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The Mistaken Argument: Fewer Guns = Fewer Murders
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Taken at its face if we had no guns there would be no firearm murders. That is a fact same as saying that before we had cars there were no motor vehicle fatalities. Still there are those, especially following some horrific crime, who insist on trying to make it harder for Americans to own guns. They claim that the fewer guns the fewer gun fatalities. They are correct in an extremely simplistic way. However, taking guns away from people does not make them less violent, crazy or racist; just less capable of acting on those impulses. That is a good thing right?What do you think?
It also makes it harder for those of us who are not crazy, violent nor racist from defending ourselves from those who are.
 

Anti-gunner’s Logic Bending, Lies And Disregard For Human Life
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In their continued push to pass more restrictions on American’s civil rights, a recent article on the notoriously left leaning, quite ironically named “Think Progress” (since they seem to lack both thought or progress) touted that “The Number Of People Who Use A Gun In Self-Defense Is Pretty Much Negligible.” In fact, they felt that so strongly, that is what they titled the article. As a conservative, and very pro-gun guy, I am used to being called callous and uncaring by the left, but the whole premise of this article screams of hypocrisy. It appears all the more callous when you look at the actual number of times they consider to be “negligible,” even if you were only to consider the incorrect numbers that they provide.
 

SC: Rep. William Chumley ‘regrets’ self-defense comment
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An Upstate lawmaker opposed to removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse has apologized for seeming to question why the victims of last week’s Emanuel AME Church attack did not do more to defend themselves.

State Rep. William Chumley, R-Woodruff, told CNN that it was wrong to debate the flag and hate groups in the wake of the killings.
 

Gun Rights Benefited Black Americans During the Civil Rights Movement and Still Do
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Dylann Roof’s racially motivated murders of nine black churchgoers have brought predictable calls for new restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. How ironic this is we shall soon see.

Advocates of gun rights argue that the best way to prevent such atrocities is for would-be victims to arm themselves; killers will break gun laws without hesitation (though Roof obtained his .45-caliber handgun legally), so legal obstacles to gun ownership only impede the innocent. Relying on the police for defense is futile—or worse.
 

AR: Prosecuting Attorney adds another legal opinion to ‘Open Carry’ issue
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Responding to law enforcement requests for clarity on the law, Shue wrote in his June 23 letter that the law is essentially “a return to the state of the law in 1975 after the passage of Act 696 of 1975.” Continuing, Shue said the law approved in 2013 says possession of a weapon is not enough of a reason for law enforcement to make an arrest.

“Mere possession of the handgun, knife, or club is no longer enough. When there is no evidence of a ‘purpose to attempt to unlawfully employ’ the weapon, then there has been no crime committed, and no criminal prosecution can be undertaken. Hopefully this will assist you in your efforts to enforce the law,” Shue noted.
 

MI: Witness Used Used One Key Word to Describe Man Who Killed Armed Robber in Detroit
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On Father’s Day morning in suburban Detroit, a restaurant worker shot and killed a man attempting to commit armed robbery. Now, one of the customers who was in the restaurant at that time is describing the man as a hero.

According to ClickOnDetroit, around 9:30 AM, a man walked into Pete’s Grill and Coney Island, pulled out a gun, and announced that he planned to rob the business. Then a cook in the restaurant pulled out a weapon and shot the robber.
 

Scottish journalist says Second Amendment should be repealed
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Writing yesterday in The Scotsman, journalist Allan Massie – a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature – contended that not only has the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment been misread, it should also be repealed.

His diatribe, headlined “Problem is gun control, not racism,” ostensibly is about the Charleston tragedy, but instead of focusing on the act of the 21-year-old suspect now charged with the mass shooting, Massie turns his attention to gun rights. In the process, he perpetuates an oft-repeated myth that there is an absence of gun control in this country “which allows an inadequate and unbalanced young man like Dylann Roof to obtain a firearm, no questions asked.”
 

NY: Most “assault weapon” owners are ignoring NY gun law
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The Shooters Committee on Public (sic) Education, a gun-rights group based in western New York, successfully sued after the state refused to release the details. Now the group claimed that the statistics showed what they suspected: Few gun owners are complying with the SAFE Act adopted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature in January 2013.

The total number of applications to register assault weapons in New York was 25,536.

“The majority of gun owners and sportsmen in New York have absolutely no respect for this law,” said Stephen Aldstadt, the group’s president.
 

WI: Governor signs Wanggaard-authored legislation over opponents’ safety concerns
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Two gun-related bills authored by Racine state Sen. Van Wanggaard were signed into law Wednesday as advocates on both sides dispute the impact they will have.

