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Can Teachers Protect Our Students?
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Can teachers protect our students? Does self defense really work? I wondered that myself. First, I looked up the numbers. We protect ourselves very well.

What does that mean for defending our students at school? Teachers are our neighbors. On average, they are average students of self-defense. We would expect the average armed teacher to do very well at protecting our students.
 

AK: Nationwide gun sales net major funding for Alaska wildlife conservation projects
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Alaska's Department of Fish and Game has been working to spend an unusual boost in federal dollars that comes from Americans buying more guns and ammunition in recent years.

This year, the federal government is offering Alaska $33 million, the Interior Department announced earlier this week. The amount is more than double what the state got in 2012, after which the gun-tax-driven funding began to climb.

To get the money, the state has to kick in a 25 percent match — an ask too steep in the last two years, when the state has had to pass up $3.3 million in federal dollars without the available matching money, according to Maria Gladziszewski, deputy director of the state's Division of Wildlife Conservation.
 

VA: Judge rules self-defense in dog shooting case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Dantzler, 34, testified that the dog had bitten his sister three times, just minutes before trying to attack him.

The shooting was captured on security cameras at an apartment complex in Richmond. The video of the shooting was played several times in court.

In the video, the dog can be seen tied to a leash before charging at Dantzler.

Dantzler claims he did not realize the dog was tethered and felt worried about his safety.
 

WI: Milwaukee concealed carrier who killed carjacker acted in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Milwaukee authorities decided not to press charges against the 24-year-old man who shot and killed a carjacker last month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Prosecutors said the man, whose name has not been released, “lawfully acted in self defense” when he killed Carlos D. Martin, 21.

Martin, armed with a gun, tried to carjack the victim who was heading into work around 6 am on Feb. 26, according to a police statement. But the victim opened fire, striking and killing Martin
 

Australia: Australian Gun Control Means No Self Defense with Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Australian firearms law is some of the most extreme and restrictive firearms law in Western civilization. Perhaps the most extreme part is outlawing of the use of firearms for self-defense. Even in England and Wales, or in Canada, while licenses are not granted for self-defense, self-defense with a firearm is not prohibited.
 

SC: Greenville gives permit for March for Our Lives; Second Amendment rights picketing also planned
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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March for Our Lives was created and organized by #NeverAgain, a group of students who survived the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “Everytown for Gun Safety,” a gun control advocacy group, is helping the students plan and coordinate the event.

The Greenville March for Our Lives permit, applied for by JoAnne Mitchell, says the event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street from Beattie to Broad streets, with the march taking place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The permit lists an estimate of about 1,000 participants in the march advocating an end to gun violence.
 

WY: Wyoming Governor Explains Not Signing 'Stand Your Ground' Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But Governor Mead said the other reason was that 'I thought that some of the groups during the session went a little overboard in terms of how they were trying to lobby the legislators. And I wanted to send that message." He went on to say that while he understands lawmakers are going to get lobbied, he feels it should be done "in a professional way that seems non-threatening."

While the governor during his interview on Thursday didn't name any specific group that he felt had been overly aggressive, some Senators during debate on the measure said they had received messages from the National Rifle Association and Wyoming Gun Owners that attempts to amend the bill would be perceived as 'anti-gun."
 

How the Black Panthers Inspired California’s Strict Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With each passing day, the debate for or against gun control rages on within the United States. And although the National Rifle Association (NRA) currently leads the charge for the rights of citizens to carry guns of all types with little to no interference from the government, the original gun rights advocates to take that stance were the Black Panthers.

Throughout the late 1960s, the militant black nationalist group used their understanding of the finer details of California’s gun laws to underscore their political statements about the subjugation of African-Americans.
 

PA: More Guns Not the Answer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One of the online commenters on my gun violence column today, noting that I had quoted a bunch of statistics regarding suicides, accidental shootings and domestic violence shootings as a result of guns in the home. wrote:

“Interesting how your study omitted how many times a gun in the home was used to defend a family.”

The fact is, even a cursory internet search will make it clear that the number of those incidences
 

MI: Hoitenga's pepper spray bill heads to governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When Detroiter Rochelle Morton started selling Damsel in Defense products, she was dismayed her Michigan customers couldn’t use the company’s pepper spray.

It was too potent.

Despite being allowed under federal law and in other states, Michigan’s law capped the concentration of the active ingredient at 10 percent.

That could change soon if legislation sponsored by Rep. Michele Hoitenga gets the governor’s signature.

Morton, who told the Cadillac News on Tuesday that she had never had to use pepper spray to defend herself, said she was displeased she couldn’t have the product sold by Damsel in Defense, a company that sells self-defense and related products.
 

OK: Faith And Firearms: Oklahoma Churches And Legislators Grapple With Security In Age Of Mass Shooters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gunshots ring through the chapel of First United Methodist Church. An instructional video simulating shooting rampages plays on a projector screen hanging above the pulpit between two banners that read “Good Shepherd” and “Lion of Judah.”
 

