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GOAs Larry Pratt Writes “Open Letter” to Anti-Gun Democrat Carolyn Mahoney

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Published on: July 29, 2014

An Open Letter to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

July 23, 2014

Rep. Carolyn Maloney
United States House of Representatives
2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Ms. Maloney

It has recently come to my attention that you have levied baseless accusations against me to the Capitol Police and House Sergeant-at-Arms, claiming that I have “called for death threats against elected officials.”[1] Specifically, you alleged that “Mr. Pratt is actively encouraging his members to threaten violent action against members of Congress….”

Your baseless charge apparently rests on your outlandish interpretation based on the Rolling Stone report on my comment, that “The Second Amendment is not for hunting, it’s not even for self-defense [but] for restraining tyrannical tendencies in government… Especially those in the liberal, tyrannical end of the spectrum. There is some restraint, and even if the voters of Brooklyn don’t hold them back, it may be there are other ways that their impulses are somewhat restrained. That’s the whole idea of the Second Amendment.”[2] Additionally, I was quoted as having said that “You know, I’m kind of glad that’s in the back of their minds. Hopefully they’ll behave.”

You reported that the Capitol Police and House sergeant-at-Arms concluded that there was “nothing to be done,”[3] but since you apparently do not “get it,” allow me to explain the obvious. I have never encouraged, or even suggested, that anyone harm anyone. Rather, my speech was designed to educate citizens, and politicians, that it is the fact that Americans are armed that allows them to resist efforts to be dominated, intimidated, or controlled by politicians.

Lest you believe that I stand on the fringes of civilized society, let me provide you with some other sources for the same principle which I was enunciating:

* “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government….” Declaration of Independence (1776).[4]

* “A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.” — Frederick Douglass (November 15, 1867).[5]

* “Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.” — John Basil Barnhill (1914).[6]

* “[W]hen the able-bodied men of a nation are trained in arms and organized, they are better able to resist tyranny.” — Justice Antonin Scalia, District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 598 (2008).[7]

Thomas Jefferson understood that governments have an almost irresistible desire to gain power by robbing the people of their freedom, which the people must resist if they are to remain free, and sadly observed in 1787 from history that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”[8]

These various statements span four centuries. They come from people of differing ethnicities, of various stations, and holding differing political beliefs. What they all agree on is that you should go to work every day with a healthy amount of fear and respect for the American people who you are supposed to represent.

You should do your job in constant trepidation that:

* Should your constituents disapprove of your job performance, you will be publicly criticized from the soap box;

* Should you enact unconstitutional legislation in violation of your oath of office, you will be voted out via the ballot box;

* Should criminal charges be brought against Americans for crimes which are not authorized by the U.S. Constitution, these prosecutions will be nullified in the jury box; and

* Should you attempt to disarm Americans the way the British crown tried 240 years ago, the same sovereign people who constituted this government using the cartridge box someday may need to reconstitute it, as clearly anticipated by the Declaration of Independence.

The Second Amendment was written to preserve “a free state” against the ever present temptation faced by government officials to steal liberty from the people. As Justice Joseph Story proclaimed in his widely acclaimed Commentaries on the Constitution (§1890):[9]

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

The importance of an armed citizenry was demonstrated in 1946, when returning World War II veterans found their hometown of Athens, Tennessee had been taken over by corrupt local politicians. It was those veterans access to and experience with firearms that made possible the preservation of ballot boxes that were about to be fraudulently counted, in what has come to be known as the Battle of Athens. A 1992 movie entitled “An American Story” commemorates the actions of these brave veterans.

Private ownership and skilled use of firearms is what enabled our country to gain its independence, and it is what continues to preserve our liberty. Someday, I hope that you study this aspect of the history of our great nation, that currently allows you to serve in the People’s House, and come to understand the great principles on which it was founded and continues to operate.

Sincerely yours,

Larry Pratt
Executive Director






[6], p. 34.




Real Unemployment Rate Is at Least 18 Percent

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Published on: July 29, 2014

Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 235,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1 percent, but that hardly tells the story.

