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How do we Prevent and Survive a Mass Murder Rampage
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: 5641 Spring Lane

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Gun-free zones are getting us killed. Author Chris Bird describes our violent past in his new book “Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage”. Chris summarizes what works and what costs us lives. His book tells us how we should change our daily activities, and how we should change our politicians.

Now we know what to do. This time the good guys can win.
 

AZ: Glendale woman kills suspected robber in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Carolann Miracle was uneasy returning to the Circle K, near 58th Avenue and Camelback Road in Glendale on Friday.

Five days ago, she shot a man she says was robbing her at gunpoint.

That man, 27-year-old Frank Taylor, died from the gunshot to his stomach.

"I feel bad, but I had to protect me and my family. It was my life or his," the 23-year-old said.
 

Poll: Young Adults Support New Efforts to Curb Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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LaShun Roy supports a ban on semi-automatic weapons and more comprehensive background checks. But the 21-year-old gun owner from rural Texas doesn't consider gun-control measures a top priority in this year's elections.

For Keionna Cottrell, a 24-year-old who lives on Chicago's South Side and whose brother was shot and killed this year in another Illinois city, few things are more important than limiting access to guns.
 

NJ: NJ Legislature to Unilaterally Block Gov. Christie’s “Justifiable Need” Improvements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hold a procedurally required hearing on the legislature’s maneuver to kill incremental improvements in the “justifiable need” standard to qualify for a handgun carry permit that were recommended by Governor Christie and implemented by the State Police earlier this year.

There will likely be no vote taken by the committee on Monday, but the NJ Constitution (Article V, Section IV, paragraph 6) requires that a transcript of the hearing be provided to all members of the legislature before the entire legislature can take a final vote, so it is important that all members of the legislature hear from gun owners right now.
 

Ruger CEO Talks Election, NRA-ILA Support During Earning’s Call
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The chief executive officer of one of the country’s largest publicly owned firearms manufacturers took the opportunity this week to pledge his company’s continued support of the National Rifle Association while stressing the importance of supporters of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to participate in the 2016 presidential election.

During his company’s quarterly earnings call to investors taking place Aug. 3, Ruger CEO Michael Fifer first discussed the manufacturer’s positive second quarter performance before turning to matters of defending individual firearms ownership and the right of personal protection.
 

UK: Western Civilization “Happiness”, Unto Death!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So, a hooded thug, running around London’s underground stabbing and slicing innocent commuters, is now accepted and tolerated, because apparently ‘it makes him happy…’

Overly-pacified citizens, standing open mouths while nervously clutching their bags and pointing at the attacker, is fast becoming the norm here! An elderly gentleman, who stepped in to protect the innocent was stabbed in the liver for his trouble, and no one even said thank-you. In fact, some are calling for his prosecution for ‘interfering’ with this terrorist’s deadly romp!

So the new British norm is now: ‘We are ready and willing to submit to being molested, mutilated, and murdered, as long as you are happy’
 

Clinton Her Old Self During Interview
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last weekend, Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, where she was asked about the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, and whether court decisions constitute precedent that should be respected.

Clinton answered, or did she? Here’s the exchange between Wallace and Clinton, beginning at 4:05 in this video:
 

CA: California pro-gun group sues over suppressed blog post
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A pro-gun group has filed a federal lawsuit against the California Legislature’s lawyer, claiming she violated the group’s First Amendment rights by suppressing a blog post that listed the home addresses and telephone numbers of 40 lawmakers.

The Firearms Policy Coalition, a gun rights group that is funding the suit against state Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine, issued a statement Friday that accuses state officials of using an “unusual and unconstitutional” law to censor what its chief says is legitimate free speech, which is covered under the First Amendment.
 

TX: Texas officials sue gun rights activist following complaint
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the case of courthouses like the one in Waller County, Texas law prohibits guns from being brought into courtrooms and related offices, but Attorney General Ken Paxton issued separate opinions in December saying firearms can't be uniformly prohibited from an entire courthouse complex.

