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WA: Father of Marysville School Shooter Convicted of Gun Charges
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The father of the teen who killed four classmates at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last fall was convicted Tuesday of illegally possessing a half-dozen firearms, including the one his son used in the shooting.

Raymond Lee Fryberg Jr. was convicted of six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. One of the firearms, a .40-caliber Beretta pistol, was used by 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg to kill four classmates and wound a fifth. Jaylen then killed himself with the same handgun.
 

OR: 2014 Shooting at Beaverton apartments ruled self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A September 2014 shooting at a Beaverton apartment was ruled self-defense, the Washington County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Police said Dallas Urig shot Amjad Alkofi on September 10, 2014 at the Birch Pointe Apartments on the 17500 block of Cornell Road.
 

IA: Iowa Attorney General rules self defense in shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Washington County Deputy Sheriff Kirk Bailey was cleared of a criminal act by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, which ruled the shooting of Martin Hammen was in self defense and justified.

County law enforcement officials were first called at 8:13 p.m. Sept. 12 to Hammen’s rural Wellman residence on Highway 22 after a call reporting that a man was yelling for help at the scene. Deputies went to Hammen’s residence and were unable to find him. Later a call came from Bailey’s sister relating that he was delusionary, suicidal and saying “crazy stuff.” A follow-up 911 call from a neighbor reported gunshots or firecrackers at Hammen’s residence.
 

TX: Faculty, students at forum push to keep guns out of UT Austin buildings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Faculty and students who spoke Wednesday evening at the University of Texas at Austin's first public forum on campus carry overwhelmingly advocated keeping guns out of classrooms and other buildings, urging school officials to designate wide swaths of the school as gun-free zones.

"This is the one issue that's made me wonder whether I should stay here or not," said Steven Friesen, a religious studies professor who said he is concerned about teaching sensitive topics knowing his students are armed. "I teach volatile issues in the classroom, and it is not a place for guns."
 

'Blackish' Gives the Reasons for Not Owning Guns, and Ends Up Making the Case for Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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ABC's Blackish is clearly not playing around this season. In the season premier they dealt with the n-word. On Wednesday night? Guns. If they keep up at this rate, by week six Dre’ (Anthony Anderson) is going to be self-identifying as a mermaid. Things are definitely escalating quickly.

In an episode titled “Rock, paper, scissors, Gun,” the show jumped into the gun debate by showing a scene at a gun shop that could not possibly have been written by anyone who has ever actually gone to a gun shop:
 

IL: Woman released from custody following stabbing death of boyfriend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A woman who was questioned in the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend in the West Pullman neighborhood last week has been released without charges, police said Wednesday.
 

OH: Shooting, training center set to open in West Chester
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Touted as “a one of a kind concept in both armed and unarmed self-defense training,” Premier Shooting & Training Center will bring together a firing range, firearms training, a wide variety of martial arts training and a 4,000-square-foot retail space all under one roof.
 

FL: Top 5 reasons Florida college students shouldn't carry concealed weapons on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida lawmakers are again pushing the notion that concealed weapons have a place on college campuses, right along with backpacks, iPads and condoms.

The logic goes something like this: College campuses are prime targets with mass shooters and angry mentally-ill people who are able to get their hands on a gun. And there are not enough police on or near college campuses to thwart the threat. So, campuses will be safer should college students have access to their own weapons to be used for self-defense.

Ed.: In which the author discriminates against law-abiding adults simply because they are in college instead of in the military or already in the workforce.
 

FL: Guns, Medical Marijuana At Issue In House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As lawmakers continue preparing for the 2016 legislative session, House panels next week will take up a bill that would allow people to openly carry firearms and will get an update about a medical-marijuana law passed last year.
The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Tuesday will consider a measure (HB 163), filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry firearms.

The bill also calls for other changes in gun-related laws, including giving direction for judges to use "strict scrutiny" when reviewing laws dealing with the right to bear arms or self defense.
 

The Atlantic: Gun Control Is Good, Because Of Slavery, Or Something
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two academics argue support for gun rights is misguided because it’s built on the foundation of American slavery in a piece for The Atlantic published Wednesday.

“Gun-rights advocates have waged a relentless battle to gut what remains of America’s lax and inadequate gun regulations,” Saul Cornell and Eric Ruben open in the article. “But what the advocates do not acknowledge—and some courts seem not to understand—is that their arguments are grounded in precedent unique to the violent world of the slaveholding South.”
 

TX: Driver shoots man who was trying to smash his windshield at Arlington apartments
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man was shot in the leg in Arlington overnight after police say he tried to break the shooter’s windshield.

Officers were called to an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Willowood Circle just after 11 p.m., our colleagues at KXAS-TV (NBC5) report.

According to police, a man was in his SUV when another man began smashing on his windshield with a large rock. The driver of the SUV shot the man before calling 911 from another location, police said.
 

FL: NRA’s go-to guy pushing tougher stand-your-ground gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dennis Baxley’s got quite a conflict of interest.

Baxley, a state representative from Ocala, is both the architect of Florida’s reckless “stand your ground” gun law and a millionaire undertaker who owns a string of funeral homes in Florida.

The former member of the Florida State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers is the NRA’s go-to guy when it comes to dreaming up new ways to embolden Floridians to kill each other.
 

One Gun Rights Leader Is Pushing Marksmanship Classes for Urban Teens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At the 30th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, last weekend, the president of the Second Amendment Foundation issued a plea to help ensure the survival of his group and others like it: Court minorities or else.

