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9mm Perfection in the Glock 19
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For me the perfect survival handgun is the Glock 19. I bought mine several years ago from a local gun shop, and immediately fell in love. It is just the right size and fits my hands perfectly. The Glock 19 is small enough for everyday concealed carry without pulling your ass off, yet large enough to serve as a full size weapon, offering accuracy and magazine capacity comparable to most full sized auto pistols.
 

FL: Will guns in cars deter crime in Florida? No
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On April 15, Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law a bill allowing Floridians to leave their guns in their vehicles at work. Florida is again at the forefront of states promoting the use of armed force for the purpose of self-defense. In 1987, Florida became the first state to make it a right of residents to carry concealed handguns — currently about half a million Floridians have such a license. In 2005, the “Stand Your Ground” statute was passed, allowing residents to use deadly force against any intruder and in self-defense in a public place, without a duty to retreat.
 

DC: Guns still elusive for D.C. residents
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Days after the Supreme Court ruled that residents of the nation's capital can keep handguns at home for self-defense, George Harley walked out of a Maryland gun shop disheartened, his goal of legally having a gun to protect his family put on hold.

Since before Harley, 30, was born, the District of Columbia has restricted its residents' ownership of handguns. After the high court's ruling was handed down late last month, Harley was one of several dozen Washington residents who came to the Atlantic Guns shop in Silver Spring, Md., just over the district line, to ask about buying a gun.

They were all told the same thing: Go home.
 

Do Guns or Tasers Make People Safer?
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Re “Shoot to Stun,” by Paul H. Robinson (Op-Ed, July 2), about the Supreme Court’s recent interpretation of the Second Amendment as giving “Americans the right to keep a loaded gun at home for their personal use”:

Mr. Robinson argues that with Tasers and the development of other less lethal weapons, it will become increasingly unlikely for people to use their constitutionally permitted handguns to defend themselves against intruders.
 

Confusing gun control decision
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Well, constitutional law experts having been vetting the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down D.C.’s hand gun ban, with varying opinions. But to a layman, the ruling makes no sense whatsoever, and the majority opinion written by Justice Scalia is even more non-sensical and highly confusing.

Further, the opinion written by Scalia (who claims to be an “originalist” strictly interpreting the Constitution) again shows him, and others on the majority, to be quite the opposite and he seems to have based his opinion on politics, pure and simple.
 

UK: French students 'were tortured for their Bank details in bungled robbery'
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Police believe two French students living in Britain who were bound up and brutally murdered may have been tortured for their bank details in a bungled robbery.
Detectives are now following a 'strong line if inquiry' that Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, both 23, were killed in a robbery that escalated into a horrific double-murder. ...
The murder of the two bio-engineering students, who had been invited to Britain to take part in ground-breaking scientific research, has stunned hardened detectives. ...
It also sent shockwaves across France where the loss of two of the country's finest young minds was seen as proof of Britain's spiral into knife-obsessed lawlessness.

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East Timor: Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao wants gun law change
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EAST Timor's Prime Minister is supporting a new law that would allow civilians to own guns, less than five months after illegally armed rebel soldiers tried to kill him and the President.

The proposal has sparked heated scenes in Parliament, with MPs almost coming to blows over what some say is a dangerous development that could threaten the nation's fragile security.

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao last week introduced the proposed gun law to Parliament for "urgent debate" - pushing back scheduled budgetary discussions.

Under Article 4 of the law, civilians would be allowed to own firearms. Currently, only police and military personnel can carry weapons.
 

UK: Knife crime to replace terror as police priority
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Knife crime has overtaken terrorism as the No 1 priority for the Metropolitan Police, one of Britain’s most senior officers said yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson announced the form-ation of a special knife-crime unit to address the recent spate of fatal stabbings in London as he admitted that moves to stop teenagers carrying weapons were not working.
 

UT: Man seeks time to weigh options in shooting case
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A southern Utah man says he needs more time to consider whether he will take a plea deal or head for trial in the case of a 2007 fatal home-invasion shooting.

Danny Dutton, Hurricane, is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a gun. The case has been the focus of debate as local authorities had ruled that Dutton's shooting of a man was considered self-defense.

According to police, Dutton shot and killed Aaron Barbosa when Barbosa and another man forced their way into Dutton's apartment on March 24, 2007. Barbosa began beating Dutton with a steel pipe and Dutton shot him.
 

TX: Looking Kindly on Vigilante Justice
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The 911 tape offered up a few clues that Joe Horn had every intention of killing the men who were breaking into the house next door. For example, there was that time, six minutes into the phone call, when he told the dispatcher, "I'm gonna kill 'em."

And "kill 'em" he did, stepping outside his house to shoot the men with three shotgun blasts in the back as they retreated across his lawn with a bag of stolen goods from next door. In today's overheated debate about gun rights, this marksmanship made Horn, 62, a hero to many.
 

The Pursuit of Justice: Originalists rule in Supreme Court's handgun decision
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Now that the presidential nominees of this country’s two major political parties have been unofficially determined, the policy debate may begin in earnest. But don’t get too excited yet.

That “great debate” has so far been characterized at best by stops and starts caused by “late-breaking news” and the need of both presidential candidates to get back to the center of the country’s voter preference scale before the other one gets there. This has impeded and at times interrupted the discussion of issues as well as the choice of which issues to discuss.
 

NY: Right to bear arms is clearly spelled out
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The article refers to congressional records using the term "in a context exclusively focused on the army or the militia," which the writer seems to think means there was no civilian meaning to "bear arms." Yet the records he cites are "exclusively focused" on political matters. There were no "gun control" fanatics at the time -- purely civilian use of weapons had no political significance -- therefore, it does not show up in congressional discussions.

These records make no mention of shooting robbers, or rats, or Indian raiders; neither do they speak of sex in the missionary position; nor of eating strawberry shortcake. Does anyone assert that these things did not occur?
 

CA: Are inalienable rights ever certain?
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On a planet ruled, often by whim, by kings, czars, emperors, ayatollahs, popes, sultans, rajas, caliphs and warlords, the very notion that "all men are created equal" and had "certain inalienable rights" such as "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" was radical in the extreme.

That those populating a relatively tiny slice of the seemingly boundless and omnipotent British Empire should not only make that declaration but also risk their lives to defend it was even more bizarre. And yet that's what happened on July 4, 1776, profoundly altering the course of human history.
 

A victory and a warning, 07-05-08
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The Second Amendment provides that “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that the plain language of the amendment recognizes a personal right, belonging to “the people,” to possess firearms. The court rejected arguments that the Second Amendment simply permits the states to form, arm and maintain their own militias or the modern National Guard.
 

The Supreme Court and the 2nd Amendment
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What is the original textual meanings and intents of words "militia, people, and state" in the context of the Constitution and its ensuing amendments by the framers? Does it protect an individual's right when addressing people or does the term people refer to the state? And is it limited to a state's militia possessing guns? And without a state militia is there no fundamental individual right to own or possess a firearm?

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the original intent of Second Amendment in the case of Washington, D.C. v. Heller with a vote of 5-4.
 

FL: The Friend of my Enemy... Can be Useful
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Today is the day that Florida’s new; “You can’t ban guns in locked cars in parking lots law” goes into effect. Actually that should be; “You can’t ban guns of concealed carry permit holders hidden in locked cars in parking lots except for parking lots of schools, prisons, and sensitive security areas like nuclear power plants and defense contractors law.”

A similar law was struck down in Oklahoma and a lawsuit has been filed against this one as well. Many expect the law to die in the courts before the end of the month, though the Heller decision might make courts hesitant to reject a “gun rights” law too quickly.
 

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