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AK: Fairbanks photographer portrays children wearing targets in call for gun safety
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Kate Wool, a Fairbanks artist and gun-safety advocate, launched a provocative Instagram series this week featuring some of the nearly 100 portraits she made around Alaska of students and others wearing targets as a way to bring attention to the epidemic of school shootings.

She said she began posting in response to last week's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, and will continue to post if other mass shootings occur.

"I posted those 10 (portraits) this weekend specifically for those 10 who died in Santa Fe," she said. "As time goes on, I hope I don't have to post any more."

"A lot of the people were very upset that the kids had targets on them," she said. "Which of course was the point."
 

MI: Best way to control guns? Lock them up
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Lock up your guns.

That is the most effective gun control measure, and holds more promise for actually reducing mass shootings at schools than any other idea on the table.

After last week’s school shooting in Santa Fe, the conversation turned to Texas’ lax gun regulation. But not one of the additional gun control laws advocates seek -- short of an all-out firearms confiscation and ban – would have stopped the 10 murders carried out by a 17-year-old student apparently smarting over a romantic rebuff.

In the meantime, those of us who are legal, responsible gun owners have an obligation to keep our firearms from being used illegally and irresponsibly.
 

MI: Dearborn chief urges tougher gun laws, touts intervention
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A recent high-speed chase through Dearborn, in which a man fired an AR-15 rifle from a moving car before killing himself, could have been avoided if someone had alerted authorities to the man's distress, the city's police chief said Thursday.

"I believe someone knew there was a crisis going on in his life," Dearborn police Chief Ronald Haddad said of Ruben Salinas, who on May 9 led police on a four-mile chase through Dearborn as he fired his rifle at his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend before pulling into an Oakwood Hospital parking lot and fatally shooting himself.

"If someone had have told police this guy was going through a crisis, maybe something could have been done to prevent this," Haddad said.
 

MI: Interest in guns spikes after Fla. school massacre
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The increased calls for gun control may be prompting more Michigan residents to purchase firearms and learn how to use them.

It’s a cycle that’s played out several times: After a high-profile mass shooting, there’s an outcry by some for legislation they say would make it more difficult for bad actors to purchase guns — and then firearm sales spike.

Firearms instructor Rick Ector said he’s seeing a rush of women signing up for training.

For six years, Ector has provided free firearms training to women at Top Gun Shooting Sports, and he said there’s been a steady increase of participants. This year, a record 700 women from ages 12 to 87 participated in the May 20 event, breaking last year’s record of 600 trainees.
 

IL: As Teens Push For Gun Control, Young Shooters Defend Their Sport
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It sounds impossible: Pick up a rifle, aim it at a target 33 feet away, and try to hit a bullseye the size of a period on a 12-point Times New Roman font.

Jaden Thompson, 17, can do it. The Normal West student is among the best young shooters in the country. To get there, Jaden has cut back on sugar and caffeine to stabilize her shot. She works out to build up her cardio and core strength. She’s spent hours and hours practicing at the range.

“It’s just you when you’re on the gun. It’s no one else. It’s about very extreme focus, which I really enjoy,” said Jaden, who lives in Bloomington.

“My biggest fear is that if you give them an inch, they’ll take a foot,” he said.

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Targeting the NRA -- to Get Your Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Speaking on CNN, two of the ubiquitous Parkland students plastered across America’s TV screens by the media described the NRA as “child murderers.” Not only did the host let the incredibly malicious smear slide unchallenged, CNN was more than happy to push the narrative, running the headline: “Shooting survivor calls NRA ‘child murderers’” after the segment aired. Countless anti-gun protesters given a megaphone by the establishment media were allowed to make similarly outlandish accusations, generally without being challenged.

Indeed, after the Parkland shooting — as usual, carried out in a gun-free zone where law-abiding citizens are disarmed by law — it was open season on the NRA.
 

PA: Take away guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Why is it so hard to comprehend this concept? Just take away the guns, and our children won't get killed.

Is money more important than our children's lives? The National Rifle Association and the antiquated Second Amendment should not take priority over these innocent lives.

