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Liberty  Notes – 13 January 2003

K. L. Jamison


It is a good day for Liberty

Jerry Adams has an outdoor sports radio show on various stations in Missouri. It broadcasts Mondays between 4-6 PM on KOKO 1450 AM out of Warrensburg, Wednesday between 7 and 9 PM on KMZU 100.7 FM and KAOL 1450 AM out of Carrolton, and Friday between 6-8 PM on KRMS 1150 AM out of Osage Beach. He has been supportive of our movement.

Jim Talent has been sworn in as Senator. Given the narrow margin of victory, it makes one glad we set out that last sign, made that last call, passed out those last leaflets, and contributed that last dollar. It is the little things that add up. Start putting your spare change, a daily dollar, your two bits worth into a coffee can each day. By the time of the next election, it will be a substantial amount. If we put all the coffee cans together, we can make a difference.

We are often told that the founders could not have anticipated advances in firearms. THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS by Ken Alder, The Free Press 2002, concerns the 1790 efforts at establishing the metric system. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson investigated the adoption of the system, with some enthusiasm. If these old surveyors saw the advantage in the new system, they surely did not believe that weapons science was frozen at flintlock muskets.

In point of fact, among the powers of Congress in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution is the power to issue patents to promote scientific progress. If the founders were country rubes who thought science had frozen, they would not have placed such a provision in our fundamental law.

Bellesiles, the author of ARMING AMERICA, has been allowed to resign from his post in the history department of Emory University. He has been stripped of the Bancroft prize for historical writing. His book claimed that firearms were almost unknown in the colonial period, people did not hunt, and what guns existed largely belonged to the government and were locked in government arsenals. The book was hailed by prohibitionists as refuting the historical right to own firearms. His research was promoted as groundbreaking. The problem was, he made it up. Researchers went through his footnotes, and found massive misquotes, and made up quotations. He claimed to have researched probate records, and that they proved few guns existed in private hands. He was never able to satisfactorily explain where he saw many of these records. Of the records he specifically cites, he misrepresented the number of guns and invented comments that these guns were old, rusty, and broken. An investigatory panel of Emory University mildly called this slipshod and unprofessional research. His book was a massive work of fraud. Two years after publication, it is proved to be fraud; and we are back where we started. The prohibitionists lie, footnote their lies in the apparent belief that no one will check, insist that their lies are the truth, and when finally “allowed to resign” continue to defend a work of fraud. We are where we started. Another team of prohibitionists claims to have conducted research “proving” that Professor Lott’s book MORE GUNS LESS CRIME is wrong, that more guns does not decrease crime. They do not claim that more guns increases crime just that it has no effect, but their claim is that Lott is wrong.           I have not seen any details of their research. In the press release promoting their “study”, they claim that Lott did not have the advantage of the last ten years of research. Actually, Lott has incorporated new data into his study every year, and found nothing which shakes his thesis. I remember a literacy program in Mexico called “Each One Teach One”. Each person who knew how to read, taught another. That is what we will have to do. Each person who reads this newsletter, will have to teach another. It will be slow going. To teach an unwilling student, one must start with a single comment, and single sentence, a joke. The next day, another single comment, a sentence, a joke. It will take months to work up to a conversation on the subject. We have months, we do not have years. In less than two years there will be another election. Congress, even the presidency may change. By that time, we must have an educated electorate to resist attacks on our rights.

My oldest son, my treasure, my jewel, my joy, (one of them) has a job working as a screener at the airport. I asked him if they use hand warmers before frisking people, or ice packs. He said that was classified, and he would have to report me for asking. That’s my boy.

Tom VanEyck, our chief firearms instructor and father of some wonderful, lovely children, is having a baby. His wife, famous for her sense of humor, is assisting in this project.

I have a web site, www.KLJamisonLaw.com. I intend to post updates of my book MISSOURI WEAPONS AND SELF-DEFENSE LAW on the site. The book is quite long, about 340 pages; it could be much longer but for two things. First, I was told it was too long; second, I had to stop writing. New cases, new issues, and new materials cross my desk, and I do not have time to incorporate them into the book. When I set out on the project, I wanted a work that would answer nearly all questions on the subject. When you set out on a project like that, you wind up with a book that will fortify the homestead against all manner of intrusions.

I live in Gladstone, and my city sent me a letter to the effect that they had inspected my neighborhood, and the exterior of my house meets community standards.           Thank God they didn’t look inside.

Gladstone is taking measures to enforce its ordinance against having more than three garage sales per year. Having serial garage sales is how one becomes a crime lord in Gladstone.

