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PA: Many sickened by criminal charges against former police chief
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BRECKNOCK TWP., Pa. -
Berks County residents are stunned after news broke that a former police chief is now facing child pornography charges.

Robert Geist, formerly the chief of police in Brecknock Township, was once the top online distributor of online child pornography in Pennsylvania, according to investigators.

Geist turned himself in Tuesday in New Britain Twp., Bucks Co. Investigators there said they had linked massive amounts of child porn to Geist's home near Perkasie over the summer, less than one year after he had been overseeing the Brecknock Township Police Department.
 

CA: Judge: Gun waiting period 'burdens' 2nd Amendment
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A federal judge in California has ruled in a Second Amendment case that a state-imposed waiting period to take possession of a firearm is a burden on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

The ruling came in a challenge brought by the Second Amendment Foundation to the state’s mandatory 10-day waiting period to obtain firearms. The case, Silvester v. Harris, continues.
 

Winchester rolling out new Train & Defend practice and self-defense ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Winchester is gearing up to launch a new line of matched training and self-defense ammo specifically for new shooters. The new loads, called Train & Defend, are loaded to the same specifications so that users can practice with an inexpensive load that performs identically to the self-defense load.

They will offer eight loads initially for .380 ACP, .38 Special, 9mm Parabellum and .40 S&W, with one full metal jacket and one jacketed hollow-point load for each caliber.
 

Trayvon Martin's parents planning book
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Martin's parents are working on a book about the killing of their son and the trial and acquittal in Florida of George Zimmerman, publishers say.

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin met with publishers to discuss the book, the New York Times reported Friday. Publishing executives said the couple talked about the role of race in the killing and religion in their lives.
 

LA: The Second Amendment in Louisiana a year after Sandy Hook...
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A stronger focus surrounding guns came into play once the initial shock wore off. The country caught in a second amendment debate as major retailers suspended sales.

Days after the shooting, one Shreveport pawn shop sold fifty guns a day for weeks, many of which were assault rifles. These guns flew off shelves, ordered in bulk, and box filled with 30 round magazines for AR-15s became common place.
 

Why 'Better Mental Health Treatment' Won't Prevent Future Sandy Hooks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And while it is never hard to find details in the lives of mass killers that in retrospect look like red flags (such as an interest in morbid topics, firearms, or violent video games), almost no one who displays these purported warning signs becomes a violent criminal, let alone commits mass murder.

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"Over thirty years of commentary, judicial opinion, and scientific review argue that predictions of danger lack scientific rigor," notes University of Georgia law professor Alexander Scherr in a 2003 Hastings Law Journal article. "The sharpest critique finds that mental health professionals perform no better than chance at predicting violence, and perhaps perform even worse."
 

AZ: No Shooting Unless Zoned for it? Rancher Prevails Against Zoning Department
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An interesting case from Arizona, where a rancher was dragged into court on the unfounded pretext that he was illegally building a shooting range on his large acreage near Prescott. From the Daily Courier:
 

CA: A year after Newtown, 10,000 gun-related deaths and no congressional action
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire and gun control advocate, will soon have time on his hands and has shown an ability to use his wealth to defeat opponents of sensible gun control.

The 2014 election will soon be upon us. Gun control advocates and voters should show that blindly supporting the pro-gun lobby has consequences.

Gun restrictions might not have stopped the Newtown massacre, or the shooting in Colorado on Friday. But the nation must find ways to keep guns out of the hands of people with severe mental illness, and limit the firepower of weapons that have no legitimate use other than to kill other people.
 

FL: Public Defenders Back Revised ‘Warning Shot’ Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Florida Public Defender Association is supporting a measure which would grant immunity to people who show or fire guns in self-defense known as the “warning shot” bill by Rep. Neil Combee, a Polk City Republican.

An earlier version of the bill died during the 2013 legislative session, but the proposal is back for a second try during the upcoming 2014 session — with some key changes that backers hope will propel it to passage this time.
 

FL: North Florida Coed Wins Second Amendment Victory
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Florida appeals court rules that colleges can't ban students from having guns on campus for self-protection, bringing us one step closer to the day schools are predator-free, not-gun-free zones.

Alexandria Lainez won't be able to carry her firearm around campus in her purse or book bag, but she can keep it in her car parked on campus, available for self-protection, or in case a madman decides to shoot up the University of North Florida.
 

White judge says he sent a white man to prison because of racial bias
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Wint was shot and killed outside a movie theater in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn when the two men got into a fight involving Kagan's gold chain necklace, Barbaro said.

Barbaro said he gave little consideration to the self-defense argument presented by Jeff Adler, Kagan's attorney, because he was blinded by his experience as a civil rights activist earlier in life.

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When Barbaro read the court transcripts, he said, it became apparent to him that he ignored undisputed facts that support Adler's self-defense argument. Kagan tried to walk away from Wint twice during the verbal and physical altercation, Barbaro said.
 

TX: Steve Stockman is a loose cannon - be very afraid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Strauss repeats the list from The Daily Beast and adds more outrageous transgressions and offensive remarks. Typically ones which only offend stuffed shirt politicians and self-righteous Obamaphiles. How dare Stockman threaten to impeach President Obama if he tries to restrict gun rights by executive order, a concern shared by many Republicans and not likely to hurt Stockman a bit in a Texas election.
 

NC: Charges expected against men shot at Monroe business
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It appears the two men pulled open the shooter’s car door and pistol whipped him, police say. He responded by opening fire. Both men, 24-year-old Jarvis Miller and 23-year-old Jermaine Blakeny, were shot in the buttocks and they ran. One of the men was also shot in the arm. They were transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and were both conscious and alert when they left the scene, according to police.

