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You Stopped Mass Murder Again in May
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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It took the Orlando Police three hours to stop a mass murderer in a gay nightclub. Armed citizens like you responded in seconds. People like you save lives time after time, and month after month. You stopped mass murder again in May of 2016.
 

3 Laws Hillary Wants That We Already Have—What’s Her Real Motive?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Also, when I visited the ATF’s National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., Neil Troppman, a program manager with the ATF, showed me hallways and even tractor-trailer-sized metal containers filled with gun sales records from gun dealers that went out of business. So I asked Troppman if any of the records had come from gun stores the ATF put out of business for making illegal sales. He said, “Those records would come through the same way.
 

FL: Weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Automatic and semi-automatic weapons should only be sold to law enforcement agencies, and not to civilians. They are not needed for self-defense or sport. Banning them would not violate the Second Amendment, as many other guns would be legal.

The NRA claims that "bad guys" wouldn't obey the law and would acquire them anyway. However, banning them would make it that much harder on any would-be mass murderer, and over time the number of such weapons would be reduced, and we would all be much safer.
 

NV: Sheriff is wrong about Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment was conceived against a background of hostility toward a standing army and at a time when reliance on a militia was adequate. It was thought that the people needed to be armed so that a militia would be available should the need arise.

Today, people neither keep nor bear arms as part of a militia. Therefore, the arms they keep are not protected by the Second Amendment.
 

Secure the border, save the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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During the attack the killer actually dialed 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS, declaring to the entire world that his was an act of unambiguous terror.

How did President Barack Obama respond? He trotted out his Justice Department spokespeople and, stunningly, tried to redact the transcript of the 911 call to cover up the reason behind the attack.

As clumsily as the president handled the attack, congressional Democrats’ response was far more insidious. They proposed draconian new legislation to strip due process and constitutional gun rights from any American they can put on a secret government no-fly list.
 

NC: Law of Self Defense Seminar: You’re Hard to Kill. Are You Hard to Convict?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Do you know the law of self defense? I mean, REALLY know the law? What good does it do to defend your life if you make some small legal mistake that ends up putting you in prison for the rest of your life?

At the Grass Roots North Carolina Annual Meeting two years ago in Charlotte, Attorney Andrew Branca taught an incredible Law of Self Defense seminar that focused entirely on North Carolina’s laws of self defense. Most of us have taken a Concealed Handgun Permit course, which has 4 hours of legal instruction. But Andrew Branca’s class goes much deeper.
 

SC: Armed Civilian Halts Shooting in Progress Outside South Carolina Bar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In discussing guns, mass public shootings, and armed civilians with folk on the new-fangled social networks, I find a widespread belief that it's more or less silly or insane to believe armed civilians will ever be of use in such situations.

Such scenarios, like mass public shootings themselves, are rare, but they do happen. When they do, they don't get nearly the national press that a typical mass public shooting gets, for understandable reasons. But they are worth considering in the public debate over whether more guns in civilian hands is a potentially good or bad policy.
 

Guns, crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Starting Friday, Idaho will allow residents 21 and older to carry concealed guns without needing permits or training, making it the 10th state with such a policy. Similar laws took effect earlier this year in Mississippi and West Virginia.

Tennessee will let faculty and staff with concealed gun permits carry their weapons at public colleges and universities.

Georgia will allow employees and students over 18 to carry stun guns on public college campuses. Supporters tout it as a means of self-defense, while critics worry the weapons could be misused.
 

NRA to run $2 million Benghazi-themed ad campaign for Trump
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association’s political arm is launching its first ad campaign of the 2016 presidential race, with a survivor of the terror attack in Benghazi urging viewers to vote for Donald Trump.

The ad, which the NRA Political Victory Fund is backing with more than $2 million, is one of the larger expenditures by an outside group on behalf of the presumptive Republican nominee.

The 30-second spot, entitled “Stop Clinton, Vote Trump,” features Mark Geist, a Marine Corps veteran and security contractor who fought the assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 that claimed four American lives, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
 

OH: Over half-million residents with Concealed Carry License
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the Concealed Handgun License (CHL) statistics for the first quarter of 2016. It was another record setting year. There are now over a half-million valid Ohio CHLs and Ohio honors an estimated 12,300,000 more from other states.

