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People Died in Red Bluff, California and There are No Easy Solutions
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: slowfacts.wordpress.com

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A man willing to murder also ignored other laws. We already have 23 thousand firearms regulations, and that didn’t stop this murderer. Since stopping crazy criminals is hard and passing laws is easy, I expect California politicians to call for more laws to encumber honest and sane citizens. These new laws, and the media opportunities the generate for politicians, won’t stop the next murder either.

The real problem is complex, and frankly, the problem is beyond the sound-byte politicians in Sacramento.
 

Best Pistol Caliber for Self-Defense – Is the .45 ACP Outdated?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to The Yankee Marshal, the .45 ACP is out of date. Well, actually, he says it sucks. Since I’ve subscribed to his YouTube channel for a while now, his claim here doesn't surprise me. He’s generally amusing and often provocative, and even when I disagree—especially when I disagree—I like seeing opposing views. His specific point in this video is that the old .45 limits magazine capacity and lacks enough hard-barrier penetration. At the same time, he says that we each have to make our own decisions on what we carry.
 

PA: Self-defense claim difficult for jury to gauge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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During trials, I'm often glad I'm able to watch from the gallery instead of the jury box. That was especially true during the homicide trial this week for Kevin A. Miller.Many people have asked me if the jury got it right when they found Miller not guilty of all charges, indicating he acted in self-defense.

So far, my answer has been, "I don't know, but I hope so."

It was a tough case because Miller never tried to say he didn't shoot David Frankhouser on June 4, 2016.
 

MN: Little to no 'recoil': Local gun shops see no change in business after mass shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So what impact have these mass shootings, coming little more than a month apart, had on local guns shops here?

"It's just normal here," B and R Guns Owner Rich Stuntebeck said. "I don't see any difference at all, not like it was four or five years ago."

Stuntebeck said his son, Bryan, who works for a large distributor of guns and ammunition, has not seen an increase in his business either because of the frightening events in Texas and Nevada.

Nick Adamczyk of Gene's Sports Shop in Perham echoed Stuntebeck's comments about his gun sales. The third-generation businessman has not seen any spike in his sales.
 

MI: Gun violence in the U.S.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Law abiding citizens can and do own guns. We acknowledge that there are some in our society that are NOT allowed to own guns under current law- for example those with criminal records, mental health issues, and/or a history of domestic violence. No one is seriously suggesting buy backs, bans on ownership or seizures, so let’s just drop the straw man arguments in advance.

Ed.: For values of 'nobody' that includes national newspapers such as the NYT and Boston Globe.
 

TX: Shooting in small town Texas occurs in a different America…new questions, new context
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Secondly, hunting as an American past time, has been offered as the reason…but not sure the founders would have thought hunting worth a Constitutional Amendment.

Only occasionally, does any one discuss the real reason the Founders and the American people of the time offered and adopted The second Amendment; the right to posses arms. Simply stated, it is a right created to sustain the Constitution, and maintain the primacy of the people and states over the federal government. It is intended to prevent a fascist government from stealing our republic from us. It is a right to remind the federal government who they work for!
 

The #1 Mistake Shooters Make When Training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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However, if you choose to take one of these classes whether it’s local or at a larger training school such as Gunsite or Front Sight, I encourage you not to make the mistake that I see the majority of shooters make.

So what is the mistake?

It’s not training the way they regularly carry concealed on the street. In other words, when I’m carrying concealed I’m usually wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Unless I’m going to church or doing consulting, I try and avoid a suit at all costs. Therefore, when I go to a gun school I am dressed in jeans and a T-shirt.
 

What does America’s Second Amendment really say?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A linguist at San Diego State University, Jeffrey Kaplan, argues that the prefatory clause is false. America, despite having no more militias, remains “a free state”, as do many other countries. He says that in parallel constructions like “Today being St Patrick’s Day, I will buy drinks for everyone in the bar,” if it turns out today is not in fact St Patrick’s Day, the promise in the main clause needs “repair”: a chance to cancel the offer or negotiate something else with the patrons. He put the St Patrick’s Day problem to 50 experimental subjects—80% said that if the presupposition was false, the offer was no longer operative.
 

MA: ‘Privilege’ comment riles gun rights supporters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hohenwarter and other gun rights supporters keyed in on a statement Rep. Marjorie Decker, a Cambridge Democrat, made at the hearing as she was testifying in support of various gun control measures and against bills she said would erode Massachusetts’ status as the state with the lowest rate of gun deaths.

“It is a privilege that we allow individuals to hold onto something that causes harm and death,” Decker said. “It is a privilege to have a car license, it is a privilege to have a gun license.”
 

GA: Georgia lawmaker pre-files bump stock ban bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A state lawmaker has pre-filed legislation to stop not only the use, but also the possession of bump stocks in Georgia.

Representative Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, filed House Bill 651 Wednesday so it can be taken up by the General Assembly when they convene in January.

"This is an opportunity for Georgia voters to engage in this discussion," explained Rep. Oliver. "Do they think that this device--cheap, easily implemented--should be lawful to turn an ordinary weapon into a lethal, rapid-fire, assault-type weapon?"
 

AMMO Inc. Appoints Randy Luth to Board of Directors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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AMMO, Inc. (OTC:POWW), a premier technology driven American ammunitions developer, manufacturer, marketer and distributor, today announced it has appointed Randy Luth, a firearm industry veteran, to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Luth currently serves as the president of LUTH-AR-LLC, the company he founded in 2013 to create innovative products for the AR-15 market. LUTH-AR-LLC produces affordable accessories and components for AR-15 rifles.
 

