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EXCLUSIVE: New Director, Same Old Direction
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Bowing to pressure, and no doubt politically relieved by NRA’s statement of neutrality on Jones, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski switched her vote on cloture, giving the Senate 59 of the 60 votes it needed to end debate on the nomination."
 

Younger generation key to perpetuating 'legal' recognition of gun rights
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"The whole idea for this column came about when I was approached by a liberty activist, upset because she wanted to attend a gun rights event and they not only had no provisions for younger people, they actually weren’t welcome. That resulted in no small amount of hard feelings, and not only excluded the youngsters, but took the wind out of the sails of someone who wanted to be a supporter."
 

VA: Gun Sales Rise, Crime Falls
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In a real life demonstration of scholar John Lott's maxim "more guns, less crime," violent crime has dropped in Virginia as gun ownership has increased.
According to a Fox News report, firearms sales in Virginia were 16 percent higher in 2012 over 2011 and violent crime went down by 5 percent.
Perhaps the significance of this is best seen in the raw numbers: In 2012 licensed gun dealers sold 490,119 guns in their state, while the number of violent crimes for the same time period was 4,378.
 

Is Rome burning? A nation that was once feared and respected hides behind locked doors
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
Website: http://oldgunhand.com

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Right now the terrorist can cause us to spend millions, trample the civil rights of our citizens and lock our doors in fear, just by talking about it. We truly are becoming a nation ripe for conquest by those who do not value the life of a few people over all else. Sometimes you got to spill blood to live free but the liberals do not see it that way. History shows that great nations are always defeated by those who do not value life as much and are willing to fight and die for what they believe in. We are becoming another Rome living behind walls and hiring others to protect us from the barbarians because we are not willing to risk our lives or those of our children to preserve our nation.
 

BullShooters: Does Joe Biden’s shotgun tip hold any truth?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Recently a Washington man used Vice President Joe Biden’s advice of, “If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled shotgun … and fire two blasts outside the house”—as his basis of defense when he was arrested for illegal discharging of a firearm. The local police department isn’t buying the man’s excuse, and the Veep did not rush to his aid.
 

Ignorance of Stand Your Ground means Anti-gun Ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Unlike law-abiding gun owners, gun-control desperadoes seem to have more ammo than they know what to do with these days. Case in point, gun-control rustlers loaded up quickly on the average citizen’s lack of knowledge of self defense law and “the justifiable taking of a life” and have been quite successful at exploiting the emotionally misleading narrative of the George Zimmerman case. The thing is, the trial is over and this nonsense is still going on.
 

FL: Both sides ready for debate at Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Our evaluation of its effectiveness should be guided by objective information, not by political expediency. Does the law keep the innocent safer? Is it being applied fairly? Are there ways we can make this law clearer and more understandable?” he wrote. “These are appropriate questions that should be asked and answered.”

“Although it is appropriate to review our laws, we will not back down a single inch from our citizens’ ability to protect themselves,” he added.

Matt Gaetz, the Republican state representative tasked with running that hearing as chair of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, doesn’t believe the hearing–set for the autumn–will lead to any changes either.
 

PA: Gun violence leading cause of death of Black children
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun violence is the leading cause of death among Black children and teens, according to a new report by the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit, child advocacy group.

The report titled, “Protect Children, Not Guns 2013,” painted grim picture of the national gun violence epidemic that is the second-leading cause of death among all children ages 1-19. Only car accidents claim the lives of more children and teenagers than guns.
 

The problem with the Second Amendment is that it’s confusingly worded
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Many readers find in the Second Amendment a larger unstated vision of America as a polity in which an armed people “regulate” the state rather than the reverse, in which the individual is empowered to resist with deadly force unwelcome interference by either the government or the neighbors. (Just to make matters more confusing, a common usage in eighteenth-century America defined a “regulator” as a member of an extra-legal band of violent vigilantes.)
 

UT: Utah Aids Federal Lawlessness
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Utah does not allow for the use of medical marijuana, but eight of the 31 states that recognize its concealed firearms permit do. Utah’s permits are extremely popular outside of the state.

The federal law does not deny conceal permits to those taking prescription opiates or other drugs.

This situation perfectly illustrates the callousness and idiocy of federal law. Because a seriously ill patient’s doctor chooses to treat her with cannabis (tremendously beneficial for a whole host of ailments, despite what the DEA says), the feds deny a constitutionally protected right.
 

WaPo Misleads on Online Gun Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Philip Rucker leads the Post today with a story about a study that claims there is a “vast” gun market thriving online that allows gun buyers to evade the background check system. Rucker’s story is full of misleading statements.

The marketplace for firearms on the Internet, where buyers are not required to undergo background checks, is so vast that advocates for stricter regulations now consider online sales a greater threat than the gun show loophole.

Misleading statement #1: Buyers are only not required to undergo background checks if they’re not buying from a licensed firearms dealer. If you buy online from a licensed dealer, you still have to undergo a background check.
 

MO: Woman stabs attacker in head with screwdriver
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Upon arrival, they found a female in the middle of the street bleeding from three stab wounds.

The suspect, 50-year-old Willie Harrison, was found in a parking lot behind 815 Washington Street. He suffered a stab wound to his head.

After obtaining witness statements, police determined that Harrison stabbed the victim with a knife. Out of self-defense, the victim stabbed Harrison in the head with a screwdriver.
 

Moving Lock, Stock and Barrel
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Even gun makers want to be liked. So governors and other politicians from states eager to embrace the industry have descended on places where they are not so popular — like Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Colorado — offering tax breaks and outright cash grants to persuade them to relocate.
 

