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DeWine refusal to release shooting video raises conduct and training questions
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"DeWine’s response was to ignore the request, to make implausible excuses, to wash his hands of the matter, and to show deliberate indifference."
 

Ocala may be violating own ordinance and 9/11 memories with flag takedown order
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"Absent from The Blaze report is the name and title of the martinet issuing 'official' orders and threats, demanding obedience under penalty of confiscating property, and burdens on the productive sector be damned. My guess is, whoever is throwing their weight around is probably an indignant 'progressive,' one so historically ignorant they think the flag is a Tea Party symbol, hoping to scare Greenberg into quiet compliance. Hopefully, when this story is fully vetted, the identity of the wannabe brownshirt will be revealed so that he or she can be properly recognized and communicated with, assuming nobody in the city will actually have the guts to fire a useless, tax-sucking bully."
 

Why Public Health Needs A New Gun Doctrine
Submitted by: Vikram Khanna Health Consulting
Website: http://yourpersonalaffordablecareact.com/

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On The Health Care Blog, Vik Khanna, a healthcare consultant in St. Louis, steps out and criticizes the mainstream public health and medical establishments for their wrong-headed approaches to guns. From the introduction to the essay:

I am a public health professional, educated at the vaunted Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health. I like guns, and I believe the Second Amendment clearly secures the rights of individuals to own firearms.

You read that correctly. I am a public health professional.

And I like guns.

Please read, comment, and circulate the essay.
 

FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters
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"The FAA has released a set of cease and desist letters sent in 2012 and 2013 to people operating drone vehicles for a variety of purposes including: tornado research, inspecting gas well stacks, aerial photography, journalism education, and other purposes. Drone cease and desist letters sent during 2014 are available from the FAA upon request."
The text of the letters (bureaucratically polite, but bureaucratically firm) often starts with notes indicating to the UAV operators to whom they were sent that the FAA became interested in them because it "became aware of" their web sites, or even because someone tipped them off about an article in a community newsletter. The letters go on to outline the conditions under which the FAA allows the
 

NC: Duplin County K-9 dead, deputy suspended
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A Duplin County Sheriff's K-9 died last month after sitting in a hot squad car all night.
The sheriff disciplined Kela's handler, but the punishment is not as harsh as some people think it should be.
"I just think it's crazy, because they get on everyone else for leaving their animals in the car and dying, and they want to throw them in jail, but they can't do nothing about their own officer that kills one of their K9s," Duplin County resident Michael Foss said.
Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace says Dep. Kevin Williams was getting off duty August 19 when he got a call that his child was sick. Distracted, Williams left his K-9 Kela in the hot car overnight. She was found dead the next day.
 

Campaign to shame Kroger ignores real dangers
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"Put another way, MDA may as well ask why anyone needs a gun at a supermarket. Shall we take a moment to give that a cursory glance?"
 

WA: Seattle Cops Crowdsourcing Legal Battle Against DOJ-Imposed Excessive Force Remedies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Reaping what you sow doesn't seem to be an operative metaphor in the law enforcement world. Years of excessive force and biased policing by the Seattle PD resulted in a Dept. of Justice investigation. The final outcome was a series of reforms being ordered to address these issues [pdf]. These reforms -- including a new use of force policy -- went into effect at the beginning of 2014. And probably not a minute too late. 2013 saw the Seattle police officers performing 20% of the city's homicides (6 out of 29 total).
 

Thoughts On Mental Illness And Gun Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the 9/7/14 VCDL Update, the 12th item, “CNN: the real gun problem is mental health, not the NRA,” brought out some important comments from members.

One of the things mentioned in the article was a proposed law in California where any family member or police officer can have someone committed. That is such a bad idea, that words fail me.

All of the following is what one VCDL member, who has been an expert witness at hundreds of commitment hearings, wrote me:
 

OH: What are open carry proponents trying to prove?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So, Dave Demaggio and Carolyn Warren say they use "the Second Amendment for our right to openly carry to protect ourselves and our families." ("Open carry makes people, places safer" Sept 7)

I ask, "From what?"

Will your gun protect you from the 14-year old who hacks into your bank account?

Or the tired or impaired driver who swerves left of center into your lane of traffic?
 

FL: Limits on Doctors: Guns in Home Not Relevant
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In late July, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an injunction in the "Docs vs. Glocks" case that, for a time, allowed doctors to ask people whether they had guns in their homes.

That injunction came on an appeal from doctors after the Florida Legislature passed, and Gov. Rick Scott signed, a 2011 law that discouraged doctors from asking such questions unless they were relevant to a patient's health.
 

OH: Open carry arguments are weak
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That logic, I believe, quickly falls apart. The open show of arms is the equivalent of a bright bulls-eye that screams, "Here I am, locked and loaded, vigilant and ready." This seems an unintended aid that alerts the bad guy, to ambush the known carrier, rather than take chances with the "guess who's packing" concealed-carry person.
 

