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White Conservatives don’t Love Their Children
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate for the 2015 death of Kate Steinle has provided an occasion for right-wingers from coast to coast to demand vengeance on anyone who might look like an undocumented immigrant. Garcia Zarate is an undocumented homeless man who apparently had been deported five times and previously arrested. The conservative Washington Times called him “something of an illegal immigration artist,” which is the new “my boyfriend says he’s a DJ.” He was also called a “career criminal” because of a four-year prison sentence — although it was only for illegal re-entry — and had an outstanding marijuana charge.


 

VA: Competitive Shooting Sports Attract a Younger Generation
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Competitive shooting sports attract a younger generation.

Slide show.
 

MI: Kaffer: The Legislature Wants More Guns. Michiganders Don't.
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Here's what most Michiganders want: No guns in schools, daycare centers or churches. That's the clear result of public polling conducted in the state and in the region.

What the Legislature delivers: Bill after bill aimed at expanding access to firearms, increasing the number of places guns can be carried, either in the open or concealed, enhancing the ease with which firearms can be transported, and gutting local governments' ability to make decisions about when and where guns may be carried.

There's a disconnect, here, and it's not going away anytime soon.

 

Here are the gun bills pending in the Michigan legislature
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Lawmakers are mulling lots of gun bills.
Did the bills to allow concealed carry in schools take you by surprise this week? They're actually some of quite a few bills on guns pending in the Michigan Legislature.
House Republicans outlined “defending second amendment rights” as one of their priorities for the 2017-2018 session. Senate Republicans, too have introduced a number of related bills, and more could crop up from either side in the future.
But for now, here's what's pending:

Permitless concealed carry

Letting 18 to 20-year-olds concealed carry

Letting foster parents own guns

Allowing concealed carry in schools & other places

Eliminating pistol registration

Banning carrying in police stations...

 

MI: Riley: Michigan Senate Loses It's Mind, Votes to Allow Guns in Schools and churches
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The Michigan Senate has lost its collective mind.

The 38-member body approved legislation Wednesday that would allow folks to carry concealed handguns into schools, churches, day care centers, bars and stadiums - all places that now ban them.

Rather than be deterred by recent mass shootings that have left dozens dead and hundreds injured, these senators want to take the law into their own hands - or place it in the hands of whoever happens to be there if - and when - Michigan suffers fates similar to those that occurred in Texas and Nevada.

They want to make sure people can participate in gun battles as if at the OK Corral, notwithstanding the children or parishioners that might be in the way.
 

What Are ‘Common Sense Gun Laws’ And Would They Pass 2A Muster?
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The gun prohibition lobby has campaigned for years with the argument that what this country needs is “common sense gun safety” legislation. They want “common sense gun reform.”

In Washington State, special election winner Manka Dhingra told KING 5 News, the NBC affiliate in Seattle, that her legislative priorities include “sensible gun legislation.”

What, exactly, are all of these people talking about? More importantly, would these restrictions pass strict scrutiny under the Second Amendment?
 

Want True Homeland Security? Ban All Assault Weapons
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Is there any other civilized country on earth where a teenager can walk into a gun store and legally buy military-style assault weapons and large magazines designed to maximize the death toll? We all know the answer to that. Just like we all know that the latest tragedy in Sutherland, Texas will be followed by more gruesome mass shootings of Americans while they pray, watch a movie, listen to a concert, sit quietly as a teacher reads, attend a peaceful rally — or just go to work, the post office, a lecture, a restaurant, a family reunion.
 

TX: Community Members in DeSoto Discuss Gun Violence and Possible Solutions
Submitted by: David Williamson
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People met at Disciple Central Community Church in DeSoto Saturday morning, to talk about gun violence and what they think should be done about it on a local, state and national level. The forum was planned weeks before the deadly massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Many people in the audience, even some of the panelists, are gun owners who believe in the right to bear arms, but feel something needs to be done to address gun violence.
 

MI: Pavlov Defends Bills Allowing Concealed Guns in Schools
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State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, said having gun safety zones where "responsible, law-abiding gun owners" with concealed pistol licenses are prohibited from carrying concealed pistols "creates tragedy."

On Wednesday, the state Senate passed a package of three bills allowing people with an enhanced concealed pistol license to carry their guns in places such as churches, schools, stadiums, bars and other places currently designated as safe zones.

"Since 1950, 98% of the mass shootings have taken place in gun-free zones," Pavlov said.

Current state law prohibits concealed carry in gun safe zones; courts have ruled, however, that people can open carry guns in such places under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
 

MI: Finley: I set Out to Buy a Gun but Got a Lesson Instead
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On the same day of the Texas church massacre, I stopped by a local sporting goods shop intent on purchasing a new shotgun.

I’ve had my eye on the nicely built 12-gauge over/under for some time, and when I spotted an ad among my Sunday circulars offering it for an irresistible price, I headed out to the store.

