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Vanderboegh: Mayoral Mendacity & The Private Sale of Firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To the editor, WSJ"

"re: 'Some Gun Rules We Can All Agree On' by Michael Bloomberg and Thomas Merino, WSJ, June 30, 2008"

"Mayors Tom and Mike would have us believe that 'closing the gun-show loophole' is a rule 'we can all agree on.' Well answer me this, my mendacious mayors: If the whole edifice of federal control of gun dealers is based upon the constitutionally shaky premise of 'interstate commerce,' then how can you stretch that fig leaf to cover individuals who are not dealers and who only buy or sell a few personal guns a year within their state of residence?" ...
 

To Plant a Seed
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... "'A marksman,' they teach, is 'capable of hitting a man-sized target from 500 yards away … This 500-yard range is traditionally known as 'the rifleman's quarter-mile;' a rifleman can hit just about any target he can see,' and their mission is to teach participants to 'shoot a rifle accurately — accurate enough to score 'expert' on the Army Qualification Course.'"

"Appleseed does this by providing intensive weekend shoots as well as weeklong 'boot camps' held across the country." ...
 

Buckeye Firearms Association participates in filming of FX reality show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The reality show 30 Days, produced by Morgan Spurlock ... was filmed in Ohio last August and early September. The segment is titled, 'Gun Nation'."

"30 Days derives the name from the show's premise of taking someone out of their normal environment and placing them into an opposite situation. In this case, the show takes an anti-gun vegetarian and places her into an environment where guns are an every day occurrence. The subject is Pia Lalli. Lalli is currently living in Brockton, MA. A schizophrenic man with a gun killed her friend. After that, Lalli became involved in the gun control movement working for stricter gun laws. She believes gun ownership should be limited to law enforcement and the military." ...
 

Professor Meets Gun
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Thirty-Five--BBQ-sauces--marinades--and-bastes-using-Jack-Daniels

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"Today, UD visits the National Rifle Association. She’ll talk to a woman who works there, visit the museum, take a look at the shooting range they have in the basement."

"Their headquarters is just across the Potomac River from UD's George Washington University office in Foggy Bottom. ..."

"But of course the NRA is a world away from UD herself. UD — a typical professor at least in this regard — embodies the blue state background that makes guns alien, frightening, disgusting things, and the NRA an outrage."

"UD's husband, also a professor, thinks the Second Amendment should be repealed. He thinks her NRA visit a species of insanity." ...
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Submitter's Note: Follow the Professor's journey (and gradual understanding) into the gun culture in Parts one thru seven.
 

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation Announces Appointments to Senior Management Team
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ... today announced new appointments to its senior management team, reflecting the business's continued and anticipated growth. The Company has named William F. Spengler as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. John A. Kelly, formerly Chief Financial Officer, has been named to the newly created role of Vice President of Financial Planning and Control." ...
 

Surprising fact: Half of gun deaths are suicides
Submitted by: FMS

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"The Supreme Court's landmark ruling on gun ownership last week focused on citizens' ability to defend themselves from intruders in their homes. But research shows that surprisingly often, gun owners use the weapons on themselves."

"Suicides accounted for 55 percent of the nation's nearly 31,000 firearm deaths in 2005, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." ...

"The American Public Health Association, the American Association of Suicidology and two other groups filed a legal brief supporting the district's ban. The brief challenged arguments that if a gun is not available, suicidal people will just kill themselves using other means." ...
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KABA Note: So Japan, with its much fewer guns must have a much lower suicide rate than the US, right?
 

The cultural politics of guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"With so many other pressing problems vying for top billing, gun issues will not decide this presidential election."

"Nonetheless, gun control has helped Democrats win in places like California and New Jersey, as well as in less obvious spots like Michigan. At the same time, advocating gun regulations has cost Democrats dearly in the South, the West and in rural areas."

"Perhaps paradoxically, most voters in the places Democrats lost on guns agreed with us on policy, making guns an interesting prism through which to examine the cultural concerns that have bedeviled Democrats in some areas."

"Most Americans oppose a handgun ban like the one struck down by the Supreme Court last week." ...
 

Mayor Mike: The Changing Gun Debate
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Feds ducked responsibility on guns. Good thing America's mayors stepped in."