I’m reviewing POST CONFLICT JUSTICE, a weighty tome on the subject of peacekeeping in uncivil societies. One contributor boasts that the peacekeeping force in Somalia banned weapons from Mogadishu, and that by 1 January, 1993, the streets were free of weapons. This statement will come as a shock to the Rangers involved in the Black Hawk Down battle ten months later. The truly bizarre thing is that the writer was in Mogadishu at the time of the battle, and continues to mistake policy for results.

“I thought the Constitution guaranteed the right to bear arms?” was the plaintive query of a New Jersey gun owner. The legislature had just passed a law requiring “smart gun” technology on every handgun sold in the state, technology which does not exist; technology which shows no current promise of existing. He is quite right, the Constitution does guarantee the right to bear arms. However, rights only exist as long as we defend them. At various times there have been laws against freedom of speech, they existed until people organized against them.

Since the election of George W. Bush, and the opinion by the Justice Department that gun ownership is an individual right, there has been a feeling that we have won. We have not. The Justice Department opinion hedges that the right is subject to “reasonable” regulation. There is a wide difference in what is believed reasonable. Various states have passed anti-gun laws, and prohibitionists in Missouri are inspired to work them into the law here. Unjust enforcement of existing laws creates further problems. A man in southeast Missouri armed himself against a fellow who had threatened to kill him and had already tried to kill two women. He was not charged for the act of self-defense, but was charged for carrying a concealed weapon. The state that could not protect him, made him a criminal for protecting himself. It is to prevent, and redress, these unjust laws and enforcement that we formed the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, and that is why we need the help of every gun owner in the state.

Germany has joined Australia in banning pump-action shotguns, claiming that they have no “sporting use”.

There is a famous professional beggar in Kansas City. He challenged, with help, laws against panhandling, and won. I do not object to this, a man should know his limits, and it appears that he has reached his. What I find curious is that a local columnist was interested in the man’s political views. These views consisted of which local political figure had given him a dollar. On reflection, I think that many people’s political views amount to the same.

A Kansas City man has a website to transliterate dead and invented languages. I understand the need for dead languages. Archeologists must decipher the runes leading to the next grave they will rob. And if Buffy the Vampire Slayer teaches us nothing else, it is that dead languages hold the key to our survival. I am puzzled by the invention of languages for entertainment purposes, Klingon for Star Trek, and Elvish for the TwoTowers movies. They serve no purpose but supply an aura of reality. Some guns seem designed for the same reason.

I saw a reference that an Arizona Ranger carried a 10 gauge sawed-off shotgun for its utility and convenience in protection. After his son’s kidnapping Charles Lindberg had a retired detective trail his remaining child with a sawed-off shotgun. The dimensions of these guns are not mentioned, they may not be “sawed-off” as the law defines them. The term is often used for any short barreled shotgun, and should not be. If the owner has to use the gun, the “sawed-off” tag will follow him. At the trial of his son’s kidnapper, Charles Lindberg carried a revolver into the courthouse. No one stopped him, he was Lindberg. He did nothing, although he was ten feet away from the defendant.

A local jeweler is lauded in the paper for driving off thieves. When the robbers drew guns, the staff fled to the office and aimed their own guns at a pre-selected spot on the wall. When TV monitors showed the robbers leaving, they opened fire. The robbers dropped their loot and fled. This plan was, to be charitable, stupid. If they had hit one of the robbers, they could have been murder. As it was, they could have been charged with attempted murder. One cannot use deadly force to protect property. One cannot shoot at retreating felons. It is ironic that the only self-defense case of which the Star approves, is wrong.

Anti-crime activist John Walsh has a TV talk show. On 27 December, 2002 he had on families who lost a child because of an accidental discharge. They have let their grief do their thinking for them and now know how everyone should live their lives; without guns. John Walsh said that he supports the right to own guns, has numerous concealed carry permits, etc, but parroted the “10 kids killed each day” factoid. A gun safety instructor was allowed to speak, but from the audience, not the stage. As he tried to explain self-defense and gun safety, a grieving mother was given a microphone and allowed to shout him down. This sort of opponent is very dangerous. They cannot be attacked, and the natural sympathy of the audience makes them believable. The best come-back is to recall the children murdered in by a maniac with a pitchfork. They died because a twelve-year old girl could not reach the guns she had trained with. By California law they were locked up. It is a matter of balancing competing threats; the need for self-defense and the maturity of the household. I thought that I could rely on my children, but could not control who they brought over as friends. I am in a safe neighborhood, so I chose to lock my guns up, although one is quickly reached if needed. In reality, even if you live in a gun free home, and ask the neighbors if they have guns before the children are allowed to visit; children will find guns. The more forbidden an object is, the more children want to play with it. One child found a broken rifle at a dump, and shot his brother. One of my clients showed me where robbers had thrown a pistol, a hundred yards from a trailer court. Prepare kids for reality.

