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"Hora Bucuriei Praecox"
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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... "Hora bucuriei praecox. Thus, in the first Rumanian-Latin phrase that I've ever created, I combine the terms Hora (dance), bucuriei (joy) and praecox (premature) in the title of this essay, for many of us certainly seem to be engaging in a premature dance of joy. Here's why."

"Nine Black Robes and One Vote..."

"Yup. One vote. 5 to 4. Give us another liberal president, which we are sure to have no matter who's elected, and the balance could shift with the suddenness of a heart attack ..." ...
 

Gun Saint Society Declares Supreme Court Second Amendment Decision a Secular and Religious Blockbuster for Right of Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Last month's historic Supreme Court gun rights decision is a blockbuster development for the right of individual self-defense in religious as well as secular spheres of interest,' John M. Snyder, Founder-Chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. declared here today."

"'All of the Justices who voted in the 5-4 majority for individual gun rights are Catholic,' Snyder noted. 'In the United States, institutional Catholic Church leaders have been on the wrong side of the right to arms for self-defense issue. ... Let them consider that the right to life does not end with birth but continues throughout natural life and includes the right to self-defense and the right to arms for self-defense.'" ...
 

Long Term Ammunition Storage
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Having a ready to use source of ammunition, is important insurance against the day of need. We can own the best weapons and gear, but without a source of usable ammunition, all we have is an expensive club. Insuring our supplies will be ready to use tomorrow or fifty plus years from now should be a top priority for the survival minded person."

"I store all of my ammo in military ammo cans that I get from the local surplus store. I look over each can, choosing only the ones that are not dented or warped and in overall good condition. I take the cans home clean them and apply several coats of black paint to each one, letting it dry for several days before putting it into storage." ...
 

Just A Start?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jubiliant, and optimistic bunch, after the high court's decision to strike down D.C.'s handgun ban, the National Rifle Association used what they say was a 'very encouraging' ruling to suggest, in the words of the group's lawyer,C.D. Michel, that 'it was just a start.'"

"Proving that they don't let any grass grow under their feet, on Thursday, the NRA sued the city of Chicago over its handgun ban and, on Friday, continued by legally challenging San Francisco's ban on handguns in its public housing." ...

"But, not everybody is going to take the Supreme Court decision lying down. And, not everyone is going to cower in fear of the gun lobby. San Francisco's Mayor, Gavin Newsom, vows to 'vigorously fight the NRA' ..." ...
 

Guns and children
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Before you allow your children to visit to your neighbors’ home to play, try asking these questions to those neighbors:"

"Do you keep guns in your home? And if you do, is the ammunition stored separately and locked up?"

"The reaction to even asking for such information will give us a good idea how far the paranoia has come in the United States on this subject. ..." ...

"Whether it’s loaded or unloaded, your 10-year-old son or, yes, daughter ... will be pulling out daddy's handgun to see if it looks like 007's. Leaving it loaded, even with the safety lock on, is child endangerment. It should be legally prosecutable by penalties commensurate with, say, holding your kids over a cliff." ...
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Submitter's Note: And here I would say that leaving your children so ignorant of guns that they have to pull out daddy's handgun to see what it looks like is child endangerment.
 

Armed To Save Lives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Repeal the Second Amendment,' the Chicago Tribune editorialized."

"'The Supreme Court on Thursday all but ensured that even more Americans will die,' the New York Times said."

"'[T]he Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms only in relation to service in a state militia,' added the Washington Post."

"Those are a few of many editorial expressions of disgust from the mainstream press over the Supreme Court's ruling that when the Bill of Rights says that 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,' it includes the right to possess guns for self-defense, and not merely a right to be armed as a member of the National Guard." ...
 

Uncommon common sense on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the recent Supreme Court decision on the Second Amendment ... it seems like a good time to collect my thoughts on guns, crime, self-protection and human behavior." ...

"Common sense among politicians seems in steep decline. Several candidates and big-city mayors have made statements recently implying that while certain forms of gun ownership may be OK for places like Wyoming and Montana, gun ownership has no place in large metropolitan areas. While there may be some need to defend against angry gangs of elk in the West, there would seem to be a need for more legal guns in the hands of trained owners in our largest cities because that's where the bad guys are preying on the poor and defenseless every day." ...
 

High court protects individual rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court has rendered one of the most important decisions in decades, a decision that affects the fundamental freedoms of every American. In the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, the Court affirmed that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms."

