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TX: Gun-Friendly Texas Is Getting Even Friendlier
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Texas is so gun-friendly that it is easier to get into the Capitol in Austin with a firearm than without one — licensed, gun-carrying lawmakers and members of the public have their own no-wait security lane, and the unarmed masses have to stand in line and slog through the metal detectors.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: The writers never mention (probably because they don't know) that the "licensed, gun-carrying lawmakers and members of the public have their own no-wait security lane" because they've been vetted beyond anything the unarmed masses of sheeple in the other lane would believe.
This is a perfect example of why people who know what they're talking about so despise this paper.
 

Functional Fixedness and the Easily Offended
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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I read a petition on Change.org that said “Tell Albertson’s (Grocery Stores) to stop selling magazines that glorify violence.” To some, these photographs of guns apparently glorify violence. Really? I nominate 2015 to be the year of the easily offended. I hope these adult-children grow up so they can deal with the apparently uncomfortable reality posed to them by a shelf full of magazines in some given grocery store.
 

Defending Our Homeland: How Businesses And Churches Can Provide Their Own Security
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The foundation of security in this evolving situation is self-reliance – the ability to defend one’s self and family from violent threats.

The next logical step is to build upon that foundation by forming networks of armed citizens, self-organized to protect specific locales or larger communities. We spend a large fraction of our lives in the company of others, at work, in school, in houses of worship, conducting commerce, and in transit.
 

President Obama expected to tighten gun control laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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President Barack Obama is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales, people familiar with White House planning said.

Described as “imminent,” the set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the White House says could help curb gun deaths.

Plans for the action are not yet complete, and those familiar with the process warn that unforeseen circumstances could delay an announcement. But gun control advocates are expecting the new actions to be revealed next week, ahead of Obama’s annual State of the Union address, set for January 12.
 

What 2016 Holds In Store For Guns, The NRA, And The Presidential Election
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As U.S. gun deaths continue to tick upwards -- now on par with automobile deaths -- public interest in gun issues in 2015 rose to its highest level since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. This year, Americans watched news reports of public shootings targeting parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, service members in Chattanooga, Tennessee, moviegoers in Lafayette, Louisiana, students and educators in Roseburg, Oregon, people visiting a Planned Parenthood health clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and attendees of a Christmas party in San Bernardino, California.
 

TX: Texans Celebrate Open Carry with 'Uncovering' of Handguns at Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nearly two hundred open carry advocates gathered on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol to celebrate “uncovering day” for gun owners who are licensed to carry.

The rally, sponsored by Open Carry Texas and Texas Carry, brought together advocates from across the Lone Star State who wanted to celebrate Texas move towards re-establishing the 2nd Amendment as the governing authority for gun laws. While Texas has not move that far, today’s rally recognized a significant step in the direction of what many refer to as Constitutional Carry.
 

Altering gun laws isn’t an absolute answer, but it’s change within our control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But is that a reason to watch the next whacked-out radicals go freely into a U.S. gun shop, legally purchase guns designed for quick, multiple killings, then use them on fellow citizens to go out in a blaze of infamy?

Because you know it will happen again.

I don’t have a fast answer for this. Nor do I have the energy or stomach to argue with hate-spewing people who are so mesmerized by gun possession they won’t budge an inch. It’s pointless.
 

VA: Va. legislator proposing to allow professors to carry concealed weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Currently, the Board of Visitors at each of Virginia’s colleges and universities determine whether the school will be gun free. Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, however, is proposing to allow any college professor that wishes to be able carry a concealed weapon on college campuses.

“When we are facing greater threats from terrorists, why would you want to disarm more people?” Marshall asks.
 

CO: The problem with "reasonable" gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ammophobes ask why we can't accept "reasonable" restrictions. The truth is that reasonable gun owners don't object to reasonable restrictions that would actually make us safer. All too often, though, those calling for restrictions are the ones who have advocated confiscation. Before we agree on "reasonable" rules, we'd like to know whose definition of reasonable will be used.

Another point of contention is that many of the "reasonable" restrictions don't actually address the problem. All too often, they wouldn't make any real difference, even if they were put in place. It's been said that if your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
 

CO: Licensing and training for all gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Guns, it turns out, actually do kill people.

Despite the protestations of the National Rifle Association and gun-huggers in this firearms-loving nation, study after study has shown what should be obvious: The more guns that are present, the greater the likelihood of someone being shot.

One study published in April in the journal Injury Prevention, for example, found that for every 1 percent increase in gun ownership, there was a 1.1 percent increase in the firearm homicide rate.
 

