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Erosion of Truth and American Freedoms
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"We're all familiar with the common phrases used to defend our right to keep and bear arms, like, 'I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy' ... What we may not be familiar with is the cultural assault being perpetrated by the movies, TV and news. There isn't a ghost behind every door, but there are tons of subtle suggestions and insidious attacks on our freedom by modern culture. If you don't believe me, observe how many times you see happy 4th of July instead of Happy Independence Day. Everyone has a July 4th, but we have Independence Day."

"Anti-gunners run in circles with those who hate freedom. (Hate is not too strong a word in this case.) ..." ...
 

They Carry Guns
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"It's a beautiful day in Pacific Beach as Nate approaches the bronze pelican statue on the boardwalk. He's slight and blond, spectacled and clad in jeans and an army-green T-shirt. He squints. The sun's so bright overhead that he is prompted to spray a fine mist of sunblock over his fair skin to stave off a burn."

"I've never met Nate before, but I know it's him (a) because I've seen his picture and (b) due to the handgun that sits on a holster against his hip. I'm about to get up from where I'm sitting and introduce myself when someone else beats me to the punch. A scraggly-looking beachgoer, a man of indeterminable age because he is so weather-beaten, approaches." ...
 

Think Globally, Act Locally: 20 More Questions on "Let's Win"
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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Let's ask another "20 Questions", using the following assumptions:

- Two of the three branches of the Federal Government have been captured by totalitarian statists who routinely violate the limitations of the US Constitution;

- The so-called "opposition party" is only marginally less statist than the incumbents;

- State and local governments are so financially dependent on Federal transfer payments that they are mere departments of the national government; and

- All rational prognoses are for the situation to grow worse with each passing quarter for the foreseeable future.

So what's an American to do?
 

Ohio Highway Patrol may get carbines next year
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"According to reports out of Columbus, a new contract with the Ohio State Troopers Association that is nearing approval would give Ohio Highway Patrol troopers the option of purchasing a carbine rifle for use while on duty." ...
 

Lessons Of Mirror Image Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A week ago, my friends on the ProArms Podcast group shot an IDPA match mirror image. That is, all being right handed, we strapped on left-hand holsters and shot as southpaws. IDPA is the International Defensive Pistol Association, which requires quick draw, reloading under time, shooting on the move, and other useful skills. We did it because we're instructors, and we know that if we can't teach our own non-dominant hand to shoot a gun, we sure can't teach a whole separate human organism. In the 28 years I've been running Lethal Force Institute, I've always asked the staff instructors to shoot a match or teach a class mirror image at least once a year to keep their own skills sharp. I do the same. ..." ...
 

Sotomayor hearings: For guns or against?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"In a prickly exchange over gun control, Sen. Tom Coburn tried hard to get Sonia Sotomayor to explain what she actually thinks about the right to bear arms. 'As a citizen of this country do you believe ... I have a right to personal self-defense?' he asked her."

"Sotomayor said she couldn't think of a Supreme Court case that had addressed the issue in that language. 'Is there a constitutional right to self-defense?' she asked. 'I can't think of one. I could be wrong.'"

KABA Note: You are wrong. Heller v. DC "In sum, we hold that the District's ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense ..."

"The Oklahoma Republican said he didn't want to know if there was a legal precedent that would answer his question -- he wanted to know Sotomayor’s personal opinion." ...
 

Sotomayor Takes Axe to Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"In defending her decision that the states could enact any form of gun control they wished ... Judge Sonya Sotomayor has developed a new love for Nineteenth Century court opinions."

"Demonstrating that she was programmed in her responses, Sotomayor defended one of her earlier legal opinions by citing 'footnote 23' of Justice Antonin Scalia's opinion in the DC v. Heller case last year."

"But, when pressed ... Sotomayor could not recite the contents of that footnote or the holdings of the cases which it cited. As it turns out, the footnote on which Sotomayor claims to rely, cited — without approval — two Nineteenth Century cases which rejected the notion that the Second Amendment was 'incorporated' ..." ...
 

Sotomayor's Bias
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "After the first day of confirmation hearings, gun owners have good reason to worry. Those of us who respect the Second Amendment are concerned about the case of Maloney v. Cuomo, which reviewed whether this freedom applies to all law-abiding Americans or only to residents of Washington, D.C. If it's incorporated, the Second Amendment prevents the states from disarming honest Americans. ... "

"Judge Sotomayor was on the Second Circuit panel that decided the Maloney case in a short, unsigned, and clearly incorrect opinion. The fact that the Maloney panel misread precedent in order to avoid doing the Fourteenth Amendment 'incorporation' analysis required by the Supreme Court is troubling to say the least. " ...
 