One of the bills eliminates a 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases, while the other allows off-duty and retired law enforcement officers to carry guns on school grounds.
 

FL: Brevard County newspaper deliveryman claims self defense in shooting
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The State Attorney's Office in Brevard County on Wednesday said the newspaper delivery man accused of shooting at a resident was standing his ground.

Steven Naughgle, 27, was originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the June 4 incident on Java Road in Cocoa Beach, but late Wednesday those charges were dropped.
 

Frustrated by Charleston, Tribune columnist Huppke throws logic out the window w/his call for more gun control
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Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke, in his frustration, abandons logic in yesterday's column about the tragic killing of nine innocent people in Charleston last Wednesday. He thinks politicians are being disingenuous in their response to these murders. Huppke asserts they are shedding "Crocodile tears." Let's take a look at the Tribune columnist's argument and see if it holds water.
 

MS: Bryant Signs Two Concealed Carry Bills
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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed a bill that will allow Mississippi residents to carry a concealed gun in a fully enclosed bag or briefcase without a state-issued license.

This bill goes into effect July 1.

According to reports, the bill will also reduce fees for people to receive and renew a concealed-carry license, dropping the fee for a new license to $80.

The renewal fee for people under age 65 will drop to $40, and the fee for those older than 65 will now cost $20.
 

OK: No charges for attorney who fatally shot client
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A dispute between an ex-con and his attorney Saturday evening turned violent, prompting the lawyer to shoot and kill his client, but authorities say it was likely an act of self-defense and he’s not facing any charges at this time.

“Apparently the client, 54-year-old David Smith, became angry, began arguing and physically assaulting the attorney. The attorney was armed, he pulled out a gun and shot the victim,” said Jennifer Wardlow with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
 

Scraping and saving to build my AR-15
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A while back, I decided I wanted to build a “tactical” AR-15. I had built an AR previously for my own personal use and to my own personal tastes at the moment, but this time I wanted something a little different, something better.

Also, admittedly and for the benefit of those readers who have not experienced this condition themselves, building ARs is slightly addicting. If I had the money, I’d have to buy another couple of safes just to store all the guns I’d like to see made and it apparently doesn’t take much for homebuilding to get in your blood. Without too much effort, I got a family friend hooked on building them but fortunately for him, he has the money to indulge in the habit.
 

MO: Homeowner in Franklin County kills two intruders in four months
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A man who awoke to find an intruder with an ax in his Franklin County home Tuesday stabbed the intruder multiple times following an argument, authorities said.
The intruder died later Tuesday at a hospital. He was identified as Eric M. Frazer, 38, of the 5000 block of Oak Grove Church Road in Robertsville.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said the homeowner had shot and killed another intruder in self-defense in a similar incident in February. The homeowner was not charged in that case and Toelke said detectives were looking at whether the incidents were just bad luck.
 

Do we need unholy guns in holy places?
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Inevitably, after the massacre at Emanuel AME Church, people are beginning to talk about arming congregants for self-defense. It is a sad image: 25 souls sitting around at Wednesday night prayer meeting, some packing heat in case the next church attacker should happen to be among them.

Some people consider it a ridiculous idea, or dangerous, or even sacrilegious: Guns don’t belong in the house of the Lord Jesus, who taught turning the other cheek and peacemaking; guns don’t belong in the hands of angry people, and Lord knows people sometimes get real angry in church. Imagine an enraged deacon calling for a vote on whether to fire the pastor, gun in hand. (This might affect the church’s democratic process just a bit.)
 

FL: Armed Domino's Driver Turns Tables, Shoots Alleged Rob
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On June 24, a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver was approached by two alleged robbers who demanded his money. The driver pulled his gun and opened fire, killing one of the suspects.

The incident occurred in Hollywood, Florida, “Just after midnight.”

According to NBC Miami, “The delivery worker was returning from a few deliveries when two suspects approached him and attempted to rob him.” He pulled his gun and shot, killing one of the alleged robbers and causing the second one to flee.
 

CA: Judge dismisses road-rage shooting indictment
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A Marin County Superior Court judge dismissed an indictment last week against a Corte Madera physician in last year’s road rage shooting case.

James Simon, 71, was charged with attempted voluntary manslaughter for shooting at 70-year-old William Osenton of Tiburon on July 17.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Simon said after court on Friday. “I hope this becomes a footnote in my life and that I can do good for the rest of my life in both medicine and in helping friends and neighbors and inventions.”
 

