Friday, October 2, 2009

Joyce Foundation (Puppet) on Chicago Case

From the Legal Community Against Violence Gun Ownership:
"We believe that state and local governments should be free to address gun violence as they see fit. Even if the Court concludes, however, that the Second Amendment does apply to the states, Heller made clear that the Amendment is consistent with a broad variety of reasonable gun violence prevention regulations"

LCAV will support Chicago and Oak Park in the Supreme Court litigation and will continue to provide assistance to state and local governments facing Second Amendment challenges to firearms laws. ..

Which means they're going to continue to push for every ban, restriction, and regulation that comes across no matter how ridiculous or ineffective. For gun control groups, everything up to and including defacto or dejure bans are 'reasonable'.

No Olympics for Chicago

Perhaps the video of Chicago teenagers being beaten to death during gang riots had more of an impact than the celebrities Daley sent there.

Or perhaps the group Chicago2016 should have spent the $2m they donated to Obama on more bribes to the IOC.

Being Prepared

Univ. of Florida adds plan for zombie attack response.

Will they designate the local SCCC chapter as first responders?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Deer Season in Illinois

Via State Sen. Dan Rutherford:
“Recent changes in Illinois laws are intended to lengthen the deer hunting season for sportsmen,” Rutherford said. “These changes are more hunter-friendly and will provide an opportunity for more deer to be harvested.”

The fall deer season began on October 1, with archery hunters taking the first crack at the herd.

• Archery – October 1 – January 17
• Youth – October 10 – 11
• Firearm season - November 20-22 and December 3-6
• Muzzleloader only – December 11-13
• Late Winter – December 31 – January 3 and January 15-17

Deer permits that remain after the daily drawing period will be available for over-the-counter sales on October 20. Hunters will be able to purchase these licenses through the Department of Natural Resources and approved retailers.

Beautiful Sight.

What we're being told by the media is this:
Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages.
Firearm owners noted this months ago and the shortage is already ending. This is the ammo shelves at the Rural King in Champaign, Il.

Like I said. Beautiful sight.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Million Dollar Question

Which organizations and/or Gov't officials are going to file briefs opposing the incorporation of an enumerated right?

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Brady Campaign in Denial

""The Chicago case is unlikely to have much practical impact on most gun laws regardless of how the Court rules. "

He said the same thing over the Heller ruling even though it laid the foundation for this case and the dissolution of several gun bans across the nation.

No, none of those are 'practical impacts' to someone whose organization has suffered so many defeats in the last few years they can't even be considered 'National' anymore as they only have enough resources/support to focus on small areas in a few select states.

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Cert. Granted in 2A Incorporation

Court to rule on gun rights, terrorism law

Taking on a major new constitutional dispute over gun rights, the Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to decide whether to apply the Second Amendment to state, county and city government laws...

The Court had three cases from which to choose on the Second Amendment issue — two cases involving a Chicago gun ban, and one case on a New York ban on a martial-arts weapon. It chose one of the Chicago cases — McDonald v. Chicago (08-1521) — a case brought to it by Alan Gura, the Alexandria, VA. lawyer who won the 2008 decision for the first time recognizing a constitutional right to have a gun for personal use, at least in self-defense in the home (District of Columbia v. Heller). A second appeal on the Chicago dispute had been filed by the National Rifle Association (NRA v. Chicago, 08-1497). Presumably, the Court will hold onto that case until it decides McDonald; the same is likely for the New York case, Maloney v. Rice (08-1592) — a case in which Justice Sonia Sotomayor had participated when she was a judge on the Second Circuit Court.

So the first half of next year should provide some good blog-fodder followed by the reactions to it by both sides and the mid-term elections.

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Kellerman 'Research' Striking Again?

From a 'study' on DGU's:
on average, guns did not protect those who possessed them from being shot in an assault. The study estimated that people with a gun were 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault than those not possessing a gun.

they randomly selected 677 cases of Philadelphia residents who were shot in an assault from 2003 to 2006. Six percent of these cases were in possession of a gun (such as in a holster, pocket, waistband, or vehicle) when they were shot.

So 40 people had guns on them. Nowhere in the article does it say they 'legally' had it on them. Most crimes occur by criminals against prior criminals. What's the percentage of Philly residents who have CCW permits? Are permit holders that much more likely to be involved in a crime?

As reader Carl in Chicago noted, the PA school of Medicine has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in Joyce Foundation grants to endorse gun control.

I suspect the fisking of the report when the full version is released will be fairly simple.

Update: Here's the full article. SIH says that the methodology is completely rigged to achieve the standard Joyce line. From what I'm reading, they did include illegal possession by adults involved in criminal activities just like Kellerman did.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Left-Wing" Terrorists

ELF claims credit for toppling radio towers

SNOHOMISH, Wash. -- A piece of heavy equipment was used to topple two towers for Everett radio station KRKO, and the national Earth Liberation Front says their members are responsible...

But Jerry Anderson added, "I was glad this happened. It made me think of the Boston Tea Party."

Yet no broad brush reports from the ADL, SPLC, or DHS condemning anyone even remotely associated w/ supporting 'Green' causes.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Horse Tradin'*

*or "A New Mouth To Feed"

Well the Thompson has gone to a new home. Traded it for a 'Pre-Ban' Colt AR-15 SP-1.

Now the joy of finding ammo to feed it.

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Your Moment of Zen

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Weekend Gun Show Roundup

Conventional rifles and shotguns for traditional hunting and sporting purposes (pages 4-20, 4-21) are always available, but that is never where the crowds gather. The buzz surrounds assault weapons and their accessories.

-Gary Wintemute. 2009 Gun Show 'study'
Really? Never? His word. Never.

All the interest and sales at this (admittedly small) show centered around "Conventional rifles and shotguns for traditional hunting and sporting purpose". Only a few people even looked at the "Assault Weapons" (mostly AR's and CETME's) that were available. None to my knowledge were purchased.

I guess the good Dr. was using the Humpty Dumpty definition of 'never'.

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