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Anti-Gun ObamaPet Nominated to the Supreme Court
-- The nomination IS stoppable IF Americans let their voices be heard

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The next justice of the Supreme Court could well cast the deciding vote on the constitutionality of ObamaCare.  And that justice will almost certainly preside, during the next thirty years, over dozens of cases which could very well chip away at the DC v. Heller decision, telling us which gun laws the court views as "constitutional" and which "unconstitutional." 

So it is more than a little interesting that Barack Qbama has reached into his closet of political leftists to bring out Elena Kagan -- a woman whose legal views have been shaped by the most extreme socialist voices in Washington.

Kagan doesn't have a record of judicial opinions. She hasn't been a judge. So the crafty Obama figures that, without a paper trail, we won't know of the ways she is moving American jurisprudence to the left until it's too late.

But Kagan's views on the Second Amendment are no mystery.  According to columnist James Oliphant, Kagan was part of "a small group of staffers work[ing] behind the scenes to pursue an aggressive policy agenda" during President Bill Clinton's second term.

Oliphant writes: "According to records at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., [Kagan] drafted an executive order restricting the importation of certain semiautomatic assault rifles. She also helped prepare a question-and-answer document advocating the campaign-reform legislation then proposed by Sens. Russ Feingold and John McCain."

Kagan was also part of the Clinton team that pushed the firearms industry to include gun locks with all gun purchases and was in the Clinton administration when the president pushed legislation that would close down gun shows.

President Obama has made it very clear that he expects Kagan's "powers of persuasion" to make her and Justice Anthony Kennedy the swing votes to uphold his anti-gun ObamaCare legislation.

Kagan's opinion of the "greatest lawyer" of her lifetime was her former boss -- the consistently left-wing Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Bloomberg News reported on May 13 that while working for Justice Marshall, Kagan urged him to vote against hearing a gun owner's claim that his constitutional rights were violated.

Kagan wrote that she was "not sympathetic" toward the gun rights claim that was made in Sandidge v. United States -- an amazing statement for a woman who is being heralded for supposedly showing a "special solicitude" for the interests of certain groups.

Alas, it seems that gun owners are not a part of those groups for whom she would like to show special concern.

After the Heller case was handed down, Kagan did concede that the Second Amendment was an "individual right."  But that makes her no different than the talking heads at the Brady Campaign.

Kagan, like the President who nominated her, is an extreme leftist.  According to WeeklyStandard.com (May 6, 2009), she is so far to the left she has lamented that socialism has "never attained the status of a major political force" in our country. 

And according to Politico.com (March 20, 2009), she says that foreign law can be used to interpret the U.S. Constitution in "some circumstances."  Considering that most of the world does not respect the freedoms that are protected in our Second Amendment, this is a bad sign.

While every Senator needs to hear from us, there are seven Republican Senators in particular who need to hear from their constituents.  These seven Republicans voted for Elena Kagan last year when she was confirmed as Obama's Solicitor General:

* Coburn (R-OK)
* Collins (R-ME)
* Gregg (R-NH)
* Hatch (R-UT)
* Kyl (R-AZ)
* Lugar (R-IN)
* Snowe (R-ME)

ACTION: Contact your Senators and urge them to vote NO on Elena Kagan -- and tell him or her that you want Kagan's nomination filibustered and defeated.  As Kagan could be the deciding vote on the constitutionality of ObamaCare and many other gun cases, it is imperative that Republicans stick together and filibuster every anti-gun nomination from the President.

You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your legislators the pre-written e-mail message below.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 @ 23:22:29 CDT (2395 reads)


This was too good - Treasurer Joe Franzese and member Mike B. make their open carry entrance to the...gun show?

Posted by ShaunKranish on Monday, May 17, 2010 @ 13:54:58 CDT (1863 reads)


Take a moment to vote in this poll:


The poll is on the right hand side of the page!!!

Posted by ShaunKranish on Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 10:33:11 CDT (5107 reads)


Original article here

Cyclist Brian Aldridge had stopped into the Coffee Depot on Miami Street early Saturday, April 17, when about 30 individuals, carrying guns on their hips, walked in.

