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The Genius of July 4 Trumps Every Gun Control Argument

by Erich Pratt

The most amazing debate took place in the Grand Canyon State earlier this year.

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Pope Francis Libels Gun Owners

by Larry Pratt

The Pope has been taking aim at the Second Amendment for some time.  Last year, he referred to arms makers as “merchants of death.” Now the Pope has questioned the Christianity of manufacturers and owners of guns

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The President Gets it Wrong Once Again -- Guns are actually saving lives

by Erich Pratt

Just hours after the tragic shooting in a South Carolina church, President Barack Obama resumed his fanatical war on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

 

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Gun Groups Slam Obama on SC Comments

Gun-rights groups Thursday slammed President Barack Obama's call for a national reckoning on gun violence after the fatal shooting of nine people in a South Carolina church Wednesday night and his remark that "this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."…

"Just hours after the tragic shooting in a South Carolina church, President Barack Obama resumed his fanatical war on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners," said Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America.

"The president wants to blame an inanimate object — the gun," Pratt added. "But that just deflects blame away from the real culprit: gun-control policies that leave people defenseless in the face of evil perpetrators who are never effectively prevented from acquiring weapons."

[The President] acknowledged the scant sentiment within the Republican-controlled Congress for stricter gun laws, saying that he recognizes "the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now."

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State Department Proposal May Make Information-Sharing on Guns Illegal

There has been quite a buzz recently about the State Department’s proposed rulemaking concerning the Arms Export Control Act -- and its impact on information concerning guns.

GOA has looked over the regulations -- and other people’s comments concerning the regs. One initial comment is that a lot of the proposed language which has caused such a stir is carried over from current regulations.

This is not dispositive. If an anti-gun president, like Obama, wanted to use a long standing preexisting statute to implement comprehensive gun control -- and if that preexisting statute had historically been interpreted conservatively -- the first thing the anti - gun president would do is recodify the regulations, with slight modifications.

That said, here are the major problems with the proposed regs, as we see it. This is probably more than you want to know. But, if you’re going to get involved, it’s not more than you need to know.

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Self-Defense Corner

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MAN ALLEGEDLY GOES AFTER EX-GIRLFRIEND, KICKS IN TRAILER DOOR, GETS SHOT, KILLED

On June 6, a Caseyville, Illinois man allegedly told his ex-girlfriend he was coming to get her, then kicked in her trailer door and was subsequently shot and killed.

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5 Armed Men Try To Enter Detroit Home, Female Concealed Carrier Inside Says Nope

Around 3am Tuesday morning, 5 men entered a Detroit home, however they became quickly aware that they picked the wrong house.

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Violent Home Invader Shot And Killed In Boulder

19-year-old Roberto Zamora attempted to break into several homes in a Boulder neighborhood before finally choosing the wrong house.

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Teen With Fake Gun Shot Trying To Mug Concealed Carrier With Real Gun

After a nice meal at the Shell on Fowler Avenue, a couple were leaving when two teenagers emerged from the bushes brandishing what was thought to be an actual gun. The two teens – identified now as Reginald Smith and Jeremiah Walker – demanded the couple’s money and cell phones.

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Female Concealed Carrier Shoots Knife-Wielding Robber In Houston

Don’t mess with Texas women.

A woman was “cool as a cucumber” Friday evening when she opened fire at a man who tried to rob her at a gas station in northeast Harris County, sheriff’s deputies said.

The woman, in her mid-30s, pulled into an Exxon station about 6 p.m. along FM 2100 and Saddle Creek Farms Drive.

She was in the driver’s seat when a man suddenly got into the passenger side. He pulled out a knife and demanded her cash, Harris County sheriff’s deputies said.

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McCain's Constitution
by George Will
as seen at Townhall.com

Presidents swear to "protect and defend the Constitution." The Constitution says: "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech." On April 28, on Don Imus' radio program, discussing the charge that the McCain-Feingold law abridges freedom of speech by regulating the quantity, content and timing of political speech, John McCain did not really reject the charge:

    I work in Washington and I know that money corrupts. And I and a lot of other people were trying to stop that corruption. Obviously, from what we've been seeing lately, we didn't complete the job. But I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government.

Question: Were McCain to take the presidential oath, what would he mean?

In his words to Imus, note the obvious disparagement he communicates by putting verbal quotation marks around "First Amendment rights." Those nuisances.

Then ponder his implicit promise to "complete the job" of cleansing Washington of corruption, as McCain understands that. Unfortunately, although McCain is loquacious about corruption, he is too busy deploring it to define it. Mister Straight Talk is rarely reticent about anything, but is remarkably so about specifics: He says corruption is pandemic among incumbent politicians, yet he has never identified any corrupt fellow senator.

Anyway, he vows to "complete the job" of extirpating corruption, regardless of the cost to freedom of speech. Regardless, that is, of how much more the government must supervise political advocacy. President McCain would, it is reasonable to assume, favor increasingly stringent limits on what can be contributed to, or spent by, campaigns. Furthermore, McCain seems to regard unregulated political speech as an inherent invitation to corruption. And he seems to believe that anything done in the name of "leveling the playing field" for political competition is immune from First Amendment challenges.

The logic of his doctrine would cause him to put the power of the presidency behind efforts to clamp government controls on Internet advocacy. This is because the speech regulators' impulse is increasingly untethered from concern with corruption. It is extending to regulation in the name of "fairness." Bob Bauer, a Democratic lawyer, says this about the metastasizing government regulation of campaigns:

    More and more, it is meant to regulate any money with the potential of influencing elections; and so any unregulated but influential money, in whichever way its influence is felt or achieved, is unfair. This explains the hand-wringing horror with which the reform community approached the Internet's fast-growing use and limitless potential.

This is why the banner of "campaign reform" is no longer waved only by insurgents from outside the political establishment. Washington's most powerful people carry the banner: Led by Speaker Dennis Hastert, and with the president's approval, the Republican-controlled House recently voted to cripple the ability of citizens' groups called 527s (named after the provision of the tax code under which they are organized) to conduct independent advocacy that Washington's ruling class considers "unfair."

Which highlights the stark contradiction in McCain's doctrine and the media's applause of it. He and they assume, simultaneously, the following two propositions:

Proof that incumbent politicians are highly susceptible to corruption is the fact that the government they control is shot through with it. Yet that government should be regarded as a disinterested arbiter, untainted by politics and therefore qualified to regulate the content, quantity and timing of speech in campaigns that determine who controls the government. In the language of McCain's Imus appearance, the government is very much not "clean," but is so clean it can be trusted to regulate speech about itself.

McCain hopes that in 2008 pro-life Republicans will remember his pro-life record. But they will know that, regarding presidents and abortion, what matters are Supreme Court nominees. McCain favors judges who think the Constitution is so radically elastic that government regulation of speech about itself is compatible with the First Amendment. So Republican primary voters will wonder: Can President McCain be counted on to nominate justices who would correct such constitutional elasticities as the court's discovery of a virtually unlimited right -- one unnoticed between 1787 and 1973 -- to abortion?

McCain told Imus that he would, if necessary, sacrifice "quote First Amendment rights" to achieve "clean" government. If on Jan. 20, 2009, he were to swear to defend the Constitution, would he be thinking that the oath refers only to "the quote Constitution"? And what would that mean?

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George F. Will is a 1976 Pulitzer Prize winner, whose columns are syndicated in more than 400 magazines and newspapers worldwide.

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