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CA: Another gun stolen from federal official tied to San Francisco-area murder
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The fatal shooting of an Oakland muralist marks the second time in roughly two months that a gun stolen from a federal official allegedly was used in a San Francisco-area murder.

A local CBS TV station reported Tuesday that the gun allegedly used to kill muralist Antonio Ramos on Sept. 29 was stolen 16 days earlier from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official.

“A duty weapon belonging to an officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations was stolen Sept. 13 in San Francisco from a vehicle being used by the officer,” the agency said in a statement. “The theft was properly reported to local authorities and through official federal channels.”
 

When the gun-ignorant make gun laws
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When the state of Maryland quietly killed off its 15-year, $5 million social experiment in gun control — so-called “ballistic fingerprinting” — it served up the latest example of people who know nothing about firearms making technical laws about guns. The news of this latest failure (not a single crime solved in 15 years) followed New York shutting down a similar program, and it generated from gun owners and gun makers a tired “We told you so.”
 

NJ: Governor Christie Lies to Brett Baier About Gun Control Record
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Once the quote attributed to Christie was read and displayed, Baeir again asked the govenor about his position. Christie first claimed it wasn’t accurate, basically suggesting the Star Ledger was lying. When pressed by Baier, he then claimed it was “22 years ago” and “I don’t remember”, before launching into a spiel about his so called “pro 2A record“. Rattling off a list of veto’s of Democrat gun control bills, but not offering a single pro gun or pro self defense piece of legislation he could point to. (watch for yourself beginning around time 09:10 towards the end of the video clip below.)
 

CA: The Impact Of Gun Control?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In heavily restrictive France, “The French black market for weapons has been inundated with eastern European war artillery and arms,” said Philippe Capon, the head of UNSA police union. “They are everywhere in France. AK-47s sell for 1,000 euros ($1,181) to 1,500 euros on the black market,” he said.

This helps explain the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the Paris shootings that occurred two days after Mr. Greenspan’s column appeared. Either the shootings occurred because France’s gun laws are too lax, or the terrorists know that the only thing that stops a criminal with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Either way, further disarming French citizens is unlikely to make them safer.
 

MO: Judge hears testimony in case of St. Louis Zoo gun ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A judge has heard testimony as he considers lifting the St. Louis Zoo policy that prohibits patrons from entering the zoo with guns.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty issued a temporary order on June 12 upholding the ban after Jeffry Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio, said he planned to lead a group of activists packing handguns into the zoo to challenge the policy. Smith entered the zoo the next day wearing an empty holster.

The zoo wants the judge to extend her June order and eventually make it permanent. Smith is asking the judge to drop the zoo’s ban.
 

I Won’t Change Because You Don’t Agree
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Stop asking me to quit using “aggressive” words like “weapon” and “fight” when I talk about self-defense.

There is nothing politically correct about what we do. Everything we do needs to be morally correct, legally correct and technically correct, but I’m not here to make people happy or change my life because they don’t like me.
 

TX: Definitions obscure concealed carry, shooting statistics
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When Texas lawmakers agreed to allow people to carry concealed handguns in college and university buildings, the law included wiggle room for school presidents and boards to determine rules and regulations for their campuses.

Gun Free UT, which opposes the law, drew our attention thanks to this claim in a blog post: “29 mass shootings have been committed by concealed carriers since 2007, while during this period only one (1) licensed civilian meaningfully intervened in a mass shooting.”
 

FL: Floridian’s Right to Bear Arms Legislation in 2016 Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 2016 Legislative Session in Florida is a big year for gun owners and Second Amendment Rights advocates. The issues up for heavy debate are Conceal Carry on College Campuses and Open Carry laws. The following bills address carrying concealed weapons on college and university campuses. Senate Bill 68 – Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms by Senator Evers. The bill would delete a provision prohibiting concealed carry licenses from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm into a college or university facility.
 

PA: DA: 2014 killing was self-defense — no homicide charge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A homicide charge was dropped against Sherri Scarantino on Tuesday after it was determined that she shot Ty Kimble in self-defense, according to the district attorney.

"After a review of all of the evidence, as well as the thorough investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police, I am satisfied that Ms. Scarantino acted in self-defense, that she reasonably feared for her life, and that her use of deadly force was justified," said Eric Linhardt, district attorney.
 

Gratitude for Our First Freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all that we have. It is a time of family, reflection and gratitude. Those of us celebrating it in the United States need to remember that it's not about cardboard cutouts of cartoonish pilgrims and sweet potatoes.

Those that came to the New World and landed in Massachusetts Bay were not coming for plunder or for wealth. They were coming for freedom. Freedom that was not provided to them even by what was likely one of the most progressive states in western Europe at the time.
 

PA: I've used my gun for protection twice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In re your recent editorial about gun safety in the home, I agree that adults should be held responsible and be charged whenever a child gets hold of a gun. However, I disagree with your comment that implies that more persons are accidentally injured by guns in the home than instances where criminals are stopped by guns.

“Statistically speaking”? I’d like to know where you get your stats. The CDC records no such high incidence of accidental shootings, and they report that more children under age 14 drown in the bathtub each year than are killed with guns.
 