We Shall Overcome.

Liberty Notes  22 October 2003

K. L. Jamison

It is a very good day for Liberty.

I began writing this saying it is a great day for Liberty. Then the lawsuit was filed, and we are back to fighting for our rights. We have the advantage that the opposition is trying to take something away from us, a harder atrocity to accomplish. However, this atrocity was accomplished in New Mexico, costing an extra year for them to get License to Carry.

A number of us went to the Gun Rights Policy Conference in September. We were hailed by all for our success. Dean Johnson had printed stickers boasting that “WE DID IT IN MISSOURI”, just in case anyone had forgotten. We met, Ed Monk, who was in WMSA when he was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth. He is now at a training center in Death Valley where he is responsible for teaching soldiers what sand looks like. The war is taking a great many support units. Among other reasons, support units have female soldiers. In the culturally conservative Middle East it is less offensive to have a female soldier search homes, especially women’s areas.

On 1 August, 2003 I helped teach a continuing legal education class on Firearms Law for the Missouri Bar Association. The comments on the seminar showed that most of the respondents liked the facilities, one did not, most said the instructors were clear, one did not. I remember that during the seminar, one of the instructors asked how many lawyers present were pro-Second Amendment, hands went up all over the room. He then asked how many were anti-Second amendment; one very brave hand went up. I think I have identified our malcontent.

During the seminar, an attorney from the Attorney General’s office asked about the traveling exception to the concealed carry law. She investigates child abuse cases and must often visit unfriendly, inbred families in remote places. I told her that the exception would probably apply, her AG badge would keep her out of trouble, but her boss is anti-gun.

My book, Missouri Weapons and Self-Defense Law was in print on 5 August, 2003. On 11 September 2003, the Missouri legislature gave us a License to Carry law, forcing me to update the book. Had I known the legislature was waiting for me to publish, I would have done so years ago. My summary of the new License to Carry law is posted on http:// www.KLJamison.com and here.

Our great friend Missouri Representative Jason Brown had a trap-shooting contest as a fund raiser. I wanted to field a trench gun team. The way I shoot a bayonet mount would be handy.

There has been much interest in my comment that my dog is afraid of my mother. This is not unprecedented. During the War, Mom was an airplane spotter in Visalia California. Throughout the war the Japanese military, not known for its timidity, never sent a plane over Visalia. A submarine ineffectually shelled the coast to the south, and a seaplane ineffectually bombed the northwest forests, but they stayed away from Mom. They had Heard.

I was listening to a tape of Libel, a book about how the media hates us. The author mentions that the most successful books are about diets and cats. My next book will be The Grassroots Gun-Rights Cat Diet Book. You can loose a good deal of weight delivering literature to neighborhoods, lifting yard signs, and worrying about legislation; and there are always cats somewhere.

A report on the famous ambush in which Private Lynch was captured reveals that the soldier’s weapons jammed. The M 16 has an old reputation for requiring maintenance, mostly because of bad ammunition used in Viet Nam, but these soldiers had venerable weapons jam; weapons with a reputation for reliability. This shows a lack of maintenance. In response, the Army is trying to get in touch with its inner warrior. The Army should say, with pride, that its job is to kill people and break things. Soldiers who have civilian experience in maintaining weapons will help keep fellow soldiers alive.

There is a bill in Congress to give national License to Carry to law enforcement officers. Currently, any Kansas cop who enters Missouri with a concealed weapon is committing a felony. The National Association of Chiefs of Police is against it. They say they can’t control officers from out of state. They seem not to trust other police officers. However, this is not a trust issue, it is a control issue. If they can’t control it, they don’t want it.

I cannot respond to the rumor that General Custer was reading my book Missouri Weapons and Self-Defense Law at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. I can say that if he had been paying attention instead of reading, he would have noticed all those Indians.

We now have two Gary Davises in WMSA. The Board has considered how to tell them apart. After investigation, we have discovered that the Black Gary is six inches taller than the White Gary.

The Gun Rights is not a spectator sport. Winning License to Carry is not the end of our battle. Already the opposition is threatening to start a referendum to repeal License to Carry. They are threatening to defeat our friends in the next election. The drumbeat of claims that our bill is flawed will continue. They will demand further restrictions. We must prepare for the next elections. We must reward our friends and punish our enemies. Governor Holden has proved himself to be vindictive. Although many think that he is an idiot, he has the connections to make trouble. Now that we have momentum, it is time to pursue and destroy. Recruit new members, raise money. Everyone can do something; that is how we have won so far, that is how we will continue to win.

