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OK: Shooting stirs a call to arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"Campus carry" is back in the headlines in the wake of Tuesday's shooting at the University of Texas, where the first mass shooting on a college campus took place in 1966. This is the second campus shooting of the year, and campus carry advocacy is once again gaining momentum.

I spoke with both of Stillwater's state representatives about the issue.

"With the increased violence on college campuses, it's certainly something I think we'll have to address again," said Rep. Lee Denney (R), when asked if another bill to allow concealed weapons on campus would be introduced in the upcoming legislative session.

Rep. Cory Williams (D) agreed, saying, "I'm sure it will come back up … but reactionary politics are not always best."
 

MN: A new rising star?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rep. Tony Sertich’s Republican challenger on Nov. 2 is Paul Jacobson, a counselor at the juvenile correctional and treatment facility, KidsPeace Mesabi Academy, in Buhl. He’s pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and an advocate for a well-funded military. The Iron Range can encourage him to continue his pursuit of public office and public service.

“The contributing factors to the budget deficit are just overall disregard for our pocketbooks as Minnesota citizens,” Jacobson told the News Tribune editorial board and viewers of DNTV. “We need to cut pretty much across the board. … It’s like in any other business or in my pocketbook at home. … We can’t be spending at the level we’ve been the past couple of years.”
 

OH: Gubernatorial candidates weigh in on outdoor topics
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"Everything is on the table," he said, emphasizing that hunting and fishing deserve a governor's attention.

Kasich told the writers that he holds neither a hunting nor a fishing license, though he does own a gun and considers himself "a Second Amendment guy."

The National Rifle Association has given its powerful endorsement to Strickland and rates him an A-plus candidate.

Kasich responded by saying, "I have agreed with the NRA more than I have agreed with my wife."

Strickland appeared offended by Kasich's implication that the governor had surrendered to animal-rights "extremists" in a recent deal between the Humane Society of the United States and the Ohio Farm Bureau.
 

South Africa: South African farmer's wife shoots a home invader in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say that at about 3:15 AM, a woman was asleep in her and her husband's farm in Free State, in South Africa, when she awoke to the sound of their dogs barking. She reportedly went to investigate at which point she encountered an intruder in her home. Fearing for her safety, the woman is said to have fired a warning shot, which failed to stop his advance. Firing again, the woman reportedly struck the intruder in the neck, ending the home invasion. A suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, and police are investigating, according to news reports.
 

PA: House to vote on 'stand your ground' gun bill today
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state House today is expected to vote on "stand your ground" legislation that would allow people to shoot assailants in self-defense in public places without first retreating.

Under the "Castle Doctrine," people are permitted to defend themselves with deadly force without retreat in their homes. The legislation, H.B. 40, would extend that to a person's porch, car or "anywhere you have a lawful right to be," said Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, the bill's sponsor.

The bill has broad bipartisan support, but it had been bottled up in committee. House Majority Leader Todd Eachus, D-Luzerne County, last week publicly agreed to schedule the vote.
 

FL: Man shoots, woman returns fire in dispute over dogs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I will (expletive) kill you (expletive),” he said, according to BCSO.

His neighbor, Janet Keesecker, 49, who works as a manager at a local gas station and was outside when Alexander arrived, grabbed her .38 special from her vehicle and tried to go back into her house, she said. But before she could get back into the house, Alexander fired, Keesecker said during a Sunday afternoon interview.

“When he shot the first one, it just missed me,” she added. “I didn’t even know he was that close with his weapon.”

Keesecker entered her house and fired once back at Alexander, she said.

“I wasn’t aiming for anything. I thought if I just shot it he would leave,” she added.
 

KS: Kansas gun, voting rights go to voters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun rights and mental health advocates are leaving nothing to chance this fall as they push for passage of two amendments to the Kansas Constitution.

One issue establishes that Kansans have an individual right to own a gun. The second removes language granting legislators the authority to deny voting rights to the mentally ill, though no laws currently exist.

On first blush, it would seem their concerns are unfounded, given that legislators had little trouble over the past two years in securing a spot for the measures on the Nov. 2 ballot. But the advocates say they don't want voters to overlook either matter when they step forward to select from a slate of candidates for statewide and congressional offices.
 