“There’s some facts we have to come to grips with,” Joseph Tartaro said at the second session of the three-day conference co-sponsored by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. “Within the next 20 to 30 years, the U.S. white population will no longer be the majority.”
 

PA: Why is the Second Amendment more important than all other rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Do Second Amendment rights outweigh Fifth Amendment rights — i.e. the right to life? I think, as do most folks, that there can be some limits on gun owners and that banning guns at school is reasonable. The argument of using a gun in self-defense, engaging in some sort of pitched shoot out while surrounded by students is even more disturbing than it is non-sensical, yet it is an argument advanced in this instance by some.

Ed.: Then why, when there is an 'active-shooter' situation, is the first thing they do is to call for men and women with guns to come and have a pitched shoot out to stop the shooter?
 

NJ: Christie pardons 3 charged with unlawful gun possession
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Chris Christie has pardoned three people who faced gun possession charges in New Jersey.

Christie on Wednesday pardoned Todd Doering, Brian Fletcher and Elizabeth Griffith whose charges stemmed from separate incidents.
 

Right On: John Roberts Is Playing the Long Game
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s in its decisions that the Roberts court really shines for the right. District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) established for the first time in the court’s 226-year history that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a handgun. In Shelby County v. Holder (2013), Roberts wrote a majority opinion that denuded the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and ushered in an era of voter ID laws and other attempts to discourage minorities and the poor from casting ballots. In the 2015-16 session, this tendency likely will recur in cases on race relations, voting, unions, and abortion.
 

VA: McAuliffe promises to keep fighting for gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Terry McAuliffe vowed to keep fighting for tighter gun restrictions in Virginia after a gun-control group released a report Wednesday showing that nearly 60 percent of the state’s domestic homicides last year involved a firearm.
Speaking at a midday news conference at the Capitol, McAuliffe said he is committed to “taking the guns out of the hands of dangerous abusers,” and again voiced his commitment to what he called “common-sense” legislation that previously has failed to pass in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

The report from The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence found that of 109 domestic homicides in Virginia last year, 64 were committed with guns.
 

CO: Colorado Sheriffs Move Forward With Challenge Of State Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A group of sheriffs from different Colorado counties are moving forward with their fight to repeal stricter state gun laws put in place three years ago.

Those laws limit the capacity of ammunition magazines and expand background checks on gun purchases in Colorado.
Sheriffs like Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario say they are committed to fighting to protect what they say is citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Dozens of current and former sheriffs gathered in Denver on Monday along with gun rights groups at the Byron White Courthouse. Many of those individuals are named in a lawsuit which challenges Colorado’s new laws.
 

Roughly 400 Americans Will Die in Unintentional Home Shootings This Year. Safe Storage Laws Aim to Lower That Number.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Eleven states have their own laws mandating storage requirements for firearms, ranging from in-house storage rules to the regulation of approved locking devices. In states like Connecticut and California, gun locks must accompany private sales. Massachusetts currently has the strictest storage laws — gun owners there risk punishment of 18 months in prison and fines up $7,500 if they don’t store their guns with a lock or in a safe.
 

The Slave-State Origins of Modern Gun Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The idea that citizens have an unfettered constitutional right to carry weapons in public originates in the antebellum South, and its culture of violence and honor.
 

Gun Rights Activist Dana Loesch Has an Absolutely Dynamite Line About Her Haters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Radio talk show host and The BlazeTV personality Dana Loesch doesn’t hide her staunch support for the Second Amendment.

She recently starred in a National Rifle Association ad that advocated for mothers to defend their families through gun rights.
 

Fox's Jon Scott Falsely Suggests Guns Improve Personal Safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fox News anchor Jon Scott falsely suggested that potential crime victims are "sitting duck[s]" if they don't own guns, citing the murder of a Texas district attorney and his wife in 2013. But according to news reports, the D.A. in that case "kept a gun 'in every room of his house." The murderer in that case had also previously killed another Texas prosecutor who had told friends he "was carrying a gun everywhere he went" because of threats.
 

TX: Anti-Gun Professors Petition to Keep Texas Classrooms ‘Safe’ From Guns After Governor Signs Pro-Campus Carry Law
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More than 160 University of Texas professors have signed a petition declaring that they will not allow concealed carry permit holders to carry handguns in their classrooms, despite a recently passed law that allows permit holders to do so.

The professors have added their names to a Google document list to showcase their opposition to the legislation that was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in June. The law is expected to take effect August 2016, although a representative for the university system told TheBlaze Wednesday morning that the schools are still working out specific details of how the policy will be implemented.
 

Should civilians have military guns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One infamous example of this is a tweet from Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America declaring that an assault weapon “enables humans to shoot 10 rounds in one minute.” This is an absurd claim, as anyone who has a minimum of experience with firearms or knowledge of their history will recognize. Recall the Mad Minute challenge with bolt-action SMLE rifles, at least fifteen rounds on target at three hundred yards in sixty seconds. The record was thirty-six shots in the period by Sergeant Major Jesse Wallingford, though Sergeant Instructor Alfred Snoxall may have bested that by two rounds.
 

WA: Fryberg conviction delights antis, raises some questions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One wonders if this reader would apply the same principle to car, truck or motorcycle owners whose vehicles are stolen, and later wind up involved in crimes. How many stolen cars are used in crimes, or are involved in crashes – sometimes fatal – and the owner walks away clean? In those cases the car owner is generally considered a crime victim; after all, he/she didn’t cause the crash. If one’s firearm is taken without permission, is the gun owner not also a victim of theft?
 

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