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No more gun bans, Mr. Preident
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: goodhillpress.com

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The text of the letter I recently sent to President Trump. In it I discuss what brought him to the White House, and possible loss of critical reelection votes if he turns his back on gun owners.
 

NY: Man says he shot dog In self-defense, owner outraged
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Northern New York authorities said they agree with the man who claimed he shot and killed a dog in self-defense.

Donald McGrann told local reporters that the dog, Apollo, a rottweiler, tried to attack him and his dog while they were going for a walk Sunday night.

“He lunged at me twice really hard, then he rears back and comes up and when he went back the last time, I made a conscious decision that I had to end this now. Broke my heart,” he said.
 

Your Right To Free Speech, Like My Right To Self-Defense, Isn’t Open To Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The track record on disobeying such laws is very clear. Residents of Connecticut and New York defied requirements that they register their so-called “assault weapons.” Gun owners in Colorado ignored mandates that they pass all their person-to-person sales through the background check system. Even the French and Germans flip the bird to laws that gun-haters can only dream of imposing in the United States, owning millions of illegal firearms that supporters of restrictions wish they didn’t have.

Exercising your liberty in total contradiction to restrictive laws is a good thing, by the way. Nothing limits the power of the state like the outer boundaries of people’s willingness to do what they’re told.
 

8 Times Law-Abiding Citizens Saved Lives With an AR-15
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Why would any law-abiding citizen need an AR-15?”

This question has been a favorite talking point of gun control activists in recent months, grating the ears of many lawful owners of the popular semi-automatic rifle.

Never mind that rifles of any kind account for only a fraction of gun deaths every year, or that some of the worst public mass shootings in American history have taken place with nothing more than handguns.

Never mind that the gun has been readily available to civilians since 1963, and yet has only recently been considered a serious public safety threat worthy of a complete ban.
 

KS: Topeka mother angry after authorities rule her son’s homicide justified
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Authorities investigated Kyle R. Cazee-Watkins, 30, but district attorney Mike Kagay said there wasn’t evidence to file a homicide-related charge.

Cazee-Watkins was arrested Thursday in connection with criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and interference with a law enforcement officer (conceal/alter/destroy evidence). He is being held on a $20,000 bond.

“The death of Kenneth Vetaw was investigated simultaneously with the charged offenses,” Kagay said in an email. “The law enforcement investigation concluded the actions leading to Kenneth Vetaw’s death were committed in self-defense. Upon reviewing the results of the investigation, I concur that there was not sufficient evidence to file a homicide-related charge.”
 

OK: House to Vote on Constitutional Carry Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Earlier this month, the Oklahoma state House Public Safety Committee passed constitutional carry legislation. House Bill 2951 is now expected to be voted on the House floor [Thursday]. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to support HB 2951.
 

Seek solutions that preserve 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I strongly support the idea of stronger background checks. The analysis of the most recent tragedy and many others reveals that particular ball being dropped all up and down the line.

Next, take assault rifles out of all but a select category of stores. Large chains such as Dick’s have already begun to do this in a grass-roots movement. These stores would be required to pass a state-sponsored course focused on screening.

The proprietors would be educated not to drop the ball as we have so often seen.

I understand it is possible to associate RFID technology with ammunition purchase. This seems like a good idea.
 

Timeline of pivotal moments in US gun control history
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun control is one of the most polarizing issues in U.S. society. For nearly a century, legislation and U.S. Supreme Court cases have shaped federal gun policy. Following are some pivotal moments in that history:
 

KS: District to arm middle school security guards
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Leavenworth school district will be arming security guards at Richard Warren Middle School.

Members of the Leavenworth Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve the purchase of self-defense equipment, including firearms, for retired law enforcement officers who are employed by the district as security guards.

The motion passed 5-1 with board member Jose Morales voting against it. Board member John Goodman was absent.

According to a news release distributed by Superintendent Mike Roth after the vote, the action will apply directly to two security officers who are assigned to the middle school.
 

