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Record Number of Gun Owners
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: https://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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There are many ways to measure gun ownership in the United States. Each method involves assumptions. Each gives a different answer.

There were about two million guns sold last month. Surely that means there are more gun owners. The anti-rights groups who want to restrict gun ownership say the opposite. They say those two million guns all went to a shrinking number of gun owners.

We can test that claim by the anti-rights bigots. It is ironic, but the same laws used to regulate gun ownership show us that there are more gun owners than ever. The good news is we see more gun owners in every segment of society.
 

Watch an Al-Qaeda Spokesman Talk About How Easy It is to Buy Guns in the U.S.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” Gadahn says in the video. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check and most likely without having to show an identification card.

Ed.: Would that it were.
 

FYI GOP – Guns Win — Again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As this column reported a few weeks ago, the Democrats are betting big on gun control for this election cycle.

That’s good news for GunVoters, that minority of us who, while perhaps not being one-issue voters, don’t trust a politician who doesn’t trust us with a gun. Republicans, however, seem oblivious to the opportunity.
 

Lies, Damn Lies, and School Shooting Statistics
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nice try. According to the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety — formerly Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America — there have been 160 school shootings since Newtown, adding up to approximately one per week.

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Guns aren’t really my thing. But I do follow the news pretty closely and the 160 school shootings claim — which I read in an AP story about debate over removing metal detectors from New York City public schools — didn’t sit right with me.

If there had been a school shooting in America every week since Newtown, I’m pretty sure I’d have heard about it. But, hey, maybe my bull detector is broken.
 

Civic Duty Self-Defense Round by G2 Research
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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G2 Research introduces its NEW Civic Duty round for serious self-defense.

Designed to reliably and quickly expand to 2.5 times its caliber, this new round delivers incredible attack stopping energy, large wound area and excellent penetration.

A “humble” 100-grain 9mm Civic Duty bullet will open up to 0.855 inches, creating a near-instant fight-stopping wound by effectively delivering all of its energy inside the target.
 

FL: NRA loses one in Florida -- really
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Essentially, the bill would have shifted the burden of proof to prosecutors, making them prove that a defendant was not acting in self defense. The effort came in response to a May ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that said people who used the defense had to prove they were acting in self-defense.

In voting against the bill, Rep. Carlos Trujillo, a former prosecutor who chairs the subcommittee, said the proposal would have made it more difficult to prosecute someone who killed someone in front of no witnesses.

"It's your defense," Trujillo said. "If you're alleging something, you have to prove it."
 

FL: State House panel votes down revision to 'stand your ground' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A push to alter Florida's contentious 'stand your ground' law may be finished for the coming year despite the high-profile support of several Republican legislators and gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association.

A Florida House panel on Tuesday narrowly voted down a proposal to change the existing law and require prosecutors to prove a person on trial using the 'stand your ground' defense was not in fact acting in self-defense.
 

FL: Open carry and Stand Your Ground gun bills advance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun rights advocates on Wednesday overcame opposition to two legislative proposals loosening firearms regulations. An expansion of the Stand-Your-Ground defense easily passed a Senate committee, but Rep. Matt Gaetz's open-carry bill was nearly ambushed by the Pinellas County sheriff during a House Justice Committee meeting.

Gaetz said his proposal is vindication of the Second Amendment. It would allow Florida’s 1.4 million concealed-weapons permit holders to openly carry handguns wherever they have a right to be.
 

PA: After attacks, a spike in gun-permit requests
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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By lunchtime Wednesday, in the middle of what has been a hectic week at the Chester County Sheriff's Office, 20 people already had shown up to seek gun permits.

That followed 39 applicants for permits or renewals on Tuesday, and 46 on Monday - at least double the daily average from last month.

According to Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the bump has everything to do with last week's terror attacks across Paris. "People are frightened and more aware of self-defense," she said.
 

ME: Retired Maine lobsterman challenges landlord's no-guns policy in court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A retired Maine lobsterman believes a rule against possessing a gun in the affordable housing complex where he lives has forced him to choose between losing his home or forfeiting his constitutional right to bear arms, his lawyer said Wednesday.

In a lawsuit filed this week in Maine Superior Court, Harvey Lembo, a 67-year-old former volunteer policeman who lives in Rockland, along the New England state's eastern coast, contends that Stanford Management, of Portland, Maine, presented him an ultimatum: Give up his firearm or face eviction.

"Mr. Lembo is a man with a substantial disability and of limited means," said Lembo's Boston-based attorney, Patrick Strawbridge. "He shouldn't have to make this kind of choice."
 

NRA, Republicans block proposed law to stop suspected terrorists from buying guns in U.S.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The NRA — and their gun-loving Republican cohorts — are refusing once more to stop terrorists intent on getting armed in the U.S.A.

A legal loophole allows suspected terrorists on the government’s no-fly list to legally buy guns, but a bill to fix that will likely wither on the vine. The federal Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act...remains a long shot due to its rabid pro-gun opponents.

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While the bill remained a nonstarter, more than 2,000 suspects on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist bought weapons in the U.S. over the last 11 years, according to the federal Government Accountability Office.

Ed.: And none of them actually committed any acts of terrorism, so maybe the NRA is right about due process?
 

TX: Locals voice their opinions on right to bear arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Place to Shoot is a gun range and adjoining gun store that sells guns and ammo off of Pleasanton Road in southern Bexar County. They also sport a busy shooting range where a wide variety of people practice shooting targets.

Owner Brock Wilkerson said he worked at the store in his 20s. A few decades later -- he bought it. Wilkerson said that his business focuses on safety.
 