The gun was in stock, and after shouldering it, my desire to purchase the weapon was confirmed... Instead, he came back with the store manager, who eyed me with a worried look and asked why I had pitched such a fit earlier. I tried to explain my computer frustration, but she wasn’t moved.

“We don’t feel comfortable selling you a gun,” she informed me. “You were in such an agitated state, we just don’t want to take a chance.”
 

MI: Shooting Victim Returns Fire at Suspect
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A shooting victim Saturday night in Flint managed to fire a shot back at his alleged assailant, according to police.

The victim told police he was walking around 9 p.m. Nov. 11 in the 1500 block of Berrywood Lane, between Hargott Avenue and Crestbrook Lane, when he was approached by two males wearing dark clothing.

Words were exchanged between the trio and one of the suspects pulled a handgun out and fired at the victim before fleeing in an unknown direction.

Flint police Detective Tyrone Booth confirmed Sunday afternoon that the victim "did discharge the firearm he was legally carrying" during the incident.

"We only have one victim at this time," he said.

 

@AbishopGustavo Takes on Guns
Submitted by: David Williamson
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In a series of Tweets immediately after the shootings at a Sutherland Springs Baptist church, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, who shepherds half a million Catholics, was unusually demonstrative. “No war, no violence, no guns,” was followed by “Governor, NO war, NO violence, NO guns. Enough is enough!!!” @AbishopGustavo filed about a dozen Tweets by day’s end. Like those of other faith leaders, his words came from grief for the 26 people killed and 20 others injured by an assailant with a history of domestic violence armed with an assault-style rifle.
 

ABC News: Firearm Confiscation Orders Part of Solution to Mass Public Attacks
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Senate Democrats pushed nine different gun controls during the past six weeks, and ABC News has now emerged with a tenth gun law which they suggest may be the ringer. That law would legalize firearm confiscation orders like those in Washington state. Such orders allow a judge to issue an ex parte order for the confiscation of an American’s firearms. This means the order can be issued without the firearm owner even being present for the process. His or her first knowledge of the order would come when police knocked on their door to sweep the house for firearms.
 

WI: Bill Could Increase Gun Shop Security After Hours
Submitted by: David Williamson
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A proposed Wisconsin bill would require gun retailers to lock up their guns when their businesses are unattended. Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, proposed the bill in October. She told The Janesville Gazette that she authored the bill following an April burglary at a Janesville gun shop. A man stole more than a dozen guns and sent a manifesto to President Donald Trump. The event sparked a 10-day national manhunt.
 

Bill Would Require States to Honor Other States’ Permits for Concealed Guns
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Federal legislation would allow people with concealed-carry permits issued from their home states to carry a concealed handgun when visiting a different state. THE IMPACT: Attorneys general in 17 states, including Massachusetts, oppose the bill and say it would undermine local laws.
 

AK: Concealed Carry Courses Popular After Mass Shootings and Rising Crime
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After recent mass shootings nationally and rising crime in Alaska, many people are seeking out self-defense training. At a local shooting range, around 19-people gathered in freezing temperatures Saturday evening to acquire a concealed carry permit. James Henry, the founder of Spectre Tactical, an Anchorage based company, says he’s seen a surge of business since 2015. From individuals to companies that organize specialized classes for their employees. He says other companies that offer self-defense training have seen a similar trend.
 

Virginia and Gun Violence
Submitted by: David Williamson
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After the latest mass shooting, President Trump and GOP politicians, including Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, once again sent their thoughts and prayers to victims and their families. It was, as always, too soon to talk about gun policy, they agreed.
 

SC: Reforms to Keep Guns Away from Domestic Abusers Hampered by Lack of Enforcement, Advocates Say
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South Carolina hailed reforms passed two years ago to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers in a state where the lion's share of intimate-partner killings involve a firearm. But with little tracking of how judges apply the ban and no mechanism for removing guns from offenders' homes, it's nearly impossible to tell whether the law is working.
 

Kasich Calls for New Discussion on Guns to Stem Gun Violence
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says gun owners and backers of gun-control measures need to find common ground on ways to reduce violence. The Republican governor in an editorial published by Cleveland.com and during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” said it’s time to bring together reasonable people on both sides of the debate. Kasich points to a similar approach in Ohio where those in law enforcement and community leaders held forums aimed at building trust between police and residents.
 

US Deputy Attorney General to Speak on Chicago Gangs, Guns
Submitted by: David Williamson
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A high-profile U.S. Department of Justice official is scheduled to deliver remarks this week in Chicago, where he'll address gun violence and street gangs. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is listed as the keynote speaker for the Chicago Crime Commission's annual awards dinner. The anti-crime group holds the ceremony Thursday.
 

MI: Bills Proposed to Protect Domestic Violence Victims
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Eight years after leaving her physically abusive husband, Nicole Beverly still fears for her life but also considers herself lucky. When she was being stalked and fled to Canada for two weeks, she did not lose her job. She was allowed to take time off for court hearings. Family and friends helped house her and her two sons. And when her husband located their new address through a utility, a landlord let her out of the lease early.
 

