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NC: Police In Charlotte Investigate Deadly Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police questioned two people Friday night after a deadly shooting.

Investigators are trying to find out if the shooting was a case of self defense.

Police said a woman's ex-husband confronted the woman and her boyfriend at a home on Breckfield Court in the Steele Creek Division.

During the confrontation, the boyfriend shot and killed the ex-husband, officers said.
 

Why Chicago's gun law failed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Chicago's gun ban ordinance was enacted in 1982 to stem increasing use of firearms in crimes in the city. From the beginning, the ordinance has been an utter failure in accomplishing that goal.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case brought by Chicago residents who want guns for self-defense but are barred by the ordinance from possessing them. Judging by the justices' questioning, a majority appeared to be leaning toward ruling the gun ban -- and Oak Park's similar ordinance -- unconstitutional. That is the right thing to do.
 

MS: Store's owner won't be charged
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Vicksburg store owner who shot an armed robbery suspect to death will not face criminal charges because the shooting was in self-defense, said Assistant Police Chief Jeffery Scott.

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Police are still seeking a second unidentified suspect, who fled from the scene.

The store owner, whose name authorities are not releasing, chased two robbers from the La Chiquita grocery store, 4002 U.S. 61 South, in an attempt to get the license number of the Toyota Corolla the robbers were driving, Scott said Friday.

The suspects shot at the store owner, who returned fire and shot the suspect who fell from the bridge and died.
 

VA: Guns and booze a bad mix
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So why isn’t the NRA putting the hammer down on the Virginia legislature passing a law to allow concealed handguns in places that serve alcohol?

The fear for gun activists is that some armed lunatic will start shooting up unarmed bar customers like ducks in a barrel of Bud Lite.

But, given the rarity of such a situation, the more likely scenario under this new law is that some armed lunatic will start shooting at armed customers – who will also be mentally and physically impaired.Or that mentally and physically impaired customers will elevate simple bar fights into the OK Corral.

Let the drunken shootouts begin.
 

McDonald v. City of Chicago ruling may prove a hollow victory for gun lobby
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dennis A. Henigan [Vice President for Law and Policy, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence]: "I was in the courtroom on Tuesday for the Supreme Court argument [PDF file] in McDonald v. City of Chicago, in which the Court is considering whether the new Second Amendment right, created two years ago in District of Columbia v. Heller, is incorporated under the Fourteenth Amendment as a constraint on state and local gun control laws. Unsurprisingly, the same five justices who formed the Heller majority and voted to strike down the District of Columbia's handgun ban, now seem poised to vote for incorporation and strike down Chicago's handgun ban.
 

Gun rights arose from need, not God
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A number of years ago I was traveling in Europe. One evening I had drinks and eats with a German family that I was getting to know.

One of the first items in our discussion was their questioning about the "American obsession with guns." Why is it that we have a belief that everyone should own a firearm? Many news items have to do with killings with firearms, and lots of U.S. television shows have all sorts of shoot outs as a way to resolve the story. "Europeans live without this obsession just fine," they said.

I responded with the usual hackneyed phrases used by those in our country supporting a culture that has grown to have more firearms than residents.
 

IL: Gun legislation moving through state legislature ahead of decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The legislation now moving through the Illinois Legislature includes Senate Bill 1840, which would change the age at which a person could apply for a FOID card from 21 to 18. Under the current Illinois FOID law, people under 21 must have the signature of a parent or legal guardian allowing them to apply for a FOID. SB 1840 was passed through a committee this week and will now be debated on the Senate floor. FOID cards are required in Illinois to purchase or possess firearms and firearm ammunition.

State Sen. Gary Forby (D-59th District) of Benton supports the legislation.
 

MO: Cynthia Davis wants guns in churches, plots resistance movement against 'oppressive governments'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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O'Fallon loon Cynthia Davis is terrified that mean ol' Kenyan Communist Dictator Barrack Hussein Obama is going to take away her gun.

Just read between the lines of state Rep. Davis' latest newsletter about why our forefathers added the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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There's H.B. 1230, the "Missouri Firearms Freedom Act," which Davis cribbed from similar legislation in Montana. "This law says that guns and ammunition made in Missouri and used in Missouri are not subject to federal regulation. ... This is just one way we can show them that they are not allowed to regulate that which happens within our state."
 

Most Americans Don't Believe Cities Can Prevent Citizens From Owning Handguns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday showed that most Americans do not believe that city governments have the right to prevent citizens from owning handguns.

According to the survey, 69% of Americans do not believe cities can prevent citizens from owning handguns. Only 25% believe that cities do have such a right.

The survey comes as the Supreme Court is wrestling with a major case questioning whether Chicago's handgun ban violates the Second Amendment.
 

Woman Takes Aim at Plastic Army
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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...an episode of "Trading Spouses" came on the waiting room TV.

In this episode, a progressive big city woman took a trip to Tennessee and stayed with a southern country dad and his kids. ...

The dad spent time playing with his young son. They sat on the boy´s bedroom floor battling with little green plastic army men. To make a short story even shorter, the city-woman was appalled that the dad was allowing his son to play with them.

