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MI: Accidental shootings: 1 is one too many
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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While it has been more than two years since her sister's death, Shirley Paeth said it is still hard to believe her sister is gone.

Nellie Jo Pearson, 40, of Port Huron, was shot in a friend's home on Sept. 13, 2014.

The man who shot her didn't know the gun was loaded.

"The situation was pretty simple," said Paeth, 54, of Shelby Township. "We were told the gun was sitting on the counter. Earlier in the day the guys were dry-firing it. The guy that picked it up didn't know it had been loaded by its owner, so he aimed it at her. We will never know the whole story or why he aimed it at her or why he pulled the trigger, though."

Reaves said being careless is not accidental.

"It was not the gun," she said.
 

Looking for security, more in the US are picking up a handgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new study of gun ownership in the United States notes a shift: Americans are increasingly interested in handguns, the types of small weapons that are easily hidden and used for self-defense, rather than rifles and shotguns used for hunting and shooting sports.

The study, conducted in 2015 by researchers from Harvard and Northeastern universities, sought to better understand the size and composition of the country's gun inventory. It found that handguns made up 42 percent of the country's privately owned firearms, up from 34 percent in 1994.
 

If You Reject Hillary & Trump, Here are Some Options
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In my post earlier this week, I attempted to make the case for what happens when one votes for the lesser evil and how that ultimately results in a continued race to the bottom of the barrel. If this year’s election proves anything, it should affirm that truth, with a couple of candidates who may be amongst the most depraved and immoral ones in our nation’s history.

Ed.: At the bottom is a comparison of Castle (Const.), Johnson (L), and McMullen (I) on gun rights and other issues.
 

IA: Iowa ranks 20th in accidental shootings involving children
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In Iowa, gun owners are not required to keep their weapons under lock and key. State law requires only that an owner secure a weapon if there is reason to believe a child younger than 14 could likely gain access to it. Even then, gun owners can choose whether to use a lockbox, trigger lock or simply relocate the weapon to a place that "a reasonable person would believe to be secure from a minor."

Those who violate the law can be charged with a serious misdemeanor. But charges are filed only in cases when a child has gained access to a gun and displayed it illegally, or used the weapon to injure or kill someone.
 

10 Folding Knives Designed For Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Using a knife for self-defense is a bad idea.

Let me get that out of the way. By writing this post, I’m getting into pretty controversial territory. Many people, both trained and amateurs, insist that a knife should never be used for self-defense unless you’ve undergone intensive training. Even so, you might want to avoid whipping out a knife at all costs.
 

LA: Home Owner Arrested After Shooting Burglar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to the police report read in court Wednesday afternoon, the resident’s security company alerted him of a possible break-in at his home. He grabbed his gun and went outside where he saw two men running from his shed. He yelled at them to stop!

One man kept running but the other stopped. The resident told police said the man appeared to reach for his waistband. That’s when the resident shot the 53-year-old man in his neck. The shot resulted in critical injuries.
 

NC: Ross' record proves she opposes liberty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Liberal politician Deborah Ross says she is for “individual freedom and personal liberty,” but this could not be further from the truth, as her voting record proves otherwise.

Ross supports anti-gun Supreme Court nominees. She opposed your right to carry or purchase a gun and even your fundamental right of self-defense. She would not oppose gun confiscation for some Social Security recipients, and she would not oppose the United Nations gun ban treaty. She is willing to surrender America’s sovereignty to a foreign power.
 

OH: Sheriff candidates share thoughts on protecting Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Candidates for Defiance County sheriff shared similar thoughts on Second Amendment rights at the Defiance County Fish and Game Club Thursday night.

About 100 persons attended the event at the club, located northwest of Defiance on Ohio 15.

Republican Doug Engel and write-in Steve Flory — campaigning to replace David Westrick, who is not seeking a ninth term — were invited to speak at the club’s regular meeting Thursday.

A former sheriff’s deputy, Flory opened, quoting founding fathers George Washington and John Adams in defending the Second Amendment and its provision for allowing the citizenry to bear arms. Specifically, he noted Adams’ remark that the amendment assures the “private self-defense” of citizens.
 

Leaked Emails Reveal Clinton’s True Gun Control Intentions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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No matter the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Senate and House races, Hillary Clinton, if victorious, intends to attack your gun rights. Recently leaked emails of Clinton campaign staffers published by WikiLeaks show that the candidate plans to bypass Congress to enact gun control by executive order. Moreover, undercover video of U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold, released this week by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, further exposed Clinton’s intent to impose new gun restrictions by executive fiat.
 

FL: Majority of Floridians oppose ‘sanctuary cities’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Almost half – 49 percent – of Floridians support a ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons, while 37 percent oppose it. Support for the ban is strongest among women, older residents and African-Americans.

Six out of 10 Floridians want to make it harder or impossible for a felon to regain gun ownership rights, with strongest support for the idea coming from women, older Floridians and households with a young child.

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Forty-two percent of Floridians support the recreational use of marijuana, with 40 percent opposed. Thirty percent support repealing the death penalty, with 44 percent opposed. Some 27 percent support repealing the Stand Your Ground self-defense law, with 43 percent opposed.

 

Hillary Clinton Is The Greatest Threat to the Second Amendment Ever
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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September marked the 15th consecutive month that gun sales hit a record high. But with this election cycle, is that really surprising? Hillary Clinton has continually talked about how she would push for gun control if she were President. She would use the Supreme Court to axe the Second Amendment and urge Congress to pass “common sense gun laws” – whatever that means.

Whenever a politician talks about limiting the right to bear arms, law-abiding gun owners flock to gun stores to purchase new firearms and stock up on ammo. They sign up for training and tactical classes. Gun owners both new and old are applying for concealed carry permits.
 

