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Gun rights activists, prohibitionists battle over what is 'reasonable'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Ever since the landmark Supreme Court ruling in District of Columbia v. Dick Anthony Heller on June 26, 2008 in which Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion left open the door to open to some restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, both sides – gun rights activists and gun prohibitionists – have been battling over just what might be considered a 'reasonable' gun control statute or ordinance."

"On one side, constitutional absolutists insist that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is absolute, that there may be no restrictions on the individual right to own any kind of firearm one wants."

"On the other side, gun prohibitionists ... argue that all manner of restrictions are acceptable." ...
 

Watch lists, guns and government
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"The secret government 'Terrorist Watch List,' reportedly already swelled to more than 1.1 million names, will have an addendum, if gun control advocates in Congress have their way. This new addendum — also to be cloaked in secrecy — would empower the U.S. Attorney General to deny a person the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights to purchase a firearm."

"While it is not surprising that some members of Congress are again using fear of terrorism to implement a gun-control agenda, the openly unconstitutional legislative language proponents are employing is troubling." ...
 

Why I Own Guns?
Submitted by: Larry

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... "Like L. Neil Smith, I have a passion for well-made firearms; I love to hold them, disassemble, reassemble, clean and just appreciate them, as one would works of art. To look at the firearms of John Moses Browning and not recognize the genius of the man is hard to imagine. ... I also have a passion for the Smith and Wesson blue steel revolvers, Colt Single-Action-Army revolvers, old military style weapons and rifles capable of extreme accuracy at long distances. ..."

"I enjoy spending hours developing the skills necessary to put a group of bullet holes very close together at 800, 900 and 1000 yards. Wind, relative humidity, controlled breathing, ballistic coefficients and several other factors come into play each and every time I go out in search of perfection." ...
 

Why I Write For Examiner: The 66% Solution
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In January, I was asked to join Examiner. The process was more involved than any other online publisher had ever put me through. I like the features, the look of the banner and, well, there’s a lot to like about Examiner."

"There are three reasons I accepted. 1) Examiner is a mainstream press with millions of readers per month. 2) It is the only mainstream press at this time to have a full-time lineup of nationally known second amendment experts, and; 3) I write to non-gun owners almost exclusively."

"Six years ago, I decided that there were tons of second amendment writers and tons of second amendment readers. ... My overall message was more about liberty and independence in America ..." ...
 

Clinging to guns and religion
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "President Obama has tried to take both sides of the debate on whether people have the right to bear arms. He has in many cases worked to ban guns while at the same time acknowledging that the second amendment gives an individual the right to bear arms. How can we know what any politician means when almost all of them try to take both sides of an issue? Politicians try to hide their own views and convince you that whatever view you have, they support the common sense aspects of that view. We can try to determine President Obama’s position by some of his comments. When talking about the second amendment he seems to often refer to the rights of hunters. This is based more on politics because there are many hunters who are voters. ..." ...
 

Don't believe the gun control lie, being prepared isn't paranoia
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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The gun control movement has always had to suppress uncomfortable truths. Places where their agenda has been mostly achieved, whether Chicago, New York City, DC, or overseas, continue to have high levels of violence. The gun bans haven't worked and the law abiding citizens are left defenseless.

Yet the lies continue.
 

Some wonder if tighter gun control helps
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "'I was outside fixing my bike, Simon said. 'And I don't know, all of the sudden I just got shot.'" ...

"A long-time family friend was playing with a loaded handgun in their Immokalee home— an accident, by all accounts."

Some might look at Simon's story and say, 'See? If only we had tighter gun laws, this would've never happened.'" ...

"Nationally renowned expert FSU Criminology Professor Gary Kleck has spent decades studying the numbers."

"He says there is no credible evidence that more guns in more hands mean more crime ..." ...

"So how do you protect the Simons of the world? You can't, Kleck says, at least not with the second amendment" ...
 

