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MI: Charge filed against Flint cop for firing gun at wrestling tournament
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A misdemeanor charge has been authorized against a Flint police officer whose sidearm fired during a wrestling tournament at a high school in Livingston County, according to the county prosecutor.

One count of careless discharge of a firearm causing damage to property over $50 was authorized May 22 against the officer, according to Livingston County Prosecutor William Vailliencourt.

MLive-The Flint Journal is not identifying the police officer because he has not been arraigned on the charge.

Vailliencourt said the man will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. on June 7 in Livingston District Court.

He faces up to a year in jail or a $500 if convicted of the misdemeanor.

Vailliencourt would not discuss specific details of the case.
 

Best Practice to Save Our Students From Mass Murderers- Part 2
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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I have not seen solid news reports about mass murders in our schools. We need to know where these murderers come from. We also need to know how to protect our students at school. I’ll try to cover that information, and this is the second of those two parts.

Part 1 the source of modern mass murder
Part 2 protecting our schools and churches
 

MI: Gun-toting Santa suing Michigan over loss of state job
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A man who says his career suffered after he posted a photo of himself wearing a Santa Claus costume and holding a semi-automatic rifle has cleared a key hurdle in a lawsuit against the state of Michigan.

Calvin Congden's lawsuit can proceed on his First Amendment claim and other arguments. Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith released a decision Tuesday.

Congden, an Army veteran, worked for Michigan's Child Protective Services division. He says he lost favor with managers after posting his Santa photo on Facebook.

Congden says a manager told co-workers that he "looked crazy" and warned them to be careful. The state says Congden eventually resigned under a settlement with his union.
 

NC: 'School Self-Defense Act' would let teachers carry handguns in school
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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North Carolina teachers and other school employees would be allowed to carry handguns on campus "to respond to acts of violence or an imminent threat of violence" under a bill filed Wednesday in the state legislature.

The "School Self-Defense Act" would create a "volunteer school faculty guardian" program where school employees would have permission to carry firearms on school grounds. The armed employees would have to meet requirements such as having a valid concealed carry handgun permit and completing 16 hours of active shooter training.
 

FL: Man charged in West Palm-area killing cleared in 2016 ‘stand your ground’ shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When Omari Fenton shot a man outside a West Palm Beach bar in 2016, he claimed it was self-defense. He said the same when he fatally shot a man last month.

Fenton was cleared in the first shooting under Florida’s “stand your ground” law. He was arrested on a murder charge in the second.
 

Assassinations of 1968 led the NRA to become the lobbying force it is today
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But gun control was not a straightforward case of righting old injustices. It tapped into the social turmoil of the 1960s, exposing cultural and political divides that cut across class and race, and rural and urban ways of life, often pitting members of the same party against one another. It reached deep into the country’s historical fears of slave insurrections, as black activists sought their own right to bear arms. It stoked worries about rising crime rates, leading some to demand greater restrictions on weapons, while others sought safety by arming themselves.
 

NY: Trash talk: Cuomo sets bad precedent in hampering work of specific causes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But it’s highly dubious for the governor to use the force of his office to sully the NRA’s reputation and then warn banks and insurers against doing business with them. He may not agree with the organization’s agenda — that’s his right. But it’s the NRA’s right to promote the beliefs of its members, and Mr. Cuomo seeks to weaken its ability to do so.
This sets a perilous precedent in this state. What if a New York governor decides to dissuade state-chartered companies from doing business with other advocacy groups?
 

In A Repudiation Of The NRA, Sales Were Up At Dick's Sporting Goods
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the first quarter, the company opened eight new Dick’s Sporting Goods stores. As of May 5, 2018, according to the release, the company operated 724 Dick’s Sporting Goods stores in 47 states, 94 Golf Galaxy stores in 32 states, and 35 Field & Stream stores in 16 states. Adjusted for the calendar shift due to the 53rd week in 2017, consolidated same store sales decreased 2.5% on a 13-week to 13-week comparable basis, the company reported.
 

VA: What about the rights of shooting victims?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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How can we slow down the almost daily use of firearms to intentionally maim and murder? When gun advocates state that “guns do not kill people, people kill people”, they are correct. What is not correct is for a very small number of gun owners to oppose any initiatives that may keep firearms out of the hands of people who have been identified as unstable and/or likely to commit violence. We should not unwittingly be enablers of shooters. Are the individual’s perceived rights more important than the common good? What about the rights of those who are the victims of gun violence? Do they carry any weight?
 

NJ: Time Is Running Out To Make Your Voice Heard
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill’s journey to passage is typically long and winding, but when you have an anti-gun Legislature and perhaps the state’s most anti-gun Governor ever, that trek suddenly becomes much easier. Legislation to lower the state’s magazine capacity restriction from 15 to 10 rounds is nearing final passage in the Legislature. However, New Jersey gun owners are accustomed to a tough fight, and it’s critical that New Jersey lawmakers hear from you. It’s important that you continue contacting your state lawmakers.
 

FL: Police identify masked man fatally shot in Florida pizza attack
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police have identified a masked man who was fatally shot by Florida pizza store worker he attacked with a wooden pole.

