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"Kill All They Send..."
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com/

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... "But let us assume that, for the sake of argument and illustration, Ambassador Dan's proposal is serious. Let us assume that he is presenting us with a fictional fascist future backdrop that we may play like a video game. Let us believe for the moment in the literal word of former Foreign Service Officer Daniel H. Simpson's proposal yet conjure up our own modest fictional counter-proposal. Like Captain Ramius in 'The Hunt for Red October,' Ambassador Dan has given us a ping. Let us then give him one ping back. These pings (his and ours) may be warnings, threats of imminent attack, pleas for understanding, or attempts at communication across the gulf of a vast, dense ocean which prevents any other way of determining real meaning. But in any case let us play a game, starting with the scenario he has given us:" ...
 

ID: Red's Trading Post Granted Injunction to Continue Operations
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"US District Judge Edward Lodge has granted Red's Trading Post an injunction to continue their full operation. The ATF had maintained that Red's was a threat to public safety because of the minor violations which included paperwork errors that amounted to less that one percent. Red's Trading Post had a 99.6% success rate in their 2005 audit, yet the ATF maintained that Red’s had 'willfully' violated their policies. The word 'willful' was added in 1986 by Reagan and Congress to protect dealers, it is the responsibility of the ATF to prove that Dealers 'willfully' committed violations. The ATF made the decision to partially revoke Red’s license in early March, only allowing them to sell their remaining firearms. ..." ...
 

Gonzales Wants Arbitrary Power to Block Gun Purchases; SAF Says He Should Resign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' troubling support of legislation that would allow him and future attorneys general the arbitrary power to block firearms purchases without due process is cause for him to step down as the nation's highest ranking law enforcement officer, the Second Amendment Foundation said today." ...

"'We're not surprised that General Gonzales has found an agreeable sponsor in Frank Lautenberg,' Gottlieb observed. 'The senator from New Jersey has never seen a restrictive gun control scheme he did not immediately embrace, and S. 1237 is loaded with red flags. It would allow an appointed bureaucrat the authority to suspend or cancel someone's Second Amendment right without even being charged with a crime.'" ...
 

Sandy Froman: Why You Should Care About Parker v. District of Columbia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is a case working its way to the Supreme Court that might settle one of the biggest unanswered questions in constitutional law: Does the Second Amendment guarantee an individual right to own a gun? Whether or not you own a gun, this is a case you should care about."

"I'm not just saying that because I’m the immediate past president of the National Rifle Association. ... I'm also saying it as an attorney who's been arguing cases in federal court for more than 30 years, and who understands how a clear precedent on a constitutional question can determine the outcome of a case." ...
 

Never Again (3rd letter)
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"I attended the second annual Holocaust Remembrance Day presentation at Oregon Institute of Technology April 15. I confess disappointment that it lacked a greater turnout and public participation." ...

"... Holocaust Remembrance Day actually commemorates April 19, 1943, when Jews and others inside the Warsaw Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland thwarted the murderous SS and Gestapo with armed resistance ..." ...

"'The Warsaw Ghetto: Ten Handguns Against Tyranny' by David I. Caplin (American Rifleman: February 1988) is a reminder that freedom isn't free, and must often be defended and preserved with civilians owning small arms and weapons."

"Can it happen here? 'Never again' is a familiar slogan and must not be forgotten." ...
 

'No Gun Zones' Don't Serve Their Purpose
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Virginia Tech, where one criminal used two guns to slaughter 32 and wound others, had - before the recent killings - declared itself to be a 'No Gun Zone.'"

"Which means that law-abiding people will not carry or store a gun on campus - both of which are banned by the school. Of course, that never stopped a criminal from carrying - and using - guns."

"So, what have we learned from this? Perhaps that 'No Gun Zones' do not work? Liberals either cannot or will not let facts get in the way of their agenda. Before the body count was final, they were screaming for more gun laws."

"As if tougher laws ... deter criminals. The only thing more or tougher gun laws guarantee is another Virginia Tech-style massacre." ...
 

Neo-Feudalism
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The founders hated the aristocratic establishment. And for good reason - who wants to pay taxes to a government that doesn't serve you? The noble estates snatched away simple things like criticism of the way they did things and fair trials. The aristocrats also set up differing sets of laws: one for them and one for the peasant classes. One glance at such grievances reveals the wisdom of the founders." ...