Second Amendment activist will testify against Sotomayor
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, federal appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor said she agrees that the Second Amendment to the Constitution assures individuals' right to bear arms."

"That response didn’t satisfy Tucson attorney Sandra Froman. The [NRA] board member told KPCC's 'Patt Morrison' that she plans to testify against Sotomayor’s confirmation ..."

"Sandra Froman: 'I think there are real problems with seating a nominee on the U.S. Supreme Court who is hostile to the Second Amendment. Many, many gun owners ... want to believe that they’ll be able to have their rights protected not just against the federal government but against cities and states as well.'" ...
 

Of Guns, Private Property and Judge Sotomayor
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Once again, in the still-unfolding confirmation hearing on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, we are being treated to a lesson in why the Republicans rarely achieve their goals in Washington. This is largely the result of their inability or unwillingness to play hardball; the failure to ask tough questions; and allowing nominees for high office to bloviate their way around answering direct questions."

"First of all, let's establish one ground rule: there is no legal or constitutional prohibition against requiring a nominee for the federal bench, including the United States Supreme Court, to answer probing questions about their judicial philosophy and of their views on fundamental rights. ..." ...
 

NRA growing more alarmed over Sotomayor
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) has questioned Sonia Sotomayor's fitness to serve on the Supreme Court, a troubling sign for the nominee in what has so far been a smooth confirmation hearing."

"The NRA is considered one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington and holds sway with Democrats from conservative states, who could side with Republicans in opposing the nominee."

"Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, blasted Sotomayor for ruling that the Second Amendment’s protection of gun rights does not apply to state and local governments and for being 'evasive' when asked about whether gun ownership is a fundamental right." ...
 

Sotomayor Misstates Constitutional Law
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Georgetown University law professor Randy Barnett catches Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor misstating constitutional law during today's confirmation hearings:"
"As she did yesterday, Sotomayor asserted that a right is 'fundamental' if it is 'incorporated' against the states via the 14th Amendnent rather than that a right is incorporated against the states if it is fundamental. ..."
"Barnett ... ends with this damning observation: 'This is both a grossly incorrect (and empty) understanding of the doctrine governing the protection fundamental rights and an inaccurate statement of the precedents concerning the incorporation of the right to keep and bear arms into the Due Process Clause of the Constitution.'" ...
 

Coburn might have some "splaining to do"
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A funny, slightly cringe-inducing exchange just now between Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, who was pressing Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Amendment."

"Sotomayor, jokingly produced a hypothetical in which she went back to her apartment, got a gun and shot Coburn -- which cracked up the room, if a little uncomfortably." ...
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KABA Note: Interestingly enough, Judge Sotomayor never answered the question. This was not a question about any specific incident, but a broad philosophical one: "give me your opinion, of whether or not in this country I, personally, as an individual citizen, have a right to self-defense." And she couldn't answer it.
 

Republicans Remain Nervous About Sotomayor and Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Second Amendment rights remain high on the list of issues Republicans are still nervous about when it comes to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. But no matter how they try to over-simplify the still-undecided question of whether the Constitution actually grants[sic] individual citizens a fundamental right to bear arms, Sotomayor has, as expected, stood firm in not answering the question."

"Since the high court struck down a Washington, D.C., law outlawing the possession of nunchucks[sic] in the district and finding a fundamental right to bear arms, Republicans have been hopeful that the Court will take the next step and say that right applies to the states as well ..." ...
 

NRA’s LaPierre comes out swinging; Sotomayor remains evasive on gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Under pointed questioning Wednesday morning from Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, ... Sonia Sotomayor continued her evasiveness about her views on the right to keep and bear arms and just as importantly, whether she believes there is a right to self-defense."

"Rather than offer Sen. Coburn and the American public a straight 'yes' or 'no' answer, Judge Sotomayor continued ... to react with observations about what constitutes self-defense under New York law. Instead, she classified Coburn's inquiry as 'an abstract question.'"

"With all due respect to Judge Sotomayor, the whole country is not New York, and Sen. Coburn's question was not seeking a labored explanation ... That kind of response is smoke and mirrors, and she knows it." ...
 

