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MI: House bills would allow school districts to arm teachers with pepper spray
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Whenever there is a school shooting, the topic of arming teachers seems to always come up.
"I'm very distraught about the violence that is occurring in these schools and I want to make kids, educators and administrators feel safe," State Representative Beau LaFave said.
Republican Representative Beau LaFave authored House Bills 4277 & 4278. The bill would allow school districts to arm teachers with pepper spray.
In the past, LaFave has authored bills which would allow teachers to carry firearms.
"I personally believe the best defense against an armed intruder with an AR-15 a shot gun or a pistol, is an AR-15, a shotgun or a pistol - unfortunately I can't get that signed by the governor right now," LaFave said.

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PA: Trooper found at fault for crash that killed couple in Lower Heidelberg Township will face no criminal charges
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READING, PA —
A state trooper whose patrol vehicle collided last summer with an SUV on Route 422 in western Berks County, killing an East Cocalico Township couple, was found at fault but faces no criminal charges, authorities disclosed today.

Trooper Kevin J. Lee of the Reading station was charged in January with three summary counts....

The investigation determined that Lee was traveling too fast for conditions when he went through the red light with his siren and emergency lights on, Adams said. Mature corn plants in the adjacent field may have kept the Coolings from seeing or hearing the trooper's approaching vehicle.

Submitter's note: The charge is negligent homicide. Special treatment for only one.
 

NC: Do you support arming teachers?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The push to allow North Carolina teachers to carry guns in school has gained momentum recently with the filing of similar bills in the N.C. Senate and N.C. House.

N.C. Sen. Jerry Tillman, who represents Randolph County, co-sponsored the School Security Act of 2019, filed March 6, that would boost the salaries of teachers who underwent specialized police training to carry firearms on campus. The week prior to that, the School Self-Defense Act was filed in the state House to allow for armed teachers. It, however, would not pay them extra for taking on that responsibility.
 

NC: Bill seeks to arm North Carolina teachers, up pay for teachers who carry guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some state lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns.

Senate Bill 756, also known as the School Self-Defense Act, proposes the idea to increases teachers’ pay who decide to carry a gun. The bill would require teachers to undergo training.

Last week, the bill was introduced again after it failed last year.
 

Werewolves Among Us. Understanding Human Predators
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Most people in the United States believe human life has value; most think it is wrong to steal, rape, and murder. Those attitudes are the result of a long struggle against human nature, to build Western Civilization based on Judeo-Christian values. It is an outlier in human history. Yet, most of us take it for granted.

The most dangerous people are those who have not accepted the core values of our society. To them, people outside their inner circle have no value, except as a resource to be used and consumed. They camouflage themselves to look like “normal” people. They are looking for opportunities to prey on the unwary.
 

Namibia: 210,000 firearms licensed to Namibian civilians
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A total of 4,870 applications were filed in the third quarter of 2018/19 compared to 5,424 applications in the 2017/18 period, he said.

“It was observed with concern that 50 percent of the applications were for handguns, pistols and revolvers and the justification for the demand of handguns is self-defense,” Kashikola said. “This trend is likely to continue in the near future.”

“There is a need to improve on arms and ammunition control mechanism by promulgating enabling legislation,” he said.
 

A Small Request from Hawaii: Repeal or Reword the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That lawmakers in the great state of Hawaii – boyhood home of anti-Second Amendment president Barack Obama – want to end the right of the people to keep and bear arms, therefore, comes as no surprise. What is shocking, however, is the openness of the attack.

Introduced by Democratic state Senators Stanley Chang of District 9, Karl Rhoads of District 13, Rosalyn Baker of District 6, Dru Kanuha of District 3, and Laura H. Thielen of District 25, SRC 42 urges the U.S. Congress to repeal the Second Amendment – or at the very least, to clarify it so that it no longer enshrines an individual right.
 

Hawaii lawmakers want Congress to weigh 2nd Amendment repeal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A group of Hawaii state legislators wants Congress to repeal the right to bear arms — or at least specify that it is not an individual right. The resolution filed Tuesday in the Hawaiian Senate, SCR42, is backed by freshman state Sen. Stanley Chang, best known for defeating the chamber’s last Republican in 2016.

Chang’s measure, which has four co-sponsors, would request Washington discuss either scrapping the Second Amendment altogether or clarifying that it only applies to organizations such as state militias.
 

UT: Bill expanding Utah's stand-your-ground law passes through Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that strengthens Utah's current code for self-defense passed the Senate today with a 18-8 vote.

The bill already passed the House and will be sent to the governor.

HB114 states an individual doesn't have an obligation to retreat from an aggressor and failure to retreat is not relevent to whether or not they acted reasonably.
 

CO: Well Armed Woman meeting March 16
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The next meeting of Sterling TWAW (The Well Armed Woman) will be March 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Tri-State Tactical, 17282 County Road 32 in Sterling. The meeting will focus on the shooting fundamental of trigger control, with strategies on how to build that skill. Please bring your firearm to do some dry fire practice drills. No ammo is allowed in classroom.
 

AR: Self-defense bill fails in committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"For a long time since I've been back in Arkansas, I have feared for my son's life!" Flowers exclaimed. "Now he's, he's out of Arkansas. And I thank God he is when you're bringing up crap like this. It offends me! And then to limit the debate too! This is crazy!"

