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Samantha Bee gun special: Second Amendment is 'useless,' 'fragile men are drawn to guns'
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"I love 'John Wick' movies, and also I can't believe that people can buy guns," she told Collider. "And I do understand that that's not going to change. And our half- hour comedy special is not going to change that."

In another satirical segment of the show, Bee and several others meet to figure out how to make guns less appealing to the public.

Submitter's note: You can't fix stupid.
 

Sales of Personal Safety Devices Soaring as People Stock Up for Self-Defense
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The need for self-defense and self-protection is nothing new, but the recent spate of violence against Asian-Americans and the African-American community has led to a surge in sales for personal safety kits and devices.

Axon, the company behind the popular TASER StrikeLight, says it’s seen a 400% increase in sales of the StrikeLight, and a 300% increase in sales of their TASER Pulse devices overall, over the last few months. “This is attributed to a rise in personal safety awareness as a result of the news around elections and protests in the U.S.,” company GM Matt Angorn tells Rolling Stone.
 

SC: Fatal shooting in Columbia ruled self-defense, no charges to be filed
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The Columbia Police Department says a fatal May 11 shooting at the Capri Apartments self-defense.

No charges will be filed in the case, according to CPD, after investigators deemed the fatal shooting self-defense under SC Code of Law Section: 16-11-440.
 

FL: Charges dropped in St. Petersburg shooting that killed 19-year-old
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Prosecutors will not pursue murder charges against two men arrested in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old in March.

Pinellas-Pasco Executive Assistant State Attorney Kendall Davidson said if the cases went to trial, his office doesn’t believe it could refute a claim of self-defense by Ajay Alvarez, 19, who had been charged with second-degree murder in the March 30 killing of D’Quaz Davis.
 

CT: Urge Your Senator to Oppose Unnecessary Gun Control Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed House Bill 6355, legislation that strips away the constitutional rights of individuals without adequate due process. Additionally, the Senate can now call anti-self-defense measure, Senate Bill 5, for a vote at any time. It is extremely important that you please contact your State Senator and urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 6355 and Senate Bill 5!
 

MO: St. Louis County man found not guilty of murder in 2018 beating death
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A St. Louis County jury in Thursday found a man not guilty of stomping to death a 63-year-old man during a home invasion in 2018.

Jurors acquitted Lakentae Roberson, 25, of the 2400 block of Torii Drive in unincorporated north St. Louis County, of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary in the Jan. 13, 2018, beating death of Dennis Dickerson in Velda City.
 

Are Red Dot Sights Truly the Future for Handguns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A couple of decades ago, when red dot rifle sights hit the scene, most shooters were quite skeptical. Why should we put these unreliable devices that require batteries on a fighting weapon? Fast forward to the present day and the notion of leaving a rifle equipped with only iron sights is almost inconceivable. If anything, the ubiquitous dot sight has given way to the LPVO (low-powered variable optic) as the best do-everything rifle sighting solution. But, that is rifles. What about handguns? Handguns are the weapon of intimate self-defense, unlikely to be used at greater distances, and intentionally small in a form factor so as to be carried concealed. Why, therefore, would we put a red dot optic on a pistol?
 

Concealed Carry Myths
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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However, people who buy small guns often quickly discover how difficult they can be to shoot. Why is this? It’s Newtonian physics: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The bullet goes downrange and the gun recoils. The amount of felt-recoil depends on the mass of the gun. Less mass equals more felt-recoil. Therefore, a smaller gun is going to "kick" more than a larger gun in the same chambering, making it more difficult to handle. So while a smaller gun may sound appealing, shoot it first to be sure it’s really what you want.
 

Good Guy With a Gun: True Stories of 2nd Amendment Self-Defense, Vol. 1
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 54-year-old male with a history of domestic violence took a detour on his way to anger management treatment, kicked in a door, whipped out a knife, and declared his intention to assault his baby-momma. The tenants retreated to a back bedroom as the assailant threatened them and searched for his target. He confronted a woman in another bedroom and she fired twice. When the cops came, the bad guy was dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Escambia County Sherriff Chip Simmons said no charges will be brought against the shooter.
 

WY: Big Horn commissioners collect input on Second Amendment proclamation
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As they mull whether and to what degree to pursue Second Amendment Sanctuary status, Big Horn County officials received a strong push in that direction Monday evening, May 3, as more than 120 county residents packed the Weed & Pest building outside of Greybull to voice concerns about federal government overreach.
 

MA: Actually, Mass. is willfully blind to mass murder, suicide
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ever since Columbine, and especially since Newtown, it should have been obvious to anyone who paid attention that the core issue we are dealing with is untreated, and often undiagnosed, severe mental health issues. In nearly every instance of mass murder and suicide, there are always those who come forward after the fact expressing their long-term concern for the perpetrator or suicide victim.
 

NE: Rewritten bill proposes less controversial changes to Nebraska gun law
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But LB 236’s future was clouded by Monday’s attorney general’s opinion, which warned that a state court could declare that the bill unconstitutionally delegates legislative power on gun laws to counties.

