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.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

21 states can now concealed-carry deal in West Virginia.

By NRA - 10/30/2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) � West Virginia will now legally recognize concealed-carry handgun permits issued by the states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the reciprocity agreement Wednesday in Charleston. He says it brings the total number of states that will honor West Virginia's concealed-carry permits to 36.

West Virginia, in turn, recognizes permits from a total of 29 other states.

Iowa and New Hampshire residents can now carry their guns in West Virginia as long as they're 21 or older, and they have their permits with them.

Morrisey says the agreements grew from weeks of negotiations. He looks forward to securing similar deals with more states.

Since this summer, his office has also added Idaho, Colorado and Georgia to the list of states with full reciprocity agreements.

Enoch Brown Massacre . . . the flash point of the American Revolution?

By JW Ross

This year, 2013, is the 248th Anniversary of the "Sideling Hill" Incident which many scholars believe was the beginning of the Revolutionary War on the frontier. Historians point to the incident at "Sideling Hill" in March of 1765, as the cause of the Smith rebellion and the spark that started the American Revolution. It is important to note, and commemorate, because it is contrary to what we have been taught - "the shots heard round the world" were not on Lexington Bridge and the commons in Boston in 1775, but in Pennsylvania at Sideling Hill in 1765.
That said, Sideling Hill was, for the settlers in the Conococheague, the end not the beginning. For years they had suffered at the hands of marauding Indians, corrupt public officials, greedy merchants, ethnic bigotry, and a pacificist colonial government unwilling to protect them. The beginning of the end for the settlers of the Conococheague was the Enoch Brown Massacre, a year earlier in 1764.

The Enoch Brown Massacre gutted all human sensibilities. Although you would have to be divine to sort out which of the multitude of murderous behavior, on both sides, was the "worst", the killing of 10 young children fractured any sense of personal security that the settlers in the Conococheague may have had. The children weren't killed accidently, nor were they incidental casualties of war. Rather the Indian perpetrators waited in the woods surrounding the school house, set upon the children with purpose, killing the teacher who begged for mercy, and when some of the children ran for their lives they were chased down and butchered. Some were even scalped. The barbaric murder of these school children by the "savages" (as the Indians were called) was so horrific that even the Indian elders found them disturbing.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Guns new for fall 2014

By Richard L. Johnson - 10/27/2013
As the 2014 SHOT Show draws near, several gun manufacturers are jumping out ahead of the others with new gun announcements. The guns run the gamut from the modern to the traditional, aiming to meet the desires of a broad range of gun owners. Here are four guns that were recently introduced.

Ruger Red Label Shotgun

After being pulled from production several years back, an updated Ruger Red Label shotgun is on the market. The over and under shotgun is chambered in 12 gauge (3� shells), but I would expect to see a 20 gauge offering later if the market responds well to the gun.

The guns all feature American walnut stocks with a polished stainless steel receiver and blued barrels. A Pachmayr buttpad is standard. There are no exposed pins or screws in the receiver, giving it a very attractive look.

The single mechanical trigger does not need to be recocked before firing the second barrel. Ruger offers the Red Label with three barrel length options: 43�, 45� and 47�. A brass bead front sight tops each barrel. Weights range from 7.5 to 7.9 pounds.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

President's "First Lady" Had A Pistol License

By Huffington Post - 10/22/20
A pistol license may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you think "First Lady," but Eleanor Roosevelt was far from ordinary. Among the historical artifacts housed in the FDR Library, is Mrs. Roosevelt's heat-packing permit. But its the reason why she had such a license that we find fascinating.

According to Slate, it was Roosevelt's desire to travel independently that necessitated her getting certified to carry a gun:
It was Eleanor�s determination to drive her own car that led to her pistol ownership. The Secret Service begged her to take an agent, a police escort, or at least a chauffeur; she refused. The pistol was a compromise: a small bit of protection to put their minds at ease.
She told interested press that she was a "fairly good shot." We totally believe it.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Smart-gun laws / Not so smart, nor available

One of the many tactics that anti-gun opponents are "selling" is a technology that technologically matches guns to owners. . .it is a political diversion and at present a pipe-dream.

