GOA Slams Bloomberg and Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment
Obama Budget Lays Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry
Gun Owners win key victories, including one before the Supreme Court
Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!
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Will the New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?
GOA Slams Bloomberg and Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment -- While gun owners dramatically winning the culture war


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Obama Budget Lays Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry -- And ATF makes the import ban on 5.45x39 ammo official



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Gun Owners win key victories, including one before the Supreme Court -- And gunnies say goodbye to a good friend



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Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!



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image GOA Slams Bloomberg and Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment
image Obama Budget Lays Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry
image Gun Owners win key victories, including one before the Supreme Court
image Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!
image Lawless Obama Shreds More Constitutional Protections for Steel Core 5.45x39 Ammo
image Will the New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?

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Michael Bloomberg is late to the party with his anti-gun push

Editor's note: Michael Hammond is the legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN) -- Like a 3-year-old who thinks he's just discovered the wheel, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is reveling over his startling new...

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Judge Stevens

Gun Groups Slam Stevens' 'Idiotic' Idea to Alter Second Amendment

Gun-rights advocates slammed retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' suggestion to revise the Second Amendment to specify that Americans have the right to bear arms only when serving in militias... Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America, told Newsmax that the view represented "sour grapes on his part." Pratt...

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Scott Wagner

Tea Party Write-in Candidate Defies the Establishment
-- Trounces Republican and Democrat candidates in state senate race

Earth to the Republican Party:  Ronald Reagan called and he wants his party back. Both Republicans and Democrats alike were stunned when a write-in candidate trounced the establishment picks for their respective parties in a state senate race last week. The Republican...

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Vivek Murthy

Will the Next Surgeon General be an Anti-gun Fanatic?

Earlier this week, Senators grilled the latest anti-gun nominee that President Obama has put forward:  Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was nominated to be the next Surgeon General of the United States. Make no mistake about it:  Murthy is an anti-gun fanatic.   Not only that, as Surgeon General, Murthy could channel huge amounts...

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California Jewelry Store Owner Wins Gunfight With Armed Robber

Many times, the mere presence of a firearm is enough of a deterrent to end a violent crime. However, sometimes a defensive situation does deteriorate into an actual gunfight. This is the situation a jewelry store owner in Antioch, CA found himself in last week. Two armed men attempted to rob the Hardy Nix Jewelry store, but...

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Entire Family Opens Fire on Early Morning Home Invader

You’re going to have a bad day if you’re a home invader and you’re facing a single armed citizen. You’re probably going to have a terrible day if you’re facing an entire armed family. According to WFLA, that’s exactly what happened to one unlucky home invader in Winter Haven, FL, According to WHPD, the suspect was a complete...

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BREAKING: First Defensive Gun Use in Chicago Illinois by Carry Permit Holder!

It has begun in Chicago! The law abiding citizens of Chicago will no longer sit idly by as criminals and thugs take over their city. Here we have the first ever documented defensive gun use in Chicago by a carry permit holder! According to The Chicago Tribune, a 53 year old man legally used deadly force to defend...

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DA finds fatal shooting justified

Kyle Ford was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed Joshua Pride Salyer, the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office has ruled. Ford, 30, told officers that he shot a man, later identified as Salyer, after Salyer and two other men came toward him in an aggressive manner. Ford said his next-door neighbor had knocked on his door, asking for...

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Jet's Pizza deliveryman shoots robbery suspects

The Redford Police Department says a Jet's Pizza deliveryman shot at two suspects that were trying to rob him while he was making a delivery on Saturday night. Police say the deliveryman went to give the two men posing as customers their pizza, when one of the suspects grabbed him and the other one pulled out a gun and demanded his money. Read More...

McCain's Constitution

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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