Friday, March 30, 2007

Online Petition to the B.A.T.F. and Congress...

David Codrea at the War on Guns points to an article concerning Red's Trading Post. Red's is having some problems with the B.A.T.F. and they have pulled his license. And, this is not an isolated instance. Another shop, that was a competitor of Red's was closed down in the area.

On Red's website there is an Online Petition that allows commentary and anonymity. Please take a little time and add your signature. We The People must stop this ongoing perversion and subversion of our inalienable Right! The Right to something entails the means of procuring all things that are incidental to enable one to enjoy the use of it.

The ongoing governmental assaults against our Right must cease. Let's make sure that they understand that those in our government are still OUR SERVANTS! And, NOT our masters.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

New page on GunShowOnTheNet.com;

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

“Mr. Burglar, hand me my gun.”

Pertinent quotations from;

STATE v. NIETO. (No. 16624.)

[State v. Nieto, 101 Ohio 409, 130 N.E. 663 (1920).]

WANAMAKER, J. (dissenting).

The specific question is the right to possession of a weapon in one's home, however humble, to defend one's inalienable right of life, liberty, person, property, and home. The mere fact that this question is so vital, and involves the rights of so many of our citizens in the above respects, would seem to justify a full statement of the grounds upon which this dissent is based.

Origin of Human Rights.--Human rights were born when humanity was born. Both were divine creations. They antedated states, kings, and parliaments. States, Constitutions, and statutes followed centuries after. The latter were human creations. Their primary and paramount purpose was to conserve those human rights, not to deny or destroy them.

Confirmed in the Declaration of Independence.--More than a century and a half ago our American forefathers, as Englishmen, were seriously suffering from a general disregard of those human rights at the hands of the mother country. In old Independence Hall they unanimously recognized and revered those human rights in one of the opening paragraphs of that immortal American Magna Charta:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed (p.666)by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." ...

If these human rights were self-evident to our forefathers a century and a half ago, how comes it that they are doubtful now, or that either Legislature or courts may deny them, notwithstanding these guaranties of the sovereign people have been put into our written Constitutions? ...

...When the American colonist was transformed into an American citizen he still remembered his bitter experience with the mother country, in the abuse of parliamentary power, a clear violation of his rights as a free man. That parliamentary power was sovereign, absolute, unlimited. Even the last king who had vetoed it had lost his head; and no court had ventured to nullify it by judicial act....

... In order that their American government should not disregard human rights, as the English government had disregarded them, the Americans determined upon written constitutions to safeguard and guarantee those rights. Accordingly, our Ohio fathers, both in 1802 and 1851, adopted as a part of their Constitution a Bill of Rights, which they placed first in order, because those rights were first in importance....

Ohio Constitution of 1851--Article I.Bill of Rights.

"Section 1. All men are, by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety.

"Sec. 2. All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit," etc.

"Sec. 4. The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security....

(Read full text here or click on case title).

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Blast(s) from the past....

"No free government was ever founded, or ever preserved in its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defence of the state. . . . Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen."

- "MT. Cicero", Sept. 8, 1788, State Gazette of South Carolina (Charleston).

"In countries under arbitrary government, the people oppressed and dispirited neither possess arms nor know how to use them. Tyrants never feel secure until they have disarmed the people. They can rely upon nothing but standing armies of mercenary troops for the support of their power. But the people of this country have arms in their hands; they are not destitute of military knowledge; every citizen is required by law to be a soldier; we are marshaled into companies, regiments, and brigades for the defence of our country. This is a circumstance which increases the power and consequence of the people; and enables them to defend their rights and privileges against every invader."

- "the Republican", Jan. 7, 1788, Connecticut Courant (Hartford Newspaper).

"There are other things so clearly out of the power of Congress, that the bare recital of them is sufficient. I mean "rights of conscience, or religious liberty ― the rights of bearing arms for defence, or for killing game ― the liberty of fowling, hunting and fishing."

- Winchester Gazette (VIRGINIA), Feb. 22, 1788.

"Every free man has a right to the use of the press, so he has to the use of his arms. [B]ut if he commits [libel], he abuses his privilege, as unquestionably as if he were to plunge his sword into the bosom of a fellow citizen."

- "Philodemos", Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia), March 8, 1788.

"While the people have property, arms in their hands, and only a spark of a noble spirit, the most corrupt congress must be mad to form any project of tyranny."

- Reverend Nicholas Collin, (using the pseudonym "Foreign Spectator"), Nov. 7, 1788, Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia).

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been recognized by the General Government; but the best security of that right after all is that military spirit, that taste for martial exercises, which has always distinguished the free citizens of these States.... Such men form the best barrier to the liberties of America."

- Gazette of the United States (New York), Oct. 14, 1789. (Excerpted from a letter dated Sept. 12, 1789 from Fayetteville, North Carolina).

