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AZ: NRA Sticks to its Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association of America recently promoted Arizona governor candidate Buz Mills to its executive committee. He's a lifetime member of the group and has been on its board of directors since 2009. The executive committee is a smaller group responsible for handling issues in between full board meetings.

Some might find it surprising, then, that the association is still endorsing Gov. Jan Brewer in the race instead of one of its own executive-level members.
 

IL: What Mayor Daley really fears
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If an 80-year-old Korean War veteran defending his home against a career criminal doesn't convince Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley that his city's ban on handguns is wrong, what will?

The evidence stared Daley squarely in the face, and he still couldn't see it. Chicago police wouldn't release the elderly man's name, but they did release Anthony Nelson's. Here are the details of the incident:

Late in 2009, three armed thugs robbed the elderly man at gunpoint. In his home. No doubt convinced that this should never have happened, and determined that it would never happen again, the elderly man bought a handgun.
 

Jamaica: J'can Diaspora and US to have gun control talks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But member of the Diaspora advisory board, David Mullings, while admitting that the US' second amendment legislation contributes to the prevalence of illegal firearms in Jamaica, said it is not the prerogative of that country to curb the problem.

"We of the Diaspora will not be able to lobby the US to change their laws. What we need to focus on is what laws we can change in Jamaica," he said.

"We need to figure out why people want guns, and how do we prevent them from getting the guns, and how do we make them afraid to even use the guns," he said, adding that even if guns were prevented from entering Jamaica from the US, criminals would find alternative means of supply through Haiti and other countries.
 

Kagan Unscathed After Revelations From Past
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tens of thousands of pages worth of documents from Elena Kagan's past have left President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee relatively unscathed and important details about her still a mystery heading into confirmation hearings for a lifetime job as a justice.

Documents from Kagan's service in the Clinton White House, including her own e-mails as a policy aide and lawyer, reinforce the portrait that's emerged in recent weeks: a politically savvy, sometimes hard-edged strategist whose views of the Constitution are at odds with those of conservatives.
 

South Africa: South African store owner uses his gun to stop 4 violent robbers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say that four robbers, armed with guns, entered a store in Bloemfountein and began to pistol whip a woman while shooting at the store's owner, as part of their robbery attempt. The store owner reportedly grabbed his grabbed his own gun and fired, striking one of the suspects in the chest. Upon seeing their accomplice get shot, the three uninjured robbers ceased their attack and fled, according to police. The injured robber was found dead at the scene, according to paramedics. The woman who was pistol whipped was treated for minor injuries, and police are seeking the three surviving robbers.
 

TN: Assembly overrides Bredesen on gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on June 10 and one of their last acts before going home for the summer was to override Gov. Phil Bredesen’s veto of Senate Bill 3012.

The bill will allow a person who has a valid Right-to-Carry permit to carry a firearm for self defense in restaurants where alcohol may be served, as long as the permit holder is not consuming alcohol or is not otherwise prohibited by posting provisions.

Sponsored by Sen. Doug Jackson (D-25) and Rep. Curry Todd (R-95), the law became effective June 4.

A similar restaurant carry bill was passed by the House and Senate last year with bipartisan support. It was also vetoed by Gov. Bredesen and the veto was overridden.
 

Shooting down the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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H.R. 2159, or the “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009,” is a major party foul sponsored by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

Its purpose, as stated in the legislative text, is to allow the attorney general to deny transfer and sale of firearms to suspected terrorists.

First, the U.S. Department of Justice’s current watchlist of suspected terrorists is estimated to hold the names of 1.5 million people, and nearly every audit has shown the watchlist to be riddled with errors.

One such error includes the placement of Mikey Hicks on the list, which still has not been corrected. Hicks is an 8-year-old Boy Scout from New Jersey and is most likely not trying to wage terrorism against the United States.
 

NRA Sells Out the First Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As an NRA life member, it is difficult for me to concede that characterizations of the NRA as incompetent and self-serving are charitable and that the reality may be much worse. The NRA operated for many years as a bulwark of American freedom, focusing mainly on protecting the Second Amendment from statist predation. Unfortunately, in addition to the NRA’s documented failures to protect and defend the Second Amendment, the NRA has now been co-opted by the radical left into a plot against the First Amendment.

The dishonestly named “DISCLOSE” act is an attempt by leftist to rebuild many of the same statutes which the United States Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in last years Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.
 

NC: Open-carry gun activists laud N.C.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Randy Dye will sometimes carry a gun on his hip, right out in the open, no jacket pulled over it, no inside-the-belt holster. It draws funny looks, and Dye doesn't much care.

One time, Dye explains, he was standing in line for a money order when the guy behind him asked, "Are you a police officer?" Dye said no, and the guy kept staring, so Dye stared back. "We good?" Dye asked, and the conversation stopped.

"I wasn't trying to intimidate," says Dye, a retired trauma nurse in Chatham County. "He approached me. If you don't understand your constitutional rights, you need to go read them."
 