"The District of Columbia has deprived law-abiding citizens of this basic constitutional right. And D.C. has not been the only city to try banning law-abiding residents from owning firearms."

"These bans have proven to be ineffective, ensuring that criminals can operate without fear of confronting people capable of defending themselves." ...
 

AZ: Avondale man shoots at armed robbers trying to take his baby
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Avondale man shot at armed robbers Saturday night when they tried to take his infant during a robbery ..."

"The Avondale family had started to unload groceries at their home near Main Street and Litchfield Road when three men approached the car with guns and demanded money."

"When the victim, 52, said he didn't have any cash, one robber said, 'get the baby', according to Avondale Police Sergeant Memo Espinoza."

"The victim pulled out a handgun and the three robbers started shooting at the man and the house. The father shot back."

"The robbers ran away, and one was crawling on the ground as if he had been shot, according to Espinoza."

"The victim and baby were not hurt in the shootout." ...
 

AZ: Man shot to death in Mesa driveway
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Police arrived ... just as the shooting occurred. Officers found that the 29-year-old boyfriend of a neighborhood woman had been shot and killed by a 49-year-old homeowner who lives nearby."

"The homeowner had come outside after hearing the man and his girlfriend yelling at each other in the front yard."

"Although police have stopped short of using the term self-defense, they said the homeowner shot and killed the man because he was 'going crazy' with a billiards stick and charged at the homeowner."

"The man was found dead on the homeowner's driveway."

"'As far as coming out with a gun, he was well within his rights,' said Detective Chris Arvayo ... 'He was in his yard. He never left his property. ...'" ...
 

FL: Tunnelling would-be burglar thwarted by homeowner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Police say they've arrested a man who tried to tunnel into his neighbor's home.

It was early Sunday, investigators say, when Mark Mazur snuck into a yard on San Luis and dug a tunnel under the fence.

But his clandestine plan was thwarted by the homeowner's dog. When he heard his dog barking, Robert Cash came outside -- armed with a handgun -- and ordered the intruder to stop.

Mazur, armed with a blowtorch, started towards Cash. Investigators say Cash fired once and missed Mazur, but the shot was enough to convince him to stop and wait for police to arrive.

Mazur, 56, has several prior arrests around the Bay Area. He was charged with burglary and assault.
 

AR: Sheriff: Woman Shoots and Kills Husband in Self-Defense in Arkansas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A woman shot and killed her husband at their home outside of El Dorado, and the Union County sheriff says the slaying was in self-defense.

Sheriff Ken Jones said the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, when deputies found 47 year-old Roger Gates dead inside the home. Jones says 37 year-old Kimberly Gates told him that her husband had attacked her and that she was afraid for her life and her baby's. Officials say she was able to get away from her husband, get a gun from the bathroom, and shoot him.

Jones said the case is still under investigation and that the results will be given to a prosecutor, who will determine if charges should be filed.
 

Israel: Palestinian kills 3 in Jerusalem bulldozer attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Palestinian construction worker rammed a bulldozer into buses and cars on one of west Jerusalem's busiest streets on Wednesday, killing three Israelis and wounding more than 40 before he was shot dead."

"Israeli police said the driver of the 20-tonne earthmoving vehicle was killed by a civilian and a policeman who clambered onto the cab as it wrought havoc along Jaffa Road, overturning a city bus and crushing cars along a 500-metre stretch." [emphasis added] ...
 

FL: Disney Employee Suspended After Bringing Gun To Work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A new state law went on the books Tuesday saying people could bring guns to work if they kept them locked in their car. Disney, though, said it was exempt from the new law and its 62,000 employees needed to keep their guns at home."

"Friday, a worker who protested the park's decision told Channel 9 he was suspended."

"The worker was well aware that he could end up losing his job when he took the gun to work Friday morning, but said that the principle at stake means enough to him that he was willing to take the risk, especially on the day we celebrate the country and our freedoms." ...

"Disney told employees it is exempt from the new law that allows them to bring a gun to work, because it stores fireworks on site." ...
 

NY: Round table to focus on illegal weapons
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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State Senate Democrats will hold a round table Wednesday to discuss possible ways to get illegal guns off the streets.

Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith of Queens and Sen. Antoine M. Thompson of Buffalo will be among the elected officials at the discussion from 2 to 3:30 p. m. in the Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court St.
 

