Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - Bill of Rights

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Preservation and Proposition

Our mission is to document the pivotal Second Amendment events that occurred in Frontier Mercersburg, and its environs, and to heighten awareness of the importance of these events in the founding of our Nation.

We are dedicated to the preservation of the place where the Second Amendment was "born" and to the proposition that the Second Amendment (the "right to bear arms") is the keystone of our Liberty and the Republic.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Poll: Gun Rights Supporters Donate Far More on The Issue Than Gun Control Advocates

Pew pollsters find people who want more gun restrictions don't vote with their wallets
By Elizabeth Flock - 7/29/2013

Poll also found that gun rights activists are more politically involved than gun control supporters.

Gun rights supporters donate four times more and are more politically involved than gun control advocates, according to a poll from the Pew Research Center published this weekend.

In May 2013, six months after the Newtown school shooting that sparked a national conversation on guns � and a month after the Senate failed to pass a major gun bill � Pew found that 25 percent of people who support gun rights had contributed money to a second amendment group, while just 6 percent of people who support gun control had donated on the issue.

US: Arkansas district arming more than 20 teachers and staff

By Associated Press - 7/30/2013

As Cheyne Dougan rounded the corner at Clarksville High School, he saw three students on the floor moaning and crying.
 In a split-second, two more ran out of a nearby classroom.

"He's got a gun," one of them shouted as Dougan approached with his pistol drawn. Inside, he found one student holding another at gunpoint. Dougan aimed and fired three rounds at the gunman.

Preparing for such scenarios has become common for police after a school shooting in Connecticut last December left 20 children and six teachers dead. But Dougan is no policeman. He's the assistant principal of this school in Arkansas, and when classes resume in August, he will walk the halls with a 9 mm handgun.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Democrats vow to repeal Alabama's "Stand Your Ground law"

By Montgomery Advertiser (AL) - 7/25/2013
A Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday there would be an effort to repeal Alabama's version of Florida's Stand Your Ground law in the next legislative session, but acknowledged it could be a difficult fight.

"We know it will not just be uphill, but up mountain," said Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, at a news conference.

The Stand Your Ground law came into focus following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Florida teen, on Feb. 26, 2012. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted earlier this month of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin's death.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Canada: Quebec loses another gun-registry battle with Ottawa

By The Canadian Press - 7/23/2013
Quebec has come out on the losing side yet again in its gun-registry battle with Ottawa.

The province's highest court has dismissed a Quebec government bid to force Ottawa to keep data related to the federal long-gun registry.

The same court ruled last month that the federal government's destruction of the data was constitutional.

Chicago's Magnificent Mile becoming known as Mugger's Mile

By Jeremy Gorner - 7/24/2013
Chicago Tribune

More of a hub of violent crime than a shopping destination?

That's what the volunteer anti-crime group Guardian Angels claimed Tuesday as it handed out fliers referring to the elegant stretch of North Michigan Avenue as "Muggers Mile."

But Chicago police quickly panned the Guardian Angels' concerns as overblown. The department's crime data suggest strong-arm robberies, like the most recent high-profile one last weekend, have dropped sharply over the past couple of years, according to a Tribune analysis.

The move by the Guardian Angels came after a group of teens on Michigan Avenue mugged a woman from Michigan, stealing her iPhone, and punched a 15-year-old girl from Florida who tried to intervene Friday night.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

US: Communities refuse to enforce state weapons ban

By Don Babwin - 7/20/2013
Associated Press

CHICAGO — Faced with a new state law that gave them until Friday to ban or restrict assault weapons, the vast majority of villages, towns and cities in Illinois did nothing but let the deadline come and go.

On Friday, the Chicago suburb of Winnetka became one of the last communities to get something on the books, when it approved an ordinance that, while not banning assault weapons, regulates how they are transported and stored. It joined the fewer than 20 municipalities that rushed to enact a restriction within 10 days allowed by the state's new concealed carry gun legislation. That's out of 1,300 municipalities around the state.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Race and Self-defense: Blind Justice vs Social or Tribal Justice

By Cooper Sterling - 7/18/2013
. . .A Tale of Two Trials: What the George Zimmerman and O.J. Simpson Verdicts Reveal About Racial Denial 

One transparent outcome of the “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is the racial disconnect between the average American and the nation’s powerful elites (the mass media, politicians, and “civil rights” leaders). The ever-widening gulf between racial reality and racial fantasy—the daily repetition of Black violence in contrast with the media-driven narrative of nonstop injustices of an oppressed minority—seems more pronounced in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict.