Stats at a glance:

For the first time, there are over 500,000 active Ohio CHLs. That represents over 4% of Ohio residents authorized to carry concealed.

36,118 is the most initial CHLs ever issued in a quarter.

This is a 132% increase over the same period the prior year.
 

MN: Some northern Minn. gun owners OK with 'practical' gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Many in northern Minnesota own guns for hunting or protection and support the Second Amendment's freedom to bear arms. But that doesn't mean they're anti-regulation.

In recent conversations, gun owners here say restrictions are appropriate for assault-style weapons like the one used recently in the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Their comments reveal a practical middle ground on gun ownership and gun restrictions, issues that have resurfaced with the Orlando killings and subsequent "sit-in" on the floor of the United States House of Representatives by Democrats demanding a vote on gun control.
 

Pink Pistols besieged with new members
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lesbian activist Gwendolyn Patton, national leader of the LGBT gun advocacy group Pink Pistols, says she was heartbroken when she learned that 49 mostly LGBT people were shot to death on June 12 at an Orlando gay nightclub by Omar Mateen.

Patton, 54, said the horrific incident at the Pulse nightclub conjured up memories of gay-bashing incidents the LGBT community has grappled with for years and reminded her that the mission of Pink Pistols goes beyond just training LGBT people to use guns for self-defense.

“We have an even more poetic vision,” she told the Washington Blade in an interview this week. “We teach queers to shoot and we teach the world we did it,” she said with an emphasis.
 

Congressional candidate doubles down with tank giveaway
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Bolstered by the success of his recent AR-15 rifle giveaway on social media, State Senator and congressional candidate Greg Evers is upping the stakes by announcing the giveaway of a custom M1 Abrams battle tank.

“I believe that our Second Amendment right to bear arms is limited only by our imaginations, and we should fight to protect that right using every tool available, be it high-capacity assault weapons, shoulder-mounted missile launchers, or heavy artillery,” said Evers, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

Ed.: N.B. This is not a real story; it is satire published on a satire website.
 

Poll: Support surges for stricter gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Regardless of their opinions on specific proposals, 54 percent of registered voters surveyed said they would like tougher legislation when it comes to guns, the highest percentage of Americans expressing that view in the poll's history. Another 42 percent said they opposed stricter gun laws in the U.S., while 4 percent declined to respond. Among the various cleavages in the data for that question, 51 percent of men said they opposed tougher measures, while 45 percent supported; in contrast, more than six in 10 women, or 63 percent to 33 percent, said they would like to see increased measures.
 

FL: Florida Gov. Scott Rejects Special Session Gun Debate Post-Pulse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Rick Scott said he will not call a special session to debate gun legislation in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting despite a loud cry from democrats. Secretary of State Ken Detzner has received dozens of petitions this week from democrats asking to survey lawmakers on whether they would consider changing the Florida’s gun laws.

“The Second Amendment has been around for over 200 years. The Second Amendment didn’t kill anybody. Evil does. This is ISIS. It’s radical Islam. And we’ve got to find out how to come together as a community,” said Scott.
 

FL: Stand your ground hearing in Pasco theater shooting will take place in 2017
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The prosecution and defense in the murder trial of Curtis Reeves Jr., accused of fatally shooting a man in a movie theater, are scheduled to face off in a "stand your ground" hearing in February 2017 — more than three years after deputies said he pulled the trigger.

The long-awaited hearing will determine whether Reeves acted in self defense under Florida law.

If he prevails, the former Tampa police captain would be immune from both criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit.
 

SC: Concealed Carrier Prevents Mass Shooting At SC Nightclub
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man with a concealed carry license stopped a shooter after the latter opened fire on a crowd of people at a nightclub in South Carolina early Sunday morning, according to WISTV.com.

After getting into a fight with another person, the 32-year-old suspect pulled out a gun and began to fire at a crowd of people gathered outside of the club, hitting and injuring four, WISTV reports. One of the victims, who holds a concealed-carry permit, shot back in self-defense, hitting the suspect in the leg.
 

