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|Monday, April 14th, 2008|
State Supreme Court ruling ends San Francisco gun ban move
From the Associated Press:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/04/10/state/n050438D28.DTL&type=politics
A ruling by the state Supreme Court has brought an end to San Francisco's attempts to ban handguns in the city.
In a ruling Wednesday, the court unanimously rejected the city's appeal of a lower-court ruling that sharply limited the ability of localities to regulate firearms.
The ruling deals a final blow to Proposition H, an initiative voters passed in November of 2005.
The ordinance would have forbidden San Francisco residents to possess handguns, as well as prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of any type of firearms or ammunition in the city.
Only law enforcement officers and others who needed guns for professional purposes would have been exempted.
The National Rifle Association had opposed the measure, suing on behalf of gun owners and dealers a day after the measure passed.
|Monday, January 14th, 2008|
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|Saturday, November 10th, 2007|
Hi to everyone. Current Mood: contemplative
I'm 23, technically agnostic, and a left-leaning independent with some anarcho-tribal beliefs (but that gets complicated). I'm also completely gay and not the least bit shy about it.
I'm pro-choice, pro-environment, pro-gay rights, anti-Iraq war, anti-Bush, pro-first amendment and pro-second amendment, and I'm tired of being told that these things are somehow exclusive to each other.
I currently don't own a gun but am in the process of obtaining one.
This wasn't always the case, though. If you want irony, consider that in high school, I was an anti-gun conservative and totally in denial!
I came to the conclusion (after a lot of thinking and spending time in several years in Europe where gun laws vary widely from country to country) that the drive to own a gun here in the U.S. is far too strong; we'd only create a prohibition culture if they were banned. History is a bitch when it comes to studying how well prohibitions "for the good of the people" have gone. There was the ban on alcohol in the 20's, now there's the ban on drugs with similarly dark effects. A ban on firearms would only create a similarly sordid black market. (This, by the way, is the same reason I'm pro-choice; I admit I'm not comfortable with the idea of an abortion but I can't stand the idea of desperate teenage mothers dying of infections in unsanitary back-alley abortions, and if they're going to do it, I'd rather it was safe and legal).
Now consider the Religious Right. They seem increasingly disenchanted with how far this government has advanced their agendas, and that discontent could easily be fomented and culitvated into rebellion by ambitious leaders. Because our government seems hesitant to treat a Christian group as a terrorist organization, they could pretty much incite violence against even unarmed civilians right under everyone's noses and it wouldn't be in anyone's political interests to stop them. Given that a number of figures in the far right of the Evangelical churches also have cronies in defense contractors like Blackwater and a massive fundraising network, it wouldn't be hard for them to attempt to overthrow the government and impose theocratic rule, and we need to start getting prepared for that contingency.
I know for my part, if they come to send my boyfriend and I to a concentration camp, I'm going to take a few of them down with me. I'll shout "Stonewall!" at the top of my lungs and go into the fray taking no prisoners. Those who know the meaning of my battle cry, hopefully, will feel a pang of fear in seeing one of the last free men giving his all.
So that's my bit... Maybe it's all paranoia, but then, more outrageous things have happened in history. I can't be a proponent of the separation of church and state and the freedom of expression, media, and due process and not also be a proponent of the people's right to protect themselves, especially in uncertain times like these.
|Wednesday, October 31st, 2007|
Free the San Fransisco 8 - (Benefit show in Olympia)
The full story of the San Fransisco 8 can be read here
, but the short version is this:
In 1973, eight members of the Black Panthers were rounded up and arrested, charged with involvement in the murder of a San Fransisco police officer two years earlier. The eight were tortured by New Orleans police interrogators (tortured, as in, stripped naked, blindfolded, electrically shocked and covered in wet blankets to induce asphyxiation). During the torture, they gave a coerced confession to the murder, however a court later threw out the confessions since they were acquired under torture. The defendants went on with their lives, continuing their community organizing. In 2003, the case was reopened, and police plucked the defendants right out of their homes and workplaces. Even though no new evidence was actually discovered, the eight are now in jeopardy because new court rulings may allow statements extracted through torture to be used in court.( Olympia benefit show detailsCollapse )For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website www.freethesf8.org.
