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New Life's hero comes out — heroically
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Thanks for saving our lives, but please leave now, because we don’t like what you stand for. That is the message Jeanne Assam says she received last year when she informed the powers-that-be at New Life Church that she is gay. It was Assam, you’ll remember, who was widely hailed as a hero for ending a murderous rampage at New Life Dec. 9, 2007.

Ed.: And she is still a hero--her sexual orientation has no bearing on her heroism.
 

Will Libya retain its progressive monopoly of violence?
Submitted by: David Codrea
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“Pro-Gaddafi Gangs Terrorize Capital,” the story headline tells us (and yes, I noticed they apparently can't settle on a consistent internal editorial standard for spelling the man’s name).

It must be a point of view thing, because "terrorists" are what Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam calls “pro-democracy protestors.” The ones his father’s regime opens fire on when unarmed. And the ones Libyan Air Force pilots are strafing from the sky.
 

GA: Georgia Girl Scout Troop's Cookie Booth Shut Down By Police
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A Georgia Girl Scout troop selling cookies Wednesday must not have had enough badges of honor to gain the trust of police.

Troop 7984 had set up shop at a strip mall when a police officer told the group to pack up their boxes and go get a peddler's permit, WXIA-TV reports.

Troop leader Kathy Crook says they had to turn away the customers who were ready to buy.

One Girl Scout says the girls were actually frightened.

"It was scaring us because we thought all the adults were going to go to jail."

The mayor said it was a veteran police officer who questioned the troop and that it was simply a misunderstanding.

To make amends, the city is offering the Girl Scouts a pizza party and a tour of the police department.
 

Even ‘pro-gun’ representatives ignoring and ducking ‘Project Gunwalker’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"If enough politicians try to hide from this or keep it at arm’s length, perhaps a contest of sorts, to determine which one has responded in the most evasive manner might be in order. And the winner' could receive appropriate recognition."
 

MI: Inkster narcotics cop pleads guilty in perjury conspiracy case
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Veteran Inkster narcotics cop Scott Rechtzigel pleaded guilty this morning in Wayne County Circuit Court to a single misdemeanor in a perjury conspiracy case that had carried a potential life sentence for him.

Appearing before Presiding Judge Timothy Kenny, Rechtzigel, 40, admitted lying under oath and agreed to testify if he is called in against his former partner and the prosecutor from the perjury-stained 2005 cocaine trial.
 

The toxic 'embrace' of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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CSGV's favorite bogeyman is a ... group it calls the "Insurrectionists" ...--those terrifying, evil extremists, who believe that the Second Amendment was written to protect the people's right to the means to resist, and hopefully cast down, a government whose lust for power outstrips its willingness to abide by the confines of the Constitution. You know--terrorists like Tench Coxe, who spouted such villanies as:

"Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American ... the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people."
 

Decriminalize self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Now with legislators in 12 states considering "campus carry" legislation, critics are baselessly insisting campus violence will escalate. The reality is that 71 campuses in three states already allow licensed concealed carry on campus, and have done so for years without a single resulting incident. The imagined gruesome consequences are just that — imaginary.

Being on campus doesn't magically make responsible citizens reckless, and research even indicates that crime on these campuses has declined.
 

Guns and Roses: Arizona and Utah Move to Adopt State Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State flower, state motto, state song and now ... state gun?

Call it shots fired. Two states have officially moved to declare state firearms in 2011, less than two months after the Arizona massacre that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) grievously injured on January 8th.

In both states, Utah and Arizona, the bills seem likely to become law.
 

NH: Too many rules?: N.H. House bills focus on less regulation
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"People carry loaded weapons in vehicles all the time," Hoell said. "This is Fish and Game wanting to overstep their bounds. It's a possession issue. Why is possession of a firearm a problem at all?"

Hoell said there aren't highway shootings or other incidents to validate "all this hysteria" and noted people who want to do something illegal with a firearm wouldn't likely follow the law in the first place.

HB 536, which will be heard Thursday before the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, has gained notoriety because it contains a provision that would repeal RSA 159:19, the prohibition of firearms in courts.
 

TX: Student Congress will deliver stance on concealed carry to state congress
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Student Congress will vote Tuesday night in favor or opposition of a bill in front of the 82nd Texas Legislature that would permit concealed handgun license holders to carry on campus.

SC President Aaron Resendez said he still doesn’t know how the vote will go.

“I’m waiting to see what kind of debate Congress has,” he said.

