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MT: Suspect stabbed in act of self-defense outside Bozeman Wal-Mart after physically assaulting another individual
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to Bozeman Police Department (BPD), a man is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries that were sustained after physically another individual who then stabbed him in self-defense.

According to BPD, on Friday, March 29, at approximately 11:17 a.m., Gallatin County 911 received an emergency phone call in response to a fight in progress outside of the Walmart located at 1500 N 7th Ave.

Patrol officers and detectives quickly arrived on scene and located both individuals who had been involved in the incident.
 

Right to Arms for Illegal Aliens a Red Herring to Distract from Real Issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The “enforce exiting gun laws” faction of gun owners are the loudest objectors, evidently unaware that their position is ideologically no different than a Revolutionary era colonial demanding to enforce exiting Intolerable Acts. The hard truths no one wants to admit are that “gun control” laws don’t work – whether they’re favored by Everytown or by NRA, and that anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian.

It’s not a matter of “Should felons have guns?” That’s the wrong question. Try “Should those proven violent and predatory have access to the rest of us?”

Ditto with “Should illegal aliens have guns?”
 

Jon Stewart Eviscerates Republican State Senator Who's Against Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Oh, it’s also the one right that uses the phrase ‘well-regulated,’” Stewart, who added that he’s not opposed to the Second Amendment, replied.

“I don’t want to ban guns. But you’re saying more guns makes us more safe. So, when? We got 400 million guns in the country. We had an increase, and gun deaths went up,” Stewart added. “So when exactly does this curve hit, that takes it down? Would a billion guns do it?”

 

Navigating the Moral Compass: The Bible on Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The interplay between faith and personal safety often leaves many grappling with the moral implications of self-defense, especially from a Biblical standpoint. The Bible, serving as a cornerstone for ethical and moral guidance, presents a complex framework that does not distinctly dictate a clear stance on self-defense. This exploration delves into the Scriptures, seeking to illuminate the nuanced perspectives that have guided believers’ understanding and actions across generations.
 

Turning cheeks or bearing arms? Did Jesus really endorse gun ownership?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I have no idea how widespread this kind of mentality is, but it never ceases to shock me when I come across it. A website called Free Thinking Ministries has a piece from a few years ago entitled: "Jesus Endorsed Armed Self-Defense"

This may seem like an Onion headline but I assure you it's not satire. At least I don't think it's satire. This brilliant religious scholar goes on to illuminate us:
 

CO: Firearms bans threaten our personal safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After a decade of serving as a firearms instructor, I am confounded by efforts in my home state of Colorado to ban the sale of majority of semi-automatic firearms, including many popular handguns and shotguns used for self-defense. This isn’t a fight to keep your AR-15s. Legislators want to pass a “assault weapons” ban bill that will ban the smallest of guns like the Beretta 21a, a .22lr, 7 round handgun that’s smaller than my hand to a more common handgun used for concealed carry like the Springfield Hellcat RDP 9mm.
 

PA: Woman Fires 13 Rounds in Self-Defense Against Two Home Invaders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a tense encounter that unfolded in the early hours of Friday morning, a West Philadelphia woman defended herself against two alleged intruders, resulting in one dead and another injured. The incident occurred on the 6200 block of Chestnut Street around 2 a.m., when the apartment resident arrived home and confronted the unexpected visitors.

 

VA: Editorial board misfires on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Virginia Moms for Change is a nonprofit organization with the sole purpose of ending gun violence in our nation. Guns are officially the No. 1 killer of children and teens in America and as the editorial mentioned, the tremendous proliferation of guns has contributed to this lethal problem.

The fact is gun violence prevention laws save lives. A study on gun laws from 1991 to 2016 shows a clear decline in gun deaths following the implementation of strong gun laws.
 

IN: Indianapolis police see rise in self-defense shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That's a question making sometimes fatal shootings more complicated to prosecute in Indianapolis.

“What's upsetting to me is, if you look at the month of January, I think we had 18 homicides during that month,” said Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears. “Fourteen of those were being investigated for self-defense, meaning that someone lost their life, and that case might ultimately be cleared. But that doesn't do anything for that family who lost someone."
 

NY: Former NYPD cop cleared of murder in shooting of childhood friend during fight
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Prosecutors from James' office said during the five-week trial that Allen shot Curro “execution style” in the head, the neck and the arm following an exchange of angry text messages. Defense attorney Anthony La Pinta said Curro had attacked Allen and tried to grab his NYPD-issued gun. La Pinta called the shooting a “classic case of self-defense," Newsday reported.

The jury in Nassau County acquitted Allen of murder and manslaughter charges. Because the menacing charge carries a one-year maximum prison sentence, Allen, who was incarcerated since being indicted in August 2021, was scheduled to be released Thursday evening.
 

CT: Hartford’s armed citizen patrols hailed as ‘successful’ by proponents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lewis, a former minister who started the brigade as a solution to the city’s crime, organizes the daily patrols. The group of armed citizens, who all have legal permits to carry, have so far installed 75 security cameras in various homes along Garden Street. The group has active patrols along both Garden and Nelson Streets, where 15 citizens take part in a single patrol that lasts a few hours before switching off in shifts.

“We think it has been successful in the sense that where we usually see pockets of crime, we have seen a substantial decline,” Burke said. “It’s noticeably less. Residents of Garden Street have said they feel much safer now. We feel they have been effective and we’re going to keep doing them.”
 