‘Insane’ support for ‘stand your ground’ laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There is nothing surprising about the stark divisions revealed in the new Quinnipiac University poll showing 53 percent support for “Stand your ground” (SYG) laws. White voters support them (57 percent). Republican and independent voters support them (75 percent and 57 percent, respectively). Democrats don’t (62 percent). Women don’t (47 percent). African Americans most certainly do not (57 percent). And these divisions will likely keep these insane laws in place.
 

Oprah Winfrey compares Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till lynching
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a recent interview while promoting her motion picture, “The Butler,” Oprah Winfrey found a distinct parallel between the Trayvon Martin shooting and the 1955 Emmett Till lynching. They were “the same thing” in her mind.

Till was an innocent 14-year-old African American boy who was lynched for allegedly flirting with a 21-year-old white woman.

Martin was shot in self-defense while bashing the head of George Zimmerman into the pavement.
 

Armed Citizens Project set to celebrate National Empowerment Day, train and arm 500 women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Armed Citizen Project recently announced plans to celebrate their first groundbreaking National Empowerment Day on Aug. 10, which will mark a “massive expansion of the group’s efforts.” The day will consist of the ACP training and arming 500 mothers and single women across the country.
 

When is something tactically unsound?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The notion of tactical soundness is one permeating the discipline of defensive handgunning. You’ll hear the soundness of this or that technique or tactic derided all the time with 5-cent words like “that sucks” or “that doesn’t work,” and sometimes with 50-cent words like “that’s tactically unsound.” Everyone has an opinion on the subject, and most aren’t shy about sharing it with you. Yet many of these opinions are themselves unsound — they lack appropriate context and information. I’ll talk about holsters here initially, but they are only as an example of the principle we’re talking about. The principle applies to almost every choice of tactic or technique we have to choose from.
 

PA: Four dead, two injured as gunman opens fire on town hall meeting in Pennsylvania
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On his Facebook page, Newell said he voted for President Barack Obama but was upset with his administration, citing the President’s failure to close down Guantanamo Bay and the continuing federal crack down on medical marijuana. He also posted an image on his page in support of the Second Amendment, along with a lengthy note opposing gun control. On his Twitter page, he tweeted in support of a petition to “eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families, and establish Gun Free Zones around them.”
 

SC: Nancy Mace announces primary challenge against Lindsey Graham
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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She is also holds traditional conservative views on a number of issues, casting herself as a pro-Second Amendment and pro-life. And while she supports the concept of immigration reform, Mace opposes the current proposal in Congress.

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Graham has done much to alienate conservatives in the Palmetto State. He came out strongly against Paul’s filibuster of CIA nominee John Brennan and refused to join a filibuster of new gun control measures in the Senate. He also support immigration reform in the Senate, which may not settle well among conservative in South Carolina.
 

Sen. Leahy: Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Efforts Did More Harm Than Good
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun-control fight did the movement more harm than good, says Sen. Patrick Leahy.

"He actually turned off some people that we might have gotten for supporters," the Vermont Democrat told C-SPAN's "Newsmakers Sunday."

Leahy isn't the only one who thinks Bloomberg's Mayors against Illegal Guns was harmful to the gun control effort.
 

OK: Tulsa police find burglar in street with gunshot wound, say homeowner shot in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tulsa police say the suspect in an early morning home invasion was shot when he was confronted by the homeowner.

Officers received a 911 call just before 5 a.m. that a burglar was in a home near Ute and North Birmingham Avenue in north Tulsa.

Police say the homeowner confronted the burglar and saw a gun in the suspect's hand, so the homeowner fired, hitting the man in the thigh.
 

Lessons from UNarmed America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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White Feather Press is excited to announce the publication of its newest book Lessons from UNarmed America which was co-authored by Mark Walters and Rob Pincus. (With foreword by Ted Nugent.)

Continuing in the groundbreaking format of Lessons from Armed America (co-written with Mark Walters and Kathy Jackson) Lessons from UNarmed America brings everyday self-defense stories to life. Mark Walters tells the story and Rob Pincus (one of the world’s greatest personal defense trainers) follows it with analysis and commentary.
 

IL: Appeals court denies immediate implementation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A federal appeals court has refused an urgent request by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state's fledgling concealed-carry law, although the panel has decided to give the matter a speedy review.

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request last Thursday and said it expects both sides to submit written briefs by Aug. 14 regarding whether the monthslong wait to implementing the law is unreasonable and illegal, as critics insist. No oral arguments on the matter had been scheduled as of Monday.
 

TX: Houston Man refused to be a victim for the second time, shoots 2 of 3 armed robbers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A robbery victim in Houston fought back Thursday morning when he was the target of yet another armed robbery for the second time in less than two months. After the first incident he bought a gun, and when a trio of would-be robbers approached him he shot two of them, one critically.

According to a local news report, the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, was standing outside of his office building near his SUV about 7 a.m. when he was approached by three armed men attempting to rob him. But the man had been robbed just six weeks prior and had a newly purchased large-caliber handgun sitting in his vehicle.
 

Millions Of People Will Suddenly Find Themselves Eligible To Buy Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Immigration reform being debated in Congress will have a major unintended consequence on gun rights in America.

Neither political party has anticipated the effect. With the stroke of a pen, millions of people will suddenly find themselves eligible to buy guns.

The law that currently bans them from gun ownership or possession only affects them as illegal aliens. With citizenship that disability evaporates. The freedom to keep and bear arms, which the Bill of Rights guarantees the rest of us, will instantly be theirs. This will cause a reordering of the political landscape beyond anything Congress has imagined.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them... — Thomas Paine, I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 (1894).

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