“I thought the place had been invaded. I was just glad I had already gotten my coffee,” the Urbana man said, clearly joking. “Actually it didn’t bother me. I like to see nice people have guns. I think it’s a good thing.”

Aldridge’s reaction to the 3rd annual Second Amendment Walk in downtown Urbana was about typical for individuals who provided their opinion about the walk that began at 10:30 a.m. just east of the square.

“We’ve had very few negative responses from the public in the two years we’ve done this,” said Tom Horch, one of the walk’s organizers, “We just walk down the street peacefully. We’re not out to get in an argument with anybody.”

The group’s goal is to educate individuals about the right to open carry, Horch said. “People think you need a special permit to open carry,” he said. “We want to inform the public that you don’t — unless you conceal and carry.”

Participant John Carter, of Xenia, said he wanted to clear up the confusion over guns and crime.

“The liberal press is demonizing the tool rather than the people who are using the tool,” he said. “There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with having a fire arm. People get confused about what’s the bad part in that equation.”

James Gray, of Urbana, was filling up his gas tank when he watched the group go by.

“I think they have the right to do that but I do think it’s too easy to get a conceal-carry permit,” he said. “I’ve got kids and I don’t want just anybody carrying guns around.”

St. Paris resident Dawn Vititoe, who had stopped in the coffee shop on her way to her daughters soccer game in Columbus, said she wasn’t too concerned about the event. “Obviously they’ve applied for the proper permits and had the proper training,” she said. “It’s America. It’s their choice.”

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 @ 16:15:47 CDT (2914 reads)

Crime Report6010rocks writes:  

Link to Sun Times article here

May 11, 2010
BY FRANK MAIN Crime Reporter

More than 20 weapons have been stolen from a gun range operated by south suburban Harvey’s police department — and the State Police and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the efforts to recover them, officials said today.

Harvey authorities have told federal and state investigators that 21 firearms were stolen at about 9 a.m. Monday from a trailer at the range, said Tom Ahern, a spokesman for ATF.

An assault rifle like this MP5 -- and 20 other guns -- was stolen from a Harvey Police gun range, sources said.

Sandra Alvarado, spokesman for Harvey, said the city also will ask the Cook County Sheriff’s office for assistance. A message was sent to departments across the Chicago area alerting them about the burglary, she said.

The weapons included MP5 and AR-15 assault rifles, sources said, adding that some weapons were left behind.

The range is located at 153rd and Campbell — about half a mile from the Harvey Police Department’s headquarters at 15301 Dixie Highway.

The Harvey Police Department has come under scrutiny in recent years for its handling of murder investigations and for corruption convictions involving its officers.

A 2007 raid on the department by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and other agencies uncovered untested evidence. It was processed, leading to murder and rape charges.

Last year, Officer Archie Stallworth was sentenced to 12 years in prison on a federal drug conviction. Also last year, Detective Hollis Dorrough was sentenced in Cook County Criminal Court to three years in prison for returning a gun to a gang member’s family.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 @ 03:39:28 CDT (2779 reads)


FOR MORE INFO: http://www.icarry.org/ftopict-3011.html

Rockford - the first upcoming Open Carry event (and the second OC event to be confirmed) has been confirmed for Saturday May 22, 2010.  It is a Loves Park address, which is the Rockford area.  ICarry.org's long time friends and supporters at Bullet Stop Gun Shop have invited ICarry.org and all responsible Illinois and Wisconsin firearms owners to join them for an outstanding event with lots of interesting things!!

Military vehicles, uniforms, weapons, collectibles.  Live reenactors, some food (need confirmation on this) and more.  Best of all, it is an OPEN CARRY FRIENDLY event, making it the first Open Carry gathering in Illinois.