South Africa Gun Owners Get Reprieve
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Fortunately, some of their citizens recognize madness when they see it. The challenge to the FCA, and the interim reprieve granted by the court, are hopeful indicators."
 

Area gun range fights for survival
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Caseyville Rifle and Pistol and Pistol Club has weathered the storm of efforts by St. Clair County to close it, and the costly effort is far from over."

"The Caseyville Rifle and Pistol Club has spent the past four years battling for its survival in a legal war of attrition with St. Clair County."

"So far the gun club ... has won every round in court. The most recent victory occurred June 5, when a St. Clair County Circuit judge dismissed the county lawsuit aiming to shut down the 32-acre shooting range on the grounds it's a public danger."
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"So what is this 'public danger'?"

"'We have expert testimony that shows that aircraft are endangered overhead,' Kern said." ...
 

GOA Applauds Call to Action on Judge Sotomayor from NRA's Past President
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Gun Owners of America applauds immediate past NRA President Sandy Froman, who stepped up to the plate last week with a call to arms for all NRA members to vigorously oppose the nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. ..."

"GOA has been calling on our members to oppose this nomination since it is clear that Sotomayor is anti-Second Amendment and wants to legislate from the bench."

"The official position from current NRA leadership is to take a 'wait and see' approach to the Sotomayor nomination which may well allow her to wiggle through and be confirmed."

"GOA calls on all pro-gunners across America to urge NRA leadership to join in this critical fight to protect the Constitution — and especially our gun rights."
 

The Second Amendment and the Slow Erosion of Time
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A year ago, the United State Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment's right to bear arms belongs to individuals, not to state militias. The decision started more legal arguments than it settled, and the battle is still raging in the lower courts."

The Supreme Court decision ... has already produced plenty of litigation. Since it's a Supreme Court case, it can only be overruled by the Supreme Court. But even a Supreme Court decision can lose its authority by the slow erosion of lower court decisions." ...

"In its first year, at least 16 lower court cases 'distinguished' the holding of Heller, and fifty-two more were decided on the basis that Heller's holding was 'limited.'" ...
 

Law Enforcement And Gun Violence Prevention Groups Urge Massachusetts High Court To Uphold Safe Gun Storage Law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Brady Center ... joined by law enforcement and other gun violence prevention groups, filed a friend of the court brief today in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court urging the Court to uphold a life-saving gun safety law requiring that guns be secured ... "

"The case, Commonwealth v. Runyan, will mark the first time an appellate court considers a challenge to a safe gun storage law following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Second Amendment ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller. The Runyan case involves a government appeal of a lower court ruling citing the Second Amendment in dismissing an indictment against a parent who failed to secure a semiautomatic rifle from his severely handicapped teenage son." ...
 

Gun Lobby's Troubling Attempt to Overturn Chicago Handgun Ban
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence sharply criticized the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) and Illinois Carry for holding a public rally Friday calling for ending Chicagos 27-year-old handgun ban only days after the tragic shooting of 9-year-old Chastity Turner ... Thirty-six Chicago Public School students were also killed during the '09 school year in a continuing rash of gun violence."

"Most troubling is the language, tone and materials that pro-gun groups are using to promote their rally in downtown Chicago. Ralph Connor, an African-American conservative who will speak at the rally, continues to preach a divisive message that 'gun control is racist' and is eagerly promoting a film that features him, called 'No Guns for Negroes.'"
 

MI: Gun rights supporters pair weekend family picnic with weaponry
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Around 50 people, many of them men openly carrying loaded handguns, gathered in a local park over the weekend for a cookout billed as educational outreach on gun owners' rights."

"Participants in the 'Open Carry Picnic' ate hot dogs and chips while wearing holstered hand guns at Sunset Park ... As children played on the merry-go-round and tourists cruised the lakefront, the gathering was quiet but showed some signs of tension. One group of men sat around a flag hung upside-down and at half mast."

"The day after Barack Obama was elected president in November, a local gun store, Hampel's, flew an American flag upside down. Employee Rod Nyland, told a reporter ... '… we feel our country is in distress because the n—– got in.'" ...
 

