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Carolyn McCarthy readies gun control bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday.
 

McCarthy to seek ban on clip used in Arizona
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said she will seek to ban the type of high-capacity semiautomatic-weapon magazines used by the shooter in Saturday's Arizona rampage that killed six people and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). McCarthy (D-Mineola) said she will introduce legislation this week to ban the larger magazines, or clips, illegal nationally for 10 years before the Clinton-era assault weapons ban expired in 2004. Such clips remain illegal in New York State under a similar law.
 

UT: Lee opposes more firearm limits in wake of shooting
Submitted by: MACpistol.com
Website: http://www.macpistol.com

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"In the wake of Saturday’s shooting of an Arizona congresswoman and 19 others, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Sunday he would likely carry his concealed weapon more often.

“I carried it before,” Chaffetz said, noting he has had a concealed weapon permit predating his election to Congress in 2008. “I might do it a little more generally now.”

The congressman, who owns a Glock .23 [sic] handgun, said he has carried his sidearm before in Utah but doesn’t do so when he’s in Washington."

Submitter's note: As the anti gun media gleefully creates a dozen stories a minute to capitalize on this criminal, and attempts to use emotion to restart the gun control debate to full pitch, I had to laugh @ ".23" in the story.
 

MI: Police officer's purse, gun stolen
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A Detroit police officer's gun was stolen along with her purse as the officer dropped her child off at a day care center in Livonia.

The off-duty officer had left the purse, which contained a .40-caliber Smith Wesson handgun, on the front seat of her car shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday as she left the vehicle in a day care center parking lot on Six Mile for about five minutes as she dropped off her child.
 

College president shows willingness to learn about guns
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"That is pretty remarkable progress. And while outreach and reason won’t work with those who have closed minds, it should give us hope that not everyone does."
 

Illinois governor cites ‘vigorous’ opposition to ‘firearms controls'
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"THIS ADMINISTRATION has, through its Conservation Department staff, vigorously opposed any firearms registration or firearm controls."

Submitter's note: The Jan. 1961 issue of GUNS Magazine is now online as a free download. Enjoy.
 

Gabrielle Giffords' shooting leads some lawmakers to say they'll carry weapons to protect themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two lawmakers said Sunday they'll pack heat back home after the deadly attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The decision by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) raises new questions about whether lawmakers should carry guns for self defense - or need to.

"After the elections, I let my guard down," Shuler, an ex-NFL player, told Politico. "Now I know I need to have [my gun] on me."
 

A Right to Bear Glocks?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In 2009, Gabrielle Giffords was holding a “Congress on Your Corner” meeting at a Safeway supermarket in her district when a protester, who was waving a sign that said “Don’t Tread on Me,” waved a little too strenuously. The pistol he was carrying under his armpit fell out of his holster.

“It bounced. That concerned me,” Rudy Ruiz, the father of one of Giffords’s college interns at the time, told me then. He had been at the event and had gotten a larger vision than he had anticipated of what a career in politics entailed. “I just thought, ‘What would happen if it had gone off? Could my daughter have gotten hurt?’ ”
 

Safer Streets 2011: The Tucson Shooting, Part II: Year of the sovereign citizen?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I want to add this to that: remember how it all came down January 8th; Madman Whatizname eluded or sidestepped all gun laws, all murder laws and assault laws. I just watched anti-gun activist Paul Helmke on FOX and heard him say that the United States would be a lot safer without guns. I talk to the television a lot and I answered that murder is already illegal, Paul. So much for laws we expect killers to obey. Murder, which is already illegal, simply negates gun laws as a credible program. Gun bans allow murder.
 

In Defense of Inflamed Rhetoric
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For as long as I’ve been alive, crosshairs and bull’s-eyes have been an accepted part of the graphical lexicon when it comes to political debates. Such “inflammatory” words as targeting, attacking, destroying, blasting, crushing, burying, knee-capping, and others have similarly guided political thought and action. Not once have the use of these images or words tempted me or anybody else I know to kill. I’ve listened to, read—and even written!—vicious attacks on government without reaching for my gun. I’ve even gotten angry, for goodness’ sake, without coming close to assassinating a politician or a judge.
 

Open Carry: The children's book
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A trio of gun rights advocates in Michigan have tried to address the knotty problem of what their kids might go through trying to figure why Mom and Dad go out armed when others don't.

The authors of "My Parents Open Carry" say they couldn't find any pro-gun children's books, and so put theirs together with goal of providing "a wholesome family book that reflects the views of the majority of the American people, i.e., that self-defense is a basic natural right and that firearms provide the most efficient means for that defense."
 

UT: Utah gun owners call shooting senseless act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Like most Americans, Utah’s firearm enthusiasts were quick to condemn the senseless rampage that left six people dead and 14 people wounded including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who now is fighting for her life.

