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Romney low profile on Fast and Furious a retreat from NRA speech
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Current Romney silence, coupled with a disturbing lack of leadership from the Republican leadership, has many concerned that the GOP fears allowing the Issa investigations to proceed in a meaningful way, as opposed to just being carefully meted out political theater."
 

WA: Café Racer Shooter Had Concealed Carry Permit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"USA Today reports that Seattle’s Café Racer shooter was a concealed carry permit holder. But as usual, the rush to affix blame on a little plastic card conveniently avoids many truths behind this sad incident."

"Previous brushes with the criminal justice system highlight his troubled past:

  • The shooter had two assault cases dropped when victims recanted.

  • His family claimed the shooter was 'mentally ill' but never had him committed."

"These two points show how important citizen participation is for society to work. Perhaps those not pressing charges are also responsible?"

"To punish all concealed carry holders for the acts of this shooter is bigotry." ...
 

NY: Microstamping Article Published in New York State Bar Assn. Journal
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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I was recently asked by the New York State Bar Association/NYSBA to write an article about my microstamping legislation. The article, entitled “Microstamping Guns: A Tool to Help Solve Gun Crimes in New York,” was published in the Summer 2012 issue of the NYSBA Journal. I have been introducing a microstamping bill in the New York State Assembly since 2008. The measure has been approved by the assembly every year since 2008 but has not been passed by the state senate.
 

PA: Ed Rendell: Obama “Wussed Out” On Gun Control
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell leaves no-one unscathed in his new book "A Nation of Wusses," including his party's own president. Rendell writes that while on balance President Barack Obama has "definitely not" been a wuss, there was a clear instance in which he "wussed out" — when he decided not to take up gun control legislation after the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabby Giffords.
 

NJ: Three years later, State Police admit to using unreasonable force on N.J. man's disabled son
Submitted by: Anonymous

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In an early May morning in 2009, after the State Police had searched through the night trying to find two burglary suspects in Warren County, they stopped a car James Bayliss, then 21, was riding in and asked him to step outside so he could be searched.

What happened next was captured by a dashboard video camera inside a State Police patrol car. The recording, which never before has been made public, was recently obtained by The Star-Ledger.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: Life before video cameras was pig heaven.
 

Public opinion about the National Rifle Association
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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In April, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found that the National Rifle Association was viewed favorably by 68% of Americans, and unfavorably by 32%. Unlike most polls, the Reuters poll apparently did not allow “unsure” or “undecided” as a choice. In each of the demographics which the poll provided–Republicans, Democrats, independents, whites, and blacks–the NRA was viewed favorably by at least 55%.
 

TX: Kids’ Birthday Parties To Be Offered At Area Gun Range
Submitted by: rick schwartz
Website: http://www.weprotectyourkids.com

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A new gun range is in the works for Lewisville, that hopes to offer the community a family-friendly experience and kids’ birthday parties on the shooting range.
 

FL: Witnesses in Trayvon Martin case offer differing accounts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A witness in the Trayvon Martin case gives a clear account of the fight just before a fatal gunshot was fired: a black man with a hoodie on top of a white man.

But another witness recalls a man with a white shirt on top of another.

The stark contradictions from witnesses are not uncommon and underscore the difficulties prosecutors will have in trying to portray the final moments of Trayvon's life to a jury.
 

FL: Obeying Judge’s Order, Zimmerman Turns Himself In and Is Back in a Florida Jail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Six weeks after being released from jail on bond, George Zimmerman, who is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon

Mr. Zimmerman turned himself in to the authorities in Sanford, Fla., early Sunday afternoon, according to a blog post from his lawyer, Mark M. O’Mara. A Seminole County Circuit Court judge, Kenneth R. Lester Jr., revoked his bond during a hearing on Friday and gave him 48 hours to surrender.
 

TN: Bullet Intended For Robber Goes Into Neighbor's Apt
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man gunned down in a Nashville apartment complex Saturday night appears to be a case of self-defense.

