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First among equals
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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An observation that our political leaders are First Among Equals. Whether it is a University of Tennessee football game or a regional fair, these elitists have armed security at their beck and call, usually paid for by the taxpayers.

Yet the people who pay their salaries are forced to be disarmed at these venues.
 

MI: Senate panel approves bill to allow concealed guns but stop open carry in Michigan schools
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A Michigan Senate panel on Tuesday approved gun bills that would allow concealed carry instead of open carry in schools, moving ahead despite concerns from education officials who fear the proposal will do little to shield students from possible violence.

"Moving to a concealed carry system only hides the potential danger" Don Wotruba of Michigan Association of School Boards said...

Michigan law currently prohibits permit holders from carrying concealed pistols in so-called gun-free zones, but it does not prevent them from openly carrying weapons in those same places.

Open carry gun owners have caused alarm and stoked fears in some Michigan schools, prompting local rules, legal fights and state legislation to modify existing rules.
 

WI: Gun shop found liable, forced to pay $6 million
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jurors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have ordered Badger Guns, one of the nation’s biggest crime-linked gun retailers, to pay nearly $6 million to two Milwaukee police officers, who were shot in the face in 2002 by a gun bought at the store, after being found liable for negligence Tuesday.
 

CA: Gov. Brown Signs Bill Outlawing Weapons on Campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed a gun control bill into law on Saturday, which will increase state restrictions on those in possession of firearms. Senate Bill 707 expands on current state gun legislation by directly prohibiting citizens from carrying concealed weapons on California school and college campuses.

California State Senator and author of the bill Lois Wolk hailed its ratification in a press statement on Saturday.
 

TX: ‘Cocks Not Glocks’ Shows How Texas Needs to Get Its Priorities Straight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The same cannot be said when a student brings a gun to class. We cannot predict how it will be used and we cannot ignore its potential to cause harm. That’s what handguns do—they cause harm. They maim and kill people. And, as many opponents of the policy have pointed out, they may not be an effective means of self defense.

Yet, Texas wants them to be allowed in classrooms, where people are supposed to be freely exchanging ideas, learning to think critically, and exploring controversial viewpoints. The presence of handguns inevitably changes the tenor of the classroom, even if they are never used. And if, for whatever reason, they are used, there is no guarantee that everyone goes home in one piece.
 

FL: Sign the Petition to Legalize Open Carry in FL
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Tuesday, Oct 20th, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will hear two Pro-Second Amendment Bills, SB 300 by Sen. Gaetz and SB 344 by Sen. Bradley, details to follow in coming days.

For now, please Sign the Petition to legalize Open Carry in Florida. Open Carry is legal in most of the country. Most often open carry is practiced in very innocuous ways.
 

Dick Heller Talks Heller III
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In 2003, District of Columbia resident and security guard Dick Heller signed on as one of several plaintiffs in a lawsuit that would later become known as District of Columbia v. Heller. At the time, Heller and others were simply trying to regain the Second Amendment rights of D.C. residents, and had no idea litigation would still be ongoing a dozen years later.

Last month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling in the NRA-supported case now commonly referred to as Heller III, bringing further relief to the beleaguered law-abiding gun owners of the nation’s capital. The decision struck down four provisions of D.C. firearms law:
 

Badger Guns verdict will be appealed; gun control now campaign topic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When a jury awarded $5.73 million yesterday to two Milwaukee police officers in their lawsuit against Badger Guns, it may have given the gun control lobby some hopes of exploiting the verdict to push its gun control agenda, raise money and fight to overturn a law that protects the firearms industry from frivolous lawsuits.

But the verdict, according to an official with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), actually shows that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) works as intended. Now the debate will begin over what the law does, and doesn't, actually do.
 

LA: Harvey man shot girlfriend's ex after he stormed house: JPSO
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Harvey man shot his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend in the chest with a shotgun after the ex-boyfriend forced his way into the couple's home on Sunday night (Oct. 11), authorities said. Douglas Moody, 31, of Belle Chasse, suffered wounds to his chest, neck and head, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrest report.
 

ME: Portland police chief takes stand against repeal of concealed-gun permit requirement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Maine’s new concealed-carry law for firearms, a major victory for conservatives this past legislative session, goes into effect Thursday and some public safety officials already are urging caution.

Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said Wednesday that he’s very concerned about the new law and thinks it will put his officers, and the public, at risk.
 

NY: Anti-Second Amendment New York State Complains About Rest of U.S.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Practically the definition of chutzpah:

"Amid a raging national debate on guns, a bust in New York City highlights a problem for police in crime-plagued urban areas. While officers can control illegal gun sales in their cities, they have been at a loss to stop the flow of firearms from places with looser laws."

Huh? There’s no “raging national debate” on guns. A handful of states have unconstitutionally limited firearms access and will not stop complaining that the other forty-plus states won’t follow suit.
 