Resendez and a six-person delegation hope to deliver the stance to legislators in March.

“Being the second largest institution in the UT System, I think it’s our obligation to speak on behalf of 33,000 students,” he said.
 

CA: Court Upholds Ban on Misdemeanants Possessing Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Justice Sandra Margulies, writing for the Court of Appeal, rejected the defense argument that—as a result of Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago {2010] 130 S.Ct. 3020, which held that the individual right is fundamental and applies to the states—restrictions on firearm possession are now subject to strict scrutiny.

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The dissenting justice argued that after Heller and McDonald, firearms restrictions must be given intermediate scrutiny. He also argued that in this case, even the rational basis test does not save the statute.
 

IL: Pro-gun Bills Pass Out of Illinois House Committee on Vote of 13-1
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Several important pro-gun bills passed out the House Agriculture committee this past week and there seemed to be a repeating pattern to the votes cast.

The following bills have been passed in committee, all on a vote of 13/1/0:

* HB0003 – Firearms Municipal Regulation
* HB0004 – Firearm Owners Preempt Loc Gov
* HB0005 – Wildlife Code Case Definition
* HB0008 – Firearm Owners ID Premption
* HB0264 – Firearm Owners Preemt Loc Gov
* HB0265 – Crim Cd Firearm Transport

Ed.: Right to Carry Bill, HB148, has not been heard by the House Ag Committee yet.
 

TX: Gun Rights Group Outbids Austin Guns4Groceries
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Nearby the event at the Oak Meadow Baptist Church, however, were members of Texans for Accountable Government (TAG), a grassroots organization offering $110 in cash for handguns and rifles and $220 for sporting rifles. (The church’s pastor said the group wouldn’t be allowed on church property during the event.) And instead of disposing of the guns, TAG members will give them to citizens who want to arm themselves. Spokesman John Bush explained:

We don't appreciate these gun grabbing efforts. Firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens makes communities safer. We think that the economically disadvantaged [are] the most susceptible to crime. Those are the people that should arm themselves.
 

TX: Texas Moves Closer to Allowing Guns on College Campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In one of the most controversial, but many say common-sense, moves related to campus violence and Second Amendment rights, the state of Texas is considering legislation that would allow students, professors, teachers, and other personnel to carry firearms on the campuses of elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as those of colleges and universities — without any violations or punishments.

HB 1167, introduced in the Texas House of Representatives on February 7, would require colleges and universities to allow students over the age of 21 to carry concealed handguns on campus.
 

TX: Texas Bill Aimed at Allowing Pistol-Packing College Students
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Students bearing arms with intent to harm are not isolated incidents these days, with Seung-Hui Cho's murder of 32 on the Virginia Tech campus in April 2007 resulting in the greatest loss of life.

Now members of the Texas Legislature are considering a bill that would allow students with Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) to carry weapons on campus. While there are currently three versions of the bill in the House, the one that is expected to pass is scheduled to be voted on as early as this week. More than half of the Texas representatives co-authored the bill.
 

ID: Weapons on campus could save lives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Permit holders should not be seen as a threat to students and faculty. When attempting to become a permit holder, a background check is completed, involving local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Fingerprints are usually taken and submitted for inspection. Permit holders spend a lot of money on training, equipment and the permit process. They also do not go looking for confrontation.
 

Seagoing labor urges improved standards for self-defense against piracy, supports embarked military detachments for U.S. merchant vessels
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Addressing the terms of Port Security Advisory (3-09), the unions recommended the Coast Guard develop standard rules for the use of force for self-defense of U.S.-flagged vessels at sea permitting the use of deadly force when mariners or security personnel onboard reasonably believe the vessel or a mariner is being subjected to an “act of piracy.”

The unions also recommended the Coast Guard modify PSA (3-09) to conform to the standards of “common law,” specifically: recognition that one is not required to retreat when he or she is assailed in a place where he or she has a right to be.
 

IA: Why Iowa’s county attorneys oppose the ‘stand your ground’ bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would allow Iowans to shoot to kill in certain situations where they feel threatened would only increase danger to the public, according to county prosecutors.

The bill would “encourage escalation of violence in the face of a conflict, rather than de-escalation,” Corwin Ritchie, executive director of the Iowa County Attorneys Association, said in a written statement. “As trained law officers can tell you, shooting first and asking questions later will not make any Iowan safer.”
 

