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Old September 27, 2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Gun Rights Policy Conference

Hi everyone,

The link below provides archived video from this year's Gun Rights Policy Conference, which happened this past weekend (Sept 23-25) in Chicago, IL. Gun rights activists from all over the country converged on the city to discuss ways to expand firearms freeedom in America.

Here's the link: http://gunrightsradio.com/2011/09/27...rchived-video/

I've also attached a pdf of the agenda. That should help you keep track of participants as you watch the video. The video shows all the speeches that took place during the Conference. If you only have a few minutes, some highlights to look for include...

DAY ONE

The Road Ahead - Alan Gottlieb, founder of SAF, chairman CCRKBA (begins ~ 7:20)

Federal Courts and Your Liberties - Sandra Froman, past president of NRA (begins ~ 17:40)

Hon. Sam Slom, Minority Leader Hawaii Senate (begins ~ 1:07:00)

Congressman Joe Walsh (who spit out a heckuva speech!) (begins ~ 4:12)

Alan Gura (begins ~ 5:50)

TFL member Kathy Jackson (begins ~ 6:36)

Massad Ayoob (begins ~ 6:44)

Briefing on Fast & Furious - David Codrea & Dave Workman (begins ~ 7:35)

Alan Korwin (fun speech!) (begins ~ 8:52)

DAY TWO

Dave Hardy & David Kopel (Supreme Court history) (begins ~ 40:35)

Doug Ritter of Knife Rights (another awesome speech) (begins ~ 1:41)

Women's panel (esp catch Colleen Lawson's speech beginning ~ 2:34)


Lots of great material on there if you're interested in firearms rights at all.

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Kathy
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Old September 27, 2011, 03:28 PM   #2
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Incidentally, this was the first time I had ever attended this conference, but it sure won't be the last. I'm never going to miss it again if I can help it. The Second Amendment Foundation supplies the venue, arranges the speakers, provides all meals, and gives all attendees a huge stack of books -- all FREE simply for coming to learn more about ways to protect human rights as they relate to firearms ownership. It was an incredibly valuable weekend and I'm glad I attended.

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Old September 27, 2011, 03:33 PM   #3
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Just curious, but I assume that Chicago was no coincidence?
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Old September 27, 2011, 04:00 PM   #4
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Chicago was a very deliberate choice. The GRPC has (almost) always been held in anti-gun cities, because the Second Amendment Foundation believes in active advocacy of firearms rights. They are not fighting a holding motion or a retreat! The intent has historically been to bring the fight right into the "belly of the beast" and to carry the message into the anti gunners' strongholds.

This year, there was a particular reason to choose Chicago, as the very successful McDonald case was a tremendous national victory for firearms rights at the Supreme Court level -- but it was fought and won by some very brave people who live in Chicago and agreed to be plaintiffs in the case. There are many other state and local cases currently working through the system that will have national effects. The brave folks fighting those battles need and deserve to know that the rest of us have not abandoned them & their town to the forces of evil. Or, to quote one of the speakers at the event:

"It's great to be back in Chicago, the scene of the crime in so many of our cases..." ~ Alan Gura

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Old September 27, 2011, 04:08 PM   #5
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Ah, I figured probably. I must live under a rock. Never even heard of this conference.

That Gura quote would be hilarious if it wasn't so sad.
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Old September 27, 2011, 04:21 PM   #6
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Awesome! I went to one of their events years ago and they took us to shoot some full auto guns. I guess that didn't happen in Chicago?

Thanks for the report, Kathy. Those people are wonderful.
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Old September 27, 2011, 10:54 PM   #7
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I think holding the conference in Chicago was a good idea, but am curious to know if it got much coverage in the local media. I just did a Google search and found plenty of references in gun rights blogs and websites, but nothing that looked like a newspaper or television story.

Did any local reporters show up?

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Old September 29, 2011, 08:24 PM   #8
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Mike,

Not sure on that. I overheard some folks talking about local coverage, so am pretty sure there was some, but the weekend went by in such a blur that I didn't have the TV on at all.

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