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Troubled German gunmaker Heckler & Koch takes aim at US for sales
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From the town that has armed Germany since the 1800s, Andreas Heeschen is fighting a very 21st century battle. The antagonists include regulators and bondholders.
At stake is control of Heckler & Koch, an iconic brand of military and police weapons that descends from Mauser, which made rifles for 19th century empires and later for the Nazis.
Confronting declining sales and creditor concerns, Heeschen, H&K's owner, has a plan to turn the tide: tapping into Americans' love of firearms. ...
The company started preparing for a big push into the US last summer, when it began modifying its machinery to switch production from military rifles to pistols.
 

MI: A Martin Luther Of Gun Rights?
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The heresy? Fride posted a 4,000 word missive to his congregation—Luther only a posted a meager 2,500 or so words—titled “We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore, Toto,” in which he justified the idea that his parishioners “arm themselves,” as the Detroit Free Press phrased it, in accordance with the law of the State of Michigan, and attend the 8-hour long firearms safety and training classes required to legally obtain a concealed pistol license (CPL). Classes would be offered at parish facilities. It’s not as if he said anything outrageous like obtaining a CPL should be regarded as a new sacrament or any such thing.
 

MI: Forget To Get A Gift For Mom? Sign Her Up For Free Shooting Lessons
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It’s Mother’s Day — how about shooting lessons for mom? One local firearms instructor is reaching out to women this Mother’s Day.

Rick Ector of Rick’s Firearms Academy in Detroit says he’s giving free shooting lessons to the first 300 women who sign up.

“We have a firearms instructor who is certified through the National Rifle Association (NRA) who is there with that woman every step of the process,” Ector said. “We ensure that the environment is safe and we leave women feeling very empowered.”
 

TX: Assuming Responsibility
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The Lone Star State is far from the “permissive” gun law bastion that the media likes to portray, but it still generally respects the natural right of citizens to defend themselves with the most efficient tools available—firearms. I legally carry a handgun here in Texas every day. It’s not easy or convenient, but I see it as my duty to myself and those I care about. I have spent thousands of hours in training and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition in an effort to ensure that I have the skills necessary to prevail over any threat I may someday face.

Ed.: Texas doesn't have a right to carry handguns, though a Texan may ask for permission to do so.
 

Framing the question on gun violence
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The debate over gun rights vs. gun control often gets mired in a battle of statistics—how many die each year by gunfire, how many crimes do carry license holders commit, how many violent crimes occur per annum and is that number rising or falling—and while those of us who support gun ownership and carry can win by the numbers, we have to recognize that many people aren’t persuaded by data. A good story that plays on the emotions or an appeal to our basic values will sway far more than will spreadsheets.
 

SC: Police Shoots Homeowner Twice After 911 Call For Home Invasion
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CBSNews reports that an African-American South Carolina homeowner Bryan Heyward called 911 to on a home invasion before a white deputy mistook him for a suspect and shot him.

The two Charleston County sheriff deputies were dispatched to investigate the reported home invasion in Hollywood, S.C. on Thursday. The 911 tapes connected to the shooting were released by the police, "Someone was trying to break into my house. Please come. . . It's an emergency and they have guns. Please come!"

The caller went on to say he heard banging on his windows and that he was hiding in his laundry room. He told the operator to send deputies to both the front and back door of his mobile home.
 

OK: Armed Citizen Makes Strong Case Why the Second Amendment Makes Everyone Safer
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Eller then attempted to arrest Williams singlehandedly, but Williams resisted with force. During the consequent struggle, Williams took the baton from the officer and struck him on the head between six and twelve times.

According to reports, it was then that an armed bystander witnessing the ongoing struggle intervened. Gun drawn, the unidentified citizen approached the scene and threatened to shoot Williams if he did not stop hitting officer Eller.
 

Support Right-to-Carry Reciprocity
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With several national Right-to-Carry reciprocity measures introduced in Congress, now is the time for all gun owners and Second Amendment supporters to ask their U.S. senators and congressmen to support and cosponsor the legislation.
 

Jesse Jackson Rallies Against Guns Already Banned in Chicago
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On Saturday, Jesse Jackson rallied outside Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale, Illinois, against AK-47s, saying, “More guns make us less secure.”

Wearing a hat emblazoned with “Mothers Against Guns,” Jackson said, “There’s no place in this city for AK-47s. There’s no place in these cities for automatic weapons. Street gangs are more armed than the police are. Nobody is secure ’til all of us are secure.

He added, “This is not about gun rights, it’s about civilized behavior. It’s about increasing life options.”
 