"If the recent shooting at Virginia Tech ... has revealed anything, it's that the lords and ladies of Collegiate manor have seen fit to free themselves of their power limitations laid out in our Constitution. Most colleges in the wake of VT pledged hard gun bans on campus as if the Second amendment doesn't exist there. ..." ...
 

In 'Newsweek,' Eleanor Clift Applied Recycled Gun Ban Myths to Virginia Tech Shooting
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Newsweek's April 30 article by Eleanor Clift recycled old gun-control mythology and misleading statements with a renewed call for something to be done in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting. The article mixed the usual anti-gun talking points with some subtle pining for the good ol' days of President Clinton's Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) that supposedly made the streets safer by taking the extra, extra, super-scary looking guns out the hands of all Americans (except for the criminals who obtained them illegally, of course). ..." ...
 

Anti-gun nonsense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Oct. 16, 1991, Killeen, Texas -- 24 killed when a man drove his truck through a window of a Luby's Cafeteria and walked around the restaurant shooting people ..."

"April 20, 1999, Littleton, Colo. -- 13 killed when at Columbine High School."

"Aug. 10, 1999, Granada Hills, Calif. -- five wounded when a white supremacist fires 70 rounds into a Jewish community and day-care center."

"Oct. 2, 2006, Nickel Mines, Pa. -- five killed when a milk-truck driver entered an Amish schoolhouse ... and began shooting the girls."

"The above list is a tiny sampling of the growing number of multiple-victim shootings, including at least 39 school shootings in the United States. What do all of the above have in common? Each occurred in a 'gun-free zone.' ..." ...
 

After Virginia, Nation Should Look To New York’s Strict Gun Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho was mentally ill, visibly demonstrating his impairment by his withdrawn behavior, his refusal to talk to other students, his total lack of affect, and the violent and threatening written work that he submitted in class. He seems to have made little effort, if any, to conceal his emotional disorder. He stalked women and was caught at it. He refused psychiatric help when it was offered to him." ...
 

Brady President Urges Changes In Gun Laws Post-Virginia Tech
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, the President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence today announced a series of recommendations for changes in Federal gun laws that he said would strengthen the nation's safety net against some future mass shootings." ...

"Helmke ... said that Congress should pass, and the President should sign, legislation that will comprehensively and effectively apply Brady Law background checks to prevent dangerous people from buying guns; reduce civilian access to military weaponry that is neither for sport nor self-defense and limit the firepower available in the civilian market; and give police and federal law enforcement the tools and resources they need to fight gun crimes, including illegal gun trafficking and corrupt gun dealers." ...
 

Pry It From My Cold, Dead Hands (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "One of the main arguments that the gun lobby uses to defend our lax gun policies is that the Second Amendment guarantees American citizens the right to arm themselves. This is true. But what if, hypothetically speaking, the Second Amendment didn’t exist? What if the framers of the Constitution had never provided that guarantee? Would modern Americans still argue that they had a right to a gun? I guess what I’m asking is, do citizens have a moral or ethical claim to guns?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Since the Bill of Rights merely protects pre-existing rights, then yes, this "modern American" does argue that I have a right to the safest, most effective self-defense tool in existence.
 

Paul Helmke: Gun Violence: What Are We Going To Do About It?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Thirty-two people were murdered at Virginia Tech."

"That number, in and of itself, was not extraordinary. Every day in our country, on average, about thirty-two people are murdered with guns."

"When you add suicides and unintentional shootings, the death toll from guns in America each day is about eighty people. And for every death there are another two or three seriously injured." ...

"As in a twelve-step program, the first step is to admit we have a problem. Our problem is the insane gun policies we have in this country, policies that enabled the Virginia Tech killer to obtain the means to kill - and that enable so many other dangerous people to obtain guns each and every day." ...
 

Parliaments around the world urged to act on gun control
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"Parliamentarians around the world should press for urgent action on gun control, particularly in view of recent tragedies, the head of a global body representing lawmakers said yesterday."

