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MI: Prosecutor: deadly force justified in Greenville death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause said in a press release this week that Greenville resident Jess Braman was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed a naked stranger that broke into his home and would not leave on September 6, 2014.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety received a report at 6:55 a.m. of a naked man running through a Greenville neighborhood who was attempting to gain entry into a home at 303 West Grove Street. Officers began to look for the man. At 7:23 they got the info that the man was inside a home at 105 South Barry (Braman’s address). That was followed by the info that Braman had shot him.
 

95 school shootings since Sandy Hook, analysis finds
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There have been 95 shootings on K-12 and college campuses — an average of nearly one every week — in the two years since the deadly attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a new analysis by two anti-gun violence advocacy groups.

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Since then, 49 shooting incidents have occurred on K-12 campuses and 46 on the college or university campuses, according to the new analysis, which was done by two groups, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown For Gun Safety.
 

FL: Florida Has Had Eight School Shootings Since Newtown; Second-Most In Nation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida has had the second-highest number of school shootings among all states since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting two years ago. A study by a pro-gun-control group records nearly 100 shootings on campuses nationwide.

The report from the group Everytown For Our Safety counts any time a gun was discharged on a school campus, including assaults, murders and suicides.
 

2nd Amendmenters Can Break Out the Party Hats, ‘Cuz America’s Changing Its Mind About Gun Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Pew Research poll released on Wednesday has some excellent news for Second Amendment advocates: more Americans support gun ownership rights than ever before.

For the first time in over 20 years, a majority of Americans believe that it is important to protect the rights of gun owners:
 

Gun Rights Support Is At Highest Point
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 52 percent approval rating is the highest in two decades and is mostly because of change in attitudes among black citizens who are more and more starting to see guns as necessary for the safety of the public.

Pew discovered that 54 percent of all African Americans now claim that guns protect propel from falling victims to crime, when compared to 41 percent who claim that firearms are a safety risk for the public. Only two years ago, just 29 percent of African Americans said guns were a benefit for public safety.
 

TX: Police-state policing: Cop caught on video illegally harassing Second Amendment supporter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Houston police officer has been caught on video illegally harassing a Second Amendment demonstrator and attempting to destroy the evidence.

In a video, uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 6, a Texas man was openly carrying a gun-rights poster and an AR-15 in public — which is legal in the state of Texas — when the cop pulled up to question him.
 

WA: Indifference helped pass I-594
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ignorance and apathy have passed Initiative 594. A Dec. 5 story reports "Gun responsibility group calls for new measures."

Sandy Brown, president of the Center for Gun Responsibility, and coalition member Rory Graves consider the 60 percent passage of the bill a mandate. Sixty percent of less than half of eligible voters is pathetic, but it is what it is.
 

Democrats Bitterly Clinging to Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You’d think that after losing control of the House and Senate, Democrats would play a strategy in the 114th Congress that wouldn’t alienate them from the rest of the country. But led by lawmakers from Connecticut, the Left will fight the Republican majority to enact more gun control, specifically already-legislated universal background checks. “When you don’t pass background checks,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) lectured, “it’s just much more likely that someone will get their hands on an illegal gun and use it to kill their neighbors or their classmates.”
 

GA: Santa Claus is coming to this Georgia town ... with an AK-47
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Georgia gun club will host a charity fundraiser on Saturday where families can pose with Santa Claus along with the weapon of their choice.

Pick one: An AK-47, a pistol or a Special Forces assault rifle.

The guns have been “inspected, unloaded and deactivated for safety,” and only people over the age of 18 will be allowed to hold them. And no one under the age of 12 will be allowed past the lobby at the Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range.

The event has raised a few eyebrows, but this isn’t the first time that gun-totin’ families have posed with Santa Claus.
 

Gun Rights Support Rising: Americans Favor Gun Ownership Rights Over Gun Control, Poll Finds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Additionally, a new and even larger majority of 57 percent respondents said gun ownership does more to protect personal safety against crime than endanger it, up from 48 percent in 2012, according to the Huffington Post. This also explains the recent increase in gun sales.

Meanwhile, while Hispanics were the most pro-gun control demographic by a nearly 3-to-1 margin in the poll, conservative Republicans were the most pro-gun rights demographic by a margin of more than 4-to-1.
 

CCRKBA challenges lawmaker gun control group to reveal members, funding sources
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms threw down the gauntlet yesterday, challenging the newly-created American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention to “immediately publish a roster of their members, and disclose their funding sources.”

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, in a blistering press release, noted that “When an organization consists of elected public officials, there must be complete transparency. The public deserves to know who belongs to this organization, and who is providing financial support.”
 

