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What now, NRA?
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: goodhillpress.com

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Where does the NRA go from here?
 

Freedom vs. Liberty: How Subtle Differences Between These Two Big Ideas Changed Our World
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The terms "freedom" and "liberty" have become clichés in modern political parlance. Because these words are invoked so much by politicians and their ilk, their meanings are almost synonymous and used interchangeably. That's confusing – and can be dangerous – because their definitions are actually quite different.
 

The need for self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With the continuing debate over the 2nd Amendment, I feel it is necessary to look to the past for a lesson on what happens when people have no means of self defense. In the latter part of the Roman Empire, the people had been disarmed by law as the emperors sought to control every aspect of life.

In 455 A.D. the Vandals, a Germanic tribe, from where we get our term for wanton destruction, invaded Italy and sacked the city of Rome. There were not enough soldiers to protect the people from the depredations of the Vandals ,and having no means of defending themselves, they were brutalized and plundered without mercy.
 

SC: Police: Walhalla shooting death ruled self-defense, no charges will be filed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Walhalla Police Department said Wednesday afternoon a deadly shooting has been deemed self-defense and no charges will be filed.

The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at Country Ridge Apartments on Pine Manor Circle.

Police said they arrived to find a man lying on the floor who was unconscious and had been shot multiple times.
 

Despite Self-Congratulations NW Anti-Gunners Haven’t Stopped Violent Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“This year in Washington (state),” the self-congratulatory email from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Washington chapter read, “our volunteers made their voices heard.”

But those voices could not drown out the ten gun shots heard on a dramatic 911 audio released by the King County Sheriff’s Department, fired by a homeowner who was on the phone with a remarkably cool-headed dispatcher when a home invader came at him. The armed homeowner, who has not been identified, was released and will reportedly not face any criminal charges, according to the Seattle P-I.com.
 

WA: Dispatcher kept victim calm during tense White Center home invasion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It was a call that every 911 dispatcher trains for: a break-in in White Center that turned deadly after a homeowner shot and killed the suspect.

It was 2:30 in the morning and the victim was hiding in a closet for safety.

“Do they know you’re there?” Dispatcher Zoe Birkbeck asked him during the 911 call.

“No, no, no,” the man replied.

“Stay quiet…. Keep yourself safe,” she said.
 

Hydra-Shok Deep takes Golden Bullseye for Ammo Product of the Year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Shooting Illustrated magazine recently honored Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep with its Golden Bullseye Award for 2019 Ammunition Product of the Year. Federal Ammunition representatives accepted the award on April 26, during the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 

Shooting on the Move: Realistic or Range Fantasy?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Shooting on the move is most often discussed in terms of being an advanced shooting skill. In my experience, defensive shooting classes rarely cover shooting on the move in a realistic way. The common approach to teaching this skill involves having the line of shooters walk slowly towards or away from the target while shooting. This is little more than a skill builder, perhaps, as walking casually towards a threat would be an absurd tactic under most realistic circumstances. Aggressive lateral movement while shooting is far more realistic. But this is harder to facilitate in training. So most instructors simply ignore developing this skill.
 

VT: Waiting periods will not work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Regarding suicide by firearm: According to the Vermont Department of Mental Health, in 2016 there were 1,141 suicide attempts. Of those, 1,070 or 94% were attempts using something other than a firearm. For those suicides where a firearm was used, the vast majority were done with a firearm that was already owned.

It is actually a pretty rare event when a person goes to a store, buys a firearm and then kills themselves with it.
 

MS: Jury agrees that 2013 Milan shooting was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 71-year-old Milan man now walks free after a Gibson County jury determined he was not guilty in the shooting death of another man five years ago.

Jerry Heavner was accused of shooting then-58-year-old James Cannon in the head after an argument in December 2013.

The jury decided on April 23 that Heavner acted in self-defense. The decision puts an end to a yearslong case that included a mistrial in 2014 due to audience comments heard by the jury and a rejected appeal attempt.
 

IN: NRA Honors Indiana Representatives Lucas and Smaltz with Defender of Freedom Award
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) awarded Indiana State Representatives Jim Lucas and Ben Smaltz the Defender of Freedom Award at the 148th National Rifle Association Annual Meeting (NRAAM) in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 27.

“This year Jim Lucas and Ben Smaltz succeeded in passing legislation to expand self-defense options for Hoosiers,” said Chris Kopacki, NRA-ILA Indiana state director. “This award honors Lucas and Smaltz for leading the fight in Indiana to promote our fundamental right to self-protection.”

The Defender of Freedom Award is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in preserving and protecting our Second Amendment rights.
 

LA: House Committee Passes Two Pro-Gun Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee passed pro-gun measures, House Bill 281 and House Bill 235. These important bills now head to the House floor for further consideration. Please contact your state Representative and strongly urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 281 and House Bill 235 when they come up for a vote.
 

NRA to Halt ‘Unlawful Solicitation’ of Carry Guard in California
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association has agreed to stop soliciting insurance in California without a license, and made changes to its website and member communication materials to address allegations in a 2018 cease and desist order issued by the California Department of Insurance, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced today.

The CDI issued the order in September 2018 in response to a consumer inquiry and subsequent department investigation.
 

Ruger Security-9 Compact 9mm Pistol Review
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A short while ago I reviewed the Ruger Security-9 full-size 9mm pistol and just last week, Ruger introduced their new Security-9 Compact model. I appreciate the excellent performance and features of the full-size gun, so I wanted to try their new short-barreled compact pistol for concealed carry use. Was it equally impressive and would it work for concealed carry? How would it measure up to my ten criteria, especially its accuracy, reliability, and concealability? This is my evaluation and field test of it.
 

Time For A Second Amendment Tax Holiday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Much like the Second Amendment itself is not just about hunting, neither is the Second Amendment tax holiday.
 

OR: County nixes Second Amendment sanctuary proposal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners voted down putting a Second Amendment sanctuary question on the ballot. Chairman George Murdock says the commissioners support the right to bear arms, but there were problems with the way the proposal was written.

“On the advice of the sheriff and legal counsel, including a decision made in Columbia County, there were some constitutional questions and the commissioners chose not to adopt the document,” Murdock said.
 

Incredible: MSNBC Contributor Inadvertently Makes Case for Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today's Popcorn Moment is simply delcious on so many levels. Why? Because a contributor for the left-leaning 'news' network MSNBC just inadvertently offered up an incredibly powerful argument for preserving the rights granted under the Second Amendment.
 

Former Cop Mohamed Noor Convicted of Murdering Justine Damond
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This Case of the Week covers Somali refugee Mohamed Noor, who while a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond.

Yesterday a jury convicted Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for that killing, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune and other news sources. (Noor was acquitted of the more serious charge of second-degree murder.)
 

'Three for Three Gun Rights Court Wins Is Good News For 2A’ Says SAF
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Three victories in three Second Amendment-related cases—two from New York and one from Wisconsin—is good news for gun rights, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“This should be tantamount to ‘three strikes and you’re out’,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Gun control took three hard punches and should be down for the count.”
 

WI: Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules for First and Second Amendments in Armslist Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's decision that Armslist's ads and tools are protected by the Communications Decency Act (CDA). The act was designed to preserve freedom of speech on the Internet by immunizing web sites for the publishing of third party content. Armslist facilitates the communication between willing firearm sellers and buyers. The lower court had been overturned by a Wisconsin Court of Appeals. This decision protects both First and Second Amendment rights.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The right of the people to keep and bear...arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country... — James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789.

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