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Akron shooting shows problem is criminals ‘on the streets,’ not guns
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“'All these guns on the street! We have to do something about the guns on the street,' Summit County Councilwoman Tamela Lee, who had attended the Bloomberg-funded photo op declared."
 

Bulletproof whiteboards a comic book denial of ‘gun free zone’ realities
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"The reality is, anyone attempting to stop determined armed attackers holding up a whiteboard is relying on comic book superhero fantasies such as Wonder Woman’s bullet-deflecting bracelets combined with the speed of the Flash."
 

Canada: Cop charged with second-degree murder in Sammy Yatim streetcar shooting death
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Ontario's police watchdog has charged a Toronto police officer with second-degree murder in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man on a streetcar.
Sammy Yatim died last month after being shot multiple times and Tasered on an empty streetcar.
Nine shots can be heard on cellphone videos that captured the incident, following shouts for Yatim to drop a knife.
The final six shots appear to come after he had already fallen to the floor of the streetcar.
The Special Investigations Unit announced today they have charged Const. James Forcillo with second-degree murder.
The SIU says Forcillo has not yet been arrested because an arrest warrant was just issued.
 

Canada: Edmonton dentist alleges sheriff seriously assaulted her on highway
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An Edmonton dentist alleges she was physically and sexually assaulted by an Alberta sheriff after he pulled her over on the highway for speeding earlier this month.
Simona Tibu, 41, said she feared for her life during the incident. Photographs provided by Tibu show her in hospital with dark bruises and deep scrapes all over her face and elsewhere on her body.
“I’m not afraid because I did nothing wrong,” Tibu said Monday. “I shouldn’t be beaten for speeding.”
Tibu said she was driving from her home in Camrose to her dental office in Edmonton around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, when a sheriff on a motorcycle stopped her on Highway 21 for speeding.
 

Exodus of people from NY cost state's economy $45.6B in last decade, foundation says
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A new report from the nonprofit Tax Foundation shows people moving out of the state during the last decade took $45.6 billion in personal income from New York's economy, the most in the nation.
The Washington, D.C.-based foundation says its calculations and map showing migration among states from 2000 to 2010 are based on Internal Revenue Service data.
They show California the second-largest income loser, down $29.4 billion, followed by Illinois, down $20.4 billion.
The nonpartisan foundation says Florida had the biggest gain at $67.3 billion, followed by Arizona at $17.7 billion and Texas at $17.6 billion.
Among Northeastern states, New Hampshire gained $2.2 billion.
New Jersey lost $15.7 billion.

Comment: It's no coincidence.
 

WA: Seattle mayor encourages businesses to ban guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Gun-free zones are a piece of the problem,” said Alan Gottlieb, of the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation. He noted that the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., was a gun-free zone, as was the movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

“Where do you have most of these mass crimes?” Gottlieb asked. “In gun free zones, because they are victim disarmament zones, and criminals can go there knowing they’re not going to be shot back at.”
 

WA: 'Gun Free Zone' campaign launched in Seattle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is putting his support behind a "Gun Free Zone" campaign, encouraging businesses to post a decal in their windows, stating that guns are not allowed.

For Kurt Geisel, the owner of Cafe Racer, it's so much more than just a sticker in his window, more than just his stance on a political issue. It's one way to let those lost in the shooting at his business last year know they're not forgotten.
 

FL: Judge orders Daytona Beach police to return guns to Army veteran
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A circuit judge ordered Daytona Beach police to immediately return a cache of guns seized eight months ago from a suicidal Army veteran.

The weapons were returned last week, court records show, and Police Chief Mike Chitwood said, “that's all we needed.”

“Based on the totality of circumstances, we felt he needed an (judge's) order,” the chief said Monday. “This wasn't about gun control. It's about getting the help you need.”

Anthony Bontempo's guns were returned Aug. 13 after Circuit Judge William Parsons ordered the Police Department to do so.
 

NJ: New Jersey Second Amendment Society On NJ Governor Christie’s Veto Of Bad Gun Control Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last Friday afternoon, Governor Christie vetoed the three most offensive gun ownership restrictions passed by the New Jersey Senate and Assembly this year.

