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OH: Ohio police chief fatally overdosed on drugs taken from evidence room, investigators say
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An Ohio police chief died from an accidental fentanyl overdose after the drugs were removed from his department’s evidence room, officials said Wednesday.

Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr. was found unresponsive in his home May 25 and pronounced dead shortly after, the Newark Advocate reported. An autopsy revealed he died from “acute intoxication by fentanyl.”

Reynoldsburg Police Department Lt. Ron Wright, whose department is still investigating, told the newspaper that packaging was discovered “that indicated that he was taking controlled substances from” the evidence room.
 

Training Armed Teachers - This Isn’t the Classroom You Remember
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Last week I took a training class where school staff learned to protect students from an armed attacker. What these teachers did was extraordinary. They worked hard to put their bodies between a bullet and someone else’s children.

Those teachers are not the caricatures I remember from my childhood. Our distorted childhood memories are one of the largest issues we face when we talk about arming school staff.
 

PA: Don't excuse gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So-called “stand-your-ground” laws originally were meant to ensure that someone could not be prosecuted for using deadly force in self-defense when that was the only option. State laws generally included a “duty to retreat” to avoid violent confrontations whenever possible.

But beginning about a decade ago, a wave of states including Pennsylvania vastly altered those laws to protect overtly offensive rather than purely defensive behavior by people using deadly force, most often with guns.
 

FL: Democratic candidates for governor get feisty in final debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The five Democrats in the race for governor had no problem agreeing to de-fund charter schools and repeal the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law. But the harmonious debate Thursday turned flinty on the one issue they all seemed to agree on: opposing President Donald Trump.
 

MO: Deadly shooting caught on video. Did overworked public defender cost this man his freedom?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There’s very little doubt that Terrance Blanks shot Rockey Bradley to death after the two men exchanged fire in the parking lot of a convenience store at 27th Street and Indiana Avenue.

Earlier this year, a Jackson County jury found Blanks guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the deadly 2016 incident. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.


The shooting appeared to be an act of self-defense, but Blanks says his lawyer’s caseload cost him his freedom.
 

Courts are solidifying gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“But, for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense,” writes Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain. “We would thus flout the Constitution if we were to hold that, ‘in regulating the manner of bearing arms, the authority of [the State] has no other limit than its own discretion.’ … While many respectable scholars and activists might find virtue in a firearms-carry regime that restricts the right to a privileged few, ‘the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.’”
 

Don’t target the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This strategy should be countered this way - those who are of the opinion that the nation’s founding fathers would not have used weapons such as AR-15s during the American Revolution (had such weapons existed) are ignorant of history. The founding fathers and those Americans who fought for this nation’s independence would not have hesitated to use these weapons - and it is common sense to say the British would have also.

It should not be a surprise that a president would nominate an individual to the highest court in the land who represents his/her political beliefs - and in this case this includes support for the Second Amendment.
 

NRA history shows a different track record
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The last few Eden Prairie City Council meetings have seen NRA members speaking to the virtues of the NRA. One might not praise it if one knew the NRA’s racist history and the real history behind the Second Amendment. Gun control has historically been used for racist purposes.
 

Guns from 3D printers are concern to law enforcement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Bean says the idea of 3D printed weapons is a big concern.

"Of course we're concerned about these ghost guns, plastic guns. The concern is that they're not detectable, untraceable and it just causes, it's a gateway into another avenue for criminals to possess guns. And that's a concern for us always."

He says the government is going to have to come up with a way to regulate the weapons.
 

Forget 3D guns! Go online and you could be a terrorist in 10 minutes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It would have been a better use of time if this case involved other “educational stuff” already online that could hurt you.

In less than 10 minutes online, I found blueprints for a nuclear bomb, a pipe bomb and a flamethrower .

I learned how to rob a bank, how to build a biological weapon, how to steal an identity in 7 easy steps and I also found something to download that will let me hack into your iPhone.

This kind of stuff could ruin your day.

I didn’t even have to go to the dark web to find it, so you could imagine what else is out there.
 

TN: Tennessee set for Senate battle, Pence-backed candidate loses governor's primary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Democratic former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn will win their respective primaries, CNN projects. Their victories were widely expected.

The race to be the Volunteer State's next governor also came into focus on Thursday, where attention in recent weeks has been on the competitive and nasty fight for the Republican nomination among Rep. Diane Black and businessmen Bill Lee and Randy Boyd.

Lee will win the GOP nomination, CNN projects, defeating Black, who was backed by Vice President Mike Pence.
 

Get a GRIP aka Gun Owner Registration Information Protection Act (S.3135)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I introduced the Gun Owner Registration Information Protection Act (S.3135) or the GRIP Act to ensure no federal funds are used, either intentionally or not, for misguided gun control efforts. This legislation is needed to guarantee the federal government is not involved in exploiting the personal information of law-abiding people who own or purchase firearms legally.

Under current law, the federal government may not store information acquired during the firearms background process. My bill reinforces that policy and clarifies that this prohibition extends to the use of federal funds by states, localities, and other groups for the creation or maintenance of a full or partial gun registry.
 