"The senseless loss of life at Virginia Tech breaks our hearts. And every day, nearly 30 people are murdered in the United States. We ask ourselves, what can be done to stop this kind of gun violence? As mayor of the country's largest city, I have asked myself that question many times. In New York, we've cut murders by 40 percent compared with six years ago. But eight police officers have been gunned down in the line of duty in that span—eight young men who were protecting us." ...
 

Dr. Lott: Reaction to D.C. Gun Ban Decision
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court's decision Thursday affirming that people have a right to own guns evoked all sorts of reactions. Let's just go through a few of them."

"1) One of the strangest was Barack Obama's claim that the court had essentially confirmed what had been his positions all along."

"Telling the FOX Business Network yesterday that he had "said consistently that I believe that the Second Amendment is an individual right, and that was the essential decision that the Supreme Court came down on." The Supreme Court struck down the DC handgun ban on the grounds that it violated an individual's right to own a gun. So has Obama consistently supported individual's rights to own guns and opposed the DC handgun ban?" ...
 

Young Lawyer Takes Victory Lap After Supreme Court Gun Case Win
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A group of gun rights advocates roared with approval as Alan Gura descended the stairs of the Supreme Court on the morning of June 26, having just learned of the high court's decision in ... District of Columbia v. Heller."

"'Goodbye, gun ban!' they chanted. Gura, whom history will remember as the lawyer who successfully argued that Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms, smiled broadly. Goodbye, gun ban." ...

"He hadn't even read the Heller opinion in its entirety on Thursday, when Gura and ... David Sigale, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, seeking to strike down Chicago's gun ban. The Second Amendment Foundation is bankrolling the litigation." ...
 

Uneven Stevens
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In discussions of last Thursday's District of Columbia v. Heller ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion has, naturally, been front and center. But the two dissents are important as well. They show the four liberal justices' complete willingness to subordinate the Constitution to their own policy preferences."

"Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen Breyer wrote the dissents. ... Stevens argues that the Second Amendment protects a militia-based right, and Breyer claims that, even if the amendment does protect an individual right, D.C.'s laws ... constituted 'reasonable' regulations."

"Stevens's dissent is the more substantive, though it does contain some rather embarrassing factual errors. ..." ...
 

So, what the Heller our friends at the ACLU going to do now?
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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... "And this ambivalence is consistent with ACLU history -- the ACLU has not been a second-amendment rights organization, historically. Instead, it's taken a distinctly agnostic view. Interestingly, though, the ACLU has explicitly linked that agnostic approach to Miller. Thus, the stated grounds for the ACLU's prior agnosticism no longer exist."

"Yep. One doesn't have to be Mike O'Shea to notice that about the entire stated legal underpinning for ACLU neutrality has now been, um, blown to smithereens. Heller definitely protects something individual. (How that balances against government interest remains very fuzzy in a lot of places, as Mike notes, but there's definitely an underlying, individual something.)" ...
 

WV: Law-abiding citizens score a win
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The U.S. Supreme Court has evened the sides in Washington, D.C., between gun-totting thugs and law-abiding residents."

"The high court ruled this week ... that Americans have the constitutional right to keep firearms in their homes for self-defense. ..."

"The decision negated the District of Columbia's idiotic, 32-year ban on handguns, which in all practicality left law-abiding home owners at a disadvantages when confronted by gun-carrying home invaders."

"The ban certainly didn't stop bad guys, but rather only affected law-abiding citizens from being able to equally defend themselves. Let's face it, if bad guys obeyed laws, such as the district's gun ban, they wouldn't be bad guys in the first place." ...
 

WV: The Heller Decision
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"THE U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down Washington, D.C.'s unconstitutional and ineffective ban on guns - murders rose following the ban - underscores the importance of this year's presidential race."

"The decision barely passed, 5-4. The justices who voted against the Second Amendment protection of gun ownership were John Paul Stevens, 88; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75; Stephen Breyer, 69, and David Souter, 68."

"Voting for the rights of the individual in the case were Antonin Scalia, 72; Anthony Kennedy, 71; Clarence Thomas, 60; Sam Alito, 58, and John Roberts, 53."

"The two presidential candidates disagree on what the Second Amendment - it's part of the Bill of Rights - means." ...
 

NY: Sticking to our guns - A basic right upheld
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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... "Imagine if New York City charged every citizen $340 every three years to attend church, vote or give political speeches."

"This is exactly what it does to law-abiding citizens who want to exercise their right to self-defense by owning a gun."

