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MI: Increasing number of Michigan women arming themselves
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The national debate on gun control continues as some Americans call for bans and other say now more than ever citizens need the right to arm themselves.

Local experts say one of the fastest growing groups of gun owners is women.

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Political Correctness puts Connecticut Children at Risk
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: 5641 Spring Lane

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Public policies matter. There is a real cost when public officials get it wrong. Sometimes the price is paid with our children’s blood. Politicians say that young lives matter. Talk is cheap, particularly a politician’s promise. The Bridgeport, Connecticut School Board stopped paying for armed school safety officers.

Political correctness leaves our children at risk. Sadly, politics kills.
 

NC: How a gun store owner with no political experience won the nation’s most crowded primary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Republican voters in a new congressional district north of Charlotte had a wealth of choices in last month’s primary: 17 candidates, including four legislators and several other familiar names from past races.

Voters, instead, picked one of the greenest of them. Gun store owner Ted Budd is in his first race for elected office.

Budd’s lack of political experience seemed to work the same magic it has for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The conservative Club for Growth Action invested $500,000 in TV spots that helped Budd beat his closest rival by a nearly 2-1 margin.
 

What Are Tim Kaine's Second Amendment Views? He Has Personal Connections To The Issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After the Virginia Tech shooting, as senator, Kaine has voted consistently on common sense gun reform legislation. Kaine has a 100-percent rating from the Brady Campaign — and an "F" grade from the National Rifle Association.
 

OH: Kerfluffle In Cleveland, Crossfit Glocks, CCW Applications Spike, Hillary’s NAACP Speech
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ohio’s open-carry law tends to be pretty good. But the police union in Cleveland wanted it suspended for the Republican Party’s convention. However, Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has a checkered past on Second Amendment issues (notably by support for the semi-auto ban that Bill Clinton pushed through in 1994), made the right call this time. In a statement, Kasich, said, “Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested.”
 

TX: Open Carry, Funding Likely Police Issues Next Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Most notable was the 2015 legislative session, when lawmakers — including Patrick and Abbott — enthusiastically approved the open carry of handguns by licensed Texans despite opposition by many of the state's law enforcement officials.

As the 2017 legislative session approaches, law enforcement groups say they'll be asking lawmakers to consider revising the open carry law, as well as looking at restoring funding for programs that help police do their jobs.

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The Texas Republican Party's platform may foreshadow a new open carry fight next year. The state's dominant party urges passage of “constitutional carry” legislation, which would remove many restrictions on accessing and keeping firearms.
 

Man refused gun sale by FBI swiftly vindicated after suit filed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An Ohio man who was refused a gun purchase was told by Second Amendment groups to be patient and see what happens with the stagnant appeals process or to hire a lawyer.

He went with the latter.

Gregory Ledet tried to purchase a firearm through a licensed dealer on Feb. 27 and his National Instant Criminal Background Check System check – also known as NICS and performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – came back denied. After a week of effort to find out why he was turned down, the FBI informed Ledet that he was a prohibited firearms possessor.
 

LA: Our guns are killing, not protecting, us
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Not a single European citizen with whom I discussed current events – college students, hotel clerks, bus drivers, university professors and people in pubs – demonstrated the slightest bit of annoyance at being denied the "freedom" of instantaneous access to high-powered firearms. Rather, to a person, they expressed wonder at our enslavement to and acquiescence of a violent gun culture that claims tens of thousands of innocent lives each year.
 

Germany: German comics mock leftist politicians for sympathy towards Muslim axe attacker
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The second video is a direct response to Renate Künast, a high ranking member of the Green Party and a member of the German parliament who tweeted, "Why could the attacker not have been rendered unable to attack instead of shot dead?"

Ed.: How's that gun control working out for you?
 

Maximus Arms Legion Pistol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The quintessential American semi-automatic handgun, the 1911, was designed by John Moses Browning and has served U.S. military/law-enforcement personnel and civilians for more than a century, and it’s still going strong. As a rockstar of the service-pistol world, the 1911’s popularity is also apparent by numerous manufacturers that produce their own versions of iconic “Old Slabsides.” Available in several calibers and configurations—from stock versions to highly customized works of art—only your imagination (and budget) need dictate the type you want to buy. In its century-plus of service, virtually every conceivable redesign, modification or tweak has probably been developed or attempted.
 

SAF Slams Media Cover For Clinton’s Campaign Against Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation today condemned attempts by the agenda-driven media, led by CBS, to provide cover for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s war on gun rights by trying to debunk Republican Donald Trump’s statement Thursday night that Clinton “wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment.”

“CBS News and others argue that Trump’s allegation is not true, and that ‘Clinton has spoken up for Second Amendment rights on several occasions,’” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “They are being disingenuous at best, and they know it.
 

NY: Assistant DA: Guns not needed for self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun control has been a divisive topic in American discourse lately, and as Elam discussed the pros and cons of gun control she offered the opinion that guns are not needed, even for self defense.

“So, about gun control. It’s a hot topic nowadays. The pros of gun control are less guns mean a safer world, ” said Elam. “Gun control laws are correlated to lower rates of violence. Guns are not needed to defend against government. The key to protecting our society is information, and guns are not needed, even for self defense.”
 