X-posted in anarchists
|Friday, May 5th, 2006|
Sky is falling
Besides the dirty press release from the Oval Office about the removal (excuse me, resignation) of CIA Director Porter Goss, which was, according to NPR, at about 7:50 pm PST. BTW, Friday night press releases are called "taking out the trash," that is to tell the news you don't want the weekday press corp. to hear or the normal commute listeners and weekday night news watchers to see.
I thought up a great way to make people interested in politics. Have a Bush administration resignation betting pool.
Anyway, we also face the insanity of the Bush Administration cracking down on chemical suppliers.
According to one chemical supplier
: The United States CPSC has initiated criminal legal action against us and other chemical suppliers.
In short, the CPSC would like to ban the public from all access to chemicals. This would mean an end to hobbies such as model rocketry, pyrotechnics and of course chemistry. One by one, our freedoms are slowly being taken away from us - this action must be stopped now.
Specifically, the CPSC is focusing on certain chemicals and metals at this time. The current CPSC injunction would require:
"Not sell, give away or otherwise distribute any of the following Metals for which the particle size is finer than 100 mesh (or particles less than 150 microns in size) to any recipient who does not possess a valid
manufacturing license for explosives issued by the ATF:"
. . .
This forbids or very severely limits sale of all common oxidizers and many common pyrotechnic fuels to anyone who does not hold a manufacturing license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF). To require everyone who wants to work with common chemicals to hold a BATF "Explosives Manufacturing License"... even though they are not manufacturing explosives, is completely insane.
Holy shit, I thought it was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, since when did they bring science into the fold? Next thing you know, the Bush Admin. will start denying scientific fact like Global Warming...
The ATF should change their name to FATS
, the Bureau of Firearms, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Science!
Anyway, I alerted my liberal, science major friend to this matter, she assures me she will inform the Second Ammendment Foundation to this matter meaning we'll have the gun lobby on our side. With luck, even the NRA will step in. Oh shit, I'd love to see the political meltdown...
Thank you verifex
for the post.
Oh man, we're so fucked.
So the past few months have involved secret CIA prisons, a drunk Cheney shooting motherfuckers in the face, NSA wiretapping US citizens, the reinstatement of the PATRIOT Act, the "Justice" Dept. subpoenaing Google, AOL, MSN, and Yahoo for search records under the guise of child porn, and now this. THIS IS JUST THE PAST FEW MONTHS PEOPLE! HOW THE FUCK DOES THIS ADMINISTRATION STILL EXIST?! Next up, Net Neutrality laws. That means soon, you won't be able to read my LJ. Yay. Current Mood: determined
|Friday, May 27th, 2005|
|Tuesday, March 8th, 2005|
|Saturday, February 19th, 2005|
Basic Assumptions About The Nature of Government
When this country was forged, our forefathers sought to create a more perfect union. They had some ideas they thought were pretty good. In fact, they were such good ideas that they were willing to set aside their own lives so that we could enjoy the freedoms they envisioned. For generations, we have passed to our children, and their children's children the responsibility of caring for our fragile country. A country that is young by the standards of the world, and a petulant child in the eyes of many. Our only task has been to preserve the freedoms that we were told every man, woman and child were granted under the laws of this "more perfect union". And we have suffered in years of late, because we have failed in this duty. Our collective deralection has allowed this once great land to become corrupt and perverse; a rancid festering shell of what it once was.
We bicker insessantly about the rules. We whine and fight and cry and scream at eachother about issues that have been resolved for us hundreds of years ago. "We hold these truths to be self evident..." That means that there is no doubt in any one person's mind that these statements are true. The men who built the foundation of our once great land knew something about the dangers of governmental repression. When you give the government absolute power over the people, inevitably the people get trampled in the intrest of the controlling few. ( Read more...Collapse )
We have the right to protect ourselves, but we have lost sight of who were are protecting ourselves from. We have become so afraid of eachother, and so distrusting that we are willing to sacrifice our second most important freedom so that we may feel safe. This must not be allowed to happen. The man that you should fear is not the one in the house next to yours. He is a man just like you. And should the time come where the tree of liberty must once again be watered with the blood of patriots, you will want very much for him to be able to take up arms in a cause with you, and fight by your side. The man you should worry about is the one who has thousands upon thousands blindly following his orders, because he is the one who will take your livelyhood and kill your loved one. While some abuse the right to keep and bear arms, and some always will, the many may not be punished for the crimes of the few. The weapon is not the firearm, the weapon is the desire for the infliction of harm. Removing accessability to firearms will not stop people from killing. They will find a way no matter what, and making it harder will only strengthen their convictions. Our strength does not come from a powerful army, or a strong police force, or even from our ability to punish those whos transgressions bring harm to the people. Our strength comes from our numbers, the willingness of our people to fight for what they believe in, and our beleif in the truths we hold to be self evident.
