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This is from 1st CD Republican contender George Demos. His passionate tribute to gun rights seems designed to exceed competitor Randy Altschuler's statement yesterday on the landmark Supreme Court case still being sorted out for its practical importance for the strict gun control policies of NYC's past two Republican mayors. By condemning the SCOTUS judges who dissented, Demos makes himself sound like he is on a different page on this issue from Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).

Says Demos:

"Yesterday, the Supreme Court reaffirmed our Constitutional right to bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment.  This is a powerful victory for liberty and freedom, but also a sobering reminder that our Constitutional rights are under continuous assault.  It is a truly sad commentary that four of our nine Supreme Court justices voted against our Bill of Rights.

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The individual citizen's right to protect himself, his family, and his property with a firearm is fundamental and not debatable.  Our First Amendment right to free speech does not change depending on what state we live in, and neither should our Second Amendment right to bear arms depend on the whims of local laws.

We have all witnessed powerful moments in history when the government cannot or will not protect its citizens.  We all remember the riveting scene during the Los Angeles riots when a Korean immigrant grocery store owner held back a raging mob with a firearm and in so doing saved all he had toiled for over a lifetime.  And more recently, in the midst of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, we saw that only brave citizens with firearms could protect the Crescent city from total anarchy.  But most moments when a firearm defends freedom are not recorded by history's pen- the moments when men and women quietly save their loved ones and protect their property.

As a United States Congressman, I will do everything in my power to protect our Second Amendment Rights, to fight against the laws liberals perpetrate to restrict these rights, and to ensure that our Constitutional freedoms are never extinguished lest liberty itself be reduced to an ember."