AL: Police: Sister used self-defense in brother's shooting death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say a Birmingham woman who fatally shot her brother will not be charged.

Birmingham Police homicide Sgt. John Tanks tells Al.com on Friday that the woman used self-defense in the shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Peck. Police say the shooting occurred July 15 after a domestic dispute between the siblings.
 

PA: Are AR-15s assault rifles? Locals react to debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Logan Keeling knew exactly what he wanted for his 18th birthday.

The Hanover native purchased his first rifle, a Diamondback DB-15, on his special day as a gift to himself. The AR-15-style gun, he feels, is a sport and competition rifle, and can also be used for self-defense. He feels strongly about his right to own one.

But, following several recent mass shootings involving gunmen using AR-15-style weapons, some people have challenged the need for civilians, like Keeling, to own this style of rifle.
 

On guns, Republican and Democratic platforms aim in different directions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Republican platform, by contrast, embraces open-carry laws and opposes bans on semi-automatic assault rifles, in blunt language:

"We support constitutional carry statutes and salute the states that have passed them. We oppose ill-conceived laws that would restrict magazine capacity or ban the sale of the most popular and common rifle."
 

FBI: Gun Background Checks Surged During First Six Months of 2016
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The number of applications for federal background checks, which are legally required for potential firearm buyers, surged during the first half of 2016, according to data released in early July by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Applications for background checks have increased 32 percent in the past year, according to the FBI. Nearly 14 million were recorded in the first six months of 2016, compared to about 10 million in the first six months of 2015.
 

AL: Armed Robbers Outnumber Victim 3-1, but Guess Which one was a Better Shot?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mobile Police Department said three armed robbers, Deidra White, 24, Donald Denson, 19 and Eddie Hardy, 19, broke into an apartment in an apparent armed robbery attempt. The tenant heard the home intruders and grabbed his firearm for self defense. After a confrontation and a shootout in the apartment, the intruders fled on foot.

But not without a little parting gift for their efforts.

Hardy, who suffered a gunshot wound courtesy of the armed (and obviously better trained) tenant, was driven to a local hospital by his partners in crime where police say he died from his injuries.
 

Finland: Man Gets Four-Year Sentence For Fighting Home Invasion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 35-year-old homeowner from Hyvinkaa, Finland, was sentenced to four years and two months in prison for fighting off three intruders who attempted a home invasion in April.

The homeowner must also pay the intruders, who got shorter prison sentences, $23,000 in damages, notes RT.

The intruders -- two men and one woman -- reportedly entered the man's house with baseball bats and a gun, but the homeowner made it to his kitchen and grabbed a knife and fight off the criminals.

According to Helsinki news, the homeowner was convicted of "excessive self-defense and attempted manslaughter" after a nearly four-month court case.
 

The Cleveland Police Union’s Worrying Contempt for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Given the recent string of brutal cop killings across the country, it is perhaps not the best time to criticize American police forces. Nevertheless, Cleveland's police, at the very least, are very worthy of censure, if for no other reason than the head of that city's police union recently declared a dangerous and reprehensible opposition to the American constitutional order.
 

College rifle, pistol-shooting clubs under fire, underfunded amid gun debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Callaway, who grew up around guns and is president of the school’s Students for the Second Amendment club, first sensed the campus-wide opposition to her hobby when the group applied for an extracurricular grant for ammunition. They were denied, then appealed and eventually received a $500 stipend. The victory was short-lived, however, as outraged students successfully pressed school officials to explicitly prohibit ammo funding going forward.

“The majority of our student body does not support our group,” Callaway told FoxNews.com, adding that classmates perceive members of the club as “crazy gun kids” who intend to “shoot up the school.”
 

MA: Did Healey’s gun ban backfire?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Massachusetts gun dealers sold more than 2,000 military-style rifles Wednesday — nearly one-quarter of the total sold last year — after Attorney General Maura Healey moved to bar semiautomatic rifles that have been altered slightly to evade the state’s assault weapons ban.

The 2,251 assault rifles snapped up in a gun-buying frenzy represented a remarkable uptick from the 132 sold Tuesday and the 51 sold Monday, before Healey announced her ban. The numbers were first reported by Commonwealth Magazine.

By Thursday, sales had slowed but were still above normal: 143 assault weapons were sold statewide, despite Healey’s edict, according to the state Firearms Records Bureau.
 

CA: California governor signs firearm registration law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law which would require individuals to apply for a state-issued firearm registration number where they made their own weapons with parts they have purchased or found. Assembly Bill 857 will allow the state to keep track of weapons that individuals make on their own, furthering California's strict stance on gun-control. Over the past month, Brown has signed into law a variety of restrictions on guns, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and background checks for individuals purchasing ammunition.
 

Open Carry at the RNC: Exactly as Expected. No Problems
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Open carry in Cleveland Ohio at the Republican National Convention has been hyped by those that want to disarm the population. A scam petition was created to open carry inside the convention floor. It was run by a “progressive” to create problems for Second Amendment supporters. It did not last for long or fool many. The Quicken Loans location is a private concern.

Then the head of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association published a hysterical rant about how the Constitution need not apply. He wanted the citizenry disarmed.
 

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False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crime. — Cesare Beccaria, quoted by Thomas Jefferson

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