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Anti gun congressman apologizes (sort of), for assaulting student
Submitted by: UTAHmilitia.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"I'm sorry, I apologize," Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) said at a press conference.

"No matter how partisan politics have become, there is no excuse," he said.

He took questions from the press and apologized several times throughout the presser.

Submitter's note: My left arm would have delivered at least two pounds to his face until he let go. The second grab/assault wouldn't have happened. His opponent is Renee Elmers. Is she pro gun? http://www.reneeforcongress.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx
 

MI: Callers duel over Marysville open-carry confrontation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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--Jack from Emmett: "Two people walking around Marysville with side arms openly displayed and a recorder. This is two people
that are just trying to create an incident. I am glad the police asked these people why they had side arms and that they shouldn't have them in a public park. That's ridiculous they have to open carry in Marysville. ..."

--Ken from Port Huron: "Unfortunately or fortunately for these gentlemen, they were following Michigan law. I think the audio recording the Times Herald had available demonstrated that these guys were within
the law and within their rights. I don't think they did anything objectionable."
 

Supreme Court taking aim at the gun debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Supreme Court is poised to forbid cities and states from banning handguns, bringing an anticlimactic end to a political firefight that petered out decades ago.

Court-watchers expect the ruling in McDonald vs. City of Chicago to have little immediate policy impact outside the Windy City. And the ruling is unlikely to alter the policy agenda of gun control advocates, who haven’t pushed handgun bans for 30 years.

But the ruling could open the door for a long-overdue public reckoning about the place of firearms in civil society.

Ed.: The antis start their propaganda campaign to mitigate their upcoming defeat in McDonald.
 

A Suggested Survival List
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In both the New Orleans and Los Angeles disasters, police protection was non-existent. Lawless gangs quickly took control of the streets, and people were left to either defend themselves or swiftly become the helpless prey of violent marauders. In fact, in New Orleans, some of the policemen actually abandoned their oaths to uphold the law and joined with the criminals, turning their weapons upon the public.

Face it, folks: in any kind of disaster, you must be able to defend yourself, or you and your family will be meat for these animals of society that will quickly descend without mercy upon the unprepared, unsuspecting souls around them. This requires that you be armed!
 

VA: Parents' role in gun case hard to deny
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mary Catherine Mullins is a mother of four, and she and her husband keep guns in their Daleville home.

They're secured with trigger locks, cable locks and they're locked in a safe, too, Mullins wrote me in an e-mail.

"I believe that if my children were to somehow get their hands on any of our weapons, we would be criminally negligent. ... When you make a choice to possess deadly weapons in your home, you should be fully responsible for what happens with those weapons."

She was one of 25 or so readers who responded, via e-mail and telephone, to my June 8 column about the 13-year-old boy who smuggled two of his family's pistols into Blacksburg Middle School/High School.
 

NY: Don't shoot down a smart law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At a cost to gun owners that would be less than a box of bullets or a National Rifle Association membership, New York could have a law that would help police solve crimes and not impair the Second Amendment one iota.

The Senate is expected to consider as soon as today a bill that would require certain guns sold in the state to incorporate microstamping technology that would imprint a code on shell casings. The bill, which already has passed the Assembly, has, not surprisingly, seen its share of hype on both sides. If the Senate can cut through all that, it will see that this legislation would simply give law enforcement one more tool for solving crimes.
 

After The Smoke Clears--Manipulating a Gun At Moderate Range Is What Is Critical
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A point I have often made concerning instructors is that it is best by far to learn from an instructor who has both police experience and who has survived critical incidents. I realize sport shooters are fine shots and that military professionals have a more dangerous duty than any I may have pulled. But we must consider what we are training for. That is the reality of the situation. As I often point out in a class I love to stretch my handguns to the limit and learn how accurate they are at long range, but there is little point in such shooting for practical self defense.

Learning to quickly manipulate the piece at moderate range is what is critical.
 

TN: Williamson County imposes permanent ban on guns in parks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Once again, Williamson County commissioners have voted to ban guns from all county-owned parks — but this time, the ban is permanent.

