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Gun deaths: American tragedy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Louisiana, nearly half of homes possess firearms -- and Louisiana has America's worst gun death rate, almost 20 per 100,000 population per year.

In Hawaii, fewer than 10 percent of homes have guns -- and the shooting fatality rate is only 2.8 per 100,000 per year.

"The equation is simple: More guns lead to more gun deaths," says Kristen Rand of the national Violence Policy Center, which ranks states according to gun killings.

Incidentally, West Virginia is 10th-worst in the shooting gallery, with nearly 15 deaths per 100,000, the center says -- far above the U.S. average of 10.3. The most dangerous states are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, Nevada, Arkansas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arizona and West Virginia.
 

Flag daze
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Instead, he came up with his own design, and ordered a batch from a company in Humble, Texas. Since then, he said, he’s gone through more than 10,000 flags, filling orders from all 50 states.

For the Brown campaign, he packed a bunch of his Flags of the Second American Revolution in his 2008 Bullitt Ford Mustang and drove east. At the Park Plaza, he said, he scavenged a press pass and used it to get into the hall, where he handed out his flags to people in the front row, where the cameras would catch them.

“As we learned with ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ there are certain symbols that resonate with us,” McQueen said. Some people took the numerals to be the Twin Towers; other people thought they represented the Second Amendment
 

Gun-studded rallies safest places in America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Besides a police station, the safest place in America on April 19 would probably have been any of the numerous Patriot’s Day rallies held around the country where thousands of people, many carrying firearms, celebrated the opening shots in America’s war for independence. Some of the rallies had a strong Tea Party presence, others were filled with gun-rights folks with no particular political affiliation.

This was Patriots Day — a holiday recognized by too few and celebrated by even fewer — and the one common theme was that the freedom fought for 235 years ago was worth winning, even at the cost of blood and lives. It was a battle fought over guns.
 

UK: Female bodyguards to get lighter 'baby' guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police bodyguards protecting the Royals and the Prime Minister are being armed with 'baby' guns in a bid to recruit more women officers to the role.

Often seen as a 'girl' gun in the hands of female detectives in TV programmes like CSI Miami and Criminal Minds, the Baby Glock is smaller, lighter and easier to use for those with smaller hands.

But critics have warned that police chiefs are putting political correctness before security as officers from Scotland Yard’s elite protection squad could be hampered by the smaller weapon if they come under attack.
 

WV: Handgun Safety Tips
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It could happen in a split second and could change a life forever.

We're talking about gun accidents and the increasing amount that happen in homes and outdoors across the nation each year.

Most people think of gun accidents and they think of children, but the average person to have a gun accident is 40 years old.

Joel Louzy has been around guns all his life, but he recently decided to take a handgun safety class with his girlfriend for protection.

So they both brought their personal handguns to learn with.

"I've got a Ruger 9 millimeter 45 and my girlfriend is shooting a 22," said Joel Louzy, gun owner.
 

NJ: Policeman, fiancee latest to file suits against Hackensack PD
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Two more lawsuits have been filed against the Hackensack Police Department by a policeman and his fiancée, a former civilian employee who alleges she was the target of inappropriate sexual remarks and advances by Chief Ken Zisa and other superior officers.
Police Officer Benny Marino and Paola Candela filed their suits on Tuesday in state Superior Court in Bergen County. Marino’s complaint brings the number of officers who have filed suit to 22, including two retirees. ...
Councilman John Labrosse, who has criticized the council’s handling of the problems within the police department, questioned the cost to taxpayers.

 

PA: Armed citizen fends off early morning robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An armed citizen reportedly used his gun to fend off an early morning robbery in Pittsburgh, PA.

Police say that they received an emergency call at about 1:00am from a the would-be victim of a robbery in Market Square. The man reportedly notified police that he was attacked by a robber, at which point he fired is gun in self defense, causing the robber to flee. No injuries to the victim were reported, and police are said to be seeking the suspect.
 

WI: Group looks to protect 2nd Amendment right, raise awareness through picnic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A twenty-one gun salute kicked off the picnic for Wisconsin Carry, Inc. on Sunday.

Organizers say it's a patriotic way to celebrate one of their favorite American values: The right to bear arms.

“It seems to me, that as I became aware of open carry is legal, most of the people I talk to even life-long NRA members don't know that open carry is legal,” says Greg Miller of Wisconsin Carry, Inc.

Open carry supporters say the state laws, as displayed here at the picnic, override local ordinances banning the carrying of firearms.

Some people signed petitions today directed at repealing the City of Eau Claire and Eau Claire County’s open carry ordinances, which they say were on the books before the state law went into effect.
 

Kagan Info Lack May Torpedo Hearing Validity, says Gun Law Expert
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"The lack of full information on the public record of Elena Kagan undermines the validity of forthcoming Senate confirmation hearings on the woman's nomination to the Supreme Court," gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.

"In fact," he added, "it may vitiate the validity of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. The weekend revelation that only half of the 160,000 pages of documents relevant to the nomination and sought by the Committee have been released came as a significant disappointment.

"How can Senators conduct a thorough, comprehensive and determinative hearing without such information? The nomination demands tough Senate questioning."
 

Why are 'researchers' using Ozzy Osbourne's ramblings to push for more 'gun control'?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"I guess a mind not addled by years of drug and alcohol abuse would understand the flip side to that question would be why not just send the guns? Which makes me wonder what's addling Cook and Ludwig, to rely on a degenerate to make their case for them..."
 

