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MI: School board president to legislators: Stop taking money from gun lobby
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education president encouraged Michigan legislators to stop taking money from gun lobby groups and start listening to their constituents.

There is overwhelming support for common sense gun law across the country, said Deb Mexicotte at Wednesday's school board meeting.

"We are hanging on by our fingernails to keep the most vulnerable population safe from this lunacy," she said. "There is no right in this country that does not have reasonable restrictions. How is this different?"

Guns in schools have been a topic of conversation in Ann Arbor since March, and the school board has taken a firm stance against allowing guns in schools, including passing policies that ban guns ...
 

Every Picture Tells A Story, Part Three
Submitted by: John Richardson
Website: http://onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com

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The sea change in the legal status of concealed carry in the United States described below in graphic form follows a still ongoing grass roots effort at the state level, yet with national implications. There is now a fundamental recognition by the American public that giving advantages to criminals over law-abiding citizens, by means of law, is a logical and moral error. This realization has driven the liberalization of state level laws regarding concealed carry since Florida led the way in the modern era beginning in 1987.

Today, Maine becomes the 7th state to have constitutional carry. The number of Americans living in shall-issue or constitutional carry states is, as of today, 3/4s of the population.
 

MI: Guns in schools are a lesson in complete stupidity
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Whoever came up with the notion of allowing concealed guns in schools deserves a big, fat F in common sense.

Because they clearly have been spending too much time in the fiction section of the library.

The idea that children will somehow be safer if we introduce more guns into school buildings is stupid to the point of being offensive.

Do we really think that we are safer introducing more guns into public places when the folks who run courthouses - spots already teeming with armed police - don't even allow the public to carry guns inside?

Clio Superintendent Fletcher Spears III, who testified in support of the legislation to allow concealed permit holders to carry guns in schools, said he believes in the right to bear arms.
 

Kudos to Olive Garden
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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​CEO​​​ apologizes to police officer who was booted from OG. OG states armed citizens can carry there too, in compliance with local law.
 

This video has a chilling start, but it makes a great point about the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment is more than 220 years old. When it was written, the world did not have machine guns, assault rifles, or tanks, instead relying on clunky muskets that were a pain to reload.

Yet as a video from States United to Prevent Gun Violence points out, America's lax gun laws are often based on a reading of the Second Amendment that makes it hard to pass restrictive gun laws, even as our weapons get much, much deadlier.
 

WI: Campus Carry Act Circulated for Co-Sponsors, Time Short … Action Needed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The ‘Campus Carry Act’ has been introduced by Rep. Jesse Kremer (R) and State Senator Devin LeMahieu (R).

The bill would allow students and faculty to be armed for self-defense inside of public universities and buildings. This common sense upgrade to Wisconsin’s concealed weapons law could only be opposed by the delusional creeps who prey on the helpless or by the ignorant anti-gun zealots who prefer unarmed victims.
 

CA: California ballot measure seeks to tighten strict gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The lieutenant governor of the state with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation announced a voter initiative Thursday aiming to create even greater restrictions, including making California the only state to require on-the-spot background checks for ammunition sales.

The measure drafted by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, also would require owners to turn in large-capacity magazines and report when their weapons are stolen. It comes in the wake of high-profile killings nationwide and three in the San Francisco Bay Area that were tied to stolen guns.
 

Greta van Susteren Comes out for Bullet Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is not a novel idea -- the notion that the route to gun control is not by attacking the right to bear arms which the U.S. Supreme Court has declared to be both an individual and a national right, but to use that old standby, regulation, to dry up the supply of bullets. It was that idea that was endorsed by Fox News host Greta Van Susteren when she appeared on ABC’s “This Week”:
 

NY: Gun range faces an obstacle: shooting ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A 1970s-era City of Kingston law that bans shooting guns within city limits could complicate a local doctor's proposal to build Ulster County's first indoor shooting range in midtown.
Adam Soyer, a Kingston orthopedic surgeon, is looking to bring the gun range to a property he owns on Prince Street.

