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This is a Clue We Have New Gun Owners
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Some California gun shops told me gun sales were up by over 400 percent the last several weeks. They estimated 30 to 40 percent of their customers were first time gun buyers. Google says they are probably right.
 

MI: Prosecutor won't charge Detroit pastor who shot man in church
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The Wayne County prosecutor won't be issuing issuing any charges against a pastor who shot a man in his church.

In a statement Friday, Kym Worthy's office said City of God Church pastor Keon Allison acted in self-defense on Oct. 18 when he was confronted by 25-year-old Deante Smith.

"The evidence from several witnesses shows that Mr. Smith forced his way into the church armed with a chunk of brick. Mr. Smith pushed the pastor’s mother to the ground when he was told that he was no longer welcome at the church," the prosecutor's office said.
 

Why is no-fly, no-buy a bad idea?
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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The National Party of Gun Control, led by Frau Feinstein (D) of California, aided and abetted by a select few Rino's, recently tried to pass a bill that would ban folks on the no-fly (terrorist) watch list from purchasing a firearm.

Lets take a short look at what's wrong with that notion.
 

MI: MCC trustee: Let CPL holders carry concealed weapons on campus
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A Macomb Community College trustee said this week holders of concealed weapons permits should be permitted to carry firearms at college facilities.

In a statement released via email, second-term Trustee Frank Cusumano indicated his support for a proposed bill currently in the Michigan Senate that would grant exemptions to concealed permit license holders to carry weapons in what are otherwise considered “gun-free” zones.

Cusumano cited an attack earlier this fall during which a gunman killed nine people at Unmpua Community College in Oregon.
 

A Court Of Law That Rejects U.S. Supreme Court Precedent Undermines The Rule Of Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State governments and local governments that enact or establish antigun laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations must comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in District of Columbia vs. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and McDonald vs. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010).

They are not allowed to take the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court lightly; and they are certainly not permitted to ignore the rulings of the high Court in the Heller and McDonald cases out-of-hand.
 

Kurt Russell just dropped Second Amendment TRUTH BOMB on liberal ladies of ‘The View’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Actor Kurt Russell doubled down on his recent comments where he said people who think gun control would prevent terrorism were “insane.”
 

Obama Has This BIG Plan To Start Off The New Year, Many Americans Will Be Furious
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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President Obama is expected to issue a executive order decreeing new gun control measures early in the new year.

Roll Call is reporting, “Senior congressional aides and sources in the gun-control community expect the White House to use its executive powers to tighten federal gun laws shortly after President Barack Obama returns from a Hawaiian vacation in early January.”
 

They do want to take your guns; Seattle Times editorial proves it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today’s editorial page in the Seattle Times effectively puts the lie to any claim from the gun prohibition lobby – for which an alarming number of newspaper editorial boards now serve as cheerleaders – that “nobody wants to take your guns” by demanding that the state ban “assault-style weapons” and magazines that hold more than ten cartridges.
 

FL: Preposterous' Ruling Gives Gun Rights Groups Early Christmas Gift
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A federal appeals court’s reasoning that a state’s “compelling interest” in protecting its citizens’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms outweighs the First Amendment rights of physicians seeking to inquire about their patients’ firearm ownership is “preposterous,” attorney Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, of Ropes & Gray in Washington, told me in reaction to the latest opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in a closely watched case known popularly as “Docs v. Glocks."
 

WA: NRA, gun rights groups sue Seattle over taxes on guns and bullets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It's high noon over gun rights in Seattle.

The National Rifle Association and two other gun rights groups squared off in a legal showdown Friday with the city of Seattle over a new tax on weapon and ammunition sales.

The two sides appeared before King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson, with the plaintiffs seeking a ruling in their favor to knock down the tax, the Seattle Times reported.

Robinson said her written decision in the case will come by the end of Tuesday, according to the newspaper.
 

IA: Adopt gun regulations to fight terrorism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I support President Barack Obama’s proposal to enact common-sense gun regulations in response to the terrorist threat.

Obviously, we should block suspected terrorists from gun purchases. If the name is on a no-fly list, it should also be on a no-buy list. This would require expanding our screening system to include gun shows and online purchases.

If 40 percent of guns are acquired without a background check, as they are now, we might as well not have any background checks at all.
 

2012 Terror Plot Shows Necessity of Citizens Carrying Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On December 17 the Los Angeles Times provided details of a 2012 terror plot based on court documents. The plot was not carried out, but the details of it show that an armed citizenry could have thwarted it in its tracks.

According to the LA Times, San Bernardino attacker Syed Farook and companion Enrique Marquez “planned to throw pipe bombs into the [Riverside City College] cafeteria area from an ‘elevated position on the second floor.’”
 

The Great Gun Control War of the 20th Century Part II
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Prior to the 1970s, it was common, or at least not regarded with suspicion, for a northern liberal Democrat like John F. Kennedy to be a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

According to Kopel, that all changed when, a “a tremendous cultural shift took place among American élites.” Suddenly, they viewed private gun ownership with disgust. An example of this attitude can be found in a statement by historian Richard Hofstadter lamenting how “Americans cling with pathetic stubbornness” to “the supposed ‘right’ to bear arms.”
 