"Anders Johnsson, secretary general of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, was speaking after the launch of a handbook aimed at guiding legislators in the area of gun control." [emphasis added]

"'We are pushing parliamentarians to act on this,' he said by telephone from the resort island of Bali where the IPU, which claims 148 affiliated national parliaments, is meeting."

"The handbook has been jointly launched by the IPU and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Geneva-based think tank." ...
 

Re: "Parliaments around the world urged to act on gun control"...
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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... "Based upon the number of foreign posters I've seen on various Gun related forums. There seems to be a coordinated effort at undermining We The People's "inalienable right". These attacks are becoming more frequent, and come across as "common sense" and "feel good" remedies. The foreigners are then backed by a group of domestic posters that seemingly nod their heads in agreement to the 'speil' spewed forth." ...
 

TX: Some lawmakers consider allowing guns on college campuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gov. Rick Perry and some Republicans in the Legislature have said they are considering a repeal of a state law that prohibits the possession of firearms on college campuses."

"Perry and a group of lawmakers who have championed Second Amendment issues say students and faculty members who are licensed by the state to carry firearms should be allowed to take their weapons onto campuses for protection." ...

"The issue bulleted to the forefront of national debate two weeks ago, after a 23-year-old student at Virginia Tech University carried out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Since the shootings, advocates of the Second Amendment have argued that a law-abiding citizen can use guns to stop a gun-wielding maniac." ...
 

GA: Gun Control -- Emory's Campus No Place For Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent controversy concerning funding for a College Republicans' trip to a shooting range has brought the issues of gun control and campus safety to the forefront of the Emory discourse." ...

"Generally speaking, we believe College Council should be able to fund activities like a trip to the shooting range. Shooting is a sport recognized by the NCAA ..." ...

"What we cannot condone is the College Republicans' plan to request permission from University President James W. Wagner to carry concealed weapons on campus. ..." ...

"Allowing guns on campus would propagate an atmosphere tinged with the spectre of possible violence. This would make us less safe, rather than moreso. ..." ...
 

CA: Student leader faces weapons charge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An East Los Angeles College student was charged Monday with multiple felony weapons counts and ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the school."

"Matthew Arthur Corwin ... faces 11 counts of illegal assault weapon sales and possession and one count of receiving stolen property." ...

"Corwin ... founded Students for the Second Amendment, a gun enthusiast and advocacy club."

"Staff members of the college's campus newspaper ... said they had had an adversarial relationship with Corwin and described him as a 'loose canon.' They declined to give their names, citing safety concerns. They noted that before last week, 'we've always had our doors open.'"

"Now, they said, the newsroom is locked at all times." ...
 

Kansas Rep. Bloomberg at odds over gun trace data
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"After handguns with bullets that can pierce body armor started showing up on the streets of New Jersey, police and lawmakers wanted to know where the weapons were coming from."

"But when Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., asked the federal agency in charge of keeping gun trace data for help last year, he was told the information was off limits."

"That response is guided by a federal provision known as the Tiahrt Amendment. The measure prevents the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from sharing certain types of gun data with cities or local law enforcement authorities." ...
 

TX: Keep Record Open
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We expect the tragedy at Virginia Tech University will rekindle debate over gun control. ..."

"These events shouldn't drive gun owners underground, either ... it's worth noting that when Charles Whitman barricaded himself in the University of Texas tower ... many Austin residents assisted police by going home to get their own guns and returning the sniper’s fire. ..."

"... we should applaud people who are willing and able to use weapons ... There’s no reason for them to be forced into secrecy."

"Ironically, Monday’s occurred on the same day the Texas House of Representatives was scheduled to debate a bill that would ... make all records relating to Texas concealed handgun permits secret. ..." ...
 

KS: Senate overrides concealed carry veto
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Following in the footsteps of the Kansas House of Representatives, the Senate overrode Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of House Bill 2528 on Friday with a vote of 30-10. The bill is designed to provide consistency in the way concealed carry laws are applied by deleting the authority of cities and counties to regulate firearms licenses by zoning measures. HB 2528 repeals the ability of public entities from restricting or prohibiting concealed weapons on public premises ..." ...

"The bill also repeals the ability of property owners from restricting or prohibiting concealed weapons; requires posting of signage at the areas that are in law as not allowing concealed weapons on the premises ..." ...
 

