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MI: Police chief, schools superintendent disagree on arming teachers
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The vast majority of teachers and students don't like the idea of guns in schools, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti of the Detroit Public Schools Community District said on Thursday, but Detroit Police Chief James Craig believes there should be exceptions.

Craig and Vitti did agree during a Detroit Policy Conference panel discussion Thursday that arming teachers is not the answer to the nation's struggle with school shootings.

"The difference in our country is the easy access to weapons," Vitti said. "Weapons are used to kill people. Why... are we allowing weapons to fall in the hands of children? ... I say adults in general, but especially children. Adding more guns increases likelihood they'll be used."
 

SD: Pro-Gun legislation on the Move
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the South Dakota Senate passed House Bill 1271 by a 28-6 vote. This important self-defense legislation will now head to the desk of Governor Dennis Daugaard for his signature. On Monday, the South Dakota Senate is scheduled to consider pro-gun legislation, House Bill 1209. Please contact Governor Daugaard in support of HB 1271, as well as your state Senator in support of House Bill 1209 when it comes up for a vote.
 

Gun laws that actually prevent child injuries, new study shows
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The real effects of most gun laws are unknown due to a scarcity of evidence, a new and far-reaching systematic review of US gun policy finds.

The analysis, which was intended to seed the gun debate with nonpartisan data, did find “credible evidence” that child-access prevention laws reduce unintended firearm injuries to children. These laws, which require guns to be stored safely, also reduce self-injuries and suicides, say the researchers at RAND, a nonprofit research organization.

Access prevention laws reduce unintended firearm injuries to children and also reduce self-injuries and suicides, the evidence suggests, researchers at Rand found.
 

We Can’t Make Schools Safe Unless We Get Government Out
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If we want to do something about school safety in America, we need to get government out of it. No more new gun control laws from Washington. No more speeches from DC politicians. No more executive orders. No more legislation. No more bipartisan meetings about banning assault weapons, creating lists on the “mentally ill,” or abandoning due process. It’s time for government to do what it’s supposed to do in a situation like this—nothing.
 

ID: Hundreds of worshipers bring AR-15 rifles to blessing ceremony at Pennsylvania church
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A church ceremony inviting hundreds of people to bring their high-powered rifles sparked controversy and protest Wednesday morning in part of the Poconos.

The ceremony at Sanctuary Church near Newfoundland started at 10 a.m. and wrapped up shortly before noon.

Followers of the offshoot from the Unification Church came with their AR-15s which they believe are the rod of iron mentioned in the bible.
 

KS: Gun-friendly Kansas lawmakers consider some small limits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kansas legislators are considering "red flag" proposals to allow judges to temporarily confiscate guns from people deemed a safety risk and a measure designed to ensure that fugitives and domestic abusers are prosecuted for illegal gun possession.

While work on such issues could be seen as a shift in the political climate of a Republican-leaning state that's been friendly to gun-rights groups and their initiatives, it would not be a big one. Proposals to ban bump stocks, limit the sale of semi-automatic weapons or keep concealed guns off college campuses aren't being seriously considered this year.
 

Trump the 'Big Second Amendment Person' Becomes 'Trump the Gun Grabber'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Donald Trump's embrace of gun control during a meeting with members of Congress yesterday was startling to anyone who took seriously his pose as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment during his presidential campaign. But it looks more like a reversion to his actual opinions if you take a longer view.
 

Conspiracy to confiscate guns from Americans, says Colton resident
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Those who seek to disarm law-abiding Americans who own guns in order to protect themselves and their families have ramped up their attack on the National Rifle Association, portraying it as an evil entity that manipulates businesses and government.

But the NRA is merely an association that represents the gun owners of America. The power and influence of the NRA is the power and influence of the freedom-loving people of this country. The NRA is not a lobbying group for the gun industry; it is a group that defends the right of Americans to keep and bear arms.
 

Anti-gun Democrats Introduce Clinton-style Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced a bill last week similar to the Clinton-era Federal Assault Weapons Ban but with even greater restrictions. So far 163 of the 193 House Democrats have signed on in support of the bill. Cicilline’s rant against semi-automatic rifles is familiar:
 

OK: Committee Passes Permitless Carry Legislation to the House Floor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee passed permitless carry legislation, House Bill 2951. This important self-defense legislation now heads to the House floor where it will await full consideration. Please contact your state Representative and politely urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 2951.
 

NY: Second Amendment should not extend to assault weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Here’s my advice to the mighty NRA – you are tremendously misguided if you think the Second Amendment extends to assault weapons, machine guns, bump-stocks, etc. It does not, since it was written during the time of the musket. To all the self-serving weasels (politicians) at every state and federal level: find the courage to ban all assault weapons, and apply the death penalty (with no appeal) to those found guilty of selling such weapons. Then promote the national database for screening ALL applicants for gun ownership, including input from law enforcement agencies, mental health clinics and social work departments.
 

TX: Rapid-fire weapon not needed for hunting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So why in heaven’s name the debate about sales to any citizen, be that person age 18 or 80 of an assault type weapon or the fittings to render a weapon into assault capability? ONLY, and I stress ONLY, those in the work force who might need this weapon to perform their duties should be allowed to purchase such. That, I maintain, is a limited few: Any security force such as police, FBI, personal certified body guards (such as for the president), specialty guards (such as sensitive or dangerous materials or persons), and the active duty military when in combat.
 

First Look: Remington Golden Saber Black Belt Ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Remington expanded its self-defense ammo offerings in 2018 with the company's all-new Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition. This new load incorporates a novel bullet design that optimizes several components of the round's ballistic performance, including jacket retention and barrier penetration.
 

