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Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: http://www.selfdefensegunstories.com/

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Though it is seldom mentioned in the news, we defend ourselves thousands of times every day. This week we talk about four recent examples of armed defense. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have a plan?

Here is what we should do in their place.
 

PA: Would-Be Pizza Shop Robber Stopped Cold After 14-Year-Old Shoots Him In The Face, Police Say
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A 14-year-old boy shot a would-be robber in the face Thursday after the man attacked the boy’s father at a pizza shop in Philadelphia, police say.

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Submitter's note: train your kids and keep the gun handy
 

PA: 14-year-old son of pizza shop employee shoots would-be robber in Spring Garden
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The 14-year-old son of a Philadelphia pizza shop employee shot an armed robbery suspect who started choking one of his parents, police say.
 

Stanford’s John Donohue on Guns, Mass Shootings, and the Law in the U.S.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The case is tragic on so many levels, but it drives home something we see much too frequently: guns bought by parents for themselves and for their children, are used by children to commit mass murder. Of course, one of the most egregious cases was the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 where Nancy Lanza had purchased an assault weapon and made it available to her deeply troubled son. There was no need to prosecute her because she was the first person he murdered.
 

MD: A US Army Veteran Shot And Killed An Alleged Club-Wielding Maniac Who Threatened His Mother. Now He’s Up On Murder Charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A “goddam straight-up war hero” is facing first degree murder charges in Maryland after he fatally shot an alleged gang member in self defense, his attorney Mike Stark said.

Stark, a Democrat who has advocated for gun control, is defending Alejandro Gonzalez, an Iraq war veteran, who fatally shot an unidentified alleged gang member on Sept. 5 in Baltimore, Maryland, after he was allegedly threatened, according to Stark.

“I’m still pro gun control. I know generally speaking if you’re a good guy with a gun you’re firing second because good guys don’t fire first,” Stark said in a Thursday interview on The Vince Coglianese Show.
 

VA: Virginia Citizens Defense League Lobby Day 2022 Preliminary Information
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two of those gun-control laws intentionally affected Lobby Day. One law made it illegal to carry on the Capitol grounds, including in the Capitol and General Assembly buildings. The second law allows localities to prohibit carry at permitted events or events that should have had a permit, which Richmond has in effect. The net result is that this year we can’t have a rally in Richmond or at the Capitol if we are armed, nor can we lobby if we are armed.
 

VA: Gov. Northam Wants $27 Million for Anti-Gun Propaganda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, lame duck Governor Ralph Northam announced that his proposed two-year state budget will include allocating $27.4 million of your taxpayer dollars towards anti-gun propaganda to further attack Second Amendment rights.

The proposal seeks to establish a so-called Center for Firearm Violence Intervention and Prevention at the Department of Criminal Justice Services. It is true that Virginia has a problem with violent criminals, usually repeat offenders, being allowed to roam society and not being held accountable for their actions, but Gov. Northam wants to focus on firearms and not on the criminals who misuse them.
 

Military dodges bullet in bill that could have stripped them of having guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When the bill was put together earlier this year, Section 529 would have allowed military magistrates to determine whether a person was “abusive”, and would essentially allow the removal of firearms, which Republican lawmakers said would have been without due process.

“It has to go through the proper due process, not the discretion of someone, to be able to come and take all of your rights, including Second Amendment rights. It’s very dangerous,” said Rep. Victoria Spartz, a Republican who represents Indiana’s 5th District.

She, along with 159 other Republican lawmakers, signed onto a letter, promising no support for the bill, if the provision remained.
 

Bankruptcy blocked, NRA bucks at effort to dissolve it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Friday morning in a New York courtroom, Eisenberg attempted for a second time to dismiss the suit that, if successful, would doom the organization to dissolution.

Eisenberg said the bankruptcy judge found LaPierre backs the organization’s self-correction, that a once-whistleblower is now acting chief financial officer, for instance. Because the New York attorney general had intervened and participated in the bankruptcy proceedings, collateral estoppel precluded her attempts to dissolve the nonprofit in New York.

But New York Judge Joel Cohen was skeptical.
 

CO: A Rittenhouse acquittal in Colorado? Longstanding self-defense laws would allow it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Idrogo testified he did not want to kill Archuleta, but the man would not leave him alone. When the jury found him guilty of manslaughter and he faced life in prison without parole, the 29-year-old Idrogo cried out, “I haven’t even begun to live yet and you’re gonna bury me alive."

That was not the end of Idrogo’s case, as his conviction made it before the Colorado Supreme Court. His trial did not have something that Rittenhouse's had: An instruction to the jury that under the law, he had no duty to retreat from the encounter. The absence of that statement, the justices said, was wrong.
 

TX: Army sergeant indicted for murder in 2020 Austin riot shooting pleads self-defense: police investigator agrees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An Army sergeant faces life in prison for a shooting that happened at the height of the 2020 riots, and that he claims was in self-defense. The lead detective in the case ruled his actions were justifiable homicide. That detective has also accused the district attorney of illegal actions in a sworn statement.
 

