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  • Bearing Arms: A Right ... and a Duty?

    03/21/2010 9:28:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 758+ views
    The New American ^ | March 17, 2010 | Bruce Walker
    The Massachusetts Judicial Council ruled on March 10 that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not apply to state governments and, consequently, the State of Massachusetts can regulate firearms in that state. The language of the Second Amendment states: "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." The Second Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights, which was added to the Constitution to guarantee that the federal government would not infringe upon basic rights and that those powers...
  • 'Right To Bear Arms' Means Just That

    03/03/2010 4:48:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 1,891+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Otis McDonald, 76, stands before the Supreme Court, which Tuesday heard arguments in his suit to overturn Chicago's handgun ban Gun Rights: Otis McDonald, 76, an Army vet who lives in a high-crime area of Chicago, thinks the Constitution gives him the right to bear arms to protect himself and his wife as he protected his country. We think so too. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on behalf of four Chicago residents led by homeowner McDonald, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association to overturn Chicago's three-decade-old ban on owning handguns. In a 5-4...
  • New Ammunition for Gun Rights

    03/03/2010 6:00:16 AM PST · by libstripper · 38 replies · 1,304+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 3, 2010 | Jess Braven
    The Supreme Court seemed likely to rule for the first time that gun possession is fundamental to American freedom, a move that would give federal judges power to strike down state and local weapons laws for infringing on Second Amendment rights.
  • How many at Fort Hood died because of the Army's gun ban?

    11/14/2009 12:36:48 PM PST · by libstripper · 35 replies · 820+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 14, 2009 | Kyle-Anne Shiver
    If I were the parent or spouse of one of those killed in the terrorist attack at Fort Hood last week, I would begin raising utter hell in the public arena the minute my loved one was buried and my tears dried up. Not only did outrageous political correctness convince otherwise rational people in authority to put our soldiers in unnecessary danger, but since 1993, there has been a gun-ban in place on our army bases.
  • Gun Control By Way Of Health Reform

    10/26/2009 9:53:26 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 7 replies · 992+ views ^ | 10/26/2009 | Staff
    Gun Rights: A decade after Congress forbade the CDC from studying the health consequences of gun ownership, the National Institutes of Health has started funding such research. Will reform pry the guns from our cold, sick hands? More than a decade ago Congress, seeing it as a backdoor assault on the 2nd Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms, voted to cut funding for firearms research by the Centers for Disease Control. Such research was viewed as one-sided and based on flawed assumptions that all gun use was bad, even that which saved lives and deterred crime. --...
  • Gun Control By Way Of Health Reform

    10/22/2009 5:56:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies · 3,617+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 22, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS Staff
    Gun Rights: A decade after Congress forbade the CDC from studying the health consequences of gun ownership, the National Institutes of Health has started funding such research. Will reform pry the guns from our cold, sick hands? More than a decade ago Congress, seeing it as a backdoor assault on the 2nd Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms, voted to cut funding for firearms research by the Centers for Disease Control. Such research was viewed as one-sided and based on flawed assumptions that all gun use was bad, even that which saved lives and deterred crime. The...
  • Obama takes a shot at guns

    10/21/2009 9:45:31 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 75 replies · 2,979+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2009 | Editorial
    For a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been forbidden by Congress from doing research on gun-control issues. Such piddling hurdles as federal law don't matter to the Obama administration. With a wave of a hand, the CDC has simply redefined gun-control research so the ban no longer applies. They're not researching guns; they're researching alcohol sales and their impact on gun violence, or researching how teens carrying guns affect the rates of non-gun injuries. "These particular grants do not address gun control; rather they deal with the surrounding web of circumstances," wrote National Institutes of Health...
  • Gun sales go BOOM: Some say Democrats at the helm have gun owners ‘hunkering down’

    10/15/2009 10:16:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 2,011+ views
    The Beaverton Valley Times ^ | October 15, 2009 | Nick Peterson and Stover E. Harger III
    John Lennon’s observation that happiness is a warm gun may be more true now than ever if membership at the Tri-County Gun Club is any indication. The club has picked up an average of 70 new members a month through most of this year, according to George Pitts, Tri-County’s public information officer. The credit for that spike in membership falls on the Barack Obama administration, Pitts says. “We took in 77 new members this month,” Pitts said on a sunny afternoon last April, as sporadic gunfire echoed through the hills of the 230-acre club nestled in the hills between Tualatin...
  • High Court Targets Chicago's Gun Ban

