February 26, 2013
Authorities in a Georgia town with a law requiring residents to own guns said the 1982 law was never meant as an enforceable measure.
WUSA-TV, Washington, which said it found support for the law from all residents it spoke to in Kennesaw, quoted police as saying the 1982 law requiring gun and ammunition ownership was a symbolic gesture responding to a 1981 gun ban in Morton Grove, Ill., which was later declared unconstitutional.
“It was not meant to be an enforceable law. The police department has never searched homes to make sure you had a gun. It was meant more or less as a political statement to support citizens’ second amendment rights to own firearms,” Kennesaw police Lt. Craig Graydon said.
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:11 EST
President Obama has directed the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence as part of his legislative package on gun control. The CDC hasn’t pursued this kind of research since 1996 when the National Rifle Association lobbied Congress to cut funding for it, arguing that the studies were politicized and being used to promote gun control. We’ve interviewed Dr. Mark Rosenberg, who led the agency’s gun violence research in the nineties when he was the director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
We talked to Rosenberg about the work the agency was doing before funding was cut and how it’s relevant to today’s gun control debate. Here’s an edited transcript.
There’s been coverage recently about how Congress cut funding for gun violence research, but not much about what the agency was actually researching and what it was finding. You were in charge of that. Tell us a little bit about what the CDC was doing back then.
There were basically four questions that we were trying to answer. The first question is what is the problem? Who were the victims? Who was killed? Who were injured? Where did they happen? Under what circumstances? When? What times of the year? What times of the day? What was the relationship to other events? How did they happen? What were the weapons that were used? What was the relationship between the people involved? What was the motive or the setting in which they happened?
The second question is what are the causes? What are the things that increase one’s risk of being shot? What are the things that decrease one’s risk of being shot?
The third question we were trying to answer is what works to prevent these? What kinds of policies, what kinds of interventions, what kinds of police practices or medical practices or education and school practices actually might prevent some of these shootings? We’re not just looking at mass shootings, but also looking at the bulk of the homicides that occur every year and the suicides, which account for a majority of all gun deaths.
Then the last question is how do you do it? Once you have a program or policy that has been proven to work in one place, how do you spread it? How do you actually put it in place?
Debunking the meme that historical gun grabs by dictatorships is a myth
Paul Joseph Watson
February 26, 2013
Following Alex Jones’ explosive appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight last month, gun control advocates reacted to Jones’ fiery historical defense of the right to bear arms by attempting to dismiss the fact that tyrannical regimes always disarmed their target populations as a myth or a hoax.
Numerous left-wing blogs successfully gamed Google’s search engine results so that when people searched for terms such as ‘Nazi gun control’, they were met with a plethora of articles claiming the historical basis for this connection was a fabrication.
A meme has been launched claiming that historical gun grabs by dictatorships is a myth – an insulting attempt to literally re-write history in the name of pursuing a contemporary political agenda.
In reality, the Nazis did take existing gun control laws and make them more draconian in order to target their political adversaries. That is a manifestly provable historical fact.
By Tim Hoover
The Denver Post
The Democratic sponsor of a bill to hold manufacturers and sellers of assault-style weapons liable for the violence that occurs with the guns says he’s found a way around a conflict with federal law.
Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, plans to introduce his bill Wednesday, but gave an overview the day before.
Critics immediately questioned whether Morse’s bill would result in gun dealers essentially having to profile firearms purchasers based upon their appearance.
Under the bill, manufacturers and sellers of semi-automatic rifles could be sued for violent acts committed with the guns if they “negligently entrusted” the assault-style weapon to someone whom they “reasonably should have known might use the weapon” to cause harm. Under the bill, manufacturers and sellers would have to “use the highest degree of care” in selling, storing or transferring weapons.
The Republican-controlled state Senate voted on Monday, 31 to 4 in favor of a measure that allows colleges and universities to decide themselves whether to allow concealed weapons on their campuses.
The state House previously passed the bill 70 to 11.
The bill now goes to Democratic Governor Mike Beebe who is expected to sign the legislation.
Arkansas would be the 24th state to let colleges and universities decide whether to allow firearms on campus, though some states already allow students to carry concealed weapons.
