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MI: Guard's accidental gunfire in Oxford school raises issue of arming school employees
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The accidental discharge Monday of a security guard’s handgun in a staff bathroom at Oxford Community Schools in Oakland County had at least one parent saying the incident points out the risk of arming adults in schools to prevent shootings.

The suggestion to arm adults in schools, including teachers, gains attention after each school shooting, including the tragic rampage last year at Oxford High School that left four students dead.

Monday’s incident at Oxford Middle School, which is on the border of Oxford Village and Oxford Township, occurred when a school security guard was using the single-stall staff restroom, near the field house, and he placed his handgun on a door hook, the school district said in a statement.
 

Our Freedoms: Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The principle that a man’s home is his castle goes back to the days of the Roman Republic. It was adopted into English law and came with the colonists to America. Today, twenty-three states have a castle doctrine. These can vary slightly from state to state, with some states narrowing their right to use deadly force against an intruder. In some states, one must prove that an intruder attempted to commit a felony. Thirty-six states have a “Stand Your Ground” law, a right to self-defense using deadly force if deemed reasonably necessary to defend against certain violent crimes. The rest of the states have “Duty to Retreat” laws.
 

Wendy Howard trial: Self-defense or murder? Attorneys dispute moments before shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“When he gets irate, there is a look that overcomes him,” Lidgett said when he described the interaction. “It is a look that Wendy has seen before. Wendy has been beaten by him, she’s been strangled by him, she’s been raped by him. She was also beaten by a baseball bat by him.”

He added, “She knows that look. When she came out and showed the photograph … she saw that look.”

Lidgett said Pitts began revving up the ATV — evidence shows the motorized vehicle was on. Pitts then grabbed the phone held by Howard, threw it into the bushes and approached her in a “creepy way,” Lidgett said. Howard pulled out a gun and shot him twice, he added.
 

NY: Churches challenge New York's ban on guns in sensitive locations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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More than two dozen churches and a socially conservative organization this week filed a federal lawsuit challenging New York's restrictions on guns in sensitive areas.

The lawsuit is the latest effort to challenge New York's law approved in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that found a century-old concealed carry law was unconstitutional. State lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul agreed to a measure that limited where guns can be carried as well as created new requirements for a concealed carry license.
 

TPUSA Ambassador Speaks Up for Women’s Rights When It Comes To Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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TPUSA Ambassador as well as the CEO and Founder of Alexo Athletica, Amy Robbins, is always on the frontlines to fight for our right to protect ourselves!

Amy was recently on The Chris Salcedo Show on Newsmax, speaking about the frustrating arguments made by the left regarding firearms.

The host, Chris Salcedo, asked Amy, “What makes you pull your hair out, the disingenuous argument from the other side saying you as a women don’t deserve to protect yourself with a firearm. What is the number one argument that just drives you up a wall?”
 

As Crime Spirals, Americans Bought Another 1.2 Million Guns in September
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Oh look! Another month with over a million guns purchased by law-abiding Americans. That sound you hear in the distance is a hundred red-shirted moms crying out in horror and anguish.

Oh wait…it was actually 1.2 million. Sorry, Shannon! September, if you’re keeping score at home, was the 38th consecutive month with gun sales over 1 million.

As the NSSF’s Mark Oliva tells us . . .
 

Democrats cheer credit card companies agreeing to track gun sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Three credit card companies announced in September they will voluntarily comply with a request from Democrats to create a system to identify gun and ammunition sales.

In letters to the CEOs of Visa, Mastercard and American Express, Democratic lawmakers, including Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, joined in urging credit card companies to create a new merchant code to differentiate gun and ammunition sales from other purchases.
 

PA: Philadelphia pushes for more gun control, enforces existing laws less
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Philadelphia’s attempt to create new gun restrictions was once again defeated by the judicial branch striking down a new city policy.

In response to a September shooting that killed Parks & Recreation worker Tiffany Fletcher, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order banning guns and other weapons from city recreational facilities.

“We will not tolerate the endangerment of children and families while they are in the care of our treasured community spaces, and we must do everything we can to protect the public, as well as the dedicated staff that make these facilities run,” Kenney said in a statement.
 