MO: Celebratory gunfire bill filed, supported by Jackson County Prosecutor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 2302, known as Blair’s Law, establishes that “A person commits the offense of unlawful use of a firearm if, with criminal negligence, he or she discharges a firearm within or into the limits of any municipality.”

McGee, who filed the bill with the blessing of Shanahan-DeMoss, traveled to the Jackson County Courthouse on March 1 for the press conference about Blair’s Law.

“This bill will save lives, and we hope that we will get a hearing, and it passes out of committee, and it gets a vote on the Missouri House floor this session,” said McGee.

McGee, a Kansas City Democrat, noted that the law will still protect lawful uses of guns, such as hunting, range shooting, or in self defense.
 

NC: Burr, Tillis should put their NRA bounty to good use
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So we can only assume that in the more than two weeks since yet another massacre-by-assault-rifle has devastated our nation and taken 17 lives, the pair has been hard at work coming up with $11 million worth of ideas to keep the children they represent safe, rather than sending up another vapid round of thoughts and prayers while students here wait for the next slaughter to occur in their own state.
 

MA: Prosecutor: Natick woman stabbed boyfriend in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Natick woman had to stab her boyfriend on Wednesday to stop him from choking her during a domestic assault, a prosecutor said in Natick District Court on Thursday.

But, Christopher McLaughlin, 19, was the actual victim, his lawyer Robert Costello, said during a hearing to determine if his client is a danger to the public.
 

FL: Black lawmakers: Armed teachers will increase gun dangers for minority students
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Racial tensions inflamed Florida’s emotional gun debate Thursday as black legislators warned that arming teachers will only expose African-American students to more gun-related danger.

“This is a recipe for disaster,” said Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, the Senate Democratic leader and member of the 28-member black caucus that opposes the school marshals program, the first statewide program of its kind in the country.
 

PA: Ladies Night Draws Crowd To Shooting Range In Poconos
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Inside Pocono Pistol Range in Stroudsburg, more than a dozen women learned more about shooting pistols in Thursday’s Ladies Night course.

Instructors say for the past few years, these classes have gotten more and more popular.

"We want everyone to be a responsible gun owner, we want them to learn safety, we want them to learn marksmanship and all the things that went with it. We're almost cultivating a new group of responsible gun owners,” said Bob Snell, an instructor for Pocono Pistol Range.
 

FL: Some advice for the young in fight for gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Know your enemy. She is 78 years old, less than five feet tall, earns $316,000 a year, packs heat in her purse and lives in Tallahassee. She is Marion Hammer, the Florida lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Long ago she lived in Gainesville, while her husband studied building construction. Reporter Mike Spies devotes an article to her in the current (March 5) New Yorker magazine. And David Cole, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, chronicles her control of the Florida Legislature in his book entitled “Engines of Liberty.”
 

AZ: Weapons on campus? Arizona House sends bill allowing non-lethal weapons on campus to Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Students could be able to carry non-lethal weapons on Arizona public college campuses if one lawmaker has his way. Proponents say the bill is needed to address safety concerns on campus, while opponents say the bill is too broad and could jeopardize safety.

The bill passed the House of Representatives 35-22 on party lines earlier in February and has been transferred to the Senate, where it awaits a hearing from the education committee.
 

FL: Florida County Restores Second Amendment Rights to Employees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Lake County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to allow county employees with concealed weapon permits to carry their guns while on the job.

Commissioner Josh Blake asked fellow commissioners to consider doing away with the county’s employee policy that prohibits the possession of weapons while on the job. Commissioner Wendy Breeden was hesitant but joined fellow commissioners in the unanimous decision to change the policy.
 

ID: Self-Defense Bill Goes to Senate Floor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On February 26th, the Idaho state Senate State Affairs Committee heard Senate Bill 1313 and voted to pass it with a 7-2 vote. This important piece of legislation, which has the backing of law enforcement and prosecutors, will improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves in Idaho. SB 1313 will now head to the Senate floor for further consideration. Please contact your state Senator and strongly urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 1313. Click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members.
 

WY: Initial immunity for self-defense pulled from Wyoming bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wyoming lawmakers have removed a provision from a "stand-your-ground" bill that sought to give initial immunity from arrest and prosecution to people who claim self-defense.

The Star-Tribune reports that the Wyoming senate's vote on Tuesday aligned the measure with current state law, which allows individuals to use force in self-defense but only if doing so is reasonable.
 

DC: Don't be fooled, the Bible does not support gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has understandably spurred many emotional responses, one student at the University of South Carolina has taken the gun debate to new heights.

In an opinion piece published by the Daily Gamecock, Laurryn Thomas lectures Christians that giving up their guns is an action in accordance with biblical values. Her justification for more gun control is that the Bible paints Jesus as someone truly devoted to peace at all costs.
 

The NRA has America in a stranglehold
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In his recent opinion piece, American Enterprise Institute writer Marc A. Thiessen attempts to turn the tables on Americans who question the merit of the National Rifle Association and its adverse effects on safety in everyday society. He states that weapons such as the AR-15 are “critical” to Americans’ right to self-defense and that people who don’t abide by that philosophy do not respect “you or your gun rights.”
 

FL: Charges dismissed against defendant in Titusville shooting case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Charges against a man in connection with a Titusville shooting in August 2016 were dropped a few months later, according to court documents.

Titusville police responded to a Sycamore Avenue apartment complex Aug. 4, 2016 after reports of a shooting. They reported finding bullet casings and bullet holes in the building.
 

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