|Friday, February 11th, 2005|
|Monday, November 1st, 2004|
If you like guns you need to read this.
John Kerry`s Voting Record on Second Amendment and Hunting Issues
His voting record makes John F. Kerry the most anti-gun Presidential nominee in United States history. Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 1984, John F. Kerry has cast 59 votes (NRA did not score 4 of them) on issues involving firearms rights and hunting. These votes included votes to ban guns, to impose waiting periods on gun buyers, to financially punish gun manufacturers for operating a legal business and to restrict the free speech of Second Amendment advocates.
In addition, Kerry currently is a co-sponsor of S. 1431, which would ban all semi-automatic shotguns, all detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles and many other guns, calling the whole lot "assault weapons."
Following are highlights of those votes that demonstrate Kerry`s unwavering record of opposition to gun owners` rights.
In a 20-year career, Kerry voted with gun owners only four times, and each of those votes comes with qualifications. He voted:
1) against a bill NRA opposed for final passage only after Kerry helped sabotage the bill by adding anti-gun amendments (S. 1805)
2) for a non-biding sense of the Senate motion that had no actual impact (S. 2521 in 2000)
3) for a study of "armor piecing" ammunition—a vote he made moot a few minutes later by voting for a broad ban of center-fire rifle ammunition (Votes 27 and 28 in 2004 on S. 1805)
4) to allow airline pilots to carry firearms (vote 210 in 2002 on HR 5005).
In all, he cast only one real vote for gun owners` rights, and it in support of a narrow group of people charged with responsibility for the safety of others.
Comparing Kerry`s votes to other well known anti-gun Senators who have served with him shows:
1) he voted with Ted Kennedy on all but three votes, and only one of those three had any impact—the vote to arm pilots.
2) he voted with Charles Schumer, the leading anti-gun voice in the Senate, on all but one vote, and that was the non-binding sense of the Senate motion mentioned above (Senate vote 1030).
3) Kerry has a much more anti-gun record than 2000 Democrat Presidential candidate, Al Gore, Jr., who cast votes on 12 key issues before becoming part of the most anti-gun administration in history. Gore voted to protect Second Amendment rights five times on votes related to passage of the Firearms Owners` Protection Act and once to stop a semi-auto ban. Kerry opposed gun owners in each instance. ( Read more...Collapse )
• Kerry denounced NRA`s successful efforts to eliminate monies being spent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance gun control policies. (Boston Herald, Aug. 14, 1996)
• Voted against the confirmation of John Ashcroft.
• Voted to spend $15 million intended for housing programs on ineffective gun buy-back programs.
• Voted to commend the Million Mom March in 2000 for their march on Washington that included calls for gun owner licensing, gun registration and other restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.
For more information on John Kerry, please visit www.nrapvf.org.
|Friday, August 6th, 2004|
MoveOnPlease.org: Democracy Inaction
presents Bushwhacked in 30 Seconds.
Bushwhacked in 30 Seconds is an ad contest that's intended to bring new talent and new messages into the world of mainstream political advertising in a way that hasn't been seen since Willie Horton went out the swinging prison gate.
On the website, you can view the winning ad, "Bush is Hitler And Worse." Some of the other finalists include:
"If Bush Wasn't President Ray Charles Would Still Be Alive."
"Didja Ever Hear Him Talk? What A Dope."
"I'm Pretty Sure Bush Killed A Baby When He Drove Drunk."
