Monday, November 14, 2005

South Carolina: Murder charges dropped: "York County prosecutors have dropped charges against a 51-year-old woman accused of shooting a man she said attacked her. Linda Diane Nelson was accused of shooting and killing 57-year-old James Jackson Massey on June 5th. York County Public Defender Harry Dest says his client acted in self-defense and had bruises on her legs and face from her encounter with Massey. Julia Patterson-Massey says her common-law husband had a history of alcoholism and depression but that she had never seen him act violently. She says her husband had just returned to the area in hopes of reconciling with Nelson, who was described as Massey's long-time friend and drinking buddy."

In defense of gun manufacturers: "When is federal legislation that LOOKS like special protective legislation NOT a mere prop for a 'special interest?' When A. The industry being defended is the industry as a whole, not any particular company; B. The threat to that industry comes from numerous local governments set out to abuse the tort system; C. The issue at hand directly relates to one of the Amendments to the Constitution in the Bill of Rights; and D. The law is a good example of a rare Constitutionally PROPER use of the 'Commerce Clause.' I'm talking about the 'Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,' which the House of Representatives passed 283 over 144, on October 20th. The bill puts the kabash on the growing number of lawsuits against gun manufacturers, for particular crimes committed with guns."

Are you connected? "The fact is, if you're a gun owner and you're not on the Internet, you are not informed, no matter how strong your opinions. You simply can't be. Even a magazine like this, as fine as it is, or your NRA membership magazine with its more politically-detailed content, can't change that. The words I write on this hot afternoon in July will not see print until autumn. If urgency exists to react to a proposed bill or to write a legislator, anyone relying on a periodical will arrive on the battlefield long after the smoke has cleared. You just can't get the information you need from any other source. Even so-called 'conservative talk radio' only occasionally mentions the Second Amendment, focusing most of its energies on politics, world affairs, and the cultural divide. The Internet, on the other hand, brings gun rights-specific information to you. ... The key to turning public opinion toward liberty at the birth of the Republic was information. Nothing about this basic truth has changed except for the superior means now at our disposal. We can exploit it to our advantage or ignore it at our peril."

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