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CA: At emotional hearing, LAPD officer gets 36 months in jail in assault caught on video
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Wearing dark sunglasses inside a downtown L.A. courtroom, Sandra Thomas approached the witness stand Thursday and spoke about the Los Angeles police officer she holds responsible for her daughter's death.
“I have to ask God to help me learn how to forgive her,” she said to a judge before the sentencing of LAPD Officer Mary O'Callaghan. Thomas' 35-year-old daughter was handcuffed and assaulted by O'Callaghan during an arrest in 2012. She died shortly after being placed in the back of a squad car, complaining she couldn't breathe.
The encounter, which was captured on a dashboard camera, showed O'Callaghan striking Alesia Thomas — a mother of two — with an open hand and kicking her in the crotch.
 

Citizens Stand Up For Disarmed Military- Part 2
Submitted by: Robert Morse
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You heard about the tragic shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Did you hear what happened next? These sailors and marines were disarmed by their superiors. Since these service men are serving us and they could not carry weapons.. we did it for them. Ordinary citizens stood guard in front of recruiting centers. Not just one or two, but at locations across this country.

Some of the volunteers had family in the military. Some of the volunteers were off duty law enforcement. All the volunteers saw a need and filled it.
You did that.

You acted without asking for permission.. or recognition.

Thank you.
 

CA: Elusive 'Snowbird Bandit' is former LAPD detective, authorities say
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A retired Los Angeles Police Department detective is the so-called Snowbird Bandit who’s responsible for a string of bank robberies across Orange County, authorities say.

Randolph Bruce Adair, 70, was arrested Wednesday in Rancho Santa Margarita in connection with five robberies this year.

According to City News Service, Adair was dubbed the Snowbird Bandit because of his suspected age and appearance.

During some of his robberies, Adair had displayed a revolver as he demanded cash. During a robbery at a Wells Fargo in Mission Viejo in early June, he was seen carrying a white pouch with the word “medic” on it. Adair was also named in robberies in Monarch Beach and Ladera Ranch.
 

How a Government Prosecutor Got Away With Seizing a Home to Live In
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A recent report out of Oklahoma makes clear the startling consequences of a lack of transparency and oversight within law enforcement.
Over a seven-year period, Oklahoma law enforcement authorities misused seized property, misspent seized funds and misplaced or lost evidence—including confiscated firearms.
Last week, a review of Oklahoma audits from 2007 to 2014 brought to light disturbing incidents and major discrepancies in the state’s civil forfeiture operations. Civil forfeiture is a law enforcement tool that enables the seizure of property, which police and prosecutors suspect has been involved in, or is the result of, criminal activity.

SUBMITTER'S COMMENT: So it's not just cops and sheriffs; it's the whole system.
 

It is hard work keeping the anti-gun dream alive
Submitted by: Robert Morse
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The fading idea of gun-prohibition is like a sick old man on life support. It takes more and more effort to keep that fading fantasy alive.

The dying idea of gun-prohibition has given us failure after failure. Each failure demands a successively bigger media campaign to keep the gun-prohibition fantasy in the public eye. It is harder and harder to sell gun-prohibition to anyone except the liberal medial. Look for the media to parrot the press release after the next attack in a gun free zone.

Remember the growing acceptance of concealed carry when you hear that Bloomberg pumped another million dollars into the dead idea of gun-prohibition.

Good riddance to blood money.
 

AL: Self defense expert: Guns don't necessarily make you safer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Self-defense experts say arming yourself won't necessarily make you any safer, and in fact could do the opposite.

Personal protection specialist Cameron Bucy said even if you're armed, a gun should be used as a last resort. Statistically, your best bet is to run.

He says statistically shooters only hit a moving target 30 percent of the time, so you have a 70 percent chance of survival if you flee.
 

Taurus PT-25 Review
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The .25 ACP Taurus is the same gun as the PT-22, just a different caliber, and is named the PT-25. It is 4.25” tall and about 5.4” long with a 2.75” barrel. The frame is aluminum and the slide, barrel and internals are steel. Taurus lists it as weighing 12.3 ounces, but mine weighed 13.5 ounces on my scale. The magazine holds nine rounds. With another round in the chamber, that’s an even 10. That’s a lot of ammo for such a small pistol. Fully loaded, the gun weighed 15.3 ounces on my scale. It’s a little heavy for its size, but this helps to minimize recoil.
 

GA: More seniors packing heat
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senior citizens are lining up in droves to buy guns.

