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ID: Edgemere shooting ruled self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Criminal charges will not be pursued against a Bonner County woman who shot her husband to death during an attack on Tuesday.

Bonner County Undersheriff David Hale said the woman was acting in self-defense after being choked, battered and threatened with death.

"We've been working closely with the prosecutor on this and everybody is in agreement that this appears, by all evidence to be a self-defense situation," Hale said on Thursday.
 

Umpqua Killer Claim and O’Reilly Comments Mislead Public Perceptions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s what he said in a clip that’s not getting much attention that illustrates the danger in presuming O’Reilly to be 2A-informed and correct. Go to the 5:11 mark, and hear for yourself what he believes and advocates:

Now reasonable gun control, the laws about registration, and you can’t have an AK and all that, reasonable people say “Yes.”

This is hardly a small point. It is, in fact, a showstopper for those who know the score. Perhaps those who live insulated lives within O’Reilly’s elite circle, and who don’t even realize how provincial their “enlightened” perspective is, might agree with him. But everyone I consider reasonable would say “Hell no” to either proposal, followed by “Your move.”
 

MT: Missoula MT Council Wants Universal Background Checks Ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Missoula, Mont. City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance requiring “Q for most firearms sales and transfers on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 140 West Pine St.

The ordinance sponsored by council members Bryan von Lossberg, Marilyn Marler and Emily Bentley would require “criminal background checks on all gun sales and transfers, with certain exceptions, including for family, hunting and emergency self-defense.” NSSF opposes the ordinance.
 

NRA Gun of the Week: Smith & Wesson 351c Revolver
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The .22 WMR has often been discredited as a worthy self-defense cartridge. In fact, the .22 WMR exhibits ballistics comparable to those of a .380 ACP. And when it comes to concealed carry, the objective is concealment and reliability.

Enter the Smith & Wesson 351c—a Centennial family pistol built on the “J-frame”—a seven-round-capacity, double-action only (DAO) revolver weighing in at 11 ozs. empty with an overall length of 6.25”. Smith & Wesson appropriately labels the hammerless revolver "AirLite," and the gun serves well tucked into an ankle holster, pocket or purse.
 

MO: Prosecutors: Fatal shooting at rental home was self-defense, not criminal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Greene County prosecutors say they won't file charges for a deadly shooting on North Grant Avenue near Central Street last Nov. 19. Alex Gipson, 23, died; his uncle, Randy Chalk, also was shot but survived.
 

Roseberg Oregon Residents Say School Shooting Shows Why Citizens Must Be Armed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Residents in Roseberg, Oregon, are rallying around the Second Amendment in the wake of the heinous attack on Umpqua Community College (UCC), suggesting the attack itself is proof of why citizens need to be armed for self-defense.

According to the Associated Press, Roseberg is a mill town surrounded by hunting and fishing opportunities, and one where many residents say they do not leave home without a handgun for self-defense. They do not carry because crime is high, but because crime is low and they want to keep it that way.
 

Joe Biden: Second Amendment 'Doesn't Say You Can Own an F-15 with Hellfire Missiles'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Vice President Joe Biden is using some dramatic rhetoric in reaction to the Oregon college shooting yesterday, claiming there are limitations to the Second Amendment.

“The Second Amendment doesn’t say you can own a bazooka, it doesn’t say you can own an F-15 with Hellfire missiles,” he said. “It gives the ability of the government to limit type of weapon that is available.”

Ed.: Funny, when I read the 2A, I can't find any delegation of authority to the government.
 

Concealed Carrying Air Force Vet Held Back From Stopping Attack By UCC Staff
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Air Force veteran John Parker, who had a licensed concealed carry gun on his side, was was situated in a building about 200 yards away from where the shooting began at Umpqua Community College yesterday. Instead of taking down the active shooter, Parker was prevented by staff from intervening in the shooting in which ten people were killed.

“There were a few people in the vet center and then when we heard the shooting happened, we got up and we were gonna go out and see what we could do,” Parker told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“Immediately the school staff stopped us and told us to get inside of the building….essentially the staff wouldn’t let us go to assist,” he added.
 

TN: Lt. Gov. Ramsey encourages 'fellow Christians' to get gun permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is encouraging Christians to arm themselves following Thursday's mass shooting in Oregon in which the gunman reportedly singled out Christians.

But the Republican Senate speaker's call drew criticism from Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini, who charged him with "fearmongering" and "apocalyptic delusions."
 

The NRA’s favorite myth, demolished: Australia debunks the right-wing narrative that smarter gun policy can’t make a difference
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While conservatives are busying trying to shutdown any debate on gun control following the 45th school shooting this year by yelling about Chicago’s murder rates — apparently unaware that Chicago is the third largest city in the country but not even in the top five cities with the highest murder rate per capita — and reflexively decrying any mention of gun control as a “gun grab,” what if we just entertained their wildest conspiracy theories for just a bit?
 