America’s oldest living Vet turns 109 and shows us his guns
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Today, May 11, 2015 is Richard Overton’s 109th birthday. This makes him America’s oldest surviving World War Two Veteran.

I recently had the honor of visiting with Richard at his home in Austin, Texas. Now, he credits his health and longevity to smoking cigars, drinking whiskey and being able to defend himself and his country with firearms.
 

TN: Gun shops targeted in suicide prevention campaign in Tenn.
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The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is targeting gun shops as part of its public awareness campaign to try to prevent deaths.

An example is a poster on display in a Memphis gun store noting that suicides in Tennessee far outnumber homicides, and firearms are the leading method, The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1RrFVxk) reported. The sign lists a crisis hotline.

Will Bass, the gun shop's general manager, said it's good to have anti-suicide messages posted in the shop, just in case a customer is thinking about ending his or her own life. "To hopefully get them thinking 'Maybe this isn't the best option,'" Bass said.
 

Army on a quest for new handgun
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At first glance, it seems absurd to suggest that a small company on the outskirts of St. Louis could be a serious player in the race to provide the U.S. Army with its next handgun.

This is, after all, a major event in the realm of military weapons — having happened only twice in the past 100 or so years. And it’s expected to draw the attention of the industry’s most powerful names, including Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Ruger and Glock.

And then there’s tiny Detonics, a five-person operation in Millstadt that fashions itself more tech company than gunmaker.
 

NY: Hundreds march for stricter gun laws
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Hundreds of men, women and children, including fashion designer Donna Karan, marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday demanding stricter gun laws and offering a litany of violent stories to show why such laws are needed.

Held on the eve of Mother's Day, the third annual march from Brooklyn to Manhattan was organized by the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
 

TN: One shot in self-defense: shooting victim in serious condition
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Investigators with the Knoxville Police Department said the man who admitted to shooting a 41-year-old man did so in self-defense.

Wallace Hann is in serious condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Just after 2:30 am Sunday morning, officers responded to a shots fired call on Lawson Avenue in North Knoxville
 

New Zealand: Police urge gun safety after hunting deaths
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Yesterday, a 21-year-old hunter died after his gun went off shooting him in the chest, while he was climbing over a fence, in Ruatiti near Ohakune.

In the other incident, a 15-year-old from Whakatane died while duck shooting in the eastern Bay of Plenty.

Ohakune police Sergeant Mike Craig said hunters should only have their guns loaded and docked when they are ready to fire.
 

Canada: Changes to gun licensing system set to pass before Commons recess
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New Conservative legislation that changes the gun licensing system cleared a House of Commons committee last week and is on track to become law before the summer recess — and a likely fall election.

Bill C-42, dubbed the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, has drawn sharp criticism even within the sport-shooting community but nonetheless remains grist for Conservative get-out-the-vote efforts, especially in rural Canada.
 

RI: After much debate, URI campus police now carry firearms
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Campus police at the University of Rhode Island on Friday began carrying guns, joining a growing number of colleges campuses nationwide patrolled by armed police officers.
Twenty-six armed officers assigned to the one-square-mile campus now carry the same type of handguns issued to most municipal and state police. The university also has assigned two armed officers to its Providence campus.
 

MA: Number of Bridgewater residents with gun permits soars
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Nearly twice as many Bridgewater residents have a license to carry a gun as seven years ago.

In Pembroke, the number of so-called Class A license holders has more than doubled over the same period. Quincy has seen a 96 percent increase and Braintree and Randolph aren’t far behind.

In 33 communities south of Boston, a total of more than 39,300 people now possess Class A licenses to carry a firearm, a 55 percent increase since 2008, according to data from the state’s Firearms Records Bureau. The increase has been steady in every community in the region from Quincy south to Plymouth and west to Easton over that time.
 

NRA Promotes Federal Firearms Regulations
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In other words, while the NRA criticizes the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association for blocking the state bill that would end their current gun purchase approval system, the group has no problem perpetuating the federally mandated system.

Given the fact that any federal restriction on the right to keep and bear arms is explicitly forbidden by the Second Amendment, the NRA’s position on this issue seems to contradict the organization’s claim that it exists in order to preserve "the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."
 

What would you have done? Better yet, what will you do?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What would you have done had you been at the Cartoon Contest Sunday May 3 in Garland, Texas? Better yet, imagine that you were pulling up to your child's school and you saw these two people in the picture above getting out of a vehicle in the school parking lot?

This could very easily be the most important article you have read in quite some time. It is quite likely some of us will be confronted with a decision of whether to "stand by and do nothing" or take up arms to defend our homeland. If you doubt that possibility, read this:
 

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