GA: Why Bibb County Sheriff's Office says investigators ruled 6 homicides in 2021 as 'justifiable'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Macon-Bibb County set a record last week--logging its 53rd homicide of 2021. The homicide count is now one more than what the county saw in 2020 and the most since the Federal Bureau of Investigation started tracking annual crime numbers.

On Monday, Mayor Lester Miller called a news conference, stating the homicide figure includes accidental and unintentional killings.

Sheriff David Davis says not all homicides are murders. According to numbers provided by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, 42 of the 53 homicides this year are currently classified as murders.
 

PA: Response to Gov. Wolf’s veto of SB565 Constitutional Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Wolf proudly and defiantly vetoed SB565, “Constitutional Carry,” which recently passed through both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature.

In a statement regarding the veto, Gov. Wolf stated, “this bill would make gun violence worse and would put law enforcement officers at greater risk of harm.”

My question to him is “greater risk of harm from whom?”

Law-abiding Pennsylvanians do not commit criminal acts, nor do they pose a threat to law enforcement. Law-abiding Pennsylvanians are just that; law-abiding.

Signing SB565 into law would only empower law-abiding Pennsylvanians to protect themselves from criminals, by carrying their tools of self-defense concealed, without needing to seek the approval of “The Government”.
 

TX: New evidence prompts DA to dismiss charges against man accused in 2020 murder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man on trial for murder has been released due to new and crucial evidence proving the defendant's claim of self defense.

It was in July of 2020 when police were called to Mokry Drive near Carroll Lane and Gollihar Road at around 3:30 a.m. That's where they found Frederick Rice suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Detectives eventually arrested 26-year-old Jared Naranjo for the murder.

Naranjo's murder trial began this week, but prosecutors discovered new evidence that they said backed up Naranjo's claim of self defense.
 

AZ: 'Warning shots' a risk in self-defense, Tucson cases show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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However, there is no law that prohibits or enshrines warning shots, Charles Heller of the Arizona Citizens Defense League told me. Generally, you are justified in firing a warning shot if you also would be legally justified in shooting the person in self-defense.

Prosecutors who have charged a person claiming one of these defenses must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person was not acting in self-defense. That creates quite the incentive to claim self defense, and keeps prosecutors from filing some cases.
 

WA: Washington man fatally shoots suspected home burglar: ‘I have the right to protect myself'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Washington state man shot and killed a suspected burglar and opened fire on another inside his home early Thursday, saying "I have a right to defend myself."

Jerahme Smith, 31, told Fox affiliate KCPQ-TV in Seattle that he was in his Spanaway home with his sister when two men kicked in a back door. One of them had a weapon, prompting Smith to open fire in self-defense, he said.
 

OR: Oregon group gathers signatures for gun reform initiatives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A coalition of faith and community leaders in Portland is trying to gather signatures for two gun reform initiatives to appear on the November ballot.

The city has had its worst year of gun violence on record. This past week, another young life was lost when 19-year-old Keion Brown was shot and killed in the Bridgeton neighborhood.

This kind of violence is exactly what a coalition of faith and community leaders is trying to quell. On Friday, they talked about two key ways to do so and asked for the public's support.

"We have two ballot initiatives. We hope to have them on the ballot in 2022; that requires gathering 112,080 signatures,” said Lift Every Voice Oregon volunteer Liz McKanna.
 

CO: Boulder Finally Surrenders Appeal of Assault Weapon and Magazine Loss
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since March, the City of Boulder has been looking for ways to reverse its defeat in the NRA-ILA supported case challenging Boulder’s unlawful bans against commonly owned “assault weapons” and magazines capable of accepting more than ten rounds. This week, the City of Boulder finally abandoned its appeal of the lower court decision striking Boulder’s unlawful hardware prohibitions. Because Boulder’s appeal was dismissed with prejudice, Boulder cannot attempt to relitigate this case in the future.
 

IL: Chicago CCL Holder Defends Himself Against Another Armed Man in Alley
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We are not prohibited from getting into an argument while we are carrying our defensive weapon but doing so raises our personal responsibility for the outcome.

A Chicago Lawn man got into an argument with an unknown male in an alley about 6:45 AM. At some point, the male in a car brandished a firearm. The 37-year-old man then pulled his own gun and fired on the male in the car.

The man has an Illinois Concealed Carry License and FOID card. Local authorities indicated that the victim fired in self-defense. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was uninjured.
 

.357 SIG vs. .357 Magnum: Which Is More Powerful?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As two high performance medium handgun calibers, it’s inevitable that .357 SIG and .357 Magnum will be compared. Introduced in 1935, the .357 Magnum, was touted as a long-distance hunting round for small to medium game. It evolved into a great self-defense and law enforcement round that could penetrate car bodies and other types of light barriers.

The .357 SIG was introduced in 1994 as a round with the same power as a .357 Magnum, and would fit in a 9 mm and .40 S&W-sized semi-automatic pistol. An advantage of the .357 SIG is that it can be chambered in pistols with detachable magazines, providing potent firepower to shooters.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908 [by an Indian extremist opposed to Gandhi's agreement with Smuts], whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence. Hence it was that I took part in the Boer War, the so-called Zulu Rebellion and [World War I]. Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor. — Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India, August 11, 1920 from Fischer, Louis ed.,The Essential Gandhi, 1962

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