MD: Ban high velocity weapons to end mass shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mass shootings are only a small part of the gun violence epidemic, but they are the easiest to fix. We know the answer: ban high velocity, high capacity magazine weapons capable of a high firing rate. It's constitutional (D.C. v. Heller acknowledges the right to restrict sale of dangerous weapons) and it doesn't interfere with self-defense, hunting or target shooting in licensed secure gun ranges. Most important, it works. After the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, Australia banned assault weapons and instituted strict licensing rules. There has not been a mass shooting since.
 

AL: Senate Delays Vote on Church 'Stand Your Ground' Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Alabama Senate has delayed a vote on a proposed revision of the state's self-defense law to clarify that deadly force can be used to defend someone in a church.

Senators delayed a Thursday vote after at least one senator threatened a filibuster.

Sen. Bobby Singleton said that the legislation is encouraging people to get "trigger happy."
 

Ukraine: Now Prohibited in Ukraine’s Parliamentary Chamber: Weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Ukrainian Parliament on Thursday began enforcing a new law requiring lawmakers to check guns, explosives and other weapons at the door before entering the legislative chamber, after a member arrived this month with a pistol and three hand grenades.

No law had prohibited the lawmaker, Nadiya V. Savchenko, from entering with the weapons, it turned out, but the episode unnerved her colleagues, spurred a prosecutorial inquiry over her intentions, and led to the adoption this week of the weapons prohibition.

In the country’s raucous domestic politics, brawls are common in Parliament, and apparently enough lawmakers also carry weapons that the new law immediately became contentious.
 

IL: Let gun owners carry on school grounds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nobody I know is suggesting forcing people like Ms. Rich to carry a gun, nor be a "soldier or police officer." Simply removing the ban on people — including teachers — carrying concealed firearms, for which they already have licenses, on school grounds would allow those who have an interest in protecting themselves to be able to do so. The ability to protect themselves would extend a form of indirect protection to the students in their care, yet that option is prohibited under current laws.
 

Holocaust historian explores Jews that resisted Nazi power during talk Thursday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jewish individuals living under the Nazi regime during the Holocaust didn't just passively suffer— some resisted, a prominent Holocaust historian said during a talk Thursday.

Most historians have focused on either Nazis or Jews or organized armed resistance to the fascist regime, but they have a blind spot in terms of individual acts of resistance, said Wolf Gruner, founding director of University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research.
 

Maryland School Shooting Complicates the School Safety Movement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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School shootings are a very unique and complicated problem, further frustrating the likelihood of any coherence coming out of this outcry. They are, in fact, very rare, and generally planned far ahead of time. This makes it difficult for any gun-control law to affect a school shooter. In general, gun-control laws tend to dissuade criminals on the margins–the guy who is vacillating about whether to kill his wife but who may decide to do it if given a gun. School shooters are not that type of criminal. Moreover, Maryland has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the nation. In addition to existing federal law—including the federal prohibition on handgun transfers to persons under 21—Maryland’s gun laws include:
 

The Second Amendment rights of more than 4 million Americans are at risk thanks to Republicans in Congress
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love.

All of this is wrapped up in the giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that the House of Representatives approved Thursday on a 256-167 vote and sent to the Senate.
 

NE: Purpose of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The conclusion is appalling because it would allow even greater massacres than the ones we’re already experiencing. Think of hand grenades tossed into classrooms. But the conclusion is logical, if you accept the initial premise. In fact, the logic extends much further. Effective resistance to modern armed forces would require weapons like tanks and artillery.
 

FL: Florida Carry’s Inaugural Second Amendment March 2018
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida Carry's Region 5 Lead, Kevin Sona, is coordinating the organization's first Second Amendment open carry march on Saturday, April 7th 2018 from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Ocala, Florida. Marchers will meet at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 1510 NW 4th St., and walk to Tuscawilla Park for some freshwater fishing.

Open carry of both long arms and pistols is legal in Florida even without a weapons license, (open carry is generally banned, even when possessing a carry license) if one is not prohibited from possessing firearms and is doing (or going to or from) certain activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, and target shooting.
 

D’OH: Dana Loesch truth nukes another load of anti-NRA BS from Gavin Newsom (and uses OBAMA to do it!)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida Carry's Region 5 Lead, Kevin Sona, is coordinating the organization's first Second Amendment open carry march on Saturday, April 7th 2018 from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Ocala, Florida. Marchers will meet at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 1510 NW 4th St., and walk to Tuscawilla Park for some freshwater fishing.

Open carry of both long arms and pistols is legal in Florida even without a weapons license, (open carry is generally banned, even when possessing a carry license) if one is not prohibited from possessing firearms and is doing (or going to or from) certain activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, and target shooting.
 

NJ: Next Monday Will be a Big Day in Trenton
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A flurry of gun control activity is slated for early next week in Trenton. The Assembly will vote on a package of anti-gun bills on Monday, March 26. These bills were adopted in the Assembly Judiciary Committee back on Feb. 28. In addition to the Monday Assembly voting session, NRA and ANJRPC will be hosting a morning rally on the steps of the War Memorial, only a couple blocks from the Statehouse.
 

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Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. — James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 46 at 243-244.

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