The project is being considered by the city Planning Board.
But a city ordinance, passed by the Common Council in April 1978, could complicate matters.

The law says that "firearms shall not be discharged within the city limits." The law makes exceptions for self-defense and "official duties" but punishes repeat violators with up to a $100 fine. The purpose was to "promote the public health and safety and to protect the public."
 

“You’re Incompetent!”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Rape, robbery, and attempted murder are not typically actions rife with ambiguity or subtlety, requiring special powers of observation and great book-learning to discern. When a man pulls a knife on a woman and says, ‘You’re coming with me,’ her judgment that a crime is being committed is not likely to be in error. There is little chance that she is going to shoot the wrong person. It is the police, because they are rarely at the scene of the crime when it occurs, who are more likely to find themselves in circumstances where guilt and innocence are not so clear-cut, and in which the probability for mistakes is higher.”
 

ME: Portland police chief says gun law change puts citizens, cops in danger
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police Chief Michael Sauschuck on Wednesday said a change in state law allowing residents to carry concealed handguns without permits in public will make the state a more dangerous place.

“When this legislation goes into effect tomorrow – police officers and sheriffs around the state – their lives will be in danger,” Sauschuck said. “Our citizens, their lives will be in danger.”
 

Palm Pistol .38 Special Is In Production Release
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Palm Pistol .38 SPL defensive gun, designed for people with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, and other degenerative joint and muscular conditions, is now coming to the market. We’ve been following the device for many years now, since the initial brouhaha when there was a rumor that the FDA has formally designated the gun as a medical device, and so eligible for Medicare coverage of associated costs for qualified patients. Since then, the FDA has supposedly rescinded its registration of the device.
 

Come And Take Them, Adolf Hipster
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As Jenn Jacques noted here several days ago, anti-gun leftists from the White House on down are attempting to exploit the Umpqua Community College mass murder to call for dramatic restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of Americans. Some are even screaming for outright repeal.

Our friends at Reason pointed out just how difficult that repeal process really is with a tongue-in-cheek video.
 

FL: Stand Your Ground Burden of Proof Could Change
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A five year old ruling by the State Supreme Court requires people claiming stand your ground immunity to go to court and prove they feared for their life or safety. But Legislation being heard next week would shift that burden…. to prosecutors…making them prove someone is not innocent.

Marion Hammer from Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the states chapter of the NRA says the issue is simple…“You are innocent until proven guilty.”

“They created a special Stand Your Ground hearing, and reversed the burden of proof, making a defendant who exercises self defense guilty until they can prove themselves innocent” says hammer.
 

Gun Test: Rock Island’s High-Cap 10mm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If new offerings in 10mm Auto—both handguns and ammunition-are any indication—I would predict the cartridge is steadily regaining traction. Why the recent interest in 10mm? What niche or purpose could it fulfill? Since stumbling right out of the starting gate in a maelstrom, the 10mm almost experienced a quick and painless death. We are quite fortunate the 10mm didn’t vanish from history. Overshadowed by the .40 S&W, the 10mm is beginning to regain acceptance by the shooting fraternity and hunters alike who enjoy powerful, versatile semi-autos.
 

RI: Americans' fatalism abets gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I was wrong about something. It was in 1998, the year two boys, ages 11 and 13, opened fire on their schoolmates in Jonesboro, Ark. They killed four girls and a teacher.

It was unimaginable — so sickening that it had to change things, or so I essentially wrote.

And I was so wrong.

Columbine was yet to come, and Virginia Tech, Newtown and Roseburg, Ore.

In between came more mass shootings.
 

KY: Police interviews, 911 calls released in case of gun shop owner charged with murder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Albright waived his rights and gave a statement to police, saying he yelled for the man to put his gun down.

“The third time I poked back around with the gun, took aim, saw the gun barrel come up and I fired three or four rounds until I saw the threat as stopped,” Albright said.

