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HI: Honolulu police officer accused of raping friend's 14-year-old daughter
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HONOLULU – A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Honolulu police officer on allegations that he raped a friend's 14-year-old daughter.

Officer Jessie Laconsay is charged with four counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.

The girl's mother found them having sex last week, according to a police affidavit for an arrest warrant. The girl told her mother they have had sex before, which Laconsay denied.

Laconsay was yelling and crying, then fled in his police car, the document said.
 

MI: How to work on gun violence without violating the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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There's just no way to ease into this conversation. Any discussion of guns — even, or perhaps especially, in the wake of a horror like the mass shooting last weekend in Orlando — devolves quickly into two extremes: All guns are bad, or all guns are good.

It shouldn't have to be that way.

Existing U.S. laws offer real, practical ways to reduce the number of guns on American streets — guns purchased and used illegally. It seems like we should be able to agree on that, that federal, state and local governments should work to keep legally manufactured guns off the black market.

It would be a rational place to start.
 

Self Defense, do we have the right?
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Do you have the right to defend yourself from an attack? Do you have the right to defend others if they are attacked?
 

MI: Judge backs officers who 'took the Fifth' in fatal shooting case
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A judge on Wednesday sided with two Lansing police officers who refused to answer questions from a prosecutor reviewing the fatal shooting of a civilian during a Christmas Eve standoff.

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert argued that Officers Walter Kim and Ryan Hackenberg are obstructing his review of the officer-involved shooting of Terrozza Griffin, 24, and should be forced to answer questions about aspects of the incident where there is no reason to believe their answers might incriminate them.

Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina ruled the officers properly invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and denied the prosecutor's motion to compel them to answer those questions.
 

Assault-style rifles common in attacks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The rifle used in the attacks that killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in Orlando wasn’t an AR-15, but it shared characteristics with those used in mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and San Bernardino.

Those characteristics make it a natural fit for someone trying to kill as many people as possible, weapons experts say.
 

Supreme Court will decide if it takes up assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Four days after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Supreme Court might decide on Thursday if it will hear a gun rights group’s challenge to Connecticut’s assault weapons ban.

The Connecticut law was passed in 2013, four months after a gunman killed 20 students and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
 

A Brief History of America’s Obsession With Assault Rifles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After the Orlando shooting, many Americans are questioning why assault-style weapons are commercially available in the United States.

“Assault weapon” is a political phrase, not a technical one. It refers broadly to rapid-firing semiautomatic weapons, appropriate to military use. While the phrase is a new one, the porousness between military and commercial gun markets is not. In fact, it’s one of the oldest features of America’s gun culture. Some of the most iconic, notorious guns in American civilian life were first envisioned by their manufacturers as weapons of war.
 

Is There An Actual Argument Against Banning High-Capacity Magazines?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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David French doesn't want effete liberals telling him what kind of gun he can and can't use to defend himself:

Any person who breaks into my house or who threatens my family on my property will very soon find themselves staring at the business end of an AR-15 — specifically this one, made by the DoubleStar Corporation, a Winchester, Ky., arms manufacturer.
 

Clinton trolls Trump over NRA tweet: ‘Welcome to the cause’
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Hillary Clinton is taking credit for Donald Trump’s call to prevent people on the terror watch list from getting guns.

“Welcome to the cause,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told her GOP counterpart in an interview with the Huffington Post.
 

Another Islamic Radical Tragically Shoots Up The Liberal Narrative
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Another day, another massacre by jihadis, and Hillary Clinton wants you disarmed and defenseless. Vote accordingly.

The liberal establishment seems sadly resigned to the fact that this latest creepy radical Islamic freak deciding to go on a kill spree for Allah means the death of their beloved gun narrative. You know that at Hillary Clinton’s HQ, they were on their knees, only this time praying to some Earth goddess that,for once, it be a Christian Republican NRA member and not a radical Muslim Democrat Not-an-NRA-member.
 

It's clear: We're at war
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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However, France has among the most stringent gun control laws in the world, as does Belgium. This fact did not stop the massacres in those countries, but it did prevent their law-abiding citizens from defending themselves. Florida has among the most liberal gun laws in our nation, yet prohibited guns in the establishment where this tragedy took place. One armed guard outside the building was insufficient to stop the attack. What might have changed if only 10 or 15 of the 300 nightclub patrons, each properly trained and licensed, had been carrying a weapon for self-defense?
 

NV: Nevada Gay Group Pushes To Arm Bartenders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Out for Liberty, an LGBT Libertarian Nevada group, is offering free multi-week courses to train for a concealed carry permit to anyone working in the LGBT nightclub scene in Las Vegas in an effort to prevent another massacre like the one at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

“Out for Liberty visited nine gay bars around Las Vegas Tuesday night, passing out fliers raising awareness about the importance of gay bartenders being armed,” KTNV ABC 13 Action News reports.

In Florida only bar security can be legally armed, according to KTNV, while in Nevada “general bar staff is allowed to have a gun behind the bar.”
 

In Defense of Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We have a government here that is heedless of its obligation to protect our freedoms, suggest Napolitano. We have a government that, in its lust to have us reliant upon it, has created areas in the U.S. where innocent folks living their lives in freedom are made defenseless prey to monsters—as vulnerable as fish in a barrel. And we have mass killings of defenseless innocents—over and over and over again.

