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Gun Control Is a Joke, and So Are Buzzfeed Liberals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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By now, I am sure you have heard about the tragic shooting at a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. There was a gunman who decided he was going to take three people’s lives and injure seven more by the use of a handgun. Soon after the news hit people’s ears, liberals started in on their usual, pathetic gun control push. They shamelessly started hitting the Twitter waves in the typical keyboard warrior fashion screaming for the control of firearms. Typical. The smoke from the weapon didn’t even make its way out of the theater before liberals started their usual nonsense and rhetoric. They like to paint themselves as caring, unlike mean conservatives, but the fact is they do not care. Not one bit.
 

GA: North Augusta conference to inform churches about active shooter situations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Local churches can learn Monday how to prepare themselves for an “active shooter scenario."

The Church Security Conference will be conducted by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. Security companies, gun safety trainers and self-defense trainers will be present.
The presenters will discuss topics including site vulnerability, developing a response plan, weapon laws in Georgia and South Carolina, self-defense training, effective security systems and ways to make the congregation feel safe.
 

AZ: Governor authorizes Adjutant General to arm Arizona National Guard
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A. Identify and arm all appropriately-trained National Guard personnel who he determines reasonably necessary, based upon their duty positions, responsibilities, or locations, to protect themselves and other persons from the threat of deadly physical force;

B. Institute a policy and training requirements that permit Guardsmen to carry personally-owned handguns while on duty at a secured facility or military instillation, in lieu of a government-issued handgun, as specified by the Adjutant General. This policy should allow Guard personnel to carry these handguns on unsecured facilities while on duty if a government-issued handgun is not reasonably accessible.
 

Are Custom and Premium ARs Worth Their Price Tags?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Knee-jerk reactions are common in the firearms community. They may be the most common basis for the “opinions” of many shooters, from neophyte to expert. Often expressed with zero forethought, study, or even knowledge, they are prolific and hormonal. It’s the basis for most social media—opinion without substance. One of the most persistent reactions, which is in fact a judgment quietly couched in a question, is “who needs premium/custom/expensive guns?”
 

CCRKBA Lauds Texas’ ‘Pistol Packin’ Pastor’ Who Stopped Burglar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today noted that a church shooting this week in Texas will be difficult for anti-gunners to exploit, because it involved an armed pastor who stopped an electronics thief in the act.

“I’ve read various published reports of the Tuesday morning incident in Baytown, Texas, and all of them clearly note that Pastor Benny Holmes will likely not face charges,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gotttlieb. “It’s not every day we hear stories about a member of the clergy rendering unto a thief what he’s got coming to him.”
 

3 things to consider after another theater shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Amid the national news media coverage of the Colorado theater shooting trial, some totally evil person decided to murder moviegoers in Louisiana. This makes me think of three things: the gun debate, understanding evil people, and being proven innocent by reason of insanity.
 

TX: Pro-Second Amendment Pastor Shoots Church Intruder
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A pastor shot an alleged burglar at his church Tuesday morning in Baytown, Texas, police say.

No word on his condition.

Officers converged on the church in Baytown, a city of about 75,000 people 25 miles east of Houston, following reports of gunfire.

The minister armed himself and fired at the man. The burglary suspect, identified as Lee Marvin Blue, 27, was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital via Life Flight, according to KTRK. Police describe Blue as a transient with an extensive criminal history.
 

Court upholds Florida law restricting doctor-patient speech about guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the 11th Circuit handed down a substantially revised opinion in Wollschlaeger v. Governor, the Florida “Docs vs. Glocks” case. (I’d been following the controversy for quite a while, but didn’t have a chance to blog about the earlier opinion, which was handed down a year ago.) The court upheld the law, which limits doctors’ speech to their patients about the patients’ gun ownership. But I think the court is mistaken, and the law should have been held to violate the First Amendment. I share many people’s skepticism about much of the “public health” anti-gun advocacy; but I think this is no basis for suppressing doctors’ speech this way.
 

LA: Jindal: Gun rights extend to movie theaters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.) said that people should be allowed to carry guns wherever they are, including movie theaters, one week after a gunman killed two people in a theater in his home state.

“I’m a big believer that where you are legally allowed to be, you should be able to have your Second Amendment rights as well,” he said Wednesday on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

“There are private property rights issues, I understand that. Somebody has a right to say what they want to do with their private property, but I think the fewer restrictions on law abiding citizens, the better for them and the better for our country.”
 

11th Circuit Upholds Law Banning Gun Inquiries
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Florida law prohibiting doctors from asking their patients about gun ownership is not unconstitutionally vague and does not violate physicians free speech rights, a divided 11th Circuit ruled.

The decision, announced July 28, marks the second time the appeals court has upheld the law, which was challenged by more than a dozen doctors and twice as many medical associations.

Writing for panel majority U.S. Circuit Judge Gerald Tjoflat said the court's latest decision is a reconsideration of its July 2014 ruling on the case, and should be read as a substitute for that earlier opinion.
 

OK: Local attorney speaks after shooting client in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A local attorney is cleared in a deadly shooting.

It was last month when criminal defense lawyer Jay Silvernail pulled the trigger while under attack by a former client.

That client, David Scott Smith, was out on parole after spending more than 20 years in prison for robbery.

The Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office says Silvernail clearly acted in self-defense.
 

GA: Man says he shot, killed 71-year-old Atlantan in self-defense
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Investigators believe the two men got into an argument outside the Family Dollar on Joseph Lowery Boulevard before shots were fired. The shooter, Maurice Brooks, said the older man fired first, grazing him in the head, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Brooks told police he wrestled the man to the ground, took his gun and shot him at least four times. The older man died at the scene, according to police. ...

“Further investigation and witness statements corroborate Brooks’ statement that he shot the decedent in self defense,” Officer Kim Jones said in an emailed statement.
 