So-called smart guns are in the news again. These are guns equipped with technology that ensures they can be fired only by their owners.

You're forgiven if you've never heard of such guns. They don't exist yet.

And the last time they were in the news was back in 2002, when the Legislature passed and Gov. James E. McGreevey signed a law that required all handguns sold in New Jersey to be smart guns within three years after the technology became commercially available and was approved by the attorney general.

But The Record newspaper recently reported that a German company says it will soon be ready to sell a gun that will fire only within range of a sensor to be worn on the gun owner's wrist.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Alamo: Texas gun owners stage rally at the symbol of Texas Independence

By Christopher Sherman / AP and Simon Moya-Smith, Staff Writer, NBC News

Gun rights advocates gather at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 19, to demonstrate in support of a Texas law that permits the open carry of long arms, such as rifles and shotguns.

Hundreds of gun-rights advocates, many toting rifles and shotguns, gathered early Saturday at the Alamo in San Antonio to rally in support of gun ownership and the right to bear arms.

The rally, called "Come and Take It San Antonio," comes in response to what organizers called San Antonio police's "disregard for Texas law and The Constitution." Organizers said the police department has harassed gun owners and created a hostile environment for legal gun ownership.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

US: Washington DC is last place in America without gun carry rights

Female, off-duty D.C. cop shoots assailant, but the rest of us are sitting ducks

By Emily Miller - October 11, 2013 / The Washington Times

The District of Columbia is the only place in the country that refuses to abide by the constitutional mandate that individuals have the right to bear arms. The city is a playground for criminals because they know the law-abiding aren't armed. This week, however, one bad guy picked the wrong woman.

On Tuesday at 6:30 a.m., an off-duty, female police officer was getting out of her car on 18th Street, S.E. when a man approached her.

Metropolitan Police Department Spokesman Gwendolyn Crump told me that 28-year-old Marcus Young of Southeast indicated that he had a weapon while reaching in his waistband. Mr. Young threatened the officer and tried to rob her.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Harvard: Less guns does not reduce overall violence.

Harvard study comparing international gun laws shows that getting rid of firearms might not be the solution to reducing overall violence.

By Steve Annear /Boston Daily - 8/30/2013
As Bostonand the country as a whole looks for ways to reduce gun-related deaths and violence, a study from 2007 published in a Harvard University journal is suddenly regaining increased attention for its claims that more control over firearms doesn't necessarily mean their will be a dip in serious crimes.

In an independent research paper titled Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?, first published in Harvard's Journal of Public Law and Policy, Don B. Kates, a criminologist and constitutional lawyer, and Gary Mauser, Ph.D., a Canadian criminologist and professor at Simon Fraser University, examined the correlation between gun laws and death rates. While not new, as gun debates nationwide heat up, the paper has resurfaced in recent days, specifically with firearm advocates.International evidence and comparisons have long been offered as proof of the mantra that more guns mean more deaths and that fewer guns, therefore, mean fewer deaths. Unfortunately, such discussions [have] all too often been afflicted by misconceptions and factual error and focus on comparisons that are unrepresentative, the researchers wrote in their introduction of their findings.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Constitutional Law Prof Says 2nd Amendment Does Not Grant Right to Bear Arms

Chad Westerland, an associate professor of political science and associate director of the School of Government and Public Policy, recently told the Arizona Daily Wildcat that “the Second Amendment is not clearly written.”

“It doesn’t say you have a right to carry a gun; there’s a right to bear arms that’s connected to maintaining a well-regulated militia.”

Subsequently contacted by The College Fix, Westerland said he was quoted accurately and stands by his statement in the campus newspaper.

Seizing guns with the UN Arms Trade Treaty

By GOPUSA Staff - 10/9/2013
The Law of the Sea Treaty. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

When it comes to international agreements that may seem harmless until you read the fine print, the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty has plenty of company. Like the aforementioned pacts, this treaty has been signed by the United States, but not ratified by the Senate.

