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MI: Putnam: A different twist on the gun debate at MSU's Demmer Center
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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It’s been a tough time for shooting sports enthusiasts, what with the Parkland, Florida shootings and a national push to put more controls on guns in an important effort to make schools safer.

So, the success of two mid-Michigan teens — Sara Nevin, 17, of Holt, and Lillian Warren, 14, of Perry — who are competing in the National Junior Olympics Shooting Championships in Colorado is breeding excitement at Michigan State University’s Demmer Center. That’s where the young women train.

“It’s really a big, big deal. It really is,” said Michael Galella, manager of the shooting center.

Demmer is one of 16 Olympic Training Centers for shooting sports in the country and the only one in Michigan.
 

UT: Is the right to bear arms 'God-given'?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Jerry Patterson brings his gun to church every Sunday. As he listens to the sermons at Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, he hardly thinks about the Ruger 9mm handgun resting comfortably in a small holster inside his belt. To him, it’s just like his wallet: something he doesn’t leave the house without.
 

The NRA sees a bleak Hobbesian world. So why does it want to arm individuals with guns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Doing so is difficult, however, because Hobbes argues that in the absence of government, individuals will frequently attack and kill one another in what he terms “the war of all against all.” It is not that he thinks humans are evil; far from it. But he argues that our natural tendencies — vanity, competitiveness, fearfulness and glory-seeking — will inevitably lead us to fight, and frequently kill, each other. As a result, without government, human life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”

Faced with such a bleak existence, Hobbes argues that there is only one solution to the problem of a violent and chaotic world: a government with absolute power.
 

MI: Guns share spotlight with budget woes at Michigan school convention
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wednesday morning, the second day of a conference that gathered hundreds of Michigan education officials in Detroit, began with a 6:30 a.m. workshop that taught women who manage school budgets how to dish out an open-handed slap.

And an effective kick.

Yes, school finance officials are learning self-defense. Call it a sign of the times.
 

IL: Second lawsuit seeks to halt Deerfield's assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The suit filed Thursday by the advocacy group Guns Save Life and Deerfield resident John William Wombacher III challenges the Deerfield ordinance that was approved April 2 on numerous grounds.

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action issued a news release Thursday saying it was supporting the Guns Save Life lawsuit.

The suit contends, among other things, that a provision instructing the Deerfield chief of police to confiscate and destroy assault weapons and large-capacity magazines violates a guarantee under the Illinois Constitution that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation.
 

NRA-Backed Laws Are Still Being Passed in Some State Legislatures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The “stand your ground” laws are controversial because they remove the notion that citizens should flee a potentially dangerous situation if they fear for their lives. According to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the laws should more appropriately be nicknamed the “shoot first” law. The gun proposal is especially controversial because of the prevalence of racial profiling in America.
 

IL: SIU symposium focuses on 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What is the future of the Second Amendment?

That question was at the heart of a discussion Thursday at the SIU School of Law.

The school hosted four panel discussions, all focused on gun rights.

It comes 10 years after a the Supreme Court ruled on District of Columbia v. Heller, a case that determined people can have a gun for reasons other than being in a militia, including self defense at home.
 

Bump Stock Manufacturer Is Shutting Down Production
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Slide Fire Solutions, the company that invented and manufactures bump stocks, announced Tuesday it is shutting down production.

A notice on its website reads, "On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at midnight CST, Slide Fire will cease taking orders for its products and shut down its website."

Bump stocks are modification devices used to accelerate a gun's shooting rate so it fires like an automatic weapon — almost as fast as machine guns, which are largely outlawed.
 

CA: NRA needs to radically change in order to pass sane gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Guns don’t kill people — people do. More people are killed by cars than guns, so why not ban cars? The Second Amendment insures our liberty to own guns which you need for self-defense and protection from tyranny. In my opinion, all of these statements demonstrate defective thinking and come from the mouths of fools. Let's examine each in turn.
 

OR: Oregon introduces new control laws after tragedy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In response to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Oregon recently passed the first gun control law since the tragedy. The law bans domestic abusers and stalkers from buying and owning guns. Oregon is not the first state to pass a law like this, nor will it likely be the last.
 

