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The Crazy Things Pacifists Tell Me
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/

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I don’t bring it up with strangers. That said, sometimes people find out I’m a gun owner. The way they respond is remarkable. I assume that they are sincere in what they say, but that assumption is strained from time to time. Their comments are more of a confession about themselves than an honest question about me. I usually bite my tongue because of the social situation. Then it occurred to me that other gun owners must be hearing similar comments. I’ve kept my answers to myself, but now I’ll share them with you.

What have they said to you?
 

Acting Appropriately Is Key to Second Amendment Advocacy
Submitted by: Silkman
Website: https://twitter.com/The2ndA

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The old saying goes that you can “catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” In your 2A advocacy, be sweet and smooth. Let the leftists be salty and bitter.
 

NY: Self-defense training for flight attendants
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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Safety in the skies is a responsibility that falls onto the flight crew as soon as the cabin doors are locked and loaded, but after recent, violent encounters aboard passenger planes, flight attendants are taking safety into their own hands.

In an undisclosed building near LaGuardia Airport, it was early morning and more than a dozen flight attendants on their day off were being trained in self-defense.

Ed.: But no self-defense firearms.
 

NV: Las Vegas Homicide: Neighbor Kills Neighbor In What May Be Self Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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A man shot and killed his neighbor early Tuesday morning in what police say may have been an act of self defense. It happened around 6:30 along South Decatur Boulevard near Sahara Avenue.

The shooter told police he had woken up to find his neighbor in his apartment with a knife.

The man was shot once in the chest.

Police have not released the names of either person.
 

TX: Nichols, Huffman and King Pass SB 16 to Lower License to Carry Fees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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The Texas Legislature has approved Senate Bill 16 by Senate authors Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and House sponsor Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford), which lowers the License to Carry fees in the State of Texas.

“I am thankful to Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and my colleagues in the Legislature for their support of this important bill,” said Senator Nichols. “With one of the highest fees in the nation to obtain a license to carry, an undue burden had been imposed on Texans rights to obtain a license to carry. By lowering the fee, we have made it more affordable to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
 

Lawmen join Giffords to fight 2 bills on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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A group of law enforcement leaders and gun-control activists led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly launched a lobbying effort Tuesday to oppose legislation that would decrease federal regulation of silencers and nationalize concealed-carry permitting. The coalition argues that the bills would make law enforcement less safe.
 

MI: Michigan House Considers Bill to Make 2nd Amendment Your Concealed Carry Permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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Michigan’s House of Representatives is considering a bill that would abolish a concealed carry permit requirement in the state, thus making the Second Amendment the only permit law-abiding residents of the state would need.

It is already legal to carry a handgun openly without a permit in Michigan. The situation is as it was in New Hampshire, where law-abiding citizens could carry their handguns openly without having to ask government’s permission but were suddenly obligated to ask government before carrying if their jacket or sweatshirt hung down over the gun.
 

WI: Controversial Milwaukee sheriff says he’s joining the Trump administration
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, a controversial political figure and conservative star, says he has accepted a position with the Department of Homeland Security, but questions remain.

Clarke on Wednesday claimed he will serve as an assistant secretary within the Office of Partnership and Engagement, where he will allegedly serve as a liaison with state and local law enforcement agencies.
 

OR: Oregon’s 3 New Gun Control Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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Three bills relating to gun control are currently being reviewed by Oregon legislature. The measures were created to improve background checks for gun buyers, increase requirements for people looking to carry concealed weapons, fix crucial loopholes to protect partners from domestic violence, and ensure that guns are taken out of the hands of those who are at risk of harming themselves or others.
 

Part I: How to Avoid a Gun Fight or a Violent Confrontation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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In my latest articles (Gun Safety Rules: parts I, II, III), I have shared the fundamental gun safety rules that every gun owner should always follow.

I would now like to talk about probably the most important thing you need in a violent confrontation with or without guns: How to avoid it.

Even when you have the legal and moral ground in a violent confrontation, the best option is to avoid it. Real life is not a movie. There are no heroes or a grandiose happy ending after a violent confrontation.
 

Black Guns Matter – As Do Lives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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Maj Toure is an African American man from the mean streets of North Philadelphia.

He describes a climate of gangs and widespread poverty, where only cops and bad guys are armed, and average citizens tend to think exclusively in those terms.
 

WA: Appeals Court Pretty Sure DOJ Use-Of-Force Guidelines Don't Violate Police Officers' 2nd And 4th Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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A few years ago, some Seattle police officers came up with a novel plan to battle DOJ-imposed limits on their use-of-force. Since their union wisely decided to steer clear of this ridiculous legal battle, the officers chose to crowdfund their way into the federal court system.

Armed with a little over $3,000 and some particularly dubious arguments, the protesting cops filed a lawsuit claiming their Second and Fourth Amendment rights were being violated by the DOJ's use-of-force restrictions. It did not go well.
 