MS: Mississippi Store Owner Won’t Be Charged for Shooting Knife Wielding Attacker
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police have determined no charges are warranted in a West Jackson, Miss., defensive shooting in which a man chased and attempted to attack the owner of Big Boy’s Convenient Store before the owner fired his handgun, killing the man.

Musa Ali Ghna told WLBT 3, said he has not been the same since the incident and, while he has dealt with violence before, he never had to defend himself to the point where he was forced to take another person’s life.
 

NY: Second Amendment Protects Public Housing Tenants
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The public Cortland Housing Authority (near Syracuse) required its tenants not to possess "firearms … or other weapons as defined by the laws and courts of the State of New York" on its property. In Hunter v. Cortland Housing Authority, decided Jan. 30, 2024 (though I somehow missed it), Judge Glenn Suddaby (N.D.N.Y.) held that this likely violates the Second Amendment,
 

NH: Gun-rights Republicans split in NH, pass bill adding mental health records to gun checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights advocates who are usually unified on gun legislation split Thursday on a bill that would add some mental health records to gun background checks. New Hampshire is one of several states that does not report that information to the federal background database, though federal law prohibits individuals who’ve been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility from purchasing or possessing firearms.

House Bill 1711, brought in response to the fatal shooting of state hospital security officer Bradley Haas by a former patient in November, passed 204 to 149, with 25 Republicans joining Democrats in supporting it.
 

CT: Second Circuit revives suit from Connecticut veteran challenging state park handgun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Connecticut veteran David Nastri is allowed to challenge the constitutionality of handgun carry laws in state parks, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday.

Nastri sued Connecticut officials last year over a rule that bars the carrying of handguns in state parks for self-defense purposes but allows it for hunting and sport. A lower court tossed his case last July, finding that Nastri failed to prove that he faced a credible threat of prosecution for violating the law.

That was wrong, the Second Circuit ruled on Friday.
 

IL: FOID card numbers are up as IL gun owners prepare to march on Springfield
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The number of Firearm Owners ID card holders in Illinois is growing. Many of them are planning to march on Springfield.

Gun owners from across Illinois are making plans to visit Illinois’ capitol city April 18 to lobby lawmakers against more gun control.

Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day has been going on for years. It brings gun owners from across the state for a series of speeches, a march through downtown Springfield to the Illinois State Capitol for a rally, and then time to lobby legislators.
 

Brady Gun Control Group Rolls-Out Brand New Lie On CNN News
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last year, Brady United for Gun Control announced it was spearheading an effort to bring on Hollywood executives to help the group sell more gun control. Americans weren’t listening to them enough – meaning they were instead exercising their Second Amendment rights to purchase and possess firearms – and Brady needed a marketing upgrade. Brady announced the addition of three big names to help them sell more gun control to an American public that wasn’t interested.
 

NY: Supreme Court Asked to Halt Morality Requirement in NY Gun Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A New York City resident asked the US Supreme Court to prohibit authorities from enforcing a local gun licensing scheme that requires applicants to show good moral character.

Joseph Srour asked the justices on Friday to vacate an appellate stay of a trial judge’s decision letting the regulation go into effect.

The stay by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit “was impulsive and legally infirm,” Srour said. It was put in place while the challenge works its way through the courts.

Judge John Cronan, of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, in October halted the licensing scheme.
 

MI: Defense Against Pursuing Black Bear and Man Fishing in Michigan in the 1960s
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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James Albert Maierle was a well-known educator and sportsman born in 1942 in Calumet, Michigan. He was an enthusiastic hunter, fisherman, and woodsman. He is well known in his local area and published a few stories in hunting magazines. He died in 2022. His son related the circumstances of his father’s shooting of a black bear in self-defense in the early 1960s on the Montreal River in the upper peninsula of Michigan. The location is only a few miles from where Maierle grew up. The area was pretty wild in the early 1960s. After the major copper mine shut down in 1967, the population dwindled further.
 

American guns fuel Haiti crisis
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The crisis in Haiti over gangs who have overrun the country and outmatched security forces is fueled in part by a major, illegal flow of U.S. guns to the Caribbean nation, a longstanding problem that has only grown worse despite efforts from the Biden administration to tackle it.

The gangs running amok on the island are armed with powerful American-made weapons, including .50 caliber sniper rifles and semiautomatic AR-15 rifles, along with small arms like handguns.
 

NM: Fearing political violence, more states ban guns at polling places
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Facing increased threats to election workers and superheated political rhetoric from former President Donald Trump and his supporters, more states are considering firearm bans at polling places and ballot drop boxes ahead of November’s presidential election.

This month, New Mexico became the latest state to restrict guns where people vote or hand in ballots, joining at least 21 other states with similar laws — some banning either open or concealed carry but most banning both.
 

ME: Maine lawmakers to consider late 'red flag' proposal following Lewiston shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Maine lawmakers racing toward adjournment for the current legislative session are going to consider a so-called “red flag” law allowing family members to petition a judge for temporary removal of guns, thanks to an eleventh-hour bill introduced by the house leader.

House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross, a Democrat, said it’s important to reconsider the previously rejected proposal after a gunman killed 18 people last fall amid signs of deteriorating mental health. A competing bill by Gov. Janet Mills would strengthen the state's existing crisis intervention tool, a so-called “yellow flag” law.
 

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