A California bill would have outlawed the use of dogs in hunting. It was beaten, but after their recall, it will be back, and we will eventually see it here. The new governor is not our friend, in fact he is against almost everything we favor.

The assault weapon ban will expire in 2004, however there is a proposal to extend it. The proposal goes beyond extending it, the bill would ban M-1 Garands, the Ruger rifles specifically exempted from the prior law. It would outlaw all semi-automatic shotguns which carry five rounds or more, which is all of them. The “extension” does not have the votes to pass on its own, however, it will be attached to another bill, that is how the existing law was passed.

We have been raising money to fight the St. Louis lawsuit. We have to pay the lawyer who intervened on behalf of Centerfire Range $10,000; and that only covers the initial hearing on the restraining order. For the inevitable appeals, it will cost $75,000.

WMSA Board Member Jacq’ Tucker has found a unique way to raise money. As an accountant, he audits people’s wallets for money that will cause them tax problems, which is all of it these days.

The opposition claims that it is unconstitutional for the legislature to pass a concealed carry law. Some of them have mortgaged their houses to finance the fight against us. We must do as much. It will cost $100 to get a license to carry, unless we win this case, there will never be a license. Invest in Freedom First.

I was at a gunshow where a merchant was selling switchblades. I mentioned something about switchblade law (in connection with MISSOURI WEAPONS AND SELF-DEFENSE LAW). The merchant scornfully said he didn’t know what Missouri law I was reading but he was going by the law passed one year and six months ago, which, he said, allowed people to carry switchblades so long as they were not concealed. It is possible that the law changed, and I missed it, not likely, but possible. I looked it up, and I was right, the law had not changed, and it is still illegal to sell switchblades except to collectors. I do not know what this guy read, or thought that he read, but it was not true. I often meet people who think that they know the law — and get very huffy when someone who does know the law contracts them.

A local gun show had established “Traveler”, a coffee can to raise money for the WMSA legal defense fund. Even after the current court challenge, there will be others. The governor is supporting a referendum to abolish the license to carry law. The theory is that they won Prop B, and so they can beat us again. They could find it harder to get dead people and dogs to the polls this time, but they intend to try, and we intend to beat them.

Essential Latin Non Illegitimi Carborundum, “Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down”.

The suit against us also seems to work for us. Following the restraining order, I pulled ten times the usual number of memberships out of the post office box. Every time someone spits in our face, gun owners get active.

The NRA has spent a great deal of money in recent years and needs to replenish its coffers. Do your Christmas shopping at the NRA store (after buying everyone on your list Missouri Weapons and Self-Defense Law), attend the Friends of NRA Dinners, encourage your friends to join the NRA. A strong NRA is taken as the measure of the strength of the Movement.

One of the D.C. sniper suspects has elected to act as his own attorney. This is known as judicial suicide.

Luann Ridgeway is running for the Missouri Senate seat from Clay County. She has been an active friend of ours as a representative and will be a welcome change of pace as Clay County’s senator. She will also speak at our General Membership meeting on  November 6th. Her address is Citizens for Ridgeway, PO Box 319, Smithville Mo 64089.

WMSA has been invited to help present town meetings regarding the License to Carry law along with sheriffs and political figures. These have been well received. However, Rep Phil Willoughby, running for State Senator from Clay County, did not invite us to the town meeting he set up.

In the next senatorial election, Clay County shooters have a choice between a lady who is our friend, and a man who does not want to hear from us.

Returning from the Gun Rights Policy Conference, I found a notice in an outside pocket of my luggage which announced that it had been opened and searched for my protection. The inspector would have then seen my copy of The Perfect Soldier, which does not appear all that suspicious.

I have reviewed CORPORATE WARRIORS, about private security firms, in the broadest possible sense of the term. It mentions that in parts of Africa an AK 47, a real one, sells for the price of a chicken; I have seen other references to AK’s selling for the equivalent of a sack of grain, or $14. Yet people claim that terrorists come to US gunshows to buy semi-automatic rifles, costing more than a gold-plated chicken, and pay to transport them overseas.

Some people don’t want to become active in the Movement because they fear being on a list. We are all on a list. I fear not being on all the right lists.

Opponents of License to Carry demand to know if “this is what we have become?” No, not at all, we never changed. I’ve read cases from ancient Greece, the holding of the case is always the same, people don’t change.

We shall overcome.

Liberty Notes – November 2003

K. L. Jamison

It is a good day for Liberty.

