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I heard on the radio this week that the Second Amendment Foundation and Smith & Wesson were to commemorate the recent Supreme Court decision in D.C. vs. Heller, upholding the Second Amendment’s individual civil right to bear arms, with an engraved revolver.  Here’s an excerpt from the PDF press release at Smith & Wesson:

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, July, 21, 2008 – The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Smith & Wesson have partnered to create a commemorative revolver designed to recognize the historical significance of the District of Columbia vs. Heller decision and to acknowledge the six original plaintiffs that united to challenge the gun ban in Washington, D.C.

As part of the project, an engraved Smith & Wesson Model 442 revolver will be presented to each of the six plaintiffs – Shelly Parker, Tom Palmer, Gillian St. Lawrence, Tracey Ambeau, George Lyon and Dick Heller – for their key roles in working to protect the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Smith & Wesson will make the commemorative revolver available for consumer purchase in Fall 2008 and will direct a portion of the proceeds to the Second Amendment Foundation to acknowledge the organization’s pivotal role in the Heller case and its ongoing efforts to preserve the Second Amendment rights of U.S. citizens.

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The Smith & Wesson Model 442 will be laser engraved with an insignia to commemorate the ruling by the Supreme Court. On the right side plate of the revolver, the scale of justice is depicted with the wording “D.C. vs. Heller” across the scale. The balance is in favor of the “Heller” name with the court date of “June 26, 2008” positioned across the top. Underneath the scale, the side plate reads “Second Amendment” and “The right to keep and bear arms” in white lettering.

Pretty, isn’t she?

2:44 pm EST

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America not yet dead

This morning, in District of Columbia vs. Heller, The Supreme Court held:

The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditional lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

Thank God! If you’re interested, SCOTUSblog has the opinion in pdf format that you can download and read for yourself. Justice Scalia wrote it so it should be some good reading.  Justice Stevens and Justice Breyer wrote dissenting opinions.

10:39 am EST

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Wounded vets and others with disabilities who use Segways rather than wheelchairs are being discriminated against in public places. Some businesses required by Federal law to specifically allow wheelchairs have chosen not to allow persons with disabilities to use Segways. Believe it or not, one such locale is Disney.

There’s a way you can help these wounded vets and others stay mobile. It won’t cost you a dime. All it takes is a little time to first read U.S. Army Major Daniel Gade’s message at Blackfive, then click on both links and make your opinion on the issue known to the Department of Justice.

1:24 pm EST

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