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MI: What should we do about guns in America after Orlando?
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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We the people of America are once again in a gun fight.

With the increased frequency of mass shootings like the one in Orlando, it seems gun violence is becoming our era's Black Plague.

Mass shootings can be treated, though.

At the heart of the issue is a question of liberty and how we as a nation want to interpret the Second Amendment.

While I worry about the safety of my fellow citizens, I also worry about an emboldened government telling us exactly what we can and can't own.

In the end, reasonable people should have access to reasonable weapons.

But there's got to be a compromise to keep unreasonable weapons out of the hands of unreasonable people.
 

AR: Authorities: Arkansas woman killed father in self-defense in 2012 Christmas Eve fight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An 85-year-old man was killed in Rogers on Christmas Eve 2012 when he tried to attack his daughter because he was upset about the preparation of Christmas dinner, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

The case has now been resolved, and no charges will be filed, according to the news release.
 

'No Fly, No Buy' Means No Freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The people in the government who want to control our personal choices are the enemies of freedom. And the enemies of freedom can be very clever and seductive. Last week, these folks, manifesting their lust to keep us dependent upon the government by rejecting the natural right to self-defense, coined a clever phrase: "No fly, no buy." It sounds rational, yet it rejects core American values.
 

FL: In Florida, the NRA Demands Total Obedience. These War Stories Show Why Orlando Won’t Change That.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In late May, Florida Governor Rick Scott’s office received more than 5,400 emails about a state legislator who is seeking appointment to a circuit court in the Jacksonville area. The subject line of each message declared that Charles McBurney, a Republican, was “unfit” for the job.

McBurney “arrogantly put his blind ambition to become a judge ahead of your constitutional right of self-defense,” the messages read.
 

NH: State House guards to be armed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Security guards who patrol the State House complex will begin carrying sidearms when they complete training courses in about three weeks, Pfaff said.

The eight-person force is not currently armed, but it is supplemented by two auxiliary state police officers who do carry weapons. Visitors and lawmakers are allowed to carry guns in most parts of the State House and Legislative Office Building, which are open to the public on weekdays.

“It’s good that security will be armed,” said House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff. “It’s somewhat ironic that we allow people into the State House armed, but our own security force is not.”
 

WI: Wisconsin legislator seeks triple damages at businesses that ban guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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To encourage businesses to allow concealed carry, the concealed carry law provided owners immunity from any liability that may from any gun incident on the premises.

But the law didn't address liability in the opposite scenario — a business that posts a weapons ban and has a gun incident.

Under Gannon's bill the liability would attach automatically. In other words, if someone — a concealed carry permit holder or otherwise — injured or killed someone with a gun inside a store that had a sign prohibiting weapons, the business would be on the hook for triple the damages to any victims.
 

Hoax NRA campaign promises to give free guns to poor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The campaign is a fake, however. The NRA confirmed Wednesday that it had no knowledge of any such campaign until the release went out Wednesday afternoon. Smith & Wesson also confirmed they had nothing to do with it.

“The site is not affiliated with the National Rifle Association or Smith & Wesson in any way,” NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said Wednesday, adding that the NRA planned to get its legal team involved.
 

NV: Ex-sheriff: Background checks save lives, reduce violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I was disappointed to read the recent column by Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen reciting the talking points of the Washington gun lobby regarding Question 1, The Background Check Initiative. As the former Washoe County Sheriff for eight years, I am familiar with the seat Sheriff Allen currently fills and I’m writing today to tell Nevada voters that he is wrong on several points.
 

AZ: A gun control compromise? Now, that's courage
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Compromise and bipartisanship are honored American traditions that can be political suicide these days. So it’s well worth celebrating the courage of those looking for a way around Congress’ stalemate on guns.

Whether they succeed or fail, a diverse group of senators is showing a rare flash of gumption in a Congress where the partisanship is toxic.

Arizona’s Republican Sen. Jeff Flake is in the middle of the effort that includes Republicans, Democrats and an independent.
 

NV: Gun possession is a moral duty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If American colonists had not possessed firearms, the United States would not have been.