VA: These college students joined walkouts to protest gun violence after the Parkland shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As a bell tolled 17 times Wednesday morning, one month after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., more than 1,000 people at the University of Virginia stopped to listen. Many wiped away tears.

For a generation of students who have heard about school shootings, the latest carnage was all too familiar. Many, such as U-Va. student council president Sarah Kenny, learned how to lock down as a small child. A series of sniper attacks terrified the Washington area when Kenny was a little girl, and students at her elementary school didn’t go outside for recess for weeks, she said.
 

MT: In Gun-Friendly Montana, Student Walkout Steers Clear Of Politics
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Students all over the country walked out of class this morning, a month after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead. In many cities, the walkouts were anti-gun protests, but at a high school in Helena, Mont., students said the walkout was a memorial. Montana Public Radio's Corin Cates-Carney reports.
 

NY: Deal with racism before giving teachers guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Letting properly trained teachers opt to carry a concealed weapon would at least give them a fighting chance.

And what’s the alternative when preventive measures fail? One Florida teacher talked about putting her students in a closet and guarding it with a pair of scissors.

Really? If a shooter came in, who in their right mind would rather have a pair of scissors than a gun?

Similarly, the Department of Homeland Security advises that if you can’t hide from or flee an active shooter, you should try "throwing items and improvising weapons." Who in that scenario would rather improvise weapons than have one already ready to fire?
 

Modern day debate over gun control has echoes of Al Capone era
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It was 1934. Mobsters armed with fully automatic "Tommy guns" had left a trail of bloodstained sidewalks and pockmarked walls across the country, and the new president had narrowly escaped assassination the year before. It was time for action on gun control. And the National Rifle Association seemingly agreed.

"I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns," then-NRA President Karl T. Frederick told members of the House Ways and Means Committee. "I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses."
 

Australia: Semiautomatic Rifle Ban Stopped Mass Shootings in Australia, Study Suggests
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There have been no mass shootings in Australia since the passage of a ban on semiautomatic rifles in 1996. The probability that no mass shootings have occurred in the 22 years since the ban went into effect is due to chance is one in 200,000, according to a statistical analysis published online March 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
 

MD: Organizers take to Lawyers Mall in Annapolis to demand gun reform
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Moms Rising and Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence organized a rally at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis on Wednesday with specific demands for change.

They want a ban on bump stocks, funding for evidence-based gun violence prevention programs, opposition to a bill that would allow people to use self-defense as a reason to carry, handgun permit reviews taken out of the hands of the handgun permit review board and put into the hands of judges and several other tougher gun laws.
 

WA: A new way to reduce gun suicides, and maybe mass shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The idea is simple: Give people who believe that they may become a risk to themselves or others a way to put distance between themselves and firearms. Under the new law, Washington citizens can add their names to a do-not-sell list, thereby suspending their ability to buy guns from licensed dealers.

Bipartisan legislative consensus around this program was achievable because the measure is entirely voluntary. No one is taking away anyone’s right to bear arms.

Adding your name to the list does not have to be a permanent choice.

Those who sign up can later change their minds. They need only make the request and wait seven days. The Washington law in essence gives people the right to opt in to a waiting period.
 

TN: With a surge in permits, Williamson residents have strong opinions gun ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The screen door creaked open while Charlie Haffner Jr. leaned back in a medal folding chair.

"What can we do for you?" he asked.

The sounds of gun fire pop loudly as he helped a customer renew his membership at Haffner's shooting range in south Franklin.

Haffner stood and wiped his hands on his dusty blue jeans. He was careful not to kick over a plastic container full of bullet casings. He went through the rules with a new customer, explaining the $90 membership fee and safety procedures the range has had since 1953 when his father opened the business.
 

AR: Common sense gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So what to do? If you say nothing, you're either delusional or a legislator.

Ban semiautomatics. Period.

A national gun registry. Annually, we assess our property and pay taxes on it. Why not guns? It would not only require one to attest to current ownership but paying a nominal fee that might in a small way go toward a national debt currently above $17 trillion. You could still sell your weapon privately, but that individual would be required to register it in a said time period or face fines and/or punishment.
 

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