Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

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Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

EDWARD D. MURPHY, Staff Writer

Friday, December 8, 2006

The country doesn't necessarily need new laws to limit handguns, but it should enforce the laws it has and resist efforts to weaken them, one of the nation's top handgun control advocates said Thursday.

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, was in Portland to speak at the annual meeting of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, which presented its top annual award for efforts to reduce gun violence to Chellie Pingree.

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Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

This is like listening to the AR types like Bob Fisk tell us that they are not out to end hunting. They are, but they hope that lying about their agenda will allow them to accomplish incrementally what they couldn't do at once.

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This makes 4 anti gun bits in the paper in the last 3 weeks...has anything changed in Maine in 3 weeks? Our political leadership is the same, the crime rate is the same, the number of guns is the same, and the Constitution is unchanged...

No, I smell agenda. They are throwing the Brady Bunch bovine excrement against the wall and hoping some sticks.

If I was a conspiracy theory sort, I would postulate that they have gotten wind of some new nutty and unconstitutional run against our rights by some pet politician and that they were carrying his, or her, water and laying a foundation for the lunacy.

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You could be right, JIMV - wasn't there some blurb in the news this week about handgun violence in Maine increasing?

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That there was, as well as Nemitz on the issue and another 'news' piece. There might have been more, those are just the ones I noticed. That is more coverage of the issue than they have done over the entire pervious year.

Something smells here :wink:

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Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

It is agenda setting for the new legislature. This is the publicity that precedes the new bills to take more of our freedoms away in the name of safety.

You have to face the fact that if you put the liberals and democrats back into power you have to gear up to defend the 2nd Amendment. Oh there are exceptions, such as Mike Michaud, but on the whole any gun owner who votes for a liberal or democrat is selling his right to own a gun down the drain. Just MHO!

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We saw it start last fall when the liberal mayors in Boston and New York start decrying (in unison) guns coming from "elsewhere". Now with the lefties in Congress, we can expect a new slew of bill from the most rabid of the gun grabbers. Remember, with the highening rhetoric - they haven't even taken office yet. Even expect "assault weapons bans", but Ethan Strimlimg style - surrender your guns and get no compensation.

The MSM is softening us up by starting the hysterical stories now.

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Is Vermont flooding New England with illegal guns?

A recent conference on illegal gun trafficking has put Vermont, along with the mayor of the state’s largest city, back in the crosshairs of an ongoing debate in New England.

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[Burlington Mayor] Kiss has raised some eyebrows among gun enthusiasts in Vermont who believe Boston’s constant finger pointing at Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine for having lax gun laws is a political smoke screen to force a debate on whether these states should enact stronger gun laws like Massachusetts. Boston has gone so far as to put up billboards along Interstate 93 laying the blame for illegal gun crimes squarely on Vermont’s doorstep.

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I think more lives would be saved if they banned Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream from Vermont. More people die from cardio-vascular disease than from guns.

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From the article:

"In fact, a 2000 ATF report on gun trafficking in Boston shows that Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are not the major sources of illegal guns"

Well, let's just ignore that little fact, and put up billboards that say otherwise. I mean, when did a liberal ever bother with something as boring as truth?

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Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

We should put up billboards tracking how many children in Maine and Vermont are having their lives destroyed by drugs coming from Massachusetts and New York. Since Constitutional rights have no place at the table, maybe we should urge Mass. and NY to pass "stop and frisk" laws and require all their citizens to make public their financial records.

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Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

I wonder how much of Chellie's anti-gun ideology has rubbed off on her daughter, the new House Majority Leader.

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Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

"The Buzz Fitzgerald Public Service Award was given to Pingree, the founding co-chairwoman of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, for the gun control bills she sponsored while a state senator. Pingree is now president and chief executive officer of Common Cause, a nonpartisan activist group."

From Maine Constitution:

"Section 16. To keep and bear arms. Every citizen has a right
to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned."

Are they so arrogant that they think the above no longer applies or so stupid that they (gun control nuts) can't read plain english?

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Because the Constitution tells me I can and guns have no conscience :!:

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Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

We can be sure that we'll see many more aritcles and "news stories" on gun issues in the near future. The democrat party couldn't get anything done with Republican majorities and laid low on the issue during the elections. Now they have a free hand that hasn't been available to them for a long period. Democrats and their minions in the media will be making up for lost time. Count on a story or two a week until they build up enough steam to introduce legislation.

Don't look to the rino-in chief for protection either. It's going to be tough sledding.

Time to buy private and dust off plans for your backyard underground stashes boys!

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Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

Court Challenge should be executed by our AG and or the MCLU.

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Woodcanoe, I hope you thank John Martin for sponsoring the constitutional amendment that clarified the language in the Maine constitution. The original language had the words "for the common defense" in it, so Martin pushed through the amendment to take those words out. Maine people, of course, ratified it.

The killing of the thirteen year old boy is going to revive efforts to ban gun possession by anyone whose spouse complains of abuse - whether anyone is actually arrested or convicted.

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[quote="democrat"]
The killing of the thirteen year old boy is going to revive efforts to ban gun possession by anyone whose spouse complains of abuse - whether anyone is actually arrested or convicted.[/quote]

Maine law already allows judges to order guns to be taken from those who have protection from abuse orders entered against them.

In the recent case, the women filed for an order and then had it withdrawn. The law can't protect those who do not seek help.

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Chellie Pingree Awarded Maine's #1 Anti-Gun Activist

[quote="Tom C"]"In fact, a [b]2000 ATF report [/b]on gun trafficking in Boston shows that Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are not the major sources of illegal guns"[/quote]
Is there alink to that report? I have a feeling we'll be needing that to mount a defensive this next Leg. Session.

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[quote="Dan Billings"][quote="democrat"]
The killing of the thirteen year old boy is going to revive efforts to ban gun possession by anyone whose spouse complains of abuse - whether anyone is actually arrested or convicted.[/quote]

Maine law already allows judges to order guns to be taken from those who have protection from abuse orders entered against them.

In the recent case, the women filed for an order and then had it withdrawn. The law can't protect those who do not seek help.[/quote]

are not protection from abuse orders sort of pro forma in divorce, you know, number 3 on the 'how to' list. As no one needs to prove anything, the law simply serves to piss off one side in routine divorce cases.

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