Yet for a number of the gun owners who wandered among the hundreds of displays of shotguns, handguns and ammunition at the South Towne Expo Center on Sunday, there potentially was another tragedy lurking in the background.

It centered on the fear the shooting could spark a new wave of gun control legislation that could threaten to undermine the right to keep and bear firearms.
 

MI: Armed homeowner shoots home invader in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say that just before 5:45AM, they received a 911 call reporting an in-progress home invasion on the 2100 block of Georgetown Blvd in Lansing, MI. The owner of the home reportedly grabbed his self defense gun and fired at the intruder, striking the burglar and ending the home invasion.
 

NH: House gun ban removal an irresponsible act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On the first day of session, the New Hampshire House Republicans overwhelmingly voted to overturn a 35-year ban on allowing guns on the floor of Representatives Hall. This ban was established under Republican leadership during the 1970s after Republican Speaker Marshall Cobleigh was threatened with a gun by another member.

They also lifted the ban on guns on the Statehouse complex. What happened to their campaign promise of only focusing on jobs?
 

AZ: Budget is priority at Arizona Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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National Rifle Association lobbyist Matt Dogali said they are working on a bill that would clarify the criteria for a shooting done in self-defense.

“We are trying to change it so it says that if you are somewhere you legally have the right to be, such as a shopping mall, and you are put in a situation of imminent death or bodily harm, then you are legally able to defend yourself with lethal force if necessary,” Dogali said.

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Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, already has submitted House Bill 2014, which would allow adults age 21 and older with a permit to carry a concealed weapon on a college campus.
 

Helmke: sensible gun laws can help save lives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While we will never be able to stop all violence, there is no reason we should make it so easy for dangerous and irresponsible people to get weapons that help them kill a lot of people so quickly. Sensible gun laws can help save lives.

For example, if Congress had not allowed the 1994 "Assault Weapon Ban" to expire in 2004, the Tucson killer would not have been able to buy ammunition clips holding more than 10 rounds for his gun. He could still have injured a lot of people, but having fewer bullets to shoot before having to pause to reload would have meant fewer people killed and injured.
 

UT: Rep. Jason Chaffetz plans to continue carrying a concealed sidearm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz tells ABC 4 News he holds a conceal and carry permit here in Utah and carried a sidearm even before he was elected into office.

In the wake of the tragedy in Arizona, many in Congress are re-evaluating their own security.

"I plan to exercise my right and use the second amendment," Rep. Chaffetz said.
 

"Toning Down The Rhetoric" Means Obeying Big Government
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Despite the fact that Jared Lee Loughner was a psychotic loner with “left-wing” beliefs according to those who knew him, the establishment has hastily exploited yesterday’s tragic shooting in Tucson to demonize conservatives, libertarians and gun owners while ordering Americans to “tone down the rhetoric,” which is nothing more than a euphemism for stifling dissent and coercing people to roll over on Obamacare, bailouts and whatever big government is preparing to unleash next.
 

NH: Speak softly, and carry a big gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For some New Hampshire lawmakers, happiness is a gun warmed by carrying it close to the body. With the state facing a whopping deficit, and despite promises of a laser-like focus on cutting spending, the House's Republican majority chose as its first action to repeal the ban on packing heat in the State House.

New Hampshire is an "open carry" state, which means that an adult can walk the streets with a six-gun on his hip or a shotgun under his arm. But perhaps so as not to appear quite so crazed on camera, lawmakers did accede to Speaker Bill O'Brien's call that weapons be concealed on the House floor and in the gallery that looks down on the legislative chamber.
 

When Violence Comes From the Right, Media Hear No Evil
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Then came the "open carry" people showing up at Obama events; and the health care town hall disruptions; and the immigrant bashing; and the "Second Amendment remedies"; and the calls to "reload"; and the racist attacks against the first African-American president; and so on. And now on Saturday, January 8, 2011, a sitting member of the House of Representatives and a federal judge are gunned down at a friendly public gathering.
 

Larry Pratt On Citizenship And The Right To Keep And Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Constitutional rights belong only to citizens. The ACLU’s logic can lead to tearing down our border - that there are no rights unique to American citizenship, so, hey, let everyone come in. That same logic allows the state to take away the right to keep and bear arms of a citizen. We have argued in court that only a citizen can lose his right to keep and bear arms by renouncing his citizenship. The current view that citizenship is no big deal has led to a progressive encirclement of the exercise of our rights. We gave gone from denying the right to keep and bear arms to felons, then to those with misdemeanors, now to those with certain medical diagnoses (and that without any due process)."
 

FL: Owners have right to carry legally-owned concealed weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That having been said, why is that one reader thinks that a concealed weapon is designed to inflict harm? I am refering to a letter written in regard to Palm Beach County allowing concealed weapons in the parks.

