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MI: Michigan lawmakers introduce bills to ban guns at state Capitol
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Two Michigan Democrats want to legally ban most people from carrying firearms in the state Capitol, a move prompted by protesters — some of whom were armed — packing the Statehouse earlier this year.

State Sens. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, and Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, say the legislation is necessary to ensure the Capitol remains a safe and welcoming work environment.

“The only reason most people bring firearms into the Capitol is to intimidate and that is not how the state’s Capitol — the people’s house — is designed to work, nor should it continue to be permissible,” Bayer said in a news release.

The bills, SB 1158 and SB 1159, would ban anyone from carrying a firearm openly or concealed in the state Capitol.
 

TX: Texas grand jury takes no action against church security guard who killed shooter
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A grand jury in Texas decided Monday to take no action against a volunteer security guard who shot a gunman dead inside his Fort Worth-area church last December.

Jack Wilson, head of the volunteer security team at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, killed a man who first opened fire among a more than 260-person congregation on Dec. 29, 2019.

Submitter's note: It took them 9 months to determine the obvious???
 

OH: Ohio bill to keep firearms dealers open takes a step forward
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ohioans will not have to worry about gun dealers being closed down based on an order for a public official if the Ohio House follows the Senate.

The Senate needed less than a month from introduction to passage of a bill that bars prohibiting the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition. It now goes to the House.

“This has been a difficult year for Ohio, and while we continue to focus on slowing COVID-19, we must be mindful that we face these challenges before the backdrop of the peoples’ inalienable rights,” Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said. “Ensuring the right of Ohioans to defend themselves and feel secure is a vital part of our work.”
 

OR: Protect our gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, are the driving force behind the freedoms we enjoy today. If you take away one of our rights, we lose all of our rights. The Second Amendment was granted to us so we could protect our rights against a tyrannical government, and for people who threaten our families.

The safest places in America are the cities and states that have the fewest and least restrictions on owning weapons. The most violent cities are the ones that have the strictest gun laws.
 

Crowdfunding Site Raises $500,000 for Kyle Rittenhouse’s Legal Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A crowdfunding page for 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of shooting and killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has raised more than $500,000.

The funds were raised via GiveSendGo, a page created after the teen allegedly shot people in the midst of riots, arson attempts, and unrest. His legal team has argued that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.
 

Kyle Rittenhouse to Sue Joe Biden for Linking Kenosha Shooter to White Supremacy in Tweet
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The attorney for the teenage Kenosha double murder suspect Kyle Rittenhouse is planning to sue former Vice President Joe Biden on his behalf after he appeared to suggest the 17-year-old is a white supremacist on Twitter.

Lin Wood, the lawyer representing Rittenhouse, said he intends to sue the Democratic presidential nominee for libel after Biden posted a video about how President Donald Trump "refused to disavow white supremacists" during Tuesday's televised debate.
 

SCOTUS could use more skeptics like Amy Coney Barrett
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Democrats worry that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, an originalist and textualist who clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia in the late 1990s, will emulate him if she is confirmed by the Senate. We could do a lot worse.

Although progressives often portrayed Scalia as an authoritarian ogre, he was a more faithful defender of First, Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights than some of his purportedly “liberal” colleagues on the Court. Barrett’s track record during three years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit suggests she also would frequently prove to be a friend of civil liberties.
 

FBI Uniform Crime Report: Murders Down, Self-Defense Up in 2019
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Armed private citizens fatally shot 334 people last year, continuing a gradual upward trend in the United States while the number of justifiable homicides by police declined, and murders also dropped, including those involving firearms, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for 2019.

The report was released Monday but was overshadowed by presidential politics, including the release of President Donald Trump’s tax history.
 

UT: 'Pink Pistols' encourage members of the LGBTQ community to arm themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A longtime supporter of gun control now finds herself on the other side of the aisle.

As recently as summer 2019, Ermiya Fanaeian was a vocal activist organizing and participating in gun control rallies sponsored by ‘March for our Lives’ and ‘Moms Demand Action.’

Now, Fanaeian owns an AR-15.

“I never thought I would own a gun,” Fanaeian said. “I was completely against gun ownership in any sense.”
 

PA: Rally brings gun rights advocates to Pennsylvania Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A smaller than usual crowd of a few hundred people rallied for gun rights on the steps of Pennsylvania's Capitol on Tuesday, an annual event that also was attended by a few dozen state lawmakers.

The Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms constituted a pep rally, provided an update on the gun lobby's legislative efforts and opposition, and gave those present an opportunity to target Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and other political opponents.
 

NY: Letitia James Filed a Lawsuit Against the NRA—Here's What You Need to Know
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The pro-gun group also believes that AR-15s, military-grade weapons frequently used in mass shootings throughout the country, are acceptable weapons to keep in homes as a form of self-defense. The group has idly stood by claiming that "guns are not the problem" whenever the next Parkland or Las Vegas or Pulse happens. And when it's not attacking gun violence survivors on Twitter, the organization is frequently bullying groups like Moms Demand Action and March for Our Lives. Now, after years of false rhetoric and vicious attacks, the gun rights advocacy group may finally see the end of day, thanks to Attorney General of New York Letitia James.
 

