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VA: College Students and Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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BELLEVUE, Wash.--Reacting to questions from reporters about how to prevent future outrages like the murders of 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech on April 16, Texas Gov. Rick Perry dispelled any notion that common sense has completely been eradicated by political correctness in the United States.

Perry's sensible solution: Allow legally armed citizens to carry their defensive firearms anywhere. Schools, restaurants, churches; Perry correctly asserted that so long as such areas are legislated as "gun-free zones," killers who don't care about the law will enjoy risk-free opportunities in which good people cannot fight back.
 

Canada: SIU needs to come under scrutiny
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The 2004 killing of Jeffrey Reodica is a glaring example of why the SIU is now being accused of not doing its job properly.

This youth was running away from, not toward, the police officer who did the shooting when he fell with three bullets in his back. At that point, with his back turned, the deceased no longer posed any danger to the officer.

Yet the SIU found the shooting to be justified. It upheld the officer's claim of self-defence. How could it be self-defence when he was shooting somebody in the back?
 

OFF ALERT 06.10.07 Another "Deal" From The NRA
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According to the Post, "Senior Democrats have reached agreement with the National Rifle Association on what could be the first federal gun-control legislation since 1994, a measure to significantly strengthen the national system that checks the backgrounds of gun buyers."

Well, if Congress and the NRA have their way, things are about to get a whole lot worse. In a deal the Post calls "a marriage of convenience for both sides," and NRA lobbyist Chris Cox calls "good politics," the failed National Instant Check system is poised to be expanded even further. Furthermore, the proposed legislation will punish states that do not supply all the private mental health records the Feds will be demanding.
 

Democrats, NRA Reach Deal on Background-Check Bill
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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Senior Democrats have reached agreement with the National Rifle Association on what could be the first federal gun-control legislation since 1994, a measure to significantly strengthen the national system that checks the backgrounds of gun buyers.

Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist, said yesterday that the organization will strongly support the legislation as written. "We've been on record for decades for keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally adjudicated. It's not only good policy, it's good politics," he said.
 

NY: Right On Target
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Five shooters, standing a few paces apart and holding 12-gauge shotguns, anxiously wait their turn. Suddenly, one shooter yells "pull," a command picked up by a voice-activated box affixed to a stand in the ground in front of each shooter. A small circular, clay "pigeon" is flung into the air from a low-level building a few yards in front of the five-some. The designated shooter takes quick aim and fires shattering the target. Welcome to an evening of the Central New York Trap League, where perfection is determined by each shooter aspiring to shoot 25 of 25 clays flung during their round. The league each week pairs up 12 sportsmen's clubs across the area. The shooters are mostly men, but women and teenage shooters also participate.
 

TX: Gun-toting liberals and getting a CHL
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Make no mistake. I'm a liberal. If that was an option I could check on the census form, I'd do it. I realize in these parts that may be a minority opinion, but that's the great thing about being a liberal. We are absolutely in favor of people having minority opinions! Not so sure that's the case with a lot of conservatives I run across.

Given this liberal caveat, I am also a strong backer of the Second Amendment, though not as rigidly as my conservative friends. I am close to a First Amendment absolutist. Since the Second Amendment deals with bullets instead of words, I am a bit more cautious. Someone could get hurt. And you couldn't talk me into joining the NRA if you put a gun to my head. Well, maybe then.
 

MN: Increasingly realistic toy guns worry police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A sheriff’s deputy in a department store parking lot looks over to see a boy in the next car brandishing an assault rifle.

Think fast.

Rob Averbeck did recently. The Winona County investigator noticed the orange tip on the barrel, which assured him the otherwise authentic-looking gun was an air-powered toy.

From handguns to assault rifles, air-powered toy and pellet guns that look like the real thing have some police officers on edge.

Federal law requires toy guns to have an orange plastic tip, but the tips are easily removed or blackened.
 

IL: Guns not the problem
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Many people assume our lawmakers propose only modest restrictions on “just a few semiautomatics, not all guns.” Semiautomatic means one shot fired at a time, with no cocking/pumping between rounds. One pull, one bullet. That encompasses a whole lot of guns, including those used for hunting.
 

Tips on air travel from Arkansas official: No guns in carry-on
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A common oversight the Transportation Security Administration sees at airports in Arkansas is small firearms. Usually, the person inadvertently carrying a gun has a concealed weapons permit, said Federal Security Director Jerry Henderson, and the matter is handled administratively, although there could be civil fines up to US$10,000 and criminal laws might apply.

Regulations do permit transporting firearms in checked baggage, but not in carry-on, with limited exceptions for law enforcement officers. Checked firearms must be unloaded, in a locked hard-sided container, and must be declared at the check-in.

"The big concern we have is that we end up with a lot of firearms coming through our checkpoint," Henderson said.
 

Getting a (Combat) Grip
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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As I said, I'm talking about shooting a handgun used to defend your life or that of someone you are sworn to protect. The old competitive "bullseye" shooting technique of gently gripping the gun is not useful for self defense. For one thing, the old school theory was that you didn't want to grip the gun so hard as to induce hand tremors. When someone it trying to kill you, you will already be shaking!
 

IN: City council considers gun ordinance Monday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Indianapolis - The Indianapolis City county council takes up a controversial gun ordinance Monday night.
The proposal's author says it's meant to trigger safety, but opponents say it's an assault on gun owners rights.
It's one of those proposals that's generated a lot of heat and strong feelings.

