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Dummy ammo: A smart training choice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Any shooter who uses a firearm for serious purpose, either hunting or self-defense, needs to become intimately familiar with the operation of the weapon. The stress of a gunfight could hamper your effectiveness unless you train yourself to fire quick follow-up shots and clear any malfunctions you encounter.

Fortunately, any physical skill can be pre-programmed onto your “hard drive” with enough proper practice.
 

IL: Burglars Torture Man With Red-Hot Spoon, Steal Van Used For Disabled Son
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A 70-year-old man says burglars tortured him with a red-hot spoon in his apartment in the old Cabrini-Green neighborhood, and stole the van he uses for his disabled son.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Why would anyone need a gun in Chicago?
 

NY: Thoughts on Microstamping
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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I recently met with Jody Weis, Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission. Our discussion centered on reducing illegal guns in their respective states of New York and Illinois. As the sponsor of a microstamping bill in the New York State Assembly, I met with Mr. Weis after learning of his interest in microstamping technology from a national news show where he spoke about his plan to push for microstamping legislation in Illinois.

Ed.: The editor of the linked article closed the comments after unanimous opposition to microstamping. :-)
 

Homeland Security Lexicon: You’re All ‘Militia Extremists’ Now
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www/weprotectyourkids.com

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A recently published “lexicon” distributed to thousands of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) targets citizens concerned about their Second Amendment rights and the steady encroachment of the federal government, categorizing such as “militia extremists.”
 

CA: Guns, ammo and Google
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Google declined to comment for this piece but referred me to its policies posted online, and the weapons policy appears to stem from this branding principle: Google "doesn't allow the promotion of ... violent concepts" including "the promotion of self-harm and violence against people or animals."

Yes, killing animals is an inherently violent act. Of course, it's perpetrated thousands of times every day in the name of feeding an omnivorous nation. But perhaps Google is a vegetarian company?

Nope, that's clearly not the case, because the policy also states that promotion of products related to "self-defense, hunting and sporting events" is allowed.
 

When It Comes to Data on Firearm Sales, Gun Lobby Still Shooting Blanks
Submitted by: PavePusher

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What makes this so remarkable is that the gun lobby blocks both the public and media from gaining access to actual data on gun sales. Instead of sales data, the NRA and NSSF offer reporters data on background checks conducted through the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). For a multitude of reasons that I chronicled in my earlier blog, this data does not represent gun sales. As the FBI made clear to Reuters on Saturday, "An increase in the number of NICS transactions, for a given time period, should not be used to indicate an increase in the number of firearms sold."
 

WA: Woman wins $975K years after giving birth in jail
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A woman has won $975,000 in a federal jury trial, 14 years after giving birth in a jail cell in Washington state.

A jury agreed Friday on nine of 10 counts in Imka Pope's civil rights case against King County. Pope says jail nurses and corrections officers violated her civil rights in 1997 by dismissing her claims that she was pregnant.

She had been arrested for sleeping on a bench at a Metro bus stop. In the lawsuit she filed in 2007, Pope said jail health officials locked her in a cell and ignored her for six days. She got help after a guard heard a baby crying.

Her mental illness has delayed the case. It went to trial once previously, but at that time Pope was involuntarily committed to Harborview Medical Center.
 

Man Calls Suicide Hotline; Arrested, Cops Trash House Looking for Gun
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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A depressed Army reservist who made a phone call for help says dozens of police responded by surrounding his home and arresting him, vandalizing and searching his place without a warrant, seizing his dog and killing his tropical fish. Matthew Corrigan, who lives alone with his dog, sued the District of Columbia in D.C. Federal Court. Confronted with a massive police presence after his plea for help, Corrigan says, he denied officers permission to enter his house, but they entered and trashed it anyway, saying, "I don't have time to play this constitutional bulls**t!"
 

Tough Targets – When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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his special publication uses an extensive collection of news reports from over an eight-year period to survey the circumstances and outcomes of defensive gun uses in America.

Federal and state lawmakers often oppose repealing or amending laws governing the ownership or carrying of guns.

That opposition is often based on assumptions that the average citizen is incapable of successfully employing a gun in self-defense or that possession of a gun in public will tempt people to violence in contentious situations.
 

VA: ‘Castle Doctrine’ is closer to becoming law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Citizens looking for more personal protection can rest easy after two bills that would allow the use of deadly force in one’s home moved forward this week in the General Assembly.