A columnist is St. Louis claims that the NRA is so “unreasonable” because Neal Knox controls it. He further claims that Charlton Heston had to get permission from Mr. Knox to be the NRA president. Mr. Knox has been at odds with the NRA leadership over management issues for a number of years. It is an understatement that that he has no influence with the leadership, only with the rank and file. However this commentator is considered a font of information.

I picked up an old American Rifleman from the days when Neal Knox did have influence on the NRA leadership. There may have been an NRA before Neal Knox, but geologists are not sure. In those days there was a regular column called “A Court Case of Consequence” which provided a valuable legal resource. A 1968 New Jersey case dealt with the revocation of a citizen’s License to Carry. The license holder was sitting at a bar, and his coat fell back exposing the gun. The court ruled “It would be difficult to conceive of a more irresponsible act, or one more inimical to public health, safety, and welfare, than the wearing of a fully loaded firearm, completely exposed and available to the reach of any person in the immediate vicinity of the wearer . . . “ The man lost a license to carry concealed, because the gun was visible. There are many who claim that we do not need a License to Carry because we can carry openly. However, if we lose in the Supreme Court I will bet that the argument will change.

Coffee, the most important meal of the day.

There was a Friends of the NRA dinner in Warrensburg. I was given directions by two individuals. One said that it was behind an automobile customizing business, the other said it was behind a topless bar. These directions indicated the orientation of the informant rather than geographic location.

Someone on one of the computer lists claims that because he has a licensed machine gun, he can carry it concealed without a license to carry. I do not know what state he is in, but Missouri does not, and will not, recognize a machine gun license as an exception to the CCW law, and I doubt his state does either.

The staff at the NRA legal office tells me that they were called by a hunting guide who asked if it was illegal to have guns if he was under an order of protection for adult abuse. They told him it is a federal crime. He replied that they did not know what they were talking about, that the law only applied to pistols. They tried to convince him otherwise, but he got angry and hung up. The guy wanted a legal opinion, but only if it agreed with his.

I only had two kids come to my door for trick or treat. I think the neighborhood kids were afraid that my mother was visiting.

I shot a target to qualify for a License to Carry. There was a problem. After shooting my 20 rounds, there was a large ragged hole in the center of the target. There was no way to prove that the hole represented 20 rounds. Fortunately, the instructor had a quick eye and he saw each bullet go through the target, or so he said.

Our local Channel 5 went “undercover” in 8 hour LTC training courses. They compared them with a 16 hour course given at the police academy. They were shocked to discover that the 8 hour course did not spend as much time on subjects as the 16 hour course. This surprised them. They also complain that there is no “state syllabus” for the required training. This ignores the specific subjects the statutes require of the course, and the fact that local sheriffs approve specific trainers and courses. These are the people who presume to tell us what is going on in the world.

The Missouri Supreme Court has given an accelerated schedule for the LTC case. It is not as accelerated as what we wanted, but not as slow as the opposition wanted. The Court rarely gives accelerated schedules. Arguments will be heard on 22 January, 2004 at 2PM in the Supreme Court Building in Jefferson City. Anyone who attends must be in a suit and tie. We want to show these people that we are responsible persons. The judges identify suits and ties with responsible persons. The opposition will be there, they will try to provoke an incident, do not let them.

Proceedings on this case have been posted, at great effort, by our webmeister, Cap’n Jacq’. The briefs at the trial level are posted, when we have the Supreme Court briefs we will post them. [They’re up today.]

Prohibitionists in New Mexico have aped the current lawsuit in Missouri. It has just happened and there is no word if their court will entertain imported nonsense.

Many people worry about being on a “list”. I worry about being on the right kind of a list.

I was listening to a copy of THE PERSIAN WAR by Herodotus. He recounts a Greek soldier at the Battle of Marathon who was confronted by a giant Persian who swung an enormous sword at him. The Persian missed and killed the man next to the Greek in question. The Greek was struck blind by the experience, and remained so for the rest of his life. Temporary blindness is known to be brought on by extreme stress; it is rare that it would be permanent. Even the ancient warriors suffered from stress.

An intelligence specialist working in Afghanistan with (but not part of) Special Forces saw his first dead body, and had an extreme stress reaction. He told his commander that he could not do his job. The commander removed him from the theater, and charged him with cowardice in the face of the enemy. According to the US ARMY COMBAT STRESS CONTROL HANDBOOK, soldiers having stress reactions must be treated as close to the unit as possible. Since at least WW I it has been known that soldiers treated close to the front had a massively higher recovery rate than equally affected soldiers evacuated to the rear.

I discuss combat stress in my book MISSOURI WEAPONS AND SELF-DEFENSE LAW, which I mention every five minutes or so.

