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CT: 'Can't bring knife to fistfight,' prosecutor tells jury in Enfield stabbing case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In his in final argument Thursday in the trial of Shyhiem "Trey" Adams in the stabbing death of Enfield High School student Justin Brady, prosecutor John F. Fahey gave the jury a rundown on some of the many complexities of Connecticut's self-defense law.

But his final words on the subject were simple.

"You can't bring a knife to a fistfight," the prosecutor told the six-member jury in Hartford Superior Court.

Ed.: You *can* bring a knife to a fistfight--the jury acquitted Adams.
 

NY: Why was Shane Casado found not guilty of killing Rachael Wierzbicki?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But retired Wolfgang said the case likely rested on the justified homicide defense.

"In my experience with what the law says, I'm assuming that the jury believed the justification defense since the only issue was self defense or whether he was justified," Wolfgang said.

Wolfgang said to prove justified homicide, or self-defense, there had to be proof Casado feared for his life.

"There had to be evidence showing that he, and I assume there was, that she had threatened him. That he feared for his life. That this was a reaction that was quote unquote justified by the circumstances," Wolfgang said.
 

WI: Felzkowski bills would allow carrying of concealed firearms without licenses, hunting of sandhill cranes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State Senator Mary Felzkowski (R-Tomahawk) on Wednesday, Oct. 6 announced that she had authored two pieces of legislation included in the “Sporting Freedom” bill package, 13 bills written by Republican lawmakers that she said aim to “promote hunting and fishing in the state, protect the rights of sportsmen and women, as well as ensure that our natural resources are responsibly maintained.”

One bill authored by Felzkowski would allow Wisconsin residents to carry a concealed firearm without a license. In a release, Felzkowski said allowing “law-abiding citizens” to do so “(reflects) the constitutional right to carry a weapon in self-defense.”
 

Should We Help Neighbors and Strangers in Public? Self Defense Gun Stories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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You probably didn’t see these stories covered by the mainstream news media, but again last week, responsible gun owners defended themselves and the people they love. Self-defense instructor David Cole joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have a plan?
 

MN: Polk County Board of Commissioners passes resolution in support of Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Polk County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution this week in support of the Second Amendment despite pleas from their county attorney to remain nonpartisan. There were five members of the public at the meeting showing their support for the resolution.
 

Big issues going before the high court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s wise to remember that you can’t believe everything you hear during a presidential campaign. However, when opposing candidates tell voters the next president’s appointees to the Supreme Court could shape the law for a generation, that can turn out to be true.

Over the course of the Supreme Court term that began this week, the justices will hear cases that could have a significant impact on the right to bear arms and on the power of states to restrict access to legal abortion, as well as many other important and controversial issues.
 

We like First Amendment rights – whatever they are
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There were some freedoms that respondents mistakenly thought are in the First Amendment: 18% said it protects the right to “bear arms,” which is the Second Amendment. Others said the “right to vote” (17%). Voting is considered the ultimate expression of the right of petition, but it’s not explicitly mentioned in the amendment. Some named the right to due process (15%), which is established by the Fifth and 14th Amendments.
 

Seeking Good Intentions From Your Opponents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On the issue of gun regulation, for instance, the Left caricatures all defenders of the Second Amendment as insecure obsessives drawn to violence and insurrection. Meanwhile, the Right dismisses those who back even moderate reform as determined "gun grabbers" seeking to erase our constitutional right to bear arms.

Ed.: They *are*, in true fact, trying to "erase our constitutional right to bear arms".

 

WI: Defense Plans To Prove It Was Legal For Kyle Rittenhouse To Shoot Three People As They Gear Up For Trial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, Black argued that video shows that Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse and tried to grab his gun away, WQAD reports. He also testified that video shows that Huber attacked Rittenhouse with a skateboard before also trying to grab away his gun. He claimed the footage shows that Grosskreutz also attacked Rittenhouse by running at him with a gun in his hand.

“A citizen in that position, given those indicators, would it be reasonable for them to believe they were about to be assaulted?” Black said. “I would argue yes."
 

WI: Federal prosecutors won’t seek charges against white police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they won’t file charges against a white police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last year — a shooting that sparked protests that led to the deaths of two men.

Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake, who is Black, during a domestic disturbance in Kenosha in August 2020. The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests, some of which turned violent.
 

FL: State Rep. Sabatini pushes bill for no concealed weapon permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State Representative Anthony Sabatini is pushing for constitutional carry legislation.

Sabatini is looking to pass a House Bill 103 that would not require residents to have a license to carry a concealed weapon.

“Floridians should be able to exercise their Second Amendment right without a permission slip from the government. Bearing arms is a fundamental constitutional right. If somebody wants to defend themselves the only permission slip needed is the U.S. Constitution,” Sabatini said in a written statement.
 

