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How to Change Minds about Self-Defense
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/

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How do you change someone's mind? There is a huge gulf between conservative author Doug Giles and author Liberal Chick. Each one thinks their position is both obvious and correct. Let’s see if we can actually change someone’s mind even a little bit.

To do that, we need to do more than exchange sound bites from each extreme. For example, we can’t change Liberal Chick into a raving gun nut like Doug in a single step. We have to take Liberal Chick from where she is today. That is true with everyone we meet!

We all have friends like Doug and Liberal Chick. We forget how much they disagree. Let’s label a few of the steps. Just to keep things interesting, please vote where you fit along this spectrum.
 

TX: Texas Senate approves open carry of handguns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Texas took a major step toward allowing the licensed open carry of handguns, with Senate approval Friday night after a fierce debate over restricting police powers to ask people carrying guns if they are legal.

The open carry bill was expected to easily pass the Republican-majority chamber but got tangled in a bipartisan move to add the ban on police from stopping people solely because they are visibly carrying a handgun.

The vote came less than a week after a biker shootout in Waco killed nine, an incident that was raised several times in the debate.

The bill still needs a final vote in the House, which passed a nearly identical version last month. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to sign an open carry bill into law.
 

Top 10 choices in concealed carry pistols
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s certainly no secret that in response to the unprecedented demand for concealed carry handguns here in the states, foreign and domestic manufacturers have absolutely saturated the market with a deluge of downsized pistols and revolvers.

While perusing Alien Gear Holsters’ new concealed carry website, DefendandCarry.com, I watched an interesting video that featured the “top 10 concealed carry guns by popularity.” This listing was based on the YTD sales of their c.c. holsters for the opening months of 2015. The author simply organized the list in descending order based upon the different models’ percentage of total sales.
 

NV: Campus Carry Revives Day After Being Pronounced Dead in Nevada
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On May 22 a group of Nevada Assembly Republicans revived Campus Carry for this legislative cycle.

This comes just one day after The Wall Street Journal reported that “The Nevada senate defeated an 11th-hour move to tuck campus carry into a broader firearms measure, likely dooming the effort this year.” Ironically, “most” of the Republicans who revived Campus Carry on May 22 are among the number of those who killed it in the form in which it was presented on May 21.
 

AL: Alabama Senate approves loaded guns in cars bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Senate proposal to allow those without a concealed carry permit to keep a loaded firearm in their vehicle is advancing to the Alabama House.

The measure, which passed in an easy 24-4 vote Thursday, will repeal the current prohibition on keeping a ready firearm for self-defense in personal vehicles in the Dixie State and, according to its author, is a long-time coming.
 

TX: Police: Woman fatally shoots husband in southeast Houston, Possibly in Self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say a shooting in southeast Houston Friday evening left a 64-year-old man dead, and his common-law wife is claiming she opened fire in self defense.

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"She actually made the call to police. She's been cooperative so far and we're talking to her downtown right now," an HPD spokesman said.

No one witnessed the shooting. So far, no charges have been filed against the woman.
 

How many unsolved Homicides are Self Defense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a previous essay, I mentioned that we do not know what proportion of unsolved homicides are justified homicides. The reason is that most homicides are violent criminals killing other violent criminals, and that because a person is a criminal, they are reluctant to report a self defense shooting to police.
 

MS: Miss. couple to open gun training facility in Raymond
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Kim Condon's husband had tried for years to get his wife interested in firearms.

She never would.

The Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting did what Mark Condon could not. That incident — 12 dead, 70 injured just because they wanted to catch the premier of Batman franchise's "The Dark Knight Rises" — changed Kim Condon's mind.
 

Adams Arms now selling .308 AR uppers separately
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Adams Arms is now selling their short-stroke gas piston-operated .308 Winchester DPMS-pattern uppers separately, for shooters who already have DPMS-pattern lowers looking to get into the piston game while potentially saving a little scratch on the side.

With the increasing popularity of .308 Win. ARs, people have a lot more options when it comes to lowers than even just a year or two ago. Like with intermediate-cartridge AR rifles, it can be cheaper to buy a complete assembled upper and build your own lower from parts kits.
 

Does the Second Amendment apply to software?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I've told you that the next big war could be found partially in cyberspace with cyberweapons, also known as viruses, spyware, etc. However, the U.S. government isn't treating "cyberweapon" as a cute little name, it actually wants to regulate it like a weapon.

