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The Senate Goes Gaga on Guns
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Would it be absolutely cynical to say the Senate responded to what appears to be a terrorist mass shooting by declining to ban the sale of guns to people on the terrorist watch list?
 

MI: Rifles may be coming to Grand Rapids Police cars
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On the heels of recent mass shootings in San Bernardino, Paris and elsewhere, city commissioners will vote on whether to put rifles in police cars.

The current city budget includes about $300,000 for a rifle and accessories in each of 59 Grand Rapids Police patrol cars. But in the midst of an effort to improve police relations with the public, commissioners have not authorized purchase of the rifles.

They'll be asked to vote on it Tuesday, Dec. 15.

"If we think what happened in San Bernardino cannot happen in our area, we are fooling ourselves," newly-elected city commissioner David Allen wrote to the commission this week.
 

MI: Just another day of slaughter in the good ol' U.S. of A.
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Mourn fast, America. The San Bernardino massacre will be all but forgotten within a few days, maybe even before you read this. (I can only type so fast.)

It will be supplanted by tomorrow's shooting, which will be overshadowed by the one the day after that, which will be eclipsed by the one after that.

Massacres, it seems, are the new American norm.

So much so, in fact, that the BBC opened its coverage of the San Bernardino massacre this way: "Just another day in the United States of America, another day of gunfire, panic and fear."
 

End the Gun Epidemic in America
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​It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.
 

Tancredo: Organize State, Local Militias to Defend Against Radical Islamist Assaults
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and the New York Times are worried more about the oceans rising two inches over the next 50 years than about keeping radical Muslims out of our country. But that’s not the worst of it.

Our problem is no longer national security, it is hometown security.

The solution is not a bigger defense department, it is a homeland reserve militia trained in self-defense – trained for defense of our communities, our neighborhoods, our schools, our sports events, our shopping malls — in short, the everyday defense of our way of life.
 

Clinton defends pushing gun control amid San Bernardino terror probe
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Hillary Clinton forcefully defended herself Friday from Republican criticism about her push for comprehensive gun control legislation shortly after the deaths of 14 people in San Bernardino, given that investigators are now labeling the shooting a terrorist attack.

In New Hampshire Thursday, Clinton called directly for gun control, telling audiences throughout the state that the shooting proved the government needs "to take action now" on guns. At the time, the shootings' link to terrorism was tenuous.

But on Friday, the FBI and other government officials confirmed that the shooting rampage was being investigated as a terrorist attack.
 

Paul: We Need to Put a Pause on Immigration from Middle East
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He continued, “I want to defend against people who might come here from the Middle East but then I want want to allow U.S. citizens to defend themselves. The D.C. chief of police said last week that if you see an armed gunman and you are part of the public, you need to be prepared to take them down. The problem is in D.C. it’s very hard to own a gun, and it’s impossible to have concealed carry. What I’d like to do is let D.C. know that we are going to have self-defense in D.C. the District of Columbia, by the Constitution, is under the jurisdiction of congress. and so I think that self-defense is a good way to try to stop terrorism. I’m for more of it.”
 

FL: Four bills ready for vote on day one of the Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The fourth bill ready for a vote in both houses makes it illegal to fire a gun in a residential area. Backyard shooting ranges have been a problem in some areas of the state, including Monroe County. The proposed law would make firing a gun outdoors in an area with more than one home per acre illegal unless the gun is used in self-defense or there is no "reasonably foreseeable risk to life, safety, or property."
 

MO: Sales spike at local gun stores after California mass shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Steve King’s shooting range at BSR/Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton was completely full Friday morning with people firing their conceal and carry weapons. King said that’s an obvious increase from earlier this week, before the mass shooting incident in San Bernardino, California, Wednesday that killed 14 people and wounded 21. King said interest in firearm protection has been building over the past month.

“When the Paris attacks hit, we saw more people in the store worried about terrorism. Now, people are worried about personal defense because the attacks hit closer to home,” said King, who reported a 30 percent sales increase from last weekend.
 

DC: Rand Paul demands concealed carry in Washington, D.C.
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced legislation Thursday legalizing concealed carry in Washington, D.C.

"For too long the Americans who live in and visit their nation's capital have been prevented from defending themselves and their loved ones. No longer should our citizens have to choose between safety or visiting Washington, D.C.," Paul said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
 

Washington Post: Gun Violence Declining, Except in Gun-Free Zones
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On December 3, The Washington Post reported that gun crime has been on the decline for about 20 years, except for high-profile shootings in gun-free zones; WaPo claims those shootings are on the increase.

According to WaPo, “In 1993, there were seven homicides by firearm for every 100,000 Americans. … By 2013, that figure had fallen by nearly half, to 3.6 [per 100,000].”

Breitbart News previously pointed to this decline and explained it correlated with a massive increase in privately owned firearms over the same period of time. For example, Congressional Research Service showed that the number of privately owned firearms increased from 192 million in 1994 to 310 million in 2009.
 

FL: Safe political districts make for an unsafe society
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yet the Legislature is rushing to ... make Florida even more the Gunshine State. Bills would allow open carry of firearms, despite no evidence of broad public support for such legislation. Bills would allow college students to carry concealed weapons, despite the opposition of all university presidents and campus police chiefs.

And the Legislature still may flip the burden of proof for a "Stand Your Ground" defense from the accused to the prosecutor. A committee voted down the House version last month, but the Legislature's regular session doesn't start until Jan. 12. National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer said she hasn't given up.
 