    10/02/2009 5:59:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 2,517+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 2, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY
    Gun Control: The Supreme Court agrees to decide if the Second Amendment applies to all of us, or just Washington, D.C. Why would the Founders put in the Bill of Rights something applying only to a federal enclave? In a 5-4 decision last year written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court overturned a draconian District of Columbia gun ban enacted 32 years ago that barred private ownership of handguns at all. Scalia wrote that an individual's right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted. The court ruled that...
  • Sotomayor Guns For 2nd Amendment (CORRECTED)

    06/05/2009 5:14:41 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 26 replies · 2,745+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 4, 2009 | Editorial
    (Corrected) Gun Control: In a case headed for the Supreme Court, a three-judge panel rules Chicago's gun ban constitutional since the 2nd Amendment doesn't apply to states and cities. High court nominee Sonia Sotomayor concurs.Those Pennsylvania townsfolk bitterly clinging to their guns may have been premature in celebrating the decision in D.C. v. Heller that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does indeed guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms.
  • Court considers county's right to regulate guns

    09/25/2009 4:59:26 AM PDT · by libstripper · 9 replies · 722+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sedptember 24, 2009 | Associated Press
    Some judges on an 11-member panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appeared to agree with gun-rights advocates that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, recently interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court to protect an individual's right to own guns, is binding on the states and can be used to challenge the county ordinance.
  • Ceiling fan at center of three-man battle in Soldotna

    07/22/2009 8:57:28 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 8 replies · 999+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | July 21st, 2009 | Megan Holland
    Daniel Ames reckons he dealt one for the good guys on Saturday night near Soldotna when he came home, found two burglars in his house, wrestled with them over a pistol, then took them down, telling them he was going to blow off their knees if they didn't start following his orders.
  • The Last Thing New York Needs Is More Guns (Partial barf alert, but see the comments)

    07/22/2009 6:01:58 AM PDT · by libstripper · 22 replies · 983+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jul;y 21, 2009 | Robert M. Morgenthau
    You can be forgiven if you thought that Republicans are for states’ rights. The Republican Party’s 2008 platform insists that Congress should respect the limits imposed by the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution, which declares that authority not granted to the federal government is reserved to the states. But for some Republicans, federal preemption of state authority seems just fine if it promotes the possession of guns. That is the message of a bill sponsored by the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, John Thune of South Dakota. The bill, sprung on us as a proposed amendment to a...
  • Masked Man Shot Dead Trying To Break Into Home

    06/19/2009 6:53:29 PM PDT · by VeniVidiVici · 54 replies · 2,425+ views
    WFTV-TV ^ | 06/19/2009 | Staff
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. -- A man was shot and killed outside a home near Altamonte Springs early Friday morning. Deputies say he was trying to break into a home on S. Magnolia Avenue when someone inside shot him. Investigators say at approximately 4:00am on Friday, a woman was awakened by a loud, pounding sound coming from the front door of her home. She woke up her husband to let him know what she heard and asked him to go check on what was happening. "Yes someone's just tried to break down my front door," said the caller to the 911...
  • NRA appeals handgun ban to Supreme Court

    06/04/2009 1:28:39 PM PDT · by libstripper · 11 replies · 586+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 4, 2009 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is asking the Supreme Court to strike down strict gun control laws in the Chicago area, setting the stage for another high court battle over Second Amendment protections for gun owners.
  • Chicago has 7 shooting deaths in 24 hours

    06/01/2009 6:11:48 AM PDT · by libstripper · 40 replies · 1,438+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | June 1, 2009 | Associagted Press
    Chicago had seven shooting deaths in 24 hours this weekend, and police say they have no suspects in custody.
  • Texas Senate OKs guns at colleges