Ring Pistol for Maximum Personal Security!
Submitted by: none

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FULL TEXT BELOW

Ring Pistol gives you the maximum personal security possible by letting you wear the gun on your fingers all day long… Okay we were being sarcastic there…







 

Giving new meaning to 'Going to the bar for a shot'
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "... Arizona and Tennessee have approved laws that explicitly allow people to carry concealed weapons into establishments that serve alcohol."

"... I am not a big fan of the general public owning guns. I say this first because the average person has no need for a firearm. Guns were once a crucial survival tool, used to take down game for meat and to protect the country from the very real threat of foreign invaders ... For the vast majority of Americans, neither starving for want of fresh venison nor the prospect of being conquered by the Spanish are pressing concerns anymore."

"Second, I don't care for John Q. American packing heat because it's come to my attention that the general public are flaming morons. ..." ...
 

The Antifederalists Were Right
Submitted by: Larry

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"September 27 marks the anniversary of the publication of the first of the Antifederalist Papers in 1789. The Antifederalists were opponents of ratifying the US Constitution. They feared that it would create an overbearing central government, while the Constitution's proponents promised that this would not happen. As the losers in that debate, they are largely overlooked today. But that does not mean they were wrong or that we are not indebted to them." ...
 

CA: Hall Owner Says He Shot Man In Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"A Southcrest banquet hall owner charged with murder in the shooting death of a partygoer at the end of a girl's birthday celebration testified Tuesday that he pulled out his gun in self-defense when the victim punched him."

"Virgil Gordon, 73, taking the stand in his own defense, said he wouldn't have hit Silverio Rivera Cruz in the head with his .357-caliber Magnum had the victim not attacked him."

"Rivera Cruz, 39, was shot in the neck when he stepped back from the blow to the head, according to court testimony." ...
 

AR: Former Blinn player shot during alleged burglary attempt
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"Former Blinn College football player Paul Stephens was shot early Saturday morning after he allegedly tried to burglarize a local residence, according to a report by The Jonesboro Sun."

"Stephens, who was listed as the starting cornerback for Arkansas State University after earning the job during spring practices, was taken to St. Bernards Medical Center after being shot in the torso, The Sun reports."

"When police responded to an emergency call to investigate a burglary, 25-year-old Antonio Williams told them he shot an intruder at his apartment. Shortly thereafter, police were able to locate Stephens, who had a gunshot wound in his midsection." ...
 

TN: Metro Council to consider guns in parks
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"On any pretty summer morning, kids from toddlers to teens can be found enjoying Bellevue's Red Caboose Park on Colice Jeanne Road."

"That kind of scene prompted a park patron to say allowing those with handgun permits to bring them into the park is a 'terrible idea.'"

"'Why would we need a gun here? I just don't see it,' said Sara Hani, who has lived in Bellevue for 10 years." ...

"The Metro Council is scheduled to debate the issue on July 21, having passed a measure on first reading last month to exclude guns from Metro Parks."

"'I think if you have guns here, there are bound to be accidents. I would prefer they stay out of parks,' said Hanai." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well Sara you may 'think' whatever you like, but the facts do not support your concerns.
 

NC: Defense of home, property is a right
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"The right to defend oneself from an imminent act of harm should not only be clearly defined in North Carolina law, but it is intuitive to human nature. You ought to be able to protect yourself, especially in your own home."

"A bill awaiting a vote in the General Assembly, if approved, would clearly define the use of deadly force using the 'castle doctrine' for the basis of the law. This doctrine holds that in one's home (castle), one can legally use deadly force against any unlawful intruder."

"Homeowners and property owners should have the legal right to protect themselves and their property from a person who chooses to break the law by illegally entering someone's house or attempting to steal someone's property." ...
 

TN: Council Maintains Guns in Parks Ban
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"35 residents gathered in the council chamber Tuesday for the Chattanooga City Council’s deliberation to uphold an existing ban on guns in city parks. The new resolution was drafted in compliance with H.B. 716, a General Assembly bill that lifts the statewide ban on guns in parks. The state bill includes an 'opt-out' clause for municipal governments wishing to make their own determination on the issue."

"The council’s new resolution concludes a month-long debate about the role of firearms in public spaces. The council, having voiced support for the ban on June 16, upheld its existing position by a 9-0 vote in favor of the new law." ...
 

