire is enough to make a reasonable person doubt the poll's veracity, and perhaps a real reporter might actually investigate the matter rather than treat Ceasefire as the font of all knowledge.
 

CO: Gun 'Buy Back' Turns Into Gun 'Give Back'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A gun "give-back" in Denver ended Saturday after it started as a plan to buy guns from people.

Organizers couldn't come up with the $50 per gun they had hoped to trade people for weapons.

The event was held at 9th and Holly and 15 guns were turned in, but more were expected if there had been money.

Several people with handguns and even a shotgun came expecting to collect cash, but they apparently did not hear that there would be no money, so they left with their guns.

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Originally organizers were hoping to collect $5,000 to $10,000 in donations, but the money never materialized.

Ed.: Must be hard to come up with cash for such follies when you can't just steal it from taxpayers.
 

UT: Founders intended individual gun ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If we required people to register their church affiliation and strictly control religious literature, could we not stop fanatics from causing mayhem? How many magazines does a person need to subscribe to anyway? ... I-phones and Blackberries are way too powerful and concealable to carry without a permit.

The Bill of Rights is a complete package, one leg supports the others. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but without our swords, they can take our pens. Without our pens, we can't protect our swords. Without our swords, they can close our churches, stop our presses and take our property. Some formerly free countries thought, "that will never happen," but it did.
 

PA: Gun group fights plan for metal detector
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Gun advocates are considering a legal challenge to West Mifflin's plan to install a metal detector at the entrance to council's chambers.

"We're researching the legality of taking them to court ... and the novel concept of challenging the licenses of solicitors who give bad advice," said Kim Stolfer, chairman of the legislative committee of the Allegheny County Sportsmen's League.

The metal detector probably will not be installed until borough solicitor Michael Adams reviews the matter, borough Manager Howard Bednar said. Adams could not be reached for comment.
 

Military adapting Wii controller for combat (video)
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Military contractors are planning to use a popular video game controller to control combat robots.

The application of the "Wiimote," the Discovery Channel reports, is being given a new look by scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory in collaboration with engineers from the US Army, Foster-Miller and iRobot.

Ed.: Does this mean Super Mario Bros. will now be classified as a munition?
 

PA: She's just a 'mom who happens to carry a gun'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Some people have called Meleanie Hain a courageous defender of the Second Amendment. Others have referred to her in online forums as an "idiot" for taking her gun to her 5-year-old daughter's soccer game in Lebanon in September. Hain said she is "just a mom who happens to carry a gun ... everywhere." No matter your viewpoint, there is no doubt Hain aroused a storm of controversy -- making headlines locally and nationally. Whenever The Patriot-News published a story about Hain on PennLive.com, dozens, sometimes hundreds, of readers weighed in. Hain agreed to an interview by e-mail. Following is an edited synopsis.
 

Memorandum on Arms and Freedom
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It is time to speak plainly for the good citizens and patriots of this nation who believe unbendingly in the Constitution of the United States of America.

Though foreign governments may disarm their subjects, we will not go down that road. We will not disarm and see our freedoms stripped away. The lessons of history are numerous, clear and bloody. A disarmed population inevitably becomes an enslaved population. A disarmed population is without power, reduced to childlike obedience to--and dependence upon--the organs of a parental state. A disarmed population will lose--either piecemeal or in one sweeping act--those basic rights for which the citizens of America risked their lives and fortunes over two hundred years ago.

 

AL: Homeowner opens fire on burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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A burglary suspect got an unpleasant surprise while attempting to rob the gun cabinet of a Dothan resident, according to police. Dothan Police Lt. Anthony Westberry said a homeowner is reported to have opened fire on a suspect he found trying to rob his gun cabinet. Westberry said the attempted burglary happened at about 7:48 p.m. The homeowner entered his house on Decatur Street and found the suspect trying to take weapons from a gun cabinet. Westberry said initial police reports indicate the homeowner shot at the burglar and chased him from the residence. Westberry said police continue to search for the suspect, who was described as a black male wearing dark clothing.
 

NY: Official seeks anti-gun team
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The Common Council is being asked to create a team to help implement the recommendations of the Gun Violence Task Force. With the task force's work just completed, Council member Dominick Calsolaro does not want their recommendations to get lost. Among other steps, the task force recommended the city hire a full-time violence prevention coordinator; start a crisis team to respond to shootings to prevent further violence; and create a team of former gang members and inmates who would work in troubled neighborhoods to steer youths from violence. "We need to have an official group set up to follow these things through," the First Ward council member said.
 

CA: Local gun sales flourishing
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Redding gun stores haven't noticed the economic downturn felt by most of America this holiday season. Just the opposite. Owners of three of the area's largest gun dealerships say their sales have doubled or even tripled as hundreds of worried gun-rights advocates rush to buy firearms before President-elect Barack Obama and a Democrat-controlled House and Senate take power after January. "After the election, there definitely was motivation," said Fred Drollinger, 53, of Shingletown, who picked up a new Kimber .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol earlier this month from Jones' Fort in Redding. "The Democrats have a very different view of guns" than he does.
 

OK: No guns in schools
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The Tulsa World editorial "Packing heat" is right on point in the assessment of the potential danger as the Oklahoma Legislature once again considers changing our schools from gun-free zones to gun-filled zones. Permitting arming of students and faculty would lead to diminished safety for students, faculty, staff and visitors. There would be a greater potential for student-on-student and student-on-faculty violence and more lethal results when such violence occurs. There would be an increased risk of suicide attempts ending in fatalities; an exponential increase in opportunities for gun theft and subsequent harm to people on and off campus, and potentially huge legal, financial, and public-relations costs should gun violence occur.
 

DC: New rule prompts fears of guns at inauguration
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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and gun control groups are concerned that some visitors attending President-elect Obama’s inauguration may try to pack heat because of a rule allowing concealed weapons in national parks. The Bush administration recently altered federal regulations to allow people with permits to carry concealed firearms while in national parks if the park falls within a state or district that allows concealed weapons. Washington D.C. does not allow concealed weapons, but Norton and other think confusion over the rule could lead visitors to bring guns to Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration, which will be held on two miles of National Park land – the National Mall.
 

FL: Relaxed gun rules alarm wildlife officials
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Beginning Jan. 9, visitors to Everglades National Park and most other U.S. wildlife refuges will be permitted to pack a concealed weapon along with their mosquito repellent and sunscreen as they head into the great outdoors. The Bush administration's last-minute reversal of a decades-old ban on loaded handguns in parks has alarmed National Park Service officials, who fear that areas now among the safest in the nation will become more perilous for park rangers, visitors and endangered animals. "More guns always increase potential for incidents, and that's something law enforcement never likes to see," said Linda Friar, an Everglades National Park spokeswoman. Friar said park rangers reported 39 incidents involving firearms in 2007.
 

TX: US Town Makes Shooting Dogs Legal
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Animal rights groups are furious after a Texas town gave its authories the right to bear arms against wild dogs. The controversial policy is the latest attempt to curb a growing population of feral dogs that are roaming the streets.
 

PA: Man shot over noise during movie
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A man enraged by a noisy family sitting near him in a movie theater on Christmas night shot the father of the family in the arm, police said.

James Joseph Cialella, 29, of Philadelphia, told the man's family to be quiet, then threw popcorn at the man's son, police said. The victim told police that Cialella was walking toward his family when he stood up and was shot.

Detectives called to the United Artists Riverview Stadium theater in South Philadelphia found Cialella carrying the weapon, a .380-caliber handgun, in his waistband, police said.


Lt. Frank Vanore called the incident "scary that it gets to that level of violence from being too noisy during a movie."

 

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