Mike Mers of Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range said that his business is seeing an increase in people of all ages, but especially seniors.

"It used to be that gun shops were really that 21 to 35 demographic of single guys and that's not the case anymore," Mers said.
 

NY: Flouting The Law, Some New Yorkers Won't Register Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Compliance with those laws is another matter.

New York passed a broad package of gun regulations after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., despite the objections of hunters and gun rights advocates. Now it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.

"I think this law was so incredibly repressive that it drove people to the point now that they're basically saying we're not going to abide by any more laws," says Brian Olesen, the owner of American Trade and Goods and several other outdoor stores around Albany, N.Y., that stock a wide range of guns for hunting and self-defense.
 

IL: Illinois concealed carry, FOID update approved
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An update to Illinois FOID and concealed carry acts has been signed into law.

State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, said the legislation stemmed from the case of a lifelong hunter whose FOID card was revoked by the state after 13 years.

The gun enthusiast has a mild intellectual disability. The 2013 law that allowed concealed carry in Illinois prevented people with mild disabilities who seek services from the state from possessing or using firearms.
 

Pentagon asks that individuals 'not stand guard' at recruiting offices
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The Pentagon on Friday asked that "individuals not stand guard" at military recruiting offices following the shooting of five U.S. servicemen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week.

Ed.: Yeah, how dare us mere citizens and veterans make the Pentagon look bad.
 

The Second Amendment must go: How many Americans must die before we rethink the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There was another mass shooting in America last night – this time in my home state of Louisiana. John Houser, a drifter from Alabama, walked into a crowded theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana, and unloaded 13 rounds. We don’t yet know why this theatre and this man, but we know this: two innocent people are dead because they were shot in the dark by a stranger.
 

CT: Lawmakers: Time Ran Out on Bill That Would Have Made Armed Drones Illegal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Others invoke the right to bear arms as well.

Scott Wilson Sr., president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said second amendment rights protect innovation as well as individuals.

“In this particular instance, the person in question is an engineering student. I would like to point out that many modern arms and other tools that our military uses were once conceived of and tested in private laboratories or on private property,” Wilson said.

The advocate for gun rights stressed that all firearms must be used with safety in mind and said that one can hope the firearm being tested in the video was fired in a safe direction with an appropriate backstop.
 

NY: A Gun at Risk: The Criminal’s Advantage
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What this means is that the licensee cannot lawfully carry a handgun, concealed, in a holster. The impact of 38 RCNY §5-01 is that New York City does not permit the holder of a “Premises License” to utilize his or her handgun for self-defense when out in public; nor is that licensee afforded the ability to protect it from loss or theft because it isn’t secured “on the person.”

But, as we have just seen, if a New York City police officer carried his or her handgun in a locked container, whether on duty or off, that officer would have contravened Departmental policy. In fact that officer would probably face disciplinary action for doing the very thing that New York City rules require of most holders of handgun licenses!
 

VA: Citizen guards receive public's appreciation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mike Hall stood beneath a blue popup tent as a man wearing a Hardee's uniform walked up and handed him a bag of food and a cold, perspiring bottle of water.

"My boss told me to deliver this to you," the man said. "We appreciate what you are doing."

Hall, a retired Army veteran who lives in Staunton, joined a former FBI agent on Friday as an armed citizen volunteering his time to protect soldiers at an Armed Forces Career Center at 823 Richmond Ave. He said someone had donated the tent for the men to have shelter while guarding the recruitment center.
 

KS: Brownback calls for better National Guard security, defends Kansas teacher pay with fuzzy math
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Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday said he’s concerned about the security of Kansas National Guard facilities in the wake of a mass shooting last week at a Naval Reserve base in Chattanooga, Tenn.

But he was not willing to discuss a review of the state’s permissive gun policy in the wake of other recent mass shootings in which civilians were killed, including one the day before at a movie theater in Lafayette, La., and the June 17 massacre at a historical African-American church in Charleston, S.C.
 

FL: Marines had right to self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sitting or crawling, as you cower before the one who is going to kill you, does not conjure up the images I have of the "American Fighting Man and Woman." Furthermore, the chain of command that put these Marines and Sailors into that position to be slaughtered, right on up to the commander-in-chief; all need to be examined for their culpable negligence, given the successes of our enemies, as they've triumphantly carried out prior assignments to kill members of the military in similar situations.

During the preceding six years, many battle plans for such attacks have been uncovered, while several have been victoriously carried out.
 

