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CO: Pondering when there's a duty to not use deadly force
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But there is a moral principle, at least in my mind, that runs through all these cases; a principle that is largely ignored: the ethical imperatives regarding deadly force.

I used to ask my cadets about the use of deadly force (a particularly important conversation for students about to enter the profession of arms). Would they kill an intruder in their homes who was attacking a family member? Absolutely and for sure. I can’t remember a single cadet ever objecting to that action.

How about if the bad guy (or the guy you think is a bad guy) is running out of your house carrying your TV? Would you kill someone with a shot to the back in such a situation? Well, yes, said nearly all the cadets. They would take a life over a TV.
 

OK: Will a Stand Your Ground Self-Defense Claim Save Black Oklahoma Man Who Killed White Intruder? Legal Expert Says It Depends: ‘I Just Leave It to God’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With a criminal trial just two months away, Vicky Bratcher is remaining hopeful her husband, LaRue Bratcher, 34, will prevail in court.

“All of his three attorneys, they’ve all said this is a stand your ground,” Vicky Bratcher said of LaRue Bratcher, who has been charged with first-degree murder.

Around 1 a.m., on May 26, 2020, LaRue Bratcher was at his marijuana business, Premium Smoke, LLL, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, when he noticed Daniel Hardwick, 43, trying to break into his business. Vicky Bratcher says this was not the first time Hardwick attempted to break into the business.
 

Race-baiting Rittenhouse narratives don’t withstand scrutiny
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The idea that self-defense is a legal justification largely for white Americans and that no jury would ever acquit defendants of color who claim they acted in self-defense is absurdly reductive.

It’s also easily disprovable with a basic Google search.

Consider just some of the many non-white defendants acquitted of murder or attempted murder in recent years because of successful self-defense claims:
 

Is it Time for a New Concealed Carry Handgun Cartridge?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This makes me wonder why, with its growing popularity, we have not seen a new cartridge developed specifically for concealed carry. The most popular cartridge for concealed carry is the 9 mm; it’s been around for 120 years. The .45 ACP has been around for more than 100 years, and civilians have been carrying the .380 ACP for just as long. Yeah, I know, the .40 Smith & Wesson is only 32 years old and the .357 SIG only 28. Those are sorta new cartridges that are carried for self-defense, but they were not designed for civilians, they were developed for law enforcement.
 

VT: GunSense Vermont takes the side of criminal entities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Thoughtful people should wonder who GSVT is trying to protect — pedophiles, domestic abusers, or repeat offenders who illegally possess firearms? Rittenhouse’s attackers were all of the above, and GSVT takes the side of such criminal entities in their commentary.

Were the activities on that day a peaceful march like GSVT would have you believe? No, these law breakers were involved in a violent riot complete with looting and vandalism. The Rittenhouse verdict sends the right message, upholding the rule of law. Every citizen has the right to defend himself and herself.

Speaking of shooting defenseless victims, have you heard what Alec Baldwin has been up to recently? Where is your outrage, GSVT?
 

Progressives are ready to edit the Constitution. Are conservatives ready to answer?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Her Second Amendment is tweaked to get rid of all the icky stuff about guns and militias. Instead, self-defense is rooted in bodily autonomy, which is fair enough. But Franks would also give the government the right to take "reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of the public as a whole." More than a year into the pandemic, we can safely say there is no real consensus on what that means. And adding abortion to the Second Amendment, as she also does, may be the only possible way to make our most controversial amendment even more contentious.
 

IL: Concealed Carrier Shoots 1 of 2 Rottweilers Stopping Attack on Female Jogger
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Earlier this week, a woman in St. Charles, IL, was out for a jog around 9:15 AM when a Labberdoodle got out of its yard to “greet her in the street.” Soon after, two rottweilers came running out of the same house and attacked the woman jogger.

The homeowner was in her garage and saw the attack take place. She and another passerby ran to help the woman, trying to pull the dogs off her with no luck. Luckily, the passerby had an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit, drew his gun, and fired one shot into one of the dogs.

Both dogs released the victim, and the one that was shot died. There are no reports on the injuries the woman sustained.
 

NJ: Final Assembly Action on Gun Bills Planned for Monday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As previously reported here, the Assembly acted earlier in the week, passing several anti-gun bills out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee despite being deeply flawed and poorly drafted. Today, it was the Senate’s turn. Unlike the Assembly, the Senate has shown some restraint. However, make no mistake, there is nothing in this package that is even remotely close to acceptable. New Jersey already has some of the harshest gun laws in the country, and these bills are more of the same. They focus exclusively on law-abiding citizens, and do nothing to crack down on violent criminals or improve public safety.
 

MI: Fully armed population asking for trouble
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I am worried that, the more we go in the direction of allowing everyone one to roam, armed to the hilt, we will be a nation of “Shoot first, ask questions later.” Looking at the Kenosha incident and now knowing who Kyle Rittenhouse is, wouldn’t it be reasonable for someone who comes upon Rittenhouse on the street some evening to pull out their gun and shoot him? Who knows when he is going to feel threatened like he did that night that he killed two men and wounded another?
 

