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TX: More Texas women packing heat
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More Texas women are taking advantage of their right to bear arms than ever before.

Texas Department of Public Safety numbers show that nearly 31,000 women in Texas obtained a license. This is 40% higher than the previous high in 1996 when concealed handgun permits were first issued in Texas.

Marcy Dillon says she decided to get her CHP to protect her children, in case her husband wasn't around to defend them, ""It's a security blanket you carry around with you that nobody knows you have."

Jerry Adams and John Coblentz teach concealed handgun classes and say it's not just women who are arming themselves. "The people that are pushing gun control are making people nervous and they're buying weapons," said Adams.
 

PA: Pa. Lawmakers Ponder Expansion Of Castle Doctrine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pennsylvania law gives you the right to defend yourself in your home when you're being attacked by an intruder. Now, some lawmakers want to extend that right and give homeowners more latitude in using deadly force.

Critics call it the "shoot first, ask questions later" bill. The Castle Doctrine isn't new, but expanding gunowners' rights in Pennsylvania outside their home is.

Two weeks ago, Jim Olesak thought someone broke into his Northampton Borough home. "We don't know what's out there," Olesak said. "If someone tries to break into my house, I will defend myself. I have a family in here."
 

Mine accident brings to mind hypocrisy of anti-gunners
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Monday's Gun Rights Examiner column takes you on a family tour, down a mine, up an escape tube and into the past...Y'know, this is too convoluted to really explain. If you're intrigued by the teaser, you're just going to have to go read it.

Also hear Tom Gresham interview Chris Cox about some of the recent controversies we've been discussing of late.
 

CA: Sacramento mom questions 'self-defense' shooting of son
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Shaw admitted her son Tab is a large man at 6 feet, 6 inches tall and 265 pounds, but said there was no reason for Phillips to shoot him. "Tab was completely weaponless. All he was using was his fists," she said.

Former prosecutor Bill Portanova said the fact that Rawles did not have a weapon could play a role in the district attorney's decision whether to charge Phillips with a crime.

"If you have a gun, permit or no permit, and somebody wants to punch you, that's not deadly force. And therefore you're not justified in using deadly force in response," Portanova said.
 

MS: Officials Say Shooting Was Self-Defense
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Investigators say self-defense was the motive for a shooting that left a teenager dead in Forest.

Officials say the man who fired the shot had just returned home from work around 1:30 a.m. Oct. 14 when a teenager knocked on his door twice.

"A couple of minutes later, there was a big knock on the door and at that time, it kind of bothered him," said Roncali. "And he went and got his gun and approached and the door, and at the time he opened the door, he said a ball bat hit him across the arm. He said he hit him across the arm and the person said, 'Give it up,' and at that time, he says he shot one time."
 

PA: Gun-control group backs Onorato
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pennsylvania's leading gun violence-prevention organization, CeaseFire PA, has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato. The gun-control advocates support Onorato's position on a particular piece of legislation.

The "Castle Doctrine" bill lawmakers may send to the governor's desk expands the definition of personal property and removes the duty to retreat. In effect, it would allow people to defend themselves with deadly force when attacked.

Onorato opposes the legislation.
 

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Twists The Truth About Firearms Trace Data
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to ATF, the average time to recovery in the U.S. is more than 10 years. In other words, from the time a firearm is first purchased at retail (following a background check) to the time it is recovered by law enforcement, more than a decade has elapsed. If one were to isolate the top 10 source states, the time to recovery stays a similarly high 9.9 years. These numbers, state ATF, are not indicative of firearms trafficking. Furthermore, every state, every one, is its own top source state for recovered firearms.

The MAIG report also alleges that states with strong regulations and oversight of firearm sales have less firearms trafficking than states that lack such measures.
 

NC: No better shot? Pantano takes aim with fundraiser
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Grab your pistol and ammo. And unless you’re a deadeye, don’t forget your checkbook.

This isn’t your typical backyard barbecue fundraiser.

Republican congressional candidate Ilario Pantano will hold a pistol match Sunday afternoon at the Ant Hill Range in Brunswick County to raise money for his campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-Lumberton.

For $25, “any patriot” who thinks he can outshoot Pantano is invited to show off his marksmanship in a timed target-shooting challenge, according to ads for the event.

Shoot fast and straight enough to beat the former Marine and trained sniper and get your money back.
 

NH: What happened to 'Live Free or Die'?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The biased opinions of the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center should not have been used as a journalistic source of information about the Oath Keepers. The SPLC considers all groups of the patriot movement "anti-government and extremist."

Under the First Amendment we are guaranteed the right of assembly and speech; under the Second Amendment, the right to belong to a militia as "necessary to the security of a free State." I should think the residents of "Live Free or Die" New Hampshire would vehemently defend these rights.

What is at issue here is the state's listing of the Oath Keepers (a patriot group, not a militia) on an affidavit of wrongdoing.
 

.50 Caliber machine guns bought over the counter in the US
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Direct from the video

"50 caliber machine guns bought over the counter in the United States"


Thank you MSNBC for throwing credibility straight out the window
 

Republicans, Democrats Shift on Whether Gov't Is a Threat
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The increase in the percentage of independents believing the government is a threat has helped to push the overall percentage of Americans holding this view to new highs in 2006 and 2010.

Gallup this year for the first time asked Americans who believe the government is a threat to explain the ways in which they see this occurring. Many of the responses were fairly general in nature -- the government is too big, too involved in people's private lives, or is social
-ist. However, some mention very specific reasons, such as perceived violations of their First and Second Amendment rights, and the healthcare law.
 