OH: Should concealed weapons be allowed in schools in daycares?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ohioans are passionate about their Second Amendment rights. This week the state house passed a bill that could change the concealed and carry law.

"Right now firearms are very restricted as far as schools are concerned, which is a good thing because you don't want just anyone carrying a firearm inside of a school," said Jamie Bear, vice president of Special Tactics and Rescue Training (START) in Mingo Junction.

Under current law, you're also not allowed to take a concealed weapon into daycare centers, colleges, or even private aircraft. But a bill that is moving to the State Senate would change that. Those in favor argue it would actually increase safety.
 

NRA Video Going Viral After Paris Attacks is the Dumbest Thing You’ve Ever Seen
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the wake of the ISIS attacks on Paris, the NRA reposted one of it’s promo videos of TV host and Navy SEAL Marcus Lutrell, who apparently “has a message for Islamic extremists” who want to take his freedom.

The NRA provided the following description of what can charitably be described as the dumbest video in history:
 

Gun Sales, Concealed Permit Applications Surge After Paris Attacks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the days since the heinous terror attacks in Paris took 130 innocent lives and wounded hundreds more, Americans have flooded into gun stores to purchase new guns and sign up for concealed carry permit classes in their respective states.

And those buying guns include many who have never owned a gun before.
 

NRA Slammed for Not Supporting Law Giving Attorney General Arbitarary Power to Deny Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The New York Daily News had a colorful headline today accusing the National Rifle Association (NRA) of conducting a "sick jihad" for opposition to a proposed law, one the News asserts they are to blame for not passing, that would give the Attorney General carte blanche to deny both federal firearms dealer licenses and the ability to legally buy a weapon to pretty much anyone he chooses, under the rubric of those who give "material support" to terrorism and whom she believes is a threat.
 

One-on-one with Mark Kelly: Gun control, Gabby, San Diego and Space
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“In most states you can go to a gun show or buy a gun over the internet, without a background check and it just makes it easy for criminals and people who are dangerously ill to get firearms when they shouldn't. Hey, I’m a gun owner. I own a lot of guns, I’m a big supporter of the second amendment, the same time, I don't see why we can't make it harder for criminals to get guns, we should be able to do that,” Kelly said.
Kelly says universal background checks have been adopted in eight states, and their organization “Americans for Responsible Solutions” is working with dozens of others.
 

TX: On Intimidation, Civil Disobedience, Guns and Science
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Early in the morning the next day, I crafted a letter to the entire UT community and began sending the letter, one email at a time. I first sent copies to few members of the faculty of the College of Natural Science, then to colleague historians in Arlington, San Marcos, and College Station, where I had been invited to talk in the past. The letter came from the gut. It was a tirade. There was no logical justification for the presence of guns in MY office and classrooms, I argued. The rate of crime on campus was lower than that in our immediate vicinity.
 

Dana Loesch Joins NRA News As A Commentator With Falsehood-Filled Conspiracy Theory Video Attacking Background Checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Blaze's Dana Loesch joined the NRA's media arm with the release of a commentary video that falsely and conspiratorially suggested that President Obama could require a family member who gives another family member a gun to register as a federally licensed firearm dealer and open their house to inspection by the government.

Loesch is now listed on the NRA News website as part of its commentators series, which the NRA describes as showcasing a "new generation of advocates and activists for the Second Amendment." She is also employed by Glenn Beck's conservative network The Blaze, hosts a nationally syndicated conservative radio show, and is a frequent guest on Fox News.
 

Brazil: Reclaiming Their Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Violent crime in Brazil is out of control. In 2012, the latest year for which we have widely accepted figures, the World Health Organization estimated the national homicide rate at 32 deaths per 100,000 people, one of the highest in the world. In some regions criminal depredations are especially bad; the state of Alagoas featured a homicide rate more than double the national average.
 

TX: Self-defense comes down to a judgment call by jurors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Self-defense, as evidenced by the retrial of Raul Rodriguez that began Monday, often makes headlines and generally depends so heavily on specific fact patterns that it generally comes down to a judgment call by a jury or a grand jury.

In the case of Rodriguez, who was granted a retrial because the law on self-defense was not clear in the instructions that the jury received in his 2012 trial, his defense rests on the controversial law of "stand your ground."
 

FL: Senate Advancing Bill To Change ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Despite a similar House proposal that was previously killed, a bill to significantly change Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is advancing in the Senate.

A Senate committee voted 5-1 on Wednesday to approve a bill that would require prosecutors prove that self-defense wasn’t a factor before trying an individual using a stand your ground defense.
 

Trump: Paris Attacks Could’ve Been Stopped By “A Guy Like You Or Me” With A Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Donald Trump said on Wednesday that, if he or somebody else with a gun had been present during last Friday’s attacks in Paris, things would have gone differently.

“So they were just shooting people: ‘Next! Next!’” the former reality TV star told Boston radio host Jeff Kuhner. “Just people were totally defenseless. If you had a guy like you or me, or some other guys in that room that had guns, it wouldn’t have been that way, Jeff. You know. It wouldn’t have been that way.”
 

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To trust arms in the hands of the people at large has, in Europe, been believed...to be an experiment fraught only with danger. Here by a long trial it has been proved to be perfectly harmless...If the government be equitable; if it be reasonable in its exactions; if proper attention be paid to the education of children in knowledge and religion, few men will be disposed to use arms, unless for their amusement, and for the defence of themselves and their country. — Timothy Dwight, Travels in New England and New York [London 1823]

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