Holcomb argues that the "heavy-handed" decision by Waller County to sue him makes his case much more than a Second Amendment matter.

"We can agree or disagree on the gun issue but this is different than that," he said, contending that the county's suit is frivolous and "borderline official oppression."
 

US Olympic shooters caught in political crossfire on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After winning the gold in skeet shooting in London four years ago, her fifth Olympic medal, Kim Rhode expected to be asked about representing her country or her impressive Olympic record. Instead, she was asked about the movie-theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., which had happened 10 days earlier.

Olympic swimmers aren’t asked about pool safety. Cyclists aren’t asked about helmet laws. But the sport of Olympic target-shooting is inextricably linked with the American debate over guns, and given the intensity of the discussion, there’s no way to avoid it. Because of that, Rhode, who has been winning medals regularly since Atlanta in 1996 but remains largely anonymous among U.S. Olympians, said there is a “stigmatism attached to the sport.”
 

Lavish Gun Control Contributions Further Undermine Anti-gun Narrative
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In truth, as revealed by the lavish contributions given to gun control advocates in several state initiatives, the gun rights movement remains a grassroots effort to preserve the constitutional rights of all Americans, while the gun control movement is increasingly the tool of a handful of wealthy elites.
 

NM: Anti-Gun Activist Targets Charity Gun Raffle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In order to help raise funds for charity, the United Way of Otero County New Mexico decided to have a “calendar raffle” with prizes including many popular firearms and a gun safe. The raffle stood to raise thousands for the charities that United Way supports, but the inclusion of firearms in the raffle drew the ire of Miranda Viscoli.

Ms. Viscoli apparently discovered the raffle due to her position on the board of United Way of Santa Fe, and immediately set to work to disrupt or terminate the raffle. While it might seem strange for the board member of one United Way chapter to interfere with the fundraising activities of another chapter, Ms. Viscoli also happens to be the Co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence.
 

MA: Gun rights advocates rally around Park Square, protest AG's decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Well over 100 gun rights advocates and supporters turned out Friday evening for a rally at Park Square, coming to protest state Attorney General Maura Healey's move to prohibit the sale of rifles she said violate the state's assault weapons ban.

Joining the protesters, most of whom appeared to be Berkshire County residents, was Jim Wallace, director of the Gun Owners Action League, whose organization promoted what was billed a "2nd Amendment Rally."
 

Sorry, Tim Kaine Is No Centrist
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After the Democratic Convention, it quickly became common wisdom that, in selecting Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate, Hillary Clinton picked a solid political centrist who will poach votes from the Republicans. The only problem with that scenario is: Kaine is no centrist.

Yes, he's reportedly a nice guy who, in interviews, describes himself as "boring." But to call him a centrist is a stretch.

He supports curbs on the Second Amendment. He likes ObamaCare. He wants more federal government involvement in education and is OK with income redistribution through the tax code. He backs the government's unscientific war against "climate change." And, with Obama, opposed the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline.
 

CA: Ballot referendums to repeal Calf. gun control laws gaining steam
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The organizer behind a grassroots effort to repeal a host of new gun control measures signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown says they will begin circulating petitions next week.

As previously reported, San Diego businessman Barry Bahrami filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office on July 15 to repeal a half-dozen new laws signed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month. The laws are set to take effect in 2017, but Bahrami and his fellow Second Amendment activists are planning to short circuit that from happening with the power of the ballot.
 

AZ: Scottsdale Gun Club Hosts “Conceal With Curves” Course for Women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Scottsdale Gun Club sees a lot of shooters come through their lanes, but one group is turning heads.

“Conceal with Curves” course instructor Trisha Dennett teaches women not only how to become proficient with firearms, but how to carry them.

“Their husbands have bought them a firearm, told them, ‘Put it in your purse, carry it.’ And then they don’t know what to do with it,” Dennett said.
 