    05/21/2009 12:50:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 540+ views
    AUSTIN — The Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to legislation that would allow concealed handguns at colleges and universities, but with less than two weeks left in the 2009 Legislature, the bill's ultimate outcome is uncertain. "That's the real question. I don't know the answer to that," said Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, when asked whether there is enough time to win final passage in the Senate and rush the bill through the House before the June 1 adjournment. The bill would allow Texans who have concealed-handgun permits to carry the weapons into college and university buildings, classrooms and dormitories....
  • Response to Sun News SoundOff (LC, NM - Sun News)

    04/13/2009 8:13:27 AM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Me ^ | 13APR09 | Me
    Regarding the 07 Apr 09 Sound Off! comment: “In one week, mass shootings have killed over 30 people. The shooters are well-armed. Automatic weapons and assault rifles need to be taken out of gun show and retail sales. There is not “right” to own an assault rifle in the Constitution.” Hm, let’s take this apart and see how truthful this statement is. The 2ND Amendment of the Constitution reads as follows: “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.” So, obviously...
  • Response to Sun News SoundOff (LC, NM - Sun News)

    04/13/2009 8:14:37 AM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Me ^ | 13APR09 | Me
    Regarding the 07 Apr 09 Sound Off! comment: “In one week, mass shootings have killed over 30 people. The shooters are well-armed. Automatic weapons and assault rifles need to be taken out of gun show and retail sales. There is not “right” to own an assault rifle in the Constitution.” Hm, let’s take this apart and see how truthful this statement is. The 2ND Amendment of the Constitution reads as follows: “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.” So, obviously...

    03/31/2009 6:20:35 AM PDT · by libstripper · 5 replies · 836+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 30, 2009 | AUSTIN FENNER
    This pistol-packing granny, who shot a man she accused of mugging her in her wheelchair, wishes she had finished the job -- because now, he's suing her for millions. "I'm a peaceful person. I wish that I had killed him," said Margaret Johnson, 59, whose grandfather, Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, once ruled Harlem's underworld and was immortalized in several hit movies.
  • Couple Attacked on Yacht; Husband Killed

    03/25/2009 8:51:28 AM PDT · by libstripper · 28 replies · 1,508+ views
    AOL News ^ | Reuters
    A British man sailing with his wife off the coast of southern Thailand was allegedly beaten to death and thrown overboard by men trying to steal their dinghy, Thai police said on Tuesday.
  • Judge Blocks Bush Rule Allowing Concealed Weapons in National Parks

    03/19/2009 5:30:57 PM PDT · by ChuxsterS · 20 replies · 951+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/19/2009 | Quentin Wilber
    A federal judge today blocked a last-minute rule enacted by President Bush allowing visitors to national parks to carry concealed weapons. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by gun-control advocates and environmental groups. The Justice Department had sought to block the injunction against the controversial rule.
  • No charges against trucker in fatal W. Knox shooting

    03/16/2009 9:15:55 AM PDT · by libstripper · 17 replies · 962+ views
    Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel ^ | March 16, 2009 | Don Jacobs
    KNOXVILLE - No charges are expected against a trucker who fatally shot a man entering the trucker's parked rig in West Knox County, an official said this morning. "Our recommendation is not to charge that gentleman," said John Gill, special counsel to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols. The trucker, Richard Vance Allen, 68, of North Carolina shot James Edward Hodges Jr., 34, of Loudon about 2:30 a.m. March 11.
  • [Texas] Legislators mull giving guns tax holiday

    03/14/2009 12:50:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,014+ views
    The Amarillo Globe-News ^ | March 13, 2009 | Enrique Rangel
    AUSTIN - Every summer, just before children go back to school, millions of Texas families take advantage of a three-day sales tax holiday to buy clothes and shoes for the youngsters. Sen. Jeff Wentworth wants to do the same for hunters who need handguns, rifles, shotguns and ammunition for their annual hunting trip. The San Antonio Republican has introduced a bill that would exempt the sale of those items from the state sales tax if purchased the last weekend of August. The state collects about $22 million a year in sales taxes from the purchase of firearms and ammunition, Wentworth...
  • KCSO: Trucker kills intruder in West Knox County