NY: Gun Show Already Booked for Two More Appearances at Cool Arena
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Buyers and sellers had only one complaint about the first gun show held in the city in decades. The room was too crowded. "It's OK, because next time we are going to have it on the ice rink, and there will be more tables and more room," said Martin Tretola, a Long Island-based promoter who said he had 120 tables for the show in Heritage Hall for his first Glens Falls Gun Show, but had to turn dozens of dealers away. "We had plenty of dealers and plenty of people, and in March, we'll be able to have 200 tables and probably take care of everybody."
 

MO: Campus Carry Law to Be Discussed at Missouri State Forum
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Firearms laws are the topic of a planned discussion at Missouri State University featuring two state lawmakers. The event, co-hosted by MSU and Be Civil Be Heard, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 in the Plaster Student Union Theater. Reps. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, and Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, will be on hand.

 

What to Look For When Buying a Suppressor
Submitted by: David Williamson
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As the laws stand right now, buying a suppressor to put on your gun is a much more difficult task than buying the gun itself, and in some states such as California, it’s flat-out illegal for citizens to own a suppressor. Restrictions on the private ownership of suppressors were part of the 1934 National Firearms Act, which required people to get fingerprinted, pass a background check and wait for a $200 tax stamp before owning a device that will make their gun safer for their hearing and the hearing of others.

 

First Gear: Viridian Green Lasers
Submitted by: David Williamson
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As a general rule, we like to see folks work on the basics before the all-but-inevitable obsession with gear sets in. You know: Sight picture, trigger press, hitting what you aim at—that kind of stuff. We’re mighty good at this ourselves, we may say. Or at least we are until somebody shows us a clever flashlight, or worse yet, a flashlight/laser combo. When this happens, mental age descends to about 13, and the urge to say “cool” about every third word simply takes over. It’s a burden. (Notice we make no mention of range-finding optics—these reduce us to quivering blobs.)

 

WI: Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Minimum Hunting Age
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Gov. Scott Walker signed four sportsman bills Saturday, including Assembly Bill 455 , which will allow children of any age to hunt with guns. The bill also eliminates the current limit of one hunting device that a mentor and a mentee may have while hunting. Thirty-four states have no minimum hunting age, according to the Wisconsin Hunters' Rights Coalition.


 

TN: Gun Hunting Season for Deer Opens Nov. 18
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Tennessee’s 2017-18 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 18. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. The season will continue through Jan. 7, 2018 and the second Young Sportsman Hunt is Jan. 13-14.


 

Good Guys With Guns Saving Lives
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Stephen Willeford’s heroic actions last Sunday saved many lives at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The killer, Devin Kelley, was shooting the wounded when Willeford showed up with a rifle. Willeford’s quick actions forced Kelley to stop his attack, presumably saving the lives of the twenty wounded and possibly many more. The press derided President Trump for saying that Willeford saved many lives with his gun, and that stricter gun control regulations would have only made things worse.
 

TX: After Church Massacre, Many Residents Want Gun Laws Relaxed For Protection
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Last Sunday, a man entered a church in a tiny town in Southern Texas and opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle, killing or wounding almost everyone inside. As you might imagine, the national conversation almost immediately went to the issue of guns, which is one of this country's most divisive issues. Many pointed to the mass shooting as the latest evidence that there needs to be more gun control, but others say the laws need to be looser so that, quote, unquote, "good citizens" can protect against the bad ones. NPR's Leila Fadel visited a gun store and sent this report.
 

Feminist Prof doesn’t Blame Criminal or Guns for Texas Church Shooting: It’s ‘Toxic Masculinity’
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The director of women’s and gender studies at Pennsylvania’s Kutztown university is blaming “toxic masculinity” for “killing everyone,” including, apparently, the 26 people gunned down in a Texas Baptist church last week. In response to a news story about President Trump contending the shooting was “not a gun [control] situation,” Professor Colleen Clemens tweeted, “Toxic Masculinity is killing everyone – repeat – toxic masculinity is killing everyone – repeat.” (Since Clemens’ tweets are protected, the original tweet isn’t available.)
 

Feminist Prof doesn’t Blame Criminal or Guns for Texas Church Shooting: It’s ‘Toxic Masculinity’
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The director of women’s and gender studies at Pennsylvania’s Kutztown university is blaming “toxic masculinity” for “killing everyone,” including, apparently, the 26 people gunned down in a Texas Baptist church last week. In response to a news story about President Trump contending the shooting was “not a gun [control] situation,” Professor Colleen Clemens tweeted, “Toxic Masculinity is killing everyone – repeat – toxic masculinity is killing everyone – repeat.” (Since Clemens’ tweets are protected, the original tweet isn’t available.)
 

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