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El Salvador gun 'study' repeats familiar pattern
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"The claim of a massive percentage is a familiar one to those who have seen the same technique used by the Obama administration and its supporters to justify tighter U.S. gun restrictions. After all, having U.S. guns recovered from violent crime scenes was at the core of Operation Fast and Furious 'gunwalking'.”
 

FL: Police Becoming More Militarized As Wars Wind Down
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Of the 60,000 cities in this country one of the top ranked for gun violence is on the Treasure Coast. New Orleans, Detroit, Baltimore and Miami are among the top. Coming in at number 56 is the relatively small city of Fort Pierce where there were 150 shootings this past year.
Now their police officers say they are using military type tactical equipment to fight crime. The new MRAP looks like a tank on wheels.
"Mine response ambush protection." said Officer Keith Holmes , who applied to acquire the MRAP from the US Military for the Fort Pierce Police Department,
 

FL: Shoot Not to Kill Passes Committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Prosecutors squared off today against the NRA and gun toting lawmakers who want to allow people to fire warning shots without being charged with a crime. Prosecutors say the legislation will do little when it comes to deciding who to prosecute.
 

See a Shrink, Lose Your Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Obama announced that his Department of Justice is proposing a rule change that would “clarify” that being committed to a mental institution – a key red flag under gun ownership rules – would include receiving nebulous “outpatient” services from a professional, such as a psychiatrist.

The president said his Health and Human Services agency is issuing a rule to pierce the privacy protections of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act so there would be “express permission” for “entities” to hand over to the federal government certain medical records – that is, “information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands.”
 

NC: Self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Most states do not allow the carrying of weapons. There are various regulations governing knives, firearms and bludgeoning implements. In N.C., I often ran with an aluminum baseball bat sheathed in my hydration pack. In Texas, however, laws make it easier for one to carry a handgun than a stout stick. Know the laws of your area before deciding on a defensive method.

In addition, never carry something you do not know how to use. If you pull out a pair of nunchucks to deter an attack – know how to wield them. Otherwise, you’ve done your attacker’s job by knocking yourself out in a fit of wild swings and panic. In most cases, I would argue for a self-defense spray as a runner’s “heaviest weaponry.”
 

NC: Durham man teaches the psychology of self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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He suggests writing the names of two of the most important people in your life on a piece of paper and putting it at a visible place in your home so that you're reminded of why you need to survive in the event of an attack.

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On any given night an assault, a robbery, or rape can happen to anyone. That's why in addition to mental preparation Edmiston suggests having a tactical flashlight in handy.

"It's not lethal but it still inhibits the attacker's sense. So, you can give them a little blast in the eye and what is does is stun them momentarily," Edminston said.

It's for those uneasy at the prospect of carrying knives or guns.
 

FL: Gun owners’ self-defense bill moves forward in Florida
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill backed by the National Rifle Association to protect Florida gun owners who display their weapon or fire a warning shot to deter an attacker sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote Wednesday.

The bill, SB 448, sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Greg Evers, R-Baker, is aimed at ending the threat of prosecution for those protecting themselves or their families one of the “unintended consequences” of the .state’s 10-20-Life law, supporters said.
 

IL: Will Chicago’s Latest Gun Ban Being Thrown out Finally Teach the City a Lesson?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The decision on Monday by federal judge Edmond Chang in Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers v. Chicago to throw out Chicago’s ban on gun sales comes as no surprise, but it illustrates the continuing efforts of the city’s political leadership, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to deny the Second Amendment rights of its residents and to evade a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
 

Gun Victories in the Midwest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Conservatives in the frigid Midwest could be forgiven for wondering whether the last week’s cold has been a sign that hell has finally frozen over, for, within a single week they have won big in a pair of cities that had all but been written off. Last Thursday, Detroit’s chief of police, James Craig, discussed openly his conversion on the question of concealed carry, contending happily that “good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction” and expressing his hope that private gun owners would help to stem the tide of violence. Monday, across Lake Michigan, a judge struck down Chicago’s ban on gun sales, slamming progressive lawmakers into the bargain. Is Christmas really over?
 

CO: Shoplifter's lawsuit against store owner underway
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Should a store owner who shot a shoplifter have to pay for the injuries he caused? According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, that is what an El Paso County jury is trying to decide as the civil suit against Chang Ho Yi got underway this week.
 

FL: Warning shot bill moving ahead in Florida
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida legislators are pushing ahead with a bill designed to make it clear people can show a gun, or even fire a warning shot, without drawing a lengthy prison sentence.

The legislation was partially inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman who was given a 20-year prison sentence after firing a gun near her estranged husband during an argument. Alexander's conviction was thrown out by an appeals court and she is scheduled to have a new trial this year.
 

Giffords on gun control: 'We'll persist'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Giffords described the disappointment in Congress for failing to pass gun control measures in the aftermath of the December 2012 shootings at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 young children dead, writing that "Washington disappointed us during the first year of our work with the organization we began, Americans for Responsible Solutions. Many of you were outraged at the failure of the Senate to pass the background checks bill, and so was I."
 

