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Every Picture Tells A Story, Part Four
Submitted by: John Richardson
Website: http://onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com

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Concealed carry laws matter because they change the balance of power in the favor of law abiding citizens over violent criminals, increasing both the real and the perceived risk associated with criminal behavior. Over the last 25 plus years the rate of violent crimes in the US has fallen substantially, and this change runs directly counter to the increasing availability of concealed carry as a self-defense option for Americans.

The graph plots the annual FBI UCR violent crime rate (crimes per 100,000 population) against the percentage of American who live in less restrictive carry states. The data plotted begins in 1986 and continues through Oct. 2015 when constitutional carry became effective in Maine.
 

MT: Moose killed while charging couple
Submitted by: Bob Anderson

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A state warden said there’s a lesson to be learned in a recent moose-and-man encounter that left the animal dead and the human shaken.
 

VA: Prominent Gun Activist Says McAuliffe Can’t Ban Gun Carry in Government Buildings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A prominent gun rights activist said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) lacks the legal authority to impose the gun carry ban included in the executive order he issued last week.

Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), said McAuliffe doesn’t understand Virginia gun laws. “Does he have the authority to do the ban in government buildings? We don’t think he does,” he said.
 

NRA Commentary Admits The Odds Of Needing A Gun To Defend Yourself Are Infinitesimal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new commentary video from the National Rifle Association admitted that the odds of needing to use a gun for self-defense are exceedingly small while still promoting the ownership of firearms for self-defense.

The admission was made on the NRA's Noir web series, a show hosted by gun blogger turned NRA News commentator Colion Noir. The series is part of the NRA's increasing efforts to appeal to a younger demographic.
 

Professor on Campus Carry: Women Can't Use Guns Effectively
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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During October 20 testimony on the campus carry legislation currently under consideration by Florida lawmakers, University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks contended that allowing women to be armed for self-defense will not accomplish much because they cannot use guns effectively.

According to the Herald-Tribune, Franks argued that guns are “highly effective” when they are being used for crimes, “but are rarely effective in preventing them.” And she suggested the idea that women will be able to stop a sexual assault with a gun is simply not realistic.
 

Average gun owner now owns 8 guns, twice what it used to be
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There are nearly twice as many guns in the average gun-owning household today as there were 20 years ago, according to new Wonkblog estimates based data from surveys and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In 2013, there were an estimated 8.1 firearms in the typical gun-owning household, according to these data. In 1994, the average gun-owning household owned 4.2 guns.
 

VA: Interest in gun safety classes up around Southwest Virginia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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More people are signing up for gun safety classes. At Safe Side Tactical it is seeing a 450-percent increase in their classes.

The business is also seeing more women signing up as well.

“It’s really beneficial,” says Summer Lemire. “It teaches you what your laws are, how to properly carry a gun, clean a gun, and laws in your state are.”
 

Harvard Study Embraced by Gun Rights Advocates Is Neither a “Study,” Nor Really “Harvard”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the wake of the Oregon college shooting, the website beliefnet.com caused a stir on social media with an article titled “Harvard University Study Reveals Astonishing Link Between Firearms, Crime and Gun Control.” The post pointed to a “virtually unpublicized” 2007 paper by Don Kates and Gary Mauser that uses international data to argue that higher rates of gun ownership correlate with lower crime rates. Other right-wing blogs soon picked up on the story, insisting that this was the study that “gun-grabbers fear.”
 

MO: Shooters alliance offers card with weapons rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A wallet-sized card offered by the Western Missouri Shooter’s Alliance has been updated to reflect changes in state law pertaining to weapon use.

“There is no ‘get out of jail free card,’” said alliance President Kevin L. Jamison in a press release. “So we wrote a ‘stay out of jail card.”

The card contains a brief summary of Missouri weapons and self-defense law, the 20 locations weapons cannot be carried and an outline of how to report a self-defense incident.

The card, now in its ninth edition, is written by lawyers and has proved popular with gun owners, law enforcement and gun shops for its answers to common questions, the release states.
 

NC: Liberal and progressive vision: let nobody be able to defend himself
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Here’s my question to you: If an evil person is guaranteed that he can inflict physical pain upon others and guaranteed to never suffer pain himself, what happens to his willingness to inflict pain? You say, “What do you mean, Williams?” OK, I will make my question more concrete. Suppose a young punk knows that he can knock out an innocent person and never suffer physical pain himself, such as being knocked out; what happens to his willingness to play the knockout game? Suppose a rapist knows he can brutally rape a woman and never have to suffer physical pain himself; what happens to his willingness to rape?
 

FL: Report On 3 Pro-Gun Bills that were heard in Committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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THE FIRST BILL: SB-344, Burden of Proof by Sen. Rob Bradley was heard in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on 10/20/2015 and PASSED by a vote of 4-1.

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Through court action, prosecutors and courts have reversed the self-defense law that gives immunity from arrest, detaining in custody, charging and prosecuting until and unless an investigation reveals there is probable cause to believe the act was not lawful self-defense. They created a special “Stand Your Ground” that forces the victim to prove innocence rather than the state prove guilt. This bill stops that.
 

Guns and Hillary: There's This Little Thing Called the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two important developments on the Second Amendment front: Hillary Clinton's recent approving statements about an Australia-style program that transferred guns from private owners to the government, and a brilliant ad campaign by the National Rifle Association that reveals the elitist nature of the anti-gun campaign.

