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Gun-Control Fails in California..and We Lose
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Sociologists and criminologists rendered their verdict. Gun-control in California doesn’t work.

That should have been obvious in hindsight. Unfortunately, these failed laws will probably not be rescinded by lawmakers nor be overturned by judges.

Since Californians won’t change things at the ballot box, they are going to have to vote with their feet to restore their rights.
 

UK: BBC radio host committed suicide after walking off live show, inquest hears
Submitted by: jac

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A 41-year-old BBC radio host who suddenly, without explanation, walked off her live show Aug. 6 was found later that day dead from suicide, a British inquest heard.

Vicki Archer killed herself by hanging in her Shrewsbury home, the BBC reported.

Submitter's note: This just goes to show that despite formally great Britain's restrictive policy on gun ownership, the lack of a gun won't prevent suicides.
 

SC: Woman with concealed carry permit fatally shoots escaped inmate who broke into her home
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wo inmates at the Pickens County Prison physically assaulted two guards at around 2:40 a.m. on Tuesday morning in a "pre-meditated plan to escape from the facility," according to Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark.

Deputies were alerted to the whereabouts of the inmate, whose name has not yet been released, when a local woman called 911 to report that she had just shot a man who kicked down her back door.

The female homeowner, a concealed carry permit holder who was home alone at the time of the break-in, shot the convict one time in the head as he approached her bedroom door.

Submitter's note: That will save the county a pile of money. And prevent any future crimes by the miscreant. Give that lady a public service award.
 

Prosecutors dropping case against Border Patrol agent who shot teenager
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Federal prosecutors will not pursue a third trial against a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teenager through a border fence in 2012.

The Associated Press reports that prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday that they will not pursue a third court battle against Lonnie Swartz, who fired 16 shots at 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in October 2012, killing him through a border fence dividing the towns of Nogales in Mexico and Arizona.
 

OH: Two controversial bills struggled to maintain momentum at the Ohio Statehouse Thursday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Several other changes to the bill were made but the other major thrust of the bill, to shift the burden of proof from a defendant choosing to use the affirmative defense of self-defense to the prosecution and elevating that burden from something that has to be shown to be more likely than not to something that needs to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
 

TX: University of North Texas Suspends Student for… Gun Ownership??
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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He has filed an appeal, however, with finals looming the school can delay hearing the appeal until after finals when he can be safely dismissed with the school having the excuse of Academic reasons because of the zero grades. This is nothing more than a political attack based on political bias. The school had no business trying to dissuade Brandon from his beliefs about being lawfully armed nor about his possession or ownership of legally possessed firearms.
 

MI: Women headed to church forced back into home. But one victim grabs gun — and it's all over for intruder.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A trio of women — ages 75, 55, and 29 — were on their way to church Sunday morning when a man outside their Detroit home forced them back inside, WJBK-TV reported.

But the 55-year-old wasn't about the let things escalate. She reached for a gun and fired twice at the intruder, the station said.
 

A Powerful Dissent Charges Judges Who Casually Uphold Magazine Restrictions With Disrespecting the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A powerful dissent by Judge Stephanos Bibas, the third member of the 3rd Circuit panel, argues that the majority's reasoning fails to take the Second Amendment as seriously as the Supreme Court said it should be in District of Columbia v. Heller, the landmark 2008 decision that overturned a local ban on handguns. "The Second Amendment is an equal part of the Bill of Rights," Bibas writes. "We must treat the right to keep and bear arms like other enumerated rights, as the Supreme Court insisted in Heller. We may not water it down and balance it away based on our own sense of wise policy."
 

Divided Circuit Staunchly Backs New Jersey Ammunition Limit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Upholding a law that limits gun owners from carrying magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition, the Third Circuit ruled 2-1 Wednesday that the national rise in mass shootings justifies this reasonable burden on the Second Amendment.

