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Second Amendment Activists Support Anti-Gun Protesters’ Rights
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Second Amendment activists are vowing to attend protests, prayer meetings, and vigils organized by Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow-PUSH coalition and The Brady Campaign Against Guns this Tuesday."

"'We disagree completely with their message, but we fully support their right to say it and we want to demonstrate our support by being present at their events.' said Director of Operations for The Firearms Coalition, Jeff Knox."

"Knox has dubbed the day 'National Exercise Your Rights Day' and is encouraging Second Amendment activists to not only show their support for the anti-gunners' right to free speech, but to exercise their own rights to speech, assembly, petitioning the government, and their right to Keep and Bear Arms by purchasing a gun or ammunition that day." ...
 

Americans Say New Gun Laws Unnecessary
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two-thirds of people in the United States think current legislation is enough to control gun crime, according to a poll by Zogby International. 66 per cent of respondents think there are sufficient laws on the matter and that better enforcement is required."

"Conversely, 31 per cent of respondents believe new and tougher gun control legislation is needed to help in the fight against gun crime."

"The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right 'to keep and bear arms.' Some American states have enacted their own gun control regulations, independent of existing federal legislation." ...
 

Aiming for accuracy
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post Inc.
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"Gun store managers know that selling firearms is a serious business that requires extensive knowledge of increasingly rigid federal firearms regulations."

""The number of Federal Firearms Licenses, which are required to sell firearms in the U.S., has fallen 79 percent since 1994, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives." ...

"Red's Trading Post in Twin Falls has been under increasing scrutiny from the ATF because of clerical errors in its recording system. However, the gun store, which sells only about 2,000 firearms each year, cannot afford a million-dollar system for recording gun sales." ...
 

Ask Me About 'Shall Not Be Infringed.'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With a Jesse Jackson Protest against Gun Stores because some of our children were killed by criminals, liberty enthusiasts around the nation have scheduled a response this August 28th. You may see them posted at many gun stores available for answering questions."

"Author and Columnist John Longenecker had the idea of creating a Button inviting laypersons to ask just what's it all about. Aren't our liberties protected in this country? Some are..some aren't. It's certainly not automatic."

"'And what's more,' says Longenecker, 'is that some of those liberties you have to protect on your own.'"

"Asking a Gun Owner what the Second Amendment is really all about can be an enlightening experience ..." ...
 

Snuffy's New Political Advocacy Billboard Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Faith Community of Saint Sabina has put up 40 billboards throughout the city of Chicago..."
"It certainly doesn't look like Snuffy Pfleger is abusing the church's nonprofit tax status to advocate specific legislation, does it? I mean, who could possibly consider this to fall under the IRS proscription:"

"In general, if a substantial part of the activities of your organization consists of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, your organization’s exemption from federal income tax will be denied."
"Besides, the IRS is already busy, chasing down churches that post pro-life advocacy messages from their own marquees ..."

"But Snuffy's a left-wing subversive, so the rules don't apply. And never have." ...
 

Gun Control Advocates Have A Problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Britain in 1997 imposed a ban on handguns entirely. Since that time, violent crimes involving handguns doubled. ... Gun control advocates like to point to America as a violent tendencies nation and keep pointing out that other nations have a much lower rate of crime when guns are strictly enforced or banned outright. So, if you're a gun control advocate, explain the British situation to me??"

"The simple fact is that if you ban handguns, only criminals will have them. I now have a 5 day waiting period ... Fair enough. It's only fair that you find out if I'm a criminal or a mental patient. However, after you've found that out, I should have the right to purchase any weapon I want, including automatic weapons. ..." ...
 

Newark, Dozens of Other Cities Observe National Day of Protest Against Illegal Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In partnership with Reverend Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and its Million Mom March Chapters are organizing a national day of protest against gun violence. More than 20 cities across America will hold simultaneous protests on August 28. In Newark, the protest will be held at Ivy Hill Park."

"Speakers are to include Councilman Ronald Rice and Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke. The rally and press conference will begin at 5:00 pm in Ivy Hill Park. Mayor Cory Booker has been invited to speak." ...
 

Unfettered Access to Guns Makes No Sense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An editorial on the New York Times website echoes the Supreme Court's view that the constitutional right to free speech is not unfettered, but rather, is determined on a case by case basis. In a free speech case, the court examines the facts and balances the strong interest of freedom to speak one's mind vs. the needs of certain institutions like schools, the workplace, and even movie theatres to simply function."

"The Supreme Court has never recognized the Second Amendment as providing a constitutional right to individual gun ownership. It has been well settled precedent by the highest court in America that the Second Amendment applies only to the armed militias that at one time provided protection for our states. ..." ...
 

FL: Elderly Man Shoots Suspected Burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Orange County deputies responding to a report of a burglary found a man with a gunshot wound to his right arm just after midnight Saturday morning.

