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Guns and Proportion- data on violence from 2019
Submitted by: Rob Morse
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Let’s start with a common set of facts before we argue about their significance. I want to put violence in perspective. 2019 is the last year where I could find complete data from both the US Department of Justice and the US Center for Disease Control. This is what I found.

-We are about a thousand times more likely to use a gun for self-defense than to be the innocent victim who is murdered in the criminal use of a firearm.

-We are about 8 thousand times more likely to use a gun in self-defense than for that gun to accidentally kill a child.

 

IA: Iowa ‘constitutional carry’ law goes into effect July 1
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Effective July 1, Iowa no longer requires certain residents to have a permit to acquire or permit to carry to purchase handguns from federally licensed firearms dealers.

Instead, those who apply without permits need to undergo the National Instant Criminal Background Check System background check for each purchase. They must be at least 21 years old unless they possess a professional permit to carry a firearm while working in an occupation that requires it, according to the bill, HB756.
 

TN: Second Amendment preserves America’s freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For more than two centuries, the Second Amendment has protected this nation from threats foreign and domestic. The Founding Fathers understood that the right to keep and bear arms was the most practical method of defending one’s self, family and property against those who want to cause harm.

They included it as a result of personal experiences with oppression and wanted to ensure future generations were well prepared to defend against such threats. The Second Amendment exists today because of the British Army’s attempt to seize the colonists’ firearms and ammunition in Concord, Mass. on April 18, 1775.
 

CA: California city council approves measure requiring gun owners to have liability insurance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One month after a mass shooting, city councilors have passed gun control measures.

In a unanimous vote, the San Jose City Council approved a measure requiring every gun owner to have liability insurance coverage for their firearms.

A second measure requires gun owners to pay an annual fee to compensate taxpayers for the public cost of responding to gun-related injuries and deaths, such as emergency medical and police response.
 

AZ: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday, the Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2021 legislative session. During this session, the House passed House Bill 2840, critical self-defense legislation to reduce arbitrary boundaries where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to take action on HB 2840 before session ended.

Earlier this session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1382, to ensure that access to the Second Amendment remains protected from frivolous lawsuits and also remains protected during emergencies. Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1382 into law on May 7th, 2021.
 

TN: Gun safety stressed as new law takes effect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The 1st of July marked the start of a handful of new laws in Tennessee.

One gaining nationwide attention is the Constitutional Carry or Permitless Carry law.

The bill no longer requires gun purchasers to take a course to open or conceal carry a handgun.

”It’s, I mean it is absolutely dangerous not to have at least a fundamental knowledge, I mean absolutely dangerous,” said Matt Estridge lead instructor at Tier One Tactical.

Estridge is versed in counterterrorism.

He along with his wife run Tier One Tactical offering a 90-minute course online for just $19.90.
 

Restaurant Employee Stops Midnight Robbery – Armed Citizen Stories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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You are a pizza delivery driver. It is late Sunday night, and you are waiting in the pizza shop for your last order to be cut and boxed. Two men race into the store wearing masks. They are also waving a prybar and a large knife. They run up to the counter and threaten the clerks behind the counter. The robbers demand the money in the till.

You own a gun. You have your Ohio concealed carry license. You’re carrying a concealed handgun. You present your firearm and shoot the attacker closest to the clerks. Now both attackers run so you stop shooting.
 

FL: Florida Gov. Signs Church Carry into Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed Church Carry into law recently and it will go into effect immediately.

H.B. 259, the Church Carry bill, “authorizes persons who have concealed weapons or firearms licenses to carry firearms on property of churches, synagogues, or any other religious institutions, unless specifically prohibited to do so by the church, synagogue, religious institution, or other property owner,” reported the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.
 

TX: Army Sgt Indicted for murder of BLM protester, claims self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Ft.Hood Army Sgt who shot and killed a Black Lives Matter Protester last year is indicted for murder and Deadly Conduct.

Sgt. Daniel Perry turned himself in and has been released on bond.

Perry says he was dropping of a rideshare rider in downtown Austin when he found himself surrounded by BLM protesters who were rallying at the time.

He claims he shot and killed protester Garrett Foster as Foster allegedly raised an AK47 style rifle at him, Sgt. Perry says it was self defense.
 

TX: Road rage shooting deemed self-defense, Fort Worth police say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fort Worth authorities have determined a road rage shooting that left a motorcyclist dead was an act of self-defense.

According to police, the confrontation occurred Friday after a near collision on the freeway, caused by the motorcyclist driving between lanes on the center of the white line. The driver of a sport utility vehicle changing lanes did not see the motorcyclist, prompting the latter to park in the road - blocking traffic - and walk toward the SUV driver with his gun drawn, KDFW reported.
 

Does Expanding Gun Access Threaten US Stability?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But the authors of an essay collection published by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law argue that expanding access to guns will undermine safety, stability and democracy in the U.S.

Titled “Protests, Insurrection and the Second Amendment,” the 13 essays “probe the complicated relationship between guns and race, policing, domestic violence, and republican government,” writes Brennan Center fellow Eric Ruben.
 