The big city girl voiced her opinion by saying the boy is growing up thinking it is okay to "shoot bad guys" that he´ll be one of those kids who shoots his classmates someday. While listening to her irrational opinions, I got the impression that she was anti-gun and thereby anti-second amendment.
 

How the Constitution, filtered by the high court, affects guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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First, protecting the individual's right to keep and bear arms for self-defense was frequently mentioned by those who drafted and ratified the 14th Amendment, the purpose of which was to protect former slaves and their advocates from being disarmed by state and local governments determined to assault their security and limit their autonomy.

Second, the central tenet of American political philosophy is that government is instituted not to bestow rights but to protect preexisting rights, aka natural rights -- those essential to the flourishing of our natures. In its 2008 decision, the court affirmed that the Second Amendment did not grant a right to keep and bear arms, it "codified a pre-existing right."
 

Deciphering the Court Deciphering Your Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It was also clear that these justices were predisposed to buy what Clement was selling. That had to be tough on Gura. This was his case from the beginning and he was very unhappy when NRA forced their way in and took one third of his argument time. Then to have their lawyer come out the heroes of the day while Gura’s arguments remained largely unuttered… It had to be frustrating, especially since Gura was planning all along to include Due Process in his arguments.

Since Clement came in, Gura had little choice but to concentrate virtually all of his time on the Privileges or Immunities argument.
 

Judicial Factions And The Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Many of the briefs in the gun case urge the Court to revive the 14th Amendment's open-ended but long-moribund "privileges or immunities" clause and use it as a new fount of judicial power to strike down enactments imposed by majority rule. But the privileges-or-immunities alliance breaks down when its members are pressed on which laws should be struck down and which rights should be expanded or created.

Conservative libertarians who want the courts to reject economic regulations stress the considerable evidence that the authors of the privileges or immunities clause wanted to protect property and contract rights as well as gun rights.
 

CT: People in Connecticut would be allowed to carry Tasers under new bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers in Connecticut are now considering a bill that would allow people to carry Taser guns for personal protection. Right now, residents of Connecticut are only allowed to keep stun guns at home.

It's a phrase that has become part of the common language of America since it hit the internet a few years back.

"Don't tase me, bro!"

Could we hear that on the streets in Connecticut soon? Possibly, if the legislature passes a bill that would allow people to carry tasers. Right now state residents can own a taser but can not take it out of their home. The bill under consideration would change that. It calls for requiring documentation, similar to a pistol permit, that would allow the holder to carry a taser for protection.
 

NC: Bladen man won't face charges in shooting of girlfriend's father
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A man in Bladen County will not face charges in the shooting death of his girlfriend's father last year.

On October 29th, investigators say Caleb Stoker, 22, shot Ricky Carroll up to five times during an argument. Investigators also said at the time that Carroll may have hit Stoker with a lead pipe. The incident happened in Tory Hole Park.

After months of investigating, Bladen County District Attorney Rex Gore announced Thursday that authorities with SBI and the Elizabethtown Police Department were not able to rule out self-defense in this matter.
 

TN: Knife-Wielding Attacker Shot Dead
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Chaos erupted at a Family Dollar store when a man with a knife chased customers and was shot dead.

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Police say a man with a knife raced through the parking lot just after 3:00 p.m.. Witnesses say the man chased a delivery driver and others, but was killed when he tried to lunge his knife at one driver leaving the parking lot. The driver pulled a gun and killed his attacker on the spot.

"I just seen him shoot down. I thought he was just shooting in the ground. Obviously, he was shooting the gentleman with the knife," says Byron Cook who watched the ordeal from start to finish, along with his three year-old grandson.

Witnesses say two little girls were inside the car when the attacker lunged at the driver.
 

CA: Sacramento man gets 4 months for fatal shooting
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...Castillo was carrying a handgun to protect his house after a week of confrontations that had pitted his wife against Velasco's girlfriend, who lived next door. Castillo shot Velasco three times.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Maryanne G. Gilliard agreed from the bench today that the case included a major slice of self defense.

"In America, you still have the right to defend yourself on your own property," Gilliard said.

She sentenced Castillo to five years probation, six months in county jail (of which he had served four months, and the remainder of which will be applied in good-time credits) and restitution that included $7,500 to cover the victim's funeral.
 

DE: NRA pushes to rescind ban on guns in Delaware public housing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association, one of the most potent lobbying forces in American politics with a bankroll to match, has sent letters to all four authorities asking them to rescind their bans or face a lawsuit.

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The Wilmington Housing Authority and Delaware State Housing Authority are consulting with their attorneys before deciding what do do. The Dover Housing Authority is seeking an attorney general’s opinion, and the Newark authority rescinded its policy after receiving the NRA’s letter.

Ed.: One down, three to go.
 

