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Who Stands Up for Free Speech?
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com/

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A police officer saved hundreds of lives in Garland, Texas after two Muslim terrorists attacked a free speech rally. Compare this officer’s courage to the frightened criticism we've heard from some politicians and journalists after the attack. Are the politicians and talking heads really that afraid of free speech?

We’ve seen a parade of hypocrisy. We must speak up and defend all our rights. We must do so.. because journalists and politicians won’t. A lone officer did.
 

FL: Man accused of firing shot at George Zimmerman arrested, police say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The man accused of firing a gunshot into George Zimmerman’s car has been arrested, according the Lake Mary Police Department.

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Matthew Apperson turned himself in to police on Friday and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance, police said.

“After conducting numerous interviews throughout the week, detectives determined that Mr. Apperson did intentionally fire his weapon into the vehicle occupied by George Zimmerman,” police said in a news release.
 

UT: Utah man who shot would-be carjacker will not be charged
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store will not face criminal charges, prosecutors have ruled.

The shooter acted within the bounds of Utah law when he intervened after hearing the screams of a woman whose car the suspect was trying to steal, the Utah County Attorney's Office said in a statement distributed Friday.
 

Interpreting the Second Amendment with Richard Martinez
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Nashville, we caught up with Richard Martinez, a spokesman with the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. The group protested the NRA show as well as pending legislation in Tennessee. But we asked him about the big ideas that govern his process — just as we did with presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.

“The Second Amendment says you have the right to bear arms —nobody interprets that to give you the right to have a tank or a machine gun or an atomic bomb. Why? Because it’s not reasonable,” Martinez said, responding to Cruz’s advocacy of loosening gun regulations.
 

AL: Ala. congressman leads push to allow civilians to buy vintage handguns from the military
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL3) and approved by the U.S. House Thursday would allow Americans who can lawfully own a handgun to purchase retired .45cal Colt 1911 sidearms from the military.
 

IN: Police: Son may have fatally shot father in self-defense in Gary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A son may have fatally shot his father in self-defense Thursday evening during an argument inside the family's home in Gary.

About 6 p.m., officers responded to a call of shots fired and a violent disturbance at the home in the 700 block of Tyler Street in Gary, according to a police report.

When they arrived, the officers met a woman who said her ex-husband was shot by their 32-year-old son, the police report said. She had taken her grandchildren outside to the family car to escape the argument.
 

Licenses to exercise constitutional rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A commenter on a recent thread suggested that, if the government can require licenses or permits to possess a gun — even licenses that are available to all people who have Second Amendment rights — then the government would have a similar power as to other rights, such as the right to speak. Another commenter suggested that the difference in treatment between guns and speech stems simply from an unprincipled gun exception from “ordinary constitutional law.” (I use the term “licenses” and “permits” interchangeably here.)
 

Shaneen Allen Reminds Us Why We Need Concealed Carry Reciprocity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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ACTION: Click here to urge your Representative and Senators to cosponsor legislation establishing concealed carry reciprocity.

Even if they’ve cosponsored other similar bills, they need to cosponsor the Cornyn-Stutzman legislation because it’s the ONLY one that protects citizens from Constitutional Carry states.
 

OH: WWJD? Probably not support spread of guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I see in the May 10 Enquirer ("Lawmakers push to loosen gun limits") that several of our Ohio legislators representing the gun lobby are now quoting Scripture to justify their attempts to further weaken Ohio's gun laws.

I find it hard to believe that Jesus would sanction an effort to expand further the spread of lethal weapons, Second Amendment rights not withstanding.
 

KS: Background checks for gun sales would save lives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you oppose the passage of a federal law requiring background checks for gun buyers, you’re endangering police officers and empowering cop killers … and you’re not doing anything to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

In lieu of such a federal law, we have a hodgepodge of state rules, and in the South, where I grew up, they are often lax. And guns from those states, where weapons are easy for felons to buy, show up in states with tough guns laws, like New York, where they are tough to buy.
 

No Agency Should Target Businesses for Political Purposes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray requesting that he publicly make clear that the agency will not participate in Operation Choke Point or any similar initiative.
 

Gun Dealers Credit Card Processing Still Dealing with Operation Choke Point
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Electronic Transfer, Inc. is a Gun Friendly Credit Card Processor that offers Nationwide Credit Card Processing company with 26 Years’ Experience. Electronic Transfer has been specializing in Credit Card Processing for Gun and Ammo Dealers for the past eight years.

Seeing how un-friendly the Industry was being treated years ago regarding their Firearms Credit Card Processing showed the owners that they needed help by offering Gun&Ammo Dealers a second amendment friendly Credit Card Processing service with-out the “high risk” fees the other processors were charging them.
 