Staunton Delegate Robert “Dickie” Bell’s House Bill 48, better known as the “Castle Doctrine,” won an endorsement Friday from the House Courts of Justice Committee. The vote was 12-6. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

The Castle Doctrine, which is law in 31 states, states that people can use physical or deadly force against intruders in their home if they believe the intruder could hurt them or if an intruder commits an overt act against them.
 

MI: MCRGO Michigan Legislative Update
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Senate Bill 58 was introduced by Senator Green early last year and co-sponsored by Senators Kowall, Brandenburg, Colbeck, Casperson, Emmons, Jansen, Moolenaar and Robertson.

It is currently sitting with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would eliminate the so-called “Pistol Free Zones” for CPL (Concealed Pistol License) holders.

As readers of this column may recall, I often refer to the “Pistol Free Zones” as “Mass Murderer Empowerment Zones.”
 

Black Americans & The Gun Rights Argument
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The month of February 2012, I plan to provide a little black history knowledge here on the Urban shooter podcast.

Actually it’s a series on American history sub-categorized as black history. Knowledge alone is not power. It is what we do with knowledge that gives us power.

Gun control is based on Racism. American patriots know and fight against it, usually with those that should be our allies.
 

AR: Intruder killed at Fayetteville Arkansas apartment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police are investigating a shooting that happened at The Greens in Fayetteville early Sunday morning.

They say one person is dead after allegedly breaking into an apartment.

Fayetteville police say that a man crawled through a window at the Green Apartments, and was confronted by the homeowner who was armed with a handgun.

The homeowner asked him to leave and he did, but a few minutes later the intruder went back through the same window and the homeowner shot him.
 

IL: Federal Court Dismisses Gun Lobby Lawsuit Claiming Right to Carry Loaded Guns In Public
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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U.S. District Court Judge Sue E. Myerscough in Springfield, Illinois has dismissed a gun lobby challenge to Illinois law prohibiting the carrying of loaded guns in public. The Brady Center filed an amicus brief defending the Illinois law and citing numerous studies highlighting the severe danger posed by the carrying of loaded guns in public. The ruling was issued late Friday.
 

Bloomberg Report Takes Aim At Mormon Church For Online Gun Sales
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The Mormon Church owns one of the most active and unregulated gun sale portals on the web, according to a national investigation released by the New York City Mayor's office.
The website in question is KSL.com, the online hub for Utah's NBC affiliate and sister radio station, which are both owned and operated by the for-profit arm of the Mormon Church. In addition to local news, KSL.com produces a popular classifieds section that reaches millions of users well beyond Utah. ...
“One would think that a church would feel a special obligation to make sure that they weren't fueling a black market for a particularly deadly form of commerce,” a source involved in the report says.
 

VA: Virginia's "Silly" 1-Gun-Per-Month Law Close to Repeal
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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Legislation (HB940, SB323) that would overturn Virginia’s One Gun A Month law has already passed the Virginia House of Delegates and is slated to be voted on in the State Senate as early as today. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has said he will sign it into law should it pass. Despite the fact that Virginia is largely considered to be a pro-gun state, legislators have for years rationed the Second Amendment rights of its citizens with a law that limits handgun purchases to one a month — in effect, treating a constitutionally protected right as nothing more than a privilege. Limiting the sale of firearms to law-abiding Virginians is premised on the false belief that doing so reduces illegal firearms trafficking.
 

TX: Katy teen not guilty of slaying father in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When the 12-year-old girl's father walked in on her as she bathed, it was the first time she had ever stood up to his repeated sexual assaults and said, "No!"

Mark Nelson, 38, backed out - with a warning.

"You're going to regret this," he said. "You're going to be sorry."

It was an ominous threat jurors heard about during the girl's four-week trial in a Harris County courtroom.
 

MN: Minnesota’s Stand Your Ground Bill is Back
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last year, Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance worked with Minnesota legislators to introduce the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act, a sweeping set of legislation that would fundamentally rebalance Minnesota law to protect and support the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Due to the showdown over the budget, our bill didn’t get the support and attention it needed. But you can’t keep a good bill down, and…

Stand Your Ground is Back!
 

