Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fighting a flash mob




COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - All eight suspects are in custody after

a brutal attack in Five Points early Monday morning which left the

teenage victim in critical condition, according to Columbia police.

CHICAGO, IL (WLS) -- The recent series of mob-style attacks

on Chicago's Near North Side mark the first major hurdles

facing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago's new police superi

ntendent Garry McCarthy. The latest attack happened Tuesday

night. A witness tells WGN 15-20 teens beat and robbed two

people at Chicago and Wabash

AKRON, OH -- Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by

dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ''This is our world''

and ''This is a black world'' as they confronted Marshall and

his family.


-- Three people were beaten by mobs in Northern Virginia in

two separate incidents that occurred within five minutes of

each other on Saturday night, authorities said.

These events have consumed the discussion at most self-
defense focused websites in the last few weeks.
Accompanying the discussion is the usual hand wringing
regarding what to do if one is beset by a gang of thugs
bent on your destruction. Well, I have my views on this
which will no doubt shock the senses of the Doodley Doo
Rights of the gun world.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Obama pushing for illegals to vote

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Press Release
For immediate Release
Contact: Amy Rezzonico (602) 542-8019

Horne Blasts Obama Administration for Pushing for Illegals to Vote

PHOENIX (Tuesday, June 7, 2011) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne today blasted the Obama Administration for filing a late amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that would push for the ability for illegal immigrants to vote.

In the Gonzalez v State case, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled that Arizona could not require persons registering to vote to provide proof of citizenship. The Ninth Circuit has granted en banc review and Attorney General Horne will personally be arguing the case before an eleven-judge panel on June 21, 2011. Late Friday afternoon, the Obama Administration filed a late, eleventh-hour amicus brief arguing that Arizona should not be able to request information to check if applicants wanting to vote are citizens.

Horne stated: “First, the Obama Administration fails to do its job on the border. Then it sues Arizona to prevent us from helping to fight illegal immigration. Then it tries to create a false sense of complacency by arguing that the border is safe, when it isn’t. Now it argues that persons should be able to register to vote without providing adequate information enabling verification of citizenship, thus enabling illegal aliens to register to vote. This is contrary to the interests of the people of the United State of America.”

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gun Groups File Lawsuit - Montana Firearms Freedom Act

Re: Gun Groups File Lawsuit - Montana Firearms Freedom Act
« Reply #29 on: Today at 12:42:39 PM »
Fwd: Final Briefs Filed- MSSA v. Holder - Analysis

Dear MSSA Friends,

The last briefs of those supporting our side of MSSA v. Holder have been filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Those include the amici Goldwater Institute (joined by the CATO Institute), Gun Owners Foundation (joined by the U.S. Justice Foundation), and the State of Montana. These additional briefs should soon be posted to and available to peruse at:

Next, the U.S. DoJ (Holder) will submit its reply brief, rebutting arguments made in Appellants' (MSSA, SAF and myself) Principle Brief, and the briefs of various supporting amici (friends of us or of the Court). Then, any amici may submit briefs supporting the U.S. position (the Brady Center for Whatever submitted an opposing brief at the District Court rehashing their standard, anti-gun rhetoric). Then, Appellants (us again) will have the opportunity to submit a reply brief, rebutting arguments made by the U.S.

The case on appeal will then be assigned to a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth is the busiest federal appeals court in the U.S., and simply doesn't have the time or resources to hear cases en banc (full court). Oral argument may or may not be requested by the Court. The decision of this three-judge panel will carry the full weight of a Ninth Circuit decision, although a motion for en banc review of the three-judge panel decision would then be ripe and might be a possibility down the road.

Remember, the purpose of MSSA v. Holder is to validate the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, and by doing so to BOTH breathe effective life back into the Ninth and Tenth Amendments AND to roll back federal power claimed under the guise of regulating "commerce" "among the several states" (the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution) - generally to set precedent for states' rights and state sovereignty.

What can the Ninth Circuit do with MSSA v. Holder? There are many options. They can remand back to the District Court for an actual trial on the merits of the case (the case was dismissed by the District Court prior to trial, which dismissal is now the subject of the appeal to the Ninth). They can uphold the dismissal, upon which we would have the alternatives of moving for an en banc review or of appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court (where we actually need to get with this lawsuit). The Ninth could give us a win on merit while upholding our standing and jurisdiction (unlikely, but in which the U.S. would probably appeal to the USSC). The Ninth could also give us a partial win and partial loss, while also recognizing that we have standing and jurisdiction. While there is absolutely no way to actually predict what the Ninth will do with MSSA v. Holder, the two most likely options are probably to either uphold the District Court's dismissal, or to reverse the District Court's dismissal and remand the case to the District Court for actual trial.

Regardless, it's a fascinating exercise in liberty, and will (has already) ratchet up the national dialog about the import of the Tenth Amendment.

Stay tuned ... "May you live in interesting times." (Old Chinese curse.)

Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana

Friday, June 3, 2011

Federal judge prohibits prayer at Texas graduation ceremony

A federal judge has ordered a Texas school district to
prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery’s order against
the Medina Valley Independent School District also
forbids students from using specific religious words
including “prayer” and “amen.”

The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Christa
and Danny Schultz. Their son is among those scheduled
to participate in Saturday’s graduation ceremony. The
judge declared that the Schultz family and their son
would “suffer irreparable harm” if anyone prayed at
the ceremony….

there is more ............