For Police, It’s Not ‘Perjury’ - It’s a ‘Noble Lie’
Submitted by: Larry

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... "Loeb 'pepper-spray[ed] me while I’m talking to him,' continues Reyes's account. 'He kicked me in my left side and on my leg, my right leg. The other two officers had come back and they saw the other officer mace me.' He then 'pulled out his Taser and told me to try and do something.'"

"Senior Cpl. Lopez’s account 'confirmed' that Reyes was inadvertently sprayed by a defective canister."

"However, Officer Hoover — the only rookie on the scene — offered a version that confirmed the most critical point in Reyes’s complaint, namely that he was the victim of an unprovoked, deliberate pepper spray assault:" ...
 

Daley's Armed Bodyguard Proves Mayor's Hypocrisy
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"You would be hard pressed to find a more anti-gun politician than Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Which makes the headline from a Second Amendment Foundation press release an interesting example of 'Do as I say, not as I do' elitism." ...
 

Uncle Sam: Training Future Criminals
Submitted by: Larry

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"Let it not be said that military training is useless. One of the suspects in the brutal and 'precision' murder-robbery in Beulah, Florida, last week were military veterans and had seen extensive service abroad:"
"The suspects range in age from 16 to 56. One, Donnie Ray Stallworth, was with the Air Force Special Operations Command with an aircraft maintenance squadron at Hurlburt Field near Fort Walton Beach. It wasn't clear how he knew the others. Stallworth had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan five times since 2002, an Air Force spokesman said."
"... Just wait until the veterans who now are gang members demonstrate their great training!"
 

MI: Off-duty officer left handgun at Cooley, police say
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"An off-duty Meridian Township police officer 'inadvertently' left his handgun in a bathroom Sunday at Cooley Law School, police said."

"Meridian Township police Sgt. Scott Dawson, who is a Cooley student, left the weapon in a bathroom at about 11:30 a.m. while he was at the school for academic reasons, Lansing police Lt. Noel Garcia said."

"'We're very disappointed,' Meridian Township police Chief David Hall said. 'Certainly all officers know that they are responsible for their weapons.'"

"Dawson is still on active duty while Meridian Township police conduct an internal investigation ..." ...
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Submitter's note: What would the school have done if a non-LEO CCW holder had left the pistol in the bathroom?
 

Michigan's Cox fights Chicago gun control
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "My support for this challenge to the Chicago gun ban is rooted in Michigan's own Constitution, which states: 'Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.'"

"My defense of this constitutional principle is longstanding. In 2007, I filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to the District of Columbia's drastic ban on guns, arguing that the Second Amendment right "to keep and bear arms" is an individual right. ..."

"The Free Press failed to mention that 34 attorneys general signed on to the NRA's challenge of Chicago's strict gun ban, including both Democrats and Republicans. This isn't about politics, it's about standing up for principle." ...
 

NJ: Concealed Carry Possible in NJ?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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... "As a productive, peaceful, law-abiding citizen of the state of New Jersey, who happens to be an oppressed gun owner as well, I am sincerely proud of all my fellow citizens who have made their voices heard in the outpouring of support for S845. So far, there are 103 comments from Americans that support this important measure."

"For decades, thousands of gun owners in NJ have been harshly persecuted by those who rule the Garden State. There are many anti-Second Amendment (thus Anti-Self Defense), people who hold legislative and judicial positions in all areas of state and local government. They have willfully, forcefully, and systematically denied the peoples' right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

NY: Rod And Gun Club Awards Scholarships
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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"The Lakewood Rod and Gun Club women's auxiliary awarded two $1,500 scholarships to area students. They are Lauren Johnson and Steven Pickett."

"Ms. Johnson, daughter of John and Susan Johnson, graduated from Jamestown High School and will attend Jamestown Business College where she will major in business marketing and management. Her grandmother, Carole Johnson, is a member of the auxiliary." ...
 

NJ: 'One-gun' will harm legal buyers
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft

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"This is in regard to the July 12 News & Views article from Bryan Miller of Ceasefire NJ, commending state Sen. Fred Madden, D-4, of Washington Township, for his courage in supporting S-1774, known as the one-handgun-a-month bill:"

"I am, like Miller, a 'New Jerseyan who is concerned about gun crime and violence.' But I think that S-1774 (which awaits Gov. Jon Corzine's signature) will only stop and delay those New Jerseyans who are not the problem from buying a gun."

"Miller claims that under S-1774 provisions, 'firearms collectors are exempted,' but under New Jersey law there is no definition or specific recognition of a 'collector.'" ...
 

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