While the Legislature can and does delegate power to counties on purely local matters, it’s likely judges would declare concealed weapons “a matter of statewide concern” that counties can’t legislate, wrote Assistant Attorney General Joshua Shasserre.

The opinion also suggests ways to fix LB 236, Brewer told senators Wednesday, but time is running short in this year’s session.
 

MO: Missouri Senate gives final passage to Second Amendment bill
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House Bill 85, known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, would protect Missourians from federal gun laws and would hold police departments liable for up to $50,000 if an officer violates a person’s Second Amendment rights.

It now goes back to the House for reconsideration, with that expected to take place when the House reconvenes Friday morning.

The session ends at 6pm Friday.
 

OR: Jefferson County becomes Second Amendment sanctuary
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The Jefferson County Commission approved a resolution Wednesday to make the county a Second Amendment sanctuary, a symbolic gesture to support the gun rights of residents.

Commissioners said the action is intended to publicly state their position and assure residents the county will not put any resources toward efforts to restrict Second Amendment rights. The goal was not to bypass any existing gun laws, Commissioner Wayne Fording said.
 

WI: “Second Amendment Sanctuary” resolution spurs controversy
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A proposed resolution to make Trempealeau County a "Second Amendment Sanctuary" is spurring major controversy among community members.

A "Second Amendment Sanctuary" is essentially a symbolic resolution that would protect community members' right to bear arms, should a government body ever attempt to revoke that right.

At the Law Enforcement and Emergency Management Committee Meeting held in Whitehall, several dozen community members made their voices heard on this proposed resolution. Some of those voices raised in pitch, as things grew heated in the small county board room.
 

AK: The Haines borough legislates its support for gun rights and moves to rebuild Beach Road
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Haines residents made passionate pleas on both sides of a symbolic gun rights resolution. The resolution brought by Haines assemblyperson Paul Rogers’ would effectively show that the people of Haines support the second amendment of the U.S. constitution and would seek to prevent the borough from spending funds to enforce any measures that would be in violation of the amendment.

Haines resident Karen Hess said that she supports the resolution and is okay with Rogers removing the language calling for Haines to be a so-called “Sanctuary City” for those seeking expansive rights to bear arms.
 

IL: Brown decision could undo legal basis for Illinois’ FOID card law
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Brown could not afford to take this issue to court and so the Illinois State Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation stepped in and took the issue to court and in 2018, a judge in White County sided with Brown and ruled the FOID card unconstitutional.

The Illinois Supreme Court kicked the case back to the trial court citing issues with the methodology used in the decision and so last April White County Judge T. Scott Webb issued a ruling in which he dismissed the charges against Brown and ruled the FOID card law was unconstitutional, saying it makes the Second Amendment a “facade,” turning a right into a privilege.
 

TX: Texas Constitutional Carry Has Stalled Due to State Senate!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday (05-12-21) the Texas House rejected changes made by the Senate to the "Constitutional Carry" (House Bill 1927) which has stalled the bill from reaching Governor Greg Abbott's desk. There's been a lot of concern and confusion about (HB-1927) and as you can imagine anti-gun groups are up in arms, pun intended, about the new legislation. The bill is now in a special conference committee that is made up of members of both the House and Senate. They will meet and further discuss it, trying to reach a compromise to get approval in both chambers to advance the bill to the Governor's office.
 

SC: General Assembly Sends Open Carry Bill to Governor
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Wednesday, the House voted 83-34 to concur with the Senate on House Bill 3094, the open carry and free CWP bill. It will now go to Governor Henry McMaster for his signature. This is a big advancement for Second Amendment rights benefitting law-abiding citizens. NRA congratulates bill sponsor Rep. Bobby Cox on this win and also thanks him for his tireless work guiding his bill through the legislative process.
 

CO: Bill granting ‘local control’ over guns allows only stricter regulation; reverses decades of state preemption
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A little more than a month after the tragic mass shooting at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, legislative Democrats introduced Senate Bill 21-256 in an attempt to reverse decades of state firearms protection laws. While purporting to grant local governments authority to enact their own gun-related ordinances, critics note the bill only allows for local regulations stricter than those at the state level, a marked departure from the traditional meaning of ‘local control,’ and sets up the potential for otherwise law-abiding gun owners to be ensnared in a patchwork of conflicting gun laws around the state.
 

NC: In NC and the U.S., thoughts and prayers not enough to stop gun violence
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Since 2013, 4,180 North Carolina residents have perished from gun violence, including 255 last year. Another 8,202 have been injured, some seriously. Nearly 300 of those killed were minors, as were nearly 700 of those injured. Clearly, North Carolina has a problem.

We have also had a recent flood of mass shootings in other states. But that is nothing new.
 

IL: Gun Seizure Bill Resurrected, Passes House
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Yesterday, House Bill 1092, to expand Illinois’ program of suspending Second Amendment rights without due process, was resurrected after it previously had been re-referred to the House Rules Committee. The House then voted 69-43 to pass it. HB 1092 will now go to the Senate for further consideration. Please contact your state senator and ask them to OPPOSE HB 1092.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. — Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

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