Sunday, August 05, 2007

eBay now totally anti-gun

Latest eBay policy below. It would be just as logical for them to ban Koreans. It might be educational for the writer if he were to suffer a home invasion. But no doubt he lives on a closed estate guarded by guys with guns. If he really thinks that no-one needs a gun for safety, perhaps he could take up residence in such conveniently located places as the Bronx or South Central L.A.

Hello everyone.In mid-August, we will be updating our Firearms, Weapons and Knives Policy to place more restrictions around gun-related items. Once these changes take effect, we will prohibit listings of any firearm part that is required for the firing of a gun. This includes items like bullet tips, brass casings and shells, barrels, slides, cylinders, magazines, firing pins, trigger assemblies, etc. Please read the Firearms, Weapons and Knives Policy for more details on our current policy.

As you may know, eBay does not allow the listing of any items which are regulated by individual states or the federal government; however, there are still a large number of firearm-related parts that are legal and are widely available in retail stores. These items have also historically been allowed on eBay.

After learning that some items purchased on eBay may have been used in the tragedy at Virginia Tech in April 2007, we felt that revisiting our policies was not only necessary, but the right thing to do. After much consideration, the Trust & Safety policy team - along with our executive leaders at eBay Inc. - have made the decision to further restrict more of these items than federal and state regulations require.

This new update continues to encourage safety among our community members and brings our policies in the U.S. and Canada in closer alignment with our existing policies in other markets around the globe.



Daniel Polsby, the dean of the George Mason University School of Law, has been awarded the St. Gabriel Possenti Society's Medallion of Honor for his commitment to society principles ƒ_" which aren't what one might expect, liturgically speaking.

"His dedication to legal support for the right of law-abiding citizens to obtain and use handguns and other firearms for defense of human life places him squarely in the forefront of individuals eligible for this distinction," society chairman John Snyder says. "As dean, he has maintained and developed on faculty the most distinguished and high-powered group of Second Amendment legal scholars in the country."

Mr. Polsby recently joined with a number of other legal scholars in a Brandeis Brief* calling for the dismissal of the District's gun-ban statute as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. In Parker v. District of Columbia, an appellate court agreed that the D.C. law prohibiting handgun possession is unconstitutional.

As for the holy saint, he was a 19th-century sharpshooting Catholic seminarian who resorted to a handgun to rescue Italian villagers from a gang of terrorizing renegade soldiers.

"Inside the Beltway" by John McCaslin (Washington Times, 3 August 2007)

(For non-lawyers: A "Brandeis brief" (named for its originator, Louis Dembitz Brandeis, later Associate Justice of the Supreme Court) is one that relies heavily on sociological or other statistics -- that is, data analysis instead of legal analysis)

California couple booked for defending girl: "Neighbors shot and killed a man violating a restraining order yesterday after his ex-girlfriend found him inside her University City apartment, police said. William and Nicole Porter, both 22, were each booked on one count of murder, San Diego police Capt. Mary Cornicelli said yesterday. The county Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Larry Kermit King, 47. Investigators said they believe the husband and wife each shot King. The woman found King sleeping inside her apartment - at the Archstone University Towne Centre Apartments on Avenida Navidad near Genesee Avenue - about 1 a.m. when she returned home from work, Cornicelli said. The woman woke him up, and the two argued, Cornicelli said. The woman left her first-floor unit and went to the Porters' upstairs apartment to get help. Minutes later, King pounded on the Porters' door. "He was yelling . . . 'Come on out. I'm going to kill you,' " Cornicelli said. King left after no one answered. Cornicelli said William and Nicole Porter then armed themselves with handguns. "Then Mr. Porter, obviously feeling threatened for himself, his wife and the other woman, decides to go outside and attempt to hold the suspect for police," Cornicelli said. Nicole Porter stayed on her balcony. The two men argued and then fought in a grassy area just outside the apartment. King was shot. "All I can tell you is the deceased did not show or display any weapons," Cornicelli said. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate King, who stumbled into the woman's apartment after being shot. Police have two days to present the case to prosecutors, who will decide whether to charge or release the Porters."

Colorado: Another dangerous loony stopped: "State Trooper Jay Hemphill hustled the tuxedo-clad man from the governor's office as the man claimed to be the emperor and vowed to save the "unborn children" from the governor's office. Hemphill grabbed a pen and a notepad to show Aaron Snyder he was listening to his concerns. Minutes later, Snyder opened his tuxedo jacket to reveal a large gun in his right pants pocket, Hemphill told investigators. "No police are going to stop me," he said. Hemphill dropped the pen and pad. He drew his gun. He issued a loud command. "Stop or I'll kill you." Snyder did not stop, Hemphill told the investigators. He was about four feet away. The officer fired four shots. Snyder "fell backward to the marble floor of the Capitol just to the right of the door to the governor's office," according to the report of the shooting, issued Friday. "He was dead at the scene." Hemphill, a 12-year patrol veteran who had never fired his weapon in the line of duty, was asked whether he had thought he was in danger. "I believe he could have killed me and killed the governor," Hemphill said. The investigative report into the July 16 shooting, outlined in a 71-page letter released by Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, concluded that Hemphill was justified in using deadly force against Snyder, 32. The report included documents that showed the extent of Snyder's mental illness."

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