    03/11/2009 12:45:17 PM PDT · by libstripper · 19 replies · 991+ views
    KNoxville News Sentinel ^ | March 11, 2009 | Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel
    KNOXVILLE - Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man who allegedly tried to enter a parked tractor-trailer rig in West Knox County. Knox County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Martha Dooley said the incident occurred about 2:30 a.m. at a warehouse parking lot at 10720 Lexington Drive, which runs off of Lovell Road. Killed was James Edward Hodges Jr., 34, of Loudon, according to Dooley. He was trying to break into a tractor-trailer while the driver was asleep in the truck's sleeper cabin, Dooley said.
  • Showdown looms on gun control

    03/02/2009 9:14:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,358+ views
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | Mar. 02 2009 | Kevin McDermott
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Springfield is headed toward a political showdown over guns, with both sides loading up like they haven't in years. The gun owners lobby is close to getting a floor debate in the Legislature on its pinnacle goal of allowing residents to carry concealed handguns in Illinois, which is one of just two states that still outlaw it. (Wisconsin is the other.) "It's heating up. We think we're close," said Todd Vandermyde, a National Rifle Association lobbyist who has pushed the concealed-carry proposal in Springfield before. "You've got 48 states that have this. That's a statement." Gun control...
  • Gun fans aim to have foes see it their way

    02/22/2009 6:22:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,226+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 15, 2009 | Tom Stienstra
    In the foothills west of Red Bluff, Bill Gaines and I had shotguns in our hands as we hiked up a ravine. Guns? Right there, with that word, 95 percent of the residents of the Bay Area, Sacramento and other urban areas across America might think that something bad is about to happen. Yet if you live in a rural area, like remote Siskiyou County, rural Kansas or west Texas, you would not give this sighting a second glance. The ownership and recreational use of firearms has become the "outdoor divide" in California and across much of America. Gaines wants...
  • Firearms to own for beginners: Home Defense

    02/21/2009 12:26:58 PM PST · by omega4179 · 61 replies · 3,563+ views
    Freedombug ^ | 02/21/2009 | Freedombug
    Warsaw Ghetto. Darfur. Katrina. Some people call it the sky falling, SHTF, or in the words of the President, Catastrophe. I call it the worst case scenario. Since the November 4th mistake, The Dow is down 2000 points. Even more since the 2006 elections put the Socialists in charge of the economy. Reasonable people are now alarmed into buying guns for the first time in their life, with a president telling them catastrophe is possible.
  • Oregon universities' gun ban faces legal test

    02/20/2009 11:26:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 894+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 20, 2009 | Suzanne Pardington
    LEBANON -- Jeffrey Maxwell, a 30-year-old student at Western Oregon University who served in the Marines, always carries a loaded two-bullet derringer in his front pocket that's so small it looks like it could be his keys. He has a license to carry and conceal the gun, but he never takes it out or talks about it on campus because he doesn't want to scare anyone. It's only for protection, he says. State law allows him to carry his gun in most public places. But the university says he can't carry it on campus -- license or no license. Maxwell's...
  • Dems urge [President] Obama to ban importation of assault weapons

    02/19/2009 6:15:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 1,805+ views
    More than 50 U.S. lawmakers sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to enforce a ban on importing assault weapons. The 53 lawmakers, all Democrats, say many such guns are later smuggled south to arm Mexico's ruthless drug cartels. The ban was implemented under the administrations of President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, and the U.S. government can enforce it under provisions of the 1968 Gun Control Act. But the lawmakers say in their letter that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has quietly abandoned the ban in recent years. The ATF declined...
  • Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition.