FL: Robbery trio convicted in 2016 self-defense fatal shooting of accomplice sentenced to prison
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The victim who shot Orvis and Gray was legally allowed to carry a handgun.

“This is one of those stories … when the armed citizen refuses to become the victim,” White said. “To me, this story is why we have the Second Amendment, so people can defend themselves. Because obviously the police can't be everywhere all the time.

“He refused to be a victim and I say good for him.”
 

MO: Man Shoots Intruder Breaking-In Through Kitchen Window
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A 60-year-old homeowner shot an intruder who attempted to break through his kitchen window.

When St. Louis Police responded at 11 PM to the scene of the reported burglary, they found Patrick Evans, 43, pronounced dead, lying on the back porch with a gunshot wound.

Evans initially climbed to the kitchen window, making noise that prompted the 60-year-old man to retrieve his gun and fire at him.

The 60-year-old man was taken into custody but later released as police are undergoing a homicide investigation.
 

OH: Ohio Senate votes to allow concealed carry of guns without training or background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Ohio Senate passed legislation Wednesday that will allow any Ohioans 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon, so long as they’re allowed to possess it under state and federal law.

Currently, Ohioans must pass a background check and demonstrate proof of eight hours of training to obtain a concealed carry license. Senate Bill 215 nixes these guardrails, along with a requirement that armed people “promptly” inform police officers that they’re carrying a concealed weapon during a stop.
 

NH: SIG SAUER Academy to Host 2nd Annual P365 EDC Championship
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual P365 EDC Championship at presented by USCCA at SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire August 3 – 6, 2022.
 

Some Questions To Ask Local Candidates For Office
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For instance, take your local prosecutor. The position may have the title of district attorney, state’s attorney, or commonwealth’s attorney, depending on your locale, but this is the person who often sets the tone for how prosecutors handle crime – or a self-defense shooting.

The county sheriff is another key player, they will often set the tone for law enforcement in most counties in the country. If you are in a city, then your local mayor and city council will probably be the ones who appoint a police chief.
 

TX: Delivery Driver Faces Two Robbers on the Street Late at Night
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It is 10:30 on a weeknight when you drive up to the address. You grab the pizza-bag in the passenger seat and carry the bag to the door. That is your job. You are a pizza delivery driver. Two young men run up to you. They are wearing masks. One of them has a gun pointed at you. He tells you to give him everything.

You have your Texas license to carry in your wallet. Your personal firearm is on your hip. The news article doesn’t say what you did with the pizza, but you present your firearm and shoot both of your attackers. Your armed attacker drops his gun so you stop shooting him. The other attacker runs away. You back away and call 911 for help.
 

CA: Newsom’s misguided proposal to target our Second Amendment rights
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Newsom said he will work with the Legislature and the state attorney general to craft a law that allows private citizens to seek damages of up $10,000, plus attorney fees, from any manufacturer, seller or distributor of certain firearms such as “ghost guns” and guns classified as “assault weapons.” The governor seems to be anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court may strike down some of California’s gun laws as unconstitutional infringements of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Under Newsom’s proposal, if that happens, citizens would be able to sue gun manufacturers in state court, potentially harassing them out of business in California.
 

MI: Michigan representative proposes bill requiring gun owners to safely store their weapons
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The mass shooting at Oxford High School has local lawmakers pushing for change.

Michigan representative Elissa Slotkin plans to propose the safe guns, safe kids act. That's much more likely to happen if it gets bipartisan support.

Lawmakers have tried to pass similar legislation in the past and failed. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin hopes this time will be different.

“It's a child safety issue, it’s not a second amendment issue,” Slotkin said.
 

NY: Gun Industry Trying To Block New York’s ‘Public Nuisance’ Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Under New York’s law, the state, local governments and crime victims are now able to file civil suits against the gun makers and distributors if they contribute to a “public nuisance” by failing to take adequate action to ensure their products aren’t used in unlawful activity.

But the firearms group’s lawsuit claims the new law is unconstitutionally vague and violates the industry’s federal protections against liability, including those laid out in a 2005 law known as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
 

Hollywood anti-gun activist mad over movie poster featuring 'white male kid' with toy guns
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Former actress Mia Farrow called out Disney over posters of its “Home Alone” reboot featuring a “white, male kid” holding two toy guns.

“In the age of mass shootings in schools-why two huge guns?” she tweeted on Wednesday alongside an image of the poster. “WHY???”

Farrow said “surely” Disney could have found “a more positive image” than “a white, male kid carrying 2 huge guns,” in a second follow-up tweet about the poster. “Really @Disney?” she added.
 

TX: GOP Targets Vulnerable House Democrats in Texas with Increased Latino Outreach
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"The Republican Party's old way of doing things is a guy in a suit and tie who lives on other side of the tracks doing a press conference at the safest country club, but he was never in the community," Muńiz said. "That doesn't work."

But now, with canned food drives across the state, events for moms on how to get politically involved, job fairs, and even a Second Amendment gun safety class for beginners, Republicans are increasingly meeting the community where they are, including in urban areas like San Antonio.

Daniel Garza, the executive director of the LIBRE Initiative, which has successfully been doing similar work for years, much to the chagrin of Democrats, echoed Muńiz without being prompted.
 

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