It is worth noting that mass-casualty shootings do not occur where armed citizens are already present.

No individual, regardless of status or title, has the right to force another individual to give up the ability to physically protect themselves. An indisputable fact is the blood of every single unarmed victim of a mass-casualty shooting is on the hands of legislators who create “gun-free zones”.
 

DE: Delaware lawmakers vote to close gun sale loophole
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Delaware General Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that will close a loophole in the state’s gun laws that potentially gives dangerous individuals access to guns.

Legislators say the current loophole allows guns to be sold to a potential purchaser if the background check is delayed for at least three days. The reason for delay could be due to a red flag on the person’s record, but they could still receive the weapon nonetheless.

The legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Edward Osienski, D-Newark, and Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, and State Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, would close the loophole by requiring sellers to delay sales until the FBI clears the purchase or if the background check hasn’t returned after 25 days.
 

Gun Restrictions Endanger LGBT Community and Other Minorities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun-control laws deprive minorities and disfavored groups of the basic right of self-defense. The mass shooting at Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse is the most recent example of how firearms restrictions endanger the vulnerable.

Under Florida law, places such as colleges, career centers, and bars are declared gun-free zones. Pulse was such a place. Consequently, patrons and security personnel licensed to carry handguns were unarmed when Omar Mir Seddique Mateen opened fire on the revelers.
 

AL: Prattville chief: Terror can happen anywhere
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Security isn’t the only factor being discussed after the attack. Calls for stricter gun control measures have roiled emotions as well. Thompson said he supports a law abiding citizen’s right to bear arms.

“We have good guns laws that are in place that need to be enforced, and I totally agree that if you’re on a terrorist watch list you have no business being allowed to get a weapon,” he said. “But we strongly encourage all citizens that are legally qualified to carry a weapon for self-defense of their home and their person. Just be legal, have a permit from your local sheriff. Go through a firearms safety course.”
 

David Byrne: Guns a ‘Public Health Hazard,’ Should Be Regulated Like Cigarettes And ‘Sugary Drinks’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Talking Heads frontman David Byrne weighed in on America’s gun control debate in an essay posted to his website Wednesday, suggesting that guns should be reframed as a “public health hazard” and, as such, regulated like cigarettes and “sugary drinks.”

In the essay, Byrne suggests “we willingly give up our rights in many areas” in exchange for “a safer healthier life for all,” and believes gun rights are one of the things that need to be given over to regulation in exchange for that “healthier life.”
 

TN: Tennessee Woman Shoots Monster Under Bed, Won’t Face Charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Goodlettsville, Tennessee woman was having an alarm system installed in her home yesterday because her ex-boyfriend continued to walk through restraining orders to abuse her. He was apparently watching the home and slipped into it when she went to see a neighbor for a few minutes. When she returned home, he surprised her… and she surprised him right back when she opened fire.
 

The Orlando Massacre: An Excuse for Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The media, politicians, and gun controllers are once again happily dancing in the blood of innocent Americans, as this, they feel, is their best chance to push gun control since the Sandy Hook massacre.

They pulled out their current wish list for gun control and dusted it off: banning AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles, magazine-size limitations, using the “Terror Watchlist” or some other federal bureaucrat generated list to deny the ability to purchase a firearm indefinitely, Universal Background Checks, confiscations, complete gun bans, and more.
 

GA: A Tea Partier running for Congress is in a bitter feud with police over these controversial warrants
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Law enforcement doesn’t have a stronger advocate than Mike Crane down in the Capitol,” Crane told the crowd. But by that same token, he bellowed, he was an advocate for the people of Georgia, and there was exactly one instance in which he would side with the people over the police: the controversial practice of “no-knock” raids, which allow officers to enter into a property without first making an announcement. (A judge has to sign off first.)

“You come to my house, kick down my door—if I have the opportunity, I will shoot you dead,” Crane said. “And every one of you should do the same.”

“Amen,” sounded a voice in the crowd.
 

Senate Majority Whip: Concealed Carry Permits ‘Could Well Be a Deterrent’ to Radical Islamic Terrorists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) said Tuesday that American citizens with concealed handgun licenses “could well be a “deterrent” to radical Islamic terrorists.