DC: D.C. Officials Weigh Keeping Semiautomatic Pistols Illegal After Blanket Handgun Ban is Struck Down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Supreme Court's repeal of the ban on handguns in Washington, D.C., may be a boon for a segment of the firearms industry whose last major windfall might have been in the heyday of the Dirty Harry movies: those who make and sell revolvers."

"The court ruled that a blanket ban on handguns is unconstitutional, but D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and other Washington officials want to keep in place a prohibition on semiautomatic handguns — those in which a bullet clip is inserted into the gun's grip."

"Such a ban would continue to outlaw 9-mm and other popular pistols that are legal in most other places around the United States. And it would make the classic six-shooter the only legal handgun in the District." ...
 

GA: High-noon Showdown Brewing At Airport
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To get a glimpse of what we are in for after the Supreme Court recently threw in with libertarians and the gun lobby, turn to Atlanta's airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International. What is locally billed as a showdown - 'high noon' style - is brewing there."

"So far, only words and attitudes have been slung, not bullets, but, well?"

"Later, who knows? The city has barred guns from its airport, despite a contrary statute enacted by the state legislature this year and despite the high court's endorsement of the law, as that statute's enthusiasts take the recent ruling to be." ...
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Submitter's Note: The decision in Heller really has nothing to do with the GA statute and the airport's decision to ignore the law.
 

AZ: Napolitano vetoes measure OK'ing guns under car seats
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Arizonans without state permits will not be able to carry loaded guns under the seats of their cars."

"Gov. Janet Napolitano on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made cars and trucks the same as someone's home, where you could have a gun anywhere, visible or not."

"The governor said the measure 'would have added to the level of uncertainty and danger law enforcement officers who make traffic stops already face in the line of duty.'"

"But Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said existing law already allows people to carry holstered weapons in places not visible to someone outside the car ... He said his measure would just have simplified the law so as not to make criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens." ...
 

CA: Californians Band Together To Protect Property
Submitted by: Randall Walker

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"In California, residents are banding together and saying 'NO' to those out-of-control elements that could forever change their way of life."

"Sadly, we're not talking about residents saying 'enough' to crime and pushing to loosen antiquated gun control regs. Although the voices crying out for such empowerment in the Golden State is growing."

"No, instead, the boogey-man that has Californians terrified -- and fighting back -- is FIRE." ...

"NOW, there is one bright spot out of all this; there is no registration, waiting period or background check to obtain rakes, shovels and pump sprayers when purchasing the tools needed to defend property against fire - yet. Can you imagine the uproar if there was a waiting period for a garden hose?" ...
 

FL: Rifle, SWAT gear stolen from trooper's car
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Florida Highway Patrol is the latest police agency in Central Florida to lose an AR15 assault rifle to a car burglar. The weapon disappeared last week in Orange County after a sergeant may have left his patrol vehicle unlocked and parked overnight, sheriff's reports show. Sgt. Jeffrey Wright thought 'he locked the vehicle with the remote but couldn't be certain that it was locked when he left the vehicle,' ... The semi-automatic .223-caliber weapon was outfitted with a special holographic sight to enhance rapid-fire accuracy. Also missing was body armor, a SWAT uniform, gas mask and more than $4,000 worth of speed-detection equipment. In the past two years, Orlando police have lost four of the weapons to car burglars. ..." ...
 

AL: Hurtsboro's top cop, arrested in Union Spring
Submitted by: Wildfire

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The acting police chief of Hurtsboro was arrested in Union Springs over the July 4th holiday weekend.

Marvin Christian was charged with kidnapping and domestic violence, according to Union Springs Police Chief Clarence Wheeler. He said Christian posted a $21,000 bond and was released from custody Monday afternoon.

No other information was immediately available about the arrest.
 

FL: Deputy Used Stun Gun On Wife, Hillsborough Sheriff's Office Says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Hillsborough County deputy was arrested this morning after he used a Taser three to four times on his wife and placed a semiautomatic gun against her left temple ..."

"About 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Carlos Thomas Tanner, who had been drinking, got into an altercation with his wife of 12 years, Kristine ... He pushed her onto a bed, then took a Taser from his ... duty belt and used the weapon on her stomach, causing Taser burns."

"Then he set aside the Taser and got his service pistol ... He placed the gun against his wife's temple for about 10 seconds ..." ...

"Tanner, a 10-year veteran ... was arrested ... and charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor battery-domestic violence. ..." ...
 