NM: Albuquerque gun range sees spike in training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As more mass shootings take more lives across America, new reports show more gun owners are heading to the range to sharpen their skills.

Calibers Shooting Range in Albuquerque confirmed to Action 7 News that they’ve been seeing an increase in gun owners coming into their range.

“We see a lot of people shifting from just shooting for fun to shooting for self-defense, whether it's inside the home our outside the home,” pistol instructor Daniel Hutson said.
 

Guns: What Does the Bible Really Say?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rev. Gary Hall once called on lawmakers in Washington to stop fearing the gun lobby and fulfill their "moral duty" to restrict guns: "Everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby," Hall said. "But I believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."

Hall's comments are disheartening.

What we're seeing today is not a gun problem; it's a moral problem called sin. We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation. We have lost our moral compass ... we have lost the fear of the Lord. When the fear of the Lord decreases, evil increases.
 

Our Shared Blame for the Shooting in San Bernardino
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One thing easily confused in the finger-pointing about these two latest attacks is the difference between guilt and responsibility. Guilt is specific and personal; responsibility often generalized and shared.
 

WA: Giant cache of weapons proves U.S. is a terrorist dream come true
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Someone organizing a mass killing needs weapons and ammo – usually more than a regular person would buy just for self defense. And that, coincidentally, is the one thing we do not track in this country. Because obviously collecting weapons doesn't make you a terrorist, like the collector who made the news in North Carolina a few weeks ago.

Sheriff deputies found at least 7,000 guns at the South Carolina home of Brent Nicholson while they were serving a subpoena. It took law enforcement two days to seize all the weapons, which also included 500 chainsaws and crossbows. They are still cataloging the arsenal.
 

The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun
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In common with the other big rightward swerves by the Roberts Court, the 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller was an aggressive exercise in mendacity. By upending the well-established meaning of the Second Amendment, the Court made the country less safe and less free. It did this under the guise of a neutral and principled “originalism” that looks to the text as it was first understood back in 1791 by the amendment’s drafters and their contemporaries.
 

Rubio gets a Second Amendment grilling by reporters
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., appeared Friday morning on CBS News to discuss his presidential campaign, but he ended up facing a panel of journalists who wanted to know why he voted this week against gun control legislation even after a shooting spree in San Bernardino, Calif.

"None of these crimes that have been committed, or in this case, what I believe was a terrorist attack in California, would have been prevented by expanded background checks," he told the CBS This Morning panel.
 

NY: Second NY Sheriff Urges Licensed Gun Owners to Carry Their Weapons
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“Licensed gun owners should carry their licensed handguns if they feel that they are comfortable and proficient enough to do so,” Sullivan County (N.Y.) Sheriff Michael Schiff said on Thursday.

He made the announcement shortly after Ulster County (N.Y.) Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum urged licensed gun owners to carry their weapons -- "in light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world."
 

The smear campaign against guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, my TV show is on gun control. I interviewed activist Leah Barrett, who wants stricter gun laws.

I pointed out that after most states loosened gun laws to let people carry guns, 29 peer-reviewed studies examined the effect. Eighteen found less crime, 10 found no difference and only one found an increase.

"Which studies?" Barrett snapped. "John Lott's? His research has been totally discredited."
 

California shooting: Obama calls for more gun control reforms
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Liberals tend to focus on guns and conservatives on the problem of mental health.

"It's important for all of us, including our legislators, to see what we can do to be sure that when individuals decide they want to do someone harm, we make it harder for them", Obama said.
 

Ted Cruz: 'You Stop Bad Guys by Using Our Guns'
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Ted Cruz offered an impassioned defense of gun rights in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack on Friday, telling a crowd at an Iowa gun range, "you don't stop bad guys by taking away our guns, you stop bad guys by using our guns."

Cruz criticized the media for focusing on gun control in the wake of the shootings, telling his supporters: "Folks in the media ask on behalf of Democrats, 'isn't it insensitive to do a Second Amendment rally after the shooting.' I really don't view our job as being sensitive to Islamic terrorists."
 

TX: Open carry protest staged in Denison
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Two men in Denison got some attention Friday after they decided to exercise their Second amendment rights.

If you went past Denison City Hall Friday, you might have seen two guys with guns legally protesting on a public side walk.

"First of all it's my human right and second of all it's my constitutional right," said protester Andre Esparza.

Back in January Esparza visited Waterloo Park with his children and brought his shotgun along. The only problem, city ordinance declares the the park a gun free zone.
 

WA: One year, several fails: CCRKBA rips I-594 on 1st anniversary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today is the one-year anniversary of the implementation of Washington state’s Initiative 594, a gun control and registration measure disguised as a “universal background check” that has – as demonstrated by headline after headline – been an absolute failure in crime prevention, according to the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

In a blistering news release late yesterday, CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who helped spearhead the opposition to I-594 last year, noted, “Despite public records requests to agencies around the state, we can find no record of any enforcement of this new law in the year since it took effect.”
 

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Our Founding Fathers were proud that Americans were trusted with arms because they knew that only when people are armed could they truly be thought of as free citizens. And that's where the circle closes. Those who want to deprive you of your right to keep and bear arms are intending to deprive you of your freedom, period. Like the criminals their policies encourage, these elitists know that it is always best to disarm victims before you enslave them. — Charley Reese

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