DC: DC Project Welcomes 50 Women to Capitol Hill to Highlight the Diversity of Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The DC Project is a nonpartisan initiative that brings 50 women, one from each state, to Washington, DC, to meet with their legislators about issues addressing the Second Amendment.

The volunteers who are participating have diverse professional experiences, ethnicity, and political beliefs, but share a common interest centered on the appreciation of America’s gun culture.
 

IL: McHenry gun shop to raffle off AR-15 rifle to benefit Orlando shooting victims
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A suburban gun shop is conducting a raffle to benefit victims of the Orlando shooting massacre — and the prize is an AR-15 rifle.

The semi-automatic weapon that Second Amendment Sports in McHenry plans to give away is similar to the gun used in the June 12 Orlando attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens more in a gay nightclub.

A McHenry County woman who lost her son in another mass shooting where an AR-15 was used — the 2012 movie theater massacre in Colorado — called the shop's raffle "offensive."
 

The Wal-Mart Rule
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Wal-Mart rule involves three basic steps.

The first step is accomplished by taking a trip to Wal-Mart to find out what kinds of ammunition they normally stock. I went to the local Wal-Mart in Colorado Springs last week and noted that they carried 20 types of ammunition: 17 rim fire, 22 long rifle, 22 magnum, .223, .243, .270, 30-30, 30.06, 7mm mag, 300 win mag, 9mm, 380 automatic, 38 special, 357 magnum, .40 caliber, 45 ACP, 45-70, 410 shotgun, 20 gauge, and twelve gauge.

The second step in following the Wal-Mart rule is simply buying all the guns needed to fire all the ammunition sold at Wal-Mart. Obviously, this will take most people a few years but it is fun – and it is important to set goals for yourself!
 

NC: Mass Media’s Questioning of Right to Self-Defense Echoed in Commissioners’ Chambers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two citizens spoke during public comment. Fremont Brown, a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, had to backtrack somewhat to rebut. He said one of the four Googled rifle ranges, Rex’s, was actually in Henderson County, and none of the other three were long enough for anybody to train with a rifle. The Second Amendment, like so much of the US Constitution, is designed to protect the rights of all citizens, and not just bullies and those with political pull.
 

RI: No reason but murder to own assault rifle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Guns in the home are really used for sport, and rarely to kill an intruder. There is no rational justification for the sale or ownership of semi-automatic rifles, either for hunting purposes or for self-defense. We must act urgently to ban semi-automatic weapons from our retail marketplaces as well as ammunition clips that hold more than eight rounds. Unless one is a legal member of a well-regulated militia, there is no valid reason to possess these weapons of mass murder.
 

Just One Gun Law Might Stop 98.8% Of Mass Shootings, So Why Do Democrats Oppose It?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yes, nearly 99% of all mass public murders over the last 66 years have the common denominator of occurring in so-called “gun free zones,” places where citizens have been prevented from being able to legally carry firearms for their own self-defense and the defense of others. Those evil souls who have decided that they must rage against innocent random human life nearly always pick densely populated spaces where they know citizens have been disarmed by ill-informed politicians.
 

Grassroots project to teach the LGBT community to shoot gains 100s of volunteers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The response, branded Operation Blazing Sword by the 16th, has been overwhelming with hundreds of volunteers ranging from such diverse places as Marathon in the Florida Keys to Mustang, Oklahoma and Boomershoot, Idaho.

Not all are instructors, and not all by far are part of the gay community, they just want to help pass on the tribal knowledge of the gun community.

“US Army NCO offering to train anyone who needs help. Not NRA certified, but Army Range Safety NCO certified and expert qualified with pistol and rifle. I’m a Christian, and while I disagree with the LGBT lifestyle , I do not hate and have proudly served alongside LGBT soldiers,” reads one poster in Texas.
 

NJ: NJ Democrats pass repeal of Christie’s gun law reforms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Only in the Garden State do lawmakers openly block self-defense by those facing serious threats and tout it as a good thing,” he said. “Yet lawmakers themselves enjoy the armed protection of state house security details while they hypocritically block everyone else’s rights.”

The measure, along with one to revise New Jersey’s smart gun statutes, heads to Christies desk. While he has not commented directly on his plans for the two current bills, he has vetoed a string of gun control proposals sent his way in the past.
 

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