WHAT: Open Carry gathering, military show, and benefit for the Rock River Valley Food Pantry

WHEN: Saturday May 22 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

WHERE: Bullet Stop Gun Shop in Loves Park, IL

2100 Harlem Road
Loves Park, IL 61111

Warning: If using GPS do not get Harlem Road confused with Harlem Blvd.  Make sure you are going to Harlem ROAD in Loves Park.  Click Here for Google Map

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.icarry.org/ftopict-3011.html

Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, May 06, 2010 @ 21:29:22 CDT (1939 reads)


We have endorsed only four candidates in Illinois for the upcoming election in November.  These endorsed candidates have proven they are committed to our right to keep and bear arms and its protection under the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

We wanted you to know that one of our candidates who's also a member of ICarry, Mr. Joe Walsh who is running in the 8th US Congressional District in Illinois, appreciates your support very much.  Joe is a Founders Club member of ICarry.org - the first candidate in the upcoming election to join ICarry as a member - so you know where he stands on the Second Amendment!!!  He wants to represent you in Washington D.C. and it is our belief through our conversations, meetings, and public events with Joe, that he is THE candidate not only for the 8th district, but he's someone our country can be proud.

Joe Walsh, running as a Republican, is a true reformer and "tea party" type candidate.  He has not served in office before, he's simply one of the people.  He has real problems like everyday people - for example his house is undergoing foreclosure right now.  He's always been upfront about his foreclosure and bills, but recently his opponents have been trying to smear him.

That's not going to happen!  Joe stands for FREEDOM - that means less government involvement and control over our decisions, less government spending, less paperwork and bureaucracy, and more choices to live our American dream.  He's against the bailouts, the taxes, cap and trade, and forced government healthcare socialism.  While ICarry.org exists for the purpose of firearms rights, we also stand behind freedom in general.

We believe Joe is the most outspoken and supportive candidate of the Second Amendment out of all candidates running for a federal office in Illinois.  Want proof?  Not only is he willing to bear the ICarry.org name proudly as a Founders Club member, but ICarry.org is planning the FIRST Open Carry event in Illinois history and we invited Joe and he excitedly said he would be HONORED to be there and speak!!!!  He isn't gun shy!!  Hell, maybe he'll even be open carrying himself.

His opponent in the 8th district, Democrat Melissa Bean, voted for the bailouts and everything else.  She is not a friend of gun owners, but will instead vote with her party lines to restrict gun ownership.  She won't go to town hall meetings because she knows everyone is sick and tired of government interference in their life (healthcare, etc).  She won't publish her tax return like Joe Walsh has done.  She won't answer questions.  She'll continue to represent the corporate interests in Washington and throughout the world that are bringing our beloved country to its knees in regards to FREEDOM and prosperity.

When I look at Joe, I don't see a polished politician.  I see a regular guy who like me isn't perfect.  He's going through a foreclosure, not running to the bank depositing bribes like the corrupt politicians in Washington.  Like me, he sincerely cares about his country and about freedom.  That's why he's BEATING BEAN IN THE POLLS right now!  Every recent poll I've seen shows him ahead.

We're sending this email out because we wanted Joe Walsh to know that we support him because he supports our freedoms.  It should have been expected that his opponents would try to smear him, but he hasn't done anything to deserve it other than stand up for his country in a time when just about every politician in Washington needs to go.  Melissa Bean is one of those.  We hope that in this next election not only Joe Walsh gets in office, but a hundred more like him.

ICarry.org Board of Directors

ALERT:  The Republican party leaders want to hear what kind of support Joe Walsh has because of the smear being run by the two disgruntled campaign employees.  Please take a quick moment to make two phone calls and let them know that we support Joe Walsh because he believes in freedom!

GOP Chairman Pat Brady: 1-312-201-9000

Lake County GOP Rep. Robert Cook: 1-847-680-6680

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 @ 15:36:51 CDT (2790 reads)


A student at Utah Valley University exercises his legal right to open carry on the campus.  Police threaten him with disorderly conduct charge - despite the fact that the law allows him to do what he's doing.  Why?  Because people report him by calling the police on the phone.

The officer uses the argument that the student should NOT open carry on campus because then they will just change the law.  Who cares if they change the law if no one is willing to utilize it?  It's like saying we should not buy semi-automatic military-style weapons because then they will want to ban them.  The truth is: the more a right is exercised, the more secure that right becomes.

