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I started up the video and figured he was some sort of politician so I kind of tuned out.  I gave the video another chance today though and it’s actually really good, and some excellent points are made.

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After a previous post about San Francisco Disarming ‘The Other Guys’, it’s great to see that the San Francisco MTA waived their anti-gun policy and allowed the following ad to be ran throughout the city:

It’s amazing what the possible threat of a lawsuit can accomplish.

Thread on Calguns – HERE

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A patent application from Apple, entitled “System and Method for Authentication Based on Particle Gun Emissions,” was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. It states that current DRM methods for authentication, but by their nature they can lack security.

Apple’s solution would employ a particle gun, which would send an emission with unique physical properties to a receiver which would be able to verify the authenticity. The receiver would then generate a second value, and compare it with the first.

More Info – HERE

Pretty interesting idea. For consumers though, it sounds expensive.  Yea its no i1911 (pictured) but it will have to do.

On a similar note… this youtube parody video makes me cringe:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXh3EfX_CqA[/youtube]

Pointing a gun at a camera or computer screen is one thing, but putting it against your head and putting the trigger is a whole other level of stupidity.

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The Students for Concealed Carry on Campus Board of Directors is pleased to announce that for all of empty holder protest week (Now – April 10 @ 11:59 PM ET), there is an opportunity for anyone with a .edu email address to obtain a FREE CHP TRAINING COURSE for Virginia. Both residential and non-residential permits are available in Virginia.

Online training is valid under Virginia law for a Virginia CHP permit (VA Code §18.2-308 (G)(7) and (P1)(7)). Education and training are key goals of SCCC. By making training available to students, faculty, and staff on campus, we will further a goal shared by both sides of the gun rights debate: to educate about the core safety aspects of firearms and self-defense.

Here’s what you do:

1) Visit: http://www.onlineconcealedcarry.com/
2) Register with a .edu email address
3) Use the following discount code: 923726
4) Finish the course before April 10 @ 11:59 PM ET.

Upon completion of the course, you will be given a printable certificate of completion. Instructions on how to submit this certificate to Virginia authorities is available at: http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms.shtm . Please note that you will be responsible for any state fee(s) and compliance with all legal standards that Virginia requires.

A Virginia CHP permit is currently valid in AK, AR, AZ, DE, FL, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, and WV. Please note however that currently Michigan (MI), South Carolina (SC), and Florida (FL) only honor permits from residents of the issuing states.

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Sounds like a great opportunity.  By the sounds of it, you don’t even need to live in Virginia to take advantage of the offer, since non-residential permits are available.   All you need is an .edu email address.

I encourage all students, faculty, and staff of colleges and universities to take advantage of this offer.

I applaud Students for Concealed Carry on Campus for making this happen,  and wholeheartedly support their cause.

Remember you only have until Midnight until April 10th, if you want it for free.

As always, I recommend the book by Massad Ayoob (pictured left) for anyone that wants to read up on concealed carry.

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James from HellInAHandBasket points out an awesome article in the Associated Press about today’s challenge to Chicago’s 28 year old handgun ban:

CHICAGO – A couple worries that burglars who tried to break in when the wife was home alone will return. A retiree fears the drug dealers and junkies just outside his window will attempt — again — to steal what he spent a lifetime earning. And a businessman wants to protect himself as he could when he was a police officer.

On Tuesday, the four will take their seats inside the U.S. Supreme Court as their attorneys argue a lawsuit that bears their names: David and Colleen Lawson, Otis McDonald and Adam Orlov.

The four plaintiffs are not stereotypical gun rights advocates. They don’t represent the agenda of any national group or organize rallies. Instead they represent average Chicagoans — the kind of people that opponents of the city’s ban say should be allowed to protect themselves from gun violence.

Full Story – HERE

CNN Showing both sides of the story here:

Full CNN article – HERE

I applaud the kindness of Diane Latiker with her “Kids off the Block” program, I think that is great that those kids have a place to go to escape gun violence.  She supports the handgun ban because she “would rather something be in place then nothing be in place”.  I’d be willing to bet that all those 200+ people that are represented in her memorial did not did at the hands of law abiding citizens.  This is one of those criminals do not care about the law type things, where it’s easy to see that banning handguns in Chicago does not make them any harder for criminals to get.  It is the regular person that needs to protect themselves from the criminals.

Although I don’t live in Chicago, I anxiously await the outcome of McDonald v. Chicago (08-1521).

A repeal of the ban would be a huge Second Amendment victory.

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When President Obama took office, gun rights advocates sounded the alarm, warning that he intended to strip them of their arms and ammunition.

And yet the opposite is happening. Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue while states are engaged in a new and largely successful push for expanded gun rights, even passing measures that have been rejected in the past.

Full Story: NewYorkTimes

A surprisingly negative and stereotypical “crib sheet” summary of the New York Times article at over at Vanity Fair.

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