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France: Pippa Middleton Could Face Gun Charges
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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Pippa Middleton could face arrest in Paris on gun charges after her friend pointed a weapon at a photographer. The Sun reports that the sister-in-law of Prince William was visiting Paris over the weekend when she was in a convertible with three friends. The driver was seen pointing a gun at a photographer for xposurephotos.com, who was smart enough to snap a few pictures of the incident. The photos were published exclusively by The Sun. Under French law, Middleton could face charges. A source told the newspaper, “If the evidence points to her involvement, she will be prosecuted. Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation."
 

VA: JMU Board of Visitors moves forward on weapons ban regulation
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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During a Friday April 15th 2012 meeting, the Board of Visitors of James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, voted to promulgate a regulation banning weapons on campus.

While the exact text of the proposed regulation has not yet been released, it reportedly closely mimics the policy previously in effect at JMU.

In replacing their policy with a promulgated regulation, JMU joins ...
 

Mother of VA Tech victim speaks out in support of campus carry
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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Five years ago today, on a cold, sad Monday in April, Virginia Tech senior Seung Hui Cho went on a rampage that cost the lives of 32 of the Commonwealth’s best and brightest young people and sent a nation into mourning.

Now, on the fifth anniversary of this terrible tragedy, one courageous parent is speaking out. Holly Adams lost her daughter Leslie Sherman that day and it is in remembrance of her daughter that Holly put out the following statement:
 

Obama And Romney On Gun Control
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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' ... understanding why Romney is speaking before the NRA and Obama is not requires only that one understand the people with whom Obama has surrounded himself. The President cannot pass laws, but the President can do two things that are unique to the office. He can appoint judges, and he can fill positions in the executive branch of government.
 

VA: 5-Year Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shooting
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Monday marks the five-year anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech that left 33 people dead, including the gunman. As The Associated Press reports, the school is still trying to come to terms with the tragedy:
 

Gun Victims Gather in D.C. on Virginia Tech 5th Anniversary
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On the 5th anniversary of the worst mass shooting in American history, a group of 32 gun violence victims, led by Colin Goddard, who survived being shot in the Virginia Tech Massacre, gathered at the House Triangle, outside the U.S. Capitol, to make public safety demands of Congress, the Brady Campaign today announced. The victims’ demands include signing a Statement of Principle Against Arming Dangerous People and rejecting Senate bills that the Brady Campaign has dubbed the “George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Acts”.
 

The need for self-defense does arise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mary Sanchez’s April 11 column poses a question: “Have you ever faced a potentially dangerous, life-threatening situation?” I have on two occasions.

In the worst situation, I was in my place of business, the time was 11 p.m. and the odds were 5-1. The potential assailants’ weapons of choice were neck-held liquor bottles. Without a firearm, I would have been a sure candidate for the emergency room or worse. The second situation involved a possible car jacking with us as the victims.
 

NY: Embarrassed by Bad Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Now it’s clear that ALEC, along with the National Rifle Association, also played a big role in the passage of the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws around the country. The original statute, passed in Florida in 2005, was a factor in the local police’s failure to arrest the shooter of a Florida teenager named Trayvon Martin immediately after his killing in February.

That was apparently the last straw for several prominent corporations that had been financial supporters of ALEC. In recent weeks, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Intuit, Mars, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have stopped supporting the group...
 

AZ: Arizona already has 'stand your ground' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But Chuck Gray, who as a Republican senator from Mesa two years ago chaired the Judiciary Committee — and who sponsored the amendment to the legislation at the behest of the Citizens Defense League — said he was not confused.

“As a police officer you are granted certain authority,' he explained. But he said that authority resides with citizens.

“We never ask our police officers to retreat if they are threatened,' Gray continued. “If they are delegated that authority, that means that same authority resides or maintains with the citizens.'
 

Don't Do Business with Progressive Appeasers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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They're shamelessly blaming ALEC for the tragedy by claiming the group wrote the state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law. But as ALEC points out:

"(The) law was the basis for the American Legislative Exchange Council's model legislation, not the other way around. Moreover, it is unclear whether that law could apply to this case at all. "Stand Your Ground" or the "Castle Doctrine" is designed to protect people who defend themselves from imminent death and great bodily harm. ... In the end, we will always respect people who disagree with us in matters of policy, but it is simply wrong to try to score political points by taking advantage of a great tragedy like Trayvon Martin's death."
 

OK: Gun owners have a right to protect themselves in emergencies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Earlier this month, innovative legislators in the state of Oklahoma voted unanimously to advance a proposed amendment that guarantees Second Amendment protections to law abiding citizens during a state of emergency declared by a state official or agency.

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Oklahoma Senate Bill 1760 makes it clear that provisions in state riot law are never to be construed to “prohibit or suspend the sale, ownership, possession, transportation, carrying, transfer and storage of firearms, ammunition and ammunition accessories during a declared state of emergency.”
 

Old Anti-Gun Habits Die Hard at NBC
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Only two weeks ago, NBC was caught having deceptively edited a 911 tape from the controversial Zimmerman/Martin shooting in Florida.