Gun rights advocates call on Republicans to defund the government
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some gun rights advocates are urging lawmakers to defund the federal government over what they see as a major threat to the Second Amendment.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) says Republicans should vote against a trillion-dollar government funding package Thursday afternoon that would avert another shutdown in Washington, because it would also provide more than $1 billion in support for “Barack Obama’s anti-gun executive actions.”

“It ‘fights gun violence’ with $1.1 billion — an increase of $53 million,” said GOA’s chairman and executive director Tim Macy.
 

AK: Teens on Target teaches firearm use and self-defense to teenage girls
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Elaina Spraker said that the inspiration for Teens on Target came from a conversation with the couple’s son, now 24, whom she said enjoyed going to the woods to shoot with his friends. Elaina Spraker asked him whether his girlfriend, who sometimes went on the shooting trips, enjoyed it as much as he did.

Her son responded that the girls in the group usually hung back and often seemed intimidated by the guns.

“That’s when the wheels started turning,” she said.

The Sprakers applied for grants from the Friends of the National Rifle Association and sought the partnership of Kenai Safari Club International to begin teaching firearms classes targeted specifically for women and girls.
 

UK: London Gun Control Group Will Destroy Your Gun, Send You A 'Thank You' Note, For £5
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Founded by London artist McCrow, One Less Gun is a gun control group asking people to donate a firearm and £5 to cover the destruction of the firearm. The donor will receive a thank you note in the form of a bullet casing with the serial number of the weapon destroyed etched upon it.
 

FL: Evers Files Senate Bill That Would Allow Guns On College Campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen Greg Evers R-Baker proposed a measure Thursday that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities. Evers represents Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and portion of northern Okaloosa County.

The proposal filed by Evers in identical to the bill filed in the House by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota.

It comes after an incident last month at Florida State University in which a gunman shot three people at the campus library before he was killed by police. The bills will be considered during the 2015 legislative session.
 

Obama’s FDIC, DOJ conspire to bankrupt gunmakers: Govt. report
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While overshadowed by the release of the Senate’s CIA torture report, the announcement of Attorney General Eric Holder’s racial profiling ban, and the highly anticipated testimony of the “Obamacare architect,” Dr. Jonathan Gruber, before a congressional panel, the House Oversight Committee chairman, Californian Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, released another report that got lost in the shuffle on Monday.

A part of the report reveals how President Barack Obama and his minions conspired against companies they disliked such as firearms and ammunition manufacturers with the goal of denying them access to bank loans and capital.
 

Everytown’s claim of 95 school shootings since Newtown draws fire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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However, the methodology of the report is something of a moving target as it categorizes every incident that involved a firearm in or around a school as a “school shooting,” even if it was an accident, gang-shooting, suicide, coincidental shooting, or one in which no one was injured.

“Bloomberg’s groups ignore the clearest point: the number of deaths from non-gang, non-suicide shooting deaths have been declining at schools over the last couple of decades,” Dr. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” told Guns.com Wednesday.
 

TX: Texas open carry is shooting itself in the foot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Could Texans soon walk around carrying loaded handguns in plain sight?”

So began a Star-Telegram article published in June 2008.

More than six years later, that question remains open.

It’s also top-of-mind for many Texans, including a number of incoming policymakers who have prefiled open-carry bills for consideration during the legislative session that begins in January.
 

OR: Walden cheers House-passed funding bill
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Stops funding for the UN Arms Trade Treaty: The bill blocks any U.S. funding from going to the United Nations to implement the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which Walden has strongly opposed due to its potential threat to Second Amendment rights.
 

TX: E. Texas gun rights supporters weigh in on proposed open carry bills
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“My thoughts are pretty much that if you have a CHL license, then we'll allow you to have an open carry because the security checks are there, the FBI checks are there,” says Flynn in a telephone interview.

House Bill 195, on the other hand, would allow unlicensed open carry.

“Unlicensed carry would be what some would call constitutional carry hinging on the idea that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed and so a lot of people view that license as an infringement on that right that's expressed in the constitution,” says Lee.
 

ABC, NBC Skip Poll Finding Massive Support for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In January of 2013, in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting, the networks aggressively pushed gun control and compared the struggle for new restrictions to the battle against the Nazis and segregationists. On Thursday, a poll showed support for gun rights to be at the highest point in 20 years. Yet, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today skipped the new survey. CBS This Morning gave it 18 seconds.

Anchor Charlie Rose revealed that "for the first time in two decades, more Americans support gun rights than gun control." He added, "A poll by the Pew Research Center says 52 percent believe it's more important to protect gun rights."
 

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