A new book is out on Thuggee. CHILDREN OF KALI discusses the strangler cult from which we get our word “thug”. Using only a yellow silk scarf, some of these guys bragged about strangling 900 people in the course of their careers. Yet, no one thought to ban yellow silk scarves, which really were the weapon of choice for thuggees.

I am amazed at the number of people who insist on communicating with the enemy. One person even gave an NRA membership to a prohibitionist columnist. This accomplished nothing, the columnist didn’t read the magazine, didn’t wear the hat. It did allow the columnist to write a snide column to the effect that as an NRA member he favored gun control. I understand the urge to give a piece of one’s mind to people who abuse us. However, there are more productive uses of the time. The opposition does not read communications from us. If anything, they use them to support claims that we are abusive, threatening, and racist. I do not care what they think. I care what the undecided think. It is productive to write to newspapers and magazines, and politicians. It is productive to call into radio shows. It is productive to communicate with other gun owners. Too many of our people would be happy if all guns were banned save theirs. Too many think the prohibitionists would satisfied with banning all but one model of gun.

Many complain that they are not kept informed about the lawsuit and other matters in the movement. Their answers are on our website. For those without a computer, we have The Bullet. It is the best we can do.

NRA Field Representative Gregg Pearre’s wife Pam has died of what is called “natural causes”, however unnatural it seems.

The newspaper cites Dick Steward as an authority on violence in late 19th century Missouri. Mr. Steward claims that he has never seen any evidence for the “Jim Crow” theory of gun control. Mr. Steward has written two books relating to Missouri; one concerns dueling, a subset of violence, and another concerns an early 19th century land speculator. This does not make him an authority on late 19th century violence, of course the newspaper does not mention the subject of his books. Even so, I cannot understand his claim that he has never seen any evidence of Jim Crow being a factor in gun control. The hearing on the Ku Klux Klan Act and the 14th Amendment both extensively recounted freed slaves being deprived of weapons. General histories mention the pre-Civil War Black Codes being enforced against freedmen. Are we to expect that after the 14th Amendment the racists suddenly saw that they were wrong and gave up? All the evidence shows that they did not.         Laws restricting firearms were passed in the South, and only the South, at about the same time. The newspaper mentions gun bans further West. The Oxford History of the American West traces these to political disputes, and attempts to disarm one side or the other. All of these restrictions were based on attempts to disarm a political faction.

I keep hearing that the Lott study “More Guns Less Crime” has been “refuted”.         Research shows that this usually means that people who have never read the study what invented problems which they are sure MUST exist, otherwise the study would not disagree with them. Such fanciful arguments are easily disposed of to all but the devout prohibitionist. There was a statistical study which disagreed with Prof Lott’s study. This “study” however was found to have serious flaws and if the authors had not been so blinded by their prejudices, they would have seen the defects. The April 2003 issue of the Stanford Law Review details their failures. There are many studies which support the Lott research.

The Kansas City Star (a daily tabloid) of 23 November, 2003 Page A-16 column 6 quotes Thomas Jefferson describing Americans to visiting Indians in January 1806; “We are all gunmen.”

The “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter” program continues without the father figure. I do not require 8 rules for dating my niece, only an IQ test. I ask, “Do you know how a shotgun works?” This has been sufficient.

A Kansas City man has been arrested for kidnapping women off the street in broad daylight and raping them. Fortunately none of the women had a gun, or something terrible might have happened.

The Jackson County Sheriff is asking for a 29% increase in his staff and 20% budget increase. This sheriff had testified in the St. Louis restraining order case that the LTC law would require more people on his staff.

The July-August issue of Military Review is unusually good, it has three of my book reviews. The SLEDGE PATROL recounts a group of Greenland hunters who shot it out with a nazi weather station during the war; a skirmish which had strategic affects on the war. The WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, a British historian blames Patriot militias for the loss of the American war. FORT UNION AND THE UPPER MISSOURI FUR TRADE recounts a forty year period in which walking arsenals occupied a trading post, but suffered almost no crime or violence. I like to think that these reviews do some good.

The FBI is collecting replacement 9 x 18 Makarov barrels. Bullets from such a barrel killed a federal prosecutor in Washington state. Because he was prohibitionist, there was innuendo that one of us killed him. However, the killer used .380 cartridges, which will more or less function in the Makarov. An indication it was not one of us.

We shall Overcome.

Liberty Notes – December 2003

K. L. Jamison 

It is a good day for Liberty.

Our friend Phil Journey of the Kansas Second Amendment Society has been appointed to fill the remainder of a Kansas state senator’s term. He intends to run for the state senate from Wichita Kansas.

Remember to donate blood. Remember to wear your WMSA pin when you do so.