NC: Business owner shoots intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A store owner shot and wounded a man who broke into his business on West Fifth Street this morning, police said.

The names of the men involved were not available.

The shooting was reported between 3 and 4 a.m. at The Auction House, said Lt. Johnny Barnes of the Lumberton Police Department.

The man who broke in threatened the store owner with a tire iron, Barnes said.

The owner then shot the man in the leg, Barnes said.

The wounded man was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Barnes said.

The wounded man will be charged with breaking and entering, Barnes said.

The district attorney will decide if any charges should be filed against the business owner, Barnes said.
 

KS: Clerk kills would-be robber and critically wounds another, police say
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Kansas City, Kan., corner-store clerk fought back when two men tried to rob him tonight, shooting and killing one suspect and critically injuring the other ..."

"Officers were called to the 5th Avenue Convenience Mart ... shortly before 7 p.m. ..."

"The clerk told them two men with long guns entered the store and demanded money ... When one of the suspects fired a shot, the clerk grabbed a handgun from behind the counter and shot both suspects."

"One ran halfway up the block before collapsing, dropping a gun in the middle of Quindaro. An ambulance took him to a hospital, but he died before arriving ..."

"The second suspect made it slightly farther and went to the hospital in a private vehicle." ...
 

OK: Police: Shop Owner Shoots Would-Be Robber
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Police said they were called to the scene of a shooting at Northwest 23rd Street and Villa Avenue."

"'When officers arrived at this location, they did find evidence that there was some type of shooting inside this door,' said Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow. 'Shots were fired.'"

"Police said they believe the clerk pulled out a gun from behind the counter just after the robbery began. They said the clerk told them they thought he hit the would-be robber at least once. No one else in the store was hurt."

"Officers said the would-be robber ran out of the store and got into a vehicle that was waiting for him. The driver of that car took the man to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition ..." ...
 

TN: Tennessee cities rush to ban guns in local parks
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The handgun battle is heading from Capitol Hill to City Hall."

"Local governments and advocates for firearms owners are gearing up for a summer face-off over how far to take a new state law that lets people with carry permits bring handguns into parks."

"City councils across Tennessee ... are moving to reaffirm their bans on handguns in parks following passage of a new state law. But people opposed to handgun restrictions are mobilizing to block their efforts."

"'I don't think it's necessarily reasonable to close all of them,' John Harris, executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association, said of Metro's plans to keep parks closed to handguns. 'I don't think it's necessarily reasonable to close any of them.'" ...
 

Comics creator stopped by TSA for carrying script about writer under suspicion by TSA
Submitted by: Larry

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"Comics writer Mark Sable was detained and intensively questioned by the TSA for carrying a script for an upcoming comic book about a writer who is detained and intensively questioned by the TSA for writing a comic about terrorism."
"'Flying from Los Angeles to New York ... I was flagged at the gate for 'extra screening'. ... TSA agents then 'discovered' the script for Unthinkable #3. They sat and read the script while I stood there, without any personal items, identification or ticket, which had all been confiscated.'"

"'The minute I saw the faces of the agents, I knew I was in trouble. The first page of the Unthinkable script mentioned 9/11, terror plots, and the fact that the (fictional) world had become a police state. ...'" ...
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MO: Family Seeks Justice in Taser Death
Submitted by: Larry

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"For Athena Bachtel ... [the nightmare] began when she heard sirens outside her home at half past midnight. To her surprise, her own son's Chevy Blazer was parked across the street. "

"'... He was actually over there in the grass facing them with his hands up in the air saying, 'I'm not resisting." That's when they tased him.'"

"... Officer Baird deployed his X26 Taser gun -- firing ... three times in a row for a total of 31-seconds, which is six times longer than recommended ..." ...

