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To Prevent Another ‘Abramski,’ Get in the Fight
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"But in the end, the ultimate argument contained in the 2nd Amendment— 'shall not be infringed' — was never made, because to do so would alter the balance of power, and people who have power never cede it unless they have no choice."
 

Minority Gun Owners Share No "Stigma of Violence"
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"That make it all the more outrageous that he was on the receiving end of ugly insults, reminiscent of the vilest things screamed at Civil Rights marchers in the heyday of their activism, along with a pathetic attempt to dismiss and diminish his efforts by the media arm of the powerful and connected Center for American Progress Action Fund."
 

MD: 2nd Baltimore City Police Officer Suspended In Dog’s Slaying
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New information on a dog slaying that has people across Baltimore outraged. One city police officer is charged with a felony.
Now WJZ is learning a second officer has been pulled off the streets and placed on administrative duties. ...
The officer originally charged with killing the dog will go to trial next month.
Jeffrey Bolger, 49, is the latest Baltimore City cop to find himself off the job and heading to court. Police say he slit the throat of a seven-year-old Shar Pei named Nala after she escaped from her backyard. ...
According to charging documents, Bolger was heard yelling: “I am going to gut this [expletive] thing.”

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: The nut flew into a rage upon being told he was uglier than the dog.
 

Cleveland Mayor Jackson’s gun diversion shows desperation to appear effective
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Funny, though, how 'progressive' gun-grabbers who scream loudest about “home rule” get real quiet every time a national disarmament diktat is passed, but then, if they didn’t have hypocrisy going for them, they’d lose their strongest suit. It figures this confederacy of dunces is on board with Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against (Your) Guns/Everytown for Fake 'Safety' scam. Still, as ridiculous as they are, it would be a mistake to dismiss them solely by pointing and laughing at them, as richly as Jackson and his court deserve it (and as much as this goofy photo of retiree Jay Westbrook invites it)."
 

The Protection of the Innocent and the Decision to Kill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Follow-up to yesterday’s post, in which I did not really answer Frank Weather’s argument against priests packing heat. His case is a strong one, and I didn’t think I had a firm opinion about it. All I thought I had to bring to the table was a set of cultural biases. On further reflection, let those cultural biases form themselves into an argument.

(Whatever the Church says, that’s what I accept. But for the moment I believe this question is open to speculation, so speculate I will.)

Before I lay out the conclusion to my speculation, I’m going to do a pile of clarifying. This is all just straight catechism talk, go check the source for yourself.
 

NY: S.C.O.P.E. lauds Marchione for anti-SAFE Act work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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She’s No. 1 — with a bullet.

State Sen. Kathy Marchione has been named one of S.C.O.P.E.’s two legislators of the year for her opposition to the SAFE Act, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s landmark gun control law passed last year.

Marchione, a Halfmoon Republican, has been a vocal opponent of the controversial law, which — among other things — requires the owners of assault weapons to register them with the state. Another provision of the law limiting the number of bullets gun owners can load in a magazine to seven has been struck down by a federal judge.
 

CO: Hickenlooper silent on gun law comments; supporters and foes baffled
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After several days of fallout over his comments on gun control laws to a recent gathering of county sheriffs, Gov. John Hickenlooper has managed to baffle both victims-rights advocates and Second Amendment supporters.

The governor's conflicting comments on his support for a controversial 2013 law limiting ammunition magazines has added traction to the argument from critics that he's unwilling to take definitive stances in his role as leader of the state.
 

FL: Gov. Rick Scott signs warning shot bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Floridians who fire a warning shot or threaten to use a gun could avoid criminal prosecution under a law signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott.

The legislation, which marks one of the most significant changes to the state’s self-defense laws since the 2012 killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, was one of nearly 60 bills signed by Scott on Friday.

The Republican incumbent also signed measures expanding the use of private school vouchers, creating a new incentive program for sports stadiums and making it a crime in Florida to kill or injure a fetus at any stage of development.
 

U.N. On ‘Collision Course’ With Second Amendment, Says Second Amendment Foundation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The United Nations is “on a collision course” with the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment and the natural right of all people to defend themselves, the Second Amendment Foundation said today in a statement to the U.N.’s Programme of Action (POA) meeting in New York.

SAF Operations Director Julianne Versnel told the committee that “the POA and other UN efforts repeatedly and vociferously discuss gender issues.”
 

WI: A gun on his hip
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Dan Sajdowitz carries his .40-caliber Walther on his hip because you never know what danger may lie just ahead.

His sidearm deters would-be criminals, he believes, although he says he has no proof of that. Sajdowitz, 39, has carried a gun openly and concealed for nearly four years; he has yet to pull his weapon in self-defense. He hopes he never has to, but if he does he will be ready.

Sajdowitz let me tag along with him recently as he open carried on the Milwaukee's south side. He told me before we left that I probably would get more "looks" as a "big, black guy with dreadlocks" than he would as a white guy with a gun on his hip. Sadly, he was right.
 

TX: Simple solution to 2nd Amendment problem
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' book, “Six Amendments,” came out in April.

When I first checked more than a week ago, 67 people had been killed by killers with guns and an astounding 210 wounded in U.S. mass shootings since April. Ooops. Checked five days later, those numbers grew to 79 dead, 226 wounded — as of June 15. As you read this, there are surely more.
 