I am a members[sic] of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and I am very proud of my ancestry and heritage and patriots that fought for my freedom, but that was then and this is now.
 

TX: Authorities: Fatal shooting in Liberty-Eylau could be self-defense
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A fatal shooting early Thursday in Liberty-Eylau appears to be a case of self-defense, an official with Bowie County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office received a phone call at 5:29 a.m. Thursday from a woman who identifed herself as Tonya Barnett, 40, of Texarkana, Texas. Barnett reportedly told deputies she had been assaulted by her boyfriend and had shot him, said Capt. Jeff Neal, BCSO chief deputy.
 

FL: Second ‘stand your ground' case filed at Supreme Court
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Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office is asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a Hillsborough County case that deals with how courts should carry out a controversial 2017 change to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.

Bondi’s office filed a notice asking justices to hear an appeal from a May 4 decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeal in a case involving defendant Tymothy Ray Martin, according to documents posted this week on the Supreme Court website.
 

LA: Man acquitted in fatal 2016 shooting inside Gentilly townhome
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man charged in a fatal shooting inside a Gentilly townhome in 2016 was acquitted of manslaughter after a one-day judge trial last week.

Henry Wilson was charged with killing 26-year-old Billy Dukes on Jan 12. 2016, following what police said was "a verbal altercation that quickly turned violent."

Wilson, 31, maintained he shot Dukes in self-defense. He told police he arrived at the townhome he shared with relatives in the 4300 block of Sybil Street late after work. Once inside, he found a cousin had brought Dukes over. He said Dukes appeared high on pills.
 

OR: Laypeople convince judge to reword DA's gun measure language
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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IP 9-2018-1 would alter the constitutional definition of “firearm” to include accessories and ammunition and empower the local sheriff to determine which firearms laws are “constitutional.”

Versions of the law have been proposed around the state this election season.

After supporters of the measure gathered enough signatures, and the county clerk certified them, Hummel was tasked with drafting the 10-word caption, 20-word question and 150-word summary.
 

AL: Standing with Publix and the Second Amendment tomorrow and in the future
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Parkland survivor David Hogg — currently one of the nation’s most outspoken, anti-gun advocates — is making headlines yet again. He’s unsuccessfully called for boycotts of Fox News host Laura Ingram and then BlackRock and Vanguard but why let those failures keep him down if at first and second times you don’t succeed Hogg clearly believe you should try again. This time he’s calling for the boycott and a “die in” of Publix supermarkets tomorrow (Friday, May 25, 2018), because the central-Florida based grocer supported Rep. Adam Putnam, an NRA-endorsed candidate, in the state’s gubernatorial election. His tweet says he’s going to be crashing his local stores but invites others to join at other locations.
 

IL: House Passes Bill for Firearm Surrender Without Due Process
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On May 23rd, the Illinois state House of Representatives voted 80-32 to pass House Amendment 2 to House Bill 2354 to allow Second Amendment rights to be revoked without due process. HA 2 to HB 2354 now goes to the state Senate for further consideration. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE HA 2 to HB 2354.
 

NRA Fills Needs For Millennials
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In recent months, the mainstream media and well-funded opposition groups have done their best to demonize the NRA and its industry partners. In particular, these groups have organized campaigns targeted at millennials in an effort to indoctrinate them into believing that the NRA works against their interests.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The NRA, through its many advocacy programs, fights for principles that are intuitively appealing to millennials. By working to preserve the Second Amendment, the NRA provides options in self-defense, hunting and sport shooting.
 

NH: Gun laws are not a matter of political motivation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wanting to protect the lives of children is neither liberal nor conservative, but those who swallow the NRA Kool-Aid like to paint it in those terms. It’s nothing more than a failure of rational thought, or else a cynical attempt to re-direct the conversation. A red herring.

If something is causing great harm, rational people take steps to reduce or eliminate the harm. That’s why we have traffic laws. Cars aren’t banned, but they are regulated to mitigate the damage their misuse can cause.

Sensible gun laws do save lives. When assault rifles were banned from 1994 to 2004, mass murders declined. When the ban was allowed to expire, mass murders increased.
 