"Harlan fell to the ground, knocked unconscious, and went into cardiac arrest. For 14 minutes, as seen on the videotape, the officers gave him no medical attention but did search his car. By the time paramedics arrived, it was too late." ...
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NY: Lawyer: Bronx Cop Facing Perjury Charge 'An Honest Man'
Submitted by: Larry

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"The Bronx detective facing a perjury charge after a 17-year-old secretly recorded the cop questioning him on an MP3 player is 'one good cop' and 'an honest man' who never committed perjury, his lawyer said today during closing arguments." ...

"'A mistake is not perjury. Oversight is not perjury. Forgetfulness is not perjury,' [Defense lawyer Murray Richman] said to the ... judge." ...

"At Crespo's trial two years ago, Perino stated emphatically that he never interviewed the suspect before his aunt and mother had arrived ... Prosecutors were blindsided during the 2007 trial when Crespo's lawyers introduced the MP3 recording as evidence."

"When he heard the recording, Richman tried to downplay its importance." ...
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CA: BART 'N-word' bombshell waiting to go off
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Overlooked in the court hearing that ended in former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle being ordered tried for murder in the slaying of Oscar Grant was testimony about another officer's explosive outburst just 30 seconds before Grant was shot."

"One of the videos made by riders at the Fruitvale Station ... early New Year's Day caught Officer Tony Pirone standing over the prone Grant and yelling, 'Bitch-ass n-.'"

"Pirone and his attorney say he was parroting an epithet that Grant first hurled at him - though Grant's voice is not audible on the tape."

"The sound-enhanced tape shows Pirone delivering a shoulder chop to Grant and bringing him to the ground. Pirone can be heard saying twice, 'Bitch-ass n-, right?'" ...
 

Americans flex pistol-packing power
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A gun-buying boom in the United States, prompted by worries that the new administration might move to restrict firearms purchases, could be coming to an end." ...

"While several factors contributed to the glowing results, Sturm Ruger chief executive officer Michael Fifer told shareholders in a letter that '... current demand appears to be based on two concerns: that the change in Federal administrations might lead to a so-called assault weapons ban, and general concerns over personal security and property protection as the economy worsens.'"

"The boom in gun sales is a result of 'clever marketing and divisive political rhetoric by the gun lobby in the United States,' said Peter Hamm ... of the Brady Campaign ..." ...
 

TN: Beale Street bar owners resist newly loosened gun law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"'We've already seen in this community a number of shootings in bars and restaurants and parking lots, I think this just makes it worse and I don't understand what the public purpose was for passing this law,' John Elkington said."

"John Elkington represents the Beale Street Merchants Association and Performa Entertainment. He says guns and alcohol don't mix, which is why all handgun carriers will have to leave their weapons at home if they want to enjoy Beale Street. Come July 17th signs will be posted stating 'No Guns Allowed.' ... Elkington says locally business owners can choose whether or not to permit handgun carriers in their establishments." ...
 

OH: W. Toledo church rallies for gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A rally will be held Monday, June 29 in west Toledo in support of the right to bear arms."

"Sponsors say they are worried about the Obama administration's view on gun control, even though there's been no new restrictions."

"The rally will point to numerous biblical references claiming Jesus Christ would support second amendment rights. 'We're just informing our folks you got to be able to protect yourself and what does the Bible have to say about it. We know our constitution. But this is the final authority here above our Constitution is the word of God,' said Reverend Andrew Edwards with the Northwest Baptist Church." ...
 

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[The American Colonies were] all democratic governments, where the power is in the hands of the people and where there is not the least difficulty or jealousy about putting arms into the hands of every man in the country. [European countries should not] be ignorant of the strength and the force of such a form of government and how strenuously and almost wonderfully people living under one have sometimes exerted themselves in defence of their rights and liberties and how fatally it has ended with many a man and many a state who have entered into quarrels, wars and contests with them. — George Mason, "Remarks on Annual Elections for the Fairfax Independent Company" in The Papers of George Mason, 1725-1792, ed Robert A. Rutland (Chapel Hill, 1970).

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