Fantastic Fistguns
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In celebrating the transition of Shooting Times into its second half-century, we felt it might be a nice to muse on a few of the handguns that have made a significant impact on handgunning in the past half-century. I generally enjoy compiling lists of such things, though I know by doing so in this case offense will be taken by some handgunners. There are clearly many great choices, but I'm unfortunately limited in space, so I've put together a smattering of handguns I feel have been influential. The guns on the list aren't necessarily my personal favorite handguns, but they are significant guns that need to be recognized
 

CA: Gun-rights activists to descend on downtown Palo Alto
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Decades ago, Palo Alto's downtown Lytton Plaza was the scene of protests by young activists testing their First Amendment rights to free expression.

Today, a group of gun-rights advocates will exercise their Second Amendment rights by congregating in the plaza with unloaded firearms in plain view. Bay Area members of the national "open carry" movement said they chose the city in part because it is one of the few in the state that has a municipal ban on gun possession.

Don't expect any '60s-style confrontations with authorities, however. Palo Alto officials said Friday they will not attempt to enforce the city's ordinance, since it is superseded by state law allowing people to carry guns openly as long as they're not loaded.
 

OH: Radio reporter faces fear of guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"You're a deadshot," Madachik exhorted after Adoryan nailed one bull's-eye.

Adoryan admitted that she still had some trepidation after her interview and experience on the shooting range.

"Even after the first round or first few, it was still a shock every time, especially when I switched guns," she said.

"The more I learn about guns, the more I learn there is to learn about guns; and the thing that scares me the most is people don't know all of this. Even the people who own guns may not, apparently, know all there is to know about guns...."
 

NY: NY gubernatorial candidate Warren Redlich answers gun rights questionnaire
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Actually, New York gun owners do have a choice. Meet Warren Redlich, an attorney, gun owner and NRA member who is vying for both Republican and Libertarian Party consideration."
 

Student break warning: Don’t visit Mexico
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The U.S. State Department recently published an updated travel advisory which specifically notes the increasing violence along Mexico’s northern border and in major cities.

This is all very curious, because gun control proponents claim it’s the availability of guns that fuels violence.
 

NJ: N.J. kids baseball league rejects Maplewood gun dealer's sponsorship
Submitted by: Larry

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Matt Carmel is a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association who lives here, a left-leaning suburban basin with annual "Be About Peace" days.

He has had polite differences of opinion over the years, evidenced by signs on his front lawn reading "I’m the NRA and I Vote."

But now he’s really miffed. Carmel, a licensed gun dealer, applied to sponsor a team in the local Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball league, using the name of his business — Constitution Arms.

He was rebuffed.

Submitter's note: One commenter claims that the store name "Constitution Arms" means the shop owner is "a rabble rouser".
 

Overreactions needed in order to support gun control
Submitted by: Daniel White
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Two Pentagon police officers were wounded yesterday when a man walked up to the entrance of the complex’s subway station, pulled a handgun out of his pocket, and began firing. Officers returned fire and killed the shooter. A motive for the shooting has not yet been determined.

Immediately, those in favor of gun control seized upon it as a prime example of why guns should be banned.
 

The State Protects ... the State
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Writes Daniel:

Telling thing about the Pentagon shooting, Lew: Couple of miles down the road African Americans are getting shot all the time, and they are lucky to get the police to come around to take a report. But the moment a shooter threatens the state there is an amazing mobilization of police and paramilitary force (after the fact, of course) shutting down traffic and everything in sight for an investigation. At the Pentagon this morning, which is closed, I could see several semi-trucks with crime scene investigation labs and dozens of police cars, lights blazing, as every inch every millimeter is combed for evidence. When we mere taxpayers are victims of a crime, the bare minimum of assistance is provided, if we are lucky. Also funny to see the swaggering cops in the metro station, sauntering three by three in the most threatening manner. Don’t they know through all their toughness and arrogance that, in fact, they failed — failed to prevent a crime?

Submitter's note: Equal protection under the law = another State fallacy.
 

NY: NYC Cops Busted in $1M Perfume Heist
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The employees of a New Jersey warehouse knew something didn't smell right when two New York City cops ordered a bunch of day laborers to load hundreds of boxes of expensive perfumes valued at $1 million into a fleet of rented vans.

Two members of the gang were busted by Carlstadt, N.J., police last month as they tried to flee the warehouse after a call had been placed to 911.

The two New York City police officers, Richard LeBlanca, 25, and Brian Checo, 24, were arrested today.

While holding the 11 employees "hostage," the complaint charges that four members of the gang .... along with the day laborers, loaded hundreds of boxes containing high end perfumes into the rental trucks.
 

PA: Fmr. Police Officer Accused of Shaking Down Montco College
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A former Philadelphia police officer is under arrest in Montgomery County accused of trying to shake down a Main Line college.

Authorities accuse Vincent Gaudini of Philadelphia of sending an email to officials at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr threatening to expose allegations of criminal activity on campus if the school didn’t wipe out his son’s $3000 dorm fee.

District attorney Risa Ferman says they have found no truth to those allegations.:

The college sent the email to authorities to investigate. Gaudini faces numerous charges including “compounding” which is accepting money or a benefit for not doing something. Ferman believes it’s the first time they’ve ever filed that charge.
 

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