Ask Boomer: First Shotgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dear Boomer,

My son and daughter have taken hunter safety for the State of Illinois. I plan to take Sean and April deer and turkey hunting. My son is 12 and big for his age. My daughter is 13 and is about equal to my son in size. I mention my son and daughter’s sizes because I want to know what shotgun to buy for them. I would like to introduce Sean and April to squirrel, pheasant, rabbit, quail, and dove hunting too. Also, my duck hunting friends have offered to take us duck hunting. I can only afford one shotgun this season. It can cost between $200 and $400 dollars.

Can you suggest to me what shotgun I should buy for my son and daughter?
 

IL: Granny shoots 12-year-old throwing bricks at her home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An elderly Chicago woman took matters into her own hands Tuesday evening when neighborhood children began throwing bricks at her home.

A 12-year-old boy who neighbors describe as a "little monster" is recovering after she shot him in the arm.

The woman, believed to be in her late 60s or early 70s, fired the shot.

She remained in police custody Tuesday night, but police said she may not be charged because she may have fired shots in self-defense.
 

WA: 9 arrested after attack on Pt. Angeles homeless man
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Authorities say individuals with the group shoved and spit on 43-year-old Kirk Thiets after he pulled out a pocket knife.

Police said that Thiets acted in self-defense.

They say the homeless man pulled the knife out while being harassed by the group, consisting of youths between the ages 13 and 20, after he declined to give one of them beer that he had with him at City Pier.

A teenage girl also told him to give her his money, which he also declined to do, police said.

Police say that the group followed Thiets to The Gateway transit center after he put the knife away.

They surrounded him there, and one of the juveniles was about to fight Thiets before an unidentified woman intervened and was able to stop the attack...
 

MA: Speakers lined up for tea party rally
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The newly formed Sturbridge Tea Party will hold a rally on the Town Common from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Speakers will include Tina Hood of the Worcester Tea Party and Worcester Republican Committee; Colin Blake of Leominster, who will speak on health reform, and a representative of Roll Back Taxes. There also will be speakers on the second amendment, the free market system and what the tea party movement is all about.
 

CO: Concealed gun permits up 43%
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More people are packin' in Pueblo.

The number of concealed handgun permits issued last year by the Pueblo County skyrocketed.The Sheriff's Office issued 545 permits in 2009, or 43 percent more than the 380 it issued in 2008.

The 2009 figure is the largest in a seven-year period, officials said.

"I have given out more concealed handgun permits than in the history of the county of Pueblo. That's six or seven permits a day," first-term Sheriff Kirk Taylor said last week.
 

IL: Civil unions, concealed carry could confront next governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Illinois is one of only two states that does not allow its residents to carry concealed weapons.

It isn’t for lack of trying.

Nearly every year in the General Assembly, legislation is introduced to bring concealed carry to Illinois, and every year the legislation falls short of approval. Lawmakers from the urbanized northeast part of the state offset the votes of downstaters more sympathetic to concealed carry.

“The climate is changing,” said Todd Vandermyde, an Illinois lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. “I think we are closer than we have ever been. We will probably have the most aggressive year you’ve ever seen.”
 

IN: NRA endorses Republican Ron Bacon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund has endorsed Republican Ron Bacon in the race to succeed retiring State Rep. Dennis Avery, D-Evansville.

Bacon, Warrick County's coroner and a former County Council member there, is opposed by Democrat Mike Goebel, a Vanderburgh County Council member and Mater Dei High School teacher and coach. Bacon and Goebel are competing in House District 75, which includes parts of Vanderburgh, Warrick and Gibson counties.

Bacon heads Freedom Medical, a family-owned medical supply store.

In a letter to Bacon, NRA Indiana State Liaison Ashley Varner praised the candidate as "a pro-Second Amendment/pro-hunting candidate who supports gun owners and sportsmen."
 

MT: Gun case defying feds heads to appeals court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Montana lawsuit that could undercut the authority of the federal government on issues including guns, marijuana, REAL ID, health care, the national guard, taxes and even law enforcement is poised to move to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

But even that august body is unlikely to resolve the contentions, since the authors of the original claim, which challenges the feds' authority to regulate guns made, sold and kept within a state, say they need the U.S. Supreme Court to act.

"We've believed all along that the federal district court cannot grant the relief we request," said Gary Marbut, chief of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, which along with partner the Second Amendment Foundation brought the original lawsuit ...
 

TX: Did Worries About Obama Spark CHL Applications?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After Barack Obama was elected president, many Texas gun owners feared they were on the verge of losing their Second Amendment rights — and they stocked up on weapons and ammunition. According to FBI statistics, the number of background checks for the purpose of firearms purchases in Texas increased 29 percent from 2007 to 2009. Texans also sought concealed handgun licenses: In 2009, nearly 139,000 permits were renewed or issued, the most in the history of the state's 15-year-old concealed-handgun law, according to statistics released by the Department of Public Safety.
 