First, Mrs. Clinton: Jacob Sallum has a good piece in Reason about Clinton's favorable remarks about Australia's form of gun control and her subsequent back peddling. Sallum writes:
 

NY: After two victories for the SAFE Act, Supreme Court will get the last word
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Supreme Court is where New York’s broadly supported SAFE Act is now headed. The law has now passed muster in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, where Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny approved the major thrust of the law two years ago, and again this week after the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals endorsed Skretny’s ruling. Both decisions were appropriate and show that, in a more thoughtful atmosphere, this law could become a template for other states and, better yet, for Washington.

Ed.: SCOTUS hasn't even been asked to take this case yet.
 

CA: New San Diego gun lobby forms and is ready to take on local politicians
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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San Diego advisory board members and volunteers have endorsed the formation of a new Second Amendment group called the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC (SDCGO).

Michael Schwartz, a long time firearm advocate and Second Amendment supporter will be Executive Director of the San Diego Chapter.

“We have seen attempts to limit our Second Amendment rights at the local level time and again,” Schwartz said. “Whether it is increasing fees on gun stores, restricting access to conceal carry permits, or simply refusing to allow gun ranges in certain communities – our rights have been slowly chipped away and now we are taking a stand.”
 

Stupid Concealed Carry Myths About Women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Here are a few stupid myths that I see thrown around when it comes to women and Concealed Carry for self-defense.

Women Shouldn’t Carry

This is probably the worst myth of the bunch, the idea that women shouldn’t carry a firearm at all in case it is taken from her by an attacker and turned upon her. This is the argument often used by anti-gunners when talking about allowing things like campus carry (Campuses are one of the most dangerous places for women to be due to the exceptionally high sexual assault numbers).
 

Guns in the campus workplace
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Administrators in colleges and universities with concealed carry could determine who has a concealed carry permit by requiring all incoming and current students and employees to state on an employment or application form whether or not the individual has a concealed carry permit. That information would be compiled in a database accessible to students, faculty and administrators. Anyone found carrying a gun without a permit or failing to register the permit would be immediately terminated or expelled.
 

SC: Gun rights overshadowing South Carolina anti-domestic-violence efforts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In South Carolina, state lawmaker and victim advocate Gilda Cobb-Hunter has found it easier to get court-ordered protections for family pets than to take guns away from domestic abusers.

For more than a decade, her state has maintained one of the worst domestic violence records in the country. Just last month, the state was ranked as the deadliest in the U.S. for women killed by men, largely in murders that involved guns. The report, by the Violence Policy Center, comes in the wake of a domestic violence reform law passed by the state’s General Assembly this summer. Ushered in by intense public pressure, the new law beefs up criminal penalties and ensures graduated gun bans for people convicted domestic abusers.
 

Gallup: 55% want stricter gun laws, 56% think more concealed firearms makes the country safer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gallup released a series of poll on the Second Amendment and found some interesting things. First, as Cortney wrote earlier today, a candidate’s stance on gun rights is an important issue to almost one-in-four voters. Yet, 55 percent are in favor of stricter gun laws, which are primarily being driven by more Democrats and Independents leaning towards curtailing Second Amendment rights. At the same time, the polling company noted that this issue fluctuates between support for more and less gun control:
 

Is bias blinding the media in current push for more gun restrictions?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Los Angeles Times today in an editorial calling for more gun control efforts demonstrates what Second Amendment advocates have been asserting for years is a bias against guns that blinds at least some journalists beyond logic.

The editorial laments that “At least 65 people have been shot to death in Los Angeles County since Sept. 1 — four in encounters with police, and most of the rest the sole victim of a single crime.” A few lines later it refers to what must seem like the Holy Grail: “researchers have repeatedly found that places with fewer guns and more controls tend to have less gun violence.”
 

Poll: Gun Control Tramples Gun Rights with Loss of White Majority
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A CNN/ORC poll released on October 21 shows that more Americans oppose gun control than support it thanks to the bulwark for the Second Amendment that exists in the population’s white majority.

But the polling results show the writing is on the wall, and once the number of non-whites grows to either meet or exceed the number of whites in America, gun rights could be trampled underfoot by gun control.

According to the poll, 52 percent of Americans oppose more gun control laws. And if we break down the respondents in categories of “white” or “non-white” we see that 57 percent of “whites” oppose more gun control while 55 percent of “non-whites” want more gun control.
 

To Shoot or Not to Shoot?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When faced with imminent danger, the “Stand Your Ground” law is designed to protect your right to self-defense.

But last week, when a man opened fire on his own car as another person stole it and sped off we got to thinking, how far does that protection go?

In that case law enforcement says no one was injured by those gunshots, but had the person stealing the car been killed experts like Savannah Law Associate Professor Elizabeth Berenguer believe the man who started out the victim of a car theft, could have ended up the one on the wrong side of the law.
 

Women Disarming Women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The gun control movement has become the new feminist battleground. Courtesy of millions of dollars flowing from Michael Bloomberg to women-fronted groups, the face of "gun control" is now decidedly female. Feminization of the issue is not by happenstance. It is a deliberate strategy designed to appeal to gender voters, to beta males, to those who make decisions based on emotion rather than fact, and to those who are ill-informed but know what is best for all. If this movement is successful, the consequences will be tragic and deadly -- especially for women.
 

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