Both brothers were shot. Cameron was pronounced dead. Kyle wounded. Their sister told police that Kyle had stolen Cameron's gun and was acting irrational and Cameron was trying to stop the situation.

“That guy shouldn't have came out and started shooting, too,” sister Amanda Waits told a police detective. “Yes, I understand there was some guy with a gun in the parking lot, waving it in the air and shooting it at the ground.”
 

Black Ink Is Spilling From The Atlantic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Did you know that your right to bear arms is racist? That seems to be the message that the editors of Atlantic magazine want you to take away from an article published in late September, “The Slave-State Origins of Modern Gun Rights.” The authors, academics with specialties in American history and law, make the case that “… what (gun-rights) 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.”
 

‘Smart guns’ can decrease youth suicides, safety advocates say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Developing so-called smart guns that can be activated only by an authorized user is key to reducing suicides among youth and violent deaths in general, gun-safety advocates said Thursday at a Seattle symposium.

“Smart guns are not going to reduce gun deaths to zero in the United States, but they will offer us a very, very substantial benefit, the savings of lives,” Stephen Teret, director of the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in an interview.
 

FL: Sarasota state Rep. Greg Steube answers hypocrite calls by filing bill to allow guns in government meetings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, decided he was tired of being called a hypocrite over a bill he filed this session to allow concealed-carry permit holders to have guns on college campuses.

"All these media people were asking me, 'Well doesn't that make you a hypocrite since people can't carry into Legislature meetings?'" Steube said. "So now I'm saying, OK, you think I'm a hypocrite? Here you go."

Steube filed a bill this week to allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring guns into local government meetings, Florida Legislature meetings and career centers. And though the shouts of hypocrisy prompted Steube to file the legislation, it wasn't his only motivation.
 

WI: How Guns on Campus Became a Live Issue in Wisconsin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wisconsin was one of the last states to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. Now it is in the vanguard of the debate about whether allowing guns on college campuses will protect students or put them more at risk of violence. How did the state get there?

Under a 2011 law, citizens with the proper licenses can already carry concealed firearms in public, including onto the campuses of public colleges in Wisconsin. But an exception in that law allows public colleges in the state to ban those weapons from campus buildings, and all do so.
 

AZ: ASU's gun policy: What's allowed, what's not and what's next?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After one student was killed and three injured in a confrontation on NAU's campus on Oct. 8, some students have been talking about ASU's policy regarding guns on campus.

ASU, as well as UA and NAU, bans the "use, possession, display or storage of any weapon, explosive device or fireworks" on property owned by or used by any of the three universities per the Arizona Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct.
 

TX: Getting Cocky on Campus Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jin has noted the odd contrast of state laws that allow guns on campus but prohibit the public display of dildos — so obscene! — at the same location. A deadly weapon? Allowed. A sex toy? Not on your life. Jin’s not just playing provocateur; she gave her astute take on masculinity, power and sexuality in an interview with The Guardian: “The dildo has proven itself to be interesting fodder for commentary on what our society does and does not consider ‘obscene.’ The narratives surrounding sexuality (or just dildos, in this case) and guns are more intertwined than one would expect, and more similarities seem to unfold every minute.”
 

MT: Daines, Zinke, Fox rally to stop Missoula gun ordinance requiring background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Contrary to the opinion of the city attorney, whom I respect, I believe that Missoula’s proposed gun control ordinance is prohibited by state law and likely violates our constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” Fox said in his statement.

His office released no further details about his opinion and cited no statute from which he based his finding. When asked for further comment or clarification, his press secretary, John Barnes, said no further details would be forthcoming.

“At this point, no one with proper legal standing to do so has requested an attorney general’s opinion from this office per the guidelines in (statute),” Barnes said.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Asked if a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce crime, Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control Inc. says, "Let's pass the law and find out." --REASON magazine, May 1991 ("Gun-Shy Judges" by Jacob Sullum)

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