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Will This Anti-Gun Second Amendment Argument Ever Die?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A letter to the editor re: the 'well-regulated militia ain't you, you stupid bastard' interpretation of the Second Amendent by one Nancy Fink. Ms. Fink is from Highland Park, which recently had its handgun ban struck down by the United States Supreme Court. The missive was printed in the Chicago Tribune, of course." ...
 

Concealed Carry: A Middle-Road View?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The current edition of Harper's magazine carries a cover story on concealed carry, illustrated with an Andy Warhol portrait of a High Standard Sentinel .22 revolver…ironically, more of a Backwoods Home utility handgun than a concealed carry piece, but what the heck."

"It is a very articulate story from a man who carried a Colt Detective Special .38 for some time, and understood the power and responsibility he carried with it. In the end, he decided not to carry every day. Some in the gun world see that as a cop-out. I noticed that the author reserved the option to carry it on long drives or in other situations where he felt less secure than usual. In the end, it’s his choice. ..." ...
 

Unfinished business
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We thought (hoped) that the remaining 'Beltway Sniper”'– Lee Boyd Malvo – would rot away in the pen and never be heard from again, but thanks to television, the miserable little scum got a brief moment in the spotlight Thursday evening, courtesy A&E and actor William Shatner (we liked him better as Capt. Kirk or gun-toting attorney Denny Crane, and he wasn't bad as T.J. Hooker)."

"But give Mr. Shatner credit, his discussion with Malvo allowed the Associated Press to update the Beltway Sniper story, which led finally to an acknowledgement by the press that the rifle used by Malvo and his mentor/partner, the late John Allan Muhammad, was stolen from Tacoma's Bull's Eye Shooters' Supply." ...
 

History at 500 Yards (video story)
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The Appleseed Project aims to teach every American to fire a bullet through a man-sized target from a distance.
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Submitter's Note: A comment on the history of American marksmanship for context was probably in order, but otherwise fair.
 

Gun Collecting: Machine Guns Vs. Assault Weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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mainstream anti-gun media does a terrible job in reporting on guns, and much of it is misunderstood even when the reporting is close to accurate."

"The media would have you believe that 'assault weapons' are in fact 'machine guns,' but that’s not really the case. ..."

"Anyone who has studied issues such as the assault weapon ban will tell you that the media gets upset about nothing – the truth is that assault weapons or rather firearms that look like assault weapons are often just commercial version of military firearms. These aren't actually 'machine guns' in the true sense. You certainly can't go to most gun shows and buy a machine gun, nor can you go to the local sporting goods chain and buy one ..." ...
 

The CW2 Cube -- Mapping The Meta-Terrain Of Civil War Two
Submitted by: concerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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"From Matthew Bracken, author of Enemies Foreign And Domestic, Domestic Enemies - The Reconquista, and Foreign Enemies And Traitors:" ...

"After the fact, a common sentiment heard from urbane, secular Bosnians living in the Olympic City of Sarajevo expressed complete disbelief that a brutal, bloody civil war could have come to their modern European city and tear their lives apart.

But it did."

"A parting suggestion to students of modern civil war is to read 'Seasons in Hell: Understanding Bosnia's War' by the British journalist Ed Vulliamy. It's currently collecting dust at your local public library, waiting only to be read." ...
 

Praxis: The BCM Gunfighter Charging Handle for AR15/M4/M16
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"OK, folks, will anybody who has ever had problems with their Eugene-Stoner-designed Mouse Gun charging handle please raise their hand? (Mine's up.) The solution below is a little pricey (Fifty bucks per) but does provide a solution to the most common problem." ...
 

Good deal for Hirtenberger 7.62 NATO on MG links at AIM -- and the really stupid way they show to delink it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Now, 80s Hirtenberger is the single best ammo I have ever fired in my China Doll. The Austrian firm has been in the ammunition business for 150 years -- since 1860 -- and it has always maintained a high standard of quality control. ..."

"Now ... [m]achine gun ammo is often of lesser quality control standards than rifle ammo, but if I were guessing, I'd say Hirtenberger MG ammo is still going to be close to top hole."

"$450 for a thousand rounds is a great price these days, especially packed in 5 (these days hard-to-obtain-at-a-decent-price) M19A1 type ammo cans. Just do me a couple of favors."

"First, after you delink it, please repack it ... Loose ammo in a can is NOT tactical." ...
 