Port Arthur Massacre: The Shooting Spree That Changed Australia Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The question is often asked in the somber aftermath of a shooting massacre: how many deaths will it take before America changes its gun laws?

And while a political solution remains elusive, mass killings such as those in Charleston, Chattanooga and Lafayette continue with alarming frequency across the U.S. — a recent study found one occurs in America every two weeks.

But for Australia, a single massacre changed everything.
 

Is there room for discussion between gun owners and gun grabbers?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It seems the gun grabbers are becoming more and more intolerant of not only our Second Amendment rights, but personally toward gun owners. Not criminal gun offenders, mind you, but legal gun owners in America.

In a very disturbing rant on Twitter, Luke O’Neil, a writer for Slate, Mediaite, and The Boston Globe, went on a particularly hateful, bitter diatribe against gun owners in response to the Lafayette theater shooting. Despite the fact that the heinous crime was committed with an illegally obtained gun, O’Neil goes as far as to accuse all gun owners of murder.
 

PA: Wolf considering arming military recruiters after Chattanooga killings
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Gov. Tom Wolf is mulling the arming of Pennsylvania’s military members in response to last week’s mass killings in Tennessee and growing pressure from inside the Capitol, a spokesman says.

In a statement issued to The Era on Thursday, press secretary Jeff Sheridan said Wolf “shares the concerns of many about the safety of our military members and recruiters in light of the horrific act of violence in Tennessee” and would review efforts to arm them.

Those calls include, most recently, a letter sent to Wolf by state Rep. Stephen E. Barrar, R-Chadds Ford, calling on the Democratic first-term governor to take executive action allowing Pennsylvania National Guardsmen and recruiters to carry guns on-duty.
 

Introducing Seniors to Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Most of us have senior citizens in our lives. It may be a grandmother or grandfather; an uncle or an aunt. For me it was a lady in my church. She was concerned that a neighbor had someone in her life that might pose a threat because of drugs or alcohol. Ginny Burns friended me on Facebook and began following the discussions I have had with others regarding self-defense.

“I’m not sure you would want to teach me,” she messaged me one day. I’ve made no secret that I prefer large, heavy bullets—specifically the .44 Spl. and .45 ACP—as the preferred rounds for self-defense. “All I have is a .22,” she said. I responded that a .22 is a near perfect place to start when it comes to learning self-defense shooting and gun handling.
 

KY: Bill may weaken state law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A state legislator pre-filed a bill that would alter Kentucky’s stand your ground law.

Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, pre-filed a bill for the 2016 legislative session in Frankfort that would prevent someone from using the stand your ground law as a defense if they initiated or perpetuated an attack.

The bill description said the new law would “require an initial aggressor to retreat before the use of force can be rejustified.” Under his bill, for example, a person who started a fight in a road-rage case and then shot another motorist could not use stand your ground as a defense.
 

LA: Bobby Jindal's Gun Control Stance in Question After Lafayette Shooting
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has offered his condolences to the victims of Thursday's deadly shooting at a Lafayette movie theater. Jindal, who has supported countless pro-gun laws over the years, framed the event as a "senseless act of violence."

A gunman identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser shot 11 people, killing two, during a screening of the comedy Trainwreck, before taking his own life.
 

Hero Woman Acting in Self-Defense May Have Just Offed a Serial Killer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A sex worker in Charleston, West Virginia shot and killed a man in self-defense who had a list of prostitutes in his pocket and a “kill kit” in his Subaru. Police are now beginning to link the 45-year-old man, Neal Falls, to the unsolved murders of sex workers in the Las Vegas area and in Chillicothe, Ohio.
 

AZ: Woman Failed To Provide For Her Own Safety, Sues Walmart
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What I don’t seem to see in the complaint—and of course, you wouldn’t—is that Maria Sklias’s is not suing the person most responsible for her security, because that person refuses to accept responsibility for her failures. That person is Maria Sklias.

You, and you alone, are ultimately responsible for your own security.
 

AL: Governor Bentley orders signs banning weapons at rest stops be removed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The signs on the doors of rest stops banning guns are coming down. ABC 33/40 spoke with Governor Bentley's office. They say he had many issues come across his desk during the course of the week - this was one of them. He had his legal team go over the requests then Friday he issued the order.

Governor Bentley sent this tweet Friday afternoon: "I have ordered the Alabama Department of Transportation to remove signs banning weapons at all Alabama rest stops to comply with state law."
 

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