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How dumb are the politicians who want to remove your right to self-defense?
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Most of the mass killings by guns in the United States in recent years — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino and Orlando — took place in venues where local or state law prohibited carrying guns, even by those lawfully licensed to do so. The government cheerfully calls these venues “gun-free zones.” They should be called killing zones.

We know from reason, human nature, and history that the right to defend yourself is a natural instinct that is an extension of the right to self-preservation, which is itself derived from the right to live. Life is the great gift from the Creator, and we have a duty to exercise our freedoms to preserve life until its natural expiration.
 

NH: Will a 'no guns' sticker protect State House?
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More importantly it is a problem for members of the general public who come to testify on legislation, and would choose to carry a firearm for self-defense.

Will the Democrats provide armed security for people going between their cars and their business in the State House? I doubt it. Will the Democrats require the state to accept financial liability for anyone injured or killed in an assault in the State House complex? Definitely not. They don’t believe in self-defense, at least not for others.
 

OH: New Ohio gun law has some lawmakers questioning if it will make neighborhoods safer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But out-going Democratic Ohio House member Bill Patmon said shifting the burden of proof will result in more shootings, and cases of gun owners getting away with more unjustified shootings.

Patmon said shifting the burden of proof in urban areas, where there is a higher concentration of guns and shootings, will promote more gun violence.

"The population proportion to guns in rural areas is a bit different that it is in urban areas," Patmon said.
 

WA: It's now illegal for anyone under 21 to buy a semi-automatic rifle in Washington state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Washington state is seeking to reduce gun violence by making it tougher to buy assault rifles.

As of January 1, purchasers of semi-automatic rifles in the Evergreen state must be 21 or older.

The new law raises the minimum age from 18 and comes after almost 60% of Washingtonians voted in November in favor of a ballot measure to place restrictions on sales of semi-automatic weapons.
 

WA: Washington State Infringes on Right to Keep and Bear Arms With New Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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John Randolph, an early 19th-century congressman from Virginia and a cousin to Thomas Jefferson, once remarked that the Constitution of the United States is really “just parchment” — just words on a piece of paper — unless we are prepared to make sure government officials follow those words. Now, our rights are endangered by a popular vote in Washington State.

Fifty-nine percent of Washington voters approved an initiative in November to increase the age limit to buy semi-automatic assault-style rifles to 21, strengthening background checks for anyone buying an “assault rifle,” and requiring all guns to be safely stored (stored weapons aren't generally useful for self-defense, and safes cost money, putting a burden on the poor).
 

NC: 911 caller claims self-defense in fatal Wilmington shooting
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The woman who called 911 after a fatal shooting in Wilmington last month claims that she shot a home-invader in self-defense, according to 911 calls released Wednesday.

The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Hillcrest Housing Community in the 1000 block of South 13th Street. According to police, Byron Alfonzo Funderburke Jr., 31, was found shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

In 911 records released Wednesday by New Hanover County emergency communications, a weeping woman tells dispatchers that she shot a man who entered her apartment while she was in the shower.

“I didn’t know I left my house keys in my door,” the woman says in the recording. “He dead, m’am.”
 

IA: After a bloody 2017, homicides in Des Moines drop while self-defense slayings increase
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After a particularly deadly 2017 in Des Moines, homicides in Iowa's capital dropped in 2018 by nearly 50 percent.

Slayings in the city declined from 25 in 2017 — the most in the city since 1978 — to 13 in 2018, according to police data. Of the 13 homicides, the attacker is known in 11 cases; four were ruled self-defense, with no arrests made.

Des Moines police ended the year with an 85 percent homicide-clearance rate, compared with 72 percent at the end of 2017.
 

Brazil: Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, Vows to Legalize Guns for Self Defense
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Three days before being sworn-in, Brazil's far-right President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro stated on Saturday that he intends to sign a decree to allow people with no criminal record to buy guns.

“By decree, we intend to guarantee the POSSESSION of firearms for the citizen without criminal antecedents, as well as make its registration definitive,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.
 

AL: Mobile murder rate down in 2018 compared to 2017
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Murder rates are down in the city of Mobile -- about 35 percent over last year.

27 people were victims of criminal homicide in 2018, compared to 41 in 2017.

There were also nine other homicides, but those aren't considered criminal because they were determined to be self-defense.

Of the 27 murders in 2018, just four are unsolved.
 

MI: Lansing man shot and killed after entering a home in Ionia County
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According to Ionia County Sheriff Justin Noll, Eddy entered the home, which is said to have been unlocked, and told the homeowners he was being chased by someone who wanted to kill him.