IN: Suspended policeman rearrested after 1 day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department narcotics investigator was back in jail Friday after he allegedly violated his bond agreement.

Jason Barber, 31, had about one day of freedom before he was rearrested for violating terms of his release. Barber is charged with selling a handgun to a felon and official misconduct.

Marion Superior Court Judge William Young had lowered Barber's bond to $5,000 from $100,000 on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Barber violated a no-contact order, according to WTHR (Channel 13), The Indianapolis Star's news-gathering partner.

Barber voluntarily surrendered at the Arrestee Processing Center around 3 p.m. Thursday, according to a police report.
 

OH: OFCC Asks AG to Intervene
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Those who have been following the Bryan Ledford story know that Ohioans For Concealed Carry has been working to educate both the public and law enforcement on the legality of openly carrying a firearm in Ohio."

"That story was just the latest example of such an incident, and stories have continued to come forward regarding similar situations, both past and present." ...

"In light of the fact that these incidents continue to occur on a regular basis, and the very real threat of expensive legal battles to prove the innocence of a law-abiding citizen simply exercising his or her rights under the Ohio Constitution, OFCC is calling on the Ohio Attorney General ... to put a stop to these continued occurrences. ..." ...
 

NY: Cuba Rod & Gun Club to host trap shoot
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Cuba Rod & Gun Club will hold a 75-Bird Trap Shoot / Steak Dinner Sunday, July 13 at its clay target field located on West Keller Hill Road (off Keller Hill Road) in Cuba."

"In this competition, each participant will first shoot two rounds (50 targets) of 16-yard trap to determine his handicap yardage for the final round (25 targets)."

"Cash prizes ($300 added money) will be awarded using the Lewis Class System of scoring. Additionally, the highest scoring woman and highest scoring youth (16 and under) will each receive $50." ...
 

TX: Texans' demand for concealed handgun licenses rises
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"The jerk of the handgun knocked Pam Denman back a bit."

"Before recently she had never held a gun – much less fired one."

"She's not alone."

"Mrs. Denman is one of more than 52,000 people in the state who have submitted an application for a first-time concealed handgun license or renewal since the beginning of the year ... That is an almost 5 percent increase over the first six months of 2007."

"The crunch ... has created a ballooning backlog of applications for the department and angered gun proponents."

"'Can you imagine if it was a driver's license and someone says you just can't drive?' said Alice Tripp, legislative director for the Texas State Rifle Association." ...
 

NY: Landmark ruling used to challenge gun case
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A Schenectady man accused of lying to buy a shotgun is seeking dismissal of the charges based on a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in June upholding the right to bear arms."

"Lamar D. Erwin ... is one of the first to use the ruling to challenge the constitutionality of a federal statute that makes it a felony for a person under a protective order to buy and possess a firearm ..."

"Erwin was arrested last September and charged in federal court with failing to disclose that he was the subject of a protective order when he filled out a form used to conduct background checks for people purchasing a firearm. He was later indicted on two felony counts by a federal grand jury in Albany." ...
 

CA: The people's right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I assume that since you ran the L.A. Times editorial 'The Right to Bear Arms' on June 28 that you both embrace and endorse its position, hence my comments."

"The Napa Valley Register has repeatedly and vigorously exercised its right as guaranteed by the First Amendment in our Bill of Rights. The First Amendment’s operative clause is 'Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …' You, the courts and our politicians have all interpreted and embraced this right to the fullest extent possible — as should we all!"

"Yet the exact opposite occurs with the Second Amendment; you, most of our politicians and until now the courts have tried to ignore the very existence of this right. ..." ...
 

Canada: Most guns seized by Border Services are legitimate personal firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Americans cherish their constitutional right to keep and bear arms, even when they come to Canada."

"Canada Border Services Agency officers regularly discover smuggled guns destined for the Canadian criminal underworld, but most firearms they turn up belong to otherwise law-abiding Americans, according to agency intelligence summaries."

"'Most of the firearms seized by CBSA at the land ports of entry are the personal firearms of legitimate U.S. travellers who neglected - intentionally or not - to declare their personal firearms,' says the agency's strategic intelligence analysis division in an undated report covering the period from 2004 to 2006." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908 [by an Indian extremist opposed to Gandhi's agreement with Smuts], whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence. Hence it was that I took part in the Boer War, the so-called Zulu Rebellion and [World War I]. Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor. — Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India, August 11, 1920 from Fischer, Louis ed.,The Essential Gandhi, 1962

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