TX: Texans can now stroll around public places while flashing their pistols without fear of arrest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“It’s not about taking away people’s second amendment rights,” said Turner, of the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, of her opposition to the law.

“It’s about whether when I’m taking my children to a restaurant, if I’m having to assess whether a gentleman who walks into a restaurant with a gun on his hip is using it for his own personal safety, whether he intends to hold up the restaurant, or whether he might lose his temper later on.”
 

MI: Be true to values, stand up to terror
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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To be a patriot we fight to protect our rights, a right to bear arms, a right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty, a right to practice any religion, and a right to practice no religion. These are the rights that are under attack.
 

DE: Suit challenges gun ban in state parks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wilmington attorney Thomas Shellenberger said he can legally carry his handgun on his morning walks on some public lands in Delaware but if he decides to stroll in a state park or forest, that gun isn't allowed.

State park regulations and rules in state forests bar firearms unless they are being used for hunting.

Now, two sport shooting groups along with some individuals claim those regulations violate the state Constitution and have challenged the gun ban in a lawsuit filed in Chancery Court.
 

MN: Growth in gun permits seen across local counties
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There's been a lot of talk about guns in the United States lately. While some are demanding an outright ban in guns, others are rushing to local sheriff's offices to exercise their right to bear arms.

Applications for gun permits have increased for years all around the country, but after major gun violence incidents, the rise has been noticeably more dramatic. After the Dec. 2 San Bernardino, California, shooting, local sheriff's offices saw a high volume of permit to carry applications in the ensuing month.
 

New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Texas, the second-most populous state, joins 44 other states in allowing at least some firearm owners to carry handguns openly in public places. Under the Texas law, guns can be carried by those with licenses and only in holsters.

Meanwhile, California, the most populous state, has multiple new laws on gun control. One tightens a ban on firearms in and around schools. Under the new law, the prohibition applies even to most people who are allowed to carry concealed weapons generally. Another allows people to request that a judge order weapons be taken away from relatives who are believed to pose a threat.
 

MT: Browning-invented guns get new treatment at museum
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A special collection of firearms on exhibit at the Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls is being reinstalled with a new look and interpretation.

John Moses Browning (1855-1926) was one of the world’s most important and innovative gun makers, and many well-known guns used in the settlement of the West were his brainchild.

In 1986, 101 Browning guns were donated to the C.M. Russell Museum, including European sporting arms, military arms, pistols, single-shot rifles and shotguns.
 

CA: California grants right to seize guns from potentially violent criminals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Filing a false report against someone alleging potential gun violence is punishable as a misdemeanor. Among the causes a petitioner can claim in seeking an order are recent violence or threats of violence; and evidence of recent acquisition of firearms, ammunition, or other deadly weapons; and presentation of police reports and records of convictions, of recent criminal offenses that involve controlled substances or alcohol; and ongoing abuse of controlled substances or alcohol.
 

TN: Sevierville store sees 450% increase in gun sales since Black Friday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Concerns about gun control, combined with the violent events of 2015, have caused a boom in gun sales.

President Barack Obama plans to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss gun control as staff at Smoky Mountain Knife Works say they’ve seen a 450 percent spike in gun sales since the day after Thanksgiving.
 

IA: Find common ground on gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There is no single answer to reducing gun violence, and not every shooting can be prevented. But we’re doing too little now, and so much more can be done. Finding a solution requires a range of responses, including: better mental health care and tracking, universal background checks, making guns safer (through “smart gun” technology that allows only the owner to fire); and requiring liability insurance for guns. Done correctly, these solutions would not infringe on Americans’ constitutional rights.
 

IL: 2986 Shooting Victims in Gun-Controlled Chicago During 2015
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Mind you, Chicago has a “violence tax” that raises the price of every gun and bullet sold at retail, an “assault weapons” ban, limits on the number of gun stores and the locations of those stores, and what the New York Times describes as handgun restrictions that let city leaders “get as close as they could get legally to a ban without a ban.”

The result? According to the Chicago Tribune, there has been nearly 3,000 shooting victims in one year’s time.

And the Tribune reports approximate 470 homicides for Chicago in 2015, which means gun-controlled Chicago had “the most violent year of all major U.S. cities.” It is the worst year the city has seen since 2012, “when 500 people were killed.”
 

TX: Pflugerville BBQ joint opens doors to 'open carry'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Christopher Carmon Sr. walked into Amigo's BBQ Grill in Pflugerville on the first day of January 2016 with his handgun holstered on his hip.

But far from every restaurant in Texas will be allowing patrons to openly carry their handguns.

Paul Liu, owner of Amigo's, is a second amendment advocate.
 

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