Firearms dealers now required to provide buyers’ addresses to feds for denied transactions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“The NICS process was never intended to hinder the ability of law-abiding firearms consumers by requiring the forced collection of unnecessary personal consumer data in bulk,” Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works, said in a press release. “Neither the ATF nor the FBI can act beyond authority of Congress and violate the Constitution by furthering the ultimate goal of creating an illegal firearms owner database.”

Gun rights advocates have also noted the new law doesn’t actually require the reporting of addresses for delays.
 

Judge Rules Bruen Doesn't Protect Felons 2A Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“… even with a longstanding general concern for public safety, history lacks direct examples about felons specifically,” he wrote. “But just because there are no straightforward examples does not mean the Court’s historical inquiry stops there.”

In truth, there’s no indication in the historical record that the authors of the Second Amendment ever intended to ban those convicted of felonies from possessing firearms. That goes double for the current lifetime ban that doesn’t allow convicted felons (of federal crimes which includes non-violent ones) to have their rights restored after serving their sentence and paying their debt to society.
 

Mexico: Mexico to Appeal Ruling Dismissing Its Lawsuit Seeking Damages From US Gun Companies for Mexican Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Mexican government has said it will appeal its loss in a lawsuit that sought to hold U.S. manufacturers and wholesalers of firearms liable for criminal gun trafficking into Mexico.

The announcement came after Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts ruled (pdf) on Sept. 30 in Mexico v. Smith & Wesson Brands Inc., court file 21-11269, that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) of 2005 shielded the companies from liability for the harms alleged by Mexico.
 

Inflation-proof gun sales over 1 million for 38 straight months
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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People may be cutting back on necessities due to a 40-year inflation high, but they are still investing in their safety.

According to the firearms industry and FBI, sales continue to rock at near record highs.

For the first time, gun sales have topped 1 million for 38 straight months, and 2022 is on a path to record the third best year ever, following 2020 and 2021.

“People are still buying guns like crazy,” said Justin Anderson, the marketing director for Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the nation’s largest gun shops.
 

Tulsi Gabbard ‘dusting off the cobwebs’ in firearm drill video
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gabbard shared that she had participated in firearm drills amid an obstacle course associated with the Tactical Games, an organization that contends it offers "a venue for all shooters and athletes to compete against the best in the world to find weaknesses and test gear in the most stressful environment a competition can offer."

"Slow is smooth, smooth is fast," Gabbard wrote. "Dusting off the cobwebs and gaining new skills. Thanks to The Tactical Games for an incredible day of training."
 

NY: Rochester community, state’s bishops address gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Addressing gun violence is a key public-policy issue for the bishops of New York state, said Dennis Poust, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference.

“The bishops are very concerned about the proliferation of guns in our society, whether it be handguns or assault rifles,” he said.

Poust said the state’s bishops were frustrated by a June 23 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that granted a constitutional right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense. The decision overrode a longstanding New York law requiring anyone seeking that right to provide a specific need for doing so. Poust said the Supreme Court’s ruling “was not helpful in establishing some reasonable limits with the right to bear arms.”
 

HI: County Council postpones taking action on proposed gun control measure until Oct. 18
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The measure outlines 10 categories of such sensitive places. They include: hospitals and medical facilities; schools and colleges; day care centers, playgrounds, parks and other places where children gather; churches; voter service centers; airports and public transit facilities and vehicles; government buildings, courthouses and judiciary buildings; private property open to the public; and bars, restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol.
 

OH: Ohio IHOP shooting victim sentenced for owning gun modified by 3D printer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Even if you use the firearm in self-defense, it is illegal to possess an automatic weapon like the one used in this case, and you are breaking the law,” U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker said in a statement. “My office will hold you accountable for these types of firearms and you will spend time in federal prison.”

According to court documents, Dews was working at the restaurant when he had an argument with another employee, Terrence Jones, 28, WKRC-TV reported.
 

MA: Supreme Court tosses Mass. gun law in latest Second Amendment win
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Massachusetts law places severe restrictions on the possession and purchase of firearms, including the ability to obtain a license to possess handguns, if convicted of nonviolent misdemeanors.