New Jersey adopted the ban here on LCMs, short for large-capacity magazines, this past June, prompting a challenge from two individual gun owners and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs. They appealed for a reversal after a federal judge denied them an injunction, but the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit sided with the state as well, noting the logical basis for limiting how much ammunition a firearm can hold.
 

OH: Man shot and killed in reported home break-in in Scioto County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A person in the home told deputies they shot at a man trying to break inside.

Investigators say there was a previous connection between Bashaw and the resident. They say Bashaw was convicted in March 2018 of a domestic threat against the resident. There also had been a civil protection order against Bashaw that was terminated in September.

Investigators say the case appears to be self-defense, but the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office will review it.
 

MT: A myth about firearm self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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To be useful in that very rare and unpredictable self-defense action, the firearm must be loaded and available and must be carried or kept in easy reach, typically unlocked.
 

OH: Ohio Senate passes new gun rights law minus controversial 'stand your ground' provision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If the House approves the new version of House Bill 228 and Kasich signs it, gun owners in Ohio will still have the duty to retreat from a threatening situation before they reach for a deadly weapon -- something the original law would have eliminated.

However, they would no longer shoulder the burden of proving they were justified if they did claim to have shot another person in self-defense. Instead, as is already law in all 49 other states, prosecutors would be required to prove a crime had been committed.
 

ID: Gun Rights Groups Pressure Legislators To Expand Stand Your Ground Rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Loertscher lost his primary after a state gun rights group, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, backed his opponent and painted Loertscher as a “gun grabber.” This, after Loertscher killed an expansive self-defense bill, Idaho House Bill 444, that would have greatly extended the definition of acceptable use of deadly force.

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance was the biggest backer of Idaho’s House Bill 444. If it had passed, it would have been one of the most expansive “stand your ground” bills in the country, forcing local governments to compensate shooters found not guilty in a self-defense case.
 

Rep. Eric ‘Nuke ‘Em’ Swalwell says he’s open to running on the top of a ticket with Joe Biden
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But on Thursday, Swalwell told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he’d happily consider sharing the ticket with Joe Biden … and he’s “open to entertaining both variations,” meaning he can see himself at the top of a ticket with Biden. Swalwell/Biden? That’s not going to happen.
 

Blaming the Second Amendment for Black Deaths a Tactic for Disarming All
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Thanksgiving tragedy in Hoover, Ala., highlights an American problem: The deaths of black men, legally armed and who have committed no crime, at the hands of police,” The Christian Science Monitor observes. “At a time when the president and guns rights activists have suggested that ‘good guys with guns' are a solution for stopping mass shooters, some black gun owners are wondering if ‘helping while black' is too dangerous.”

The writer has a point. But the “solution” is not to blame the Second Amendment. And that’s just what some agitators with a megaphone and an agenda are doing.
 

Surprise: Study Finds No Rise in Violent Crime Attributable to Adopting Right-to-Carry Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As we’ve noted recently, much research purporting to demonstrate connections between access to guns or right-to-carry laws and increases in crime is seriously flawed. Often it's an attempt to curtail or eliminate Americans’ rights under the Second Amendment rather than unbiased scientific research.

One recent study bucked that trend, however, finding no evidence of a link between access to firearms and increases in crime. “State Level Firearm Concealed-Carry Legislation and Rates of Homicide and Other Violent Crime,” (Hamill, Hernandez, Bailey, Zielinski, Matos, & Schiller, 2018), examined an expansive dataset,
 

IA: Iowa bishops release statement on gun legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We believe that weapons increasingly capable of inflicting great suffering in a short period of time are simply too accessible. The right to bear arms as found in our Constitution must be balanced against the safety and well-being of the populace as a whole. The Supreme Court has held that such restrictions are fully compatible with the Second Amendment. In our reflection, we are also guided by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which teaches that the commandment to love oneself justifies self-defense within moral limits against an unjust aggressor, but also requires that deadly force be used as a last resort.
 

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