    02/16/2009 5:23:40 AM PST · by NucSubs · 93 replies · 3,044+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/15/2009 | Chris Peck
    Misunderstandings with people who carry guns can turn ugly. This past week it has been ugly at the newspaper, after passionate gun owners latched onto three very wrong ideas about why The Commercial Appeal's Web site now lists all those in Tennessee who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. -- Wrong idea No. 1: The newspaper is against the Second Amendment that gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms. -- Wrong idea No. 2: The newspaper is invading people's privacy by posting the permit-to-carry-guns list on its Web site. -- Wrong idea No. 3: Posting the...
  • H.R. 45: Blair Holt gun control bill rehashed

    02/11/2009 6:30:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 2,962+ views
    ESPN Outdoors ^ | February 11, 2009 | Wade Bourne
    To many gun owners, it's the tsunami of gun control legislation, the mother of all efforts to restrict private gun ownership and the guarantees of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. To others, it's just the latest anti-gun agitation, a formerly defeated proposal dredged back up for another try in this time of shifting political winds. "It" is H.R. 45: Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. This bill was introduced in the 111th Congress by U. S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) on Jan. 6, 2009. Failing to attract any co-sponsors, it was referred for...
  • Gun economy heats up before Obama inauguration

    01/10/2009 11:20:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,267+ views
    KUTV ^ | January 10, 2009 | Ty Perry
    Another gun show and another record turnout at the Southtowne Expo Center. This time more than 11,000 people showed up to the first day of the Crossroads of the West Gun Show. That’s about twice as many people as were expected, according to show organizer Bob Templeton. “We knew it would be busy, I don't think we knew it would be as busy as it has been. I think people are concerned about the future of gun rights," said Templeton. The hot item at this gun show was ammunition. Gun owners fear President-elect Barack Obama could implement an increased bullet...
  • Buying Guns Just in Time?

    01/02/2009 2:42:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies · 5,506+ views
    Pick up the morning newspaper or turn on the evening newscast and the story that you’re bound to see is that America is facing an economic recession of historic proportions. Consumer spending is down and unemployment is up, but there is one item that Americans are rushing to buy -- guns. Why? Well, as NRA-certified instructor Joel Rosenberg told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “It’s the Obama effect.” Gun sales have skyrocketed ever since it became clear that Barack Obama was going to win the White House and be able to govern with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. The...
  • Gun sales skyrocket as Obama’s inauguration nears

    12/28/2008 11:48:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,850+ views
    Mike Massie got his first shotgun at the age of 10. Guns have been in Massie’s life since he was 5 years old and trudging along beside his father carrying an unloaded shotgun. His children know how to handle weapons; he even purchased his nephew’s first shotgun when the boy was just one month old. That’s why the Lynchburg resident is worried about what will happen to gun-control laws when President-elect Barack Obama takes office next month. “I feel that I have the right to bear arms legally to defend myself, my family and my property,” Massie said. “I don’t...
  • Gun show hopping ahead of Obama inauguration

    12/26/2008 4:34:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies · 2,671+ views
    WVLT-TV ^ | December 26, 2008 | Stephen McLamb
    Gun dealers have seen a rise in sales surrounding the final days of the presidential election. Some are concerned the newly elected president may put restrictions on firearms. So, could that mean record sales at this weekend's gun show in Knoxville? Many of the people here remember President elect Obama's last democrat predecessor, (President)Bill Clinton, who put restrictions on assault rifles in 1994. That ban expired in 2004 and was not renewed by President Bush. And some at the show fear the policies of old may come back. For three straight days, the Jacob Building will be filled with guns...
  • Recession's 3G's: Fearful Buy Gold, Guns and Generators

    12/25/2008 9:50:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies · 3,471+ views
    The Santa Fe Reporter ^ | December 10, 2008 | Corey Pein
    So much for hope. Even Barack Obama says the economy will get worse before it gets better. In the meantime, freaked out New Mexicans are putting their money where they can see it: at home, under lock and key. And they’re packing heat, just in case. For metals dealers like Gregg Hoffman, an owner of Premier Precious Metals on Cerrillos Road, the financial crisis has provided a kind of vindication. “For many years, stockbrokers treated metals—silver and gold—as being something that only nuts and idiots would have anything to do with,” Hoffman says. “Well, it seems like there’s a lot...
  • Think tank: If each of us carried a gun . . .

    12/08/2008 12:11:58 PM PST · by libstripper · 72 replies · 2,627+ views
    Times Online (London, UK) ^ | December 8, 2008 | Richard Munday
    The firearms massacres that have periodically caused shock and horror around the world have been dwarfed by the Mumbai shootings, in which a handful of gunmen left some 500 people killed or wounded. For anybody who still believed in it, the Mumbai shootings exposed the myth of “gun control”. India had some of the strictest firearms laws in the world, going back to the Indian Arms Act of 1878, by which Britain had sought to prevent a recurrence of the Indian Mutiny.
  • Some are convinced the Obama administration will seek to pass antigun laws.