As Abraham Lincoln said, and we're paraphrasing here, "You can fool a lot of people a lot of the time." We're counting on it. MoveOnPlease.org's Bushwhacked in 30 Seconds
|Monday, July 26th, 2004|
Kerry's Campaign Calender
Weeks ago, the Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry invited himself to speak at the graduation ceremony at a small Ohio high school, a reflection of his eagerness to get in front of voters in one of the nation's most hotly contested swing states. A glimpse at his appointment calendar reveals that he's pushing the strategy further...Kerry's Campaign Calender, August 2004.
|Thursday, July 8th, 2004|
|Wednesday, March 10th, 2004|
I am a 46 year old man in rural Alberta,Canada.
Politically,I'm a constitutional monarchist,which would put me to the right of the whole of the United States,were it not obviously the whole other way around.This would definitely be a good situation in which to ask specific questions rather than assuming anything 8) Basically,to quote a famous(in Canada)commentator,like most Canadians I do not object to people wanting to own guns.I object to them wanting to keep it a secret from the police.
And I object to the authoritarian right(department of redundancy department)attempting to a)own the issue,b)not allow any actual discussion of it.
I would also have to agree with Bruce Cockburn that given the history of the world,it's probably not such a good idea if the army and the police are the only people who have weapons.
But of course if I don't agree with the Right's entire agenda,then I haven't the right to oppose it in any other than a the mindless absolutist manner prescribed for the bleeding heart loser.(OK,man,now you're just abusing sarcasm.)
By the way,my screen name is StarDragon.The ca just means 'the one from Canada') Cheers!
|Tuesday, February 24th, 2004|
If you've seen the 12 justifications against gay marriage meme
Try the 40 Justifications for Gun Control:
1. Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, and Chicago cops need guns.
2. Washington DC's low murder rate of 80.6 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Arlington, VA's high murder rate of 1.6 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control.
3. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are "just statistics."
4. The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994, are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates, which have been declining since 1991.
5. We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid.
6. The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals.
7. An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you.
8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet.
9. When confronted by violent criminals, you should "put up no defense — give them what they want, or run" (Handgun Control Inc. Chairman Pete Shields, Guns Don't Die - People Do, 1981, p. 125).
10. The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about guns; just like Guns and Ammo has some excellent treatises on heart surgery.
11. One should consult an automotive engineer for safer seatbelts, a civil engineer for a better bridge, a surgeon for spinal paralysis, a computer programmer for Y2K problems, and Sarah Brady [or Sheena Duncan, Adele Kirsten, Peter Storey, etc.] for firearms expertise.
12. The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1791, refers to the National Guard, which was created by an act of Congress in 1903. ( Read more...Collapse )
|Monday, December 8th, 2003|
Hey, I know I may not be completly in agreement with you guys on the gun issues, but I'm willing to let that slide. Name's Max IRL, and I'm a moderate leftwinger. Radical by US standards but I'd be bipartisan in Eurpoe. *Chuckles*
Now that that's done, I'd like to ask you guys if you see the media and Gov't portraying Wargames (Airsoft, paintball, SCA events and the like) as Pseudomilitary or paramilitary related activities. Because I hate the stigma that paintballers are all Braindead Rednecks shooting each other in the woods, or Sissy tournament proballers that curse too much. That, and has anyone noticed the gun laws in Massachusetts will let any 18 year old buy a shotgun and a hacksaw, Shells and a High powered Semi auto Hunting rifle, but won't let the same kid buy a BB pistol, Crossbow or even a spring powered Airsoft pistol that shoots PLASTIC pellets? I recently went to Canada, and even They don't have their heads so far up their asses. Current Mood: aggravated
|Wednesday, September 17th, 2003|
Hey everybody, I'm new to this community, Im from British Columbia, Canada I'm in the miltia (lots of fun weaponry to play with there) I'm a long time shooter, got tired of the professional scene In 99 and Now I'm continuing my firearm obsession for the pure excitement of it. I currently own fair sized slew of target .22's shotguns a few chinese assault rifles, some assorted .38's and .45's, muzzle loaders, a buffalo rifle, and a small .50 cal cannon, I'm 19 and I hate the damn laws our goverment thinks up with a bloody murderous passion. quite a community you guys have, it's nice to see there's still sensible people out there.
by the by, If there's anyone out there looking for a left handed model 1907 3-pos olympic style Anshutz shipped straight from Germany in 98 drop me a line. Current Mood: amused