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    Criminologist: Kagan a Threat to 2nd Amendment
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    By: Jim Meyers

    Criminologist, economist and author John Lott tells Newsmax that he has serious concerns about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s position on gun ownership under the Second Amendment.

    He also says gun control actually increases the crime rate because widespread gun ownership discourages criminals from committing crimes.

    Lott has a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA and is currently a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland. His latest work is a new edition of his book “More Guns, Less Crime.”

    In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Lott was asked for his views on Kagan, whose confirmation hearings are set to begin on Monday.

    Story Continues Below Video.


    “Both [Supreme Court Justice Sonia] Sotomayor and Kagan are pretty much cut from the same cloth,” he says.

    “Last year when Sotomayor was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation, she claimed that there was no constitutional right to self-defense.

    “Kagan has made numerous statements on the gun issue. While she was clerking for Justice Thurgood Marshall, she wrote a memo saying she was unsympathetic to the notion that there was an individual right in the Second Amendment.

    “And she from 1995 to 1999, she spearheaded President Bill Clinton’s push on gun control. People remember the pushes on gun control at that time. Elena Kagan was the person who was directly responsible for a lot of that.”

    It might be noted that around the time Kagan’s confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin on Monday, the Supreme Court is expected on Monday to hand down a decision on an important gun rights case. Petitioners in McDonald v. City of Chicago are challenging a local ban on handguns.

    Lott also criticized Kagan’s position in the Citizens United case. As Solicitor General she argued against Citizens United before the Supreme Court and lost, as the Court said prohibiting corporations from contributing to political campaigns was a violation of free speech.

    Asked to explain the title of his book “More Guns, Less Crime,” Lott tells Newsmax: “Guns can make it easy for bad things to happen, but they can also make it easier for people to protect themselves and prevent bad things from happening.

    “The fact that would-be victims might be able to defend themselves can make it riskier for criminals to commit crimes and deter some of them from doing so.

    “The question is, what do you advise someone to do when they have to confront a criminal by themselves. Simply telling them to behave passively actually turns out to be very bad advice. By far the safest course of action for someone to take when they’re confronted by a criminal by themselves is to have a gun.”

    Criminals are more likely to target people they are confident are not armed and would be an easy mark, Lott explains.

    “Criminals are like anybody else — if you make something more costly, they do less of it, and they tend to prefer easier jobs as opposed to harder jobs.”

    Lott says he pored over mountains of county, city, and state data in his study of how crime rates change over time.

    “What you find consistently is that as the percentage of the population with permitted concealed handguns, or the percentage of the population with gun ownership generally, rises, you see drops in violent crime.”

    Lott takes issue with Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s call to the U.S. Congress for a renewal of the federal ban on assault weapons. He said in May that easy access to high-powered weapons is contributing to drug-related violence along the border, and claimed murder rates in Mexico and the U.S. rose after the ban was lifted in 2004. But Lott said the murder rate has actually gone down in the U.S. since that time, and the rate in Mexico dropped from 2004 to 2008 before increasing last year.

    “It’s not clear what theory you might have for why murder rates would increase five years after the assault weapons ban,” he says.

    Lott adds that much of the weaponry used by Mexican drug gangs comes from other countries around the world, and an assault weapons ban would do nothing to control these weapons.
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    you mean some one that obama himself chooses to be in a very high place in the united states is against the second amendment??? say it ain't so!
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow View Post
    you mean some one that obama himself chooses to be in a very high place in the united states is against the second amendment??? say it ain't so!
    "[A]gainst the second amendment," should be changed to "against the entire Constitution."

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    Gun Owners of America On Kagan Update

    GOA Attorney Testifies Against Kagan Before Sen. Schumer's Committee

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    Friday, July 2, 2010

    On Thursday, Gun Owners of America had the important opportunity to testify concerning the Second Amendment views of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

    William J. Olson, counsel of record on amicus briefs for GOA in both the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases, testified at the hearing that Kagan has demonstrated "visceral hostility" to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

    Moreover, Olson demonstrated that Elena Kagan's view of rights is tied in directly to her view of Judicial Supremacy, that is, that our rights "are whatever a majority of the Supreme Court rules at a particular time in a particular case."

    But under that philosophy, Olson said, "what the Court grants, the Court may take away."

    So what's the bottom line? "f Ms. Kagan does not know whether our inalienable rights to defend ourselves from criminals and tyrants comes from God -- as the Declaration of Independence states -- or from government, she cannot be trusted to protect our God-given right to self-preservation," Olson concluded.

    Click here for video of Mr. Olson's testimony.

    YouTube- William Olson testifies against Elena Kagan on behalf of GOA

    GOA will have much more to say about the nomination of Elena Kagan in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, have a happy, and safe, Fourth of July weekend.