Their argument also holds that shooters are less likely to open fire in areas where the population is armed.
Guntersville authorities would confiscate guns of “unruly” individuals during disasters
Paul Joseph Watson
February 26, 2013
Guntersville (Ala.) Mayor Leigh Dollar is working with city officials to pass an ordinance that would give police the power to “disarm individuals” during a disaster, a chilling example of how the second amendment is being assaulted via the back door.
February 25, 2013
A strong group of Brownsville residents were one of hundreds of groups nationwide to rally Saturday in support of the Second Amendment.
The aptly named .223 resistance rally gave Second Amendment advocates a chance to publicly express their opinions at Veterans Park.
“The .223 is significant because that is the cartridge that goes in a semi automatic,” Brownsville Tea Party President Terry Frady said.
The rally, named for the .223-caliber ammunition, is a show of support for gun advocates who oppose President Barack Obama’s recent 23 executive orders that would limit high-capacity magazines, ban military-style assault weapons, close background check loopholes, provide schools with safety resources and increase access to mental health services.
Back in January, I made a modest proposal:
Although I remain in favor of most Americans being allowed to own and carry any guns they choose, and am against even gun registration, there is one group, I propose, that should be an exception to this rule: federal government employees. The emergence of the phrase,”going postal,” is not for nothing.
The greatest atrocities in the history of mankind have been committed by government employees during periods after guns were confiscated from “the people.” Thus, there is clear justification for disarming them.
CBS St. Louis
February 25, 2013
COMMENT: Instead of raising strong men who could balance and discourage a criminal culture, many in the community want to make children fearful of guns and subservient to those who wield them.
While St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is raising funds for a gun buyback program, Pastor Rodney Francis of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church wants to catch kids before they even think about wielding a weapon.
His church is planning a toy gun buyback later this summer.
“We want to engage the culture of violence and one of the strategies that we thought we might be able to use is to educate parents about the danger of allowing kids to continue this access to toy guns and playing with toy guns.”
Feb 25, 2013
This is a Natural News Freedom Update (NNFU) for Monday, February 25, 2013.
In a Texas straight talk column published yesterday, Ron Paul gave a shout out to Natural News coverage of the raw milk raids still being conducted by armed federal agents.
As Ron Paul points out, the U.S. government has been actively involved in financially supporting and conducting armed raids on raw milk farmers and distributors. This is an extreme abuse of government power and it shows why the government wants U.S. citizens to be completely disarmed. As Ron Paul explains:
While I oppose most gun control proposals, there is one group of Americans I do believe should be disarmed: federal agents. The use of force by federal agents to enforce unjust and unconstitutional laws is one of the major, albeit overlooked, threats to liberty. Too often Americans are victimized by government force simply for engaging in commercial transactions disproved of by Congress and the federal bureaucracy.
For example, the offices of Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, have been repeatedly raided by armed federal and state agents, and Rawesome’s founder, 65-year old James Stewart, has been imprisoned. What heinous crime justified this action? Rawesome sold unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese to willing customers — in a state where raw milk is legal! You cannot even drink milk from a cow without a federal permit!
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Reverse gun ban? Dozens of ammo, gun parts and firearms companies refuse to sell to government
At the same time state governments and the federal government are attempting to completely disarm the citizens and create a monopoly of firepower in the hands of corrupt government entities, private gun parts suppliers, ammo retailers and gun makers are fighting back: They are refusing to sell to cities, counties, states and agencies that violate the United States Constitution and the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
February 25, 2013
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said Sunday any Senate legislation on gun control that includes a national registry of firearms owners will be a deal breaker.
Coburn is part of the bipartisan Senate panel seeking ways to curb gun violence and that purportedly is about to agree on a proposal to expand background checks to most private gun sales, with national record-keeping still unresolved.
“Absolutely will not be record-keeping of legitimate, law-abiding gun owners,” Coburn told “Fox News Sunday.” “That will kill this bill.”
February 25, 2013
A federal appeals court has ruled that permits allowing people to carry concealed weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment.
The ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was issued Friday in a case involving Washington state resident Gray Peterson.