VA: VA. plugs gun law loophole
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The governor yesterday closed a loophole in state law that allowed the Virginia Tech gunman to pass a federal background check and buy the weapons used in last month's massacre."

"Gov. Timothy Kaine issued an executive order requiring that a database of people banned from buying guns include anyone who is found to be dangerous and ordered to undergo involuntary mental-health treatment." ...
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KABA Note: And how long will it be before 'definition creep' starts including anyone who has ever sought help from a mental health professional?
 

TX: Gov. Perry: Banning pistols isn't the answer
Submitted by: Glenn Guest

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"Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that Texans who are legally licensed should be able to carry their concealed handguns anywhere, including churches, bars, courthouses and college campuses."

"'I think it makes sense for Texans to be able to protect themselves from deranged individuals, whether they're in church, or whether on a college campus or wherever they are,' he said."

"'The idea that you're going to exempt them from a particular place is nonsense to me.'"

"Perry commented to reporters after he and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt had met privately with educators, mental health experts and law enforcement officials to discuss the recent shootings at Virginia Tech University. ..." ...
 

PA: 2 lawmakers urge Phila. gun registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Reps. Angel Cruz and Rosita C. Youngblood yesterday announced another effort aimed at reducing the flow of guns in Philadelphia, this time by allowing the city to create a gun-registry system."

"Surrounded by reporters yesterday in his storefront office on North Fifth Street, Cruz said 'something has to be done' to ease the wave of gun violence that has gripped the city."

"Cruz said that while law-abiding citizens purchase guns, 'bad people buy guns, too. This way we will know who has the guns.'"

"Both legislators, however, conceded that their efforts have little chance of passing." ...
 

Samuel Ward to Henry Ward, "and Justice cannot require that he should be deprived of any Part of the Means of self Preservation", Dec. 31, 1775
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...Is not the Life, the Family, Liberty & Property of the poor man being his all of as much Importance to and as dear to him as the larger all of the rich Man. Most clearly they are, surely then he may be equally intrusted with the Care of that all, and Justice cannot require that he should be deprived of any Part of the Means of self Preservation that they may be transfered to another and yet if you allow to one of them a single Voice, to the other two or three Voices, You certainly (selfish as people in general are) deprive one of the Means of Self Preservation or defence and put him wholly in the Power of the other...."
 

NY: Albany sees decline in firearm violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Four months into the year, the city has yet to tally its first homicide -- a fact that superstitious police officials don't much like to talk about. Talking about it might end their run of luck."

"But after four people were shot in two separate and apparently unrelated incidents on Sunday, even as serious crime in general has declined, the city finds itself confronting a familiar devil."

"'Kids are out protecting their turf because it's the only thing they have, even if they don't own it,' District Attorney David Soares said. 'Things are far from fine.'" ...
 

NY: Gun violence up despite state's effort
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gun violence is on the rise in New York's most troubled cities, up 15 percent in the past three years."

"That's despite an aggressive state campaign called Operation IMPACT that has directed an unprecedented level of law enforcement resources to cities like Buffalo, Albany and Newburgh, which account for an overwhelming share of the crime outside New York City."

"Last year, 4,777 murders, robberies and other violent crimes were committed with a firearm in IMPACT cities. That's up from 4,072 in 2003, the year before the program was initiated." ...
 

OH: Letters to Plain Dealer editor continue to pour in (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett wrote that she had received more than 400 letters in response to a column defending a concealed handgun license-holder who was forced to shoot a 15 year-old armed robber."

"The Plain Dealer published a few of those letters along with Brett's column. Two days later, on Sunday, April 29, many more letters on the subject were published. While Brett's ratio was approximately 20 to 1 in favor on gun rights and armed self-defense, the ratio of letters the newspaper chose to publish? A nice, neat, 50-50 split..." ...
 

OH: Pro-gun Democrats should look west to find hope in the Presidential primary (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jockeying for position for the 2008 Presidential primary race began earlier than ever this election cycle, and for gun owners in both parties, the signs have been bleak."