On 25 November, 2003 the Missouri Supreme Court ruled unanimously in State vs Jamie Avery. Ms. Avery had been walking her dog, while carrying a concealed gun. She had been gang raped once and did not want to have the experience again. When she returned home, a man who had abused her earlier in the day followed her in. She shot and killed him and was convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. The Supreme Court ruled that she had been entitled to an instruction on accident, self-defense, and defense of premises. These are inconsistent defenses; the court stretched the law when they did not have to. The fact that this was a unanimous decision, and a not completely sympathetic defendant, may indicate that they are not as prejudiced against us as we fear.

There is a video “The Dancer Upstairs”, a thinly disguised account of the struggle against the “Shinning Path” terror group in Peru. It is a good account of how terrorists are fought. There is an illuminating scene of detectives going through the trash for an entire street, looking for discarded skin medication used by a terrorist with eczema.

My second son, my treasure, my jewel, my joy (one of them) has had an article published in the Kids Sports News. He was paid $15. This is a pivotal, life changing moment. When I took drama in college, the professor told us that if you got paid, you were a professional, otherwise you were simply promiscuous.

Anyone who wants to be a promiscuous grassroots activist can call my office (8160 455-2669. We need the help; your children need the help.

I see that chimpanzees and humans share 98% of our DNA. I am reminded, however, that chimpanzees live in isolated remnant populations, and there are 6 billion of us. The 2% must be something special.

Massachusetts has legalized a form of gay marriage. With 50% of American marriages ending in divorce, one would think the gay community would want something better. Some fear that gay marriage diminishes heterosexual marriages. I cannot see how my marriage could have been diminished, unless I had done it twice.

You can’t have a gay old time anymore, not without explanations.

The US Supreme Court has ruled on the campaign finance “reform” law. Essentially they say it is constitutional to forbid citizens or organizations of citizens to speak out on candidates immediately before elections. They make this frontal assault on the First Amendment because of the evil of political corruption. Our freedom of speech must be infringed because something bad might happen. They have balanced bad possibilities versus constitutional rights. This is not the crew I would like to decide my Second Amendment rights.

I am reminded that Senator Dolan is still being investigated for returning from Cuba to cast the decisive vote on LTC. In retaliation for his vote, Governor Holden initiated an investigation to ruin his military career. He has a legal defense fund as well. We cannot forget his decisive efforts on our behalf. He needs $3,000, which cannot be commingled with election funds, nor can election funds be used for legal defense. Send what you can to: Jon Dolan’s Legal Defense, 3 Rudder Court, Lake St. Louis Mo 63367.

It seems that the multitude of lawsuits filed against gun owners have been designed to burn up our money. We shall have to find a way to return the favor.

A 10 December, 2003 photo on page B-2 of the Kansas City Star shows a shooting scene, directly under a Project Ceasefire billboard.

At the 6 December, 2003 MSSA dinner awards were given out for contributions to passing the LTC law in Missouri. Awards were given to WMSA, GCLA, and SACMo. The MSSA board of directors voted $5,000 to the LTC legal defense fund.

I hear people say that they should not own a gun because they would hurt themselves. These are people who drive cars at 25 to 70 miles per hour (or thereabouts) among other people driving cars at similar speeds while paying attention to signs for speed, school zones, merge, slow, stop, and others. They comply with the rules of the road, watch for other drivers, pedestrians, and dogs, judge the speed of other cars, change radio stations, tapes, CDs, eat, drink, and talk on the phone. Handling a gun is simple by comparison.

The 9th Appellate Circuit recently decided US v Stewart, and found for the machine gun owner. The Ninth is the last place I would expect to see such a case, and I do not expect to see it elsewhere. Mr. Stewart made a machine gun for personal use. The court ruled that he was not guilty of possession of an unregistered machine gun because the law did not apply to homemade guns. The court reasoned that the law was passed under congresses interstate commerce power, and unless a significant number of machine gun parts had passed in interstate commerce, the law did not apply. This is an unusual win for our side; however I would not count on other circuits adopting the decision.

I have spoken to many gun owners since the court delayed our right of self-defense. I do not see anger as much as resolution. Whatever happens at the Supreme Court, we will fight on. Memberships are up, and people volunteer to work for the movement. We will win.

We did not pick this legal battle. However, sometimes the battlefield picks you. We shall have to pick more battlefields in the future, where the odds favor us. In the last thirteen years we have prevented the opposition from passing most anti-gun laws. They have had all they could do in fighting our LTC bills. The best defense is a good offense.

I saw an attorney reading The Death of Right and Wrong. This is regrettable. No word yet on who will probate the estate.