Paying for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Given that wistful proposition, let’s consider another improbable but perhaps viable response to America’s firearm scourge. What about a Second Amendment Reparations Tax, levied on all American households and corporations? If the Second Amendment is essential to American identity, and if additional firearm-related legislation is a long time coming (if ever), then why not create a communal fund to assist those families and institutions devastated by inevitable gun violence? Such a FEMA-administered reparations tax would commit all of us to the task of “binding up the wounds” created by firearm violence. If we can’t affect the laws, the least we can do is help pay for the funerals.
 

SC: Steve Benjamin’s Lawless Assault On Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Columbia, South Carolina mayor Steve Benjamin is once again attempting to violate the Second Amendment (and state law) by imposing new gun restrictions on the residents of the Palmetto State’s capital city.

Benjamin published a letter this week announcing his intention to “do what our federal and state governments are either unable or unwilling to do.” Specifically, he’s referring to a proposed ordinance which would ban the use of “bump stocks” or “trigger cranks” within the city limits.

According to his letter, Benjamin was inspired to take action against these devices in the aftermath of last month’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that left 58 people dead.
 

CT: In Era of Mass Murder, Second Amendment Advocate An Unlikely Hero
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Picard is a Second Amendment advocate who also happens to detest random drunk driving checkpoints set up by police. On Sept. 11, 2015, Picard and a friend were standing on the side of Park Road in West Hartford near the I-84 on-ramp entrance. He was armed with a video camera. In his holster was a pistol for which he had a valid permit. He was also holding a sign that said “Cops ahead. Keep calm and remain silent” — warning motorists of a sobriety checkpoint about 700 feet beyond that was set up by Connecticut State Police. As you can imagine, this was a source of great annoyance to the cops who were trying to nab drunk drivers.
 

Ban Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I’d love a compromise, where no one had (or felt they needed) handguns, and hunters and recreational shooters got to enjoy their registered and safely stored shotguns and old-fashioned repeating rifles. But the “responsible” owners are a dying breed. The future of the gun debate in the United States is a ruthless political fight between an anti-gun majority and a hysterical, well-armed revanchist minority. That minority will have one of our two major political parties, the Supreme Court and much of the judiciary, and a lot of arms industry money on its side.

Ed.: It isn't a 'compromise' when you get almost everything you want, and gun-owners get nothing.
 

Germany: Spike in Stabbings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A search of German police blotters, however, indicates that 2017 is on track to become a record year for stabbings and knife crimes: Police reported more than 3,500 knife-related crimes between January and October 2017, compared to around 4,000 reported crimes during all of 2016 — and only 300 in 2007. Overall, during the past ten years, knife-related crimes in Germany have increased by more than 1,200%.
 

NM: Taking aim: "Guns to Art Benefit Show"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Pickett’s sculptures are an attempt to lampoon and take some of the power out of guns — which he fears. His aim is to inspire viewers to think about and discuss issues of gun violence. “I think we need to reevaluate the gun laws in this country. Not everyone gets to have a driver’s license, and not everyone should be able to own a gun,” he said. “People ask me why I make these sculptures if I’m so afraid of guns, and I guess it’s because it is a way to face my fears.” He grew up hearing gunshots every weekend in his neighborhood, and when he was eleven years old, his uncle tried to shoot him.
 

Grayguns Perfection Action Package for SIG SAUER Pistols
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Grayguns, Inc. today announced the release of their redesigned P-Series Perfection Action Kit for most SIG SAUER traditional double action/single action pistols. The Generation 2 kit (P-PAK Gen2) is available in both Self Defense and Competition versions.

Combined with a Grayguns custom curved or straight trigger – in alloy steel or aluminum – the kit is carefully engineered to provide a dead smooth double action pull, clean single action break, positive tactile reset and minimum overtravel.
 

WI: Man charged with murder in connection to fatal Oshkosh shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to a criminal complaint, several people planned to rob a man on the 800 block of Waugoo Avenue after he posted on Facebook about winning thousands of dollars at the casino.

That group included Summers and Cashmiere Hill, 18, of Appleton.

The man fought off the armed robbers once, but Hill then returned and the man shot at him in what he said was self-defense, court documents said.

Hill was killed in the exchange of gunfire.
 

MT: Lake County Sheriff and County Attorney disagree on murder charge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Authorities state in court documents that McKeever came to Black’s resident to confront McKeever’s estranged wife and added McKeever knew his wife was involved in an extramarital relationship with Black.

Authorities also state in court documents that McKeever banged on the door waking up Black. Black came to the door with a .44 Magnum pistol and confronted McKeever. McKeever struck Black in his right eye but did not have any other weapons.

Black told authorities that he fell backward and then the gun went off, striking McKeever. According to Eschenbacher’s report, the state cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the killing of McKeever was unjustified.
 

Know the facts: Anti-gun activists utilize emotional grief to line their pockets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment is under siege now more than ever. Every day, we see more assaults made on our Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.

Radical gun-grabbing organizations like Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence are just a few of the national organizations that seek to take away law abiding citizens’ guns, and it’s not much better at the university level. There’s a Student Pledge Against Gun Violence and a campaign to “Keep Guns Off Campus.” In many cases, students cannot exercise their recognized rights just because they step foot on campus.
 

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