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'News' team drops all pretenses of objectivity with gun violence awareness month
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"That this is happening in an election year is calculated. The value of such agenda publicity is incalculable, as is the effect of propaganda masked as news on the electorate."
 

Anti-gun fanatics continue to confirm no amount of citizen disarmament enough
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“I will be happy to come down and personally take your guns,” he promises in another. “Unarmed. With a ton of video cameras. Let's see your alpha bravery in person.”
 

Family: V.A. Cops Stomped On Veteran’s Head, Killing Him
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The family of a 65 year-old veteran claims that VA police stomped on the veterans head and neck, causing him to suffer a stroke and die several weeks later, a new lawsuit alleges. ...
The suit comes as the Veterans Administration is embroiled in a wide-ranging scandal involving the alleged mistreatment of veterans at hospitals across the country. In those cases, hospitals have allegedly forced veterans to wait longer for treatment by placing them on secret waiting lists.
Montano’s case is not tied to the current scandal, his wife claims. Rather, it is a case of police brutality.

 

Inside the Ring: Directive outlines Obama’s plan to use the military against citizens
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A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans.
The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers.
The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority for the use of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, in operations against domestic unrest.
 

NH: Court upholds “First Amendment” right to film police -- Ruling is one of many nationwide supporting right to record police.
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A federal appeals court has ruled that the public has the right to film cops in public and has reinstated a lawsuit against a local New Hampshire police department brought by a woman arrested for filming a traffic stop.
The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming her friend being pulled over by the Weare Police Department during a late-night traffic stop. Although Gericke was never brought to trial, she sued, alleging that her arrest constituted retaliatory prosecution in breach of her constitutional rights.
The decision is but one in a string of decisions that are slowly sticking the needle into laws nationwide barring the recording of police as they perform their duties.
 

MASS MURDERERS AGREE: Good guys with guns deter attacks
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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Last week’s mass murderer from the University of California Santa Barbara penned a diary/journal of sorts, detailing his scheming to exact retribution on his enemies.

In it, he acknowledged the deterrence value of the presence of good guys with guns.

Check out this nugget from CNN’s reporting on the contents of the loser’s “manifesto”:

He would also avoid Deltopia, a spring break celebration that draws thousands of young people to party in Isla Vista in early April. “I saw that there were way too many cops walking around on such an event. It would be impossible to kill enough of my enemies before being dispatched by those damnable cops,” he wrote.
 

HARD TO BELIEVE, RIGHT? Criminals ignoring “NO GUNS” signs
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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That’s a dead body. Right underneath a “NO GUNS” sign over the door. Criminals apparently didn’t care if their was a “NO GUNS” sign around or not. It’s not like a felon committing a felony carrying a gun is going to care about some silly sign, right? Just in case you think that’s an isolated incident, check this out...
 

NV: Sparks murder arrest ignites 'stand your ground' debate
Submitted by: John Jorgensen

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The February shooting of two people in a vacant Sparks duplex — and the murder arrest that followed Tuesday — has elicited debate on Nevada's "stand your ground" law.

Submitter's note: The title of the article indicates a murder is sparking a debate. But where in the article is the debate? Either the homicide was in self defense or it was not. Sounds like a court and jury will decide.
 

FL: Edgewater police investigate officer's [negligent discharge] of AR-15
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An Edgewater police officer is under investigation for accidentally discharging a rifle while answering what turned out to be a hoax call, a police official said.
Timothy Huggins, a 16-year veteran of the Edgewater Police Department, discharged his firearm as he and another officer were at a home in the city checking out reports of a hostage situation, Edgewater police Capt. Joe Mahoney said Tuesday.
And, Daniel Mease, 25, a Marine veteran who said he was at his father's Kumquat Drive home visiting for Memorial Day, claims Huggins was careless and negligent with the handling of his firearm.
The incident has set in motion an internal affairs investigation to determine the circumstances that caused the firearm to discharge, Mahoney said.
 

China: Gun Goes Off in Chinese School During Safety Talk
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A handgun went off during a police safety talk at a kindergarten in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou on Thursday, injuring four adults and one child, police said. ...
Police extended "heartfelt apologies," it said. ...
Until recently, few Chinese police carried guns, but the government announced in April more will be issued firearms. It said they need to respond faster to violent criminals and other emergencies.
China has some of the world's most restrictive gun laws and prohibits almost all private gun ownership.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: How do you say "I'm the only one in this room professional enough…" in Chinese?
 

From bad to worse: Dr. Ben Carson cannot be trusted on gun rights
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Dr. Ben Carson, potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has been enjoying near "rock star" status in ostensibly conservative circles. If that continues, "conservatives" had might as well give up trying to cast themselves as representing the "pro-gun" position, because Carson's stance on guns is one that would probably not displease the Brady Campaign.
 

MO: Bill To Allow Armed Missouri Teachers Draws Praise, Potshots
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill sitting on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk that would authorize Missouri school personnel to carry guns has at least one teachers group up in arms.

The sponsor of the provision says it’s designed to help protect schools in areas where police response to a shooting may take too long to be effective.
 

Father of Isla Vista victim joins the ‘You don’t need’ chorus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In an interview with Inside Edition last night, Richard Martinez, father of Isla Vista victim Christopher Martinez, joined the “You don’t need” chorus of gun control proponents who have unilaterally decided how many firearms and how much ammunition someone should have based on “need,” as noted by USA Today.
 