CA: Steven Seagal named head of California Rifle and Pistol Association
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The well-known martial artist and film star was recently named the director of the National Rifle Association’s affiliate in California and pledges to fight back for gun rights.

“All my life I’ve had a profound appreciation for the freedoms that America offers. That includes the right to keep and bear arms,” Seagal wrote in an introductory message to the organization. “I have a unique perspective on this, given my experience with Eastern cultures and my law enforcement experience. I respect the fact that the Founders of this country strongly believed in, and many people over the years have died for, our freedoms.”
 

MD: Prosecutors: Man acted in self-defense in fatal shooting of his sister
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Prosecutors have concluded that a Carroll County man acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his sister in April.

The Carroll County State's Attorney's Office said Friday that Richard Edward Hunter, 48, of Taneytown, acted in lawful self-defense of himself and others when he shot and killed Mary Glacken.
 

Han (Justifiably In The Eyes Of The Law) Shot First
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Han Solo acted in self-defense and shot Greedo first, according to a Thursday opinion piece by University of Alabama School of Law professor John Gross.

This legal opinion came directly before Friday’s release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
 

Does Catholic Faith Dictate a Position on Gun Control?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Many in the congregation applauded when Father Tom Lynch completed his Sunday homily in which he said that all semi-automatic rifles, commonly described as assault weapons, should be banned, and that the Second Amendment is not divinely inspired.

“Enough is enough. We want these semi-automatics, these weapons of mass destruction, taken off the streets of our country,” Father Lynch, pastor of St. James Church in Stratford, Conn., told the Register a few days after his Dec. 6 homily, which was recorded and posted on YouTube.
 

Talking Points For The 30-Round-Magazine Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Depriving the public of gear as a way to stop murderers is misguided, puts you at risk and at its core, is a thinly disguised effort to get to zero-round magazines—in the false and dangerous belief that disarming innocent people will finally disarm criminals. Legislators asked me to prepare this list, to help them with the media inquisition they face. The unbiased media never grills the people who want to deny your rights, only those who defend them.
 

WI: Balancing public safety and gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I am a member of the NRA, and strongly defend our Second Amendment right to bear arms.

I also agree that private ownership of military fully automatic weapons and machine guns is a real stretch to the intention of the Second Amendment rights. Also, it would be appropriate to have gun registration at gun shows. And, if a legitimate person is on a No Fly List, he/she should not have a right to guns, However, the federal government needs to purge this list before enforcement because there are people on it erroneously.
 

The gun industry’s biggest threat is Obama leaving office
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The stock market has been flat this year, but one sector has had a notably different experience in 2015.

If you’re into gun stocks, then Merry Christmas to you: Smith & Wesson SWHC, -1.07% has more than doubled in market value, while Sturm, Ruger & Co. RGR, +0.46% has jumped two-thirds. Both saw sharp gains last week in the wake of President Obama’s speech on terrorism, a good chunk of which was devoted to guns.
 

The NRA's sky-high drone hypocrisy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But consider: What if a drone bears a weapon — as some police departments may some day soon, or as a do-it-yourselfer could rig up?

The government would surely say such a drone must be registered. And the NRA would likely counter that, well, no, a flying gun is still a gun, and therefore immune from regulation.

In fact, we here put the question to NRA chicken-hawk mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre: Do you agree that weaponized drones could be — should be — registered and regulated, if not banned?
 

Autonomous terrorism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There is not much the government can do about the sort of terrorist threat that President Obama described in his speech on Sunday. It will always be difficult to stop self-radicalized jihadists, operating under no one’s instructions, from carrying out attacks on soft targets too scattered and numerous to secure.

The only viable alternative, self-help, is one that Obama seems ideologically incapable of considering. His proposals for new restrictions on firearms move in the opposite direction, based on the assumption that the problem is too many guns in too many hands.
 

Semantics aside, it was indeed a ‘mass shooting’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In writing on the mass shooting — 14 dead — in my hometown of San Bernardino, California, I never used the word terrorism. To a few this revealed an agenda.

Apparently, I’m soft on terrorism, the word whose name I dare not speak.

President Obama, I feel your pain. And your frustration.
Terrorism. Terrorism. Terrorism. There, I said it. And, guess what? It doesn’t make what happened in San Bernardino any less a mass shooting. C’mon, every mass shooting is a terrorist act, even if not all have political objectives.

It is important to know that terrorists want to kill us on our own soil — a fact known well before 9/11. But the “mass shooting” part is still the most salient element of this latest outrage.
 

Government Can’t Censor Digital Expression Just Because Someone Somewhere Might Use It for Unlawful Purposes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s alas old news when the government couples an imposition on liberty with an exercise in futility—security theater, anyone?—but it’s still finding inventive ways to do so in a nifty case that combines the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and 3D printing.

Defense Distributed, a nonprofit organization that promotes popular access to constitutionally protected firearms, generates and disseminates information over the Internet for a variety of scientific, artistic, and political reasons. The State Department has ordered the company to stop online publication of certain CAD (Computer-Aided Drafting) files—complex three-dimensional printing specifications with no intellectual-property protection—even domestically.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Asked if a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce crime, Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control Inc. says, "Let's pass the law and find out." --REASON magazine, May 1991 ("Gun-Shy Judges" by Jacob Sullum)

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