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KY: Self-defense, or murder?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Well, 13 rounds into the side and back, rather than the frotal [sic] area of an assailant does not look like self-defense, does not look like a righteous shoot, and is not going to be easily defended before the grand jury, or trial jury.

If you shoot defensively, you shoot to stop, not to kill. Once the aggression has ceased, stop shooting. Otherwise, you will likely be viewed as the aggressor, even in self defense shootings.
 

Guns, drugs & sit/lie laws: who’s got the real rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Discussions stirred up by the comments in this space a few days ago (see below) concerning gun rights v public safety rights ranged from the specifically pro-gun and pro-open carry (“citizens use firearms for self-defense between 150,000 and 3,052,717 times a year. The lowest estimate comes to about 410 times a day, and the highest estimate is 8,363 times a day,” says willbill; “How many times has an open carry proponent shot someone? If you use statistics rather than “from the hip” anti gun rhetoric, you will find legal gun owners are not the problem. Illegal gun owners are the problem,” says airtechjr)...
 

Obama Would Have Prosecuted Chicago Man For Defending Himself With Handgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An 80-year-old Chicago man who defended himself and his family from a neighborhood thug this week could be criminally prosecuted, if Barack Obama had prevailed in a 2004 Illinois State Legislature vote on a measure to protect citizens who use handguns in self-defense even when their communities ban handguns.

"As an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama voted not once, but twice in opposition to Senate Bill 2165," recalled Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

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"A Chicago resident is alive today, ...not because of Obama's 2004 vote, but in spite of it. His story is a text book example for striking down Chicago's ban and restoring to its residents the ability to fight back."
 

OH: Let's recognize military members
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I feel privileged and lucky to be an American. We are protected by volunteer military, home-based guard units and have the personal right and advantage of being armed to defend our country and ourselves.

This Memorial Day weekend, I know I am not forced but am allowed as a free citizen to show respect to our veterans and troops -- I also have the right to safely and legally purchase firearms for sport, hunting or personal protection. It is the intertwining of America's democracy-driven military and our Second Amendment rights that allow each component to survive in an increasingly undemocratic world.
 

GOP boycott of Calderon speech was a statement in favor of Americans' rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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She is 100 percent correct. Those 40 or more senators and congressional representatives should have, indeed, been present for Mexico President Felipe Calderon's speech. After all, someone should have been there to ask him how many of those guns came from his southern border and, more importantly, how many were provided through corrupt police and military in his own country.

Perhaps Calderon should stop complaining about our constitutional right to bear arms and look to do more cleaning up in his own back yard. I know I always try to keep my trash in the can, where it belongs.

The fact is, if he did more to help secure the border, he could do more to keep his criminals from crossing into our country.
 

FL: Prosecutor Bondi leaves the courthouse and takes a hard right
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Political Pam touts herself as pro-business, pro-Second Amendment and pro-life. She talks about Lincoln and Reagan and bedrock Republican Party principles. She blasted the national Democratic leadership on the Sean Hannity Show and hobnobbed with ex-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at a breakfast in Washington, D.C.

She even wears a necklace with elephants on it.
 

In a few days, Americans will be well on their way to losing all gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Obama states publicly that he won't pass laws to further gun control. What he won't admit is that he doesn't have to. His Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton has taken steps to sign the UN small arms treaty — just last week. In a few days, Americans will be well on their way to losing all gun rights.

This pro one world government administration is rushing the US and all citizens into submission to the anti-gun laws of all countries who are members of the UN. This includes China and other countries which are violent toward their citizens! Remember that.

Our Second Amendment gives us the right to defend ourselves — even against an oppressive US government.
 

CA: Calif. lawmakers face deadline to pass legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Here are some of the bills scheduled for Assembly votes this week:

— It would be illegal to openly carry a gun in public, even if it's unloaded, under a bill by Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego. The bill, AB1934, would make it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed handgun on any public street or in a public place. Saldana says unloaded guns pose a threat to public safety, in part because gun owners are allowed to carry ammunition with them. Republicans say the bill would infringe on a person's right to bear arms.
 

Phillipines: Pro-gun group aims for looser laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A group of gun enthusiasts is countering police calls for an extension of the election gun ban with its own call for laws liberalizing gun ownership.

The Gun Enthusiasts Confederation of the Philippines (GECP) argued that loosening restrictions on firearms ownership would, in fact, deter violence.

GECP president Perry Punla said the group’s “total pro-gun” proposal would prevent rather than spur inappropriate gun use because gun owners would be held liable in court.

Punla also called for simplified regulations on gun ownership. He said a gun owner’s license should likewise be recognized as a permit to bear arms, doing away with the current requirement for firearm owners to obtain separate permits—to own guns and to carry them.
 

Daley's gun ban emboldens thugs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mayor Daley doesn't get it about firearms and personal safety. After the highly publicized self-defense shooting in East Garfield Park on the West Side on Wednesday, he should fold his tent, shut his mouth and go away.