The Supreme Court on Monday vacated the ruling by a lower court that found the Massachusetts law constitutional.

The high court also sent the case back to the First Circuit Court of Appeals “in light” of its June ruling in the New York gun case.
 

CA: California Home Shooting Determined To Be Self-Defense, Couple Purchased Handgun Day Before Incident
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An alleged drunk home invader was shot on September 25th and law enforcement has determined the case to be self-defense.

A 22-year-old became heavily intoxicated and attempted to break into the home of a couple. The husband attempted to restrain the invader from breaking in and the two got into a fight on the threshold of the front door. It was then that the wife grabbed her newly purchased revolver, of which she got the day before, and fired shots at the invader to attempt to save her husband.

The husband only sustained minimal injures from the fight, but the shooting from the wife lead the invader to be pronounced dead on-scene.
 

WA: One Suspect Shot During Attempted Burglary At Residence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One man was injured during a self-defense shooting after two men attempt to steal from a Thurston County family.

Around 4:30pm, officers responded to a call about an attempted break-in and one man shot on the property of a Thurston County resident on the 1200 block of Oak Driver South East.

When police arrived on scene they found a man in his 50’s with a gunshot wound to the arm. During the investigation, the family members stated they heard a noise on their property. They noticed two ATVs parked near several storage trailers.
 

MA: Supreme Court vacates controversial Massachusetts gun control law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The case in question, Morin v. Lyver, centers around a controversial Massachusetts law that imposes strict restrictions on the possession and purchase of handguns, including the need for a license in order to purchase or posses a pistol. The law also includes a lifetime ban on purchasing handguns on anyone convicted of a nonviolent misdemeanor involving the possession or use of guns.

The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts originally found the law constitutional, but the Supreme Court on Monday ordered that ruling vacated and the case “remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for further consideration in light of New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen.”
 

NC: NC-Sen: Ted Budd's (R) Gun Shop Advertised Selling "Murder Insurance" To Domestic Abusers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ted Budd, North Carolina’s Republican nominee for Senate, is one of two sitting U.S. congressmen to own a gun store, and his advertises on its website an insurance provider that supports gun owners who face domestic violence charges. Some advocates and family members of gun violence victims have called insurance plans like this—which have also been advertised by the NRA—“murder insurance.”

Budd’s store, ProShots, is located in Rural Hall, North Carolina, and in advertising U.S. Law Shield insurance, the Senate candidate seems unnervingly willing to help customers who might use their guns from ProShots to hurt or threaten partners or family members.
 

New Walther WMP .22 Magnum Rimfire Semiauto Pistol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire has been with us for more than half a century. Relatively popular in rifles, it’s also been a favorite option for rimfire revolvers. Semiautos? Not so much. Today, other than KelTec’s PMR 30 and Rock Island Armory’s XT 22 Magnum series, there are...well, that’s pretty much it. Until now, with Walther’s introduction of the WMP or Walther Magnum Pistol.

Why are there so few? Mostly because it’s hard to get this cartridge to function reliably in a semiautomatic pistol. Jens Krogh, vice president of marketing and product development at Walther, said he believes the company has cracked that code.
 

Hurricane Ian: Takeaways and Lessons Learned
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Guns save lives, especially after a hurricane. It’s a fact Floridians have known for a long time. Even Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned this when he issued a not-so-subtle warning to would-be criminals seeking to take advantage of Hurricane Ian survivors:

“You never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home. And I would not want to chance that if I were you, given that we are a Second Amendment state,” DeSantis said Saturday.

Hurricane Ian taught us several lessons and reinforced several more – especially the need for dependable, modern firearms to secure ourselves, our families and our property.
 

Making The First Shot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The purpose of drawing your handgun from its carry position is to shoot your intended target. Whether drawn in combat (self-defense of an immediate violent physical threat) or in competition (shooting a pre-planned set array or stage of targets), the handgun must be rapidly deployed as to deliver the first shot on target as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Whether the “go” button is an active threat (personal combat) or in competition (shot timer), when it comes time to draw that muzzle from holster to target, shooting is shooting. In both scenarios the shooter must rely on their skill and training to make effective round placement on the target.
 

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