KS: Pro-Gun Law Goes into Effect Today!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, both Kansas and out-of-state law-abiding gun owners will be able to take advantage of pro-gun legislation that was passed into law during the Legislative Session, House Bill 2058.

Proposed by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, House Bill 2058 does the following:

Recognizes all out-of-state concealed carry permits, and allows those who have been licensed to carry a firearm for self-defense, to do so lawfully in Kansas. This legislation recognizes that visitors to Kansas should not be left defenseless simply by crossing a state line.
 

South Africa: South African Female Gun Owners Question Limiting Handguns for Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A proposed law aims to prevent South Africans from obtaining firearm licenses for self-defense. While gun critics say limiting access to guns has proven successful in reducing deaths, some proponents argue that taking guns out of some hands — specifically, women’s hands — will deepen what the president has called a “second pandemic,” of gender-based violence.

South Africa’s rate of intimate femicide — the killing of women by their partners — is five times the global average, according to the World Health Organization.
 

CA: Investigators ID woman killed while allegedly trying to break into Modesto home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Authorities in Stanislaus County have identified the woman shot and killed while allegedly trying to break into a Modesto home Tuesday night as 32-year-old Pearl Fierro.

According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Fierro was a Modesto resident. Investigators have not said why Fierro was at the home.

Sgt. Luke Schwartz said detectives are still investigating the home invasion, which happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at a home along the 3900 block of Blue Gum Avenue in Modesto.
 

The 5 Best Rimfire Survival Rifles to Keep You Alive
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rimfire firearms have been a staple of any serious outdoorsman’s arsenal for well over 100 years. The simplicity, affordability, and lightweight nature of rimfire rifles makes them perfectly suited for small game hunting, pest control, fun plinking and in a pinch self-defense. Most of us probably shot a rimfire rifle as one of our first experiences with firearms and personally I can say that today Rimfire guns in general have been one of my constant favorites throughout the years. These are my top 5 rimfire survival rifles for any situation. Hopefully I’d never need it to come to that, but if it did, one of these would help me (or you) be prepared.
 

MI: No charges for man who killed his daughter’s boyfriend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Macomb County authorities have decided not to press criminal charges against a 66-year-old man for the fatal shooting of his daughter’s adult boyfriend, officials said Thursday.

The suspect, whose name was not released, had been held by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office following the shooting of Jomarr Pye Sr., but was soon released as further investigation was being conducted.

On Thursday, Sgt. Renee Yax said the investigation was concluded.

“This case was presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and no charges have been authorized,” Yax said in an update. “This case is closed.”
 

LA: Two Bills Vetoed by Governor Edwards Face a Legislative Override
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Louisiana's Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder talks about the probability of a legislative veto session and the specific laws vetoed by Governor Edwards they hope to overturn.

The veto session, which is scheduled to begin on July 20, would take a look at two Edwards' vetoes, the gun rights bill known as Constitutional Carry and a law mandating that athletes can only compete in sports consistent with their biological sex.

The Constitutional Carry bill, SB 118, “removes the requirement for law-abiding individuals to obtain a concealed handgun permit before being allowed to carry concealed, a handgun for self-defense."
 

Biden Threatens America’s Firearm Owners, Twists the Second Amendment to Further His Anti-Gun Agenda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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President Joe Biden is at it again. The Commander-in-Chief quite literally threatened Americans with unprecedented military action in an attempt to justify the most radical antigun agenda ever thrust on the nation.

History, facts and even the U.S. Constitution don’t matter when it comes to his nouveau interpretation of the Second Amendment. The more President Biden speaks on guns, the more he’s turning out to be the least trusted man to understand them and their place in America.
 

VA: New gun laws take effect on July 1 in Virginia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Five new gun laws took effect in Virginia Thursday, and while some describe them as a necessary step forward, others call it a government overreach.

Among the laws are measures that prohibit firearms on the state Capitol grounds and surrounding areas, lengthen the amount of time the FBI has to conduct a background check and prohibit domestic abusers from purchasing, possessing or transporting a firearm for three years after their date of conviction.

Advocates of pro-gun control and pro-second amendment have divisive reactions to the new law.
 

TN: FAQ's about Tennessee's Permitless Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But what else do people need to know about this new law? And what are some of the frequently asked questions about the new law?

Experts want to remind people of the age requirement this new permitless carry law applies to.

Experts say it applies to most people 21 and older. It also applies to active military service or if a person is an honorably discharged veteran between the ages of 18 and 20.

John Sartain, an instructor at “On Target” shooting range in Murfreesboro, also talked about some other misconceptions about the new law in effect.
 

Review: Taurus G3 T.O.R.O.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In 2019, Taurus International decided to set aside the company's more unusual offerings. Instead, the team focused their efforts on improving product quality, manufacturing consistency and continuing to offer reliable handgun options that meet their customers’ needs at affordable prices.

The company upgraded its compact polymer framed defensive 9 mm pistol offerings with the release of the G3 series. Since that time, the industry has seen a sharp rise in the demand for pistols that leave the factory with slides that are ready to accept micro red dot optics (MRDO).
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it's not an individual right or that it's too much of a public safety hazard don't see the danger in the big picture. They're courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the constitution they don't like. — Alan Dershowitz

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