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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 24 Sep 2004 12:00:00 GMT
From lew: [saltypig]
"But then, we are not supposed to recognize that terrorism is the state writ small. When Truman demands that Japan give in, or he will incinerate tens of thousands of children, why, that's just war. When private criminals make the same demand of Russia, except about hundreds of children, why, that's turrism." -- Lew Rockwell

# Robert Frenchu at Montego's Roughwheeler Website - Smith & Wesson Gun-Cam™ - answering the question of whether guns cause crime. So far, looks like not. Hehe. [smith2004]

# Google Labs - Google Sets is a neat project. Enter a few items in a set, and Google will predict other items in the set. Great for absent-minded professor types like yours truly. [google]

# Google Local is also practical. Enter search terms and a location and get a list of nearby businesses with a map. [google]

# And Google Alerts sends you email about news and/or web pages that match your search terms. [google]

# I visited New Lebanon Jr/Sr. High School last night, where my son attends seventh grade. We spent 10 minutes in each of his Thursday classes, with 3 minutes to get to the next class. I liked his teachers. And this ain't the government school I read about in the press. The history teacher wanted to know if anyone could give the month and year that the shot heard round the world was fired. He was impressed when I knew that it was April 19, 1775 or 1776 (it was 1775, shame on me for not being sure). In the English class, the teacher had asked everyone to do a self portrait. There were a number of gun drawings in evidence, hanging on the wall. No sign of zero tolerance for that behavior. Bravo!

# Carl F. Worden at The Price of Liberty - Those Pesky "Assault" Weapons - good rant on the joke that was the Klinton ban. Mr. Worden's semi-auto rifle likely saved his life a few months back. Now we just have to cure him of his propensity for saying "clip" when he means "magazine". [price]

It wasn't until later I realized what a total sham the AWB was. I went right out and bought a Daewoo, .223 semi-auto Korean weapon that takes 30-round clips of AR-15/M-16 weapons with ease and reliability.

What did the 1994 AWB deprive me of? Well, for starters, my Daewoo lacked a bayonet lug. Damn, you just don't know how much I missed that bayonet! Then there was the flash hider. My life was never the same without that flash hider on the front of that barrel.


However, the need for semi-automatic rifles with 30 or 40 round clips is a perfectly legitimate one. The Framers didn't protect American's right to keep and bear arms for personal self-defense or for hunting. No, they wanted Americans to be able to fight off any future tyrannical government with the same weapons our armed forces and police carry. They certainly didn't want Americans to be armed with anything less, short of artillery and shoulder-fired surface to air missiles.

That was the whole reason for protecting Americans' rights to keep and bear arms. The Framers knew that it would be a standing army or even the police, who would impose illegal laws and sanctions of an unconstitutional government on the people, so they wanted to make sure the people had an efficient way of dealing with such atrocities if the unthinkable were to happen.

I realize the foregoing is not politically correct now, but the Framers had a whole history of human nature to back up their concerns, to the extent that they amended the Constitution to assure just that.

# GOA Alert - Repeal Of D.C. Gun Ban Comes To The House Next Week -- Contact Your Representative - if you still believe in contacting your Congress critter, now would be a good time. I sent a missive off to Sweeney. My rule is that I won't spend any appreciable time, but I'm happy to click a few buttons to send a pre-written letter, and sometimes I'll add a paragraph of my own. [geekwitha.45]

It's a familiar refrain: The gun-grabbers clearly want to take away your "big, ugly" semiautomatics. But, they claim, they don't support an outright firearms ban.

Well, next week, the gun-grabbers will have an opportunity to show their true colors.

Next week, the House is scheduled to vote on repealing Washington, D.C.'s gun ban.

That ban -- surely the most draconian anti-gun abomination in the country -- registers (and effectively bans) rifles and shotguns, bans handguns, bans semiautomatics, and bans ammunition.

And, for all of its contempt for individual liberties, the District of Columbia has moved from a relatively safe place prior to the ban to the murder capital of the nation.

H.R. 3193 -- a bill introduced by Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) -- will bring an end to this travesty by repealing Washington's myriad gun bans. It will allow D.C. residents -- once again -- to purchase firearms to defend themselves and their families.

ACTION: Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote for H.R. 3193, Congressman Mark Souder's bill to abolish the D.C. gun ban. You can use the pre-written message below and send it as an e-mail by visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at (where phone and fax numbers are also available).

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