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At this time, police say the shooter will not be charged because this does appear to be a case of self defense. Police expect the two men will face robbery charges.
 

Bloomberg’s anti-gun money fails to get results in Congress
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to the left-leaning Sunlight Foundation, “Thanks in part to outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, gun control groups could match or outspend gun rights forces in 2013 electoral contests, and are heading into 2014 with formidable campaign war chests.”

It was Bloomberg, via his “Mayors against Illegal Guns,” who has injected millions of dollars into electing anti-Second Amendment candidates.

But while Bloomberg’s spending has netted some wins (Cory Booker and Jesse Jackson Jr.’s replacement, to name two), Advertising Age has a front-page piece today detailing the dismal return-on-investment for the largely Bloomberg-funded anti-Second Amendment advertising spend over the past year.
 

Gun-Control Dishonesty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Earlier in the year, as the gun-control movement tried clumsily to transform an abomination into a cudgel, the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker distilled its problem into a single sentence. “Nothing proposed in the gun-control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Parker contended plainly, “and everybody knows it.”
 

PA: Legislators renew plastic gun ban as nation remembers Sandy Hook
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This week, the Senate joined with the U.S. House of Representatives to approve a 10-year extension of the prohibition against guns that can go undetected by metal detectors and X-ray machines used in a variety of buildings and schools to provide another layer of security.
Local lawmakers, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic Sen. Robert Casey, along with Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, were supportive of the renewal of plastic gun ban but are split on what, if any, additional restrictions are needed.
 

CO: Colorado Senate welcomes newest member, Democrat Rachel Zenzinger
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Zenzinger took the seat held by former Sen. Evie Hudak, a Westminster Democrat who resigned last month as Second Amendment activists were mounting a recall effort against her for her gun votes.

“It is obviously a day of mixed emotions,” said Senate Minority Leader Rollie Heath, D-Boulder. “Sen. Hudak said to me, ‘I love this job,’ and we all know she did. She brought forth a spirit that cannot be denied. But we need to look to the future.”
 

CO: Assailant Dead After Shooting at Colorado School
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The student did not try to hide the shotgun he carried into Arapahoe High School at 12:30 p.m. Friday. He sought to confront a teacher, law enforcement officials said, and asked his classmates where he could find him.
 

MO: What's an Olivette man doing running pro-gun website?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sitting inside a Starbucks, sipping black coffee, joking with the baristas, Dan Zimmerman doesn’t look like a gun guy.

He looks like a guy who might work in accounts receivable, which is what this Olivette resident did for years. He is 53, balding, wearing tortoise shell glasses, carrying a little extra weight and dressed in the beige tones of business casual. He smiles easily. He is working on a laptop at a back table.

He also might be packing heat. Could be his .38 snubby. Maybe his Kahr 9 mm. He won’t say.

“I really don’t talk about that,” he says.
 

The year since Sandy Hook has not been squandered
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Happily, we can say no to both questions. In the 12 months since the Sandy Hook shootings, grassroots activists have been busy and successful. When our reporter Colleen Dunne began to research our Page 1 story, she and we believed it would be a long list of defeats for those who want gun violence put under control. Thanks to the passion and hard work of people like Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action and Vincent DeMarco of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and thousands of others, the year since Sandy Hook has not been squandered.
 

UT: What will it take to disarm gun lobby’s fear campaign?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s good for all of us to learn factual information and, thanks to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Dec. 7 issue, readers now know that Utah’s concealed weapons permit sales have reached a half-million!

Shall we celebrate the reality that so many people in Utah and across the United States have succumbed to the fear generated by an aggressive decades-long campaign by the NRA to promote conceal-carry laws? The primary and intended beneficiaries of this campaign of fear have been the firearms dealers, manufacturers and instructors.
 

Richard Slotkin on Guns and Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ahead of the one year anniversary of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 school children and six educators, Bill speaks with cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin about the role of guns in America’s national psyche.
 

FL: Florida court rules college students have Second Amendment rights too
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In a 12-3 ruling, a Florida District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that public universities may not prohibit college students from keeping guns in their cars when permitted by state law.

Although the outcome turned on the relatively mundane question of whether Florida law pre-empted colleges from making their own firearm regulations – Florida law currently bans guns on campus except for in parked cars – the judges trumpeted their respect for the Second Amendment and students’ right to self-defense.
 

CA: Still waiting for a vote
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It's not because there hasn't been a bill on which to vote. I have written and introduced bipartisan legislation expanding comprehensive and enforceable criminal background checks to cover commercial firearm sales such as those at gun shows and over the Internet. It is the same legislation that was authored by A-rated NRA Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and supported by a bipartisan majority in the Senate.
 

RI: Exeter votes on recall of 4 Council members over gun rights issue
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On Saturday, which happens to be the first anniversary of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., that ignited a national gun debate, Exeter residents will vote whether to oust four Town Council members because of a stance they took on guns.

The rare recall election is the culmination of months of lobbying by gun-rights advocates and other local petitioners. They want to remove four of five council members because they asked that the state attorney general handle all local applications to carry concealed pistols.
 

NY: NYSRPA’s Response to Senator Klein’s Assertion ‘Gun Control Has Made New York Safer’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Apparently Senator Klein has been too preoccupied with other things lately to notice that the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women disagrees with him. In a report filed by WCBS 880′s Monica Miller on Tuesday, NOW-NYC president Sonia Ossorio said that reported rapes have gone up 57 percent since 2009.
 

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