Their investigation discovered that the shooting victim had been burglarizing a home on West Pine Street and had been shot by the homeowner, a 65 year old man.

Fire rescue transported Harvey Lee Williams to Orlando Regional Medical Center,

The wound to Williams was considered non life threatening.

He was charged with burglary, and later booked into the Orange County Jail.

The elderly homeowner was not charged.
 

South Africa: Suspected robber shot dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A suspected robber was shot dead and his accomplice wounded in a Linden restaurant, Johannesburg police said on Saturday."

"Captain Bhekizizwe Mavundla said three men entered the Suan Thai restaurant and held the manager at gunpoint on Friday around 9pm."

"'The men demanded money from the manager,' Mavundla said. The restaurant's owner noticed what was going on and approached the men."

"'In self defence the owner shot at the men. Two men were shot and the third ran away.'"

"One of the robbers died at the scene and the other was taken to Helen Joseph hospital. No money was taken." ...
 

National Exercise Your Rights Day (reminder)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In honor of the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic 'March on Washington' for civil rights, The Firearms Coalition is joining with other gun rights groups to declare August 28 'National Exercise Your Rights Day.'"

"Reverend Jesse Jackson is calling on citizens to exercise their First Amendment rights by participating in anti-gun/anti-violence protest marches in 25 cities nationwide on that day. The Firearms Coalition echoes that call to supporters of the Second Amendment, encouraging them to exercise their rights by purchasing a firearm or ammunition on August 28." ...
 

Gun Rights Day
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The lamestream media told you:"

"Jesse Jackson, in his honorable and endless quest for social justice and fairness, is staging a gun-store protest in 25 cities on August 28. ..."

"The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:"

"Media darling Jesse Jackson, one of the nation's most outspoken racists and promoters of social division, plans a coordinated attack on the Bill of Rights and gun owners across America on Aug. 28. ..."

"In response, Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition has declared Aug. 28 'National Exercise Your Rights Day' to counter Jackson's call for an anti-rights sideshow. Knox is asking supporters of the Second Amendment to purchase a firearm or ammunition on that day ..." ...
 

MD: Latest Maryland Shall Issue Update
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I don’t care where you live, if you’re a RKBA enthusiast you should subcribe to Maryland Shall Issue’s weekly alerts. Maryland is quite literally Ground Zero in the gun rights fight (especially given that we’re going to be fighting Jesse Jackson next week), and what we’re up to is relevant to the RKBA fight everywhere. The latest from MSI:"

"1) Looking for some fun and excitement?"

"Next Tuesday, August 28th, the Bradys, etc. are nationally going to promote the idea of reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban. Jesse Jackson will be in Maryland. He and his minions ... will be protesting outside of Realco Guns, Inc., 6108 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747 - from noon to 2 PM." ...
 

PA: 4-day wait may have hunters out of arms
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"It's the dove slaughterers who should be the most indignant."

"But everyone else should be outraged over this situation. For if our constitutional right to blast a bunch of birds out of existence with the weapon of our choice is rescinded -- even temporarily -- what constitutional right suddenly vanishes next?" ...

"Sportsmen's groups are justifiably upset over this blatant disregard for the Second Amendment. That's the one that says you can't infringe upon people's right to blast a bunch of birds out of existence with the weapon of their choice." ...
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KABA Note: "dove slaughterers"? "blast a bunch of birds out of existence"? And this is a pro-hunting journalist?
 

PA: Computer repair for gun checks doesn't appear to be conspiracy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Those darned "liberals from Philadelphia" are at it again, playing with people's Second Amendment rights."

"That's the take of Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati after the Rendell administration announced that the state police would be temporarily closing down the Pennsylvania Instant Check System. That's the system used by gun sellers to conduct mandatory background reviews of prospective purchasers of firearms, to prevent their sale to people with criminal records. It's also used to conduct background checks of teachers and school workers."

"The system is set to be down from 6 p.m. Sept. 2 to noon Sept. 6 to install an upgrade of the criminal history databases, according to state police." ...
 

PA: Second Amendment under fire in Pa.?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A liberal conspiracy to subvert the Second Amendment in Pennsylvania?"

"That was the allegation leveled last week after the revelation that the state police plan to halt gun sales across Pennsylvania for four days next month. The reason: to upgrade the computer system that performs background checks on prospective purchasers."

"State Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, a Jefferson County Republican, asserted the temporary ban was little more than an attempt at gun control."

"'I am concerned that this is just another attempt by liberals from Philadelphia to limit the rights of gun owners and those who wish to become a gun owner,' Scarnati said in a prepared statement." ...
 

