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Pediatricians take on gun lobby – carefully
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To pediatricians, gun control is a public health issue, not a political one. But they're treading a fine line, and they know it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has begun a renewed push to try to get Congress to pass gun control measures, sending more than 100 pediatricians to Capitol Hill earlier this month. But others who have taken on the issue over the past decade have a warning for them: they can run afoul of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups that are quick to pain[t] anyone who advocates for gun control as a political extremist.

Submitter's comment: I believe that a careful study would show that pediatricians are responsible for more children's deaths than firearms are.
 

Brazilian Group Joins Growing IAPCAR Coalition Against Gun Control
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) announced today that Brazilian gun rights group Movimento Viva Brasil has joined the international coalition of 25 groups in 16 different countries dedicated to the preservation and defense of civilian firearms rights.IAPCAR

“Our international alliance of like-minded civilian arms rights groups has a strong representation in Brazil now,” IAPCAR’s Executive Director Philip Watson said. “Movimento Viva Brasil brings another voice to the movement for civilian arms rights.”

Movimento Viva Brasil was involved in the coalition that defeated the nation-wide gun control referendum in 2005 with 64% of the voters casting their ballot against the measure.
 

Gun bill wasn’t common sense or reasonable
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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I was sitting in my favorite local coffee shop last week when two deer-hunting friends entered and took seats at my table. One of them asked why the U.S. Senate voted down the bill that would have expanded background checks on all gun transfers. He thought that was a pretty good bill.
 

Brazil: Brazil Becomes Top Emerging Nation To Download 3D Printed Gun
Submitted by: Phil Watson / SAF
Website: http://thegunmag.com

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Brazil is the No. 1 emerging market in search for blueprints for the Liberator, the 3D printable handgun reported on here at Forbes on May 5.

Brazil is third behind the United States and Spain in the number of internet users currently in a mad rush to download the blueprints to the Liberator, the world’s first printable hand gun, the Liberator’s creators at Defense Distributed said.

Between Monday and Thursday alone, the blueprints were downloaded by more than 100,000 people from the website Mega.com.nz, run by Kim Dotcom, considered by U.S. authorities as public enemy No. 1 when it comes to internet piracy.
 

MI: An armed self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A 66-year-old woman alone in her bedroom one night hears what seems to be someone breaking into her house.

She gets a loaded handgun from her closet, creeps out of the room and discovers a stranger barging through the back door.

"This is a stickup," the man tells her.

She yells back, "Damn right it's a stickup," and points her gun at him.

The man rushes out the door, never to be heard from again. No shots were fired.

Such were the events of April 20, 1999, in Lela Phillips' Benton Township house.

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Phillips, now 80, said she still keeps the gun handy, but well out of reach of visiting grandchildren.
 

Children and Guns: The Fear and the Reality
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In her CNN article, Judith Palfrey wrote: “According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6,570 people ages 1 to 24 died from firearm injuries in 2010. That’s 18 people every day and a staggering seven a day for children ages 1 to 19.” But these numbers tell us nothing about the point of her piece: the risk to young children of guns in the home. About 56 percent of her number comes from homicides for 17- to 24-year-olds, which overwhelmingly involve gang activity and drugs. Another 27 percent involves suicides for 18- to 24-year-olds, and she ignores the overwhelming research showing that people can easily commit suicides in many different ways.
 

NRA on Defeat of Expanded Background Check Bill: ‘One small battle in a long war’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Guns.com has been trying to get an interview with the National Rifle Association.

In the wake of that tragedy, which reignited the national debate over gun control, we wanted to touch base with the NRA and get their thoughts on a number of issues, e.g. the expanded background check amendment drafted by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), what the future holds with respect to gun control both at the state and federal level, the NRA’s solution to gun violence, the NRA’s interpretation of the Second Amendment, among others.
 

MT: Second amendment: Restricting protection is no solution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I support my right to carry a firearm and I intend to keep my guns. Violence will not lessen with the passing of tougher gun laws and believing criminals will not obtain guns is sadly misguided.

Illegal items are transported and purchased every day under every authority’s nose. If criminals observed our laws, we wouldn’t have drug cartels, gangs or the lone deviant roaming our streets, murdering, robbing, terrorizing and destroying property. This activity is a result of the dysfunction in this country and its leadership.
 

IL: What's at issue in Illinois concealed-carry gun debate?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The courts, the Capitol and the clock are complicating a debate over how to end the prohibition on carrying concealed firearms in Illinois.

There are fewer than 30 days to go before a judicial deadline for developing a framework on allowing public weapons possession in the only state that currently has a ban. Attempts at legislative remedies failed in the House late last month, including one endorsed by the National Rifle Association that could resurface. Senators may try a version of their own as early as this week.
 

CO: Recall efforts underway for lawmakers supporting gun control legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Four Colorado lawmakers are facing a possible recall after supporting new gun control legislation in Colorado.

Three senators and one representative are targets by different groups across the state, but those organizing the recalls have an uphill battle. Under Colorado law, each recall petition needs to have 25 percent of all the votes cast in the previous election for the targeted lawmaker.
 

SC: S.C. gun bills defy trends
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In an already strong pro-gun state, it can’t be easy to come up with ideas for making it more pro-gun.

But legislators have risen to the challenge: They have introduced multiple bills, most of a distinctly different flavor from the national gun-control measures the Senate shot down.

