media never revealed what the Beslan victims went through/were forced to endure. 2 vids.
April 05, 2011 07:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time
BELLEVUE, Wash.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that alleges New York City’s $340 fee for a permit to keep a handgun in the home is “excessive and…impermissibly burdens the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”
“We believe the only recourse is to take this issue to the federal court”
SAF is joined in the lawsuit by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and five individual New York City residents. Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit is New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“Under state law,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb, “the maximum fee for issuing a New York State handgun license is $10, but the law exempts citizens living in New York City. That exemption allows the city to charge an exorbitant fee for the license, which discourages city residents from exercising their civil rights while violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
“For decades the City has charged its residents exorbitant license fees that far exceed the fees charged by other states and cities that impose them,” said attorney David Jensen, who is representing the plaintiffs. “The effect of this is to force a punitive tax on New York City citizens who choose to own firearms in compliance with the law. But people have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and the City cannot simply impose fees for the sake of burdening law-abiding gun owners.”
“The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association was founded 141 years ago in New York City and we are proud to participate in an action to help restore the Second Amendment rights of all New York City residents,” said NYSRPA President Tom King.
In its lawsuit, SAF notes that the $340 fee is not used to defray administrative costs, so there appears to be no purpose for it other than to discourage people from applying for a permit. The excessive fee, according to Gottlieb, puts the exercise of a constitutional right solely within the financial reach of the wealthy class, essentially turning a civil right into a privilege for the rich and well-connected.
“New York is one of only two states that require a permit just to keep a handgun in one’s own home,” Gottlieb said. “Citizens in the other 48 states would consider that an outrage. The city’s ‘residence premises’ handgun license amounts to a charge of more than $100 annually to keep a handgun in one’s home, which is ridiculous. Mayor Bloomberg is essentially taxing the fundamental right to defend one’s self in his or her own home. We cannot think of anything more egregious than perpetuating a fee structure that puts a financial obstacle in the way of citizens who want to protect their homes and families.
“We believe the only recourse is to take this issue to the federal court,” he concluded. “Billionaires like Mayor Bloomberg can be cavalier about a citizen’s rights, but we can’t, and we won’t.”
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
Bellevue v. Bloomberg as SAF sues over ‘excessive’ NYC gun permit fee
April 5th, 2011 2:51 pm PT
TERROR AT BESLAN: Go behind the scenes of one of the most gruesome terrorist attacks in modern history
Submitted by drieck on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 21:49.
Beslan survivorOn September 1, 2004, terrorists seized a school in the town of Beslan, Russia, and took more than 1,100 people hostage, including 777 children.
They herded their victims into a small, sweltering gymnasium and, over the next three days, beat, tortured, and raped them.
Russian security forces finally stormed the school, setting off a chaotic battle. After a series of explosions, fire engulfed the building. In the end, over 300 hostages died, including 186 children.
Now you can experience this horrific event moment-by-moment, with graphic details, video, and never-before-seen photos. And you'll discover why an attack just like this could happen - and probably will happen - to a school here in the United States.
John Giduck, author of Terror at BeslanBuckeye Firearms Foundation presents John Giduck in an eye-opening, one-day seminar ...
Terror at Beslan: The Russian School Massacre that Could Happen in America
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (one hour break for lunch)
Location: Holiday Inn - 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45245 (1-513-752-4400)
Click here for map.
Cost: $79 per attendee (adults only please)
Proceeds benefit Buckeye Firearms Foundation.
WARNING: What you will see and hear at this seminar will haunt you for the rest of your days.
Victims of Beslan school massacreArchangel Group’s President, John Giduck, arrived at Beslan Middle School No. 1 in North Ossetia, Russia, at the conclusion of the battle by Russian Special Forces to retake the school.
Drawing on 17 years experience traveling, working, attending university and training with the Russian Special Forces, he spent months investigating all aspects of this attack, including countless interviews with Russian Special Forces, government officials, and Beslan townspeople.
He will reveal in explicit detail the terrorist planning process, terrorist intelligence collection for the assault, defenses deployed, how negotiations ultimately failed, and why over 300 people died a terrible death in a ten hour battle.
More importantly, Mr. Giduck will uncover the government’s plan in handling the crisis, what went wrong, what was done right, the vulnerabilities of U.S. schools to this type of assault, and what school officials must change to protect our children.
This video gives you just a quick glimpse of what this bloody 3-day nightmare was like.
Get the real, behind-the-scenes story from the world's foremost authority on the Beslan terror attack.
John Giduck at the Beslan schoolJohn Giduck has a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State and a law degree from the University of Denver. He also earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, specializing in Russian studies, from the University of Colorado, which included completion of the Russian Culture and Language Program at St. Petersburg State University in Russia.
In 2010 he completed his Ph.D. in Middle East Studies at King’s College London. His dissertation was on the evolution of jihadist terrorist mass-hostage siege tactics throughout the world.
John has traveled and worked throughout the world, including almost two decades working in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He has provided training for U.S. state and federal law enforcement, government agencies and special operations military units.
He is a current member of the Advisory Board of the College of Disaster Medicine and Management of Philadelphia University, and teaches master's level terrorism courses there.
He has authored several books: Terror at Beslan: A Russian Tragedy With Lessons for America’s Schools; The Green Beret In You: Living With Total Commitment To Family, Career, Sports and Life, co-authored with Green Beret Sergeant Major John Anderson; and has just completed Shooter Down! The Dramatic, Untold Story of the Police Response to the Virginia Tech Massacre, along with Major Joseph M. Bail. He is currently working on two other books, including one on the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India in November 2008.
The following video features John Giduck on the Glenn Beck show describing the Beslan massacre.
This is a rare opportunity to see the brutality of terrorism and understand the risk our children face.
It happened in Russia. And it can happen here.
John Giduck is one of today's most dynamic speakers and charges thousands for his seminars. But now you have the rare opportunity to spend a full day with the world's #1 authority on the Beslan school massacre for just $79.
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