Thursday, July 03, 2008

Media blooper: CNN reported yesterday that "55% of gun owners use the guns on themselves in suicide attempts." Just a minor mistake though. In reality, 55% of gun deaths are suicides. Here's the video

Atlanta airport gun ban is challenged: " The showdown over gun rights spilled into the nation's busiest airport Tuesday after a Georgia legislator announced that he would walk into the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport carrying a handgun. Republican State Rep. Timothy Bearden is the sponsor of a new law that went into effect Tuesday allowing licensed Georgia gun owners to carry their firearms in public places. In his opinion, public places include the main lobby, ticketing areas and restaurants of Georgia airports. Hartsfield-Jackson's general manager, however, disagreed, declaring the airport a "gun-free zone" and insisting that anyone found in possession of a handgun could be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. The spat, which the Atlanta Journal-Constitution dubbed "the Atlanta version of 'High Noon,' " was the latest skirmish over Georgia's new law. As of Tuesday, concealed firearms can be brought onto public transportation and into state parks, historic sites and restaurants that earn at least half their revenue from food sales."

TN: Judge advises woman to arm herself after attack: "General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon said Friday that crime in Chattanooga 'has become so rampant that it is no longer possible for the police department to protect our citizens.' He told a woman who had been pulled from her car and beaten in the head that she or her mother needed to 'purchase a weapon, obtain a gun permit and learn to protect yourself.' The woman moved back in with her mother after the May 4 incident on E. 17th Street. Judge Moon said, 'The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that all citizens have a right to purchase a weapon to defend themselves, their families and their homes -- unless there is some disqualification that prevents them from owning a weapon.'"

Young lawyer takes victory lap : "A group of gun rights advocates roared with approval as Alan Gura descended the stairs of the Supreme Court on the morning of June 26, having just learned of the high court's decision in the landmark Second Amendment case, District of Columbia v. Heller. `Goodbye, gun ban!' they chanted. Gura, whom history will remember as the lawyer who successfully argued that Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms, smiled broadly. Goodbye, gun ban. . He hadn't even read the Heller opinion in its entirety on Thursday, when Gura and . David Sigale, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, seeking to strike down Chicago's gun ban. The Second Amendment Foundation is bankrolling the litigation."

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