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NC: When can I use self defense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to veteran Wilmington trial attorney Tommy Hicks, North Carolina law essentially says any person can defend themselves if somebody is trying to break into their house.

"They can even use deadly force if they feel that the person is coming in to injure them or kill them, or if they are going to commit a felony inside the house," said Hicks. "If I were in my house and someone was kicking my door in I would most certainly think someone was trying to injure me."

Hicks said that while a person has the right to defend themselves, many times cases of self defense end up in the courts with a decision coming down to a judge and jury.
 

MT: Fear over economy lead to more gun permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun owners worried that a bad economy could lead to increased violence and suspicious that new stricter gun laws are on the horizon are rushing in record numbers to get concealed weapons permits.

From Washington state to Florida, state officials say more people are deciding to pack heat. In some cases, states are reporting a near doubling in the number of concealed carry permits.

The firearms industry has seen a big jump in sales and interest following last fall's elections, driven by a fear that Democrats could dig up old gun control policies. But the economy is also on the mind of many getting new permits to carry a hidden gun. Some worry the recession will get worse, leaving people to resort to theft and violence.
 

CO: Armed populace is a ‘force multiplier,' Frisco police officer says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Summit County may soon have a new batch of licensed concealed weapon holders, after Sunday's well-attended firearms class at the Keystone Fire Station.

Carrying a concealed weapon requires completion of the class, as well as two hours of training on a shooting range, said instructor Phil McFall, explaining that students also take a 50-question exam at the end of the session.

After completing the course, people can apply with the Sheriff's Office for a permit. Colorado law authorizes citizens 18 years and older to carry concealed weapons as long as they don't have any felonies on their record. Alcohol or drug-related charges are grounds for suspension of the permit until the charges are legally resolved.
 

FL: Carrying weapons at political events cannot be justified
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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How does packing heat at one of these events promote the free exchange of ideas? That's what townhall meetings are supposed to be all about, remember?

What message does it send for someone to show up at a site where the president of the United States is speaking with an openly displayed AR-15 automatic assault rifle, as one man recently did in Phoenix? At least a dozen people carrying weapons were in the crowd outside the arena where the president spoke.

Ed.: Perhaps it sends the message that some measure of individual liberty still exists, and that Americans are prepared to defend it?
 

NC: Deadly Shooting Of Robbery Suspect Spurs Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police said 76-year-old C.L. McClure shot and killed 15-year-old Marcus Fluker on Saturday afternoon after Fluker and several other teenagers broke into McClure's home on Grier Road, tied him up and robbed him and his wife at gunpoint.

Police said McClure freed himself, got in his car and then drove out in search of the suspects. He found them at a nearby apartment complex and fired several times, police said, hitting Fluker. The teen was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

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Some of that information might include statements of witnesses who saw the shooting and who could say whether Fluker turned and appeared to be threatening McClure just before the shooting.
 

Gun control and the Mexican excuse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So committed is he to this far-fetched pursuit that, following the leaders summit, Obama directed Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano to sign an agreement indicating the U.S. will work hand-in-hand with Mexican law enforcement to, among other things, track the guns, even going so far as to share information which includes state handgun registries.

This is a disturbing development. Sharing gun ownership information with a foreign entity is unprecedented, if not illegal. Data about who owns guns in the United States should be none of Mexico’s business. Quite frankly, it should be none of our government’s business either. The gun owner should be the only one who knows what he owns.
 

KY: Knoxville businessman claims self defense in deadly shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A prominent Knoxville businessman is charged with second-degree murder after a deadly shooting this weekend.

Knoxville Police said Troy D. Whiteside shot Reginald Stacey Sudderth in an East Knoxville parking lot Saturday night. Whiteside is free on a $750,000 bond.

His attorney said the two men knew each other, but it was not a friendly relationship.

"There's been a series of threats made by Mr. Sudderth against Mr. Whiteside. There's never been any reciprocity by Mr. Whiteside or by his family," Attorney Greg Isaacs said.

Isaacs said the threats happened before Saturday as well as just before the shooting.

"Troy acted in a reasonable belief that he was saving his life," he said.
 

How you can help support self defense rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I've previously discussed the basics of self defense, along with statistical evidence that self defense is often a crime victim's best option. Along with those stats, I've provided real life examples of cases where crime victims have saved themselves from violent criminals. In addition, I've also discussed the terrible things that can happen when crime victims are unable to defend themselves.