On Monday night, commissioners voted 19-5 in favor of a resolution that prohibits anyone, including handgun carry permit holders, from bringing a firearm into a park. Before voting, commissioners heard impassioned pleas from residents on both sides of the issue.

“The right to self-defense doesn’t end at a park boundary, or any other arbitrary boundary,” said Bill Robinson, a Franklin resident and handgun carry permit holder.

“I’m not against our nation’s right to keep and bare arms, but I’m unequivocally against carrying guns in our parks,” said Sherry Hamond, of Brentwood.
 

VA: Virginia York County Board Of Supervisors To Address Firearms Ordinance Tuesday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you’ve ever seen a Sheriff on the news standing up for gun owners and said to yourself, “Gee, I wish that guy was MY sheriff.”

Well, for those of you in York County, you do have one of those Sheriffs.

Sheriff Diggs has weighed in on the various discharge ordinances being considered by York County.

His response: get rid of all of York County’s firearms discharge ordinances and let state law prevail!

Other counties, such as Prince George, have done so successfully and this is something we need to push county by county.
 

Ask the White Guy: 'Illegal' Is a Dehumanizing Term
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Interesting to think that the Second Amendment was put in place mainly to give the citizens parity with soldiers. (The British were an occupying force. The Second Amendment—and THIRD Amendment; have you read that one lately?—were put in place to prevent future oppressive occupying forces.) We don't have parity anymore. Every podunk police force has a "SWAT team" with MP5 submachine guns, black uniforms—and hoods to hide identities. See what happens if you wear an outfit like that to Walmart.
 

NC: The lesson of Bob Etheridge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge's confrontation with someone -- the identity and affiliation of the questioner has yet to be determined -- on a sidewalk in Washington should serve as a reminder to all politicians: anything you say (or do) can be used against you.

In the past five years (or so) technology regarding video (and audio) has advanced exponentially -- from the flip cams that are ubiquitous (including in the Etheridge incident) to the ability to quickly post clips to the Internet -- and, in so doing, has changed the calculus for politicians.

Ed.: Seems the lesson is that Democrat politicians can assault and batter students with impunity.
 

Open Carry Gun Proponents Use Bumper-Sticker Logic to Scare Us
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Exploiting loopholes in state laws that don’t explicitly ban the open carrying of handguns and other firearms is an omission of default rather than design—who would think people would actually want to live out their Wild West fantasies in real life—open-carry advocates take delight in thumbing their noses at societal norms by brandishing their firearms.

Some go much further, portraying their display of weaponry as a visual warning shot against perceived enemies.

At a “Restore the Constitution Rally” held in April outside the nation’s capital, one speaker warned the tiny crowd of fellow “patriots” of those “pushing the country toward civil war” and declared “they should stop before somebody gets hurt.”
 

NRA's First Endorsement Goes To Dem Strickland
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association has endorsed OH Gov. Ted Strickland (D), bestowing its first official blessing of the '10 midterms on a Dem.

In a letter to Strickland's campaign, provided to Hotline OnCall and first reported by CNN, the NRA's political arm said it gave the incumbent an "A+" rating -- and its coveted backing.

"As Governor, you continue to be a vocal advocate in the fight to promote Second Amendment freedoms for law-abiding citizens," wrote Chris Cox, the chairman of the NRA's political wing and its chief lobbyist. "Our members will interpret your 'A+' rating and endorsement as an indication that you are a pro-Second Amendment, pro-hunting candidate who supports sportsmen and gun-owners on every issue. ..."
 

Yet Again the NRA Sells Out Freedom to the Democrats
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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From the NRA press release on the day of the Citizens United decision, Wayne LaPierre called the decision “…a defeat for arrogant elitists who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves and deny it to the rest of us.”

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The Democrats are trying to come up with a new law to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on campaign finance rules. The NRA had objected to the Democrats’ proposal, but then secured a carve out for themselves from the legislation and have dropped their objection.

The new agreement would exempt organizations that have over one million members, have been in existence for more than 10 years, have members in all 50 states, ...
 