The second ranking Republican in the Senate made the remark after CNSNews.com asked him: “Will curtailing the Second Amendment right of Americans to keep and bear arms protect this nation against radical Islamic terrorism?”

“If people come into a place where people have concealed handgun licenses and they’re in a position to defend themselves, it could well be a deterrent,” Cornyn replied during an interview on Capitol Hill.
 

Exploiting Orlando: Nets Advance Anti-Gun Agenda By 8 to 1
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And for the next week, an MRC study shows the broadcast network news programs flooded their shows with statements favoring gun control over gun rights by a ratio of 8 to 1.

MRC analysts reviewed all 47 gun policy stories (41 full segments, 6 anchor read briefs), plus 10 other stories that mentioned gun policy on the Big Three networks’ evening (ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News) and morning show programs (ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today), beginning with the evening (June 12) after the shooting through Friday evening, June 17.

The study found a huge disparity in the airtime devoted to advancing more gun control versus arguments in favor of gun rights.
 

Terror Watch List – A Good Idea Gone Bad? Or A Bad Idea All Along?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Secret Government lists, such as the “terror watch list” and the “no fly list,”—and perhaps others, of which we are unaware—are problematic in a free, democratic Republic.

For, once an American’s name appears on a secret government watch list, his or her rights and liberties, guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, are in jeopardy. More to the point, such lists enable the federal Government to deny an American citizen his or her rights and liberties absent any charge of criminal wrong-doing. The Government, at the stroke of a pen, denies a person his or her rights and liberties without notice, without hearing, without reasonable means to challenge the inclusion of their name, in open court.
 

IA: Grassley must agree: The Supreme Court says we can ban assault rifles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Chuck Grassley scored one this week for the gun-haters.

The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal of state laws banning military-style assault rifles. That means that bans in New York and Connecticut may stand, because the Supreme Court can’t decide much of anything these days. It is deadlocked between four liberal justices and four judicial activists posing as conservatives. Grassley refuses to give a hearing to President Obama’s nominee, whose judicial record looks more like John Roberts’ than Thurgood Marshall’s.
 

Gun control or self-defense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In response to the massacre, an agonized cry for gun control has risen in the U.S., and understandably so. On social media, people tell of friends afraid to gather at their local LGBTQ bar or at June Pride events, of young children who fear when their LGBTQ parents leave the house because “You might get killed.” There are heartbreaking comments by friends, lovers, parents and siblings who have lost loved ones in repeated mass shootings, from Orlando to the nine African-American churchgoers killed in Charleston, S.C., only a year ago, and many other massacres. The U.S. has had more than a thousand mass shootings in the last three years.
 

When 'They' Come
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In fact, never mind history; progressives ignore things happening now .

Take Venezuela. As with every other country that has gone down the road of command-and-control economics, Venezuela has collapsed. It has collapsed because human beings aren't God; things happened that the central planners didn't plan for. And now there's nothing: No food. No medicines. No electricity. No health care. No toilet paper. No wealth to redistribute. (Except for the wealth of the planners themselves, of course — deceased Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez' daughter Maria is "Venezuela's richest woman.")
 

A statistical look at guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A rational solution would be to recognize a citizen's right to keep and bear arms and balance it with the part of the Declaration of Independence that recognizes the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Having a right to bear arms has to be measured against the rights of those who worry about their happiness. Many of us are so concerned about all the guns in America that it is very difficult to be happy.

Ed.: Now the antis are inventing a right to be happy!
 

Black America Isn’t Buying your Gun Control Lies, Congressman Lewis
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As a black, woman, I am sick of this narrative. This purposeful twisting of African-American history and values in an effort to dupe the black community into believing that the right to self defense is somehow harming them, not helping them. I had to fend off similar attacks in my own work as a campus carry activist.

The media, much like Congressman Lewis, consistently spin the facts in an attempt to rewrite black history, a history that is riddled with the restoration and/or protection of civil rights resulting from the right to bear arms.
 

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