Nor is it likely to be. That doesn't mean, though, it won't prove damaging to the United States and its interests.

The Arms Trade Treaty has numerous flaws. Start with the most obvious: the fact that it won't do what it sets out to do - regulate the flow of arms to and from rogue states. Major arms exporters such as China and Russia don't support it, and the idea that it will stop, say, Cuba from continuing to arm North Korea, to name two other notable nonsigners, is a joke.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The 2nd Amendment: A Right of the People, not a Right of the State.

By: George L. Lyon -10/5/2013

Madison on the 2nd Amendment & milita clause

The Supreme Court in the Heller decision explained that the second amendment guarantees an individual right of the people to keep and carry arms for their defense in the event of a confrontation.

The anti-gun crowd, however, refuses to accept this common sense reading of the amendment. The best way to interpret the Constitution begins with actually reading it. The next best thing is to read what the Constitution's chief drafter, James Madison, had to say about America's founding document. Madison was the chief author of the Federalist Papers, along with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton. The Federalist Papers offer great insight into the political theories of the day that led to our system of government.

Students of the second amendment should be familiar with both Federalist 29 and 46, which discuss the role of an armed populace in protecting the precious freedom which had so recently been won. It was that thinking that led to the adoption of the second amendment.

Review: Interesting gun gear

By: Richard L. Johnson - 10/5/2013

Useful Shooting Gear

Here is a short list of a few pieces of gear that I have found to be useful to my shooting endeavors. Three items can help protect you against an attacker, while the fourth can protect your long-term health.

AmeriGlo Pro Glow Front Sight

For a self-defense handgun, I like to have a big, bright front sight. Most factory sights are somewhere between marginal and poor for my defensive needs. There are a number of aftermarket sight replacements I have tried, but the one I recently had installed on my pistol is the ProGlo Tritium front sight from AmeriGlo.

The ProGlo Tritium is a normal sized sight with a bright tritium vial in the center that glows in the darkness. What sets the ProGlo apart from other night sights is that a large, lime-green circle surrounds the tritium vial. This neon-bright circle is with width of the sight and nearly as tall, which is very easy to see.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Record gun sales soar even higher in Maryland: In the face of growing restrictions

More firearms sold this year than in previous two combined

By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun - 10/2/2013

Maryland gun dealers have sold more firearms in the first nine months of this year than in all of 2011 and 2012 combined, the state police said Wednesday.

Buyers have applied to purchase 117,009 guns this year as lawmakers debated and enacted some of the toughest new gun laws in the country. More than 15,000 gun purchase applications were sent to the state police in the 10 days before Maryland's ban on assault rifle sales and a new handgun licensing requirement took effect Tuesday.

"Maryland is armed to the teeth," said Del. Luiz Simmons, a Montgomery County Democrat who voted for the law but argued that the assault rifle ban was not strong enough. "We caused this rush, this stampede really, to purchase guns."

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Are Guns the Problem?

By Walter Williams - 10/2/2013

Every time there's a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control. Let's examine a few historical facts. By 1910, the National Rifle Association had succeeded in establishing 73 NRA-affiliated high-school rifle clubs. The 1911 second edition of the Boy Scout Handbook made qualification in NRA's junior marksmanship program a prerequisite for obtaining a BSA merit badge in marksmanship. In 1918, the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. established its own Winchester Junior Rifle Corps. The program grew to 135,000 members by 1925. In New York City, gun clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training and Stuyvesant high schools. With so many guns in the hands of youngsters, did we see today's level of youth violence?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Least Expensive US Made Concealed Carry Pistol?

By: Richard L. Johnson - 9/30/2013

Need a concealed carry pistol, but don't want to break the bank? You might want to take a look at the USA-made pistols from SCCY Industries.

I recently headed out to the range with Randall of the Thin Blue Florida. In his range bag was a SCCY CPX-2. Do you want to shoot it, he asked.

Well, I didn't come here to watch, I replied.