CNN poll: Majority rejecting calls for new gun laws after Isla Vista
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An admittedly unscientific poll on the CNN website Wednesday asking whether the United States needs stricter gun control laws has drawn a lopsided “no” reaction from visitors to the site, with the latest figures showing 69 percent opposition to the question.

Only 31 percent support the notion that American gun laws need to be tightened. This may be partly due to the fact that California, where last Friday’s spree killing rampage occurred, already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.
 

CA: Self-Defense is Not a Privilege, It’s a Necessity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Here in California we already have some of the most egregious and unreasonable gun control laws in America, the worst of which are two separate “assault weapons” bans (banning weapons by name and cosmetic features), and a 10 round magazine capacity limit.

Did these laws stop the shooter Friday? Have gun control laws stopped anyone from doing anything? Someone with a concealed carry permit could have.
 

IL: Firearms and Fashion Show Gallery
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The second annual Firearms and Fashion show kicked off on May 12 in north Chicago. The event is a collaborative effort by two local companies – AlphaGirls, a self-defense training and gear company, and Nickel and Lace, a designer and concealed-carry clothing company for women — that introduces women to firearms and the concept of self-defense.

Ed.: Story is a photo gallery from the fashion show.
 

GA: Sam Olens, Nathan Deal slam door on talk of ‘accidental’ campus-carry law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Less than 24 hours after a gun group went public with its contention that language contained in two separate gun bills passed by the Legislature would allow concealed weaponry on public university campuses, Attorney General Sam Olens formally shot the idea down.

Read the background we posted this morning. Olens’ judgment on the state of campus carry in Georgia can be found in an FAQ piece his office just produced, to guide state agencies on enforcement of gun legislation passed by the General Assembly this spring. You can read it below.
 

To Stop The Next Shooting, Gun Rights Advocates Must Be Part Of The Solution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Again, the gun used in a mass shooting was purchased legally. Again, there is no thoughtful response from gun rights advocates. Like other perpetrators of mass violence before him, Elliot Rodger is alleged to have used a legal firearm to murder people in Santa Barbara last Friday.

I know Rodger’s actions don’t represent the majority of gun owners. But the fact that a person capable of depraved violence was able to get a gun license means we have work to do. And more than anything I want people who believe that guns play a positive role in our society to be part of that work.
 

CT: Police officers receive Medal of Valor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On March 19 of this year, Lt. Celeste Robitaille and Officer John Facto responded to a report of a man in possession of multiple weapons threatening his family. When Robitaille and Facto knocked on the door of the home on 2nd Avenue in Lordship, they were greeted by a man holding up a rifle with both hands and cursing at them.

The officers noticed a green-colored laser light activated on the gun and ordered the man to drop the weapon. When the armed man refused, Robitaille forced the door open against him. That action forced the rifle to point downward, and at that point Facto and Robitaille wrestled the weapon away and subdued the man.
 

WA: Prosecutor declines to charge sailor for shooting a man in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Grant County prosecutor determined a sailor was acting in self-defense when he shot a man in an Airway Drive residence.

Prosecutor Angus Lee released a letter sent to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office stating he wasn’t going to file charges for the March 15 shooting.

The alleged incident started when a sailor with the U.S. Navy began having a relationship with a woman he met through an online dating service.
 

SC: Indian Land man won’t be charged in ‘stand your ground’ shooting death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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No charges will be filed in the shooting death of David Hammer, 21, of Fort Mill, because the man who fired the shot feared he would be seriously harmed, according a news release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Hammer was shot March 22 in the driveway of a home on Fort Mill Highway. The county coroner’s office confirmed at the time that Hammer died from single gunshot wound to the chest.

Douglas Jowers, 57, of Indian Land, was one of several other people on the scene and told officers that he shot Hammer in self-defense.
 

The history of magazines holding 11 or more rounds: Amicus brief in 9th Circuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Currently before the Ninth Circuit is an appeal in the case of Fyock v. Sunnyvale, a case which challenges a California’s city’s ban on magazines which hold more than 10 rounds. While the State of California outlaws the sale, import, or transfer of such magazines, the Sunnyvale ban goes further, by prohibiting possession of these magazines, with no provision for grandfathering. The District Court upheld the ban; part of the Court’s analysis stated that magazines did not exist at the time the Second Amendment was ratified. Last Friday, amicus briefs in support of appellant were filed, including a brief which I co-authored on the history of magazines and of magazine prohibition.
 

Washington CeaseFire chief admits tough laws didn’t stop Isla Vista
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a stunning acknowledgement this morning during the last half-hour of KVI’s John Carlson show, the head of Washington CeaseFire said that there probably is no law that could have prevented the Santa Barbara spree killing.

CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli stated that, “I don’t know of anything…that could have been done to prevent this tragedy in Santa Barbara.” It is an admission that could come back to haunt him and the gun prohibition lobby later this year as the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility pushes Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure with a so-called “universal background check” at its core.
 

WA: Seattle cops’ 2A argument in lawsuit v. city, DOJ an interesting point
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When nearly one-tenth of the Seattle Police Department’s commissioned officers yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the Department of Justice over the new federally-mandated use-of-force policy, they made an argument that the guidelines violated the Second Amendment, and gun rights advocates should pay attention to that.

The document, posted by the Seattle Times online, notes on Page 15, “When a police officer is confronted with threatening behavior, he or she has the fundamental, individual right of self-defense under the Second Amendment, consistent with every other citizen, to protect himself or herself, and others, from apparent and immediate harm.”
 

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