The officer also says that people should not open carry on campus because other people might not be comfortable.  The very root of the problem surrounding guns in this country is that some people have a negative association with guns.  This is the ROOT of all gun control, the ROOT of all bias against guns, the ROOT of all discrimination against gun owners.  The root of the issue is the negative association of guns with crime/violence/etc.

What is the best way to change that negative association?  TO OPENLY CARRY AND SHOW PEOPLE GUNS DO NOT CREATE BAD SITUATIONS BY THEMSELVES.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 @ 14:37:54 CDT (2352 reads)


House Committee Approves Gun Legislation

From Illinois Statehouse News

By Ashley Badgley   Illinois Statehouse News

SPRINGFIELD – A House committee on Monday pushed through three pieces of gun legislation, sending them to the full House for consideration.

State Rep. Harry Osterman, D-Chicago, sponsored two of the bills that passed. His first bill – approved on a 7-to-5 vote — amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act by prohibiting individuals who lack the proper license to sell or transfer their firearms to another person. The transaction could only be performed through a licensed dealer.

Osterman said the measure would prevent people with criminal records from owning firearms. However, National Rifle Association lobbyist Todd Vandermyde said the bill would just create more work for lawful gun owners.

“It’s more red tape, more hoops for gun owners to jump through,” Vandermyde said. “If we have to go through all this, then why do we even have a FOID card that says I don’t have a criminal conviction on my record?”

However, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Mahoney told committee members that Osterman’s legislation will help Illinois residents who legally purchase their firearms.

“I think if this were passed into law and the state police were to develop the system over the next two years, what it would do would facilitate the lawful transfer of firearms through a federal firearm licensee and it would make it easier for lawful firearms owners to make such a transfer,” Mahoney said.

Osterman’s second bill passed on a 6-to-4 vote, and would require gun owners to have a proper, portable gun carrying case in which to transport their gun.

Osterman said this legislation is “commonsense” for gun owners.

“Strip away the politics to this, these are commonsense approaches that if you ask someone who calls your district office about this, I think it’s very difficult for them to say this is taking away gun owner’s rights,” Osterman said.

Chicago Police Sgt. John Hamilton testified that such a simple requirement could mean the difference between life and death. He said he has witnessed the shooting of several fellow officers because someone did not have their gun in a proper container when transporting it.

“For us, it’s a matter of life and death,” Hamilton said. “It’s not a matter of what side of the aisle you’re on, what side you’re arguing. That doesn’t mean anything in the streets. For us, it’s a matter of life and death. I’ve had friends killed in the line of duty.”

State Rep. Ed Sullivan, R-Mundelein, voted against the bill, saying it would cause confusion because the bill would change Illinois Supreme Court guidelines regarding a proper gun case.

He said judges all over the state would each make different rulings.

“We have a ruling from the Supreme Court in regards to this and now we want to change it so we’re going to be right back where we started from trying to find what is designed for the safe transportation of firearms because it’s too vague,” Sullivan said.

State Rep. Edward Acevedo, D-Chicago sponsored the third gun measure passed by the House committee, on a 6-to-4 vote. The bill would prohibit Illinois gun manufacturers from selling firearms to Illinois residents. The manufacturers could sell their firearms to other states, as well as to Illinois police officers, Acevedo said.

A strong gun opponent, Acevedo said his measure would decrease the number of Illinois residents purchasing firearms.

State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, said the bill could hurt Illinois businesses and jobs because they are losing their customers and must rely on other states for business.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 @ 00:11:55 CDT (1582 reads)

Crime Reportmoose379 writes:  

Urbana police looking into fatal shooting during home invasion

By Mary Schenk
Created 04/22/2010 - 10:55am

URBANA - Urbana police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Champaign man who broke into an apartment in that city early Thursday.

Police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said Jerry J. Jackson, 21, of the 1200 block of West Kirby Avenue, died at Carle Foundation Hospital after being shot inside an apartment in the 2400 block of Prairie Green Drive in Urbana about 12:20 a.m.

Seraphin said Mr. Jackson was one of two men armed with guns who forced their way into the apartment, which was occupied by a 19-year-old Urbana man and his 18-year-old girlfriend from Champaign.