But at least one of the four bullets fired didn't hit the armed robber it was intended for; it went into a nearby apartment with children inside. Phyllis Richardson showed NewsChannel 5 the shattered glass door in her living room where a bullet hit on Saturday night.

"Oh my God. I am just so thankful that my children didn't get hurt," said Richardson.

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Even though that stray bullet could have killed someone, Richardson and her son said Bridgeforth only acted in self-defense and they would have done the same thing.
 

WA: Before blaming loose gun laws for Seattle violence, check Toronto
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Canada has far more strict gun laws than just about anywhere in the United States, yet Saturday night in Toronto — where there are no concealed carry provisions and handgun ownership is highly regulated — there was a shooting in a shopping mall leaving one person dead and several others wounded.

The Eaton Centre shooting is to Toronto what last Wednesday’s shooting spree stretching from Seattle’s University District to West Seattle; an incident that shakes public confidence and has people talking about tighter regulation of gun owners who didn’t harm anyone.
 

NY: Arm the cops, against guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Economic growth and public safety — both are top priorities for state lawmakers. They should go hand-in-hand, but in the case of gun manufacturing in New York, it's more like one at the expense of the other.

The state's publicly funded economic development agencies, like the Empire State Development Corp., are designed to support economic growth in New York through grants using taxpayer dollars. The problem is that since 1999 more than $11.4 million has been given away to two New York gun manufacturers — Remington and Kimber — to create a few hundred jobs and make a product that is killing thousands of New Yorkers.
 

OH: Police swap seized guns for new ones
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In September, the Springfield Police Division acquired 17 brand new M-4 rifles worth $14,229. Now, it is looking to add $15,000 worth of new shotguns.

The division, however, isn’t using taxpayer money to acquire the firearms — it’s acquiring all that new equipment by trading other people’s guns, each confiscated during a crime.

For Springfield’s police division, it’s a new way of dealing with the hundreds of seized firearms in its possession.
 

OR: Carrying a concealed gun provides little more than an illusion of safety while the drawbacks are real
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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How do concealed handgun carriers keep themselves and the people under their umbrella safe? They do this by shooting and killing the person or animal who is hurting them, their family, etc. As an alternative to shooting and killing, they could run away from the unsafe person, or they could fight their attacker, or call 911 and hope that 1.1 police officers respond — but heck, those are all things they could do without a concealed weapon. Nope! They have their concealed handguns. And it is time to take back the night, day, weekend, whatever.
 

WA: Too Many Guns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It was one of the most carnage-filled weeks in recent memory, double homicide, a cafe massacre, a deadly carjacking, and a murder-suicide. Some are asking the question, “why all this violence?”
"The laws make it too easy for people to acquire guns", said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, telling reporters last week that the availability of guns is a big part of the problem. But not everyone agrees. Mason County Commissioner Steve Bloomfield said, “The laws on firearms, sale and possession are more stringent than they need to be, if a criminal wants to do damage, he will find a way or method to do that. Laws do not stop that guy from doing what he's intending to do".
 

NV: Hoplophobia Kills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Erik Scott was a West Point graduate with an MBA from Duke.

He served honorably in the Army and establish a lucrative career in real estate and as a sales rep for a medical device company.

He was 38 years old when he was gunned down in the portico of a Las Vegas area Costco store by officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
 

CA: Man who forced way into home dies following fight with resident
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Petras got up and went to investigate. As he approached his front door, Robinson allegedly entered the residence through the door he had just forced open, Hobbs said.

A struggle ensued between Petras and Robinson, during which Robinson suffered several injuries and became unresponsive, according to Hobbs.

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Hobbs said the exact cause is unknown, but it does not appear to have been from a knife or gunshot wound.

The agency also has not yet offered a motive for the alleged break-in.

Hobbs said it appears at this time that Petras acted in self defense and that he was justified in using force to protect himself while inside his own residence.
 