    12/08/2008 1:24:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 2,299+ views
    The Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune ^ | December 7, 2008 | Jon Tevlin
    The gun show at the Stillwater Armory on Thanksgiving weekend featured an unlikely salesman. A flier taped to the door featured a stern-looking picture of the president-elect, with the words: ''Barack Obama: Enemy of your gun rights." While the gun show had plenty of competition from retailers starting their Christmas sales, business was brisk as people streamed in and bought up shotguns, hunting knives and at least a few semiautomatic rifles -- the gun most gun-rights advocates think an Obama presidency might ban. "It's the Obama effect," said Joel Rosenberg, a gun law expert who teaches a gun course for...
  • New rule allows guns in [national] parks

    12/05/2008 7:37:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,004+ views
    The Jackson Hole News And Guide ^ | December 6, 2008 | Cory Hatch
    The Bush administration on Friday finalized a rule allowing loaded, concealed weapons in national parks. Assistant Interior Secretary Lyle Laverty said the rule would allow individuals with concealed-weapons permits to carry a loaded, concealed weapon in a national park as long as the park is in the state that issued the permit. The rule is expected to go into effect in early January. “The department believes that in managing parks and refuges we should, as appropriate, make every effort to give the greatest respect to the democratic judgements of state legislatures with respect to concealed firearms,” Laverty said in a...
  • Gun Law Update—Early Brady Plans Revealed: Push to end all private sales tops list

    12/01/2008 6:14:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies · 3,064+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | December 1, 2008 | Alan Korwin
    Push to end all private sales tops list “Universal background checks for EVERY gun sold in this country.” [NOTE: Don't forget to recognize and celebrate Bill of Rights Day, Dec. 15; in Phoenix we will be at the Wrigley Mansion starting at 5:30 p.m., you're invited, for details or to RSVP:] Plenty of gun-ban speculation is flying. I have this quote direct from Sarah Brady in a letter addressed to me: “On Election Day, we helped deliver a strong victory for President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden. They will be two of the most powerful allies we have...
  • Mumbai Attacks - Is Manhatten (or Memphis) Next?

    11/30/2008 8:55:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies · 2,030+ views
    Townhall ^ | November 30, 2008 | John Caile
    The Mumbai, India terrorist attacks should serve as a reminder that terrorism is real, tangible, and a threat everywhere...waiting only for the right opportunity to explode. And, try as we all do to engage in denial, the reality is that it is only a matter of time before a Mumbai-style event occurs on American soil. Back in 1993, right after the first World Trade Center bombing, I was talking with a friend of mine who was raised in Israel. I opined that it would be a relatively simple matter for terrorists to stage simultaneous attacks on, say, a dozen shopping...
  • Gunning for Barack Obama: "Hate Group Map" May Explain Gun Sale Surge (We're all bigots alert)

    11/30/2008 7:22:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 182 replies · 4,755+ views
    Associated Content ^ | November 22, 2008 | Gary "The G-Man" Toms
    The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Newsday, U.S.A Today, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and a host of other news organizations recently reported that gun sales across the country increased 10 percent after Barack Obama defeated John McCain. Many of the gun shop owners that were interviewed on camera stated they had never seen sales increase to this level in 15 to 20 years. Those purchasing guns said they were doing so because of a growing fear that the spiraling economy will force desperate people to commit criminal acts. Others bought them because they believe an...
  • And When They Came For The Gun Owners…

    11/29/2008 3:45:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 2,286+ views
    United Liberty ^ | November 25, 2008 | Stephen Gordon
    During the 2008 Democratic primary debate in Philadelphia, April 16, 2008, here is how Barack Obama responded to a question pertaining to the right to keep and bear arms (emphasis added): Q: Is the D.C. law prohibiting ownership of handguns consistent with an individual’s right to bear arms? A: As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private...
  • It's a madhouse outside the gun shops, too (Barf Alert)