NY: Late to cause of Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I became interested in guns late in the game after turning 60. Now I enjoy the hobby of target shooting, and my gun interest are divided between my air-powered pellet guns and my research in the history of bolt-action military rifles from the first half of the past century. I am not a hunter, but I became hooked on researching the history of American firearms. My interest ranges from the War of Independence up through 1950. Yet even at this level of gun ownership I’m worried about the future of the right to keep and bear arms.
 

Rand Paul Offers Amendment to Stop Eric Holder’s Operation Choke Point
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Already, scores of gun dealers have complained that their banks have cut their credit or otherwise put pressure on them. Three articles detailing this effort to shut down gun dealers may be found here, here and here.

The good news is this: Senator Rand Paul has just filed an amendment to the Science Justice Commerce Appropriations bill which will cut off Obama’s efforts to shut down gun stores by drying up their credit.

The Paul language is Amendment 3292 to H.R. 4660.
The appropriations bill is currently on the floor, but we expect the Paul amendment to be considered Friday or Tuesday. If adopted, the Obama administration would be barred from attempting to cut off credit to guns stores – just because they sell guns.
 

WA: Prosecutor: shooter in downtown Olympia acted in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute a man who shot another man twice in downtown Olympia on May 1 because it appears he “reasonably believed” his life was in danger, a prosecutor said Friday.

“A reasonable person would have felt that his life was being threatened,” Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Heather Stone explained.

Olympia police have said the shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. May 1, during a confrontation between the shooter and group of people who had surrounded him. The shooter had witnessed a member of the group break into a parked car at Fourth Avenue and Adams Street and steal a handbag containing a cell phone, police have said.
 

ID: Open-carry dos and don'ts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A firearm is a useful tool for hunting, self-defense and, in Moscow, allowing customers to get a discount on their plate of brisket.
Corina Ritter, co-owner along with her husband of CD's Smoke Pit, said their restaurant offers a 10 percent discount for customers who openly carry at the restaurant. It's been that way for the last 4 1/2 years - as long as CD's has been in business.
 

Fire Arms Friday-The KAHR 9mm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Kahr P-9 is a double action 9mm that is thinner and lighter than the average 9. It is thinner because it has a single stack magazine and where some compact 9s hold 12 or 13, this one only holds six plus 1. But when you are talking about a self-defense situation the idea is you won’t have to fire but a few shots anyway.
 

SAF tells Conn. school district to stop blocking pro-gun websites
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation is vowing “prompt legal action” following reports yesterday that a Connecticut school district’s filtering system was blocking access to websites belonging to firearms rights advocacy groups, while allowing access to gun control organizations in what appears to be a clear violation of the First Amendment.

In a blunt letter to Superintendent Jody Ian Goeler at Connecticut’s Regional School District 14, SAF General Counsel Miko Tempski warned, “Once a school chooses to provide internet access, the First Amendment prohibits it from selectively censoring access to websites based on their particular viewpoints.”
 

WI: Democrats gave away gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Are you aware of the fact that 46 United States Democratic senators voted to give your constitutional right to keep and bear arms to the United Nations? They voted to enter into the U. N. Arms Trade Treaty. One of the senators who voted to give away our Second Amendment rights was our own Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin.

If you are a hunter, collector, or a concealed firearms licensed person or just a target shooter you need to know just what is in the U.N. arms control treaty:

• Mandated national screening for all persons seeking to own a firearm. Non-elected bureaucrats will have the final say on whether or not you are competent enough to own a gun and can qualify according to the law.
 

NC: Pittsboro shooting range under fire from the cat sanctuary nearby
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the woods of Chatham County, where songbirds call to each other, two neighbors say they are each working to benefit the community.

But in doing so, they also have divided it, with some people rallying behind Siglinda Scarpa and the more than 220 cats her organization cares for and others backing Mark Atkeson and his recently opened private shooting range.

Range 2A aims to provide gun-control training and practice for gun owners, local law enforcement and military, Atkeson said.

About 600 feet away from the back of his property, Scarpa runs Goathouse Refuge, which rescues and cares for cats from kill shelters.

She, her employees and volunteers say the nearby shooting is constant and disruptive to the felines.
 

MS: Robber Bets Victim Doesn't Have Gun, Victim Shoots Him
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to MS News Now, the suspect approached the man and feigned an interest in cigarettes. When the would-be victim said he didn't have any cigarettes, the suspect "began to walk away, turned and said, 'betcha ain't got one of these,' pointing a gun at the [would-be] victim."

However, the would-be victim was carrying a gun for self-defense and he responded to the threat by shooting the suspect in the chest.
 

Smith & Wesson says Americans are buying fewer guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The gun industry has experienced an intense run-up in demand over the last couple years, fueled by concerns of more rigorous gun restrictions in the wake of President Obama’s reelection and a series of mass shootings including the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn.

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But there are still signs of growth. Smith & Wesson recently reported a hefty increase in handgun sales, buoyed by growing consumer interest in self-defense and concealed carry.
 

Senate amendment would preserve gun rights of medical marijuana patients
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An amendment by Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) to a spending bill would ban the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from using federal funds to prevent medical marijuana patients from possessing firearms.

Currently 22 states and the District of Columbia have statues to allow the legal use of cannabis for authorized patients. However, the ATF has long held that any sale or possession of firearms by those who use marijuana , even if allowed by state law, remains criminal.
 

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