Paddle Holster? Get a Grip! Here’s How (video story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The Second Amendment and a modern militia
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"Since there seems to be some confusion concerning the Second Amendment compromise that ran in the July 17 edition of the Tribune, perhaps I should clarify my position more fully."

"According to how the Founding Fathers originally worded the Second Amendment, the individual right to bear arms goes hand in hand with the necessary existence of a 'well-regulated militia.' ..."

"Based on the original wording of the amendment, it is clear to me that the Founding Fathers understood this truism. And so, my original 'compromise' that I offered remains."

"If you want (or feel the need) to own a gun, you must be a member of a militia." ...
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Submitter's Note: Okay, the US Code Title 10, Chapter 13 § 311 defines the militia as: "all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age ...".
 

IL: Second Amendment does not cover individual gun use
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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I'd like to respond to Emerson Bolen's recent comment that according to the Second Amendment a well regulated militia is composed of and depends on being able to call up individuals already bearing arms, as these were not supplied to them when a militia was formed. That may have once been so, but our current, well-regulated militia does supply weapons, as well as training in their use. In any case, when guns are used by individuals to commit crimes, any militia they may belong to or are prepared to belong to is not very well-regulated. Guns used for any individual purpose outside of a well-regulated militia don't seem to be a protected use under the 2nd amendment.

-- Nancy Fink, Highland Park, Ill.
 

Gun rights advocates challenge Maryland's restrictions on handgun carry permits
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The gun rights advocates who successfully challenged the District's gun laws have moved their campaign to Maryland, filing a federal lawsuit claiming that the state's weapons restrictions violate the Second Amendment."

"The seven-page suit ... challenges Maryland's restrictions on handgun carry permits. Under state law, applicants must show, among other things, that they are not addicted to drugs or alcohol, don't have a history of violence and have a 'good and substantial reason' to carry a gun."

"Plaintiff Raymond Woollard, a Navy veteran who once fought with an intruder in his ... home, was denied a permit because the state found that he could not show he had been subject to 'threats occurring beyond his residence,' ..."
 

More work needed to expand gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Well it's finally settled. The Second Amendment is as the Founding Fathers wished it to be. Every elected politician swears on the Bible to uphold the Constitution. If they do not uphold it, along with the Second Amendment, they need to be impeached."

"We owe a great debt of thanks to the four plaintiffs in the Otis McDonald lawsuit, as well as the two corporate plaintiffs: the Illinois State Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation."

"If you believe in this right granted us by the Second Amendment, consider joining the state rifle association. They put up the finances and the lawyer to win this case. You don't have to be a gun owner to belong - just believe in freedom!" ...
 

State's restrictions on 2nd Amendment challenged
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state of Maryland is targeted in a new lawsuit by the Second Amendment Foundation for putting conditions on a resident's Second Amendment rights, requiring them to demonstrate they face a specific 'apprehended danger.'"

"It's the third major lawsuit filed by SAF since the organization's successful challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court of Chicago's ban on handguns. The June ruling extended the federally protected right to keep and bear arms to all 50 states."

"The newest case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, is by SAF and a Baltimore County, Md., man who alleged the state is violating the Second Amendment by refusing to renew his handgun permit." ...
 

Lawsuit challenges Md.'s handgun restrictions
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"Maryland places too great a burden on residents who seek permits to carry handguns, gun-rights advocates claim in a lawsuit that builds on recent Supreme Court decisions affirming the Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"... According to the complaint, plaintiff Raymond Woollard was denied a renewal of his permit to carry a handgun last year because he could not show he had been subject to 'threats occurring beyond his residence.' Woollard obtained the permit after fighting with an intruder in his Hampstead home in 2002."

"The lawsuit was also filed on behalf of the Second Amendment Foundation ... Representing the plaintiffs is Alan Gura, who challenged handgun bans in the District of Columbia and Chicago." ...
 

Gun Owners of America Endorses Tiahrt for Senate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today, Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund announced the endorsement of Todd Tiahrt for U.S. Senate in Kansas. GOA-PVF Vice-Chairman Tim Macy issued the following statement to members of the organization:"

"Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund is proud to endorse Todd Tiahrt for U.S. Senate."

"As a member of the House of Representatives, Todd Tiahrt has given the anti-gunners fits. And that is because Todd is more than just a pro-gun vote-he is also a leader in the fight to protect the right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

TN: Ron Ramsey's basic stump speech
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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..."We have come through the toughest year in the state legislature maybe since the Great Depression. You made me lieutenant governor and speaker of the Senate ..." ...