PA: Background checks debated for gun buyers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bureaucratic oversight resulted in plans to renovate a computer system used for criminal background checks of Pennsylvania gun buyers at the beginning of hunting season, not a left-wing shot at the Second Amendment."

"So said Gov. Ed Rendell this week, disputing claims of a partisan motive behind plans to temporarily shut down the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, which allows gun dealers to run quick criminal background checks on potential firearms buyers."

"The computer system also screens applicants for jobs as teachers, school coaches and child care workers ... PICS is due for a routine upgrade, which the state police say will require the system to be offline for four days." ...
 

PA: Second-rate sarcasm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Eric Heyl's column about the state's decision to shut down the computer system used to check the backgrounds of firearms purchasers ... for maintenance reeked of liberal sarcasm and arrogance ..." ...

"Heyl's claim that 'blasting a bunch of birds out of existence with a weapon of choice' is a 'right' is ludicrous. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. [Hunting] is a licensed privilege, and only specific types of firearms are permitted."

"The only thing Heyl got right was his observation that state police officials should try to perform software upgrades without inconveniencing people -- which wouldn't take an extraordinary amount of technology or software, just common sense and planning. That's the real issue." ...
 

Transcript: Mike Huckabee on 'FOX News Sunday'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "WALLACE: Why New Hampshire?"

"HUCKABEE: Because voters there are very savvy. They look for a person who truly has the convictions and sticks by them."

"Even if it's not necessarily what they agree with, they want you to look them in the eye and give them a straight answer and give it to them the same way tomorrow as you gave it to them today."

"They want someone whose views on the Second Amendment understand that the basic issue is one of freedom and it's not hunting." ...
 

NY: Cops source of gun sales
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Federal agents were sifting through the weaponry of a troubled Colonie gun store several years ago when they spotted a banned, fully-automatic assault rifle propped on a shelf and listed for sale."

"[BATFE] agents would soon learn the dangerous weapon, a machine gun which could not legally be resold, had been obtained by the store's owners from an Albany police officer, Michael Romano, and that the gun was still registered to the department."

"It was a troubling discovery a cop's machine gun in a gun store but it turned out to be only the beginning of a major ATF investigation that years later, despite unearthing a mountain of evidence, would be brushed aside by the region's U.S. Attorney's office." ...
 

NY: Label of 'gun violence' a political statement
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"This past weekend there were several reported stabbings in Albany. Yet not one person or group has called for an end to 'knife violence' in the city? Had four shooting incidents taken place, the anti-gun folks and others who like to use the politically charged 'gun violence' label would have been all over this."

"When a person beats another with his hands or a baseball bat, you don't hear any reference to 'bat or fist violence.' When an inmate attacks a rival gang member in jail with a shank or a knife, it's referred to as gang violence. If that same inmate was in jail for shooting another gang member, it would be called 'gun violence,' not gang violence." ...
 

MA: Ladies Instructional Shoot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Massachusetts Chapter of Second Amendment Sisters is pleased to announce their Sixth Annual Ladies Instructional Shoot."

"Never shot before? Curious? Or perhaps your rusty and want to get reacquainted with your firearm again! Or perhaps you're just interested in a review of the safety rules and current regulations."

"Whatever your reason, come on down and spend a fun day with other like-minded women at the Braintree Rifle and Pistol Club, the newest and largest gun and rifle club in the state. Ladies will learn to handle and fire a wide variety of handguns (revolvers and semi-automatic pistols), rifles, shotguns, hi-power and the old fashioned blackpowder rifle and archery. ..." ...
 

UK: Weapons sell for just £50 as suspects and victims grow ever younger
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"Senior police officers have been warning for several months that a growing number of teenagers in big cities are becoming involved in gun crime."

"The age of victims and suspects has fallen over the past three years as the availability of firearms in some cities has risen. ... Sawn-off shotguns are now being sold for as little as £50, and handguns for £150."

"Despite a ban on handguns introduced in 1997 after 16 children and their teacher were shot dead in the Dunblane massacre the previous year, their use in crimes has almost doubled to reach 4,671 in 2005-06. Official figures show that although Britain has some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the world, firearm use in crime has risen steadily. ..." ...
 

Ireland: Reprisal beating not self-defence: Judge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A MAN was yesterday convicted of carrying out a rival sectarian attack in the wake of the loyalist beating of 15-year-old Michael McIlveen in May 2006."

"Belfast Crown Court Judge Derick Rodgers rejected claims by 20-year-old Gareth Joseph Loughran, Fisherwick Crescent, Ballymena, that he was acting in self-defence when he battered his rival with a wheel brace [lug wrench]."

"Loughran, who was high on a cocktail of drink and drugs, said he went to attack the home of a man he believed was a loyalist paramilitary after he became 'emotional' on hearing that the teenager, known locally as 'Mickey Bo' had died." ...
 

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