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WA: Cascade Mall Investigation Bares Problem Anti-gunners Ignore
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The unfolding investigation into the background of the Cascade Mall shooting suspect in Washington State has laid bare the fundamental problem with gun control across the country that anti-gunners routinely ignore: People intent on committing mayhem will not be stopped by gun laws, especially background check requirements.
 

Reconsidering The .357 SIG
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Did you ever meet people you didn’t like at first, but after a while, you discovered they had redeeming qualities? Was there ever a job you disliked at first, but after a while you became comfortable with it and even enjoyed doing it? The same can happen with machines. Cars, for instance. Or handguns, or even handgun calibers.

I started reading the S&W catalog as a kid in the 1950’s. In their smallest .38 Special line, the conventionally styled outside hammer Chiefs Special made sense, and the Bodyguard with built in hammer shroud and a little nub you could still cock to single action made even more sense, but the “hammerless” double-action only Centennial struck my young self as clueless.
 

MS: Why It Matters: Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The right to bear arms is fundamental to the U.S., carved into the Constitution and seemingly embedded in the national DNA. But after a seemingly endless stretch of violence, Americans are confronting how far those rights extend, propelling gun issues to the forefront of this year's elections.

Do Americans have the right to have AR-style firearms, the long guns with a military look used in the past year in several mass shootings? Should they be able to buy magazines that hold 10 or more bullets? Can those on a terrorist watchlist, but not charged with a crime, be allowed to buy a gun? Should every gun buyer have to pass a background check?
 

OR: Oregon Judge Says He Would 'Eliminate All' Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An Oregon magistrate had a few choice words when sentencing defendant Marcell Lee Daniel Jr. for the 2014 shooting of a Portland man. Judge Kenneth Walker took several moments during a hearing Wednesday to condemn not just the perpetrator, but also the type of weapon he used to kill his victim.

After briefly conceding that the law allows Americans to own firearms, Walker proceeded to deliver a scathing indictment of gun ownership, according to The Oregonian. "If I could," he said to the courtroom, "I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges, and dump them in the ocean."
 

WA: What we learned during gubernatorial debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But after watching the debate again, I realized we did learn a few new things:

1) Both candidates indicated support for the gun-related measure on the ballot this November (I-1491), that seeks to restrict access to firearms in cases of domestic abuse or mental illness where suicide is a possibility. When asked a question about addressing gun violence following the Sept. 23 mass shooting in Burlington, Inslee said outright he supports the measure.

Bryant prefaced his answer by explaining he supports the Second Amendment and owns a gun himself. However, he went on to say he supports background checks: “Gov and I agree that family member should have right to petition judge take away gun from mentally ill brother, sister or child.”
 

Not The Victim Hillary Needs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Why can’t everyone just have their DNA on file? Then it would be so much easier to catch this guy.”

Those were my actual words at the age of 20 after a stranger broke into my apartment and raped me.

It seems like common sense, right? It would be so simple. After all, it’s for our safety. Then these things would never happen. All we have to do is give up a small piece of our constitutional rights (which should change with new technology anyway, right?) and then the government could completely protect us from all violent criminals.

If this sounds wildly overreaching, that’s because it is. Yet it made perfect sense to me back in 2006. I had nothing to hide, and hadn’t done anything wrong.
 

Trump: The Official NRA Q&A
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This year’s race for the White House is like no other in our history. Hillary Clinton has made it clear that, if elected, she will come after our firearm freedoms on her very first day in office. So it’s no exaggeration to say that the Second Amendment is on the ballot this November. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, to discuss our right to keep and bear arms and what’s at stake for America’s gun owners in this election.
 

IL: Politifact: Donald Trump Is Right, ‘Thousands of Shootings’ in Chicago this Year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Following Monday’s presidential debate Politifact did a fact-check on Donald Trump’s claim that there have been “thousands of shootings” in gun-controlled Chicago this year alone. On September 27 they published the results of their check by announcing that Trump’s statement was “true.”
 

TX: Arlington PD: Woman shot fiancé in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police say a woman who shot and killed her fiancé in Arlington early Thursday morning was acting in self-defense.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Thursday on Cloyne Drive, which is in a neighborhood northwest of Timberview High School.

The woman called 911 and admitted she had shot her fiancé. Responding officers found the man dead inside the home, police said.

The woman was handcuffed and taken into custody but was released after detectives questioned both her and several children who were in the home at the time.
 

NY: 2 Felons Charged After Posting Shooting Range Video To Facebook
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In New York State, two felons were charged after one of them posted a video to Facebook of himself shooting a gun at a suburban shooting range.

A police officer was monitoring Facebook when he saw a live video of a man he knew to be a felon and gang member shooting a handgun at a range in Winthrop Harbor.
 

CA: Charges dropped against 2 men in SF nightclub slaying
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Prosecutors dropped the charges in a preliminary hearing at the hall of justice on Wednesday, officials said. Deputy Public Defender Manohar Raju, who represented Gardner, said a careful review of the evidence cleared his client.

“Charles Gardner is a hard-working young man. He works in construction, volunteers coaching youth basketball, and is a beloved member of the Bayview-Hunters Point community, Raju said in a statement. “Mr. Ford’s death was an awful tragedy, but a more in-depth examination of the video recordings and complicated ballistic evidence revealed that Mr. Gardner was not guilty. We are thrilled that Mr. Gardner is reunited with his family and community.”
 

