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  • October 30, 2012

    Justice Stevens: You Have the 'Constitutional Right' to Call 911, Not to Own a Gun-9

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    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says your right to self-defense in your own home should be limited to a cellphone "at your bedside."

    Stevens, 92, served on the Supreme Court for 35 years before retiring in 2010. A liberal jurist, Stevens wrote the dissenting opinions on both the 2008 Heller ruling and the 2010 McDonald decision, both of which were 5-4 affirmations that the Second Amendment protects an individual's civil right to keep and bear arms.

    As the guest speaker during an Oct. 15 luncheon hosted by the anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, Stevens offered a suggestion to millions of Americans who legally keep a weapon in their home for self-defense.

    "Maybe you have some kind of constitutional right to have a cell phone with a pre-dialed 911 in the number at your bedside and that might provide you with a little better protection than a gun which you’re not used to using,” he said to laughter, according to an Oct. 16 article by Reuters. 

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  • October 22, 2012

    Chicago Proposes 'Violence Tax' On Gun and Ammunition Sales -12

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    Illinois is the only state in the nation that doesn’t "allow" citizens to legally carry a concealed weapon. Yet Chicago, with 401 homicides in 2012 by Oct. 9, has more murders caused by gunfire than any other major metropolitan area in the country.

    Rather than restore residents' Second Amendment right to own a weapon for personal protection -- as the city was commanded to do by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010's McDonald v. Chicago ruling -- city politicians want to tax away violence by imposing a levy on all ammunition sold in Cook County.

    If adopted, the proposed "violence tax" will assess either a 2-percent tax on ammunition purchases or levy 10 cents on every bullet sold in Cook County.

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle believes the proposed "violence tax" is necessary because violent crime is threatening to bankrupt Chicago by crowding the city's jails and hospitals.

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  • October 17, 2012

    Presidential Debate: Obama Says He Would Renew Assault Weapons Ban Efforts-8

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    If re-elected, President Barack Obama will initiate "a broader conversation" about reducing gun violence. Part of that discussion, he said, will be "seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced."

    Obama made that statement during Tuesday's presidential debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, issuing his strongest statement yet about re-imposing the Clinton Era assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.

    Unlike the first debate two weeks earlier, which didn't include discussion about gun control and Second Amendment rights, Tuesday's second Obama-Romney go-around featured a spirited exchange regarding a prospective AWB renewal and a Romney gaffe that it is "already illegal in this country to have automatic weapons."

    In response to Obama's vow to reinstate the AWB, Romney reiterated his campaign pledge to focus on enforcing existing laws rather than impose new ones.

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  • October 9, 2012

    Personal Defense Knives: 3 Good Fixed-Blade Options-9

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    For years when I traveled where I couldn’t carry a gun, I would take along a folding knife for protection. I now know better. While convenient, folders are difficult to deploy under stress, and the spot where the blade pivots is inherently weak. This disqualifies them for serious self-defense work. Instead, invest in a good fixed-blade knife. But do your homework before strapping on a blade. State and local ordinances governing knives—both fixed-blades and folders—are varied and confusing, so take time to investigate the laws where you plan to carry.

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  • October 8, 2012

    Lehrer Rejects 'Loaded' Gun Question from Brady Campaign in Presidential Debate-3

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    Many are questioning why moderator Jim Lehrer did not ask a question related to Second Amendment rights or gun-control during the Oct. 3 debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, especially since it was the only one of the three scheduled debates devoted exclusively to domestic issues.
                   
    Certainly, all interested parties in the gun rights/gun control schism would have appreciated listening to both candidates define their views about a wide range of Second Amendment-related issues, from reinstating the automatic weapons ban to adopting the proposed National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill to making appointments to the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court.
                   
    Lehrer chose not to ask any questions about gun rights or gun control, opting instead to focus almost exclusively on the campaign's dominant issue: the economy.

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  • October 5, 2012

    How to Pick the Right Concealed-Carry Gun-8

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    While a law enforcement officer might have to fire bullets through automobile glass, car chassis, doors, drywall, or other objects in pursuit of an assailant, the mandate for a civilian self-defense shooter is to simply stop the attack—and nothing more. A recent study shows that such incidents are most often sudden, close, and brief.

    This study, an analysis of almost 500 civilian self-defense incidents in which a firearm was involved, shows that about 50 percent happened in the home, 30 percent in a place of business, and the remaining attacks occurred in a public place, frequently a parking lot. The majority of the time, the range of these encounters was less than 12 feet. Shots were fired in fewer than 80 percent of the attacks, and when the person being assaulted did have to shoot, he rarely shot more than three times. The most common response of the attackers was to flee, unless the shooting incapacitated them. The most common calibers used were 9mm and .38 Special (62 percent). Calibers .380 and smaller were used 24 percent of the time, .40-­caliber and larger only 14 percent of the time.

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  • October 1, 2012

    Video: Goofy Russian Kid Shooting PPSh-41-5

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    In World War II, American GIs had the Tommy gun, the Nazis their MP-40s and Ivan, well, he had the PPSh-41, aka the Shpagin machine pistol.

    The Soviet military churned these inexpensive subguns out by the millions and used them to help drive the Nazis off their turf and win the war.

    The PPSh-41 is a crude weapon, but reliable and it is still in service today. It operates on an open-bolt blowback action and fires the 7.62x25mm Tokarev pistol cartridge.

    Here’s what one looks like in the hands of a goofy, and profane, “professional Russian.”

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