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OH: Concealed Carrying Bar Worker Stops Possible Mass Shooting in Ohio
Submitted by: Guns Save Lives
Website: http://gunssavelives.net

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A concealed carrying bar worker in Youngstown Ohio is a hero today after he stopped a shotgun wielding maniac who entered the bar and began firing off rounds.
 

TX: Texas Deputy Charged, Allegedly Put Knife to Son's Throat
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SAN ANTONIO - A South Texas sheriff's deputy has been accused of putting a kitchen knife to his son's throat to quiet the boy.

Bexar County sheriff's Deputy Ronald Bailey turned himself in Thursday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He's free on $25,000 bond and on administrative leave.

Prosecutors say Bailey was indicted Wednesday over a September incident at his San Antonio home while with his children.

Submitters note: Why did it take 9 months to charge him?
 

Comedian Jim Jefferies: Gun Ownership Should Go the Way of Slavery
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On June 26, the Huffington Post ran a column focused on how Australian comedian Jim Jefferies “shoots down [the] 2nd Amendment with humor.”

A central component of this “humor” is to equate gun rights with slavery and talk about how a constitutional amendment—like the one that banned slavery—could be used to overturn the protections the Second Amendment affords to the rights of self-defense and bearing arms.
 

A whole box of tools other than a gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I thanked God the man who broke in was off the streets and unhurt. I thanked God my daughter and her husband don't have a gun in the house.

This is what my daughter knows: A gun in the house is most likely to be used on someone who lives there. She has studied articles like the one Dr. Arthur Kellermann wrote in the Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection, and Critical Care, titled "Injuries and Deaths Due to Firearms in the Home." He wrote that a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense.
 

Chuck Norris Nails the Issue in the Charleston Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In our church, a very large Evangelical church in Scottsdale, Arizona, there’s one thing we know for sure. If Mrs. Curmudgeon and I are in the service, an attacker will be facing at least two guns. In Arizona, in a room with over 2,000 people, there’s almost certainly more than two.

 

NY: SAFE Act stays safe, disappointing gun groups
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state legislature left the Capitol early Friday without making any changes to the controversial gun-control law installed in 2013.

After some Senate Republicans ran for office last year vowing to seek a repeal of the gun-control law, they were unable to reach a deal to reform the SAFE Act, drawing the ire of gun-rights groups.

"Am I disappointed? Absolutely, and I think the gun owners of New York state are going to be disappointed also," said Thomas King, the president of the state Rifle & Pistol Association.
 

IL: We're in a zone — of the wrong kind
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The diatribes and dysfunctional rhetoric continue to echo through the halls of vapid Congress, and down the winding streets of perfunctory America following another mass shooting in South Carolina (whose really counting at this point?).

The National Rifle Association and its smug compatriots wallow in the mythic glow of the shooting's aftermath, and the political pundits riff and scribe from either side of our Second Amendment abyss. In rapid response, American gun sales have expanded (again), and — in a strange twist of inexplicable fate — the Indiana legislature announced the legalization of the manufacture and sale of sawed-off shotguns. Who said timing isn't everything?
 

Walmart becomes target for gun-grabbers after folding on Confederate flag
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s not just the Confederate flag that’s under renewed fire, but guns as well.

Now that the politically correct crowd has pressured Walmart and other retailers into pulling the flags and other Confederate imagery from their stores, anti-gun activists are asking that firearms be next in line for removal.

“The debate over the Confederate flag has also raised broader questions about where the line should be drawn for retailers that sell other questionable or offensive products,” CNN’s M.J. Lee wrote before launching into a column about gun-control activists pressuring the retailer to pull back on its support for the Second Amendment.
 

MN: Continued mayhem stirs constitutional contemplation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It seems that massacres have become our "new normal."

They happen, then a lot is said, but nothing is done. If the slaughter of 20 New Town, Conn., children wasn't enough to drive preventative actions — nothing will, and shame on us for it.

Is this justified by knowing that behind our insanity we can say, "No matter what, we have not violated the Constitutional Second Amendment? We are just sticking to a right our Founding Father gave us." And is it more important to hide behind the Second Amendment than to be more civilized and try to work together to prevent further massacre-tragedies?
 

CO: US Appeals Court: No Guns on Post Office Property
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal appeals court said a U.S. Postal Service regulation banning firearms on postal property is constitutional, and reversed a lower court ruling that would have let people keep weapons inside their vehicles in post office parking lots.
By a 2-1 vote on Friday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled against Tab Bonidy, a licensed gun owner who said the restrictions violated his Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Circuit Judge David Ebel said the right to carry firearms does not apply to federal buildings such as post offices, and that while it was a "closer question" he would not second-guess the Postal Service's extending the ban to its parking lots.
 

DC: Norton Picks Gun Fight With Sergeant-at-Arms, GOP
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the wake of mass shootings in Charleston, S.C., Washington murmured about resurrecting failed firearm control legislation, yet the House’s Second Amendment defenders stuck to their guns about a push to further dismantle local weapons laws in the District of Columbia.

“Even though we have a lot of folks on this issue that speak emotionally, we have really good data sets from at least our state that show from experience,” said Rep. David Schweikert, an Arizona Republican who endorsed a bill supporters say would take away the D.C. Council’s ability to enact gun control measures.
 