Why is Apple so afraid of a little picture of a gun?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Apple’s next iPhone and iPad operating system will no longer feature an emoji picture of a handgun. In its place will be an emoji of a green, plastic squirt gun.

There is nothing particularly threatening about the current handgun picture. You only see the side of the gun; it isn’t pointed at the reader or anyone else. No bullets are even being fired. The whole idea to drop the handgun emoji came about through a lobbying effort started by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

The bomb, sword, knife, and axe emojis will stay. Apparently, a bomb with a lit fuse is OK but a nonthreatening handgun is too much.

So do you feel safer now?
 

DC: DC residents file suit seeking to overturn ban on Tasers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Three individuals seeking to protect themselves by means short of a firearm are challenging Washington D.C.’s ban on civilian ownership of Tasers in federal court.

Crystal Wright, a conservative blogger who has been cyber-stalked and threatened for her political beliefs sought a means to protect herself. As noted in court documents, one person sent her an email saying he intended to break into her home and bash her head in.

With firearm permits in the District notoriously hard to obtain and a desire to use less lethal means if possible for liability reasons, Wright attempted to buy a Taser online in May and was refused by the company, citing DC law which prohibited them from selling the device to civilians...
 

OR: District Attorney: 15-Year-Old Justified in Shooting Burglar with Shotgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Coos County Oregon District Attorney says a 15-year-old boy was justified in retrieving a shotgun and shooting an alleged burglar on Wednesday.

The incident occurred around 8:21 a.m. According to KCBY, the burglar entered the home and began rummaging around for things to steal. While he did, the 15-year-old made his way toward a shotgun and armed himself. The teen was then “in fear of his safety and shot the burglar in the leg with the shotgun.”
 

WA: The awesome, life-shattering power of guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This is what guns are not:

In the hands of civilians, they are not protection from crime. Unless you wear a uniform with a badge or a service patch on it, the gun you carry is more likely to kill you or someone you know or love than it is to kill anyone who threatens you or your loved ones. The “good guy with a gun” who will protect us, rather than threaten us, is the man or woman who has been screened, trained, authorized and empowered by us to do the job. Anyone else, no matter how well-intentioned, is an amateur at best and a hazard to the rest of us at worst.
 

WA: KIRO Radio hosts butt heads on issue of gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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KIRO Radio hosts Don O’Neill and Jason Rantz can’t come to an agreement on gun control or constitutional rights.

After Don wrote a column on guns and their place in society — specifically guns like the AR-15 — Rantz countered with an article of his own. Don argues that such weapons are not meant to be among us and get into the wrong hands. He said we should look at how we, as a nation, think about gun control and rights. Rantz, on the other hand, is wary of gun control. He calls Don’s stance “flawed and dangerous.” He contends that the Constitution is clear and Americans have a right to own guns — period.
 

Taxing Guns, Ammo? Load Up for a Fight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Recent mass shootings in the U.S. stage the backdrop for an increasingly tense duel between advocates for gun control and gun rights. And that friction is seeping into a debate typically not raised amid the immediate post-shooting rhetoric: whether state and local tax laws can target firearms and ammunition.

Inevitably, the introduction of such a tax sparks resistance from the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups, arguing that the charges function as an impermissible regulation and violate constitutional protections under federal and state laws.
 

CA: Shooting Death Of San Ramon, CA Man Ruled Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The deceased, age 31, was shot at least four times at a Chevron gas station on Feb. 13 2016. He died in a hospital two days later. A coroner’s report released in June said he was shot with his own handgun, after getting into an argument with a man with whom he had a history. He displayed a gun at his waistband, leading to a struggle where the other man grabbed the weapon.

Police say the unnamed shooter was fighting for his own life, and only fired shots after the deceased declared he had a second gun strapped to his ankle and then reached for his pant leg. However, no guns were found on his body.
 

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