CO: Police kill man who fought intruder
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A decorated Vietnam War veteran woke up to the sound of his front door crashing in and saw a naked intruder attack his grandson, so he acted to protect his loved ones, according to his family's lawyer.

As the man tried to choke and drown the boy in the bathroom, Richard Black and his son desperately tried to pull the man off early Monday, even poking him in the eyes, before the 73-year-old Black grabbed his 9mm handgun and shot the intruder twice in the chest, lawyer Siddhartha Rathod said.

Soon after, police who were responding to 911 calls shot and killed Black in his house outside Denver.
 

GA: Judge dismisses murder charge, says shooting of transgender teen was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Murder charges against an Athens man involved in the fatal shooting of a transgender teenager at an apartment complex were dismissed Friday, Clarke County Superior Court records show.

The judge dropped the malice murder, felony murder and related charges filed against Jalen Breon Brown, 22, calling the incident an act of self-defense, according to court records.

The charges related to the shooting death of 17-year-old Rayquann Deonte Jernigan, who was known to family and friends as Ave Le’Ray Barrin.
 

Parking lot killings in Florida, Kansas show nuances of 'stand your ground'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The argument began over a parking space.

In 2016, a Wichita, Kansas, man stabbed his neighbor to death and wounded her twin sister amid a brawl at their apartment complex.

He was arrested, but initially was successful in claiming immunity from prosecution under the state's 2006 "stand your ground" law.

That is, until late last month, when the Kansas Court of Appeals overturned a dismissal of a murder charge for Seth Collins, 40, and ruled he must face trial.
 

Canada: Gun Control Fails Again in Toronto, Canada
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Canadian politicians said this would never happen.

A murderer shot people on the street and then shot into crowded restaurants in Toronto, Canada. 13 people were wounded. An 18 year old woman and a 10 year old child were killed.

The murderer had years of treatment for psychosis but was increasingly depressed and anxious. Canadian gun laws, like the laws in the US, are mere ink on paper. Somehow, those magical words were supposed to stop a committed murderer. The murderer’s gun was traced back to a burglary that happened a few years ago. In theory, we were safe from violence because a dedicated murderer would never break Canadian gun laws. That theory failed again, but Canadian politicians called for more of the same.
 

MO: Missouri Gov. Parson Talks Gun Control, Unions In Kansas City
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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James is a staunch advocate of gun control. In an editorial published in the Kansas City Star in February, he wrote, “State government has aggravated the problem by refusing to allow cities like ours and St. Louis from doing anything to try to control the number and types of guns on our streets and in the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.”

Parson has a history of supporting pro-gun legislation, like the “stand your ground” law that allows people to use deadly force on their property in self-defense. After a stop at a police station, Parson said he would work closely with leaders in the two cities to address the issue.
 

NAA Mini Revolvers: Built for Backup Use
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Serious training in the use of a handgun for self-defense usually begins with the student using a full-size pistol. That’s because these size guns generally fit an adult’s hand better than small handguns like the line of mini revolvers from North American Arms. So equipped, an individual with no shooting experience can become reasonably proficient in the course of a serious week’s training using a full-size gun. In such a training environment, new shooters can become both fast and decisive in dealing with any threat presented. Unfortunately things change dramatically when we leave the training facility and head home to daily life.
 

FL: Tallahassee Mayor Calls on Governor Rick Scott to Immediately Suspend Stand Your Ground Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mayor Andrew Gillum called for a State of Emergency on Monday over the Stand Your Ground law until state officials can define how and when the law should be implemented.

The controversial Florida law seems to be working in the defense of white people, but backfiring against Blacks. Gillium’s request comes after the deadly shooting of Markeis McGlockton in July. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gaultieri refused to arrest Michael Drejka for shooting the 27-year-old to death and said the white man acted in self-defense. However, gun lawmakers and the NRA disagreed with Gaultieri’s understanding according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
 

NY: Illegal Immigrant Shoots Gun, Claims He's Protected By The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Javier Perez, a Mexican national, was charged after he fired a round into the air in Brooklyn in order to ward off rival gang members in 2016, reported The New York Daily News. Perez is now claiming in a Brooklyn federal court that his right to bear arms is guaranteed under the constitution despite not being a United States citizen.

“The Framers were clear: if they meant citizens, they would have said citizens. But they didn’t,” Samuel Jacobson, Perez’s lawyer, argued. “There is no suggestion that there was a concept of ‘illegal alien’ and no suggestion that if you were from a foreign country, you couldn’t bear arms.”
 

If You Like Robin Hood, You Should Like the Second Amendment (and Vice Versa)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And English Common Law included the right to carry personal arms. And carry arms is exactly what Robin did (the much feared and extremely dangerous English Longbow**, responsible for evening the field between noble and commoner centuries before Sam Colt made all men equal), and how amazing is it that such a myth has flourished since the days when Old English was spoken? I submit that it’s no coincidence.
 

CT: 'Ghost guns' become issue in race for governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The issue of “ghost guns” is taking center stage during the race for Connecticut's next governor.

Ghost guns are parts of guns that can be ordered in a kit and assembled at home. They are unregistered and cannot be traced with a serial number.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says he is asking the Bridgeport City Council to pass emergency legislation to ban ghost guns.

Ganim's ban would also apply to guns made on a 3D printer.
 

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