Is it time to end the police gun sale 'loophole'?
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-Rights-Examiner

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"It would seem 'ordinary' citizens who footed the bill weren't eligible for this perk."
 

The Individual Right to bear arms asserted and proved
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In 1765, the frontier in Pennsylvania is the living breathing embodiment of philosopher John Locke's State of Nature an area where there are no rules or laws. The non stop Indian wars, The Penn's lax and often incompetent government and a British Military Authority that is suddenly overwhelmed by the enormity of their task now that they must administer all of the new lands ceded to them as a result of the Treaty of Paris ending the French and Indian war, creates a governmental and administrative power vacuum. The government is failing in its obligations to provide safety and security and to provide for the common good, which will be exploited by those hoping to make a huge profit from the uncertainty that exists.
 

Fact Check: Your guns are safe from treaties
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I've received an e-mail that says that President Barack Obama has found a way around the Second Amendment and "will force gun control and a complete ban on all weapons for U.S. citizens through the signing of international treaties with foreign nations." It says that this isn't a joke: we eventually will have to deliver our firearms to the local government collection and destruction center or face imprisonment. Can this really be true?

It is true that the Obama administration has agreed to be involved in discussions of a United Nations treaty to regulate arms imports and exports that the U.S. hasn't cottoned to previously.

But that doesn't mean the Constitution will be usurped.
 

Will open-carry gun laws turn U.S. into Wild West?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Are armed mobs becoming socially acceptable? Watching television coverage of gun owners eager to brandish their firearms in public spaces, that appears to be the desired goal of "open-carry" advocates.

Exploiting loopholes in state laws that don't explicitly ban the open carrying of handguns and other firearms is an omission of default rather than design -- who would think people would actually want to live out their Wild West fantasies in real life -- open-carry advocates take delight in thumbing their noses at societal norms by brandishing their firearms.

Some go much further, portraying their display of weaponry as a visual warning shot against perceived enemies.
 

'Gun control' only helps evil element
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Let's get right to the point, gun control does not prevent crime. It only sounds good to people who don't understand that criminals do not obey the law anyway. It only hurts law-abiding citizens who already have the right to defend themselves and their loved ones. It's called the Second Amendment!

If gun control worked we would not have all the crime that we have in the Chicago area. The politicians love the term "gun control." It makes it seem like they support something useful when in reality they just make it easier for evil people to commit crimes.
 

Relevance of Kagan's work as clerk on Supreme Court debated
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Solicitor General Elena Kagan's membership in an exclusive club is causing trouble for her Supreme Court nomination. But that is unlikely to defer future applicants.

Kagan is part of a vast network of lawyers of all political persuasions who clerked for a Supreme Court justice. It is a group that grows by about 40 lawyers every year and plays an increasing role in the workings of the court -- as practitioners, analysts and law professors whose work centers on the institution.
 

KY: Republican Rand Paul attends gun show, courts Second Amendment advocates in Ky. Senate race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul reached out to gun advocates on Saturday, trying to shore up support from a major voting bloc in Kentucky also being courted by his Democratic opponent.

The Bowling Green eye doctor whose campaign Web site sports footage of him blasting away with an automatic rifle signed autographs and glad-handed with well wishers at a Louisville gun show. It's not an unusual venue for Paul, who attended similar events during his GOP primary race.
 

NE: Omaha police collect 30 guns, 3 cases of ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Omaha police collected 30 guns and three cases of ammunition during its first gun amnesty day.

Sgt. Eric Nordby says shotguns, rifles and handguns were collect Saturday in south Omaha. Under the program, anyone could drop off any gun with police - no questions asked.

The goal of the collection was to get guns off the streets.

Another amnesty day is planned for July 10 in north Omaha.
 

GA: Breaking down recent state bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This bill was designed to clarify where Georgians can legally carry firearms. Under most circumstances, individuals with a valid weapons carry license can carry a handgun or knife in all parks, historic sites, or recreational areas and on public transportation.

Individuals may not carry guns in a government building, courthouse, jail or prison, place of worship, state mental health facility, nuclear power facility or within 150 feet of a polling place. In addition, guns may only be carried in bars with the owner’s permission. With a few exceptions, if a person has a weapons carry license he can carry a gun in nearly every location not listed above.
 

Ireland: Gardai order audit of country’s gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy has ordered an audit of the country’s gun owners, amid concerns over the ‘‘large number’’ of unregistered firearms across the country.

Firearms groups were informed about the audit on June 2, the same day that 12 people were shot dead in Cumbria by taxi driver Derrick Bird. The audit will be conducted in ‘‘early July’’, according to correspondence seen by The Sunday Business Post.

It will be carried out by garda superintendents in each district nationwide, under legislation originally devised to tackle organised crime gangs.

The nationwide audit is aimed at people who own licensed guns, but may have lapsed in re-licensing some or all of their firearms.
 

TN: Tennessee legislative politics veer right
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tennessee legislators made a series of political right turns on public policy during the 106th General Assembly that ended the second half of its two-year run last week, lawmakers and observers say.

With Republicans gaining majorities in both the House and Senate for the first time since the post-Civil War era in the 2008 elections, conservatives' impact was felt in areas ranging from abortion to immigrants to charter school expansion.

Handgun-carry permit holders soon will be able to go armed in establishments serving alcohol. Trial lawyers and public defenders have less say so on state Supreme Court nominations forwarded by a judicial commission to governors.
 

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