Another Bilski-Free Day at the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Supreme Court is approaching the home stretch in its dash to end the current term, and it's a period when the big pending decisions start to emerge. But not this morning.

None of the marquee cases that would make big headlines were handed down, so we'll have to wait for Thursday, when the Court will sit again, for the likes of Bilski v. Kappos (on business method patents), McDonald v. Chicago (on the Second Amendment and local firearm regulation), Christian Legal Society v. Martinez (on First Amendment rights for religious clubs at state universities) or the trio of "honest services" fraud cases of keen interest to white collar crime law aficionados.
 

IL: 'Vomit defense' or concealed carry?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It was a tongue-in-cheek — or more accurately a tongue-depressor-in-cheek — ploy that drew laughs about a serious topic.

Sunday afternoon at a Concealed Carry town meeting at Pitstick Pavilion — organized by Bud Harton of Leland — keynote speaker Valinda Rowe pointed out the Illinois State Police website recommends one method for women to stave off an attacker is to vomit.

"It may sound disgusting, but putting your fingers into your throat and making yourself vomit usually gets results," says the website.

To the delight of the 150-member audience of mostly male gun owners, "Self defense tactical tongue depressors" were distributed.
 

NV: The Accidental Politician
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sharron Angle, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Nevada, visited National Review’s offices in New York this afternoon.

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— On her primary win: “It became focused with the Tea Party Express endorsement,” she says. “The first endorsement that we got that was of great consequence was from Gun Owners of America. We knew that was of great consequence because it reached across party lines in Nevada. We’re pretty much a 90 percent Second Amendment state. We knew that we were now reaching into constituencies with independent voters as well as Democrat voters. Then this tea-party movement, that was moving across party lines. Then we got Phyllis Schlafly, and she was moving across party lines for us.
 

KS: Topeka weighs ban on guns in public
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Topeka City Council is considering a ban on carry guns openly in public, the AP reports. The city used to have a rule like that, but they accidentally repealed it in 2007. If they do pass this measure, people with concealed-carry permits would not be affected.
 

TX: Legal Problems Continue for Ex-Brazos Co. Sheriff
Submitted by: jac

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Friday's arrest of former Brazos County Sheriff Ronnie Miller for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated wasn't his first brush with the law.

Miller, who was in office from 1984-1992, was charged with DWI following an accident. Miller admitted to running a stop sign but refused to take a breath test.

In 2004, he paid a $101 after being found guilty of littering. Four years earlier in 2000, he was arrested for DWI in College Station. The outcome of that case is undetermined.

In 1998, Miller was charged with DWI in Washington County, but was not convicted.

In 1991, he was found guilty of gambling following a raid on a Brazos County gaming house.
 

Anti-gun congressman attacks student interviewer
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Etheridge displays the all-too typical attitude of a public 'official' as opposed to a public servant. I can't help wondering if a belief that he can slap constituents around with impunity might be one of the reasons he's big on citizen disarmament, having been rated 'F' by both the National Rifle Association and by Gun Owners of America."

Be sure and weigh in on the poll.
 

IL: A Gun For Grandpa
Submitted by: Paul

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Chicago is deciding whether to prosecute a great-grandfather and Korean War veteran under its handgun ban. He refused to be a victim, and now there's one less armed thug roaming the streets. What's the problem?

If the 80-year-old vet living on the city's West Side didn't have the gun the city said he shouldn't have, he and his 83-year-old wife and 12-year-old great-grandson might have joined those victims of gun violence about whom gun-control advocates constantly chirp.

(Chicago Mayor) Daley, who goes nowhere in the city without armed protection, cautioned that "guns is not the answer to the problems that we see in a home, in the streets of America. It's as simple as that."

Guns is the answer. It's as simple as that.
 

KY: Senate Candidate Rand Paul Shows Up At A Kentucky Gun Show [video]
Submitted by: Brian Carey

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Ed.: Video of Rand Paul at the Louisville Gun Show.

Submitter's note: He is a lifetime NRA member.
 

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