This week, NBC accused Remington Arms Company of manufacturing unsafe firearms—specifically its immensely popular Model 870 and Model 1100 shotguns. Gun owners will also remember the hatchet job that NBC did on the Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifle in 2010.
 

Ireland: Burglar shooting to test new self defense law on intruders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The shotgun was legally held by Richard Lowndes, a 79-year-old farmer. Lowndes’ son Graham insists he was "just defending" his father’s home when he opened fire at men he came upon whom he believed were robbing the farmhouse.

Enacted in January The Criminal Law (Defence Dwelling) Act 201 recognizes the constitutional position of a person's home and allows for a person to use reasonable force in defending the home.
 

WI: Man who shot Aldi’s robbery suspect suing city over gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two suspects likely would have gotten away with robbery at an Aldi’s store near 76th and Villard in Milwaukee back in January, 2012 if Al-Mujaahid hadn’t stopped them. Al-Mujaahid shot a suspect, and now says he hasn’t been able to get his gun back, forcing Wisconsin Carry to file a lawsuit against the city.

“About a month after the incident, we sought for police to return the gun voluntarily and the police claim it’s needed as evidence. We would like police to articulate what evidential value that gun has,” Nik Clark with Wisconsin Concealed Carry said.
 

Battleground America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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No civilian population is more powerfully armed. Most Americans do not, however, own guns, because three-quarters of people with guns own two or more. According to the General Social Survey, conducted by the National Policy Opinion Center at the University of Chicago, the prevalence of gun ownership has declined steadily in the past few decades. In 1973, there were guns in roughly one in two households in the United States; in 2010, one in three. In 1980, nearly one in three Americans owned a gun; in 2010, that figure had dropped to one in five.

Ed.: 1 in 5 own a gun, or 1 in 5 are willing to tell a pollster they own a gun?
 

CA: ‘Stand Your Ground’ the Law in Blue California Too
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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And here’s the kicker folks—California, one of the most staunchly liberal states in the union, is a stand your ground state. This is truly bad news for the Democrats who’ve been shouting down guns rights in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, because they’ve so wanted us to believe such laws could only be found in those red, “hayseed states” like Florida. Yet the ugly truth is Florida’s stand your ground law only dates back to 2005, while California’s dates back to the 19th century.
 

DC: D.C.’s newest shooter : Council chairman is on-target with new gun rights for District residents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, the D.C. Council is expected to pass the Firearms Amendment Act of 2012 under expedited procedures so it can take effect this summer. The ordinance will do away with many of the expensive and time-consuming hurdles to registering a gun in the District that were put in place after the court’s decision.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, who will vote for the bill, has made a 180 on gun rights. Last fall, when I began my series “Emily Gets Her Gun,” about the process of getting a legal handgun in the District, I asked Mr. Brown if he thought the city was adhering to the high court’s decision that the gun ban was unconstitutional.
 

FL: Martin's parents to discuss self-defense law in Tampa
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Zimmerman told police he was attacked by the teenager when Zimmerman asked the youth why he was in the neighborhood. Under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, a person in fear of injury or death can use deadly force. Zimmerman's attorney has said he plans to use the law as part of the defense for his client.
 

MO: The need for self-defense on the Loop
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I live north of the Loop in University Terrace. It’s an area known for its elevated crime rate, and recently, worried about the safety of myself and those I care about, I purchased a 2,500 KV “defense flashlight.” I believe it to be a great investment, and I think all students who live north of the Loop should similarly equip themselves.
 

What's behind the surge in women gun owners?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun sales are booming, and women are a big part of the reason why.

The Daily Beast reports on the National Rifle Association getting in touch with its feminine side at its annual convention. Companies sell all sort of things: pink firearms, guns that are small enough to fit in a small purse, black and pink shooting targets and even a bra holster.

As the inventor of the Flashbang Women's Holster tells The Daily Beast: "Nothing comes between a girl and her gun."
 

MA: Student overreaction
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Well I’m not sure what a bill that allows self defense has to do with race and/or hoodies. ...

Can Strickland point where in the stand-your-ground states that a minority in a hoodie can be shot at will?
 

Biden says most shootings happen with victim’s own gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"Biden's claim implies that people are having their weapons turned against them by someone else when, in fact, the modal gun death is probably a debt-ridden farmer," Braman wrote in an email.

We agree that Biden did not seem to be talking about suicides. He was answering a question about self-defense laws and the danger of people putting themselves in harm’s way. And certainly the Martin killing was unrelated to suicide.

"What Biden seems to be saying," Braman wrote, "is that the likelihood that you will shoot someone with a gun you buy in self-defense is smaller than the likelihood that you (or someone in your household) will be shot with that same gun.
 

WV: Proponents say ‘Castle Doctrine’ is a solid law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Our law is different from Florida’s in a lot of respects,” Love said Monday.

“Ours is more similar to Texas. Ours doesn’t give you a license to go out and shoot your brother-in-law. It protects you in your own domain, in your home, on your premises.”

Kessler, likewise, defended the state’s law, a key issue advocated four years ago by the NRA, and said he foresees no difficulties with it.

“I believe West Virginia’s law is just fine,” Kessler said.

“It applies to one’s home and vehicle where one has the right to use deadly force to protect oneself, their family and property in their own private domain from intruders.”
 

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