The NRA's new president blames video games, and he helped make one
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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To no one’s surprise, the new president of the National Rifle Association blamed pop culture for the mass shooting in Santa Fe, Texas that killed 10. But, interestingly, the NRA’s president is the same man who was hired to advise on and promote a Call of Duty game that’s among the biggest sellers in video gaming’s biggest-selling franchise.

Oliver North, a hero of conservatives for facilitating the sale of weapons to Iran more than 30 years ago, was a spokesman and advisor for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, an M-rated game that a lot of 17-year-olds cut school to buy and play on the Tuesday it launched in 2012.
 

OK: 'Stand Your Ground' Law Does Not Apply In Owasso Murder, Court Rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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She told deputies with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office that her husband had charged her with a knife, and she shot him in self-defense.

McNeely is charged with one count of first-degree murder. She appealed to the court that her case falls under the Stand Your Ground law, and charges should be dismissed. A district judge ruled that the statute did not apply to the use of deadly force between lawful residents inside their home.
 

MN: Anderson found not guilty in Johnson's death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Anderson admitted to discharging a handgun and shooting Johnson about 12:33 p.m. Feb 22, 2017. He called 9-1-1 and informed the dispatcher what had just transpired and he told authorities where he was and awaited deputies and EMS to arrive at the scene of the shooting, on Lindo Trail, near Sunrise Lake. They found a single bullet near Anderson’s truck where he had fired from the front seat striking Johnson in the chest. Johnson was lying on the ground near an ATV he had used for transport.

Earl Gray, Anderson’s defense attorney, pursued a self defense argument that apparently convinced the jury that Anderson had no option but to shoot Johnson.
 

Is the Mouse Gun a Dying Breed?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Recently American Rifleman's Brian Sheetz posted a video about the Beretta 21A Bobcat , a pocket-sized semi-automatic .22 LR with a tip-up barrel for easy loading. The review caught my attention because I once owned the INOX (stainless steel slide) version that I traded away as part of some other gun purchase. In the course of his review, Brian refers to the Bobcat as a “mouse gun.” It's a term that's not heard all that often these days but it was in common circulation back in the mid 1990s when I began to research concealed-carry handguns in earnest.
 

Own a piece of Russian Legacy: The Vepr 12 Gauge SBS
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Once a common contender in the shotgun/rifle community, the recent sanctions imposed by the USA has disallowed further imports of the Molot Vepr. Originally from Russia, these products were introduced to the USA by passing compliance fulfilled by FIME Group. Vepr 12 shotguns are semi-automatic designed for self-defense, hunting, and 3-gun competitions. Based on the RPK standard, the Vepr 12 shares the same legendary characteristics of extreme reliability in harsh conditions as the RPK.
 

The NRA Thinks Media's School Shootings Coverage Is "Killing Our Kids" & Wants Congress To Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In an odd turn of events, the NRA wants Congress to censor school shooting news coverage, a Vice article reports. In addition to past solutions it's suggested, like arming teachers with guns or increasing security at school, this measure stands to affect media outlet's first amendment rights in a major way.

"It's time to put an end to this glorification of carnage in pursuit of ratings, because it's killing our kids," Colion Noir, a gun rights activist, said in an episode of NRA-TV, which he hosts. The video was posted online a little under one week after the recent school shooting Santa Fe, Texas where 10 were killed.
 

WY: Grizzly death investigated, man claims self-defense
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Game and Fish are investigating an incident in which a person reportedly shot and killed a grizzly in self-defense Tuesday on Sheep Mountain.

According to G&F officials, a person on the mountain southwest of Cody had a surprise encounter with a mother grizzly bear that morning, and said they shot the bear in self-defense.
 

OH: Self Defense Reform Bill Passes House Committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ohio bill HB 228 has passed out of the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committe on a seven to three vote. The vote was along party lines, with seven Republicans voting for the bill and the three Democrats voting against the bill.

The Ohio legislature is looking to reform Ohio law on self-defense. Currently, Ohio appears to be the only state where the burden of proof in a self-defense case rests with the defender. When a person claims self-defense in Ohio, the defender has to prove that they acted in self-defense.
 

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