Supermajority of Americans Believe Second Amendment Protects Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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(73-26). A slightly smaller super-majority approves of the NRA (68-32).

Progressive gun grabbers, urban liberals, and LSM hardest hit.

It’s been fifty years in the making, but super-majorities now believe the Second Amendment actually means what it says:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
 

Venzuela: Venezuela's Chavez bans gun ownership and firearms sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a move sure to make the American gun-control lobby green with envy and Second Amendment advocates wary, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's new gun law, which totally bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition to civilians, went into effect on Friday, June 1, a police source in Washington, D.C. told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

Until this ban became law, anyone in that South American country with a gun license could purchase firearms and ammunition from privately owned gun shops or sporting goods stores.
 

NH: Guns are a better deterrent than dogs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There are a couple of problems with this:

1. The typical house pet isn't likely to respond this way.

2. It denies that the dog owner has any responsibility or even the will to act on his or her own.

For instance: It was reported that the teenagers who murdered Half and Susanne Zantop had first planned to carry out their mayhem at a different house. However, when the people answered the door, the boys saw that a firearm was present, so they made excuses about having the wrong address, and moved on to the Zantops' house.
 

UT: Why indifference to gun violence is a crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Every year, abhorrent acts of gun violence are met with cries of anguish, token denunciation -- and nothing else. The debate about guns in the United States has always been between David and Goliath. Last year, the gun lobby outspent advocates of gun control by 11 to 1, or $2.9 million vs. $260,000.
 

Australia: Guns create state of fear
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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POLICE are under intense pressure at both ends of the state as a series of armed robberies and drive-by shootings leave Tasmania in the grip of a crimewave.

While Hobart recorded four shootings last week and three further gun-related incidents in the past three months, Launceston has been under siege as armed robbers target inner-city, busy businesses armed with deadly weapons.
 

Venezuela Bans Private Gun Ownership, China Condemns Gun Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Friday, the Venezuelan government banned all private gun ownership. Gun shops will no longer be allowed to sell firearms or ammunition to private citizens. Police and members of the military will be exempted from the ban. Officials told the Associated Press that the measure is meant to stem violent crime
 

TN: Tennessee bills die by veto, summer study committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Although Sen. Mike Faulk’s two bills regarding guns made it to the Senate Rules Committee, which he chaired, neither made it to the floor for a vote, despite efforts by Democratic Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis to do so April 23 by suspending the rules.

Senate Bill 3002 – known as the Employee Safe Passage Bill or guns in parking lots bill – would have allowed gun-carry permit holders to bring their firearms in their vehicles to and from work and park on company property with the guns in a locked glove compartment or lock box, out of sight.
 

WI: Vote for Walker to protect the right to own guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I urge all people in Wisconsin who believe in the Bill of Rights and the right of citizens to own handguns to vote for Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday.
 

Race plays complex role in Florida's 'stand your ground' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Times analysis found no obvious bias in how black defendants have been treated:

• Whites who invoked the law were charged at the same rate as blacks.

• Whites who went to trial were convicted at the same rate as blacks.

• In mixed-race cases involving fatalities, the outcomes were similar. Four of the five blacks who killed a white went free; five of the six whites who killed a black went free.

• Overall, black defendants went free 66 percent of the time in fatal cases compared to 61 percent for white defendants — a difference explained, in part, by the fact blacks were more likely to kill another black.
 

CT: Hartford, New Canaan recover most guns in state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police recovered 326 firearms from crime scenes in Hartford last year, landing it on top of a list of Connecticut municipalities with the most gun seizures in 2011.

New Canaan, a small, wealthy enclave where violent crime is scant, earned an unlikely second place ranking on the list of top firearm recovery cities due to an incident in which 137 handguns and rifles were confiscated from a single residence by police. There were 142 firearms recovered there last year in total.
 

CA: Police say 25 guns turned over in Oakland buyback
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Oakland police say 25 guns were turned in Saturday as part of a buyback program intended to get guns off the streets.
 

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