These bills were deemed the “centerpiece” of what Senate President Steve Sweeney referred to as his “National Model“.

The Governor’s veto of these bills is a monumental victory for law-abiding firearms owners in the State of New Jersey. Thankfully, Governor Christie realized this type of legislation is not appropriate for New Jersey or as a model for the rest of the country.
 

WA: Social bigotry: Mayor helps local retailers become ‘gun-free zones’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you carry a gun in Seattle, you better pay attention to the businesses you frequent. Mayor Mike McGinn has partnered with Washington CeaseFire to promote gun-free zones throughout the city.
 

Rumor Control: U.N. ‘Disarmament’ Memo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As attacks on our Second Amendment rights continue, there is typically a corresponding uptick in the number of internet rumors concerning firearms, ammunition, and gun-control measures.

The latest rumor involves the United Nations, a group that indeed poses an ongoing potential threat to our Second Amendment rights. However, this rumor was highly suspect right from the start.

Pictures of the alleged document show that it originated in the very ominous sounding “United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.” The document is on official looking letterhead and includes a bar code and QR code. The equally ominous sounding title of the article reads: “Disarmament Commission — Civilian Weapons Confiscation Study Group.”
 

Henry Waxman leads newest attack on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But he notes instead of plugging a “hole in the law,” Waxman aims for much more.

Specifically, the proposal makes it “unlawful” for any person “to sell, offer for sale, manufacture for sale, or import into the United for sale, to a consumer – an assault weapon parts kit.”

That includes “any part or combination of parts not designed and intended for repair or replacement but designed and intended to enable a consumer who possesses all such necessary parts to assemble a semiautomatic assault weapon.”

“Basically, this ends up targeting any rifle part that can be used to build a firearm,” he noted. “In theory, any parts on a firearm are essentially covered with this legislation.”
 

GA: Public hearing on guns in parks set for Tuesday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Should guns be allowed in Douglas County’s parks?

Georgia law says ‘yes’ for folks with a valid carry permit, and it’s been that way for at least five years, according to GeorgiaCarry.org. But the county never got around to changing its local ordinance prohibiting firearms in local parks.

That change is expected to happen Tuesday.
 

CO: Co. Springs Police Protective Association Endorses Pro-Gun Candidate Herpin in Senate Recall Election
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Earlier this week, the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association (PPA) endorsed Bernie Herpin in the Senate District 11 recall election on Tuesday, September 10th 2013.

The Colorado Springs PPA represents a community of active and retired police officers in Colorado Springs.
 

CO: Group pushes to nullify magazine limits through constitutional amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The proposed amendment would specify that there can be no limits or restrictions on the capacity of ammunition magazines without a vote of the people.

“No law, except a law enacted by a vote of the people, shall restrict or limit the right of the people to purchase or possess ammunition storage and feeding devices of any capacity,” the language reads.

LeVier said he wanted to do an amendment rather than a straight repeal in order to avoid giving the state legislature another chance to pass a similar law. If passed, the amendment will nullify the ban.
 

FL: Bill could shield Florida gun owners from federal bans, confiscation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Firearms, ammunition and accessories manufactured in Florida and sold in Florida should be immune from federal regulation, bans and confiscation, according to the draft of a bill being promulgated by the Southwest Florida Citizens Alliance, a coalition of grassroots groups and individuals based in Lee and Collier Counties.
 

Canada: Canada’s roadmap for your rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On the form, that threat is followed with a warning for your conjugal associates: “IF YOU HAVE SAFETY CONCERNS ABOUT THIS APPLICATION, PLEASE CALL 1 (800) XXX-XXXX.”

But there’s more—a demand for “INFORMATION ABOUT (A) FORMER CONJUGAL PARTNER.”

Got that?

So, if you break up with a girlfriend or boyfriend, or are separated or divorced, that person has a “veto” on your acquiring a firearm. It is mind-boggling. But in Canada it is reality.
 