UT: Utah gun accident shows danger of guns on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Thursday, a sixth-grade teacher was in a faculty restroom, girding herself for another day in the classroom. Her own hand gun, which she is legally allowed to have on school property because she holds a concealed carry permit, discharged, apparently by accident, wounding her in the leg.

Other members of the faculty came to her aid and she was whisked away to a nearby hospital. She was treated and released. No one else was harmed and, we are told, it is possible that none of the school’s students was even aware of the incident as it happened.
 

MD: Gun-rights advocates will appeal Maryland’s ban on assault-style weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun-rights advocates will appeal a federal judge’s decision upholding a Maryland state law banning certain assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines.

The Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association Inc. and other plaintiffs filed a Notice of Appeal with the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, stating they will take their challenge to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
 

Should Gun Owners Have to Carry Liability Insurance?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Who paid the $174 billion? Taxpayers, in large part, who foot the bill for programs like Medicaid that cover the uninsured. In an effort to shift some of these costs back to gun owners, some states – including Illinois and California – have recently considered statutes requiring gun owners to carry liability coverage for their weapons.Gun owner advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association have criticized these measures as unfair, and some experts suggest that they would also be ineffective.
 

MA: Robber With Fake Gun Attempts Robbery of Store Owner with Real Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Dim-witted criminals are increasingly turning to realistic replica firearms to carry out armed robberies, but haven’t seemed bright enough to pick up on the fact that concealed carry is rapidly growing in most states. The resulting conflicts are putting more criminals in hospitals, morgues, and jails, even in areas that aren’t typically viewed as Second Amendment-friendly, such as Springfield, Massachusetts.
 

Why Do Democrats Keep Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not the Guns That Kill the Most People?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Over the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: The sale of assault weapons should be banned.

That idea was one of the pillars of the Obama administration’s plan to curb gun violence, and it remains popular with the public. In a poll last December, 59 percent of likely voters said they favor a ban.

But in the 10 years since the previous ban lapsed, even gun control advocates acknowledge a larger truth: The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.
 

NM: Video shows moments after fatal smoke shop shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In August, employees of a smoke shop shot and killed an accused armed robber.

Police said they believe the two employees acted in self-defense, and video of the incident has since been released.

According to police, William Corrie went into the smoke shop and tried to rob it at gunpoint. He tied up the employees and tried to get away with cash.

That’s when a pair of employees got free, found a gun and proceeded to fatally shoot Corrie.
 

WA: Billionaire-Backed Gun Control Measure In Washington State Is Opposed By Law Enforcement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Steve Balmer and others backing gun control initiative I-594 in Washington state either don’t know what’s in the referendum they’re supporting, or they simply don’t mind that that their poorly conceived ballot initiative would hurt lawful gun owners, gun shops, and firing ranges… without impacting criminals at all. Nor do they seem to care that the state’s law enforcement community has come out strongly against the proposal.
 

WA: Group cites police killings in support of I-594
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A group pushing an initiative that would require background checks for private gun sales in Washington state released a study Friday finding that many of the police deaths here since 1980 have come at the hands of people legally prohibited from having firearms.

Everytown for Gun Safety said it used FBI data and news stories to review the 32 killings. Four officers were shot with their own weapons. Of the remaining 28, at least 17 were killed by people likely prohibited from having firearms because of criminal histories, serious mental illness or past domestic violence, the report said.
 

WA: CCRKBA Blasts Paul Allen’s Tank Purchase While Backing Gun Control Measure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today said billionaire Paul Allen, who recently donated $500,000 to support gun control Initiative 594, has taken hypocrisy to a new level by reportedly attempting to purchase a WWII vintage German Panzer tank.

“While Paul Allen is eager to get his hands on a genuine weapon of war,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed, “he is all-too-willing to support a measure that throws obstacles in the way of law-abiding citizens who may just want to borrow or buy a firearm from a friend or in-law. How silly is that?”
 

WA: Billionaire Allen backs gun control while trying to buy German tank
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The San Francisco Chronicle today is reporting what must qualify as the zenith of “let me see if I have this straight” situations when it revealed that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who donated $500,000 to the Initiative 594 campaign on Aug. 11, is now in a legal battle over possession of a – are you sitting down? – WWII German tank.
 

VT: Removed from reality
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Other rulings unmoored from reality include the Second Amendment cases in which the court has ignored not just the reality of massive gun violence, but the reality of the first clause of the amendment itself. The continuing toll of gun deaths appears not to be a concern of the justices, who have overturned decades of precedent to indulge a newly limited reading of the amendment. The amendment reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The court decided it was best to ignore the whole part about the well-regulated militia, which implies regulation.
 

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