The male tenant began struggling with the intruders and the woman was able to get away, Seraphin said. The tenant got control over the weapon and fired several shots, striking Mr. Jackson, who collapsed there. The second intruder, who was not immediately identified, ran from the home. 

Seraphin said the male tenant was treated and released from Carle for his injuries.

Police remained at the apartment early Thursday collecting evidence.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Saturday, May 01, 2010 @ 16:42:28 CDT (2653 reads)

Crime Report


The map here shows each place (871 since '08) in Chicago where someone was shot.  You can see the victims names and everything.  What type of firearm do you think the majority of these murders were committed with?  According to data, PISTOLS.  Yes, the dreaded handguns.  According to Daley, because of his ban, there shouldn't be any handguns in his city.  But they're used every day to murder people!

And they think they need to call in the national guard...or the latest idea is to try to sue gun manufacturers in WORLD court.  Well, why stop at the gun manufacturers?  Why not extend the lawsuits to the steel manufacturers, the foundries, the companies that make injection molds for polymer framed pistols, why not sue the individual employees who create it.  Let's not forget the ammunition manufacturers.  The lead recyclers?

Daley and his RAGER (Radical Anti-Gun Extremist) friends who own guns themselves, carry guns themselves, have armed body guards protecting themselves and their families...these elitists who think they're nobility will always blame guns.  But what about blaming knives?  If we look to England, after banning guns (subsequently followed by double the rate of crimes involving guns) this is exactly what they've done.  Then do we blame rocks, baseball bats, like the one used on the backs of the heads of those two women, any sharp or blunt object?  Do we then blame hands?

It's over.  Gun control is a failed social experiment.  We're not letting it continue in America. The other countries can ban guns as much as they want, and make the penalties as great as they want.  In America we will make sure we protect our own right to keep and bear arms and make sure that the government also protects that right.  No more of the same old tired message of blaming guns when clearly gun bans like the one in Chicago and in DC and in England and Australia DO NOT WORK!!!

Posted by ShaunKranish on Friday, April 30, 2010 @ 02:54:23 CDT (3092 reads)


Original Article in the Sun Times Here

Daley: Send gun industry lawsuit to World Court

April 27, 2010
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

Six years after the state Supreme Court dismissed his $433 million lawsuit against the gun industry, Mayor Daley today called for a change of venue — to the World Court normally reserved for disputes between nations and crimes against humanity.

Wrapping up the sixth annual Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum, Daley convinced more than a dozen of his counterparts from around the world to approve a resolution urging "redress against the gun industry through the courts of the world" in The Hague.

"This is coming from international mayors. They're saying, 'We’re tired of your guns, America. ... We don't want those anymore because guns kill and injure people,' " Daley told a news conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"If we ship over poison to a country, don’t you think we should be responsible for it? That’s what they’re saying: 'Be responsible for what you manufacture and sell in my country.' ... You have to think outside the box. You have to be [aggressive] about how you protect your people."

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Casauban noted that the Mexican government is waging a brutal war against drug cartels that get “85 percent” of their weapons from the United States.

"The U.S. government says, 'We cannot do a lot of things to stop this,'" Casauban said. "We should take actions with legal effects in order to stop this trade between the United States and Mexico."

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter acknowledged that using the World Court is a long-shot. But, he said “you never know until you try” and it’s worth a try to counter the political muscle and money of the National Rifle Association.

"We have to do different things. The political establishment in many state capitals — and certainly in Washington — [is] so deathly afraid of the NRA that people cannot make the right decision for their own constituents," Nutter said.

He added, "People are being killed every day in the United States of America with illegal weapons. I love the 2nd Ammendment. [But], I have a 1st Ammendment right not to be shot."

Gun violence also dominated a panel discussion earlier in the day at the Global Cities Forum.

It happened when Daley argued that Chicagoans have to "open our hearts and our pocketbooks" to save another generation from being lost.

"We don't say, 'Come to us.' Government has to go to them. They’re isolated. Maybe they have a substance abuse problem. The grandmother is 70 years old and raising grandchildren. ... We have to intervene in a different way we never have before. We have to have more homes for children, such as Boys and Girls Town to help them at earlier ages,” the mayor said.