A Well-Regulated Militia IS NEEDED For The Security Of A Free State
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After years of screeching about the first half of the Second Amendment, the leftists in America may get satisfaction. They hate that second half—the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed—but we have steadfastly clung to our guns (and Bibles), despite their best efforts to separate us from our precious rights.
 

A Grim Anniversary: The Warsaw Ghetto
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Jews became determined to resist any more of the farcical “deportations,” and began to encourage their fellows not to enter the railroad cars. The Nazis responded by sending armed detachments into the streets to round up anyone they found. Ghetto residents formed underground self-defense groups like the “ZZW” (Jewish Military Union). Armed with smuggled-in firearms (mostly handguns), stolen German weapons and improvisations like Molotov cocktails, they ambushed a force of Nazis on January 18, 1943. Fighting lasted for several days, but the Germans eventually withdrew and further round-ups were suspended.
 

WI: Wisconsin court holds Second Amendment extends to certain knives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An appellate court in Wisconsin ruled Tuesday that the application of a state law that prohibits possession of certain knives violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The law in Wisconsin regarding the Possession of a Switchblade Knife prohibits possession of "any knife having a blade which opens by pressing a button, spring or other device in the handle or by gravity or by a thrust or movement." Defendant Cory Herrmann injured himself while handling a switch blade in a non-violent situation in his own home. The court reasoned that knives should be granted protection under the Second Amendment, with the decision relying heavily on the US Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.
 

Obama, Hillary Embrace Gun Confiscation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Barack Obama once again embraced massive universal gun confiscation from innocent Americans as his answer to the isolated murderous acts of deranged mass killers. That call for gun confiscation was echoed by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who said it is “worth considering” a national program modeled on Australia’s seizure of firearms from licensed gun owners.
 

NV: Gun-free zones issue fires up crowd
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Recently, Eilrich had requested an item be brought forth to create a gun-free zone ordinance that requires entities to draw up written plans establishing the use of security enabling trained officers, whether uniformed or undercover, to protect the unarmed public in facilities in which firearms typically would not be allowed.

Otherwise, according to Eilrich’s proposal, such facilities should not be allowed to declare a gun-free zone and therefore citizens would maintain access to their own concealed carry weapons as allowed by Second Amendment rights.
 

FL: Those God-awful guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I read in the squall column where some one referred to our Second Amendment protection as those “God-awful guns.”
It is indeed a disgrace to the human race for the American people to admit that we have the kind of people in our country who are capable of killing innocent children, just because they have no defense.

It must be an awful feeling to realize you have taken someone’s life, regardless of the reason, but it would be much worse to me to have to watch some terrorist, whether they are foreign or domestic, assault or harm one of my grandchildren; because I didn’t have one of those “God awful guns.”
 

Democrats New Plan For Gun Control – A Secret Government Terrorist Watch List
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There appears to be no limit on the opportunistic lengths to which Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration will go to pursue gun control by other means.

The latest example comes in response to Americans’ well-founded fears that Jihadi terrorism emanating from the self-proclaimed Islamic State and most recently exported to Paris is, in fact, real and not contained. But rather than seriously discuss the military and security policy issues with the American people, what we are witnessing instead is a public-relations play that sounds good to their political base, but that is misleading and that again sets up domestic strawman enemies instead of facing up to the real threat posed by real-world terrorists.
 

Self-Defenseless
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What might have happened if a few of the 1,500 concert attendees in Paris' Bataclan theater had guns? The terrorists had time to kill, reload and kill again. The police unit didn't come for more than a half hour. If a few people in the theater were armed, might they have killed the killers?

We'll never know.

France's guns laws say you may not carry a gun unless police certify that you are "exposed to exceptional risks of harm" to your life. Few people even bother to apply.

Fortunately, in America, laws in every state now allow adults to carry guns. Some predicted this would lead to more crime, but the opposite happened. Crime is down.
 

FL: Bill Would Block Some Backyard Gun Ranges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill making its way through the Florida Legislature would target backyard gun ranges, like the one on Big Pine Key that made national headlines in 2014.

The bill, which has versions in both the state House of Representatives and the Senate, would require at least an acre of land before you could set up a gun range. It was inspired, in part, by the backyard gun range set up by Doug Varrieur.
 

Anti-gun Democrats Push to Remove Constitutional Rights From “Suspected” Terrorists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called it a “terrorist loophole”:

By leaving this terrorist loophole open, Republicans are leaving every community in America vulnerable to attacks by terrorists armed with assault rifles and explosives purchased legally, in broad daylight.

What, exactly, is that loophole? It is the whole host of protections provided by the Constitution, and more specifically the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments to it, that guarantee that rights may not be infringed without probable cause and without due process. That’s the “loophole” that Reid and Feinstein want to close. Merely being on the list does not automatically disqualify an individual from buying a gun.
 

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"Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy ... censorship. When any government, or any church, for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything. You cannot conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." --Robert A. Heinlein, "Revolt in 2100" (Pg. 68-69, Baen Books paperback edition, 1999 printing)

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