I applaud those county commissioners for having the strength of their convictions and for supporting their citizens' rights to defend themselves under the Second Amendment and in accordance with Florida's laws.

Concealed weapons, in and of themselves, do not kill anyone! Those who legally own and carry a concealed weapon do not kill anyone. On the contrary, they have been known to defend and protect themselves, and others, by their prompt use of their weapon.
 

OH: Gun laws: Plain Dealer is pure, predictable comedy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Whenever I want a good laugh and a quick course in reverse logic, I read the anti-self-defense editorials published by The Plain Dealer. I was not to be disappointed on Jan. 2 ("Shooting holes in home rule"), and I have to say, "PD, there you go again." Every aspect of Ohio's concealed-carry firearms laws has been attacked, distorted, misreported and labeled negatively to push this newspaper's anti-gun agenda.
 

WA: Inquest into police shooting of woodcarver will answer some questions, but leave tough decisions for others
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A day after a Seattle police officer fatally shot John T. Williams, Police Chief John Diaz said he had "a lot more questions than answers."

More than four months later, the public search for answers will start Monday morning with the opening of a court inquest into a shooting that has drawn sharp community criticism and has been found to be unjustified in a preliminary Police Department review.
 

Giffords attack must not derail firearms rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As expected, Arizona's newly enacted Constitutional Carry law is already under attack by anti-gun pundits. The reality of the situation is that a permit to carry, or lack thereof, is not a factor that would have changed the outcome of this event. The attacker was a criminal, plain and simple. Arizona's new carry law did not play into this situation.
 

CA: California Brady Campaign response to Congresswoman Giffords shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, a young man who is clearly insane (see attached video) attempted to assassinate Congresswoman Giffords resulting in her critical wounding, the death of a Federal Judge and an innocent child and at least four others with an unknown number of persons wounded.

This is the world the Brady Campaign would have us live in. There were only two people with guns at today's speech by the Congresswoman, a Federal Marshal assigned to protect the judge and the gunman. The Brady Campaign's position is that we have a duty to be a victim. We must not carry firearms in public to defend ourselves, or even keep them in our home.
 

Gun Culture and ‘Collateral Damage’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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How many more Christinas are going to die in our gun culture? How many more of these deaths will be tolerated as collateral damage to the Second Amendment?

Just last Tuesday, there was a news story out of Alabama about a six year old girl killed while she was sleeping in her bed from a drive by shooting. A check of der Google using “children killed in drive by shooting” brought up 130,000 hits in .23 seconds. Then we have the stories of cops shooting someone holding a toy gun because the toy guns look realistic.

Ed.: Actually, there are only *two* results for that exact string, though there are many web pages that mention the keyword "children". Learn to Google, will ya?
 

Clyburn: Incendiary political talk has come home to roost
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rep. Jim Clyburn said Sunday that tea party favorite Sharron Angle's endorsement of "Second Amendment remedies" in her losing Nevada campaign against Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid contributed to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Clyburn, the House assistant Democratic leader, said of Giffords' alleged assailant, Jared Lee Loughner: "It seems like this gentleman was not satisfied with the way the election came out. "There's no way you cannot make that connection (with Angle's rhetoric) unless you want to be stupid."
 

NH: Congressman Guinta Palinizes the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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First District Congressman Frank Guinta was given a great honor Thursday. During the reading of the Constitution, Guinta was selected to read the Second Amendment: ...

The Congressmen put a Palinesque twist on his reading, though. In place of “infringed,” Guinta said something that sounded like “afringed.” Here’s the audio:
 

How can a gun-crazed society lead the world?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to a 2007 survey, the United States leads the world in gun ownership: 90 guns per 100 people. We are a country with five percent of the world's people and between 35 and 50 percent of its civilian-owned guns. That's something like 270 million weapons.

Repeated studies have shown that the United States is far and away the leader among the world's developed countries in gun violence and gun deaths. There is no other developed country that is even close. Over 30,000 Americans die every year from gun violence. Most of these are suicides but in excess of 12,000 a year are homicides. Another 200,000 Americans are estimated to be injured each year due to guns.
 

Brady Campaign: Gabrielle Giffords Shooting "Inevitable"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the nation recoils from the horror of the mass shooting in Arizona, I am struck by a strong sense of terrible inevitability. The cauldron of political violence had been allowed to boil for too long. As it did in 1995 with Timothy McVeigh, at some point violent action was destined to follow the violent talk and the brandishing of guns.

It started two summers ago during the red hot public debate over health care, when angry protesters with guns started showing up at Presidential events and town hall meetings. A dozen people openly carried guns outside the Phoenix convention center where the President was giving a speech, including one with an AR-15 assault rifle strapped to his back.
 

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