"This idea of losing a 14-year-old to gangs and drugs in America is unacceptable. It is not a criteria we should ever live with."

Daley’s 1998 lawsuit accused the gun industry of creating a public nuisance by using irresponsible suburban gun shops to flood the city with guns that traffickers supplied to criminals.

The city and the county sought reimbursement for policing, emergency services and prosecutions tied to gun violence using nuisance laws normally reserved for polluters. In 2004, the state Supreme Court refused to create, what it called "an entirely new species of public nuisance liability."

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ 10:48:24 CDT (2176 reads)


We are calling on you to muster a huge push with us. The NRA and Iowa Carry, along with groups like the Iowa Sportsmen Federation, ABATE, and many others, have pushed this legislation as far as it can go. Now we need Governor Culver to sign this in to law. We successfully passed "shall issue" legislation through the Iowa Legislature. What that means is that an issuing official "shall" issue you, instead of "may" issue you, a permit provided you meet the basic prerequisites. This legislation, SF2379, standardizes the issuance of the Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons. The right to bear arms is paramount to all of us. Today we have 99 different rules in 99 different counties. Some Sheriffs are doing a great job with permit issuance. Some are not. Unfortunately every citizen is an election away from seeing their rights eroded or restored, and even then to wide varying degrees.

We respect law enforcement. So much so, we consider it a personal responsibility to make sure we’re safe. We choose the lit path around the block instead of the dark alley through it. When the unthinkable may be thrust upon you, and seconds count, a cop is only minutes away. Our law enforcement officers are the best this nation has ever seen, however they can't be a parrot on our shoulders. And when the dust settles on this, it isn't an issuing official’s job to decide whether we’re allowed to defend our lives. That choice is OURS. We currently have arbitrary discrimination on who is and isn't allowed this birth right. Nothing could be more wrong.

These laws were put on the books beginning in 1913 with “Jim Crow” intent. The state was pushed into a role of discretion over weapons to keep "unsavory" types from owning a means to defend themselves. That trend has had a slow crescendo for nearly 100 years. This is the first genuine reversal of gun laws on a major scale in Iowa's history. To make this happen, we simply need the Governor to sign this into Iowa Code.

Here is what this legislation does:

  • Recognizes the carrying of firearms as a right in Iowa, rather than a discretionary privilege bestowed by the state, by requiring the issuance of a carry permit to all applicants who are not subject to narrowly drawn disqualifiers. 
  • Increases from 1-year to 5 years the validity of a permit to carry sp;
  • Narrows the disqualifying circumstances for a permit to the federal min imum in most cases, while further narrowing state-specific disqualifiers. 
  • Ens script> ures that denials, suspensions, and revocations of permits are subject to both administrative and judicial review. 
  • Provides universal recognition of other state’s permits. 
  • Broadens the type of training that would fulfill the state-mandated training requirements. 
  • Preserves the ability of the Iowa permit to qualify for NICS exemption. 
  • Ensures that state mental health disqualifiers could not exceed the federal min. 
  • Allows persons disqualified for mental health reasons who do not pose a threat to seek reinstatement of their rights. 

Should this legislation pass, applicants would need to pass a training or qualification prerequisite and then the criminal back ground check via NICS (FBI check).

There are four easy means to contact Governor Culver and urge him in a polite but firm manner to sign this monumental legislation into law:

  1. The Iowa Carry Action Center (a prewritten letter, printable or email, awaits your information and hitting the send button, and you only have to enter your information once as it can be remembered if you choose to do so, thus making it easy to send the same email often and act on other issues here in the state with a simple and quick keystroke). The IC-LAC can be found at:

  2. The direct email to Governor Culver (a message like the one below can be copied and pasted into the form):

    I am writing you today asking you to please sign SF-2379 into law. With votes of 81-15 in the House, and 44-4 in the Senate, this legislation clearly has a very large base of support among the legislators and the citizens of Iowa.