IA: Guns Rights Divide Candidates in Upcoming Iowa Senate Race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Vying for a United States Senate seat in Iowa this fall are two farmers, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, and former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge. Though each may be planting their own unique seed of hope, what is expected to grow from it varies very much by candidate.
 

NJ: Teen defends the 2nd Amendment, school orders psych evaluation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A high school senior in New Jersey was suspended from school and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after officials discovered he’d completed an anti-gun-control project for a class.

Student Frank Harvey said he completed the project last year after it was assigned by a teacher for a college readiness class.

“It was assigned by the teacher, and I got the topic, which was anti-gun control, approved by the teacher,” he told News 12 New Jersey.
 

CNMI: US court: $1,000 tax on handguns unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Judge Manglona said that when Murphy properly renews his gun license, the CNMI government must return the weapons and ammunition he is entitled to possess consistent with this court decision.

She granted Murphy’s motion and declared unconstitutional the firearm registration requirement, the ban on rifles in calibers larger than .223, the ban on assault weapons, the ban on transporting operable firearms, and the $1,000 excise tax.

But Judge Manglona also granted the CNMI government’s motion with respect to the license requirement, the restrictions on storing firearms in the home and the ban on large-capacity magazines.
 

Republican gun club raffles AR-15, ammo—and picture of Hillary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s not as if they’re advocating that anyone shoot a presidential candidate.

A North Carolina gun rights group plans to raffle off an AR-15 rifle, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a picture of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Of course, we won’t tell you what to do with the photo,” Grass Roots North Carolina stated on the page created to promote the raffle. “But when we ran a picture of Hillary on the front of our newsletter, we heard it was very popular at the range.”

Jokes about shooting someone in the face are the best jokes. Still, you guys need to be subtle, like Donald Trump.
 

Firearms industry distances itself from Cody Wilson, 3D-printed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During the Second Amendment Foundation’s annual gun rights policy conference in Tamp, Florida last weekend, Wilson revealed he was denied membership to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry’s largest trade group, for reasons he is unsure of.

“We’ve been controversial for so long to the point it’s normalized,” Wilson told Guns.com in an earlier interview. “Did Defense Distributed really do anything that is that controversial — especially within the firearms industry and the gun movement? No. They know who we are, they know who we represent. We’re mainline people. We’re represented by people like SAF in the courts. We represent your right to bear arms, we didn’t do anything irresponsibly.”
 

MI: Elderly Man Shoots Robbery Suspect In Rite Aid Parking Lot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Following another unheeded warning, the elderly man drew his firearm and shot Ashford, hitting him in the neck.

Ashford fled the scene, but was later picked up by police and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, WTVR reports. He was later charged with felonious assault.

"This was an attempted robbery of the shooter," Eastpointe Deputy Police Chief Eric Keiser told WXYZ. "The person who fired the shots had a [concealed pistol license] and was lawfully carrying a handgun and said that he defended himself when he was attacked."

The elderly man's version of events was corroborated by witnesses from an office building next to the pharmacy, according to WJBK.
 

ID: Second Amendment rally draws crowd
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Sept. 24, a rally was held at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.

The evening was started off by 10-year-old Ryan Durbin, who is spearheading the “Protect My Idaho” group. Durbin would like to see more people get active in protecting the country’s freedom by getting out, voting and talking to their representatives.

He feels that we can turn this country around. He says he can smell freedom in the air.

Richard Harder from Clark Fork feels we have allowed the government to take our freedoms starting taking away some of our gun rights in 1943 than again in 1968 and more in 1994 until our gun rights are virtually no existent.

He also feels our First Amendment rights have been infringed on.
 

CA: Firearms Policy Coalition Releases 2016 California Legislative Report Card
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) is releasing their legislative report card for the 2016 legislative session.

The grades are provided side by side with legislators’ 2015 grades to provide a full picture of how members voted during the 2015-16 legislative session.

Grades were based on votes that Assemblymembers and Senators took, as well as the bills that they authored or coauthored. Members who earned an A+ were labeled Defenders of Liberty; a distinction that not only demands a stellar voting record, but also requires the member to actually author or co-author a pro-gun bill.
 

FL: Florida expedites 50,000 CCW permits for military, vets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since a 2015 terror attack on military personnel, officials in Florida announced this week the state has rapidly processed tens of thousands of applications for permits for service members and veterans.

As a response to a terror attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee that left three U.S. Marines and a Navy Sailor dead, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) instituted a number of measures to help allow those in uniform more protections. Among these was to authorize the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to expedite the permits of those in the military – to include the Florida National Guard – as well as veterans.
 

NY: NAACP Joins With Knife Rights in Support of New York Knife Law Reform
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two “progressive” allies have added their voices to urge Governor Cuomo to sign the bill.

The first was The Legal Aid Society, which is the largest public defender organization in New York City. Given the abuse of the law by Manhattan CA Cyrus Vance, that is expected.

Now the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund has signed on. From villagevoice.com:

The NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund — the organization founded by Thurgood Marshall and responsible for bringing Brown v. Board of Education, Loving v. Virginia and many other seminal civil rights cases — has thrown its support behind efforts in the New York legislature to reform the state’s broken gravity knife statute.
 

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