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MI: Police: Homeowner shoots break-in intruder, 16
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Detroit Police are investigating a shooting early Friday morning involving a CPL-licensed homeowner who shot a 16-year-old juvenile following a break-in to his property.

Police said the unidentified 46-year-man received a “telephonic” message that the residence he owned was being burglarized in the 2900 block of Lakewood. He engaged the two suspects after one pointed a gun at the homeowner, and he shot the 16-year-old in the groin, right arm and back.

The juvenile remains in critical condition at an unidentified hospital. Police said a handgun was recovered at the scene, and the homeowner is cooperating with authorities.

Another black male, who was wearing all black with no other description, escaped from the scene on foot.
 

MI: Unlike Dick's, Port Huron shop not dropping assault rifle sales
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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As a major gun retailer announced it will no longer be selling assault-style rifles, a local shop said proper precautions are taken in those sales.

"This is a pro shop, the people I hire here are more than just firearm enthusiasts, they're firearm specialists," said Tim Daniels, owner of the Hock Shop and Sporting Center in Port Huron.

Daniels said federal background checks are done and if a potential customer is acting odd or overly aggressive, a sale won't be made.

"No way in hell," he said of selling a firearm to someone he deemed unfit.

A call to the Dick's Sporting Goods in Fort Gratiot was referred to corporate press contacts who did not immediately return a phone call or email seeking comment Wednesday morning.
 

WY: No one should escape liability on the grounds of self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I have no objection to it being clarified, if need be, that a person is entitled to claim self-defense if he has failed or refused to retreat in the face of an aggravated assault.

But to the extent the pending bill purports to grant some kind of prima facie or automatic immunity to anyone who claims self defense, I have serious concerns. The cases always need careful consideration by law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and in some cases, a Wyoming jury. The law of self-defense in Wyoming already grants huge advantages to the survivor of a fatal confrontation, and I’d even propose that needs to be changed.
 

Watching NRATV, a Life-Style Channel Built on Instruments of Death, After Parkland
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Since the massacre in Parkland, Florida, gun-control activists have pressured Apple, Amazon, and other streaming platforms to drop NRATV, and thereby join other companies that have cut ties with the National Rifle Association. The N.R.A.’s twenty-four-hour digital channel is a remarkable product, marked by an affluent look and a confident monomania; it keeps up the morale of loyalists primed to exalt the N.R.A.’s values, and it delights enthusiasts by investing guns with all of the glamour and valor its producers can muster.
 

Limited Data, the NRA Annual Meeting, and Ignoring Intent: The Latest Study
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Have you heard the latest breaking news?

“A study pokes holes in the idea that experienced firearm users are less likely to injure themselves.”

“To see gun injury drop, hold an NRA Meeting.”

“Gun injuries fall during NRA conventions.”

A Harvard doctor and a Columbia grad student published a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine this week that found gun injuries drop 20% during the NRA’s Annual Meeting. The researchers used more than 75 million patient observations over a nine-year span, using the three weeks before and after the Annual Meetings as a control. The argument coming from this letter, as noted in Scientific American:
 

WA: Anti-Gun Bill May be Amended
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Your NRA-ILA has learned that anti-gun legislators may attempt to amend Substitute Senate Bill 6620 on the floor in order to make it seem a little less outrageous while still containing significant infringements. Any legislation that removes a constitutional right from a segment of law-abiding adults remains an affront to the Second Amendment and your NRA will continue to oppose them. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to reject any version of SSB 6620 that removes rights from law-abiding adults in Washington. Click the “Take Action” button below and also call 1-800-562-6000 to contact your state Senator.
 

Modest Proposals to Address Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Like many Americans, I am appalled at the level of gun violence in this country. Therefore, I favor reasonable federal gun control measures to limit such violence. While in the U.S. Army, I was trained in a number of small arms, including the M-16 rifle, the military version of the AR-15. As an officer, I carried a .45 caliber pistol during the Vietnam War. As a civilian, I never saw the need to own a gun, but I understand that other law-abiding citizens must have their guns..

Let’s start with a Congressional ban of AR-15-type semi-automatic weapons and bump stocks.
 

Banning assault rifles would be constitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The very first recommendation is to “Ban assault-style firearms.” These firearms are the semi-automatic, military-style rifles that were used in several of the recent mass shootings. They are also the type of guns lawfully possessed by many people in this country for legitimate purposes like target shooting and self-protection.

Now, putting aside the difficult question of whether there is the political will to actually ban these guns, would such a ban be constitutional given the 2nd Amendment right to “keep and bear arms?”
 

Antique Guns Now Grouped with Corpses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A little-known skirmish in the war on guns is being waged by FedEx and UPS against European auction houses and dealers and American collectors of antique arms. By imposing new restrictions to their list of “Items Unacceptable for Carriage,” these shippers now refuse to ship antique firearms to the U.S.A., even though current U.S. law and regulation permits importation freely of an “Antique Firearm” defined as “Any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898,” (emphasis mine) treating them exactly the same as an antique Venetian glass epergne or Staffordshire tureen.
 