KY: NRA Foundation wants Ky. license plate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The charitable fundraising arm of the National Rifle Association — the NRA Foundation — is applying for a special license plate in Kentucky to help collect donations from the state's myriad gun enthusiasts.

The state's seven-member license plate committee will review the application on Monday. If approved, the foundation would have two years to collect signatures and a $25 fee from 900 supporters to begin production of the plate.
 

FL: Florida Carry sues Tampa Police over detention and trespass of open-carrying fisherman
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida Carry Inc. and member George Freeman filed suit Friday against five Tampa police officers, one police sergeant, the Tampa Police Chief, the city’s mayor and the city itself over the June 13 detention, search and trespassing of Freeman, who was fishing at Tampa’s Ballast Point Pier.
 

CA: No criminal charges in April fight death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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No criminal charges will be filed in the fight-related blunt trauma death of a West Oakland man in April, authorities said Friday.

After a review of witness statements, video surveillance and other evidence, it was decided that a 40-year-old man involved in a violent physical confrontation with Barry DeWitt, 58, who died April 4 from head injuries, acted in self-defense, authorities said.
 

ME: Second Amendment deserves a closer look
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Most of the communications I receive press their message in the third and fourth phrases and ignore the first two phrases. This, to me, is a totally biased viewpoint and, in my estimation, calls for some kind of action, possibly another amendment. In any event, it should at least give us the freedom to regulate gun ownership in whatever manner is deemed necessary.
 

SCOTUS Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Mandates Nationwide Concealed Carry Reciprocity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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By using the Constitution in such a manner, the Court argues that the Due Process Clause extends “certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy” accepted in a majority of states across the state lines of a handful of states that still banned the practice.

The vast majority of states are “shall issue” on the matter of issuing concealed carry permits, and enjoy reciprocity with a large number of other states.

My North Carolina concealed carry permit, for example, was recognized yesterday as being valid in 36 states, which just so happened to be the number of states in which gay marriage was legal yesterday. But 14 states did not recognize my concealed carry permit yesterday.
 

SC: Police: Greer man shoots son in defense after knife attack
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Greer, police said a father shot his son in self defense as he was attacked with a knife.

On Thursday night, police and the coroner's office were called to investigate the deadly shooting. The coroner identified the victim as 30-year-old Matthew Davenport.

Police said Kenneth Davenport told police that his son, Matthew Davenport, slashed his face with a knife while trying to get his gun.
 

CCRKBA Says SCOTUS Ruling Should Open Door To National CCW Recognition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Following today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that requires all states to recognize same-sex marriages, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said that the same principle should apply to nationwide state recognition of concealed carry licenses and permits from all other states.
 

New Gun Study Misses the Point on Self-Defense, and Uses Bad Data to Boot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Readers should first acquaint themselves with Brian Doherty’s excellent work over at Reason surveying the long-running debate regarding how we should conceive of defensive gun uses. Contrary to the implications of gun control advocates, the positive utility of a firearm for self-defense should not be limited to the bad guy body count:
 

SC: Woman kills 60-year-old man, apparently in self-defense, deputies say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 60-year-old Belton man has died after being shot, but no charges are expected in the case, according to investigators.

Anderson County deputies were called Thursday morning to a home on Henry Thomas Road about a domestic dispute.

Deputies said they found a handgun lying on the trunk of a car and a 44-year-old woman and another person standing near it.
 

Indonesia: Handgun for self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Now in Indonesia I feel at times slightly vulnerable since my Indonesian wife and I are basically not allowed to own a gun and are therefore technically not able to protect ourselves, our children or our property efficiently.

Crime-rates are relatively high (in particular in cities) and the only ones who are meant to protect my family, my property and myself are the police. Unfortunately, I cannot rely on them and I should be able to protect myself from crime.
 

OK: OU professor: Restrictive gun laws don't keep people safe
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association created a bit of a brouhaha recently when it sued the city of Norman over a gun ban at Norman's annual music festival. Not surprisingly, the judge issued a restraining order against the city. What was surprising were reactions on social media to the lawsuit and the realization that people might be carrying guns at the festival. A segment of our population seems to be unaware that guns are now commonplace in Oklahoma.
 

The Deadly Fantasy of Anti-gun Addicts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A South Carolina pastor disarmed the honest men and women in his congregation.

That guaranteed a crazy person would be unopposed when, someday, a crazy person brought a gun to church. That sobering situation came true in Charleston, South Carolina last week. Innocent people died.

I want all of us to learn from this tragedy so it never happens again. I believe that the world is a better place when honorable men and women are armed.
 

WA: Gay Activist Discriminated Against By Pride Organizer For Being Pro-Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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James Holcomb is a loud, proud gay activist who wished to participate in the 25th Capital City Pride Festival in Olympia, WA. One problem – Holcomb is also an equally proud libertarian who likes the Second Amendment. According to the organizers of the event, this fact made Holcomb an agenda-pushing troublemaker. When he simply called up the organizers and asked if open carry would be allowed as part of participation, Holcomb was surprised at the response he got at his Libertarian Party of Washington office: a nasty voicemail from Capital City Pride Chairwoman Anna Schlecht accusing Holcomb of foul intentions:
 

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