How To Choose The Right Gun For Your Specific Needs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun ownership is more popular in the States than in most other countries in the world, thanks, in part, to the second amendment. While many still view gun ownership as unnecessary, there is a huge portion of people who like to own guns for a variety of reasons. Whether for fun, protection, or hunting, there are plenty of reasons to choose to purchase a gun.

If you’re looking to buy a gun – your first or otherwise – there’s plenty to consider. What do you need it for? When will you use it? How much do you already know about firearms? Read on for a comprehensive guide on how to choose the right gun for your specific needs.
 

KY: We need more guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Over the years, I’ve known a few cops and assorted gunowners. I’ve fired all kinds of rifles and handguns, including a .44 Magnum rifle, and a .44 Magnum revolver—“the most powerful handgun in the world....” (Harry Callahan in the movie Dirty Harry).

I’m not opposed to guns, per se. My main question for gunowners is “why?” Why do you choose to own a gun?

Of course, I’m not opposed to owning a gun for hunting, (although I disapprove of certain types of hunting).
 

FBI 2020 Crime Data Destroys Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As it has done consistently for several years, the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2020 once again undercuts the campaign by gun prohibitionists to ban so-called “assault rifles.”

FBI data showing rifles of any kind are the “weapon of choice” in a fraction of homicides simply do not support the anti-gun effort.

In any given year, rifles—including semiautomatic modern sporting rifles demonized as “weapons of war” by the gun control crowd—are involved in 2 to 4 percent of all murders. Last year, according to the FBI data, rifles were used for sure in only 454 of the 13,620 gun-related murders listed in the annual crime report.
 

CA: California adds 'ghost guns' to violence prevention orders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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California is adding a secretive but growing class of weapons to those that can legally be seized under gun violence restraining orders, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday.

What also is known as a “red flag” law allows police along with family members, colleagues, employers and teachers to ask judges to take firearms from those they fear are a possible threat to themselves or others.
 

CA: San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to host guns for gift cards event in Chula Vista
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to host guns for gift cards event in Chula Vista this Saturday, October 9th.

The Sheriff’s Department will give $100 for handguns, rifles and shotguns, and $200 for assault weapons.

It is a drive-thru service, participants are asked to stay in the car, and leave the unloaded guns in their trunk.

There are nearly $33,000 worth of gift cards available.
 

OR: Gun control advocates push for stricter purchase laws in Oregon amid surge in shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun control advocates said the state of Oregon should limit how many guns people can buy within a certain timeframe.

Groups supporting gun rights, however, argue limits would do nothing to change a surge in gun violence, specifically in Portland.

A recently announced federal case involving two brothers accused of buying 82 guns in 18 months, 12 of which were recovered by law enforcement in traffic stops and other searches, spurred KATU to look into state and federal laws and regulations around gun-buying.
 

U.S.-Mexico Lay Groundwork for Security Measures to Combat Guns, Drug Trafficking
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mexico has also been pressing for the U.S. government to do more to stop illegal guns from pouring in from the U.S. The guns fuel Mexico's organized crime violence, creating a public safety issue that López Obrador's government has been unable to adequately address.
 

Pistol Versus Pistol-Caliber Carbine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) is all the rage today. Its relatively mild sound signature is less damaging to the ears than pistol, rifle, or shotgun if fired indoors in an emergency. It’s light, very soft in recoil and looks intimidating to a malefactor at gunpoint. The longer barrel increases velocity with most loads: A 9mm carbine can achieve hot .38 Super pistol ballistics, a .40 S&W carbine can hit like a full power 10mm pistol and a .45 ACP carbine can equal a .45 Super pistol. The PCC also promises better hit potential: It has a longer sight radius with iron sights, is more likely than a pistol to be used with an optical sight and has that critical locking point on the shoulder.
 

OH: Mayor Jackson addresses Cleveland's rise in gun violence
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Mayor Jackson, who will finish his fourth and final term as mayor at the end of the year, addressed the city’s rise in gun violence. Over the course of the decade from 2010-2020, the city’s homicide rate more than doubled despite a shrinking population.

In 2010, there were 75 homicides. In 2020, there were 177.

Jackson has expressed his frustration of not being able to pass more stringent gun laws at the local level. Although outspoken during his tenure as mayor on gun laws, he said he does not have any plans on being such a vocal advocate once leaving office.
 

Cereal Killers: Which CZ-Style Handgun Is Best for Breakfast?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Demand for heavyweight pistols is rising, and in competition at least, guns are weighed in pounds rather than ounces. The fact is, heavyweight equals less recoil impulse, but at what point does more weight become a liability rather than an asset? The argument that a heavier gun is slower to move between targets is valid, but in the grand scheme of things it’s minutiae. A heavy gun is easier to shoot fast but is cumbersome to carry. A lighter gun is easier to swing around and isn’t a burden to the waistband. The adult in us likes both sides.
 

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