In Defense of the Catholic Church
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Therefore, as a Rabbi, an Orthodox Jew, and an American, I stand with the Catholic Church and its right to freedom of conscience. If President Obama can force Catholics to pay for abortions, then no religious belief is safe in America, and an America in which religious beliefs are not sacrosanct is an America that is unsafe not only for Jews but for all people of conscience — whether people of faith or secularists.

While JPFO’s main focus is on the Second Amendment, we have always stood for all of the Bill of Rights for All of the People. While Second Amendment is the “Guardian” of the Bill of Rights, all of the rights reserved for We the People must stand intact for any of them to have meaning.
 

AZ: Senate panel advances guns on campus bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Arizona is one step closer to having guns on its university and community-college campuses.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday passed Senate Bill 1474, which requires public universities and community colleges to allow anyone age 21 or older with a concealed-carry permit to carry a gun on campus. The schools can keep the guns out of buildings, stadiums and classrooms if they provide secure gun lockers.

The committee also passed a bill that would loosen restrictions on carrying guns in public buildings, including city halls, libraries or municipal swimming pools.
 

IL: Gun group appeals Illinois concealed-carry ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A gun-rights group has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal judge in Illinois ruled against allowing people to carry firearms on the street.

The Second Amendment Foundation announced Monday it's appealing the decision by federal district Judge Sue Myerscough.

Currently only Illinois and the District of Columbia prohibit the concealed carrying of weapons. Gun owners say that infringes on their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
 

WA: Library right not to ban porn: Once a ban starts, it's hard to stop
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When the right-wing Second Amendment Foundation teamed up with the left-wing First Amendment foundation to sue the Eastern Washington library system for filtering out gun websites, it serves as a case study as to why the Seattle Public Library was right last week when it said it wasn't going to do anything about Internet porn.

There's not much titillating about Women & Guns magazine.

womenshooters.com, nevertheless got blocked by computers for the library system in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Also known as "gun country."

"We couldn't believe it," says Dave Workman, an editor for the publisher, the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue. "In the middle of gun country, the libraries are blocking us?"
 

GA: Georgia Man Accidentally Shoots Self at Gun Show
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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The one place you don't want to fire a weapon is at a gun show -- you'll have hundreds of people reaching for their own weapons in response. Well, that's just what one highly intelligent Georgia man did. The Savannah Morning News reports that a 26-year-old fellow named Charles Lake was just leaving the Savannah Civic Center on Sunday when his gun accidentally went off in the parking lot. It seems he was reloading the weapon at the time. He suffered a bullet wound to the leg. Perhaps he was not very familiar with the weapon -- Lake bought this particular gun at the show on Saturday, and returned Sunday to stock up on more pistols.
 

Could Bloomberg Anti-Gun Push Hurt Obama's Reelection?
Submitted by: Opposing Views
Website: http://www.opposingviews.com

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino teamed up for a pro-gun control ad that aired during yesterday’s Super Bowl. At The Daily Beast, liberal UCLA law professor Adam Winkler argues that not only is the ad likely to backfire, it might just hurt President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign as well. He writes: Gun-control proponents can only pray that Obama doesn’t take Menino and Bloomberg’s bait. Making gun control a more important issue in the election would be a terrible mistake for the president—and for the cause of gun control.... For many pro-gun independents, Obama is not seen as a real threat to gun rights. They are focused on more pressing issues, like the economy and jobs.
 

IL: Second Amendment Foundation Appeals Dismissal Of Moore V. Madigan Carry Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In response, SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb suggested the judge’s ruling defies common sense.

“We look forward to winning this important case on appeal even if it means going back to the United States Supreme Court for a third time,” Gottlieb stated. “The Second Amendment does not say, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed except outside your home or that it only applies inside your house. We don’t check our constitutional rights at the front door.”
 

SAF wins big over Chicago, appeals in another IL case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation on Monday was a pretty happy camp, despite last Friday’s “first-round” loss in an Illinois court case that – if it advances all the way to the Supreme Court – could put an end to judicial semantics games over the right to keep and bear arms.

That ruling is being appealed, and one might almost be compelled to thank the City of Chicago for paying its court-mandated legal reimbursement to SAF for the landmark Supreme Court case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. And the amount of that bill? How does $399,950 sound?
 

MI: 911 is a Joke in Detroit
Submitted by: Mike DeArmond

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The people of Detroit are taking no prisoners.

Justifiable homicide in the city shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies.

Submitter's note: Interesting!
 

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