 We live in an era of extreme racial denial. The nation’s media and political elites—what Joseph Sobran termed the “hive”—live in a fantasy realm that dismisses latent racial differences, an existence defined by unrealistic egalitarianism and hyper-liberalism; racial disparities are merely symptomatic of the lingering impact of slavery, racism, and discrimination. The emphasis is always on some inanimate object—“mean” streets, “gun” violence, “epidemic of violence,” “crack” cocaine, “heat waves,” “underfunding” of Head Start, the lack of upward “middle class mobility”; or the fault of law enforcement—“police brutality,” “deficient” law enforcement strategies, “racial profiling,” or “Stand Your Ground” laws. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Why Gun Owners Are Right to Fight Against Gun Control

By David T Hardy - 7/18/2013

. . . .The anti-gun crowd doesn't want "compromise." They want confiscation and control.

In April, the Senate rejected the Toomey-Manchin gun control proposal. In the wake of its defeat many asked why gun owners and their organizations resisted so limited a measure. Granted, it would have had little but symbolic benefit. Its core was to require background checks at gun shows (which Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded involved a whole 0.8 percent of crime guns) and on Internet gun sales (a miniscule proportion, most of which probably go through licensed dealers anyway). But why not accept something so modest, in light of the draconian ideas then being floated as alternatives?

Understanding the rejection requires understanding gun owners'shared experiences. Compromise requires that both parties relinquish something. If your counterparts position is give me this now, and I'll take the rest later, there is no real compromise to be had. Over decades, that has been precisely the experience of American gun owners.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

US:Openly carrying a rifle? . . . .What are our rights?

By Kim Hilsenbeck
Walking along Goforth Road in Buda last week, two young adults carrying rifles on their backs created quite a stir. But the aftermath may be even more controversial.

Part of a group call Open Carry Texas, which, on the internet, seems to be associated with, the two young adults were trying to make a statement, videotaping their interaction with police and posting it on YouTube.

What statement? That, by law, they are allowed to openly carry long guns in Texas.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Americans Own Nearly Half of the Privately Owned Guns on Earth -


In 1994, the United States was home to about 200 million privately owned guns. Today, that number has ballooned to between 270 million and 300 million. That's almost half of all privately owned guns worldwide, according to a new essay from the Brookings Institution.

Armed Americans pose no threat

By USA Today - 7/17/2013

Would George Zimmerman have left his car if he hadn't been carrying a gun?

Gun control advocates argue that Zimmerman's Kel-Tec PF-9 brought out his inner Dirty Harry, leading to the tragic shooting of a Florida teen. They reckon restricting firearms ownership would prevent this kind of murderous machismo, making both individuals and society safer.

It's an insidious, irrelevant argument that betrays a profound ignorance of the truth about guns.

Whatever you think about Zimmerman's decision to exit his vehicle, there's no question he had the legal right to do so. Also beyond dispute: Zimmerman was motivated by a desire to safeguard his neighborhood.

The legally carried firearm resting on Zimmerman's hip was there to protect life, not project personal power or facilitate a "hate crime." Don't take my word for it. Lest we forget, a Florida jury accepted his lawyers' argument that their client acted in self-defense.

It's Time for Americans to Admit That We've Had a Coup d'etat

By Paul Craig Roberts - 7/15/2013

Are Citizens of the U.S. oppressed by an illegitimate ruling government?

The American people have suffered a coup d'etat, but they are hesitant to acknowledge it. The regime ruling in Washington today lacks constitutional and legal legitimacy. Americans are ruled by usurpers who claim that the executive branch is above the law and that the US Constitution is a mere scrap of paper.

An unconstitutional government is an illegitimate government. The oath of allegiance requires defense of the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. As the Founding Fathers made clear, the main enemy of the Constitution is the government itself. Power does not like to be bound and tied down and constantly works to free itself from constraints.