Unfortunately, there are politicians, journalists, and organizations that either directly oppose self defense, or oppose the right of law abiding citizens to own the best self defense tool yet invented by humanity (a gun).
 

Freedom from fear?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Those of us living in the Rocky Mountains are steeped in America's famous gun culture -- and we therefore know well the binary debates surrounding the Second Amendment. Firearm enthusiasts -- the vast majority of whom use weapons responsibly -- believe the Constitution protects their right to bear arms.

Gun control advocates counter that the Constitution doesn't give anyone the inalienable right to wield automatic weapons that can kill scores of people in seconds.

This is the stultified freedom-versus-safety quarrel that seemed to forever define gun politics -- that is, until anti-government activists started bringing firearms to public political meetings.
 

A Challenge to David Sirota
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz
Website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Need-business-capital-but-have-poor-credit-No-problem

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I've offered this deal before, and, so far, no takers: David Sirota opens his latest asinine column on gun rights with a sentence that is either ignorant or dishonest:

"Gun control advocates counter that the Constitution doesn't give anyone the inalienable right to wield automatic weapons that can kill scores of people in seconds."

That is rubbish.
 

NC: State Sen. R.C. Soles shoots one of two home intruders
Submitted by: jgh

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State Sen. R.C. Soles shot one of two people who he said were breaking into his Tabor City home about 5 p.m. Sunday, officials said...

The shooting occurred on Soles’ property when two men went to the senator’s house and tried to kick in his front door,...

The State Bureau of Investigation is probing the shooting, Batten said, because the agency is already looking into accusations against the senator.

A man recently accused Soles of attempting to molest him, leading authorities to ask the SBI to investigate. The man later said his allegation was false.

Submitter's note: So, a gun control advocate now shoots an intruder? Do as I say, not as I do? Where does Paul Helmke keep his gun?
 

"Est-il faible?": Why the prospect of another Waco grew this week.
Submitted by: Mike Vanderboegh
Website: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com

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O·ver·com·pen·sate, verb, take excessive measures in attempting to correct or make amends for an error, weakness, or problem: he was overcompensating for fears about the future. -- Webster's Dictionary

"It is not by his will that he will unleash a war, but by his weakness." -- King Edward VII writing about his nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II, in 1905.

I thought about Kaiser Bill when I read, one after the other, the two stories below. The first, by long-time Washington Post columnist Jim Hoagland, dares to ask the question publicly that has been floating privately behind the scenes in D.C. for some months now. 'Is He Weak?'

 

NJ: Gunning for the middle ground in firearms debate
Submitted by: Larry

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There are two universes of American gun culture.

In one universe, the Second Amendment is a stanchion of protected American freedoms, as sacred as free speech. In this universe, when the right to bear arms dies, so does a free America.

In another universe, guns make blood run in our city streets. They kill and maim criminals and innocent alike, make good people prisoners in their own homes.

Last week in New Jersey, it wasn't hard to visit both universes.

Submitter's note: A story of self-reliance versus dependency.
 

NY: Rhinebeck zoning proposals worry gun clubs
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The town board is considering concerns raised about proposed zoning changes that would restrict gun clubs and encourage targeted residential development.
 

CO: Gun sellback being considered in Colorado Springs
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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Most people have heard of police auctions. Cars, boats, houses, and other items seized by police as part of investigations are sold and the money used to fund various aspects of the police department.

The city of Colorado Springs, Colorado is considering extending this program to seized firearms. As expected, there are some opposed to the plan.
 

Democracy Going Dark: The Electronic Police State
Submitted by: Larry

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Under the heading "Electronic Surveillance," OTD deploys "tools and techniques for performing lawfully-authorized intercepts of wired and wireless telecommunications and data network communications technologies; enhancing unintelligible audio; and working with the communications industry as well as regulatory and legislative bodies to ensure that our continuing ability to conduct electronic surveillance will not be impaired as technology evolves."

But as we have seen throughout the entire course of the so-called "war on terror," systemic constitutional breeches by the FBI – from their abuse of National Security Letters, the proliferation of corporate-dominated Fusion Centers to the infiltration of provocateurs into antiwar and other dissident groups – the only thing "impaired" by an out-of-control domestic spy agency have been the civil liberties of Americans.
 