Holly Hill Police Chief Steve Aldrich said Tuesday that 53-year-old Jesse L. Coggins of Greenville, North Carolina, had no local police record and it was unknown how long he had been in the area.

Coggins was wearing a demon clown mask when video shows he attacked Heriberto Feliciano as he locked up a Little Caesars restaurant Saturday night.

The 28-year-old Feliciano has a concealed weapons permit and shot Coggins with a handgun several times.
 

NH: Another armed rampage, another leftist plot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Now, the venerable “assault weapon,” the AR-15, was not used in this slaughter. No. It was a shotgun and a .38 caliber revolver.

Already, the radical left and the anti-Second Amendment folks are using this disaster for their very own political gain.

Who was it who said: Never let a tragedy go to waste. Or some similar words … Was it Eric Holder? But you get the picture. Sad.

And in this case, use it to continue the assault — and that is what it is, an assault — on law abiding citizens and their ability to defend themselves and the lives of their families and other innocents.
 

TX: Texas governor unveils plan to curb school shootings that won’t 'infringe' Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas shared 40 recommendations to enhance school safety as part of a School and Firearm Safety Action Plan on Wednesday, a move that comes after a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, earlier this month.

According to Abbott, the plan will enhance campus security programs, bolster firearm safety, and support mental health assessments to help determine if students could harm others. The plan also calls for additional help for law enforcement officials monitoring possible threats that come through on social media.
 

FL: New gun laws may help stop massacres
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In confirming an individual’s right to own a gun for self-defense, the Supreme Court stated that “the Second Amendment ... is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

So it makes perfect sense for Massachusetts to have a law that requires gun permit applicants to complete a four-hour safety course, provide character references from two people, consent to be fingerprinted at a local police office and undergo an interview with an officer. If police believe the applicant is a threat, they can deny the permit — though the burden of proof is on the authorities to justify that decision.
 

CA: Stockton, CA mayor introduces program to pay killers not to kill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mayor Tubbs wants to solve the gun and gang problems the same way Democratic-Socialists always do—with a government check. The city of Stockton is considering issuing a check of up to $1,000/month to residents identified as “most likely to shoot somebody” under a program called “Advance Peace.”
 

Gun Control Crowd Directs Vitriol at NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association changed the results of three of the last five presidential elections. If there had been no NRA, the narrow victories of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and Donald Trump in 2016, would have been narrow defeats. But while the NRA’s growing influence has encouraged and vindicated supporters of our right to keep and bear arms, it has also galvanized our detractors. Today, these powerful forces are working together to destroy the NRA, repeal the Second Amendment and shrivel the First Amendment.
 

Saving Lives or Banning Guns? Look at the Numbers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Do the numbers justify the panic? The gun-controllers’ own go-to source for statistics suggests not: According to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), 121 people were killed in 2017 in “mass shootings” with “assault weapons.” GVA defines a mass shooting as “four or more people shot or killed in a single incident, not including the shooter,” and an “assault weapon” as AR-15s, AK-47s, and “All variants defined by law enforcement.” To provide some perspective from the 2015 Unintentional Injury Deaths report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 121 Americans die every 22 hours from accidental poisoning, every 29 hours in motor vehicle accidents, and every 32 hours from falls.
 

MD: How would The Sun's Second Amendment haters feel about some First Amendment restrictions?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The First Amendment to the Constitution provides that Congress shall not abridge the right of the people’s “freedom of speech, or of the press,” which entitles you to make money exploiting these tragic events. But maybe the same scrutiny that is being applied to infringe on the Second Amendment ought to be applied to the First Amendment, like make it illegal for the press to humanize shooters, or illegal to glorify certain types of firearms, or illegal to give the shooters the publicity they seek with their nefarious acts, or illegal to blame everyone else but the shooter, etc.
 

CA: Grateful for students’ support of 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is rare these days to get equal coverage over any news. Thank you for your coverage of both student walk outs at the high school. As an administrator with 25 years of experience in the public school system I have seen my share of gun violence on campus. I was a student teacher at the University of the Pacific when Patrick Purdy shot up Cleveland Elementary School in 1989. I am also smart enough to understand the difference between a school shooting by the mentally ill and the responsible actions put forth by the National Rifle Association. I am a lifetime member of the NRA as are hundreds of ranchers, farmers, and hunters in Half Moon Bay. We are extremely proud of the students that walked out in defense of our Second Amendment.
 

The Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I'd forgotten what it felt and sounded like: a lightweight, gas-operated, semiautomatic rifle with a 30-round magazine pressed into my shoulder, staring through iron sites adjusted for wind and range, the sharp spats rather than booms when I squeezed the trigger — spat, spat, spat, spat — the subdued recoil allowing me almost effortlessly to keep the sight picture from one round to the next. In less than 60 seconds and 40 years after last picking up a similar weapon — a Colt-made M-16 rifle of the same basic design — I could fire 25 rounds at 10 targets, each spaced several feet apart, some closer or farther and none more than 30 yards from me, and hit all of them repeatedly.
 

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