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Reese Witherspoon arrest shows privileged hypocrisy of anti-gun elitists
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Unlike with drunk driving laws, which punish for after-the-fact violations, Witherspoon was one of a handful of privileged Hollywood dilettantes joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg to ‘demand a plan” to place prior restraints on sober and responsible gun owners, essentially to control those who have already exhibited self control as a response to those who do not. That Witherspoon recognizes this weakness in herself may provide a key as to why she fears others may also share in her character defects, and does not trust them to act responsibly on their own."
 

After Senate setback, Obama quietly moving forward with gun regulation
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Final Rule published today in the Federal Register and a news release issued Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services, followed up with a notice to be published tomorrow, are two developments all but ignored by the mainstream press even though Vice President Joe Biden announced last week that the administration would be using executive orders to advance 'gun control' goals following a Senate battle that could not muster the votes to do so legislatively."
 

NY: County clerks clarify role in implementing New York's gun control law
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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After an Erie County man last week was misidentified by authorities as a mental health risk under the state's new gun control legislation, county clerks are speaking out about their role in implementing the mental health provision of the law.
 

Cartoonists create film to fight for gun control, sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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The gun-reform group co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg on Monday released a touching animated short that repeats the group’s demands for Congress to enact gun-control legislation. The group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, recruited dozens of the nation’s best cartoonists for the short film, which encourages citizens and lawmakers to take action to end gun violence in the U.S.
 

NY: NY lawmakers declare June Gun Violence Awareness Month
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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A resolution declaring June "Gun Violence Awareness Month" and announcing a five-year plan to reduce gun violence in the state unanimously passed the Assembly last week and several county legislatures have passed resolutions in favor of the plan.
 

UT: Potential SWAT team members start training
Submitted by: repeal1968guncontrolact

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"Dozens of officers in Utah will be put to the test in the coming week as they try to become a member of the SWAT team. Sunday was the first day of classes for those who wish to join the elite rank of first responders."

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Submitter's note: The gaggy hero worship by the reporter is outdone by the MANY pro citizen (and anti police state) comments that actually give me hope.
 

Gun Shows Across the Nation Draw Record Crowds, Even After Toomey-Manchin Bill Fails
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Gun shows across the nation have experienced record turnout, even as the federal gun control push has hit a major roadblock.
April gun shows - both before and after the Senate killed the Toomey-Manchin bill - have seen record crowds, as many fear the debate over the Second Amendment is not yet over.
 

Gun Control Vote Likely Won't Affect Midterms
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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In the wake of gun control’s stinging defeat on the Senate floor last week, proponents are consoling themselves with the fact that midterm elections are on the horizon. A common refrain is enunciated by the Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky: “You cannot oppose the will of 90 percent of the public and expect no consequences.” Actually, I’d be more surprised if there were electoral consequences, for four reasons.
 

IN: Northern Indiana 2nd Amendment Rally-April 28th
Submitted by: Jeff S.

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Northern IN 2nd Amendment Rally-April 28th. 1:00 PM in South, Bend, IN. Come to the heart of Northern IN liberalism and help show the mayor of South Bend, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns member, that we are not going to back down on 2nd Amendment issues!
 

MA: Boston bombing suspects did not have valid handgun licenses
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The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, who police say engaged in a gun battle with officers early Friday after a frenzied manhunt, were not licensed to own guns in the towns where they lived, authorities said on Sunday.
In the confrontation with police on the streets of a Boston suburb, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were armed with handguns, at least one rifle and several explosive devices, authorities say.
But neither brother appears to have been legally entitled to own or carry firearms where they lived, a fact that may add to the national debate over current gun laws.

Submitter's comment: No kidding, Sherlock! And neither did the tens of thousands of residents who were "asked" to stay in their houses and hide!
 

Unintended Victims – Gun Controls Impact On The Disadvantaged & Under-Represented Groups
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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She went home from the gun store to endure a ten day cooling off period before she could take her new gun home.

But her estranged husband, the subject of a restraining order, was not cooling off about their pending divorce.

That same evening she was raped, beaten nearly to death, and their son was almost killed by the man he once called “Daddy.”

Every law has unintended consequences. Many have perverse intended consequences. Nowhere are the perverse results more horrific than with gun control laws, because laws relating the legal acquisition of firearms often harm no one except those who are inclined to obey such legislation.
 

SC: Explaining South Carolina's Stand Your Ground Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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News19 spoke with University of South Carolina law professor Ken Gaines, an expert on the stand your ground laws.

"If the defendant is where he has a right to be, then he can invoke the stand your ground rule and does not have a duty to retreat under those circumstances," Gaines told News19.

Gaines says the South Carolina laws are fairly clear because a defendant has the right to defend him or herself if they feel threatened. But that's only a piece of the law, he says.

"Another aspect is that the defendant has to be engaged in legal activity. In other words you can't be engaged in illegal activity or be the cause of the diffculty and turn around and claim self-defense.
 

PA: Gun groups lose ' law-abiding citizen' argument
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Over and over again, "gun rights' organizations and the gun and ammunition manufacturing companies that bankroll them have used the term "law-abiding citizens' to argue against new restrictions on assault-style rifles, high-capacity ammunition magazines and even closing loopholes in the country's background check laws.

These regulations only harm "law-abiding citizens,' they argue, not the "criminals' who are causing the gun violence in America's cities and in mass shooting murders such as Aurora and Sandy Hook.
 

FL: Retired Teacher Says Armed Educators Will Keep Children Safe
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I am a retired school teacher. I would do anything necessary to defend my students. I am a grandmother. I would be happy to know that the public school that they attend has armed teachers. If it is known that there are armed teachers in the schools, it is less likely for someone to attack. This is a cost effective measure with no need to hire armed guards who would be targeted first and leave the school undefended.
 