    11/28/2008 11:54:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies · 1,983+ views
    The Newport News Daily Press ^ | November 19, 2008 | Tamara Dietrich
    A black man gets elected president and half the country dives for the panic room, buying up guns and squirreling away supplies like fatalists awaiting the End of Days. That's an exaggeration, of course. Barack Obama is biracial, not black. And it's not half the country diving, but a goodly portion of us, judging by soaring gun sales post-Election Day that have even hit Hampton Roads. "Stock up on guns, ammunition, and canned goods," a reader named "Church Slave" suggests in our online Topix system. "And maybe a candy bar or two." I'm no stranger to the idea of laying...
  • Firearms are tax-free today! (South Carolina)

    11/28/2008 6:39:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 1,104+ views
    The Beaufort Gazette ^ | November 28, 2008 | Michael Wells Shapiro
    South Carolina becomes the first state in the country to hold a sales tax holiday only for guns, starting today. And Beaufort County gun shops said they're prepared for big sales -- not only because of the holiday but due to a rising fear that a Barack Obama administration will curtail gun rights. Bob Oberst, owner of the Palmetto State Shooting Center in Okatie, said customers have made plans to come by his store today and Saturday to make tax-free purchases. "Gun sales are up substantially, and I think primarily because of the recent election," Oberst said. "People are deathly...
  • Post-election gun sales up locally (Monterey, California)

    11/28/2008 6:27:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,198+ views
    The Monterey Herald ^ | November 28, 2008 | John Sammon
    Local residents concerned that the election of Barack Obama and a Democratic-controlled Congress will translate into stricter gun laws are buying more guns. But sales are not as brisk as in other states, possibly because California already has some of the strictest gun laws on the books. "I'd say we're up in the sales of guns about 30 percent," said Paul Berezay, store manager of Big 5 Sporting Goods in Salinas. "People evidently think because of the election, guns are going to go away. They don't seem to know that California is already one of the strictest states when it...
  • This Friday and Saturday, guns in S.C. will be sold tax-free

    11/26/2008 12:30:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 2,186+ views
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | November 26, 2008 | Jen Aronoff
    The Nichols Store can sell you a rifle, shotgun or handgun any day it's open. But this Friday and Saturday, the Rock Hill-area outdoor emporium and its fellow gun dealers across South Carolina will be selling all of those items with a twist: tax-free, under a new sales tax holiday devoted exclusively to guns. Long popular for back-to-school shopping, sales tax holidays have, in recent years, expanded to include energy-efficient appliances and hurricane preparedness supplies in selected states. But never before has a state offered a temporary tax break for firearms alone -- at least, not until June, when the...
  • Gun Sales Boom—Fact or Hype?

    11/25/2008 8:13:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 2,425+ views
    New West ^ | November 25, 2008 | Richard Martin
    Since the election of Barack Obama, and the Democratic near-sweep of Congress, two weeks ago there have beenhundreds of news stories about an up surge of gun sales across the West and across the country. Many of these have appeared in newspapers in the Rocky Mountain West: the Denver Post, Boulder’s Daily Camera, the Salt Lake Tribune, and so on. All of the officials, gun sellers and purchasers interviewed agree on the cause of this brisk market for firearms: the threat of radical new gun-control legislation issuing from the Democratic-controlled Congress and signed by the new president. “They want to...
  • Election spurs sales of guns, ammo (Nov. 8th biggest day since 1954 for one gun shop!)

    11/24/2008 12:14:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 3,393+ views
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | November 23, 2008 | Mark L. Johnson
    DAYTONA BEACH -- The owners of Buck's Gun Rack say they didn't vote for Barack Obama, but the president-elect sure has been good for business. Assault-style rifles, personal protection handguns, shotguns and ammunition -- business was up by as much as 400 percent after the election, exceeding records that followed Sept. 11 and preceded the Y2K scare of 2000. "Sales have gone through the roof," Forrest Buckwald said, attributing the boost to a belief that Obama would support gun control measures. "People were talking about Obama before the election," said Buckwald's brother and co-owner, Scott. "The Saturday after the election...