The basis of the regime in Washington is nothing but usurped power. The Obama Regime, like the Bush/Cheney Regime, has no legitimacy. Americans are oppressed by an illegitimate government ruling, not by law and the Constitution, but by lies and naked force. Those in government see the US Constitution as a chain that binds our hands.

USDOJ: Stand your ground laws 'senselessly expand the concept of self-defense'

By Orlando Sentinel (FL) - 7/17/2013

ORLANDO, Fla. - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's first black to hold that post, urged NAACP members convening in Orlando on Tuesday to help overturn stand-your-ground laws that "senselessly expand the concept of self-defense."

The law was expected to be at the center of the second-degree-murder trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but it was not raised at trial. The issue did surface when Zimmerman was arrested.

Rather than prevent violence, Holder said, such laws can encourage it.

"We must stand our ground," Holder said to thunderous applause, "to ensure our laws reduce violence."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

US Georgia police chief: Gun control talk all wrong

US Georgia police chief: Gun control talk all wrong

By Raquel Okyay - 7/14/2013

The new police chief for a Georgia county that includes 10 percent of Atlanta, Cedric L. Alexander told Guns & Patriots Americans need to hit the reset button when they talk about gun rights and responsibilities.

Today, we have a total disrespect for firearms, said Dr. Cedric L. Alexander, recently appointed chief of the DeKalb County police department. DeKalb County is Georgia's third largest county with more than 730,000 residents.

There is no easy solution to ending gun violence, he said. Unfortunately we are talking about the wrong things.

The Charter Arms Bulldog: A "Make My Day" Concealed Carry Firearm

By Richard L. Johnson - 7/14/2013
When Dirty Harry hit the scene in 1971, the .44 Magnum forever became pop culture's most powerful handgun. But, when dealing in terms of self-defense, more power isn't necessarily better. In fact, there are many people who argue the .44 Magnum is a poor choice for personal protection from a violent attack by a human due to the recoil and deep penetration associated with the cartridge. I believe the Magnum's parent cartridge, the .44 Special, is a better choice for self-defense.

The .44 Special was developed by Smith & Wesson in the early 1900s to replace the .44 Russian cartridge. The .44 Russian was a respected blackpowder cartridge, but the case was too small to directly convert to smokeless powder. S&W lengthened the case of the Russian, made adjustments to the powder charge and used the same bullets as the Russian in the Special. The result was a cartridge that is widely regarded as being one of the most accurate big-bore handgun cartridges.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Gun Owners Brand American Rifle and Pistol Association a 'False Flag Operation' or Trojan Horse


By Elizabeth Flock - 7/11/2013

The American Rifle and Pistol Association wants to be a nonpartisan alternative to the NRA, but critics are calling it a Democratic gun control group.

When the American Rifle and Pistol Association launched July 4, it hoped to attract gun owners across the political spectrum who were looking for a "sane" alternative to the NRA. So far, that effort doesn't appear to be going well.

On various gun forums and blogs, the reception has been anything but friendly. Instead of being depicted as the new and improved NRA, the group has been described alternately as a "false flag group," "astroturf phonies" and "frauds."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

US Police Beat 2nd Amendment activist & ransacked home

Blog Commentator - There is a troubling number of "Brown Shirt" events occurring throughout the US under the Obama adminstration - Not dissimilar to those in the 1930s in Nazi Germany.

By: Raquel Okyay 7/10/2013

Popular libertarian and gun rights’ activist is arrested July 9 after publishing YouTube video loading and cocking a shot-gun between the White House and Capitol building.

“The United States Park Police are terrorist thugs,” said Liz Delish, the producer of Adam vs. The Man, a daily video podcast featuring peaceful activist, Adam Charles Kokesh. USPP functions as a full-service federal law enforcement agency with responsibilities and jurisdiction over federal public parks.

Kokesh released July 4 a short YouTube video calling for an open carry march on Washington for July 4, 2014. The video was allegedly taken at Freedom Plaza, a few blocks from the White House which falls under the jurisdiction of USPP.

During the 21-second video, Kokesh loaded and cocked what appears to be a shotgun, which launched a federal investigation because carrying a firearm on public property is a felony at our nation’s capitol.

All revolutions aren't the same. . .