To that end, the Bureau of Industry and Security wants to pass the Wassenaar Arrangement. This would mean that U.S.-based companies couldn't export spyware or network surveillance hardware without a license.
 

Gun Owners of America (GOA) Victory in the U.S. Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Our amicus brief (Section II) also argued that the government did not have a superior property interest in Mr. Henderson’s firearms. This is why, GOA said, the government could not use a forfeiture proceeding to take all of Mr. Henderson’s firearms.
 

MN: Threats From Gun Control Supports Force Car Dealer To Drop Gun Giveaway
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun control supporters have bombarded a Minnesota car dealership with angry calls and threats, forcing the dealer to pull the ad for fears that his employees were in danger:
 

TX: Texas Senate OKs open-carry legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Texas is a hair's breadth away from legalizing the licensed open carry of handguns after the state Senate late Friday approved the legislation following hours spent arguing over a controversial amendment that would limit cops' ability to detain gun owners.

The Senate approved House Bill 910, which would allow properly licensed gun owners to openly carry their handguns in shoulder or hip holsters. The bill passed by a final vote of 19-12 and now heads back to the House, where that chamber's members will have to agree with the Senate's changes.
 

TX: Open Carry, HB 910 Substitute, in Texas Senate now
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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HB 910, the Texas licensed open carry bill, passed the House by 2/3 margins. The bill went through the Senate State Affairs Committee, where the Dutton amendment was stripped from it. Now, being debated on the floor of the full Senate, the debate is whether to put the Dutton amendment back in. The Dutton amendment specifies that peace officers may not detain open carriers simply to ask if they have a license, but must have probable cause to suspect criminal activity, just like they need for any Terry stop. The amendment is designed to protect open carriers from police harassment.
 

IN: Open firearm-bearing group expected to visit Zionsville on May 24
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A group of second amendment supporters known as “Open Carry Indiana” is expected to visit Zionsville on May 24. Members of group typically show up in a town and walk around with firearms openly visible, according to the Zionsville Police Department.

“There’s not a thing we can do about it,” ZPD Chief Robert Knox said. “They’re exercising their second amendment right to bear arms and their first amendment right to peaceably get together and walk down the street like anybody else.”
 

TX: Business reaction mixed to proposed Texas open carry gun regulation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has hailed the expected passage of open carry of firearms in Texas as one of his chief accomplishments this legislative session.

“The issue of open carry will finally be passed and Texas will join the large majority of states who allow open carry,” Patrick said in a statement Friday. “I am proud of the fact the legislature is making history while defending life, liberty and our Second Amendment Right.”
 

TX: Moms Demand Action Witness Caught Misleading Texas State Senators During Testimony
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A woman testifying for Moms Demand Action has been called on the carpet for misleading the Texas Senate for implying by omission that the tragic killing of her husband by her son resulted from the use of a firearm. In reality, her son killed his father with a pipe wrench and a knife. The fact that her son owned what she called “an arsenal” had no bearing on the murder.
 

Break out your calendars, your hunter orange and your guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Before heading out today for the long Memorial Day weekend, break out your calendars and circle some dates, including June 2, when anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying organization is planning a “National Gun Violence Awareness Day” and Second Amendment activists are already fighting back.
 

Another Win for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Future historians will undoubtedly note two great ironies of the leftmost administration since Lyndon Johnson: that President Obama’s tenure coincided with (1) massive increases in domestic fossil fuel production and (2) historic expansions of the Second Amendment.
 

LA Times: Individual Right To Keep And Bear Arms Created in 2008
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a May 22 editorial examining the Obama administration’s push against 3-D printed guns, the LA Times made clear its conviction that the individual right to keep and bear arms was created by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in 2008.

The Times contends that the SCOTUS created the right via the District of Columbia v Heller decision. That decision struck down Washington DC’s gun ban on the grounds that the ban went against the “individual right to keep and bear arms,” protected by the Second Amendment.
 

OR: Senate passes bill keeping domestic abusers from having guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Oregon Senate approved a measure on Thursday aimed at making it harder for people convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order to keep their firearms.

Bill sponsor Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson said the bill was crafted to mirror a federal law that prohibits anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or subject to a restraining order that was upheld after a hearing from possessing a firearm.
 

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