    SF-2379 will provide all citizens with Iowa a fair system of administration over the Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons. Citizens who wish to defend themselves outside of the home will not be unfairly subjected to discretionary policies of any Sheriff. There will be standardized weapons training across the state, and there will be an appeals process for citizens who feel that their permits have been unfairly denied, suspended, or revoked. And, Iowa will fully comply with all Federal requirements for the sale and possession of firearms.

    I urge you to please sign SF-2379 into law at your earliest convenience. Doing so will make Iowa the 39th state in the country to respect the rights of citizens to defend themselves and loved ones while outside of their homes.
  3. The Governor's phone line: (515) 281- 5211 
  4. The Governor's facebook page:


Please take five minutes to send a couple emails. Make the phone call the minute you're done with this communication and it is fresh on your mind. Be a part of some of the most influential and positive things to come out of any legislative session in Iowa. Be proud of Iowa and consider our motto:
Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain!

Many of us send a dozen e-mail forwards every day that are trivial to the core. This email can become a forward that gives you a sense of pride. This movement transcends weapons and goes to the core of freedom in this country and state. Hit these sources and use your voice. Send this to your friends, your spouse, your kids, and your neighbors. Even your family and friends from out of state need to help, because you travel to them and them to you, thus the recognition of their permits and yours in those states is huge. Spread the word far and wide and spread it often. At this point, there aren't too many emails and calls you can make, so multiple contacts daily are necessary. Help the state of Iowa to live up to our motto. Governor Culver needs to sign SF2379 today!

By this time next week, we'll know the outcome of all of our hard work. Governor Culver must sign this bill by the 29th, or it will automatically be a "pocket veto." Let's hope that the next message you receive on this list is one of success rather than resignation. E-mail. Call. E-mail again. Call again. Post on Facebook. Let the Governor's office know that we are NOT going away.

Sean McClanahan - President, Iowa Carry

Michael Ware - Executive Vice-President, Iowa Carry
Posted by ShaunKranish on Monday, April 26, 2010 @ 22:26:37 CDT (2147 reads)

Crime Report


Link to news story here

The Irish foreign-exchange student was thrilled that she landed an internship that would enable her to extend her stay in Chicago, her friends say.

The University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student, 23, had just received the news Thursday and couldn't contain her excitement over avoiding hassles with her visa status.

"We were sitting in the computer lab and she was so excited because she was able to stay in the city," said Celine Vaaler, a friend and classmate.

As the exchange student and her 24-year-old friend were returning to the friend's Bucktown neighborhood home early Friday after a night out celebrating, they were attacked from behind and struck on the back of their heads by a robber wielding a baseball bat, police said.

The attacker escaped with their purses, but one woman was able to give police a description of him before she fell unconscious, police spokesman Robert Perez said. There could have been a second attacker, police said.

A police alert described the suspect as an African-American man 27 to 34 years of age, between 5-feet-7 and 5-feet-9, with a medium complexion. He was wearing a tan or light-colored hooded sweatshirt.

The student was listed in critical condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Friday, while her friend, a financial adviser, was listed in serious condition at the same hospital, a spokeswoman said.

The 3:30 a.m. attack shocked the exchange student's co-workers at Butch McGuire's Irish Pub on the Gold Coast. Owner Bobby McGuire said he was dumbstruck at the brutality used on the petite woman adored by employees and customers.

"I don't understand why someone felt the need to use a baseball bat on this little girl who (is) 5 feet tall," he said.

Classmate Jim O'Connell, who raced to the hospital, was shocked and angry.

"The fact that she's so far away from her family is awful," he said. "She's an amazing person."

Residents who live near the scene of the attack -- populated with half-million-dollar homes and trendy bars -- were also taken aback by its ferocity. The beating took place in the 1800 block of North Damen Avenue next to the Churchill play lot, which has a popular dog park.

"He could have just taken their purses and run," resident Laurie Stadt said. "He didn't have to beat them."

Investigators said this was the first such bat attack in the area and wasn't part of a pattern.

Firefighters used a ladder Friday to enter one victim's second-floor apartment from outside, so her uncle could retrieve her small black dog.