By Christopher G. Adamo - 7/10/2013 

In 1776, the thirteen American colonies declared themselves free and independent states and during the decade following emerged victorious against Great Britain in the Revolutionary War. They then proceeded to ratify the Constitution, thereby establishing the fledgling United States of America. And although that era was marked by its own series of trials and challenges, the nation overcame them and was thus set on the course to eventually becoming a world power.

Bolstered by the glorious success of the Americans, the revolutionaries of France decided to undertake their own societal makeover, expelling the monarchy and eschewing such mundane and inconvenient traditions as the Church. In their place, these revolutionaries established a government of citizens, espousing liberty, equality, and brotherhood as their defining ideals. The Judeo-Christian ethic, which had guided Americas founders in their creation of the Constitution, was merely an inconvenient impediment to the philosophically superior French. Surely, in the absence of those stodgy clerics and their dreary thou shalt not proscriptions, the freedom and happiness of the common people could be expanded to a degree never imagined, even by the Americans.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Right-to-Carry permit holder stops robbers


A pair of armed robbers entered a Kangaroo convenience store in Mount Pleasant, S.C. and demanded money from the clerk. Despite the clerk complying with the demand, one of the criminals fired at the employee while leaving, grazing his arm. However, also inside the store was a Right-to-Carry permit holder, who drew a pistol and confronted the robbers as they were leaving. Upon seeing the armed citizen, one of the criminals surrendered and waited for police to arrive, while the other fled on foot only to be captured by U.S. Marshals the next day.

Following an investigation, law enforcement officials now believes the duo is responsible for a rash of convenience store robberies in the Mount Pleasant area.

Rethinking gun control

By William Saletan

Background checks are back. Last month, Vice President Joe Biden said that five U.S. senators - enough to change the outcome - have told him they're looking for a way to switch their votes and pass legislation requiring a criminal background check for the purchase of a firearm. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who led the fight for the bill, is firing back at the National Rifle Association with a new TV ad. The White House, emboldened by polls that indicate damage to senators who voted against the bill, is pushing Congress to reconsider it.

The gun control debate is certainly worth reopening. But if we're going to reopen it, let's not just rethink the politics. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess the existing research on gun violence and recommend future studies. That report, prepared by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, is now complete. Its findings won't entirely please the Obama administration or the NRA, but all of us should consider them. Here's a list of the 10 most salient or surprising takeaways.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Left and the Denial of "Evil"

By Thomas Sowell - 7/2/2013

When teenage thugs are called “troubled youth” by people on the political left, that tells us more about the mindset of the left than about these young hoodlums.

Seldom is there a speck of evidence that the thugs are troubled, and often there is ample evidence that they are in fact enjoying themselves, as they create trouble and dangers for others.

Why then the built-in excuse, when juvenile hoodlums are called “troubled youth” and mass murderers are just assumed to be “insane”?

Monday, July 1, 2013

US: Gun-friendly states court gunmakers

Gun-friendly states court gunmakers

By Jason Rearick/USA Today - 7/1/2013

More than a year removed from his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a headliner in a new and equally crowded campaign.

Perry and governors representing other gun-friendly states are aggressively attempting to lure gunmakers, suppliers and other vendors away from Connecticut and the surrounding region, which for generations has drawn much of its identity from the firearms industry.

Two weeks ago, Perry made one of the boldest public splashes, hosting gunmakers at a posh Hartford restaurant reception.

New Colorado gun laws take effect today

By Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO) - 7/1/2013

DENVER -- New Colorado gun laws linked to recall attempts aimed at two senators and a legal challenge filed by 55 county sheriffs will take effect Monday.

Starting Monday, no one will be able to buy magazines that hold more than 15 bullets. And background checks will be required for every gun sale, including those between private individuals.

It's legislation that Democrats, especially Rep. Rhonda Fields who sponsored the bills, heralded as a significant step toward keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and reducing the carnage in mass shootings.

But for Republicans -- particularly a large group of county sheriffs who lobbied against the laws at the Capitol -- the laws are the latest step in an infringement of Second Amendment rights that will do little for public safety.

One corner of the controversy is occupied by people such as Paul Paradis, owner of Paradise Sales Firearms for three decades in downtown Colorado Springs.