TX: U.S. Rep. Crenshaw Builds Texas Bench To Buffer Against Bloomberg’s Bid For Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Billionaire and failed Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg thought it would be easy to drop millions into Texas to buy more congressional seats for gun control. He underestimated Texans’ love for their Second Amendment and U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is leading the charge to block his gun-grabbing efforts. He’s bringing a few friends to the fight too.

In a new joint campaign ad, the former Navy SEAL “recruits” a few fellow veterans looking to oust incumbent Democrats on Nov. 3. Bloomberg spent millions to flip the Virginia state legislature in 2019 to pass more gun control, and believing he can tip the scales in other states he’s already pledged more than one hundred million this election cycle for more...
 

WI: Powder keg: Right-wing activists, armed with guns, increase protest tensions as Election Day approaches
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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t’s been two years since Walt Madsen started a militia in the north woods of Price County. Since then, he’s watched the ranks of fellow “patriots” swell.

“Two years ago, there were no militias,” he said. “Now you have one here in Price County, there’s one in Oconto County, there’s one in Green Bay, one down in Eau Claire starting up.”

Across the nation and in Wisconsin, the militia movement is flourishing, fueled by outrage over stay-at-home orders, mask mandates and public unrest. In increasing numbers, armed militia members and vigilantes have inserted themselves into highly charged confrontations between protesters and police, with sometimes violent consequences.
 

The coming civil war caused by Trump’s ego
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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By a similar twisted logic, Anti-Trump Nation is dangerous. Hence, says Trump, the armed teenager who killed two in Kenosha, Wisconsin acted in "self-defense," yet the suspected killer of a right-winger in Portland deserved the "retribution" he got when federal marshals gunned him down.
 

KY: Police: Evidence shows man's killing in southern Indiana was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to police, detectives spent 20 hours collecting video evidence as well as witness testimonies related to the incident. They determined a 25-year-old was involved in the altercation. He voluntarily came to the department to be interviewed and claimed self-defense.

Through interviews, officers determined he was driving with Luis Silva, 23, of Florida, as a passenger. When he pulled into the gas station, he says Silva demanded money from him. After refusing, he and Silva both exited the vehicle. Fearing for his safety, he says he struck Silva with a knife.
 

IL: Big man Kyle Rittenhouse now wants to be treated like a boy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I call this an injustice because Rittenhouse is almost certainly not a flight risk or an ongoing danger to his community, so incarcerating him before trial violates the principle of innocent unless proven guilty. Also because the case for his innocence on grounds that he allegedly shot those three people in self-defense appears unusually strong.

Yes, Rittenhouse is a gun-totin' Trump supporter, not my favorite kind of person. But considerable video evidence from that evening shows that the shooter, allegedly Rittenhouse, fired only when attackers put him in reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm.
 

FL: ‘He was never violent.’ No arrest, many questions after man fatally shot in a Miami Walmart
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As detectives await a forensic analysis of the evidence, and a report from the medical examiner’s office, it’s emerging as yet another case complicated by Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law. Three years ago, the already controversial law was changed, forcing prosecutors to shoulder the legal burden to prove someone did not act in self-defense.
 

FL: Fort Pierce man arrested in 2018 murder cleared of charge under Florida's stand your ground law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two years after Jason Dames was jailed for fatally shooting a man at a Fort Pierce restaurant, a judge threw out his case after ruling the killing was justified under the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Dames, 33, was charged with second-degree murder with a firearm in connection with the Sept. 1, 2018 homicide of Jackie McMiller, 38, of Fort Pierce, which records show occurred at a restaurant at the southwest corner of North 25th Street and Avenue D in Fort Pierce.
 

WI: No charges to be filed in Oshkosh death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Charges will not be filed in connection with the death of man after an incident at an Oshkosh home on Aug. 21.

There was a disturbance at a home on Mallard Avenue. A few days later, Jerome Wallin, 57, died of the injuries he suffered. Three people were arrested, including one man for substantial battery and possible homicide charges.
 

CA: California prosecutor: Driver tried to kill Trump supporters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The organizer of a Southern California rally against police brutality and racism was charged with attempted murder Tuesday for driving her car into counterprotesters and running over a woman's head.

Tatiana Turner deliberately drove into a crowd of President Donald Trump's supporters with the intent to kill the woman and also seriously injured a man who broke his leg, Orange County prosecutors said.
 

CO: How COVID-19 and political uncertainty are causing ammunition shortages
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The early days of the COVID-19 crisis were marked by widespread shortages of consumer goods like toilet paper, produce and beef. While many of those products are once again available on store shelves, the firearms industry has seen a prolonged shortage of both weapons and ammunition, fueled not only by concerns over COVID-19, but also ongoing political uncertainty and protests over police violence against Black people. Gun store owners and their customers are feeling the effects of decreased supply and increased demand.
 

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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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