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MA: Mass Shootings Bring Attention To Massachusetts Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left at least 31 dead within 24 hours over the first weekend in August have reignited calls by Democrats in Washington to tighten federal gun laws.

On a state level, gun laws in Massachusetts are among the strictest in the country, and rates of death by firearms are lower here than in any state but Hawaii.

“I think that people ought to take a look at Massachusetts and model some of the things that we’ve done,” said state Representative Randy Hunt (R-5th District).
 

PA: Arrests made in deadly shootout at Scranton club
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An off-duty security guard acted in self-defense when he shot and wounded three men, one fatally, during a Mother’s Day shootout outside a North Scranton after-hours club, an investigation concluded.

City police arrested two other men Thursday for their roles in the May 12 incident outside the now-shuttered Castle, 1826 N. Main Ave., including the gunman they identified as the instigator, but brought no charges against Damion Pitters after determining he was defending himself when he opened fire.
 

Assault weapons ban is bad idea and won’t work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sunday’s editorial calling for a ban on assault weapons is a terrible idea because it won’t prevent mass shootings and will strip citizens of their rights to self-defense.

A call to ban certain weapons ignores the fact that the differences between a California illegal “assault weapon” and a fully legal semi-automatic hunting rifle are entirely cosmetic.

The hundreds of thousands of AR-style rifles owned by California firearm owners weren’t melted down last year when our latest gun ban was enacted. Instead, gun owners purchased some inexpensive plastic parts, modified their rifles, and made them “legal.” This did not affect their ability to fire the same bullets at the same rate.
 

Partisan divide threatens federal action on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republicans and Democrats alike agree that mass shootings like those that killed 31 people last weekend in Ohio and Texas are terrible tragedies.

But the concurrence disappears quickly when it comes to figuring out what steps federal lawmakers can take to prevent similar attacks in the future. Even as all-too-familiar scenes of anguish play out in the wake of mass shootings, the political conversation typically follows partisan lines.
 

FL: An assault weapons ban is a matter of public safety — not partisanship
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What we’ve seen in the past week from Attorney General Ashley Moody is disappointing, but also not surprising.

Her comments and actions are part and parcel of Tallahassee politicians who, for more than 20 years, have done next to nothing to tackle the root cause of these mass shootings. In fact, they make the case even stronger that an issue of such urgency should be left to the people of Florida to decide —not NRA A-rated political figures who would inject partisanship into what should simply be an issue of public safety.
 

NC: Police: 7-Eleven customer shot 2 suspects during robbery, killing 1
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Police say a gas station customer was acting in self-defense when he took matters into his own hands Thursday morning, shooting two suspects who tried to rob the store.

Chaotic moments broke out just before 4 a.m. at the 7-Eleven in the 4800 block of Brookshire Boulevard.
 

GA: What Georgians think about guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Georgia is considered one of the more gun-friendly states, where lawmakers regularly pass bills loosening restrictions on firearms. But the story gets more complex when voters are asked their opinion.

Looking back at five years of Atlanta Journal-Constitution polls shows broad support for carrying guns for self-defense. However, Georgia voters favor stronger rules on assault weapons and background checks.
 

Ending Gun Violence Isn’t An Aim Of Antigun Leftists; Its Only a Mere Talking Point
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Acknowledging the fact that millions of law-abiding, sane American citizens, do exercise their right to keep and bear arms for legitimate purposes, millions of time every year. Namely, and most notably, for self-defense; thereby proclaiming the legitimacy of firearms’ use for self-defense.

But, antigun zealots don’t wish to recognize self-defense as a legitimate reason for owning and possessing firearms, and, so, won't acknowledge self-defense as a legitimate basis for owning and possessing firearms, even if they were to do so only grudgingly.
 

Don't do 'anything' about gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Do something!” is the cry of the day.

Hecklers disrupted a memorial service in Dayton to yell “Do something” at Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.

A professional soccer player, after scoring a goal, grabbed a live microphone and shouted “Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go!”
 

What the Church does – and does not – teach about gun control
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There is an important distinction to be made in intent, both Petri and Miller noted. The Church teaches that one must never intend to kill someone as an end, or as a means to an end.
 

MI: 22-Year Old Michigan Victim Shoots Man In Attempted Robbery
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On Thursday around 12:50 a.m., a 22-year old victim shot a man who attempted to rob him. The shooting occurred on Detroit’s west side.

According to officials, the victim was sitting in his vehicle with two other people. Two men walked up and approached the vehicle.
 

WV: State Lawmakers Disagree on Gun Control After Mass Shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two West Virginia lawmakers are calling for “red flags” to limit certain people from being able to purchase firearms after last weekend’s mass shootings in Ohio and Texas while a group of Republican delegates — including Pat McGeehan of Hancock County — pledged to defend Second Amendment rights.

“Having sworn an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State, we will abide by that oath in spite of short-sighted and temporary political pressures,” the Republicans said.
 

Cosmetic Questions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I am just a little bit annoyed at my friend Mona’s column today, in which she simultaneously admits that the criteria for being counted as a so-called assault rifle are cosmetic and argues that we should nonetheless prohibit some weapons on cosmetic grounds — without ever suggesting which cosmetic grounds should be verboten or who is to be invested with the power of making his aesthetic sensibility mandatory.
 

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Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. — Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria in On Crimes and punishment (1764).

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