Costa Rica: In Costa Rica More Want To Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The demand for permits to carry firearms has been such that the Dirección de Armas y Explosivos, del Ministerio de Seguridad Pública is now forced to open on Saturdays.

Yesterday, 72 people from five security companies were served between the hours of 7:30am and 4:00pm. A bulletin from the Ministerio de Seguridad explains that due to the high demand, Saturdays will be dedicated to serve employees of security firms who have scheduled appointments during the week.

The office, located next to the former Aresep building in La Sabana, can handle an application in only 15 minutes, handing over the permit to applicants who have previously applied and have been cleared.
 

CA: Guns at Fair Trigger Strong Reactions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While a couple dozen activists with handguns holstered to their hips gathered on Manhattan Beach Boulevard on Saturday in preparation to walk to the Hometown Fair, two friends were having lunch at an outdoor table at Hennessey's Tavern and watching.

Though the women are both Republicans, they didn't see things the same way when it came to guns at the fair.

"I think it's completely inappropriate," said Molly Hobin, a 25-year Manhattan Beach resident. "Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is a family-friendly fair, and I just do not think it's appropriate walking around with guns."
 

NV: Sheriff: Police drug test policy 'under review' in wake of Scott case
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At the moment he was shot by three Las Vegas police officers in front of a Costco store on a July afternoon, Erik Scott had potentially fatal levels of the painkiller morphine and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system.
Prosecutors during last week's inquest used that information, along with the testimony of Scott's doctors, to paint a picture of the West Point graduate as a prescription drug addict who battled chronic pain.
But when the three officers took the stand to testify at the inquest, they said they were never drug- or alcohol-tested after the shooting.

 

NV: Costco Releases Statement On Scott Shooting - Company Warns Against Protests On Private Property
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Costco Wholesale Corporation on Wednesday released a statement addressing the officer-involved shooting of Erik Scott outside its Summerlin store in July.
The statement calls Scott's death tragic and touches on the recent criticism from Scott's father that the store "killed Erik."
"Although we have been the target of many unfair and unjustified allegations concerning our role in this tragic incident, we remain sympathetic to the friends and family of Mr. Scott, and deeply regret that his death occurred at our facility," the statement reads.
A coroner's inquest jury on Tuesday ruled that three Las Vegas Metro police officers were justified when they shot and killed Scott at the store's entrance.
 

More Interesting New Homicide/Suicide/Deadly Firearms Accident Data
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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The CDC WISQARS site, which I had long used for data on homicides and nonfatal injuries, has a cool new National Violent Death Reporting System page that lets you generate cause-of-death statistics in much more detail than I’d seen before (though unfortunately only for the 16 participating states).
 

NY: Cops shoot man several times over 'four-inch pocket knife,' witnesses say
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Cops shot and killed a knife-wielding young man in upper Manhattan early Sunday - the second police-involved shooting in as many days, police and witnesses said.
The victim, identified by friends as Emmanuel Paulino, 23, was hit several times at close range outside his home ... witnesses said.
Paulino died after being rushed by ambulance to New York Presbyterian Hospital following the 5:37 a.m. incident, police said.
Cops were called to the scene to quell the chaotic aftermath of a wild party. Neighbors made two 911 calls, a police source said. One involved a report of a man armed with a knife. The other was about a man who was ranting, "I wanna kill a cop."
 

'Serious Insider' Tells CNBC's Kudlow NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Next Treasury Secretary
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With what appears to be a devastating election looming for his party, is President Obama attempting to follow in the footsteps of one of his predecessors and moderate toward the center?
Not if choosing Pete Rouse to replace chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is any indication, according to CNBC's Larry Kudlow. ...
"But I had dinner last night with a deep political insider who told me that Michael Bloomberg is the next Treasury secretary. I heard that. All I'll say is this is a serious insider who said the deal has been done and that Bloomberg is the next Treasury secretary."

Submitter's Note: : The Secretary of the Treasury oversees the BATFE.
 

Are 80% of 'seized' Mexican crime guns coming from the U.S.?
Submitted by: David Codrea
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"No data, no disclosure of methodologies, no...uh...proof? Calderón said it, we believe it, that settles it? "

"Who did the peer review, Eric Holder?"
 

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