The Most Important Self-Defense Skills You Can Have
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I think it would be interesting to ask a bunch of defensive shooters what they consider the two most important defensive skills might be. I suspect that we would get answers like the ability to hit a target accurately. Others might suggest the ability to quickly and smoothly draw the defensive handgun. Others, still, might talk about the importance of being able to manage a handgun that is chambered for a real fight-stopping caliber.

While these, and others, would certainly be things that the serious defensive shooter should consider, they would not be the first two that I would list. The best gunfight is the one that you don’t get into.
 

The best available evidence suggests NRA-backed gun policies are making crime worse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That is according to a massive new study by the RAND Corporation, an independent think tank. The group's experts scoured thousands of academic papers on gun violence in an effort to make definitive statements about how gun policies affect crime and safety. They winnowed that list down to only the highest-quality studies — just 62 in total — containing evidence capable of establishing a causal link between a gun policy change and a specific outcome.
 

In Defense of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After burying their dead, the survivors have mobilized into a mighty political force that loosely seeks more laws to regulate the right to keep and bear arms. The young people, traumatized and terrified with memories of unspeakable horror that will not fade, somehow think that a person bent on murder will obey gun laws.

Every time I watch these beautiful young people, I wince, because in their understandable sadness is the potential for madness — “madness” being defined as the passionate and stubborn refusal to accept reason.
 

NRA boycotts insult Americans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When companies do this, they are not boycotting lobbyists in Washington; they are boycotting upstanding citizens such as Willeford. He and his fellow gun owners deserve better.

The NRA is a grassroots organization made up of millions of decent, patriotic Americans who believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens make our country safer, not more dangerous. To suggest that it is responsible for what happened in Parkland is obscene.
 

WY: Senate Successfully Amends Pro-Gun Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This week, the Wyoming Senate amended Senate File 71 to add important protections to the pro-gun legislation. The Senate proceeded to pass Senate File 71, where it will now head to the House for consideration. Likewise, the House passed similar legislation, House Bill 168, which now heads to the Senate. Please contact your state Senator and Representative and strongly urge them to support House Bill 168 and Senate File 71 respectively.
 

Dumb About Guns? A [Dumb] Ex-Marine Answers Your Questions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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1. What’s a semiautomatic weapon?

A semiautomatic weapon fires one shot every time the trigger is pulled until the magazine is empty.

AR-15s are “gas operated” -- the original design used “direct impingement” or “direct gas impingement” - a vent in the barrel funnels gas from the shot fired back through a tube, which pushes the bolt carrier group to the rear of the weapon, where it impacts the buffer, and is then sent forward, reloading another round.
 

WY: To Some…Gun Bills Matter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers have generated headlines as they’ve tried to give gun owners more of an opportunity to defend themselves in public with Stand Your Ground legislation. The concern is that the courts have sometimes blamed gun owners for not using restraint in situations where someone believed their life was in danger. The other bill allows guns in churches. The sponsor of that bill is Representative Bunky Loucks of Casper who said he was driven by recent shootings at churches.
 

AZ: House passes new bill allowing non-lethal weapons on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill allowing the possession of non-lethal weapons on Arizona community colleges and public universities has passed in the House.

HB 2172 would prohibit any college or university in Arizona under the Community College District Governing Board or the Arizona Board of Regents from disallowing open-carry of non-lethal weapons to increase self-defense on campus.
 

VA: Watch this GOP Senate candidate stun Second Amendment snowflakes into recess
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Virginia lawmaker running in the Republican primary to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., outraged Democrats in the state legislature Friday with his fiery speech in support of the Second Amendment.

In response to recent attacks from Democrats on pro-gun Republicans, Delegate Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, asked his fellow lawmakers to have an “open and honest debate” on the factors that lead to mass shootings. Freitas noted that most mass shootings seem to occur in “gun-free zones” and that most mass shooters “come from broken homes.”
 

IA: Iowa gun laws poised for reform
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Let’s face it- the most talked about issue right now is gun control and the mass shootings that have occurred in our country.

In the wake of the recent Florida high school incident a few weeks ago, added to the other multiple fatality situations of recent past, many are calling for gun reform in several variations while others want to keep our laws the way they are.
 

Celebrity Rants Against Guns Make Even Democrats Want to Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While the average liberal celebrity grandstand is a major turn-off for most Republicans, it turns out that even Democrats don’t like it when Hollywood lectures Americans on gun control.

A new poll from Zogby Analytics found that most Americans don’t like it when Hollywood types preach to them about the Second Amendment – especially, come to find out, Millennials.

Zogby found that a majority 56 percent of Americans said that listening to celebs rants about guns actually inspires them to support the Second Amendment. Only 28 percent said Tinsel Town’s soapboxing makes them want to oppose firearms.
 

Gun Control, 1881
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An article for Smithsonian magazine (Matt Jancer, Gun Control Is as Old as the Old West), reviews the ordinances of Tombstone, Arizona, and other frontier towns in the 1880s, observing that the gun control laws of the time were imposed at the local level, and that bearing arms was a “heavily regulated business.” The notorious Gunfight at the O.K Corral arose, it seems, because “Marshall Virgil Earp, having deputized his brothers Wyatt and Morgan and his pal Doc Holliday, [was] having a gun control problem.”
 

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