A federal judge in 2011 tossed out Peterson’s lawsuit filed against Denver and the state’s Department of Public Safety. Peterson claims that being denied a concealed weapons permit because he was not a Colorado resident violated his Second Amendment rights to bear firearms.
The National Rifle Association claims it has obtained a Justice Department memo that notes President Obama’s gun control initiatives would be ineffective without seizing citizens’ assault rifles and requiring a federal gun registration.
It’s not clear how the NRA obtained a memo under the name of one of the Justice Department’s leading crime researchers, but its authenticity has not neither been challenged by the White House nor Justice Department.
The NRA is using the memo in advertisements, zeroing in on the statement claiming that the success of universal background checks would depend on “requiring gun registration” and that gun buybacks would not work “unless massive and coupled with a ban.”
The memo also says that requiring background checks for gun purchases would not be enough to address gun violence and that it could lead to more unlawful weapons sales among those not able to pass or not willing to subject themselves to a background check.
Obama has publicly assured gun owners that they would be able to keep their existing assault-style weapons and high capacity ammunition under tighter gun control legislation. However the memo, which was kept private until the NRA got hold of the document, states that exempting already possessed assault weapons wouldn’t have much impact on gun violence, since so many rifles of this type are already in the hands of Americans.
In televised advertisements across 15 states, the NRA is now citing the nine-page memo as ‘proof’ that the administration “believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation.” The advertisements have caused heated discussion about the extent that the government wants to take gun control legislation.
“Still think President Obama’s proposals sound reasonable?” the NRA’s chief Washington lobbyist, Chris W. Cox, says in the ad.
February 22, 2013
Gun owners came out to the capitol in force Thursday to object to a bill that would make it illegal to open carry a pistol or revolver in a public building without a permit.Holding up a copy of the New Hampshire constitution, Steven Stefanik of Manchester told lawmakers their oath required them to reject the bill.“You can make laws, but you can’t go against the Constitution, and I just read you article 2A: we all have the right to keep and bear arms, any place, anytime we want to protect ourselves, our state, our families and our property.”
Film maker says Americans should only be permitted to own muskets
Paul Joseph Watson
February 22, 2013Gun control advocate Michael Moore thinks that Americans should only be permitted to own muskets, a stance that would instantly criminalize nearly 100 million firearms owners. His message for everyone else? “If you are worried about your safety,get a dog.”
February 22, 2013
The New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday approved 22 gun violence prevention bills focusing on reforming gun and ammunition sales, improving mental health services, enhancing gun safety, combating illegal gun trafficking, boosting school security and preventing gang violence.“These measures are a blend of temperance and temerity – the temperance necessary to address this issue pragmatically without trampling on Second Amendment rights, and the temerity to tackle this issue once and for all,” said Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). “For those who argue that our efforts are an emotional response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I don’t entirely disagree. To not be driven by emotion to address the incomprehensible slaying of 20 innocent children would be baffling. This is not, however, a knee-jerk response. The time to get serious about protecting our communities from gun violence is long overdue. The proposals we have approved are common sense.”[…]ASSEMBLY BILLS PASSED:A-588 Aca
Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor.A-1116
Establishes 180 day prohibition on purchase of handgun for certain individuals who fail to report loss or theft of firearm.A-1329 Aca
Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.A-1387 Aca
Permits municipalities to establish weapons free zones around schools and public facilities.A-1683 Aca
Criminalizes purchase or possession of firearms ammunition by persons convicted of certain crimes.[…]A-3510
Requires proof of firearms safety training as a condition for issuance of firearms purchaser ID cards and permits to purchase handguns.[…]
February 22, 2013
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) believes that President Barack Obama and “most liberal Democrats” really want to repeal the Second Amendment.On Thursday, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham asked Hatch, “Do you think, if he had his druthers, President Obama would repeal the Second Amendment?”“I don’t think there’s any question about it. Most liberal Democrats would,” Hatch replied. “I don’t know of any liberal Republicans that would, but most liberal Democrats would. They’ll mouth that they wouldn’t, but look, what are they doing? They want more and more controls.”
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