"The city assumes that all gun owners are potential criminals or are unstable, but I bet that there have been more convicted felons in the ranks of the NYPD than in the NRA throughout their respective histories." ...
 

Gun rights need checks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"No doubt about it, gun-rights advocates racked up a major victory last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Constitution protects an individual's right to own guns."

"But whether the 5-4 decision was good for the country is another matter. ..." ...

"... But even in this ruling, the court acknowledged Second Amendment Rights aren't absolute. Indeed. The Second Amendment does not say, 'Including babies, minors, the mentally ill and convicted felons, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.'" ...
 

Dirks: Court ruling opens new debate on guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case known as D.C. vs. Heller solved one long-standing problem — it clarified the right of citizens to own and bear arms."

Under the Heller decision, the court ruled that the Bill of Rights protects an individual's right to gun ownership ..."

"Unfortunately, the court was asked to render a decision on just one aspect of gun ownership. That narrow decision leaves us with plenty of legal battles left regarding gun restrictions and regulations."

"'This ruling gives a constitutional green light to a wide range of gun restrictions. I don't think there is any federal gun control law that's likely to be struck down,' said Dennis Henigan of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence." ...
 

FL: Homeowner shoots burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Anthony Mendolia says it's probably been over 10 years since he last fired a gun. But Tuesday morning he didn't think twice about firing a 9mm at Christopher Collins."

"Police say the 34-year old Collins broke into Mendolia's home ... around 8 a.m. Officials were already searching for Collins ... when Mendolia shot him in his left foot."

"Mendolia had gone home to check on his 11-year-old daughter Nicole, who was home alone. Nicole Mendolia says Collins was in their house for about 20 minutes before her dad came back home. She says she tried pretending she was asleep and hid under her covers while Collins ransacked their home."

"After he was shot in the foot, Collins took off, but was nabbed by police just down the street ..." ...
 

TX: Tables Turned on Intruder During Home Invasion
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The tables turned on a burglar when a homeowner took matters into his own hands."

"... a 21-year-old man broke into a home ... Monday night.

"They say the intruder broke in through the garage ..."

"The pregnant woman inside the home was getting ready to give her 18-month-old child a bath when she heard noises."

"She saw the man walking around outside and called her husband."

"He came home, but didn't see anything right away. Then, he heard something from the side of the house and grabbed his gun. He confronted the intruder in the kitchen."

"... the homeowner shot the intruder in the chest. He is now listed in critical condition ... He could face burglary charges this morning."

"The homeowner will not face any charges."
 

PA: Clerk Fatally Shot With Hands In The Air
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"The trial of a North Carolina teen accused of fatally shooting a convenience store clerk in August 2007 got under way Tuesday."

"The prosecution showed surveillance video from inside the Mt. Oliver store in court. They say it shows that Eric D. Hancock ... shot the clerk while his hands where in the air." [emphasis added]

"Jamal Muzafar ... died from a gunshot wound in his chest." ...

"Police said Hancock fled the store with cash."

"Officers recieved tips in the case by people who claimed Hancock told them he shot the clerk."

"Hancock is being tried on charges of homicide, robbery, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm by a minor." ...
 

NRA plans $40M fall blitz targeting Obama
Submitted by: Transsylvania Phoenix
Website: http://transsylvaniaphoenix.blogspot.com

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"Somehow, I doubt Obama will even try to convince gun owners he's pro-gun by doing a Kerry-style hunting photo-op."

"I really don't think he's that stupid."

"The National Rifle Association plans to spend about $40 million on this year's campaign, with $15 million of that devoted to portraying Barack Obama as a threat to the Second Amendment rights upheld last week by the Supreme Court." ...
 

FBI chief: Gun ruling makes campuses less secure
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"FBI Director Robert Mueller on Monday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, saying it may harm efforts to deter violent crime."

"Speaking at a convention of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators in Hartford, Mueller said the ruling 'does throw a lot of things up in the air.'" ...

"Mueller said communities will have to determine their own license programs. As a former Marine who served in Vietnam, he said 'I tend to believe weapons harm people and more often than not they harm the people carrying them.'" ...
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KABA Note: Well Bob, you can 'tend to believe' that the moon is made of green cheese if you like, but the fact is that defending yourself with a firearm is the safest response to an attack.
 