"On gun rights, Second Amendment rights, I am second to none. Please examine this issue. Back in 1997, my first year in the state Senate, I carried the bill to give gun-carry permits here in Tennessee. I’m the only one in this race that has a carry permit. We have 338,000 law-abiding citizens that have carry permits and the Gun Owners of America this week endorsed me to be the next governor of Tennessee, and I am proud of the gun owners of Tennessee." ...
 

TN: Bill Haslam's basic stump speech
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"Eighteen months ago, Crissy and I started off on this journey. ... Since that time you've knocked on doors with us, you've called up your friends, you've helped give us insights, and you've helped us in so many ways. And I want you to know how grateful we are."

"We're reached a very serious decision time in the state of Tennessee. I think the next governor is going to have maybe the hardest time of any governor ever. ..." ...

"I don't make a lot of promises when I'm running but I do make four:" ...

"* And fourth, we’ll work hard to protect the values that make you and I love Tennessee: protect the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, protect your Second Amendment rights, and protect free enterprise." ...
 

AZ: Gun Limits Lifted in Arizona
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Arizona, which has single-handedly rocked the national dialog on the immigration debate, has done it again — this time for guns." ...

"Under this groundbreaking new act (SB1108), any law-abiding adult in the state ... can carry a firearm discreetly without a government permit ..."

"A statewide billboard and advertising campaign launches this summer, promoting marksmanship, firearm training and responsible legal gun use for every person in Arizona."

"Arizona is rekindling the idea of a nation of marksmen."

"Arizonans have been free to carry firearms in a visible holster, without government approval, since statehood in 1912. 'Discreet carry' advances personal freedom, though critics fear ... an increase in crime." ...
 

PA: Chester council OKs resolution on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Chester city council approved a resolution Wednesday calling for the state Legislature to pass a law requiring lost or stolen handguns to be reported missing to police within a reasonable amount of time after the discovery of their disappearance. Council voted, 4-0, in favor of the resolution. Councilperson Marrea Walker-Smith was absent."

"Mayor Wendell N. Butler Jr. said that council also seeks to pass an ordinance that would force Chester residents to do the same. To do so, the ordinance must first be advertised in several publications and undergo two readings at council meetings before council can approve it." ...
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Submitter's Note: To do so will also require repeal of PA's preemption law which prohibits such ordinances.
 

NE: Cop reassigned amid gun inquiry
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"An Omaha police sergeant has been reassigned as investigators look into an incident that resulted in his being charged with reckless driving and aggravated assault."

"Sgt. Lance Harrison ... is accused of pulling a gun on a motorist who reported him for reckless driving. ..." ...

"Evers said a man called 911 to report a reckless driver, then stayed on the line as he followed the driver."

"The 911 caller said the other driver then stopped his vehicle."

"The driver walked back to the 911 caller's vehicle, pulled a gun, identified himself as a police officer and demanded to know why the caller was following him." ...

"Authorities soon learned that Harrison was an Omaha police sergeant after another officer remembered him ..." ...
 

PA: Philly Officer Charged With Theft of Bar
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"Philadelphia Police arrested one of their own Friday on charges of theft and receiving stolen property, both misdemeanors, after the officer was accused of stealing $825 from a bar’s safe."

"Officer Kenneth Crockett, 56, who is a 26-year veteran of the force, allegedly stole hundreds of dollars from the safe at Pat’s Café during a burglary investigation, police say." ...

"Crockett was involuntarily committed to a mental institution early Friday after finding out he was going to be charged, District Attorney Seth Williams said in a press conference."

"Crockett’s family is afraid he may harm himself, Williams said."
 

FL: Concealed weapons permits, applications skyrocketing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cynthia Jones doesn't need a fancy gun."

"'Just so when I fire it, it brings somebody down,' said the 50-year-old single mother. 'It's not something that needs to make a fashion statement for me because it's not something people will see.'"

"In fact, the less people see of her gun the better, she said."

"That won't mean the Ocala woman will hide her purchase under her mattress or in the drawer of her night stand. It will more than likely end up holstered on her hip or strapped to her ankle."

"'I just want to be able to protect myself and my daughter,' said Jones, who recently finished firearms training and is applying for a concealed weapons permit. ..." ...
 

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