KY: Man charged after shooting down drone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“What is that?” neighbor Cindy Diebold wondered. “Then you see this thing fly by.”

Diebold said for the first time in person, she saw a drone and what looked like a camera, on board.

“What in the world are they looking for?,” she said.

She wasn't the only one on the block concerned about the tiny unmanned aircraft. So was Merideth, especially when he says it stopped to hover over his fenced in backyard where his two daughters were sitting outside.

“I wanted to see if it was going to stay there and it did and I reacted,” Merideth said.

Merideth says he went and got his 12 gauge shotgun and took matters into his own hands.

“They had it low enough that he hit it,” Diebold said.
 

OK: Oklahoma Guard implementing Fallin’s order to arm personnel, six more states follow her lead
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This month, the Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG) has moved quickly to staff guidelines and implementation measures for immediately arming certain military personnel at National Guard facilities across the state. Additionally, force protection and security measures for every facility under the control of the National Guard were being reevaluated and enhanced, if necessary.

The OKNG took these actions in accordance with Governor Mary Fallin’s Executive Order issued July 17 to the Adjutant General for Oklahoma, Maj. Gen. Robbie L. Asher, authorizing the use of weapons to protect personnel and property
 

Protect the 2nd Amendment and Keep Obama “Frustrated” on Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yet, gun control advocates will press onward, and unless we are there to oppose them, they will eventually gain victories that will be hard to overturn.

The best way to prevent this is by having states pass their own Second Amendment Protection Act (SAPA), which would nullify any gun control measures they try to push through in D.C. Without the local law enforcement to enforce these “decrees,” it will be on the feds to carry them out, which theydon’t have the resources to do.

Let’s keep Obama “frustrated” for the rest of his presidency by ensuring any gun control measures, whether effected during his tenure or a future president’s, are dead on arrival (DOA).

When tyrants are stymied, patriots rejoice.
 

India: Self-Defense Umbrella Gets Handed Out to Women in India
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The umbrella itself is nothing special (no hidden sword in the handle or any of that), but does have a few printed images telling women how they can use an umbrella to defend themselves — by opening it in the face of an attacker, or the tried-and-true method of a full-force thrust into a man’s sensitive area. The choice of an umbrella was for the sake of having something unassuming to carry — an umbrella won’t attract any extra attention, but it can be helpful if women get any unwanted attention anyway.
 

Does Obama Think People Should Be Allowed to Own Guns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When gun scholar John Lott met Barack Obama for the first time in 1996, he said Obama told him, “I don’t believe that people should be able to own guns.”

Lott and Obama were both at the University of Chicago Law School “where Obama was a part-time lecturer” when the future president reportedly made that statement.

And as Lott points out on PolitZette, the statement really encapsulates the way Obama has conducted himself in political office.
 

FL: Pain of stand your ground laws is Jeb Bush's sad legacy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two years ago this month, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges related to his shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.

The odds were stacked against the unarmed 17-year-old Martin before the trial even began. Despite the viciousness of the crime, the fact remained that Zimmerman's home state of Florida had — and still has — some of the most recklessly broad self-defense laws in the country.

The most outrageous of these laws is the nation's first "Stand Your Ground" law, which in 2005 dramatically expanded an individual's right to use lethal force when the individual feels threatened.
 

CA: Los Angeles Leaders Outlaw High-Capacity Gun Magazines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The nation's second-largest city is poised to ban possession of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, stepping into the national debate over gun regulation following a series of deadly, mass shootings.

California is one of a handful of states that give local government considerable latitude to enact gun regulation. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to close a loophole in state law that bans the manufacture and sale of large-capacity magazines, but not their possession.
 

ID: Scott examining state law governing concealed weapons permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pruett added a final thought. “In fact, I wonder why Idaho lawmakers force Idahoans to pay for their rights in the first place,” he said.

Scott, who worked with Pruett to sponsor House Bill 89 this year, a measure that would have allowed permitless concealed carry, said her measure would have fixed this problem.

“If House Bill 89 had been given a hearing, we might not be having this conversation right now,” she said.

Pruett harangued House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, into allowing House Bill 89’s introduction, but Loetscher refused to give the legislation a formal hearing.
 

Watch when happens when regular people use handguns in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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They found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, people without firearms training performed poorly in the scenarios. They didn't take cover. They didn't attempt to issue commands to their assailants. Their trigger fingers were either too itchy -- they shot innocent bystanders or unarmed people, or not itchy enough -- they didn't shoot armed assailants until they were already being shot at.
 

A 'Runaway' Article V Convention?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican opposition in these states is founded on fears that an Amendment Convention would go beyond the scope of the call for a BBA, and propose Amendments undermining our constitutional rights, particularly the Second Amendment. Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs is the leader of this opposition, and has authored The Con of the Con-Con.
 

WA: $5,000 offered to find Seattle community leader’s killer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Four gun-rights groups have offered $4,000 in addition to the CrimeStoppers of Puget Sound’s $1,000 reward to find the person or people responsible for killing a Seattle community leader last week.

Donnie Chin, known for patrolling and protecting the streets of the city’s International District for decades was found dead in Chinatown International District Thursday.

The Seattle Times reports that the Washington Arms Collectors, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the Second Amendment Foundation and Protect Our Gun Rights issued a joint news release Tuesday announcing the additional reward.
 

NH: Petition to Governor Hassan to Arm the National Guard
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In response to the recent deadly terrorist attack on a military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, state Representative Frank Edelblut wrote a letter to Governor Maggie Hassan, urging her to allow members of the military to defend themselves.

While the Obama Administration has made it clear they are not willing to act, governors have the power to arm each state National Guard, and 14 states have made the common sense decision to arm National Guard troops.
 

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