TX: Analysis: Compensating for a Loss on Campus Carry Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But the debate over whether to allow guns on Texas public college campuses is over, and the second stage of this political theater is for the people who lost that legislative debate.

Instead of protesting the law, some UT-Austin students decided to ridicule the folks who carry guns. And while they’re getting their laughs — even from some Second Amendment devotees who disagree — they’re getting as much or more attention than the people who actively campaigned against deregulating handgun possession in the Legislature.
 

The Luckiest Criminal In The World
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The overwhelming majority of defensive gun uses we discuss here at Bearing Arms are those that have made the news. Typically, these incidents have made the news because the situation escalated to the point lives where at risk and the lawful gun owner had to discharge his or her firearm in order to stop a violent crime.

But there’s both much, much more and much, much less to the reality of armed self-defense in the United States.

The vast majority of defensive gun uses don’t make the news, because the vast majority of the time, the mere presence or display, or even the hint of a firearm caused a criminal to flee.
 

OK: Police: Fatal shooting in Tulsa might have been self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An August shooting that left a man dead on a north Tulsa street might have been an act of self-defense, according to Tulsa police.

Thomas Anthony Reed, 20, was found dead in the 2000 block of North Harvard Avenue, near Ute Street, after being shot just after 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said.
 

KS: Mother Grabs 9mm, Shoots Home Invasion Suspect to Save Child
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On October 8, an unidentified female homeowner in Overbrook, Kansas, protected herself and her child by using a 9mm handgun to shoot an alleged home invader.

The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m.

According to KSNT, the homeowner heard strange noises and discovered that 48-year-old Bruce Jolly had allegedly broken into her home. Police say the homeowner told Jolly “to get out [but] he didn’t.” Instead, police say, Jolly “took another step towards the [homeowner] and she fired one shot.”
 

AZ: Method for Stopping Shooting Rampages Emerges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hard evidence -- not doctor theories, news commentary, conjecture, hyperbole, rumor, innuendo or any other proposals -- clearly shows that the only known way to actually stop spree murderers is to shoot them -- or scare them into shooting themselves. Time and again society has found this works.

According to the evidence, every mass murder in recent times has been halted, in the final analysis, by shooting the murderers, or threatening to shoot them, with guns. Members of the press corps continue to debate the subject, despite the evidence.
 

TX: UTRGV hosts meeting on campus carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With few attendees and almost no students present, the first town hall meeting at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to discuss the implementation of a new law that will allow anyone to carry concealed handguns on a college campus took place Wednesday in Harlingen.

But of about the 30 or 40 people present, a few professors and staff members took the lead with questions about how university officials plan to implement the law without compromising safety.
 

Sanders: 'All the Shouting in the World Is Not Going to....Keep Guns Out Of' the Wrong Hands
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sanders advocated expanded instant background checks; greater focus on mental health; and aggressive action at the federal level to prevent straw purchases.

Sanders, who represents a state with few gun restrictions, boasted of his D-minus rating from the National Rifle Association and noted that he has told his mostly rural constituents that he supports a ban on "assault weapons."
 

KY: NRA and gun rights shouldn’t be blamed for shooting deaths
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Again some evil bad guys have killed innocent people using legally purchased firearms. This is always a reprehensible act and we all wish that it would not happen. Our thoughts and prayers go to all the families involved.

And again some readers of this newspaper try to blame the NRA without knowing anything about the NRA. One reader writing on 10/10 seems to believe the NRA is manufacturing and selling firearms and Bob Latta and Rob Portman are assisting them in this enterprise. Where she gets this notion from I have no idea. The NRA supports those who support the 2nd Amendment and all of the Constitution regardless of political party. The NRA tells no one what they need to do.
 

Profound Ignorance Behind Calls to Repeal Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The bodies of the Roseburg, Oregon, mass shooting victims weren’t even cold (quite literally) before Barack Obama raced to the podium demanding more gun control laws, even suggesting it was time for the U.S. government to confiscate firearms. Media outlets were immediately flooded with talkingheads aping Obama’s appeal to ignorance.
 

VT: The folly of more gun controls
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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First off, law-abiding citizens have constitutional rights — federal as well as in many states — to keep and bear arms for self-defense. For the federal government to attempt to disarm 240 million adult Americans guarantees a coast-to-coast rebellion, and Obama’s government would have quite a bit of trouble mobilizing state and local law enforcement and the military to carry out his bidding.
 

WI: Wisconsin Democrats to Punish Concealed Carry on Campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the wake of the heinous October 1 attack on unarmed students at Umpqua Community College, three of Wisconsin’s Democrat state representatives are pushing to make concealed carry on campus for self-defense a Class I felony.

The reps, Chris Taylor, Melissa Sargent, and Terese Berceau, are all from Madison and are now “seeking co-sponsors” for their legislation.
 

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