    Sincerely,
    The GOA Team

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    Quote Originally Posted by festus View Post
    Criminologist: Kagan a Threat to 2nd Amendment
    Criminologist: Kagan a Threat to 2nd Amendment
    Saturday, 26 Jun 2010 06:34 PM
    Article Font Size

    By: Jim Meyers

    Criminologist, economist and author John Lott tells Newsmax that he has serious concerns about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s position on gun ownership under the Second Amendment.

    He also says gun control actually increases the crime rate because widespread gun ownership discourages criminals from committing crimes.

    Lott has a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA and is currently a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland. His latest work is a new edition of his book “More Guns, Less Crime.”

    In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Lott was asked for his views on Kagan, whose confirmation hearings are set to begin on Monday.

    Story Continues Below Video.


    “Both [Supreme Court Justice Sonia] Sotomayor and Kagan are pretty much cut from the same cloth,” he says.

    “Last year when Sotomayor was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation, she claimed that there was no constitutional right to self-defense.

    “Kagan has made numerous statements on the gun issue. While she was clerking for Justice Thurgood Marshall, she wrote a memo saying she was unsympathetic to the notion that there was an individual right in the Second Amendment.

    “And she from 1995 to 1999, she spearheaded President Bill Clinton’s push on gun control. People remember the pushes on gun control at that time. Elena Kagan was the person who was directly responsible for a lot of that.”

    It might be noted that around the time Kagan’s confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin on Monday, the Supreme Court is expected on Monday to hand down a decision on an important gun rights case. Petitioners in McDonald v. City of Chicago are challenging a local ban on handguns.

    Lott also criticized Kagan’s position in the Citizens United case. As Solicitor General she argued against Citizens United before the Supreme Court and lost, as the Court said prohibiting corporations from contributing to political campaigns was a violation of free speech.

    Asked to explain the title of his book “More Guns, Less Crime,” Lott tells Newsmax: “Guns can make it easy for bad things to happen, but they can also make it easier for people to protect themselves and prevent bad things from happening.

    “The fact that would-be victims might be able to defend themselves can make it riskier for criminals to commit crimes and deter some of them from doing so.

    “The question is, what do you advise someone to do when they have to confront a criminal by themselves. Simply telling them to behave passively actually turns out to be very bad advice. By far the safest course of action for someone to take when they’re confronted by a criminal by themselves is to have a gun.”

    Criminals are more likely to target people they are confident are not armed and would be an easy mark, Lott explains.

    “Criminals are like anybody else — if you make something more costly, they do less of it, and they tend to prefer easier jobs as opposed to harder jobs.”

    Lott says he pored over mountains of county, city, and state data in his study of how crime rates change over time.

    “What you find consistently is that as the percentage of the population with permitted concealed handguns, or the percentage of the population with gun ownership generally, rises, you see drops in violent crime.”

    Lott takes issue with Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s call to the U.S. Congress for a renewal of the federal ban on assault weapons. He said in May that easy access to high-powered weapons is contributing to drug-related violence along the border, and claimed murder rates in Mexico and the U.S. rose after the ban was lifted in 2004. But Lott said the murder rate has actually gone down in the U.S. since that time, and the rate in Mexico dropped from 2004 to 2008 before increasing last year.

    “It’s not clear what theory you might have for why murder rates would increase five years after the assault weapons ban,” he says.

    Lott adds that much of the weaponry used by Mexican drug gangs comes from other countries around the world, and an assault weapons ban would do nothing to control these weapons.

    There are two things I would like to address yes All Americans should be educated on this woman and she should not be appointed.

    Now if she is appointed and some how another second amendment issue is brought before the supereme court and she and others on the court strike down the second amendment, it does not matter every American should not comply with the ruling,

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    GOA Attorney Testifies Against Kagan Before Sen. Schumer's Committee
    -- Video available
    Friday, July 2, 2010

    On Thursday, Gun Owners of America had the important opportunity to testify concerning the Second Amendment views of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

    William J. Olson, counsel of record on amicus briefs for GOA in both the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases, testified at the hearing that Kagan has demonstrated "visceral hostility" to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

    Moreover, Olson demonstrated that Elena Kagan's view of rights is tied in directly to her view of Judicial Supremacy, that is, that our rights "are whatever a majority of the Supreme Court rules at a particular time in a particular case."

    But under that philosophy, Olson said, "what the Court grants, the Court may take away."

    So what's the bottom line? "If Ms. Kagan does not know whether our inalienable rights to defend ourselves from criminals and tyrants comes from God -- as the Declaration of Independence states -- or from government, she cannot be trusted to protect our God-given right to self-preservation," Olson concluded.