TX: Texas pastor publicly totes AR-15, aims to bring attention to open carry laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Terry Holcomb Sr. is more than just a pastor from Huntsville, Texas. He’s also a proud gun owner and active Second Amendment advocate.

Over the past week, Holcomb has been carrying a loaded Bushmaster AR-15 around town, stopping into stores and businesses as a way to bring awareness to the state’s open carry laws, which prohibit one from carrying a handgun out in the open, but allow one to openly carry a long gun.
 

NY: NRA and NYCLU put New York at risk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Question: What do the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union have in common?

Answer: The determination to stop New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg from having his way with guns. The NRA defends the Second Amendment's right to bear arms. The ACLU defends the Fourth Amendment's constraints on stop-and-frisk. Between the two, guns will remain on the street and more people will die.
 

WI: Kochanski's Concertina Owner Finds Neighborhood Support After Shooting Armed Robbery Suspect
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The owner of Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall met with the District Attorney's Office this morning to review the death of an armed robbery suspect at his bar. On Friday morning around 12 a.m., Andy Kochanski shot and killed one of three men who attempted to rob the historic polka bar. In a statement following the meeting this morning, Kochanski's lawyer said the bar owner is cooperating with the investigation into the robbery and has not been accused of any wrongdoing:
 

GOA Backing Case Before the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Victory would put additional “teeth” in the Heller case

Last week, GOA and its foundation filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of striking down Maryland’s ban on the carrying of handguns by ordinary citizens unless they first demonstrate a “good and substantial reason” to law enforcement.

While the federal district court in Maryland had decided the case in Raymond Woollard’s favor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed that decision, using a “balancing test” to come to conclude that Maryland may override the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in the name of public safety.

Ed.: SCOTUS has not yet granted certiorari in Wollard, a SAF case.
 

Mexico: Over 100 Women Take Up Arms in Mexico to Defend Community
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More than 100 women in the southern Mexican town of Xaltianguis have taken up arms to protect their community from organized crime groups, a local self-defense force official said Monday.

The women signed up over the past four days with the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, Xaltianguis community self-defense force commander Miguel Angel Jimenez told reporters.
 

Mexico: All-Women Self-Defense Militia In Guerrero, Mexico Says They Are Capable Of Defending Their Town Against Drug War Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More than 100 women from the town of Xaltianguis, about 30 miles from the resort of Acapulco in Mexico's southern state of Guerrero, have taken up arms against organized crime in their town forming all-women regiments in a local community self-defense group known as the Union of Organized Peoples of the State of Guerrero (UPOEG). On Sunday, the women put on their new citizen-police uniforms and gathered in their town's plaza, where they took an oath to defend their community. Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, the commander of the community police in Xaltianguis, told Animal Politico that the women have undergone training on how to handle the 80 or so firearms which the self-defense patrols rotate among themselves.
 

PA: Sheriff: Use brain, not gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The best gun safety advice: Don’t shoot anyone.

“Avoid the need to use your gun,” Union County Sheriff Ernest Ritter III told 25 people of assorted ages and backgrounds at the inaugural concealed carry safety class, held Monday night at the Union County Government Center.

“Ninety-nine percent of personal protection is using one’s brain.”

Common sense, knowledge and hands-on demonstrations were the order of the night as Ritter and two deputies walked folks, many of them first-time gun owners, through the ins and outs of carrying a concealed weapon.
 

Scalia: Court shouldn't 'invent new minorities'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Scalia answered some questions written by the audience, including a hot-button issue in Montana: the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms.

"What remains to be determined ... appears to be the scope of the armament that people can keep and bear," he said. "Can they bear shoulder-fired rocket launchers?"

He said the court will have to take those cases as they come, but his approach will be to apply the historical understanding of the Second Amendment, which was not just in self-defense against animals and home intruders, but for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical leader.
 

FL: 'Stand your ground' repealer is filed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Tallahassee legislator who helped the Dream Defenders during their 31-day state Capitol sit-in filed legislation Monday (HB 4003) to repeal the "stand your ground" law that figured prominently in the acquittal of George Zimmerman on murder charges in July.
 

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