Shocker: Pretty Much Everything Obama Said About Gun Violence Was Wrong
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The president’s emotional plea for us to politicize mass shootings to curb Second Amendment rights was explicitly clear Thursday night. The president cited what he considers to be the facts that support his narrative on the issue of gun violence in America. Namely, that the American people, including gun owners, want stricter gun laws, that it’s easy to obtain firearms, and that the UK and Australia have passed laws that reduced mass shootings.
 

CA: Only 386 Oakdale Citizens Packing Heat
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Cowboy Capital of the World may be a reference to the Old West history of Oakdale, but so far as the shoot-’em up Wild West, not so much, as measured by permits to carry concealed weapons (CCW) in the city of 20,000. Those with a permit can take loaded guns to the store, their workplace, and other public places as long as the firearm is not visible and is not prohibited by private property rules.

According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, of the 2717 issued concealed weapons permits countywide, only 386 are given to those with an Oakdale address. According to the analysis, permits are spread throughout the county, but certain cities — Modesto and Turlock — have a higher concentration of licensees.
 

Cohen, Democrats sign letter pushing for stronger gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A letter was sent to speaker of the house John Boehner Thursday from 147 democrats in the United States House of Representatives. The letter is asking Boehner to bring the national epidemic of gun violence to the floor

In the letter, Democrats are asking for commonsense gun laws.
 

Fear & Loading: Ruger Trade-Up Offer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Then Ruger made it even better with the introduction of the LC9s, and owners of the first version took notice. “We have heard from some of our existing LC9 owners who say they wish they could trade their model in for the new LC9s,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and Chief Operation Officer. “This promotion will help them do just that.”

The promotion allows owners to trade in their used LC9 at their local firearms retailer toward the purchase of an LC9s and receive a $100 gift certificate code for ShopRuger.com. The offer is good until Dec. 31, 2015.
 

GA: Intruder attacks two sisters before one fatally shoots him
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man was shot to death after he broke into a Folkston, Georgia, home Tuesday night and attacked two sisters who proved not to be such easy targets when they fought back.

The women, ages 64 and 75, called the police after the suspect, Jonathan Shellman Green, 40, unlawfully entered the home and assaulted them both, local media reports.

Shellman first approached the younger sister from behind and began choking her. The woman eventually managed to free herself from his grip and Green left the room, but returned a few minutes later. However, by the time he came back, the woman had grabbed a small-caliber handgun and fired three shots, striking Green all three times. At that point, Green ran out of the home through the front door.
 

OR: Oregon Campus Shooting: Gunman May Have Killed More if Not for Hero Student
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The gunman carried six guns, body armor and five magazines of bullets with him to campus. Seven more firearms were found with a stockpile of ammunition at the apartment he shared with his mother just outside Roseburg, a former timber town about 180 miles (290 km) south of Portland.

Celinez Nunez, assistant special agent of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said all the weapons had been purchased legally.
 

The Second Amendment Is a Gun-Control Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In point of historical and constitutional fact, nothing could be further from the truth: the only amendment necessary for gun legislation, on the local or national level, is the Second Amendment itself, properly understood, as it was for two hundred years in its plain original sense. This sense can be summed up in a sentence: if the Founders hadn’t wanted guns to be regulated, and thoroughly, they would not have put the phrase “well regulated” in the amendment. (A quick thought experiment: What if those words were not in the preamble to the amendment and a gun-sanity group wanted to insert them? Would the National Rifle Association be for or against this change? It’s obvious, isn’t it?)
 

The Meaning Behind Molon Labe, a Favored Gun Rights Slogan of Oregon Sheriff John Hanlin
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In May 2004, six years before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, retired Army officer Allen West spoke before a Republican group in Boca Raton, Florida. He used the occasion, according to an account of his remarks in the Palm Beach Post, to tell the story “of the 300 Spartans who fought to the death against an army of 10,000 Persians at the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.”

“What is your Thermopylae?” he asked the crowd. “Where will you take a stand?”
 

NY: Prosecutor scraps employee gun ban amid uproar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The New York prosecutor who barred her employees from owning legal guns – even at home – has relented after a torrent of criticism that her policy was unconstitutional and could put her subordinates’ lives in danger.

Earlier this week, FoxNews.com reported that Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas had implemented a policy that “assistant district attorneys are not permitted to apply for a handgun permit nor own or possess a handgun while employed by the Nassau County District Attorney.”

But after UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh first drew attention to the policy in a Washington Post blog, asserting that it violated both the Second Amendment and a New York state law, Singas issued a revised policy.
 

NJ: New Jersey’s Gun Control Trap
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“They basically told me I’m one step below a murderer in the eyes of the New Jersey court.”

So says Mia Higginbotham, who once counted herself among the millions of legal, gun-owning Americans. That is, until the State of New Jersey turned her world upside down.

Higginbotham’s story starts the way many gun owners’ do: when she purchased a firearm for self-defense. But when it came time for her to transport her legal handgun from New Jersey to her new home in Florida – well, that’s when the problems started. One phone call later found Higginbotham in handcuffs in Newark Airport. Her alleged crime? Illegal possession of a handgun she legally owns, but a second-degree New Jersey felony nonetheless.
 

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