The homeowner armed himself, called 9-1-1, then went outside to look for a car or someone who could have been chasing Eddy, but they found nothing.

While waiting for police to come, the homeowner asked Eddy to wait in their breezeway. Eddy got irritated, confrontational, then attacked the homeowner. The homeowner opened fire on Eddy and he was found dead when police got there.
 

OH: Ohio lawmakers override Kasich veto on pro-gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature on Thursday quickly mustered enough votes to override a veto from Gov. John Kasich on a pro-gun bill.

The popular self-defense reform measure, House Bill 228, was rejected by Kasich last week who argued he was “consistently pro-Second Amendment” before moving to scuttle the act. Lawmakers voted 67-22 and 21-11 in the Ohio House and Senate respectively this week to enact the proposal without the Governor’s signature.
 

WA: Washington State Bans Sale of Semiautomatic Assault Rifles to Those Under 21
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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People under 21 are no longer able to buy semiautomatic assault rifles in Washington as of Jan 1. It is the first of several new state measures intended to reduce gun violence. The National Rifle Association has already filed suit.

Previously, state law barred the assault weapons’ sale to those under 18. The new rules, approved by voters in a ballot initiative in November, come alongside dozens of moves by other states to strengthen gun control regulations in the absence of federal action.
 

A Call to Arms at the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A specter is haunting the Supreme Court — disrespect for the Second Amendment. Perhaps you haven’t realized that the Supreme Court’s disinclination to expand on its landmark 2008 decision creating an individual right to gun ownership means that the justices are treating the Second Amendment as a “second-class right.” A “watered-down right.” A “disfavored right.”

If you are unaware of these outlandish claims, then you haven’t tuned into the rising chorus of judicial voices demanding more from the Supreme Court than gun fanciers already won in that intensely disputed 5-to-4 decision a decade ago, District of Columbia v. Heller.
 

Trump's proposed concealed-carry law will reduce crime, protect Americans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With 50-state concealed-carry, some carjackers, muggers, rapists, would-be killers, home invaders and other violence-prone perps, will likely be snuffed out by their intended victims. But where’s the downside? Not all violence is bad, and permanently retiring such vicious reprobates would be good riddance. Federal concealed-carry would particularly benefit minorities like Shaneen Allen and the late Stephen Kim — who, statistically, are far more likely than whites to be victimized.
 

Concealed Carry Lessons: How Much Does Gear Really Matter?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We tend to get all worked up about the details of gear and ammo decisions, but where do those rank in the overall pass / fail results of effective self-defense? After carrying a gun daily for a couple of decades and taking more classes than an aspiring plastic surgeon to the stars, a couple of things have penetrated my thick skull.
 

OH: House Bill 228 gives more protection to gun owners in self-defense cases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you have to use a gun for self-defense, the law now does more to protect you.

House Bill 228 was once the “stand your ground” bill, but that language has been eliminated and now stands as a “self-defense” bill.

Before the law was amended, if you shot someone in self-defense you would have to prove your innocence. Now, Ohio is on the same page as the rest of the country: You would be innocent until proven guilty in those cases. The burden now lies on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
 

DC: Georgetown University’s Faculty Senate Proposes Gun Ban on Campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C., is a Catholic Jesuit higher education institution with a well known record of liberal ideological bias. A recent Faculty Senate proposal exemplified the university’s liberal ideology when it proposed a ban on firearms on the college grounds.

At universities and colleges, the Faculty Senate is composed of faculty members who propose policies to administrators. However, some of these groups have recently become politically active, especially after the election of Donald Trump to the White House in 2016.
 

Tested: Colt Night Cobra Revolver
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During the latter half of the 20th century, consumers had the choice of the “Big Three.” Other makers existed, but the Big Three dominated the market. Their products were similar in design, but brand loyalties developed over minor details. Owners were fierce in their opinions. Custom shops spent many hours reworking favorite brands to improve performance. Writers used gallons of ink and reams of paper extolling the virtues of one make over another. In the automotive world, the Big Three at one time meant Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. In this instance, however, the moniker also refers to makers of the double-action revolver.
 

President Trump Overstepped His Authority in Banning Bump Stocks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Antigun groups and antigun politicians immediately called for a ban on the device. But, oddly and sadly, it is President Donald Trump, the seemingly indefatigable champion of the Second Amendment—not the Democratic Party leadership—who gave the gun grabbers what they want: a ban on “bump stocks.”

Donald Trump May Act Rashly on Some Matters and Avoid Repercussions; Not So, When He Blatantly Attacks the Second Amendment.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense or by partial orders of towns...is a dissolution of the government. — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787-1788).

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