    Click here for video of Mr. Olson's testimony
    .

    GOA will have much more to say about the nomination of Elena Kagan in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, have a happy, and safe, Fourth of July weekend.

    Sincerely,

    The GOA Team

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    2. Send me a friendship request...

    This has nothing to do with any conditions I have put on anything, this is a site-specific issue that I only recently became aware of...




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    Oppose Kagan

    NRA Ad Opposing Elena Kagan's Confirmation as Associate Justice on U.S. Supreme Court

    YouTube - NRA Ad Opposing Elena Kagan's Confirmation as Associate Justice on U.S. Supreme Court

    Have you called, faxed, emailed, snail-mailed and other wise hounded your two U.S. Senators via their local & D.C. offices today?
    U.S. Senate: Senators Home

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    South Carolina Call To Action !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemian View Post
    NRA Ad Opposing Elena Kagan's Confirmation as Associate Justice on U.S. Supreme Court

    YouTube - NRA Ad Opposing Elena Kagan's Confirmation as Associate Justice on U.S. Supreme Court

    Have you called, faxed, emailed, snail-mailed and other wise hounded your two U.S. Senators via their local & D.C. offices today?
    U.S. Senate: Senators Home
    July 13th, 2010

    (RINO) South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham Crucial to Defeating Kagan
    Written by John Velleco
    Tuesday, 13 July 2010 10:08

    (RINO) Senator Lindsey Graham was one of nine (RINO) Republicans to vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

    During the course of her confirmation hearings, Sotomayor told the Senate and all Americans that she would respect the Heller decision and the individual right to keep and bear arms.

    The assurances made by Sotomayor, not surprisingly, were meaningless. Less than a year after her confirmation hearings, Sotomayor signed a dissenting opinion in the McDonald case that stated, "I can find nothing in the Second Amendment's text, history, or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as 'fundamental' insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes."

    Of course, this surprised no one, and GOA had warned all Senators that this type of decision could be expected from Sotomayor. But (RINO) Sen. Graham voted for her anyway.

    Now the Senate is debating the confirmation of Supreme Court justice nominee Elena Kagan.

    During her hearings last week, Kagan ducked and dodged questions about the Second Amendment, and she refused to declare whether she believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

    While Kagan blathered on and on about precedent and "settled law" with regard to the Supreme Court decisions in Heller and McDonald, this in no way precludes her from ruling that almost any gun law -- including gun owner registration, purchasing limits, waiting periods, private sale background checks, and more -- are consistent with the Constitution.

    As GOA attorney William J. Olson, who testified at the hearings, noted: "If [Kagan] were to go on the Court, with what we know about her now, she could be the most anti-gun justice on that Court." (Click http://www.gunowners.org/kagantestimony for video of that testimony.)

    (RINO) Sen. Graham claims to support the Second Amendment. Well, if that's the case then there is NO WAY he can vote to confirm anti-gun radical Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States!

    (RINO) Lindsey Graham got burned by Justice Sotomayor, but has he learned his lesson? It is imperative that gun owners contact (RINO) Sen. Graham right away and urge him to come out now against the confirmation of Elena Kagan.

    Several Senators have already issued statements that they intend to vote against Kagan. Sen. Graham should join them in opposing a nominee who is extremely hostile to the Second Amendment.

    ACTION: If you are a South Carolina voter, contact (RINO) Senator Lindsey Graham and urge him to oppose Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court. Please ask your family and friends to do the same. A prewritten letter is provided below for you to copy-and-paste or to guide your own comments.

    Contact info:

    (RINO) Sen. Lindsey Graham

    Phone -- (202) 224-5972

    Webform -- .: United States Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina :: Contact :.

    ----- Pre-written letter -----

    Dear Senator Graham:

    You claim to be a supporter of the Second Amendment. If that is the case, there is NO WAY that you can vote to confirm radical anti-gunner Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    During her confirmation hearings last week, Kagan ducked and dodged questions about the Second Amendment, and she refused to declare whether she believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

    While Kagan blathered on and on about precedent and "settled law" with regard to the Supreme Court decisions in Heller and McDonald, this in no way precludes her from ruling that almost any gun law -- including gun owner registration, purchasing limits, waiting periods, private sale background checks, and more -- are consistent with the Constitution.

    As GOA attorney William J. Olson, who testified at the hearings, noted: "If [Kagan] were to go on the Court, with what we know about her now, she could be the most anti-gun justice on that Court."

    I urge you in the strongest possible terms to oppose Elena Kagan and join a filibuster of her nomination.

    Sincerely,
    your name here...