The jobless rate may be down from its recession peak of 10 percent, but much of this results from adults, discouraged by the lack of decent job openings, having quit altogether. They are neither employed nor looking for work.

Only about half of the drop in the adult participation rate may be attributed to the Baby Boom generation reaching retirement age. Lacking adequate resources to retire, a larger percentage of adults over 65 are working than before the recession.

Many Americans who would like full time jobs are stuck in part-time positions, because businesses can hire desirable part-time workers to supplement a core of permanent, full-time employees, but at lower wages. And Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandates will not apply to workers on the job less than 30 hours a week.

Since 2000, Congress has enhanced the earned income tax credit and expanded programs that provide direct benefits to low-income workers, including food stamps, Medicaid, Obamacare, and rent and mortgage assistance.

Virtually all phase as family incomes rise, either by securing higher hourly pay or working more hours, and impose an effective marginal tax rate as high as 50 percent. Consequently, these programs discourage work and skills acquisition and encourage single parents and one partner in two adult households not to work. Often, these motivate single people to work only part-time.

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Federal Judge puts D.C. CCW handgun ruling on 90 Day hold so DC Can Implement Carry

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Published on: July 29, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday put on hold his decision invalidating the District’s long-standing ban on carrying handguns in public places.

The judge’s stay, in effect for 90 days, gives city officials and D.C. police officers some breathing room to respond to a ruling that overturned the District’s primary gun-control law.

Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), said the stay “gives us time to pause, and to act.” She said the mayor will continue to work with the D.C. Council “in terms of what legislation we need to put in. This is certainly welcome news.”

The initial ruling last week by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. meant that thousands of city residents with registered handguns, in addition to legal gun owners from other states, could carry pistols in Washington. D.C. law is unconstitutional, the judge ruled, because there is no process for issuing carry licenses to registered gun owners.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and city government officials asked for a temporary reprieve on Monday because they said the ruling left many unanswered questions and had led to safety concerns. Lanier told officers in a memo on Monday night that they could no longer stop someone simply for transporting a gun in public.

D.C.’s Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan requested a stay pending appeal or to give elected officials time to revise the city’s gun laws. City lawyers said in a court filing that the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, Alan Gura, did not object to an immediate 90-day delay as long as the D.C. Council was working to enact new legislation.

Gura was traveling on Tuesday and not immediately available to comment.

In his order on Tuesday, the judge gave the City Council until October 22 to decide whether to enact new legislation “consistent with the court’s ruling.”

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Anti-gun D.C. officials scramble to stay landmark carry ruling (They are in a Panic!)

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Published on: July 28, 2014

Following the unusual Saturday release of the landmark right-to-carry ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., that the Washington Times said yesterday essentially guts the District of Columbia’s gun laws banning carry of firearms outside the home, city officials are already working to put it on hold, the Washington Post reported today.

NBC affiliate WRC in Washington, D.C. is reporting that attorneys for the city have filed a motion for a stay pending an appeal. That motion asks for a 180-day stay to either appeal, or to craft “new licensing laws” that presumably will allow for some type of carry in the District.

The Washington Times reported late Monday afternoon that District Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said in his motion that, “The public interest is not served by rushed legislation on a foundational public-safety issue or by allowing any and all ‘dangerous or deadly’ concealable weapons to be carried in public, without reasonable restrictions being imposed, during the pendency of any appeal and/or new legislation.”

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Published on: July 28, 2014

Saturday’s long-awaited victory in Palmer v. District of Columbia is “one more important step toward firearms freedom,” the Second Amendment Foundation said today after reviewing the ruling, which the District of Columbia now reportedly plans to appeal.

“We will take all necessary steps to defend our victory against an unconstitutional ban on bearing arms outside of one’s home,” vowed SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The decision by Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., reinforces our efforts in challenging burdensome concealed carry laws in several states.”