WA: Anti-gun column takes cheap shot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Josh Sugarmann's anti-gun column (June 13) started off well by criticizing "open carry" advocates. Carrying a firearm openly in an urban setting is really "in your face" behavior. Any unnecessary behavior that makes the people around you nervous and uncomfortable is bad manners. Openly carrying a gun on the street makes the people around you wonder if they or their companions are threatened. There are too many sources of tension and anxiety as it is.

But the column went downhill quickly when he noted that the availability of firearms increases the chances of firearms-related death or injury.
 

OH: Allowing guns in bars heralds the death of common sense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A confession: I've spent a little time in bars during my long life.

OK, maybe more than a little time.

I've been in fancy bars and seedy bars, watched patrons get happy and sad, tipsy and drunk, amorous and belligerent, and angry to the point of fighting.

But in all of those bars over all of those years, there is one thing I have never, ever seen.

A gun.

And that is a good thing, because bars are not places where people check their emotions at the door. Thank God, I thought many a night as tensions boiled over, that nobody had a gun.

So why, I asked state Sen. Shannon Jones last week, would she sponsor a bill to allow people to carry concealed guns into a bar?
 

Pizza Hut gun policy change reflects larger societal attitude
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"A fair appraisal of Pizza Hut's customer base would no doubt reflect the growing social acceptance of armed citizens, particularly in Arizona, where 'Constitutional carry' goes into effect next month...Still, one smoking crater of a hole can't be ignored..."

Also listen to my "Proof Negative Show" interview.
 

CA: There oughta be a law!
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The Associated Press reports that a shooting occurred yesterday at the Del Taco restaurant in San Bernardino, California. Jimmy Schlager, a criminal with “an extensive criminal record dating back to 1972,” killed two victims and wounded two more before killing himself.

And now for the rest of the story
 

Free Giveaway 1,000 Rounds of 9mm
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Drawing for 1000 round case of 9mm ammunition. This drawing is open to anyone with a blog or website regardless of subject or content. All you do to enter is post about it on your blog or website. Let's go shooting.
 

Anti-Gun Assembly Member Travels with Armed Security Escort
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"She's got hers and intends to keep it that way..."
 

TX: Dallas Cop Accused of Shooting Gun in Squad Car
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DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas police officer who fired a gun in a squad car during a drunken off-duty incident faces a misdemeanor discharging a weapon charge.

Officer Kelly Beemer has been placed on administrative leave. A criminal investigation is underway.

Police say Beemer had been drinking at a Dallas bar Wednesday night. An in-car video camera shows two on-duty patrol officers escorting a staggering and incoherent Beemer into the back seat of one of their squad cars. While the car was in motion, Beemer demanded that the officer stop as she tried to open the door. Then she pulled a revolver from her ankle holster and fired into the floorboard.

 

NY: Dead gun bill coming back to life
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Normally, I’d be writing about the opening of the bass fishing season. It opened across the state today, and I’m sure every man, woman and child worth their weight in spinnerbaits will be on the water somewhere. But things are never normal in this state, and while catching bass is a lot of fun, there is always something more demanding. As you may have heard, the state Senate withdrew Bill S6005 on Tuesday because the democrat majority couldn’t get the 32 votes needed to pass. But as gratifying as that was, I wouldn’t exactly call the withdrawal an early Father’s Day gift.
 

Important Lessons to Learn From Recent “Soccer Rage” Incident
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Courtesy of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, America’s gun owners gained an opportunity to become better supporters of our right of self-defense.
 

NY: Bite the bullets: State Senate GOP must come around on tracing gun ammo
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
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Must reading for every member of the state Legislature who last week scuttled a bill aimed at gun violence: Sunday's Daily News story about "Stevie Gunz," an NYPD undercover cop who took almost 500 weapons off the street. Here is a man who risked his life to protect New Yorkers by working the trust of gun dealers - armed and dangerous gun dealers. He and his colleagues need every bit of backup they can get. They are not getting it from Albany.
 

NY: Ask your state senators to support microstamping to end senseless gun crime, Mayor Bloomberg says
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Every day, kids and criminals with illegal guns threaten our neighborhoods. Though there are far fewer guns on the street than there were years ago, one gun in the wrong hands is one too many. We're working to persuade the state Senate to pass a microstamping law that will give our police officers a new tool to solve gun crimes. Microstamping is a new technology that imprints a unique mark on every bullet casing, helping officers to connect guns - and their owners - to crimes.
 

CA: 3 killed, 2 hurt in shooting at taco restaurant
Submitted by: R. Smith

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A man opened fire on his stepdaughter's family inside a California restaurant Saturday, killing her husband and 6-year-old son, critically wounding her and another child, and then fatally shooting himself, police said.

Jimmy Schlager, 56, arrived at the Del Taco restaurant in San Bernardino on a bike at about 1 p.m., walked over to a table and fired several shots at his 29-year-old stepdaughter, her 33-year-old husband, and their sons, ages 5 and 6, San Bernardino police Lt. Jarrod Burguan said.

Schlager, who was from Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County, had an extensive criminal record dating back to 1972 that included assault with a deadly weapon and a restraining order taken out by a co-worker.
 

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