Sponsor Angela Mansfield says what it does is expand the ordinance banning gunfire within city limits to all of Marion county.

She says what it doesn't do is prevent people from shooting in self-defense, at authorized shooting ranges or on five acres or more of private property.
 

TN: "Crooks with Guns" legislation included in budget
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The so-called "Crooks With Guns" legislation would require mandatory additional sentences of between three and ten years for crimes committed with guns.

The enhanced sentences would be served in addition to sentences for the underlying crime
 

NY: Beyond the cookies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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In the early days of Girl Scouts, the focus was to bring girls out of isolated home environments. So Scouts hiked, played basketball, camped and studied first aid. Low encouraged girls to prepare not only for traditional homemaking, but for possible future roles as professional women - in the arts, sciences and business - and for active citizenship outside the home. The first handbook, "How Girls Can Help Their Country," dated 1913, speaks about "housewifery" with such tips as how to make bars of soap last longer. But it also includes a chapter on self-defense, instructing that "all Girl Scouts should know how to load and fire a gun or other firearms."
 

NRA Reaches A Compromise On A Possible Gun Control Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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These negotiations between the National Rifle Association and Senior Democrats has not recieved strong support from all pro-Second Amendment organizations.

The Gun Owners of America (GOA) has long opposed ANY legislation that would infringe on or limit our rights in any way. You can read their response to the negotiations here.

Despite the opposition from the Gun Owners of America, the National Rifle Association vows that it will continue to support the compromise in its current form. However, they state that they will oppose it if it becomes a "gun control wish list."
 

Deep divisions derail immigration bill
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate divisions that derailed a White House-backed immigration bill - for now, at least - mirror the U.S. society's deep differences over the issue, according to polling data, lawmakers and analysts.
 

Australia: Gun lessons will be introduced into primary schools if the Victorian firearms lobby has its way
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The state's biggest pro-gun group wants children as young as 10 to be given firearms safety lessons and a chance to shoot.

Combined Firearms Council of Victoria president Bill Paterson said controlled use of real guns would counter damage done to children who use firearms for virtual killing in video games.

A $200,000 government pledge for gun safety education in this year's state Budget should be used to fund the program, Mr Paterson said.
 

Questioning Ted Kennedy's Patriotism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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His hostility to the Second Amendment is legendary. He even voted against the Vitter Amendment, which, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was introduced to prohibit the confiscation of legally possessed firearms during a disaster. The provisions of the bill eventually became law in the form of the Vitter Amendment to the 2007 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. But Ted Kennedy voted against it. In his leftist utopia, no one but police and other governmental authorities can be trusted with a firearm.
 

New Zealand: Not the way for NZ to be heading
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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It should be no surprise that prosecutors are considering whether to pursue the case. They must. Not doing so will help push New Zealand one step closer to the sort of reckless, gun-crazy mayhem that exists in some parts of the United States, South Africa and other less developed places. If Mr Carvell's actions in keeping a loaded pistol on hand are unchallenged in court, that can only encourage other businesspeople and even homeowners to similarly arm themselves. That of course would increase the pressure on criminals to do likewise. No form of arms race is winnable.
 

UT: The competing rights of packing a gun and peaceable assembly
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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By trying to enforce a gay and lesbian group's First Amendment right to peaceably assemble, the Salt Lake City Police Department may have violated one person's Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. At least that's what the gun-toter believes.

David Nelson is an activist for gay rights and gun rights, and those two passions collided last weekend during the Pride Festival at Washington Square in Salt Lake City. Nelson, a co-founder of the festival, also is the founder of Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah, formerly known as the "Pink Pistols." A concealed-weapon permit holder, he attended the festival with his pistol in a holster on his hip.
 

MI: Deputy charged with a felony: He and a colleague accused of falsifying traffic crash report
Submitted by: Brian Burt

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Two Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputies are accused of falsifying a traffic crash report for insurance purposes, leading to a felony charge against one of the suspended deputies.
Christopher Campbell, 36, was arraigned Thursday in Washtenaw County District Court on one felony count of insurance fraud. He could not be reached, and his attorney, Joseph Simon of Ann Arbor, was not available Thursday.
 

IL: In the Aftermath of Virginia Tech, Illinois Poised to Take Strong Action to Strengthen Firearm Background Checks
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Illinois state legislators deserve a great deal of applause. They saw the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech and decided they would do something about it. I commend Senator Dan Kotowski and Representative Harry Osterman for taking the lead on closing a number of weaknesses in the Illinois system of information sharing for Federal background checks, and I respectfully urge Governor Blagojevich to sign this legislation right away."
 

AL: Stepdad kills son: police
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Athens police responded Friday night to a shooting at an Athens home and found one man dead in an apparent act of self-defense. Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper said Jason Bickerstaff, 38, of Athens came to the home of his mother and stepfather at 301 Gale Lane demanding a shotgun and threatening them with a double-bladed ax. Bickerstaff's stepfather, Dave Curtis, went into the bedroom to get the shotgun, Harper said. Bickerstaff followed and again threatened his stepfather with the ax and knocked him down. At that point, Dave Curtis retrieved a pistol he had in the bedroom and shot Bickerstaff, Harper said.
 

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