In his 19-page ruling, Judge Scullin wrote, “In light of Heller, McDonald and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”

“Ever since the 2008 Heller ruling by the Supreme Court, the District of Columbia has carried on a campaign of red tape and regulation to discourage citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights,” Gottlieb said. “This has included bearing arms outside the home for personal protection. We applaud Judge Scullin’s ruling, because the time is long overdue for the city to realize that it is the capitol of the United States, not a police state.

“Washington, D.C. is not some political gulag,” he observed, “but the seat of government in a land of free people. A cornerstone of that freedom is the right to keep and bear arms, and where better to exercise that right than in the nation’s capital? We have no intention of letting anti-gun city officials further delay the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise their rights. As Dr. Martin Luther King said, ‘A right delayed is a right denied.’

SAF lawsuits have overturned laws not only in Washington D.C., but in several states including Illinois, California, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nebraska, and cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Des Moines and New Haven, among others, Gottlieb noted. Threats of SAF lawsuits have removed well over 100 anti-gun-rights laws across the country as well as stopping hundreds more from being enacted, he added.

“We are focusing our efforts on getting rid of unconstitutional violations of firearms owners’ civil rights in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, California and other states,” he said.

“These victories have been made possible by hundreds of thousands of concerned Americans who have financially supported SAF efforts over the years, Gottlieb noted. “Thanks to them, we have been able to field a first-rate team of legal advocates headed by noted civil rights attorney Alan Gura.

“SAF’s record of legal victories on behalf of the right to keep and bear arms has set the bar for all current and future firearms civil rights litigation,” Gottlieb concluded. “This is not SAF’s last step, but only the latest, in our efforts to win back firearms freedom, one lawsuit at a time.”

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2 U.S. Marshals, NYPD Detective Injured, Suspect Killed In NYC Shooting

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Published on: July 28, 2014

A shootout Monday afternoon between law enforcement and a suspect wanted in a sexual assault case left three officers injured and the suspect dead, authorities said.

It happened around 1 p.m. on West 4th Street near Jones Street in the West Village as a fugitive apprehension task force was trying to arrest the suspect, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene.

“There were cars galore, officers running with their heavy vests saying ‘U.S. Task Force,’ ‘U.S. Fugitive,’ ‘U.S. Terrorism’ and then ‘U.S. Marshal’ came in,” one woman told CBS 2′s Alice Gainer. “I think everybody who had to be here was here.”

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Six-year-old girl watches in horror as police ‘shoot dead her dog Apollo in her front yard’

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Published on: July 28, 2014


Loss: Apollo the dog, left, was fatally shot in the head, right, by a police officer in front of his family on Friday

A six-year-old girl watched in horror as police gunned down her one-year-old dog as it stood in their front yard, her family has said.

The girl’s mother, Nicole Echlin, said their shepherd-mix Apollo, whom they have had since he was a puppy, got out of their yard in Hometown near Chicago, Illinois on Friday afternoon.

After they chased him around the neighborhood, he returned to the yard and was standing on the lawn when police arrived and pulled out their guns, Echlin told the Chicago Tribune.

‘He started showing his teeth – that’s when the officer shot him,’ Echlin, 27, said. ‘I didn’t know that was going to happen.’
Echlin’s daughter fell to the ground crying after the pet was shot in the head. Her mother grabbed her and took her inside.
‘That’s going to be in her head probably forever,’ Echlin said.
Neighbor and witness Ayo Nicco Torres added on Facebook: ‘

The dog wasn’t dead, he was kicking its legs like it was trying to run while he was laying on the lawn. Ten minutes later still laying there breathing. Sickest thing I’ve ever seen… In my opinion it just wasn’t necessary.’

She added that the dog wasn’t barking or moving before it was shot down, while family members said the dog had no history of aggression.

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New York Court “Sets Aside” Gravity Knife Charge (We Still Need to Fight NYC Bans on Knives)

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Published on: July 28, 2014

In a remarkably commonsense decision, a New York court has set aside a Gravity Knife prosecution “in the interest of justice.” Click here to read Judge Webber’s decision. This decision is getting a lot of attention among knife owners, however…

WARNING! Residents of New York City and those traveling there should NOT take this as meaning that they can now carry any folding knife they want (see more below).