"He's sick," the uncle said of the attacker.

Tribune reporter Carlos Sadovi contributed to this report.

--Duaa Eldeib and William Lee

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Posted by ShaunKranish on Monday, April 26, 2010 @ 13:27:30 CDT (2623 reads)


Link to Fox News story here

CHICAGO -- Two lawmakers who believe violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the Illinois National Guard must be called in to help made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday to deploy troops.

A recent surge in violent crime, including a night last week that saw seven people killed and 18 wounded -- mostly by gunfire -- prompted the request from Chicago Democratic Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford. They were joined by Willie Williams, whose son was shot and killed in 2006.

Chicago has had 113 homicide victims so far this year, Fritchey said.

"As we speak, National Guard members are working side-by-side with our troops to fight a war halfway around the world," he said during a news conference in downtown Chicago. "The unfortunate reality is that we have another war that is just as deadly that is taking place right in our backyard."

Fritchey said later that the proposal wasn't a "no confidence" vote toward police.

"I think the police have done a commendable job in fighting this surge in violence, but I also think they could use some well-trained help," he said. "The reality is that (police) department resources are stretched thin."

A message left for Quinn wasn't returned Sunday.

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said he didn't think the National Guard was the best answer, noting that police focus on civilian law enforcement.

"I appreciate their frustration and their willingness to help," he said after Fritchey and Ford's news conference. "But I am simply not sure the National Guard is the answer to our problems -- at least in terms of mass deployment. I'm frankly not sure what their mission would be."

Weis said most of the violent crime has been focused in areas that represent only 9 percent of the city. Last week, he said the department was improving its gang intelligence, developing new computer programs and creating a mobile strike force of about 100 officers to try to quell the violence, which has been largely confined to the city's south and west sides.

Fritchey said guard members have been trained in civil law enforcement as part of their nation-building assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Deploying the guard also would make economic sense, considering the near-crisis in state finances, he said.

"We don't have the dollars to hire additional officers, but in the National Guard we have men and women on hand who are trained to deal with these situations," he said.

Weis questioned how much training military personnel get in civilian law enforcement.

"I spent six years in the Army, and I never got any course on how or why to obtain a search warrant," Weis said. "That simply isn't part of the military mission, but it's something our officers have to deal with every day."

But he said he could he see a possible limited role for the National Guard in specialized fields, such as intelligence analysis and helicopter support.

In July 2008, after a similar surge in street crime, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich suggested using the National Guard, but quickly backtracked, suggesting instead that bringing in Illinois State Police could help the Chicago's officers. Mayor Richard M. Daley and other city officials rejected the idea as poorly conceived, particularly in light of the state's fiscal difficulties.

ICarry's Notes: We can not and do not support the use of any military force to police American streets.  Using any select military force, instead of a regular militia made up of all able-bodied people, is a violation of freedom, a violation of having standing armies, and a violation of the military being in strict subordination to the civil power. The bulk of the murders and serious violent crime in America is caused by the illegal drug market.  Much like alcohol prohibition and gun prohibition, drug prohibition has not only been unsuccessful but has also created a market for illicit goods in high demand.

How can politicians have the nerve to disarm the people of Chicago with their draconian gun control edicts, and when it's clearly been a failure for decades and crime is truly out of hand, call for troops to be put on the streets.  Does Chicago really need to be policed like Berlin, circa 1930?

The people of Chicago and the State of Illinois should, like EVERY other state int he Union, have a way to carry a loaded pistol to protect themselves.  Citizen militia could, as was the original intent, be used to quell the civil unrest in Chicago.  According to

Article XII of the Illinois Constitution - Militia,

the State militia consists of all able-bodied persons
residing in the State except those exempted by law.

The military shall be in strict subordination to the
civil power.

With freedom comes personal responsibility.  We have given up that personal responsibility and lost the freedom that is attached.  We trusted government to take care of things, and it's clear that we need to be keeping our own streets safe.  The national guard is a select militia.  We need a regular militia like during the colonial times.  It could be raised for situations just like this.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Monday, April 26, 2010 @ 12:44:54 CDT (1791 reads)

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