NY: Richard Aborn for Manhattan DA
Submitted by: NYSRPA-PVF
Website: http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

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Advocates who have fought for decades for criminal justice reform rightly see this moment as one when the stars are aligned for change. At the state level, the fiscal crisis has governors and legislators looking for alternatives to spending $50 billion a year on incarceration. Richard Aborn is the candidate who most passionately and boldly describes such an alternative future.

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As president of Handgun Control Inc. (now the Brady Campaign) in the 1990s, he played a key role in passing the Brady Bill and the national assault weapons ban.
 

The Magnetic Storms of Civil War
Submitted by: convcerned american
Website: http://westernrifleshooters.blogspot.com

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Harbingers...

Malone Vandam asks:

...What are [the news media] going to think when ten thousand people show up [at a political event] bearing arms?

Karl Denninger asks:

...What are the odds that, under this [total collapse] scenario, some of the billions of rounds of ammunition purchased and stockpiled by Americans find their way into unlawful use?

Mike V. asks:

Why is a new Waco more likely this week?

Read them all.
 

AR: Man Killed During Jonesboro Home Invasion
Submitted by: ARCCA
Website: http://www.arkansascca.org

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Crook Vs tire iron.

This from Today's THV, "Jonesboro police say a man was killed after being beaten by a homeowner during an apparent home invasion.

Police say a man armed with a shotgun broke into the home about 11 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses told police the homeowner scuffled with the intruder before striking him in the head with a tire iron. The suspected intruder was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
 

Gun Registration is NOT Constitutional
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"Where I can and do disagree is with any representation that the Founders would have considered mandatory gun registration constitutional. These were the people who wrote 'shall not be infringed' into the Second Amendment, and they did not delegate to government any power over gun ownership. "

This Gun Rights Examiner column disagrees with some "reluctant... 'pro-gun scholars and advocates'" who, for reasons of their own, feel compelled to make unwarranted public concessions to the enemy.
 

The gun, hot or not? New Web site lists serial numbers of lost/stolen weapons
Submitted by: Larry

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Disgusted by the experience, Sciarra sold his shop in 2007.

About a year later, he and his business partner, longtime Philadelphia radio personality Don Cannon, launched www.firearmsfax.com, a Web site they hope will prevent other gun-shop owners from having the same experience.

The Web site lists serial numbers of lost or stolen firearms that people can access for $19.95 a month, Sciarra said. Police can access the database for free.

The database has collected "several hundred thousand" serial numbers that have been supplied by insurance companies, gun owners and law-enforcement agencies across the country, he said.
 

Guns and protests
Submitted by: ARCCA
Website: http://www.arkansascca.org

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Sorry Blake, the mere presence of guns does not make a protest violent. If that's your stance you may want to ask this of every police officer that shows up since they all carry firearms.

I probably wouldn't have taken a firearm to a protest (in Arkansas it's illegal) but that is not to say that there is something wrong with it.

Also, one of the people who showed up at a healthcare rally with a gun was an Obamacare supporter. So trying to tie these incidents to, "right wing crazies" is off the mark.

Update - I would send my friend Blake Rutherford to this article written by John Lott about how the media has completely butchered the, "guns and protests" angle into something it's not.
 

NY: Wall Street ‘Corruption’ Might Buy Crook a Break
Submitted by: jac

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A federal judge implied this week he may go easy on two brokers convicted of securities fraud because they worked within a “culture of corruption.”

He wasn’t talking northern New Jersey. He was referring to Wall Street.

In the case of two former Credit Suisse Group AG brokers, U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein said that at their sentencing he will take into account “how pernicious and pervasive was the culture of corruption” when the duo ripped off their customers.

Submitters note: This is the same anti-gun judge that ignores federal law when applied to gun cases.
 

The Media Gets It Wrong, Again, On Guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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In Portsmouth, New Hampshire last week, a man carried a handgun a few blocks away from the site where President Obama was scheduled to hold a town hall a couple of hours later. Was it a danger or not? The man carrying the gun, William Kostric, even had permission to have the gun on private church property while he was protesting Obama's appearance. Everybody from the New York Times to USA Today to CBS News expressed their outrage, interpreting it as a hot head threatening the president and linking it to militias and conservative talk radio. A prominent liberal radio talk show host came out saying that conservatives "want Obama to get shot." New legislation related to this incident is even being proposed in Congress.
 

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