This is a positive outcome for a number of reasons, but most importantly because, while it unfortunately affirms the so-called “wrist flick test” as a means of identifying a Gravity Knife in New York, which we assert in our Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit as being an unconstitutionally vague test, it recognizes that a great many people carry and use such knives for lawful purposes, in New York as well as throughout the U.S. Further, the court acknowledged that the law has been criticized for its harsh impact on the law abiding citizen and specifically cites the case of Knife Rights’ plaintiff John Copeland as one example. The court then goes on to note that the legislature has made several attempts to try and ameliorate the harsh nature of the law by making intent to use for a criminal purpose an element of the offense, rather than mere possession. Finally, the court found that the fact that the defendant had no criminal intent was, in part, a basis for dismissing his indictment, “in the interest of justice.”

WARNING! Residents of New York City and those traveling there should NOT take this as meaning that they can now carry any folding knife they want that is otherwise carried in compliance with NYC rules (under 4-inches and carried concealed).

In New York the “Supreme Court” is something of a misnomer and this is not an appeals level court. We have no expectation that the New York City Police Department or District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr, will suddenly stop arresting anyone who they can allege to have a gravity knife based on the “wrist flick test.” We continue to provide the same cautions for NYC knife carriers that we have given for some time:

Note that New York City administrative code has an under-4-inch length limit and requires knives be carried concealed. Knife Rights recommends that you never carry your knife clipped to your pocket in New York City. Even when covered by a jacket, simply moving the jacket aside to get to a wallet has been enough to get folks arrested. Always ensure your knife is completely concealed at all times, including not “printing” on the outside of your clothing. In addition, be extremely circumspect about using a knife for any purpose in a public setting.

Note also that NYC has interpreted the state law against gravity knives such that if an officer can “wrist flick” the knife blade open and the knife blade locks open, that knife is an illegal gravity knife. NYC takes this position even if it requires multiple tries and use of exaggerated arm thrust or motion. Using this interpretation, most any lockblade knife might be deemed an illegal gravity knife.

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Poll: If voters had it to do over, Romney in a landslide (Bammy On Life Support)

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Published on: July 28, 2014

Polls which ask voters for their thoughts on how the last election should have shaped up a year or two years after the fact are pretty much meaningless. The latest CNN/ORC survey which asks voters that question is no exception to that rule. Nevertheless, with just 100 days remaining before the midterm elections, this question is an instructive measurement of voter satisfaction with the president.

If voters had it to do all over again, 53 percent would support Mitt Romney over the 44 percent who would continue to back Barack Obama. The president’s remaining coalition is what you would expect it to be; voters aged 18 – 34, Northeasterners, Democrats, self-identified liberals and moderates, urban and minority voters.

Where the president suffers the most in this survey is among women. CNN/ORC found that women voters backed Romney over Obama by 52 to 45 percent. That is almost identical to the margins among male voters (54/43 percent) and dramatic reversal from 2012 when the nationwide exit polls showed women backed Obama by double digits (55/44 percent).

There is not much in the way of good news for Obama in this poll. A majority say Obama is not a “strong and decisive leader.” By 56 to 43 percent, voters say Obama does not agree with them on the issues they “care about.” Only 42 percent say Obama can manage the government effectively; 57 percent believe he cannot.

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A Bullet a Day Keeps the Doctor Alive (Hospital Shooting Stopped b CCW Doctor)

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Published on: July 28, 2014

You and I avoid visiting the doctor by eating well. Doctors like Lee Silverman carry concealed in order to care for us when we do need them.

Doctors and medical professionals should be allowed to carry concealed. Last week, a psychiatrist named Dr. Lee Silverman technically broke the letter of the law by carrying concealed at work. He courageously saved innocent lives by pulling his trigger on a mad gunman before anyone else scarcely had time to dial 911.