NV: Pop-Tart Gun Bill Set For Nevada Senate Vote Next Week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Students could bring a small toy gun to school, point their finger like a gun or — yes — even brandish "a partially consumed pastry or other food item to simulate a firearm" under a bill that has two steps to go before becoming law in Nevada.

Basically, Nevada students could do everything short of possessing a real firearm and schools would be forbidden from punishing them, according to protections proposed in Assembly Bill 121. Without debate, the Senate Education Committee unanimously recommended for a full Senate vote Tuesday.
 

MI: Make the right decision about guns in schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last month, a gun-rights group filed a lawsuit against Ann Arbor Public Schools for adopting a policy that bans guns from school property. This comes on the heels of a man in Ann Arbor openly carrying a gun at a high school choral concert. In Madison Heights, a man twice forced a high school into lockdown while he paraded in front of it with a rifle and a handgun.

I know these incidents have sparked conversations among parents and children about "good guys" and "bad guys" with guns. For young, superhero-obsessed kids, it can all be pretty confusing and scary.
 

GA: Georgia produces the most out-of-state 'crime guns' in the US
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The triggers may never be pulled in-state, but Georgia is responsible for sourcing 3,061 crime-involved guns in other states, the most in the nation.

The Peach State produced more guns involved in out-of-state crimes in 2013 than any other state in the Union, according to data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
 

Canada: The Pig’s Eye Test & Canada’s Firearms Storage & Transportation Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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My name is Tony Bernardo, and I am the executive director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association. I have been asked to testify before this committee in regards to the technical aspects of Bill C-637. I also wish to provide some background information regarding the development of this situation with air guns in Canada.
 

The Mystery of $2 Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The bill does continue to have a weird, vibrant life in certain subcultures: Strip clubs often make change with $2 bills in order to allow their dancers to receive better tips. Many horse-racing tracks have a minimum bet of $2, so the bills come in handy there. In Michigan, supporters of marijuana legislation have used $2 bills as a silent way to express how much “green” the green weed will boost the economy. The bills are also used as a calling card of sorts for gun owners. “[They] use them as a symbol of the Second Amendment,” Bennardo says. “To start a conversation about their right to open carry.”
 

Guns, Guns, Whose Got The Guns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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No one knows how many American households have guns. That’s the good news.

The only way to know with any degree of accuracy would be through national registration, which hasn’t happened – at least not yet.

But a lack of knowledge doesn’t keep the gun ban lobby from trying to marginalize those who choose to own a gun. These gun control groups crowed recently when various mass media outlets parroted a report from the General Social Survey (GSS) claiming;

That the number of American households owning guns was declining…?
 

PA: Freedom of speech with no ‘buts’ attached
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What our freedom of speech means is that we need not be concerned that government is going to punish us for hurting the feelings of others. It does not mean that others might not try to limit our rights by initiating force against us — up to and including killing us.

That’s why the First Amendment doesn’t exist in a vacuum. There is a Second Amendment, among others, that has something to say about the potential outcome of initiating force against another.
 

ID: Adler to discuss 2nd Amendment tonight at 7
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The fourth annual Coeur d'Alene Public Library lecture by Dr. David Adler will examine the right of citizens to bear arms.

"The Second Amendment: Fundamentals and Myths" will be presented at 7 tonight in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave.

The free lecture is sponsored by the Coeur d'Alene Press and the Idaho Humanities Council with additional support provided by the Friends of the Library.
 

Hillary: My Supreme Court appointees must support overturning the Citizens United decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At first blush that seems like a boutique issue to use as a litmus test for something as momentous as a SCOTUS appointment. A more obvious one, at least if the game here is mega-pandering to the left, would be to overturn the ruling in the Heller case a few years ago finding an individual right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. Hillary won’t touch that one, though, because she needs states like Pennsylvania and Ohio in the general election and messing with guns is apt to spook centrist Dems.
 

NV: Assembly panel OKs bill allowing concealed guns on colleges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Nevada Assembly panel has passed a bill that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to carry firearms on college campuses.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee amended and passed SB 175 on a 9-4 vote on Friday.

The bill was amended to allow concealed weapon permit holders to bring guns onto college campuses. A similar bill died without a hearing in the Senate.
 

NC: Guns Bill And Duke Energy Plea
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill in the North Carolina House could change gun regulations in the state. Proponents say the measure would give more consistency to licensing. Opponents, including some law enforcement agencies, say the changes would allow private sellers to skip registration processes.
 

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