PA: Right to bear harm?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ah, I see. The dozens of Texan lawmakers who support the law have devised a foolproof plan. College students are some of the most responsible folks.

According to a study, 599,000 students ages 18 to 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol. The CDC reports that the number of alcohol-induced deaths a year amounts to 23,199. That's just alcohol, comparatively harmless next to ammunition.
 

New Zealand: America as a Free Fire Zone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But why should this "right to keep and bear arms" be absolute, when none of the other constitutional rights are absolute? As Justice Holmes famously remarked, the right to free speech does not allow one to shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater. Nor does the freedom of religion allow human sacrifice or even permit parents to deny on religious grounds, appropriate medical attention for their children. . The right of the free press is limited by the laws of libel, and the right of free assembly does not sanction lynch-mobs or the obstruction of traffic. None of these "constitutional rights" are absolute. Why then should the "right to bear arms" be an exception?

Ed.: All sorts of factual errors in this piece.
 

NJ: Lautenberg Speaks Out on Gun Laws, Proposes Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Key officials from the town of Plainfield, as well as all over the state, were on hand to give their take on Lautenberg’s new bill.

“We’re not against the second amendment. I don’t think anyone wants to take guns from hunters or people who go through the process to get a gun," said Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healey, who along with Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs, serves as part of the New Jersey Urban Mayor’s Association. “It’s about illegal guns—allowing someone to have a gun with thirty rounds in it.”

Ed.: Yeah, they just want to get rid of the `illegal` guns--after they amend the law to make all guns other than bolt-action rifles illegal.
 

MT: Montana Legislators Stick Up for the Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gouras also reminds readers of the other standard anti-nullification argument: “legal scholars … say the notion runs afoul of the clause in the U.S. Constitution that declares federal law ‘the supreme law of the land.’” This conveniently ignores the modifying clause that says that laws “which shall be made in pursuance” of the Constitution “shall be the supreme law of the land.” In other words, only laws that fall within the parameters of the Constitution have supremacy. States may quite properly ignore all others.
 

IL: Verschoore Passes Gun Rights Bills out of Committee
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As a member of the Illinois House of Representatives Agriculture and Conservation Committee, State Rep. Pat Verschoore (D- Milan) voted to move two measures forward on Wednesday that would strengthen 2nd Amendment rights for Illinois citizens.

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House Bill 265 and House Bill 142, both strongly backed by Verschoore, were passed out of committee on Wednesday. House Bill 265 prevents local governments from establishing separate rules for transporting firearms or ammunition than those set forth by the state. House Bill 142is a similar piece of legislation that prevents local governments from imposing greater restrictions on firearm ownership or possession than those set forth by the state.
 

CO: Gun bill drawing lots of discussion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lines are being drawn over State House Bill 1205. The bill would make it legal for people to carry a gun without a permit. The bill has already passed the State Judiciary Committee by a vote of 8 to 3.

Annmarie Jensen with the Colorado Association of Police Chiefs fears the worst. "This bill is very dangerous." she says, "We could easily see another Virginia Tech in Colorado if this bill passes."

But Paul Paradis, a gun store owner and Pikes Peak Firearm Coalition chair says it all comes down to simple rights. "The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows us to keep and bear arms. It doesn't limit how we keep and bear arms." he explains.
 

Dueling billboards: CCRKBA, ISRA v. Mayors, Bloomberg; Notes from a gun show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today’s news coverage will tell whether the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has a message with broader appeal than anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Call it Northeast elitism versus Northwest common sense.

Their two opposing rolling billboard campaigns collide today in Chicago, and it may not be the last time these polar opposites attract attention in the same venue.
 

SC: Proposed gun law changes could cost state in lost fees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that is working its way through the state legislature could eliminate concealed weapons permit requirements and cost the state millions of dollars in lost permit fees.

Many Anderson-area instructors said they are still following the bill and want to learn more, but they are worried that no longer having mandatory classes for concealed weapons permits could hurt or destroy their business.
 

A gun law to help enforce the law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Gun Control Act bars various people from owning firearms, including felons, illegal drug users and individuals who have been officially deemed mentally defective or have been committed to a mental institution and have a dangerous mental illness. The names must be submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, created in 1998 under the 1993 Brady Bill. Gun dealers use NICS to quickly check a buyer’s eligibility. After the Virginia Tech shooting, a federal law was passed to improve state reporting to the national database.

Ed.: No, it says "adjudicated", not "officially deemed." And it makes no mention of "dangerous mental illness."
 

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