"However, pro-gun voters who will vote in the 2008 Republican primary got a lift in their spirits last month when actor and former Senator Fred Thompson announced that he was considering a Presidential run. But what of the Democrat primary? With the establishment media filled with talk of gun-ban extremist Senator Hillary Clinton (NY) and the equally scary Senator Barack Hussein Obama (IL), Democrats who vote freedom first may be unaware that there is a pro-gun candidate who could use their support."

"New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson declared his candidacy in January ..." ...
 

MO: Right to safety doesn't exist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I read with amazement the letter by Michael Rafferty (4/26) [5th letter]. He says he doesn't want the right to carry a concealed weapon. He wants the right for all of us to live safe and free of constant fear. That right has never existed at any time in human history."

"Nature has bestowed upon all creatures a method of self-defense. The best method for humans, if they understand and accept the responsibility, is a firearm."

"The victims of the Virginia Tech shootings were there long before the police were. If they were allowed a viable method of self-defense, Seung-Hui Cho’s rampage could have been greatly limited or prevented." ...
 

OH: Cleveland NAACP Pres.: Don't blame CHL-holder for protecting himself (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cleveland's News Channel 5 is reporting that the Cleveland NAACP responded Friday to criticism surrounding the shooting death of a teenage boy during a robbery, and for once this organization is placing the blame where it belongs - on the criminal." ...

"In March, the NAACP announced that it 'strongly opposes any move to repeal the District's self-enacted gun safety measures' which were 'enacted...as a means of protecting the children and law enforcement officers of their constituents.'"

"Despite proof that the inane D.C. gun ban has done anything but protect children and law enforcement, liberal politics continues to rule at the national NAACP. ..." ...
 

OH: Plain Dealer: Gun advocates say assaults are thwarted, but not reported (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the fallout from an erroneous Cleveland Plain Dealer story claiming that the death of an armed robber at the hand of the concealed handgun licenseholder he attacked was 'what appears to be the first time', Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Michael O'Malley spent time late last week discussing the facts with Buckeye Firearms Association's Chairman and Vice Chairman."

"He published a follow-up story Sunday."

"From the story, entitled 'Gun advocates: Statistics are inadequate':"

"Cases involving licensed carriers of concealed weapons protecting themselves or others are difficult to find because they rarely are reported, pro-gun groups say." ...
 

AZ: Gun-control laws need changing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Call me a safety-nut soccer mom, but we have long needed better gun-control laws, which can be accomplished without Second Amendment infringement, and those laws would have made a difference at Virginia Tech."

"And that would have been the case not in spite of Seung-Hui Cho's mental illness, but because of it." ...

"... Virginia law requires no reference checks and does not follow federal Brady Law guidelines ..."

"Of course, he could have bypassed all background checks via a gun show - yet another obvious area for reform."

"And if the Republican Congress hadn't let the federal assault-weapons ban expire two years ago, Cho would not have been able to buy the high-capacity ammunition clips that allowed such carnage." ...
 

NH: Prevention through superior firepower?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"First off, I would like to respond to Friday's editorial 'Virginia Tech could have been prevented' by saying I have always and will always believe in the Second Amendment. I think that it is an injustice to you Mr. Logsdon and to all of us on campus that you have been denied a basic legal right to carry a concealed firearm here on campus. The government itself has guaranteed you this right and many men and women (I'm sure you will attest to this yourself) have suffered and died for the rights our government guarantees us. If anything this should be a hot button for debate here on campus and we concerned citizens should make our opinions heard within the administration." ...
 

TX: Texas Association of Business Survey Finds Texans Strongly Oppose Proposed Legislation to Allow Guns in the Workplace
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Texas Association of Business (TAB) today released results from a statewide survey of registered voters in Texas, which found that 61 percent of respondents would feel safer if employers prohibited employees from bringing guns to work in their cars. The poll also found that 81 percent of registered voters in Texas believe that businesses and homeowners – not government – should decide what can be brought onto their private property." ...
 

NY: I got a gun and loved it!
Submitted by: Rickie

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... "Because I'd always had guns, I always thought I needed them. Now, having spent most of my adult life unarmed and living in New York City ... I'm more compassionate. It's a huge change from the well-defended person I was in Texas, or the homesick Second-Amendment fanatic I became in New York ..." ...