All these mass killings have the same ending: The killer stops only when he is killed. But that requires someone else with a gun to be there. Shouldn't that be sooner rather than later?
 

Dear Anti-Gun Liberals, Don’t Tell Me Which Gun I ‘Need’ for Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Any person who breaks into my house or who threatens my family on my property will very soon find themselves staring at the business end of an AR-15 — specifically this one, made by the DoubleStar Corporation, a Winchester, Ky., arms manufacturer. It’s light, maneuverable, accurate, and highly reliable. While self-defense experts can and do disagree on the optimal weapon for home defense, large numbers choose AR-style rifles for exactly the reasons I do. It provides more firepower — with greater accuracy — than the alternatives.
 

AR-15 Owners Explain Why They Have Their Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Orlando nightclub shooter's use of a legally purchased AR-15-type rifle, which President Barack Obama likened to "weapons of war," has rekindled the debate about the sale and use of a civilian gun model often associated with the military.

Shooter Omar Mateen had two guns on him Sunday when he opened fire in the Pulse nightclub: a Glock 9 mm handgun and a Sig Sauer MCX .223-caliber rifle, which the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives classified as an AR-type rifle.
 

13 Straight Months of Year-Over-Year Increases in Background Checks Make Smith & Wesson Holding Corp a Buy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The shooting of more than 100 people in Orlando last weekend that killed 49 caused the stocks of Smith & Wesson Holding (NASDAQ:SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) to experience a spike in early Monday morning trading, with shares up roughly 7% and 9%, respectively, for the day. When tragedies like this occur, it reminds people of the need to protect themselves and their families, and the most powerful defense is often a handgun. Thus gun stocks can benefit when people feel unsafe and an impending spike in gun sales seems likely.
 

CA: Target practice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tulare County residents are on high alert as a slew of recent social media rumors claim multiple abductions and killings in the area.

While local law enforcement has said the claims are false, the topic of self-defense for women is once again in the forefront.

Scott James II, owner and instructor of Scott James Firearms Sales and Training, reassures his students that with the proper training, you don’t have to be a victim.

“I am a firm believer in responsible gun ownership,” he said. “I never leave the house without a gun.”
 

What to do during an active shooter situation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Our sister station WLS in Chicago looked into different ways to survive an active shooter event after the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 dead.

They found there are several things that can be done if someone opens fire in a public place.

The FBI said there are three things to remember if you are facing an active shooter situation: run, hide and fight if needed.

Ed.: Or you could just return fire.
 

XS Sight Systems Offers Ranges Opportunity to Add Sights to Rentals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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XS Sight Systems has announced a new effort to encourage range owners to order its products for use on their rental inventories. The new range rental gun program includes one set of XS Big Dot sights for ranges interested in giving their customers the opportunity to try them out.

The move is meant to encourage those self-defense carry gun-owners to try out something new in their shooting experience, according to XS Sights Commercial Sales Manager Tanya Gorin.
 

Bigots? No, Heroes: U.S. Gun Owners Everywhere Offering FREE Shooting Lessons to Gays
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the wake of the terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, some are arguing that the American gun community -- and its overlapping "homophobia" -- is to blame.

Well, law-abiding gun owners haven't had time to respond, because they are too busy offering to teach gays -- and anyone else, for that matter -- how to shoot. And they are offering to cover all expenses.

Read this wonderful post going viral across the country right now:
 

NC: More killings, expect nothing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It seems that way every time this happens, when a man opens fire in a movie theater in Colorado or an elementary school classroom in Connecticut or an African-American church in Charleston.

It simply doesn’t make sense.

Neither does the fact that we continue to make it easier for it happen again and again.

Nothing changes after we are horrified and we find out that the shooter was seriously mentally ill or identified with foreign terrorists or domestic hate groups or maybe was tortured himself by a lifetime of agony and abuse and self-loathing.
 

Trump, Republicans show new flexibility on gun control laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and some vulnerable Republican lawmakers signaled Wednesday that they are open to changing the nation’s gun laws, raising the possibility that the political tide might be shifting on an issue that has sharply divided Americans for years.

This isn’t the first time a mass shooting, in this case the massacre in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people this week, has sparked a national cry for congressional action on gun availability. In past instances, such calls to action have been followed by intense pressure from gun rights supporters urging lawmakers to focus elsewhere.
 

GA: Atlanta gun group “Pink Pistols” sees surge in membership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the LGBT community in Atlanta, Georgia continues to mourn the lives lost in the Orlando massacre, a group called the Pink Pistols is taking steps to make sure people know how to protect themselves.

The group, which is an international organization, is focused on self-defense in the LGBT community, including the use of firearms when necessary.

The Pink Pistols are as diverse as the community they serve, and are made up of concerned citizens of all sexual orientations.
 

Fox anchor: Time to reinstate the assault-weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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How many readers assumed that the “Fox anchor” would be … Shepard Smith? Nope — in this case it’s Minnesota’s own Gretchen Carlson, who wants action taken by Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the terrorist attack in Orlando on Sunday morning. “Yes, the Orlando massacre was terror,” Carlson told her audience last night, “but there’s no doubt that Omar Mateen was able to kill so many people because he was firing an AR-15, a military style assault weapon, a weapon easier to buy in the state of Florida than buying a handgun.”
 

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