There is a bill to allow gun owners to carry their weapons openly in public. No training or background check would be required.
 

KS: Using guns instead of lances
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Kansas Legislature recently passed a law denying the federal government the right to enforce federal gun laws in Kansas. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the law is unconstitutional and the Kansas Legislature, Gov. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach say it is constitutional.

The Kansas attorney general has indicated that $225,000 from state general funds be sent to his office to pay the lawyers and staff that will be needed to defend the law.
 

AZ: Sen. Flake, the 1st Amendment comes before the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Expanded background checks are fully constitutional as our much braver Sen. John McCain pointed out on the Senate floor when he voted for them. Arizonans are proud of Sen. McCain because he voted to put our collective interests ahead of gun industry profits. McCain also doesn’t hide in his office, and welcomes those of us exercising our First Amendment rights. A few weeks ago, he came out of his office spontaneously to thank rally participants without any security entourage whatsoever.
 

DC: The Second Amendment never was a guarantee to own firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is always an affront to intelligence to see those who think the Constitution gives them an unlimited right to own firearms misquote the Second Amendment in much the same way that religious fanatics misquote the Bible to justify any and all acts, including murder.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution, as in most amendments from that period of American history, dealt with what the framers of the document saw as a potential need for protect certain rights in times of threat to a sovereignty of the nation.
 

FL: George Zimmerman's Decision Leads to Summer Trial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Florida judge questioned George Zimmerman Tuesday on his decision to waive an immunity hearing under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, which means that Zimmerman is likely heading for a trial this summer in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman spoke in court for the first time in over a year, answering "Yes, your honor" and "No, your honor" to a series of questions from District Court Judge Debra Nelson. Zimmerman's legal team wrangled briefly with the judge over her request to speak directly to Zimmerman.
 

RI: State Rep. targets bank over gun control issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A North Kingstown lawmaker is threatening to rally a boycott of Sovereign Bank if she finds out the bank closed its accounts with a local firearms dealer for political reasons.
“If I find out this is true I’m going to close my account with Sovereign Bank and recommend all the Second Amendment people in Rhode Island do the same,” State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-Dist. 31) told The Call. “Banks shouldn’t be choosing their customers because they’re in a certain kind of business. That’s just stupid.”
 

3D Guns: Your Move, State
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Cody Ross, the brains behind Defense Distributed did, indeed, comply with the Fed’s demands. But by the time the files were removed from his site, over 100,000 people around the planet, in hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of separate jurisdictions, had already downloaded them...and posted them on hundreds more sites. It takes a half-baked chimpanzee about six seconds to find the blueprints online. Granted, that puts them out of the senators’ reach...but that’s hardly the point.

The message from The People was clear: Your move, State.
 

FL: Team Trayvon's Big Lie
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While watching George Zimmerman's immunity hearing online in late April 2013, Chip Bennett took satisfaction seeing Florida prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda flail away at the one blog that has given him fits from the beginning. "BDLR alleges that The Conservative Treehouse doxed Witness 8," Bennett commented. "Double shot!"
 

IL: Self-inflicted wounds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You know, it is OK to be passionate about civil rights, the Second Amendment among them, and to try to influence your elected leaders. It is not OK to bash those who've buried children, especially if you have not, and who are guilty of little more than exercising another civil right - as spelled out in the First Amendment - just as you are. The Newtown parents don't deserve that. We're confident that each and every one of them gladly would trade "the limelight" for children who are still alive. The only "hatred" here is coming from the ISRA, whose approach could hardly be more wrong or counterproductive.
 

PA: In Gun Limbo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Five of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities ended their blanket bans on concealed weapon carry under guidance from the state system, but last week the system shifted gears and told its institutions to sit tight -- leaving those that already switched over stuck with new policies allowing guns on campus.

That's too bad for F. Javier Cevallos, president of Kutztown University, who said in his announcement of the new policy last week, "I personally believe guns have no place on campus and by no means does this mean that we support having guns on our campus."
 

Gun Control Debate Ripples Through Firearm Industry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Reed Exhibitions provided excellent service to NSSF and the customers of the SHOT Show for more than three decades, however, the company’s decision to restrict the sale of certain types of firearms this year at its consumer hunting and fishing show—an event unrelated to NSSF and the SHOT Show—was in conflict with NSSF’s mission,” the gun trade association said in a written statement.
 

Senator to keep pushing broader gun checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the principal sponsors of defeated gun background check legislation said he isn't giving up on getting a bill passed.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said backers of expanded background checks for gun purchases must focus on "where the comfort zone is" with gun owners.
 

Obama breeds rebellion among the states
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Not since the years leading up to the Civil War was kicked off on December 20, 1860 when South Carolina voted for secession, has there been such open resistance to the mandates of the federal government by the states on a range of issues. Earlier, in 1832, President Andrew Jackson had threatened to send troops to South Carolina to enforce federal laws.

Nullification, however, will not succeed as a means to rid the nation of Obamacare. To Obama's dismay, his gun control law failed in Congress when even members of his party joined in voting against it. The fate of immigration reform remains unknown but it will come to a vote soon enough.
 

PA: Kutztown University lifts weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kutztown University is now the fifth university in Pennsylavnia to allow students to carry a weapon if they have a concealed weapons permit, according to a recent article from PennLive.com.
 

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