On July 24, a 49-year-old patient of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital smuggled a loaded firearm into the Darby, Pennsylvania medical complex. Richard Plotts pulled out his gun during his appointment with his caseworker and psychiatrist and began firing.

Plotts’ caseworker 53-year-old Barbara Hunt suffered several bullet wounds to her head and died almost immediately. Dr. Silverman reached for his own firearm and fired at Plotts from behind his desk. After an exchange of fire, another doctor and a caseworker helped Dr. Silverman pin Plotts to the ground. Dr. Silverman’s temple and thumb were both grazed by bullets. Plotts was in stable condition after receiving surgery to treat his wounds.

Plotts may have subliminally tipped Dr. Silverman off to his violent outburst by complaining about Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s ban on guns during a previous appointment. A conscientious gun owner, Dr. Silverman was ready when Plotts returned.

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D.A.: Gunman was offended by hospital’s ‘gun-free’ policy

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Published on: July 28, 2014

NOTHING WAS GOING to stop Richard Plotts from carrying a gun.

Not the law, not his felony record, not his questionable mental health and certainly not a sign.

Plotts, who shot and killed his caseworker and shot his doctor at a Delaware County hospital campus Thursday, may have done so because he was offended by the hospital’s policy against guns, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.

“There’s evidence that he took offense to the issue that there were signs posted at Mercy Fitzgerald Health System indicating that it was a gun-free zone,” Whelan said. “That’s the only motive we have been able to determine at this point in time . . . he was upset about that policy.”

And, if not for an armed doctor and two other brave staffers who subdued him, Plotts may have claimed many more lives with the 39 extra bullets he had in his pocket, according to prosecutors.

“We believe he was there and he was going to reload that revolver and continue to fire and continue to kill,” Whelan said.

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SAF Victory: Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional

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Published on: July 28, 2014


A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowing to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists.

Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are “unconstitutional.”

Click here to read the decision.

“We won,” Alan Gura, the lead attorney for the Second Amendment Foundation, told Fox News in a phone interview. “I’m very pleased with the decision that the city can’t forbid the exercise of a fundamental constitutional right.”

Gura said he expects the District to appeal this decision but added, “We’ll be happy to keep the fight going.”

The decision leaves no gray area in gun-carrying rights.

Judge Scullin extensively referenced the Supreme Court decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) to concluding “there is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”

The court ordered the city to now allow residents from the District and other states to carry weapon within its boundaries.

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thumbVideo: 200 Million Deaths – FEMA Planning for Collapse (Ex Border Patrol Agent Tells All)

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Democrat Dick Durbin at the Fed Gun Intelligence Center, “You can’t fight a war without intelligence.”

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Published on: July 27, 2014

After a spate of shootings across Chicago that left over a dozen dead and nearly 100 wounded, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Friday toured a new federal Gun Crime Intelligence Center, saying, “You can’t fight a war without intelligence,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the office will collect data on the more than 7,000 firearms used in crimes and recovered by Chicago police each year, the Sun-Times writes.

“You can’t fight a war without intelligence, to know where the weapons are, where the shooters are and to stop it before it happens,” Durbin said Friday at the center’s downtown offices, the Sun-Times writes.

Agents will work with other ATF officials in Indiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin and other states from where guns are brought to Chicago, the report says.

President Barack Obama asked the ATF to step up its forces in Chicago, Durbin said, adding seven agents for a total of 52, the Sun-Times says.

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Q&A with Marc Krebs, Jim Fuller and Chase Sisgold on Obama’s Russian Gun Ban

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Published on: July 27, 2014


For AK lovers, there’s no bigger story than the sanctions against Concern Kalashnikov, which in effect ban the importation of all Saigas and VEPRS. It’s hard to believe, but this is now a fact of life…at least for the near term future.

What do these sanctions mean to us?

I asked Marc Krebs of Krebs Custom, Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics and Chase Sisgold of Definitive Arms for their thoughts on this matter.


They are the top AK builders in the country and arguably, some of the best informed guys in the industry.

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