Bloomberg School of Public Health Tries to Pass Off CT Background Check Study as Fact
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A new study in the American Journal of Public Health purports to show that a 1995 tightening in Connecticut’s gun permit laws led to a 40 percent reduction in gun homicides over the next decade—nearly 300 fewer gun homicides than their counterfactual construction of a Connecticut without those laws would have had.

Despite its immediate adoption by gun control advocates, the study may not actually deliver what’s advertised.
 

Conspiracy-Theory Spouting Pope Attacks Those Who Defend Him, Humanity
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Almost as vile was Francis’ assertion that firearms manufacturers are somehow bad Christians.

He somehow seems to be unaware of the Vatican’s own teachings on armed self defense and the Catholic belief of just war doctrine, nor does he seem to grasp that his own private army, the Swiss Guards, have armories full of real assault rifles, submachine guns, and other firearms to protect the Vatican, and his person.
 

Federal court takes up Second Amendment case
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Gun rights activists are challenging whether Americans living abroad can purchase firearms in a case that could have major implications for the Second Amendment.

A federal appeals court is sending the case to trial after a six-year delay.

The case revolves around Stephen Dearth, an American citizen who lives in Canada. He’s challenging a government policy that blocks him from buying a gun when he visits the U.S.
 

America’s center on gun control might shock New York
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York City is Exhibit A. Michael Bloomberg long claimed to be a big supporter of the Second Amendment. What he’s against, he likes to say, is “illegal guns.” But, save for a very few persons, all guns being carried are illegal in New York City.

There’s a widespread view that different states and cities ought to have some wiggle room in how to regulate guns. But New York City takes such a hard line that the Second Amendment just doesn’t apply. Call it a .22 caliber catch-22.

So I wonder if there’s a compromise here. The gun-control camp gets better background checks to guard against persons with mental illness carrying guns. And the Second Amendment camp gets legislation that says permits must be issued to persons who are sane.
 

TX: With open carry, businesses will have to choose sides
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That may mean some turbulence for some Texans reverent of the Second Amendment, who opt to hip-holster a pistol as they shop and dine out. Because unlike concealed carry bans, a violator will be obvious.

Gun rights activists have already raised fuss over business who don't let them bring guns inside. The website Texas3006.com, named after penal code 30.06, which allows businesses to deny entry to armed customers, lists over 400 businesses with gun bans in Houston and surrounding suburbs. They include many banks, hospitals and office buildings, but also restaurants, movie theaters and supermarkets. Many high-profile companies announced gun bans only last year.
 

Why Disarming the 'Mentally Ill' Is Not a Sensible Response to Mass Shootings
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In short, if you are "mentally ill," "not quite there," "angry," "confused," "racist," or "deranged," the Second Amendment does not apply to you. It seems fair to ask, then, whether the Second Amendment applies to anyone. Something like half of all Americans qualify for a psychiatric diagnosis at some point in their lives, and I suspect the "angry" or "confused" portion approaches 100 percent.

In a recent Journal of the American Medical Association essay, Georgetown law professor Lawrence Gostin argues that such proposals for preventing troubled individuals from obtaining guns are misbegotten, requiring a dragnet that will ensnare many harmless people without having a significant impact on gun violence:
 

NY: Advocates find Albany agreement ugly
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And gun-rights groups are angered that the agreement — known in Albany as the "Big Ugly" — didn't include any changes to the SAFE Act, the 2011 gun-control law that has been protested by upstate conservatives.

State lawmakers remained at the Capitol on Wednesday after their annual session had been scheduled to end a week prior. Key details from the end-of-session agreement remain unclear, however, and a bill hasn't been presented to the legislature for a vote.
 

Gun Rights Group Auctioning Off James Brady’s Gun To Fight Gun Control
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This has to sting supporters of gun control: a .31 caliber Colt 1848 Baby Dragoon that once belonged to former White House Press Secretary and gun control supporter James Brady is being auctioned off to benefit the Second Amendment Foundation’s legal battles against the Brady Campaign and other gun control groups.
 

CA: Behind the 9th Circuit bench: The judges ruling on concealed guns
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The future of concealed carry gun permits in California is … on hold.

With the courtroom arguments in two of the biggest gun-related lawsuits in the country complete, attention turns to the 11 federal judges who will rule on them. But there’s no deadline, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is notorious for moving slowly and many of the judges who heard oral arguments last week were coming to the cases with little direct knowledge of the five years of back and forth.
 

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Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. — St. George Tucker, in his edition of 'Blackstone's Commentaries,' 1:300 (1803).

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