IL: Judge’s Chicago gun decision a big gift to Second Amendment supporters, the NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Adding to the growing body of pro-Second Amendment judicial precedent, a federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago’s ban on retail gun sales. Judge Edmond Chang also overturned the city’s ban on private gun transfers between individuals.

The legal victory is a bigger win for gun-rights advocates than it appears at face value.
 

KY: No Legal, Legislative Backfire for Kentucky Lawmaker Whose Gun Went Off in Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One day Kentucky after Gov. Steve Beshear praised the state for eschewing stereotypes, a state lawmaker accidentally discharged a gun in her office in the capitol building.

Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, said in a statement that she accidentally fired her 380 Ruger semi-automatic pistol while attempting to unload it. The bullet struck a nearby bookshelf, according to Sgt. Jason Palmer of the Kentucky State Police's legislative detail unit.
 

NY: New York State Senator Tom O’Mara to discuss SAFE ACT with United Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York State Senator Tom O’Mara of Big Flats, an outspoken critic of the NY SAFE Act, will address United Gun Owners of Upstate New York’s January meeting.
 

Democrats should take guns off the table
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Another year is unfolding with state legislatures and Congress back in action, and there is no doubt that anti-gun lawmakers — virtually all of them Democrats — will once again push proposals designed to erode the Second Amendment, all in the effort to “get guns off the streets.”

Here is a piece of advice for the “party of gun control,” the nickname by which Democrats have come to be known.

If you’re concerned about the number of firearms in the hands of an increasing number of law-abiding citizens, stop promoting legislation that smacks of regulation, registration or outright bans. If that’s not clear enough, to “get guns off the street” you must first take them off the table.
 

Constitution Check: Are there no limits on Second Amendment rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Is a “reasonable regulation” of gun rights, then, an “infringement” on those rights? If the word “infringement” means to encroach on something, as one does when one “trespasses” on someone else’s private property, that does not support the idea that Second Amendment rights are absolutes. Government can “trespass” on private property to put out a fire, for example.

Still, the debate goes on about when, or if, government should have the power to regulate gun rights. The statements quoted above, from two gun rights enthusiasts, suggest that even within that community, there can be disagreement about whether the time has come to agree on some “rational points” about the Second Amendment.
 

IL: NSSF on its quashing of Chicago's gun sales ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Even as this ordinance was doing nothing to reduce criminal activity, it was clearly infringing upon the rights of law-abiding citizens to have firearms for self-defense and other lawful purposes, as was affirmed by the Supreme Court in the Heller and McDonald decisions,” said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). “This federal court has not only recognized another aspect of constitutional protection for citizens, but in a sense it also recognized that lawful commerce itself is protected, which is an important determination for our industry.”
 

Second Amendment Foundation Paves Way for Court Victories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Monday's federal court ruling that a ban on gun sales in Chicago is unconstitutional cited three significant Second Amendment Foundation court victories, and SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb is delighted that his organization's legal work "paved the way."
"While this was not our case," Gottlieb said, "Monday's ruling by District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang would not have been possible had not SAF legal actions broken important new ground over the past 3 years since our June 2010 Supreme Court victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago. We are very pleased at the outcome, and that Judge Chang cited McDonald, and also our Ezell v. City of Chicago and Moore v. Madigan victories in reaching his decision."
 

Obama to Prevent "Dangerous" People From Owning Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Once again, President Barack Obama has demonstrated that he considers his will to be the supreme law of the land and he alone will decide who is allowed to buy a gun.

In an executive “Fact Sheet” issued January 3 by the White House, the president purports to establish new guidelines for “keep[ing] Guns out of Potentially Dangerous Hands.”

What President Obama — a former part-time law professor — seems not to understand is that every time he issues some executive order, presidential finding, or “fact sheet,” he is exceeding the constitutional limits on his power and thereby violating his oath of office.
 

Why Gun-Controllers Lose Ground After Mass Shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, gun-control advocates made the most aggressive push to restrict firearms in years.

Ultimately, that momentum would fade. President Barack Obama’s gun-control effort stalled in Congress. And the majority of gun bills proposed and enacted around the country last year actually made it easier — not harder — to own guns, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In “The Shooting Cycle,” a new paper co-authored with a Yale student, South Texas College of Law professor Josh Blackman attempts to explain why gun-control supporters tend to lose ground in the political skirmishing that follows a mass shooting.
 

OK: Okla. legislator seeks to ease school policies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Under Kern's bill, students couldn't be punished for possessing small toy weapons or using writing utensils, fingers or their hands to simulate a weapon. Students also couldn't be punished for drawing pictures of weapons or wearing clothes that "support or advance Second Amendment rights or organizations."
 

UT: Networks Ignore Gun Company Putting U.S. Troops First, Rejecting $15 Million Deal With Pakistan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Utah-based gun manufacturer turned down a $15 million contract with Pakistan in the name of keeping weapons from falling into the hands of America's enemies. ABC, CBS and NBC, networks that routinely demonize the firearms industry and promote gun control, ignored this positive story. Only Fox News highlighted Desert Tech's decision to put the troops before profit.
 

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