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  • Clinton’s Five Point Plan
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Tim Macy: Hillary Clinton’s Five Point Plan to Destroy the Second Amendment

"If Hillary wins, you can all but kiss the Court's recognition of that individual right goodbye. But Hillary Clinton’s attack on the Second Amendment involves more than just stacking the courts with anti-gunners." - Tim Macy, Chairman of Gun Owners of America

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Obama’s Parting Shots

"Obama administration moves to put gunsmiths out of business,” GOA said in a headline. “Gun owners understand that, notwithstanding the Obama administration’s dishonest protests to the contrary, the clear intention of this regulation is to effectively make gunsmithing illegal.”

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GOA's Legal Defense Team Goes to Bat for Constitutional Rights of Gun Owners

"GOA's legal team has submitted an amicus brief in this Supreme Court case, Manuel v. Joliet, on the basis that protecting the Fourth Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans will ultimately protect the rights of gun owners to be free from "unreasonable searches and seizures."

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Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny

"Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said his group also opposes such surveillance. “Information on law-abiding gun owners ends up getting recorded, stored, and registered, which is a violation of the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act and of the Second Amendment,” Mr. Pratt said."

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Donald Trump Agrees with Clinton that People on Watch Lists Should Potentially be Barred from Buying Guns

“The problem with secret government watch lists is that they are full of non-criminals,” [GOA's Erich] Pratt said. “No one should lose their rights, including those protected by the Second Amendment, without being convicted in a court of law.”

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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?

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

Self-Defense Corner

  • Armed Robber Becomes Target
  • Bank Robbery Foiled
  • Homeowner Shoots Burglar
  • Vet Shoots Intruder
  • Pastor Saved By Wife

Armed Robber Goes To Walmart, Becomes Target

An armed robber went up to a Walmart employee sitting in his car before his shift started, pulled a weapon, and told the employee to, “give him everything.”

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Concealed Carrier Defends Himself And Others Against Bank Robber

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — A concealed carrier was waiting patiently to deposit a check at a local branch of Wells Fargo when a bank robber rudely cut in front of him. The bank robber allegedly told all the customers to get in the corner and wait while he turned his attention to the bank teller. After complying with the bank robber’s initial request, the concealed carrier drew his pistol and fired a shot — missing the bank robber and hitting the couch behind him.

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Texas Homeowner Shoots Burglar — Burglar Confesses To Crime While Being Treated For Gunshot

DALLAS, TEXAS — James Nero, 30, broke into a Dallas man’s home in broad daylight and was shot by the homeowner. He fled the scene but later was forced to surrender to police in order to seek treatment for his gunshot wound. He confessed to attempting to burglarize the man’s home and was charged by Dallas police.

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71-Year-Old Disabled Vet Shoots Home Invasion Suspect

A 71-year-old disabled veteran protected himself, shooting and wounding a home invasion suspect who refused to stand still when ordered to freeze.

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Pastor’s Wife Shoots Would-Be Robber Who Beat Her Husband with Rifle

On September 15 a pastor’s wife in Philadelphia opened fire on an alleged assailant as her husband yelled, “Shoot him, Shoot him.”

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