"There's a well-known saying in the pro-gun world: "It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it." I understand why that makes sense — as long as it's referring to umbrellas and tampons. As for a gun, I've come to believe that not having it and not feeling like I need it is, by far, the best way to be."
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AL: Gun violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You can't walk into a pawn shop and buy a hand grenade. Nor a machine-gun. These weapons are too dangerous and for the average citizen, they have little or no practical use."

"Handguns should be restricted in the same way."

"The Second Amendment can be satisfied with rifles and shotguns. The Second Amendment does not specify handguns, it just says 'the right to bear arms.'"

"You can go hunting and defend your home with a long gun. Those are reasonable uses."

"Handguns should be only issued to law enforcement officers and military personnel with a specific need." ...
 

NC: Amendment's intent (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Any discussion of gun control should start with careful attention given to the content and intent of the Second Amendment."

"Strictly speaking, the one-sentence Second Amendment does not 'parse,' that is, the two parts of the sentence do not grammatically and clearly relate to each other (the only sentence in the Constitution so flawed)."

"The amendment as written was a compromise ... Copies of the minutes and proceedings of the committee are included in documents publicly deposited nationwide. D.H. Hill Library at N.C. State University is our local such depository."

"The amendment was originally intended to be an endorsement of state militias. That was long before handguns were in common use."
 

VA: Automatic? Know your guns, people!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"While I applaud letter-writer Terry Wendland's acceptance of our constitutional right to bear arms, the lack of knowledge clearly shows through, considering that automatic weapons are already banned from the general public ['Gun rights don't include automatic weapons!' April 24]."

"Bonnie Erbe makes the same mistake in her op-ed ['Enough gun violence! It's time to act now,' April 24]."

"How can these writers expect people to pay any attention to their rants when they don't even know what they are talking about?"

"There is clearly a huge difference between automatic and semiautomatic weapons, and it was the latter that was used by the deranged at Columbine and Virginia Tech." ...
 

IL: Around the Square - Behold! The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Until Cho Seung-Hui began his killing spree of fellow students at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va., on April 23, he was perfectly legal. ..." ...

"When the words 'gun control' are used, there are many who rebel. That movement came into existence several years ago when the distinguished actor Charleton Heston ... preached to the American people the Second Amendment to the Constitution guaranteed citizens the right to bear arms. ..."

"... Irving Brant, author of the six-volume biography of James Madison ... wrote, 'Thus the purpose of the Second Amendment was to forbid Congress to prohibit the maintenance of a state militia. By its nature, that amendment cannot be transformed into a personal right to bear arms ...'" ...
 

PA: There is no doubt what Founding Fathers Meant
Submitted by: paul raynolds

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"It is a painful paradox that an essential right can be so frivolously debated in the very region that gave the world its greatest bequest of freedom."

"It was here that brave and inspired Americans created the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights -- and now it is here that many people seem willing to retreat from those unique gifts."

"When it comes to the debate over gun control, we have many average citizens and politicians in this region who are now eager to ignore Benjamin Franklin's eloquent warning: 'They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.'" ...
 

NY: More guns are not the answer
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"I was distressed by Michelle Malkin's April 20 column regarding Virginia Tech and her personal feelings that students' lives might have been saved if the students themselves had been allowed to carry firearms on campus."

"All the Virginia Tech massacre has taught us is that one gun on campus is one gun too many. Michelle Malkin asked in her column, 'What if just one student in that classroom had been in lawful possession of a concealed weapon for the purpose of self-defense?' I have news for her: One student was in lawful possession of a weapon. He shot 32 students to death with it." ...
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Submitter's Note: I have news for Emily: Mr. Cho was not "in lawful possession of a weapon".
 

Japan: Gun access fuels killings
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"Any person wanting to understand the past, present and future of gun murders in America need not look any further than page 5 of The Japan Times on April 18. The article titled 'Gun-control debate looms after massacre' states that 'since Columbine, which occurred eight years ago this week, there had been no new legislation on control of guns.' Ipso facto, my fellow Americans -- the electorate -- are willing to accept slaughter to protect the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
For those that will fight for it, FREEDOM has a flavor the protected shall never know. --L/Cpl Edwin L."Tim" Craft, February 1968, Khe Sahn Combat Base

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