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How perfect does a black man need to be?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Philando Castile was shot in “self-defense” after announcing he had a permit to legally carry a gun. He was killed with his seatbelt on and in front of his girlfriend’s daughter. Javier Ambler lost his life after being pulled over by officers for not dimming his headlights. He wasn’t drunk, and he wasn’t speeding. He was just black. Like Floyd, he called out in pain, “I can’t breathe.” Moments later, after telling cops he had congestive heart failure, he was gone.

How perfect does a black man need to be?
 

PA: Frein’s parents seek return of items seized in search
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Eugene and Deborah Frein say authorities confiscated 19 pistols, 25 rifles, two shotguns and several other items, including two laptop computers and a camcorder during, a Sept. 16, 2014 search of their 303 Seneca Lane home in Canadensis. They have demanded the items be returned, but the Pennsylvania State police and Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin refuse to do so.
 

Disarming Elmer And Yosemite Sam? That’s Desth-picable!
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For the mad, mad world of the HBO Max Looney Tunes reboot is not your father’s Bugs Bunny and Roadrunner Show. Oh sure, it’s got the same cast of characters, falling anvils a-plenty, and more TNT explosions than you can count. Everything you remembered as a kid. Except — and there’s always an except, isn’t there — executive producer Peter Browngardt has made one significant change. Firearms are now forbidden.

No guns? Of course you realize ... this means war.
 

The multibillion-dollar ‘law and order’ industry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s no surprise that systemic opponents to legalizing drugs in the United States are both the drug cartels and law enforcement agencies, because they both depend on drugs remaining illegal to generate revenue. Additionally, our unregulated Second Amendment rights have placed horrific legal firepower in the public domain, which drives the need to outfit public safety officers with ever more powerful weapons to seek superiority.
 

WY: Armed men patrolled Casper after last week's protests. What does Wyoming law say about open carry?
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Casper saw multiple demonstrations against racism and police brutality last week, part of a movement of protests across the U.S. spurred by the police killing of a handcuffed black man in Minneapolis. Hundreds of Casperites marched through downtown Wednesday and Friday in solidarity with the national movement.
 

In These 11 Incidents, Gun Owners Defended Life and Property
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The last week of May proved just how quickly the seemingly stable peace of our world can devolve into chaos and near-anarchy. Many of us, already concerned that police departments were stretched thin by COVID-19, watched in horror as law enforcement seemed to lose control of protests in major cities.

For several nights, police officers scarcely could keep their own precincts from being overrun, much less respond to calls for help from terrified civilians.
 

Myth: Second Amendment protects individual liberties
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In each instance, armed protesters used the Second Amendment to undermine democracy and individual rights. Democratically elected bodies in Virginia and Michigan were effectively threatened if they choose to act on measures — gun control and an extension of lockdown orders — that had wide public support. When citizens descend on a state capital brandishing guns, they effectively end any commitment to democratic debate.
 

PA: JPD: Local man shot last month was attempting to assault woman, now faces charges
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Johnstown police say a man who was shot in Oakhurst Homes last month was attempting to assault the woman who shot him in self-defense, and that he has now been charged, according to a criminal complaint.

Police say Terrell Dykes, 28, faces charges of felony aggravated assault, burglary and theft following the May 11th incident, according to court documents.
 

CO: Denver DA Beth McCann defends decision not to file charges against DOC officer in teen's shooting
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A Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) criminal investigator feared for his safety and that of his family when he opened fire, shooting and killing a 16-year-old burglary suspect in Montbello, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said Thursday.

In an exclusive interview with 9Wants to Know, McCann said Colorado law left her no choice but to close the case without filing any criminal charges against the officer.
 

It’s Time to Judge Cops by Their Actions
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What everyone should agree on, though, is that we need a better way to hold police officers accountable when they use excessive force, such as putting their knees on the necks of civilians who are not resisting arrest. We also need to hold police officers accountable when they attack civilians who are simply exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully protest.

Police officers like Chauvin should not only be fired, they should be prosecuted and held responsible for their actions. If any one of us were to attack another person without provocation, we would be arrested and charged. If any one of us were to kill another person without justification, we would be arrested and charged.
 