I am told that 80% of NRA members are 50 years old or older. One-half of one percent are in the juniors program. If we do not change those percentages, we will not have any shooting sports twenty years from now. MSSA reports that there are college scholarships for marksmen, and women. We need to bring young people into our sport.

Kansas City senator Mary Kay Bland will introduce a bill in January which reads like a wish list for the anti-gun crowd. She demands that there be a ten day waiting period for all guns. She wants a ban on “assault weapons”. She want one gun a month; as a limit, not a requirement. There is more, much more. It is easy to say that such a bill will never pass. However (the eternal however) the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. After passing the LTC and gun industry protection laws, some lawmakers will actually believe that they have to give something to the other side. WMSA will be there to fight this attitude, but we cannot do so without letters and visits to legislators by a lot of members.

Over the last few years, the NRA has spent a fortune on LTC in Missouri. I have been assured that it will spend what is necessary to defend our gains. However, this distracts from other projects. There is no substitute for local activists visiting the legislature. A visit or letter from a voter is more valuable. There will be another rally this year.

Someone sent me a $100 check for a copy of my book, and the remainder to the WMSA legal defense fund (which we forward to the LTC Legal Defense Fund). He made the check to WMSA. I deposited the check in our legal defense fund and wrote myself a check out of that for the price of a book. I’m not sure who I report that to: one of you take care of it.

The LTC lawsuit has taken another odd turn. The judge in St. Louis called up a hearing on the plaintiff’s post trial motions involving the Hancock Amendment. The case went to the Supreme Court only on the plaintiff’s claim that they have a right to live in a state in which no-one carries concealed weapons (lots of luck with that!). They filed a motion for a new trial on the Hancock amendment issue. This amendment prohibits requiring activity from local government without also funding the activity. The plaintiffs claimed that the $100 fee for a license did not cover administrative costs of processing the license, but presented no evidence to this effect. They also wanted their bond money back. Normally the bond on a restraining order is released when the permanent order is issued. However, the plaintiffs walked into court on this case stating that it would definitely go to the Supreme Court. They should have been prepared to post a bond for the entire period. It was our side that wanted an expedited hearing in the case, and the plaintiffs who opposed it. The judge, on 10 December, 2003 granted a hearing on this issue without being asked. A judge normally has the right to do so, but it is unusual. There was a great deal of speculation on the purpose of the hearing. To everyone’s surprise, the judge denied the plaintiff’s post trial motions, and refused to return their bond.

I have been asked to speak at the UMKC Law School on the subject of guns. This rather broad subject matter will begin at 6:00 PM on 22 January, 2004. Taking the other side of the subject is a law school professor who used to work for Handgun Control (now the Brady Campaign). Please come. Please.

I wandered into Kansas and took refuge at the Bullet Hole gun shop and range. They had a unique revolver with a name I could not spell even when I could remember it. It was (and probably still is) a .357 magnum automatic revolver which revolves by recoil. The bottom chamber fires and the barrel is therefore immediately above the trigger. This should help control recoil. I had a Missouri permit to purchase a handgun, which did me no good at all. If I had a prescription from a Missouri doctor for dangerous or addictive drugs I could have filled it in Kansas, but a permit from a Missouri sheriff was worthless.

There is a cartoon strip called “Mark Trail” which concerns the adventures of an outdoor writer. A recent strip had him in a big game hunter’s trophy room which he said was “nothing to be proud of”. The hunter turned out to be the bad guy. He has been highly critical of hunting; an odd attitude for an outdoor writer. This is what our kids are seeing.

In 1975 a Washington DC councilman tried to amend the District gun regulations to confiscate, without payment, all registered guns in the district. When asked if this would not break faith with gun owners who had been promised that their guns would never be confiscated he said, “That doesn’t bother me. I didn’t promise them anything.” Yes, we should compromise with these people.

I was reading The Rebbe’s Army a book about a group of what appears to be Jewish fundamentalists. They stand on corners and ask passerby’s if they are Jewish. If they are, they try to get him to put on ritual objects, which mark them as Jews. We do something similar. We stand at gun shows and ask people if they are gun nuts, and try to get them to wear pins, hats, and shirts which mark them as gun nuts. Anyone wanting to be a fundamentalist gun nut, call the hotline at 333-WMSA. The group seems to have a mission of encouraging Jewish people to be Jewish. When they move into an area this annoys some Rabbis who thought that they were already Jewish. They gain influence by providing services to the community, either free or low cost. These services range from rituals and religious instruction to day care. This provides some guidance for our activists. We have provided gun safety training and gun clubs have provided sight in days. If there is more we can do for our community it may work to strengthen our influence.

We shall overcome.