Single Action Revolvers for Personal Defense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When one thinks of a single action revolver, usually the same thought comes to mind, two gunslingers all duded up in cowboy hats with low slung holsters drawing on each other from a paced out difference. Then a blinding flash from both guns, and in most cases, the good guy walks away while the bad guy is lying face down in the dust.
 

IL: Shelbyville couple suing DCFS over handgun ban in home day cares
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Shelbyville couple and several gun rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a statewide ban on handguns in home day cares, arguing the prohibition violates the Second Amendment rights of the operators of the businesses.

The suit was filed Monday against the state and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which sets licensing rules for child care facilities. A spokeswoman for the agency declined to comment on pending litigation.
 

IL: Illinois Couple Sues for the Right to Keep Guns in Their House While They Run a Daycare Center
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite mountains of evidence of the risks that keeping guns in households pose to children, several gun rights groups have lined up behind an Illinois couple to demand that they be allowed to pack heat while watching a room full of kids at their home daycare center.

Ed.: No, they want to keep guns in a locked safe while they run their daycare.
 

Concealed Carry: 10 Mistakes to Avoid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Receiving a concealed carry permit doesn’t mean you are ready to start carrying your firearm everywhere. New permit holders might not realize the variety of mistakes that could compromise their permit or lead to other legal trouble. Here are 10 of the most common problems you might face that can easily be avoided.
 

RI: 19 Gun Bills to be Heard in House Judiciary Committee Tuesday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A marathon gun bill hearing is on tap for next Tuesday night in Providence, and NRA and local pro-Second Amendment groups are calling for all-hands-on-deck. April 24 will be a busy day with 19 gun bills making the agenda for what figures to be an all-night affair at the Statehouse. Gun owners have had a strong presence at the Capitol this session, and it’s important that we continue to come out in force.
 

From the Black Panthers to 2Pac to Ferguson: The History Behind the FBI’s Latest Move Against Black Activists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It was 4 a.m. on December 12 of last year when the FBI came for Rakem Balogun.

Balogun is a black Dallas-area activist with the Guerilla Mainframe organization. He’s also the co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, which aims to “educate and arm black people in the U.S. and abroad.”

The Feds had a warrant for his .38 handgun, but that wasn’t really what they were after. The government had been following Balogun in ways both real and virtual for the prior two-and-a-half years. They saw coverage of an open-carry demonstration in 2015, and didn’t like what they claimed Balogun was chanting (“The only good pig is a pig that’s dead,” and “Oink oink, bang bang,” according to press reports).
 

IL: NRA Backed Challenge to Illinois Village Gun Ban Filed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With support from the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), Guns Save Life has officially filed their lawsuit today challenging the recent attempt by Deerfield Village, IL to criminalize so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” within village limits.
 

Police chiefs implore Congress not to pass concealed-carry reciprocity gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The nation’s police chiefs are rising up against another conservative crime-fighting initiative, sending a letter to leaders of Congress on Thursday opposing a bill that would allow gun owners with concealed-carry permits in one state to carry their concealed weapons in all 50 states.

The letter from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, representing 18,000 police departments across the United States, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans targets the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,” which passed the House in December and is now assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
 

VA: Students and faculty question no-mace policy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Flipping through a University of Mary Washington student handbook or reading through forbidden items in residence halls, students can find a list of forbidden items including: drugs, fireworks, and hover boards. There is one item on the list which concerns students.

Buried in a long list of forbidden items that allegedly may “pose a danger to the UMW community,” is mace.

The discussion of UMW’s prohibition of mace has caught the attention of students and faculty alike.
 

IA: Advantages of Criminals Using Imitation Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Iowa, criminals who use imitation guns are not treated as harshly under the law as are criminals who use real guns. It seems an obvious policy decision. When criminals use imitation guns, the vast majority of the risk is on the criminal. They are more likely to be shot. They are not able to shoot back. They are relying on the power of bluff and image to coerce people who they are attempting to victimize. It seems like a win-win for law and order.
 

Major teachers union cuts ties with Wells Fargo over its relationship with the NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), with 1.7 million members, has officially cut ties with banking giant Wells Fargo for the company’s ongoing relationship with the National Rifle Association (NRA).

According to USA Today, the move came after Wells Fargo declined to heed the union’s recommendation that it forgo its lending relationship with the gun lobbying group or impose new restriction on firearms manufacturers, in wake of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.
 

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