TN: Rand Paul rides tide of anti-Washington sentiment
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Their 3,700-square-foot home, smaller than many in the neighborhood, is assessed at $509,900, and they also own part of a $198,000 condo in Destin, Fla., according to local property assessment records.

Two of their sons attend Bowling Green High School, and the youngest attends a Catholic school.

Rand Paul drives a GMC Yukon XL and also owns a PT Cruiser. He hates shopping for clothes and getting his hair cut, and his curls “are the real thing,” not a perm, she said.

He supports the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, but doesn't have a hunting license or a permit to carry a concealed weapon, according to commercial databases.
 

NY: Scheiderman gets tough on guns
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Seeking possibly to dispel any notion that he may be soft on crime, Democratic AG candidate Eric Schneiderman is putting out a tough-on-guns plan.
 

AZ: Police Officer Richard Chrisman Indicted by Maricopa Grand Jury in Shooting Death of Unarmed Man, Frank Rodriguez
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"Officer Richard Chrisman was indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of an unarmed man -- Frank Rodriguez -- on October 5, 2010."

"According to the Arizona Republic, he was one of four police officers caught on surveillance video planting a drug pipe on a mentally challenged homeless woman as a joke in 2005."

"Rodriguez asked to see a warrant when the officers entered the home, and Chrisman reportedly put his gun to Rodriguez's head and told him he didn't need a warrant, according to court documents."
 

FL: Self-defense is a fundamental right
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Arthur Hayhoe is wrong when he says that Florida's "stand your ground" law turns Florida into the Wild West. Just the opposite is true. The reason that justifiable homicides are increasing is simple. Florida abandoned the old "duty to retreat" standards that placed an unfair burden on the victim, who had to make an instant decision when confronted with imminent death or great bodily harm. The victim could very well turn and run, but at serious risk to his/her successful self-defense.
 

AZ: Girls with guns - Local women learn to protect themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to the Department of Justice, three of four women will experience at least one violent crime. Various studies have proven just displaying a firearm will scare off a high percentage of offenders. There are roughly 307 million people in the United States as of 2009. Approximately 16,272 murders were committed in 2008 and about 67 percentage for those were committed with firearms. A study published in 2000 by the Journal of Quantitative Criminology reported that civilians use guns to defend themselves at least 989,883 times a year.

There are no hard and fast figures on the number of women gun owners, but the estimates by various gun organizations are that the number is over 17 million and growing.
 

IL: Reason #5 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Phil Hare will not protect your Second Amendment rights. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution clearly states that "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

However, Phil Hare voted against legislation that would restore the Second Amendment right to the people of Washington D.C.

H.R. 6842, the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, would allow law abiding citizens in Washington D.C. to defend themselves by repealing the requirement that guns be stored "unloaded and disassembled". The measure would also permit D.C. residents to buy guns from licensed federal dealers in Virginia and Maryland. Phil Hare opposed this pro-gun legislation.
 

WV: NRA Endorsements Raise Interesting Question
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During the 2000 general election, anti-gun politicians learned a valuable lesson. For starters if you're against guns, you don't want to let that become an issue in your campaign, especially in West Virginia. In fact, in the 2004 campaign we were treated to images of John Kerry accepting a shotgun from the UMWA at the annual Racine picnic. Kerry had a hard time shaking the image he was anti-gun, but he certainly knew he had to try.

When I searched for a house in the Charleston area ten-years ago, I looked at 33-homes for sale. During our inspection of 30-of those dwellings there were guns in plain view. I'm guessing in the other three they were well hidden.
 

WI: Cam Edwards Talks to NRA-ILA’s Alexa Fritts on Wisconsin Elections & Right to Carry [video]
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NRA-ILA Grassroots News Minute 10/18/2010
 

Microstamping letter off target
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While anti-gun groups have tried to force this unproven technology on gun owners for the past several years, there has never been a full-scale study by a national organization that has fully examined all the questions this technology raises. The smaller studies so far, published by the University of California-Davis and by the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners, have found the technology flawed...

The Firearms Microstamping Evaluation and Study Act was an initiative brought forward by the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation — representing America's firearm and ammunition manufacturers. It was introduced by Rep. Boren and other members of the House Second Amendment Task Force.
 

FL: Time running out for Crist, Meek to overtake Rubio in U.S. Senate race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the party leadership lined up behind Crist — the National Republican Senatorial Committee endorsed him in May 2009 — Rubio roamed the state talking to the GOP base and the growing Tea Party movement.

He ran as the anti-Crist, preaching a passionate and polished message of limited government and American exceptionalism. Conservative voters — never fans of Crist — ate it up.

"This guy was the real deal," said Bill Bunting, a Pasco County Republican influential with Second Amendment voters. "People just loved him."

As money flowed to Crist, Rubio racked up wins in county straw polls and caught the eye of conservatives outside Florida. In August last year, National Review made him its cover boy with the headline, "Yes, He Can."
 

KS: McKinney gets diversity of support
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State Treasurer Dennis McKinney today expressed his appreciation for the wide diversity of support his campaign for State Treasurer has received from a number of leading Kansas organizations which represent Kansas values and leading pillars of the Kansas economy.

“I am honored to have earned the support of real estate professionals, ag business leaders, teachers, farmers, gun rights advocates and many others representing hundreds of thousands of Kansans from all corners of the state,” said McKinney. “I have worked with our exceptional staff to increase transparency of operations and deliver more services with a smaller budget. I am excited to see these organizations acknowledging the successes we have accomplished to date.”
 

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