Technology, Concealed-Carry, and the Intention of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a case to determine how accessible concealed-carry permits should be. They did so without remark or prejudice.

This has a serious implication. It’s not that the Supreme Court doesn’t want to address the issue of shall-issue concealed-carry, it’s that they didn’t want to address it in this specific case. There are other concealed-carry cases in the pipe that they’re facing, and they might have a preference.

What does this mean for concealed-carry? Well, historically, the Second Amendment hasn’t widely been said to protect concealed-carry, only open-carry, as early as 1897 in the case Robertson v. Baldwin.
 

NH: How the Boston bombings impact N.H. politics
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It changes the “Stand Your Ground” debate.

The only bill in the legislature that could remotely apply to the bombing situation is legislation up for a hearing in the Senate this week that would change self-defense laws. The bill would repeal just-passed legislation that gives people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves if they are legally allowed to be where the action occurs. This bill would revert to the decades-old self-defense law that requires people to flee the area before defending themselves, if possible.
 

NH: Don’t incentivize criminals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Tuesday HB 135 is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an effort to repeal what was effectively SB 88. In 2011, SB 88, which established law-abiding citizens’ rights to stand their ground and defend themselves was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

What has changed since 2011? The answer is nothing here in New Hampshire. But once again, recent national tragedies have created political bandwagons that legislators feel the need to jump aboard.
 

The Fight to Protect Children From Guns is Not Over
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The United States Senate’s failure to pass common sense gun safety measures – the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to expand background checks to keep guns away from underage or dangerous people, and amendments to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines designed only to kill as many human beings as possible — is a moral failure of great magnitude. Once again, the safety of children has been sacrificed by political leaders in service to the gun lobby. As Americans do we value guns more than the lives of children?
 

Feinstein: Buy a shotgun to defend yourself from terrorists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., explained that Americans should buy a shotgun instead of a semi-automatic assault rifle to protect themselves against terrorists.
 

MO: Second Amendment protection bill passed in House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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However opponents of the bill argue that HB436 doesn't focus on guns — it focuses on nullification of federal laws, technically illegal according to the supremacy clause in Article Six of the Constitution.

“This isn’t about guns, it is about nullification," Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, said. "This has nothing to do with guns whatsoever; it is about Missouri saying that we will not follow the United States constitution."

"(HB436) is about cession and only about cession,” Kelly said.
 

Gun Control Will Eventually Happen, Opponents Will "Go Down" For "Being Wrong"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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And the fact that a minority in the Senate disagreed with not just the President -- it’s not about the President -- disagreed with 90 percent of the American people is I think unfortunate and will -- they will go down, I think, as being wrong on this because it will happen.

Ed.: Actually, a majority in the Senate disagreed with the President and his fellow gun-grabbers.
 

AR-15 Giveaway Reportedly Shut Down By Facebook
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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acebook reportedly shut down the page of a Pennsylvania firearms store that was giving away semi-automatic weapons in support of the Second Amendment.

Erik Lowry, owner of Pittsburgh Tactical Firearms in McKeesport, Pa., claims his store's Facebook page was shut down following an AR-15 giveaway launched earlier this year, according to ABC's WTAE Pittsburgh. On Friday, he received a message from Facebook informing him the page was deactivated, but he received no further explanation.
 

CO: Colorado lawmakers pass another new gun law -- requiring domestic violence suspects to give up guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One gun control bill was sent to the governor but another requires another vote from the Senate, meaning the issue has been stretched out again.

In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three gun control measures into law -- restricting the size of gun magazines, expanding background checks for firearms buyers and adding a fee for background checks for gun transfers.
 

MA: Let police do their job
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If anything, police and the public are lucky that amateur “good guys with guns” — the NRA’s solution to gun-fueled mayhem — didn’t make Friday’s events more tragic and chaotic than they already were. Individual citizens wielding high-powered weapons, no matter their good intentions, could as easily have shot at the wrong target or been mistaken for a threat themselves. The fight against dangerous terrorism suspects should be left to trained police officers.
 

9mm Guns and the People Who Carry Them
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ed.: Video story.
 

MD: Group threatens to sue Md. town over gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A small Maryland town has unwillingly found itself in the middle of the gun control debate.

Since 1975, it's been illegal to carry or fire a loaded gun inside the town limits of Walkersville, Md. Recently, the Second Amendment Foundation, a national gun rights group from Washington state, threatened to sue the town, claiming the town's gun law violates Maryland state law.

In a letter, the group demands that Walkersville repeal the law, adding "Failure to do so...puts the town at risk for a lawsuit."
 

The Senate's cowardice: Chamber fails to pass reasonable gun-control measures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The United States is a nation that has an overabundance of guns. About half of Americans say someone in their household owns at least one rifle, shotgun or pistol. And many households have multiple firearms.

It's estimated there are over 300 million firearms either owned or available for sale across the country. The No. 1 reason? About half of gun buyers cite self-defense. Next on the list are hunters, who make one third of the purchases.

Ed.: We are at least several billion firearms away from having an 'overabundance of guns'.
 

PA: East Rockhill amends gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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East Rockhill Township has removed a rule barring firearms from parks and other township-owned property and replaced it with language acknowledging the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act, not the municipality, sets the rules.

“It ties the carrying and use of firearms to the state law,” Patrick Armstrong, East Rockhill’s solicitor, said.

The change comes after a resident raised the issue, the East Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors said at the April 16 township meeting.
 

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We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. — Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

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