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

D.C. decision revisited;

Additional pertinent quotations added having direct bearing on the precedent set in this important Second Amendment case.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Here's a tasty little morsel....

"Bearing arms for the common defense may well be held to be a political right, or for the protection and maintenance of such rights, intended to be guaranteed; but the right to keep them, with all that is implied fairly as an incident to this right, is a private individual right, guaranteed to the citizen, not the soldier."

- Andrews v. State, 50 Tenn. at 156, 3 Heisk. at 182. (1871).

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The 'Nazi' tie to the U.S. 'Gun Control Act' of 1968:

"The Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership and the Gun Owners Alliance both claim that the GCA was inspired by the earlier National Weapons Law of Nazi Germany. This claim, disputed by some, is based on the JPFO's findings that the GCA's author, Senator Thomas J. Dodd, requested that the Library of Congress translate a copy of the Nazi-era National Weapons Law of Germany (which he most likely obtained while serving as a war-crimes prosecutor at Nuremberg), and adapt its language to the American legal system. A side-by-side comparison of the two laws supports the existence of several similarities with the Nazi-era law, which was used to strip opposition groups, dissidents, Jews, and other undesirables from their ability to defend themselves or conduct an effective underground resistance movement within Nazi Germany. The primary similarities stem from key gun control concepts like 'sporting use' and 'prohibited persons', all of which subsequently appeared in the Gun Control Act of 1968."

- 1968 Gun Control Act

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Tucker strikes again;

"True it is, their bill of rights (England) seems at first view to counteract this policy: but the right of bearing arms is confined to Protestants, and the words suitable to their condition and degree, have been interpreted to authorise the prohibition of keeping a gun or other engine for the destruction of game, to any farmer, or inferior tradesman, or other person not qualified to kill game. So that not one man in five hundred can keep a gun in his house without being subject to a penalty."

"In America we may reasonably hope that the people will never cease to regard the right of keeping and bearing arms as the surest pledge of their liberty."

- St. George Tucker, Blackstone's Commentaries, (1803).

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

7801. SELF-PRESERVATION, Law of. -- JCE7801

The law of self-preservation overrules the laws of obligation to others.

- Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on French Treaties. Jefferson Cyclopedia, Washington ed. vii, 613. Ford ed., vi, 221. <>

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Friday, March 09, 2007

D.C. 'gun control' ban shot down in court;

Quote from SILBERMAN, Senior Circuit Judge:

"Appellants contest the district court's dismissal of their complaint alleging that the District of Columbia's gun control laws violate their Second Amendment rights. The court held that the Second Amendment ("A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed") does not bestow any rights on individuals except, perhaps, when an individual serves in an organized militia such as today's National Guard. We reverse."

(Click here to read more quotes from the full ruling in PDF format.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

A Delegate in Congress to a Correspondent in London;

[August 24, 1775] You will see by the publick Papers some of the Proceedings of our Congress; the rest will soon be published. Three million of Dollars are now striking by their Orders, for defending the Rights of America. The very Quakers in this and other Provinces are in Arms, and appear in the Field every Day in their Regimentals, and make as good a Figure as the best; you may be sure we are in earnest, when they handle a Musquet.

All trade to England, and every other Part of the World, will most certainly be stopped on the 10th of next Month, and if the Ministry do not very soon see the Justice and Equity of placing the Colonies in the same Situation they were in before the Year 1763, in which both Sides experience Satisfaction and mutual Benefit, then you may expect to hear in the Course of next Winter that the Congress have opened all our Ports to every foreign Power that will come with their Manufactures, and trade with US for our Produce. Whether that will not be one Means of dissolving our Connection entirely with Great Britain, I shall leave to wiser Heads to determine; I am far, very far, from wishing such an Event; but, nevertheless, I am very apprehensive, from the present Temper of our People, that a few more violent Steps will lay a Foundation for it.

MS not found; reprinted from the Daily Advertiser (London), October 19, 1775. Printed under the heading: "Extract of a Letter from one of the Gentlemen of the Provincial Congress at Philadelphia, Aug. 24." Force, who took his text and date for this letter from the Weekly! Magazine, or Edinburgh Amusement, October 26, 1775, printed it under the date August 26. 1775. Am. Archives, 4th ser. 3:435. Aside from the fact that the writer was probably a delegate from Pennsvlvania, it is impossible to identify the author or the recipient on the basis of available evidence .

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Henry Laurens, Oct. 25, 1777 letter to Robert Howe:

..."Shield & give them victory in the day of Battle-make them Instruments in the establishment of Liberty & Independency-teach our hands to War & our fingers to fight-Subdue our Enemies, let their Weapons in Battle fall from their unnerved Arms..."

- [Letters of Delegates to Congress: Volume 8.]

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