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham Crucial to Defeating Kagan


    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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    Step Up Oppostion Heat On RINOS & Blue Dogs On Gun Ban Kagan

    We Are Still A Few Votes Short Of Killing The Kagan Nomination

    -- -- -- Time to redouble our efforts
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    The hearings on Elena Kagan to be a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court are over.

    Senate Democrats slammed them through quickly, in the same way they did ObamaCare. And, like ObamaCare, they made sure that Senate Republicans would not have the material they needed to review Kagan's record -- withholding, for example, large amounts of Clinton administration legal advice on a claim of executive privilege.

    (If you missed GOA's testimony at the Kagan hearings, you can view it here)

    While much has been concealed, what we do know about Kagan is not good, as her public service has clearly shown antagonism to the Constitution and the Separation of Powers.

    For example, when it became clear that the Supreme Court might strike down parts of the Brady Act (which it eventually did in 1997), Kagan suggested that President Clinton "by executive order, [might] prohibit a FFL from selling a handgun" without a certification from local police.

    In other words, Kagan believed that the President could circumvent the role of Congress and to act unilaterally, without any legal authority, to impose restrictions upon the private ownership of handguns.

    Not only that, Kagan drafted a memo for President Clinton suggesting a whole list of guns that could be banned by executive fiat. The Los Angeles Times reported on May 27, 2010, that: "At the time of the [1997] import ban, Jose Cerda, who worked in the domestic policy shop run by Kagan and her boss, Bruce Reed, said, 'We are taking the law and bending it as far as it can to capture a whole new class of guns.'"

    Combine all of this with the fact that in 1987 Elena Kagan told her boss, Justice Thurgood Marshall, that she was "not sympathetic" to the plight of an African-American man who wanted to own a gun for self-protection because he carried large sums of cash when depositing money for the laundromat where he worked in Washington, D.C.

    Elena Kagan will follow philosophically in the footsteps of Sonia Sotomayor. During her confirmation hearings, Americans were promised that Sotomayor believed the Heller case in 2008 established "that the Second Amendment right is an individual right." But in the recent McDonald case, Sotomayor joined the minority in wanting to both overturn Heller and deny that the Second Amendment protects a "fundamental" right.

    So, Justice Sonia Sotomayor lied her way onto the bench. And "cagey Kagan" is doing exactly the same thing. Please make sure you take action!

    ACTION:
    The Senate Judiciary Committee will probably be voting on the Elena Kagan nomination soon -- which means the proverbial ball is now rolling. So contact your Senators and urge them to oppose Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court. And please urge your family and friends to do the same.

    You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center to send a pre-written message to your Senators.

    ----- Pre-written letter to Senators -----


    Dear Senator:

    You will be asked soon to vote up or down on Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court. After reviewing just some of the evidence against her, I think the case is clear that... a vote for Kagan is an anti-gun vote.

    Kagan's public service record has clearly shown antagonism to the Constitution and the Separation of Powers. Emails taken from the Clinton Library clearly bear this out.

    For example, when it became clear that the Supreme Court might strike down parts of the Brady Act (which it eventually did in 1997), Kagan suggested that President Clinton "by executive order, [might] prohibit a FFL from selling a handgun" without a certification from local police.

    In other words, Kagan believed that the President could circumvent the role of Congress and to act unilaterally, without any legal authority, to impose restrictions upon the private ownership of handguns.

    Not only that, Kagan drafted a memo for President Clinton suggesting a whole list of guns that could be banned by executive fiat. The Los Angeles Times reported on May 27, 2010, that: "At the time of the [1997] import ban, Jose Cerda, who worked in the domestic policy shop run by Kagan and her boss, Bruce Reed, said, 'We are taking the law and bending it as far as it can to capture a whole new class of guns.'"

    Combine all of this with the fact that in 1987 Elena Kagan told her boss, Justice Thurgood Marshall, that she was "not sympathetic" to the plight of an African-American man who wanted to own a gun for self-protection because he carried large sums of cash when depositing money for the laundromat where he worked in Washington, D.C.

    Elena Kagan will follow philosophically in the footsteps of Sonia Sotomayor. During her confirmation hearings, Americans were promised that Sotomayor believed the Heller case in 2008 established "that the Second Amendment right is an individual right." But in the recent McDonald case, Sotomayor joined the minority in wanting to both overturn Heller and deny that the Second Amendment protects a "fundamental" right.

    So, Justice Sonia Sotomayor lied her way onto the bench. And "cagey Kagan" is doing exactly the same thing.

    I am sure you have seen the recent polls -- fewer than four in ten Americans want to see Kagan confirmed to the Court. I hope you will follow the will of the American people on this one, and not blindly follow the President who, himself, is at near record lows in the polls.

    Sincerely,
    your name here


    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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