WV: Fugitives arrested in Columbus [in Shooting Range murder]
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"Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, arrested two deserters from the U.S. Army charged with killing a Huntington minister, according to authorities in Columbus and Wayne County."

"First-degree murder warrants were filed Friday against both men, Stephen C. Wilson, 19, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Daniel R. Smith, 22, of Newport News, Va. They told a fellow soldier on Sunday they had shot and killed the Rev. Mark McCalla, according to authorities and criminal complaints filed in Wayne County Magistrate Court." ...
 

MD: Lawyer says family 'outraged' over inmate's death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The family of a 19-year-old man found strangled in his cell a day after he was jailed on charges of running over and killing a police officer is 'outraged' over his death, their attorney said Tuesday."

"Ronnie White's death is being investigated as a homicide by the FBI and Maryland state police. He died Sunday in the Prince George's County Correctional Center from asphyxiation and strangulation, the state medical examiner said."

"Officials said seven guards had access to White at the time of his death, as did an unspecified number of supervisors. Authorities are also investigating whether anyone from the outside had access to the inmate." ...
 

GA: Lawsuit Filed Over Atlanta Airport Ban on Guns
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"The nation's busiest airport dueled with gun rights advocates Tuesday over whether a new Georgia state law allows visitors to carry firearms at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport."

"City officials in charge of the airport declared it a 'gun-free zone' when a law allowing people to carry guns on public transit and other places took effect Tuesday. Gun rights supporters, including a state legislator who helped pass the law, quickly filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the designation."

"'My message is simple: Leave your firearms at home,' airport general manager Ben DeCosta told reporters ..."

"Atlanta officials said anyone carrying a gun at the airport could be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor." ...
 

GA: Georgia Carry files federal lawsuit against Atlanta
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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GeorgiaCarry.Org filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city of Atlanta, which owns and runs Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, and Mayor Shirley Franklin and airport chief Ben DeCosta. Citing the new state law (HB89) that went into effect today, it challenges the city's ability to maintain a gun-free zone at the non-sterile areas of the airport.

State Rep. Tim Bearden, who sponsored a new law that that took effect Tuesday and allows licensed gun owners to carry in public places, had vowed to take a gun to the airport when picking up his father. Airport officials said they promised to have Bearden arrested.

"That showdown will still happen, but it will take place in the courts not in an airport parking lot," Bearden said.
 

NY: Audit Faults Police Storage of Weapons
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. released an audit on Tuesday morning finding that the Police Department’s Manhattan Property Clerk Division had 'exhibited disturbingly poor controls over weapons in its custody — with many of them initially missing.'"

"The audit 'found a stunning lack of organization, order and control,' Mr. Thompson said at a news conference in Lower Manhattan."

"The Property Clerk Division safeguards property, including cash, narcotics, rifles and handguns. The property is categorized as arrest evidence, materials kept for investigative or safekeeping purposes, and the property of deceased individuals." ...
 

NY: Rifle Club Receives $3,700 Grant From NRA
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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In April, the Jamestown Rifle Club received a $700 grant from the National Rifle Association to purchase new shooting jackets and spotting scopes for the junior rifle program.

The equipment came when the juniors were preparing to compete as members of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Junior Smallbore Rifle Team in the NRA national matches held each year at Camp Perry, Ohio.
 

UK: Hats banned from Yorkshire pubs over CCTV fears
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
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"Pubs in Yorkshire have been ordered to ban people from wearing flat caps or other hats so troublemakers can be more easily recognised."

"The Park Hotel in Wadsley, Sheffield, is the latest to be asked to impose the rule by senior police officers."

"Mark Kelly, the landlord said: 'Police asked us to ensure that everyone removes headgear.'" ...

"The measure, designed to prevent people from obscuring their faces from CCTV cameras, has been questioned by Barnsley's former Test umpire Dickie Bird, 75, well-known for his favoured white flat cap."

"He said: 'Asking a Yorkshireman to take off his flat cap - whoever heard of anything so silly.'" ...
 

China: Man slays 5 officers, sets fire at police station
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A man wielding a knife broke into a Shanghai-area police station Tuesday, killing five police officers and injuring four others, authorities said.

He also set fire to the building's main gate.

Police identified the 28-year-old suspect only by his surname, Yang.

The unemployed resident of Beijing was reportedly unhappy with the punishment he received after being convicted of stealing a bicycle, when he launched his attack on the station, police said.

He was arrested at the scene.
 

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