“Why Buy an AR-15” You Ask? Pat Rogers Answers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Retired Chief Warrant Officer Of Marines and retired NYPD Sergeant Pat Rogers was a legend in the firearms training community. Here he answers the common question, “Why buy an AR-15?”

I was lucky enough to be in the front row for Pat’s last seminar on ARs at the NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA this past February where he talked frankly about lubes, UTMs, training and the National Rifle Association.
 

CT: Connecticut Judge Grants Immunity to Bushmaster in Case Seeking to Gut the PLCAA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On January 26, 2015, survivors of victims killed by a deranged man at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut sued the maker and distributor of the firearm he used in his crimes.

This afternoon, a judge issued a ruling in the case, Soto v. Bushmaster, that held the defendants were entitled to immunity from the suit.

The defendants in the case originally asked the court to dismiss the complaint under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which was enacted in 2005 to prohibit frivolous suits against firearm makers for criminal acts committed with their products by unaffiliated third parties.
 

NV: Poll shows Nevadans support gun background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The poll, which was conducted by JMC Analytics and Polling, questioned 600 voters. Slightly more than half were in support of the measure while 38 percent opposed it.

Question 6: Another question on the ballot this November is Question 1, which would require someone wanting to sell or give their firearm to anyone but a close family member to get a criminal background check at a gun store. Do you support or oppose this ballot question?

Support 51%
Oppose 38%
Undecided (Not read) 11%
 

NRA Launches First Gun-Related Coloring Book
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you’re like me, you have gotten into the “adult coloring book” fad. It really is relaxing. And why should kids be the only one to enjoy coloring?!

Well now you can put away the abstract and flower coloring books, gun owners because the NRA has partnered with Kimberly Kolb Eakin, a retired Sergeant First Class in the United States Army, to provide “Full Metal Coloring,” a coloring book for gun lovers.
 

Lawmaker presses ICE on gun show license plate scans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Is the ICE out to ice attendance at America's gun shows?

The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is demanding answers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency after a Wall Street Journal report indicated that ICE agents induced local law enforcement officers to scan the license plates of people attending gun shows in California.
 

UK: The Winchester rifle – my family's part in shaping the wild west
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One hundred and fifty years ago, my great-great-great-grandfather, Oliver Winchester, founded the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in New Haven, Connecticut. His pride and joy was the revolutionary Winchester repeating rifle, one of the first guns to fire rounds repeatedly, taking away the cumbersome need to stop and reload.
 

MI: We must protect our babies from our guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to research by the USA Today Network and the Associated Press in a series of stories published Friday, close to 200 children nationwide were killed in accidental shootings in the first six months of 2016.

Ed.: No, the number alleged by the antis is closer to 90, for children 17 and younger. The author mis-read the 'study'.
 

ME: Maine police, who witness gun violence up close, divided over background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The political division comes down to the character of the populations the officers serve. Appointed police chiefs tend to come from more populous cities, where gun control policies enjoy greater support, while elected sheriffs represent largely rural populations, who hold fast to a strong tradition of gun ownership.

“Law enforcement leadership here in the state of Maine reflects the larger debate between those supporting gun control and those wanting to promote strict Second Amendment rights,” said Dale Brooker, an associate professor of criminal justice at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.
 

SIG SAUER P320 SubCompact Pistol in 9mm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Sig P320 series of pistols are very adaptable and overall known as very good performing handguns.

There are 4 versions of the Sig Sauer striker-fired P320: the Full-Size, Carry, Compact, and SIG SAUER P320 SubCompact Pistol, all in 9mm Luger. I have shot and own all of them at my own expense. There are other calibers available in .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .45 ACP. I am impressed with the handgun’s adaptability, modularity, reliability, and quality.
 

Deconstructing the Anti-Gun Second Amendment ‘Musket Myth’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Historical evidence suggests that “assault weapons” – firearms that can hold larger capacities of ammunition and operate at faster rates of fire (at least that’s one of the myriad definitions as to what constitutes an assault weapon, in and of itself a term purely of arbitrary political manufacture) – have existed in the United States and its preceding colonies well before the drafters of the Constitution even bore the thought to bring quill to parchment.
 

MT: Missoula Gun Registration Ordinance Now Before Attorney General
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The controversial gun registration ordinance recently passed by the Missoula City Council is now before the Montana Attorney General for review.

Department of Justice spokesman John Barnes Speaker of the Montana House Austin Knudsen has presented a request for Attorney General Fox. He said there is a specific process for the attorney general to consider such a matter.

“We did receive speaker Knudsen’s request on Monday,” Barnes said. “Since Monday was a state holiday, it didn’t get to his office until Tuesday. The letter came with a legal memorandum which is supposed to accompany such a request, so that memorandum and request are currently under review.”
 

WY: Friends of the NRA Banquet around the corner
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Over $150,000 has come back to Niobrara County to fund our local programs. The 4H shooting sports building was constructed thanks to the FNRA. The 4H shooting sports program has new guns, targets which includes 3D targets, ammo, and archery. The gun club has had several updates as well thanks to the FNRA” states Barbara Cushman, a FNRA, or Friends of the NRA (National Rifle Association), member and committee member to the local NRA. On Saturday, October 22 the local NRA committee will be hosting the yearly NRA Banquet.
 

SAF Skeptical Of New 'Study' Saying More Kids Dying In Gun Mishaps
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A reported new study by two news agencies that asserts more children are dying in gun-related accidents than are actually reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should be approached with caution, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

"Forgive our skepticism, but a study that is greeted by a CDC official who acknowledges that his own agency's data might be unreliable gives us considerable pause," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "Add to that the fact that the study reportedly relied on data from the Gun Violence Archive, a group whose title hardly instills a sense of impartiality, is bothersome as well. We call upon this non-profit to disclose its funding sources.
 

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