The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to nullify Chicago's draconian handgun ban, and nothing clarifies Daley's dilemma with guns more dramatically than the slaying of home invader Anthony "Big Ant" Nelson, a 29-year-old career thug who has, according to the Chicago Tribune, a "13-page rap sheet that includes a number of drug and weapons convictions dating to 1998, according to police and court records."
 

WY: Grizzly death case could set precedent
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The successful prosecution of a Jackson Hole hunter who claimed self defense after killing a grizzly could set a precedent in Greater Yellowstone, where the grizzly population is expanding and loaded guns are now allowed in national parks, experts say.

A jury recently found 41-year-old Stephen Westmoreland guilty of a misdemeanor charge of illegally taking a grizzly bear stemming from an incident in September when he shot a bear. He argued self defense in a trial that hinged on the behavior of the bear, among other things.
 

TN: Outdoors Notebook
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association reports the Tennessee State Senate has overridden Gov. Phil Bredesen’s veto of Senate Bill 3012 by a vote of 22 to 10. The bill will allow a person with a valid right-to-carry permit to carry a firearm for self-defense in restaurants where alcohol is served, as long as the permit holder is not consuming alcohol or is not otherwise prohibited by posting provisions.

The veto override now goes to the Tennessee House of Representatives for approval, which could happen as early as Tuesday.
 

TX: Armed citizen comes to the aid of a police officer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An armed citizen used his handgun to help save an officer who was being run down by a suspect in a vehicle.

Police say that an officer on foot, in Fort Worth, Texas, approached two men in a vehicle, at which point the driver tried to run down the officer. The officer, along with a nearby citizen who was armed for self defense, reportedly opened fire on the vehicle, ending the attack. The passenger, who was hit, was reportedly taken pushed out of the vehicle by the driver and then apprehended by police. The officer and citizen who came to his aid were unharmed, and police are seeking the driver, who sped away.
 

AZ: Eateries wrestling with AZ gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Facing the firearms issue is something many business people, including Beyond Bread owner Shelby Collier, would rather not do.

"We're really trying to take a neutral position," Collier said. "To the extent that that becomes a problem, I may have to take a position. I hope it doesn't come to that."

The issue didn't begin with Arizona's new concealed weapons law, which as of July 29 will allow people over age 21 (and not prohibited from possessing a weapon) to carry a concealed gun without a permit. However, it's become more pronounced as business owners realize how many people are carrying firearms, and as gun-rights advocates push for public acceptance.
 

Americans enjoy defending freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But the real excitement wasn't the exhibits or the speeches. And this wasn't a pep rally of political rhetoric. For the NRA, protecting the Second Amendment isn't about protecting our right to keep and bear arms. It's about protecting our freedom.

The British Empire, once the most powerful force on the planet, could crush rebellion -- and often did wherever it flashed throughout the empire. So when the hint of dissonance wafted across the Atlantic, King George III's soldiers were quick to respond, bent on crushing the American colonies. They arrived here expecting to find rabble -- peasants with pitchforks. Instead they encountered a well- armed, well-trained citizenry with a glorious cause -- Americans who shot back!
 

TX: TX governor Perry honored with 'Coyote Special'
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The new guns have 'Coyote Special' and 'A True Texan' written on either side.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry became a hero to coyote killers everywhere last month when he boasted that he had shot down a coyote that was threatening his dog. Now, Perry's admirers can own a piece of the legend.

Gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. is paying tribute to Perry with a "Coyote Special" edition of the handgun the governor says he used to kill the varmint. The weapon comes in a box labeled "For Sale to Texans Only."

The base price for a "Coyote Special" is about $340, but serious sharpshooters can fork over about $180 extra for a laser sight -- a pinpointing tool Perry says he used against the coyote.

note: mild hit piece
 

CNN's ATF investigation glaringly incomplete
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Excuse me if I point out that the entire focus of CNN's 'exposé' was on internal conflicts and alleged abuses by ATF against its own employees. None of it addressed ATF abuses against citizens."
 

NY: Legislators do not act on gun legislation opposition
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has asked the Oswego County Legislature to support a resolution in opposition of various proposed state legislation that targets Second Amendment rights. No action was taken, however, by the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee. The committee bypassed any action during its meeting Monday because too many proposed bills were noted. “We need more time to get more information about all bills that were in the resolution,” Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann said.
 

CA: Shasta County D.A. candidates asked about real meaning of 2nd Amendment - Gun Confiscation in Shasta County?
Submitted by: ShastaDefense.com
Website: http://www.shastadefense.com

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“If an order were given (by any purported “authorized” civil or military authority, e.g., President, Governor, or otherwise, due to some type of “emergency” or otherwise) ordering that all firearms were to be confiscated from all residents of Shasta County (exempting only law enforcement and military), how would you advise local law enforcement (or any other officials seeking your legal viewpoint and for which you have authority to advise)?”

The District Attorney candidates answers are provided.
 

'Gun control' questions ignore correct answer
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Ah yes--the 'enforce existing gun laws' mantra."

"Even if obeying them could get you killed?"
 

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