MO: Columbia homeowner shoots 2 intruders, 1 dies and 1 charged
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Columbia police say a resident shot two men who were breaking into his home, killing one. The second man was treated for a gunshot wound and has been charged in the other suspect's death.

Twenty-seven-year-old Darion Logan, of Columbia, died in the shooting Wednesday night.
 

UT: Should conviction of an off-duty officer for displaying his service weapon chill police from responding to dangerous situations?
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I asked a retired cop friend to review the facts. She pointed out that holding the shotgun with one hand and the service weapon with the other wasn’t sound tactics. If Bess was unsure why they were shooting at them, the reasonable cop would approach tactically, using cover and concealment. If he knew they were stupid and careless, shouting would be warranted, but then why the drawn weapon? Time had passed and with it the imminent danger warranting self-defense. When Bess engaged the group, they were non-threatening.

The most telling fact for me was the other hunting group wanted to call a peace officer. That’s because Bess wasn’t conducting himself like one. The jury agreed.
 

FL: Should victims' rights law shield officer's identity?
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The PBA maintains that Doe shot Natosha “Tony” McDade in self-defense. Because the police officer was the victim of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the incident, the union says, he has the right to invoke the privacy privilege provided by Marsy’s Law.

The controversy over whether the police officer’s name should be revealed, now playing out in court, goes far deeper than McDade’s shooting death on May 27.

The legal wrangling exposes what could be a conflict between two Florida constitutional amendments: Marsy’s Law and an older government-in-the-sunshine law that established one of the broadest open-records policies in the nation.
 

FL: Anti-gun Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Takes One Step Back Over Lawsuit
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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has been knowingly and willfully violating the law and Constitutional rights. It’s a shame it took a lawsuit to make her do her job and take a step back from breaking the law.

At a press conference early Thursday morning, June 11, Fried announced that she is opening one (ONLY ONE) regional office and the online portal for CWL applications on Monday, June 15, 2020.
 

Don’t Forget Breonna Taylor: Her Death Shows Why ‘No-Knock’ Warrants Need to Go
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When Walker heard unknown intruders breaking into his home, he did not know they were police officers. So, quite understandably, Walker grabbed his lawfully-owned firearm and fired a shot at the unknown invaders. The ensuing hail of more than 20 police-fired bullets left Taylor dead, and Walker was arrested for attempted murder of a police officer. (The charge has since been dropped).

Police claim that they knocked at the apartment door and announced themselves, yet that is hard to believe. They were specifically executing a “no-knock” warrant, after all, and not just Walker, but multiple neighbors have confirmed they heard no such announcement.
 

VA: Turnout Needed for Protest at Alexandria City Hall on Saturday!
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The City of Alexandria is moving forward with public comment and a vote on a proposed ordinance to ban guns completely in government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at permitted events and adjoining streets.

City Council had a chance to drop the proposed ordinance on Tuesday night, but did not. They made a minor amendment that did nothing significant for gun owners and voted to move forward with the public comment period and final vote on Saturday, June 20.
 

No police reforms would be complete without gun reforms
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You can talk about expanding the use of body cameras for police officers. You can talk about better training and reforming police culture to root out bad actors. You can talk about improving diversity in police ranks. These are all worthy proposals to address racism in law enforcement. But fixing the systemic problems of policing should also mean reforming our gun laws.

You’d be forgiven if, in the past few weeks of social unrest, you haven’t thought much about gun violence generally. After all, a gun wasn’t used to kill George Floyd. The image of an officer’s knee on Floyd’s neck was proof enough that a deeper problem continues to afflict our nation’s law enforcement.
 

FL: Marion County gun permits soar amid pandemic, unrest
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One week into June, the number of concealed weapons permits is already near the total for June 2019. Gun dealers say they can’t keep weapons in stock due to high demand.

As other parts of the nation see continued unrest, Marion County is seeing a spike in applications for concealed weapon permits.

Through June 8, the county registered 291 concealed weapons permit applications: 231 new applications and 60 renewals.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The UK has a crime problem and, believe it or not, except for murder, theirs is worse than ours. — Dan Rather, CBS Special Report, July, 2000

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