The committee's chair repeatedly told Sen. Flowers she was out of order.

The bill fell one vote short of passing.

The bill's sponsor hopes to bring the bill back up Monday and get one extra "yes" vote.
 

Otero County passed pro-gun resolution in 2013
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The red-flag gun bill that passed the Colorado House in a 37-25 vote on Monday has triggered outrage among some defenders of the second amendment in Otero County.

On Monday, during the Otero County board of commissioners meeting, resident John Kyle confronted the commissioners and pressured them to push back against the controversial legislation.
 

NV: Rural Nevada sheriffs balk at strict gun background law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A second rural Nevada sheriff cited the Second Amendment in vowing Thursday not to enforce a strict new gun buyer background check law approved by the state Legislature.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly joined Sheriff Jesse Watts of Eureka County in promising to defy the law that Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak pushed for as a memorial to victims of the October 2017 Las Vegas Strip massacre that became the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
 

CO: Teller County passes resolution in support of 2nd Amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In front of a packed house Thursday morning, Teller County commissioners passed a resolution to protect their 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms for all citizens.

At least four Colorado counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries in response to the red-flag gun bill passed by the state House on Monday and headed to the state Senate. However, Teller County does not want to be referred to as a 'sanctuary.'

Commissioners said the word sanctuary comes with too much “baggage.”
 

Progressive Pistol Training for Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In my last post, I discussed a step by step approach to adding skills to your defensive ability with a handgun. But there is more than the previously discussed skill sets of drawing your pistol, efficient reloads, malfunction clearances, and alternate shooting positions. All the while it is agreed that solid shooting fundamentals (stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, breathing, trigger control, and follow through) are the building blocks of good shooting.
 

AR: Arkansas Senator walks out during debate over amending state self-defense laws; panel rejects bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The GOP-controlled committee voted 4-3 against the bill, with all three Democrats and one Republican, Sen. John Cooper of Jonesboro, joining the opposition.

SB484's sponsor, Sen. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, said afterward that Cooper "made a bad vote." An attempt to expunge the vote failed. Ballinger said he would attempt to revive the bill later in the session.
 

FL: Former Florida cop guilty of manslaughter, attempted murder in roadside killing of Corey Jones
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Played repeatedly in Raja’s eight-day trial, it allowed the jury to hear the tragic 3:15 a.m. encounter between the Palm Beach Gardens police officer and the beloved musician and family man, ending in six gunshots.

Without the recording, prosecutors and legal experts say Raja likely would have been cleared long ago rather than convicted on two charges: manslaughter by culpable negligence while armed, and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm.
 

Loose Gun Laws Tied to More Mass Shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For those who think that tougher gun laws and fewer mass shootings aren't connected, new research begs to differ.

The study found there are more mass shootings in U.S. states with weaker gun control laws and higher levels of gun ownership, and that difference has increased in recent years.

Columbia University researchers tracked nationwide data and identified 344 mass shootings between 1998 and 2015. They also assessed gun laws in different states, using a score from 0 (completely restrictive) to 100 (completely permissive).
 

Why you should keep your double column magazine pistol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today’s compact double column pistol provides ample ammunition for most off-duty encounters. Police officers used to carry a handgun off-duty because we knew the realistic (although statistically rare) possibility of happening upon a convenience store robbery while stopping to get milk after a late shift at night. A 5-shot snub nose .38 revolver could handle that situation for us (along with our excellent training and calm nerves of course!).
 

Second Amendment Sanctuary Zones, Taking Back Ground?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Over the past year or so, extremist gun control laws have exploded in several states, primarily as a result of urban majorities riding roughshod over their rural neighbors.

Nowhere is this more evident than in Washington and Oregon, two states with historically liberal gun laws and low crime rates, that have been overwhelmed by a combination of growing urban populations and a sudden influx of cash from anti-rights billionaires.
 

House Democrats Tried To Undermine The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Democrats just passed some of the most sweeping and sneaky anti-Second Amendment legislation in decades.

H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, are two Trojan horse bills that seek to impose onerous restrictions on gun sales under the pretense of preventing dangerous criminals from obtaining firearms.
 

CO: Counties Declare Second Amendment Sanctuary Status As Legislature Debates Red Flag Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A growing number of Colorado counties have declared themselves as Second Amendment sanctuaries in response to a so-called red flag bill making its way through the state Legislature. Custer, Fremont, Montezuma, Otero and Weld counties have said they would not enforce the legislation should it become law.
 

What’s really at stake in the Supreme Court’s new gun case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When the Supreme Court agreed to hear N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Assn’ v. The City of New York (N.Y. Rifle & Pistol) in late January, it broke a decade-long reticence on the Second Amendment. The case, a challenge to a New York City law restricting the transportation of handguns, isn’t the minor issue it may seem at first glance. Indeed, N.Y. Rifle & Pistol is much more than a case about a dumb city law—it will set the future of how all Second Amendment cases are decided in this country.
 

Dems want $50 million for biased research to attack gun ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Democrats in the U.S. House are likely to approve spending $50 million in taxpayer funds for public health research on gun violence. While that may sound like a good idea at first glance, it really wouldn’t do anything to reduce gun violence in our country.

I testified Thursday before the House Appropriations Committee’s health subcommittee to inject facts into the discussion of the Democratic bill.
 

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