A Closer Look at Flint River Armory’s CSA45 Carbine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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Flint River Armory (FRA), designer and manufacturer of the innovative CSA45 pistol-caliber weapons system, offers customers the standard CSA45 carbine.

Based in North Alabama, FRA is a large-scale firearms design and manufacturing company. The principle members of the company each have long and successful careers in such disciplines as engineering, UAVs, aerospace, aviation, and manufacturing.
 

KS: Bill to ban guns from some state hospitals sputters in Kansas Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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A bill that would ban guns from some state hospitals was debated and then sent back to committee in the Kansas Senate Tuesday.

The Wichita Eagle reported lawmakers had amended the measure, House Bill 2278, to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry firearms into hospitals and prohibit psychiatric patients from possessing them.

Instead of voting upon the amended version of the bill, lawmakers chose to send it back to the Senate’s budget committee to try and reach a comprise.
 

FL: Democratic Rep: ‘My First Amendment Right Is Different From Yours’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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The exchange started when Demings wrote on Facebook that she supports "common sense gun legislation" and "stand[s] against the gun lobby."

Hours later, a Facebook user referenced an incident from February 2009, when Demings served as the chief of police in Orlando, Fla. Someone broke into Demings' vehicle at the time and stole her agency-issued 9 mm Sig Sauer gun, ammunition, handcuffs, and baton. An internal-affairs investigator subsequently gave Demings a "written censure" for not properly securing her firearm in her car.
 

IA: Police: Woman shoots ex-boyfriend outside Kum & Go
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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A Des Moines woman who shot her ex-boyfriend in his knee outside a gas station Tuesday night told police she was shooting in self defense.

At about 11:45 p.m., the woman called police to report that she had shot her ex-boyfriend outside Kum & Go, 2110 Guthrie Ave., according to a Des Moines police report.
 

When NRA unveiled new Carry Guard insurance at annual meeting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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At the NRA’s annual conference last month in Atlanta, the gun lobby unveiled a new iteration of its self-defense insurance called the NRA Carry Guard.

The organization described the program as “America’s most comprehensive insurance and legal coverage” for those who carry a gun.

The booth was a flurry of activity. Potential customers lined up for a chance to experience a virtual reality scenario where deadly force is necessary.
 

LA: Sheriff: Homeowner arrested for shooting fleeing thief
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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According to Sheriff Randy Seal, a man from Louisville, Mississippi was visiting Rowell, but before leaving the home, he apparently had taken a pistol from the home and placed it in his luggage.

Seal said that when Rowell confronted the man, he pulled out the pistol and pointed it at Rowell, his wife and mother. After a brief standoff, Seal said the man tossed the gun to the ground and began to run away. At that point, Seal said Rowell fired, striking the man twice.
 

Nichols, Huffman and King Pass SB 16 to Lower License to Carry Fees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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The Texas Legislature has approved Senate Bill 16 by Senate authors Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and House sponsor Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford), which lowers the License to Carry fees in the State of Texas.

“I am thankful to Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and my colleagues in the Legislature for their support of this important bill,” said Senator Nichols. “With one of the highest fees in the nation to obtain a license to carry, an undue burden had been imposed on Texans rights to obtain a license to carry. By lowering the fee, we have made it more affordable to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
 

MT: Greg Gianforte: Running to fight for Montana
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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The direction of our country will be decided in the coming months and I’m committed to making sure Montana’s voice is heard in Washington. I’m running to be Montana’s next congressman because Montanans deserve a champion who will stand strong for our values and our way of life.

I’m thankful to have built a life, started a small business, and raised a family in Montana.
 

WI: Proposal to end conceal and carry requirement for stun guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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A bill circulating at the State Capitol would eliminate the need for conceal and carry permits for hand guns, including the permits necessary to carry an electronic weapon.

An electronic weapon can be a taser like the kind commonly used by law enforcement or smaller, electronic shock devices used at closer range.
 

NRATV Falsely Claims Nevada Gun Safety Bill Will Allow An “Anti-Gun Zealot” To Have Their Neighbors' Guns Confiscated
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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NRATV host Grant Stinchfield erroneously claimed that “anti-gunners out there could weaponize” a new gun violence prevention bill in Nevada in order to get law enforcement to confiscate their neighbors’ legally owned firearms.

The legislation in question, a type of protection order that allows temporary removal of firearms from certain “high-risk” individuals, actually allows only household members to file a report requesting the removal.
 

OK: Department Of Human Services Amends Gun Policy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://marktaff.com

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the Oklahoma Department of Human Services violated foster parents' right to bear arms.

The lawsuit was filed after the department asked parents to sign a written agreement requiring weapons to be locked up.

The suit argued that the department's agreement obligated foster parents to keep their firearms locked up, to only carry their weapons around a child if it was required by their employer and to ensure weapons in automobiles were unloaded, disabled and locked in a container.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins. — Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, whose testimony convicted John Gotti.

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