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Observe Orient Decide and Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Let’s face it; a lot of ego is attached to self-defense. We train for the possibility of a violent encounter, imagine the potential scenarios and how we would respond. We’ve done it so much our brain’s automatic response is to engage the enemy immediately. Some people look forward to that possibility and are confident in their ability to come out on top.

I responded to a call of an armed assailant with a fellow police officer one night. His reaction to the situation was a wide and eager grin. It was unsettling to me, and I was on his side. I tell this story occasionally to fellow shooters, and they always respond with laughter and maybe a comment like, “He’s a badass and knows it.”
 

300 Blackout vs 5.56: It’s a Matter of Preference
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Before we start the side-by-side contrast and comparison between rifle ballistics’ 300 Blackout and 5.56mm NATO, let’s first dive into each of its humble beginnings.
AAC’s take on the .30-cal

Despite being a new caliber, the .300 Blackout has quickly risen to prominence in the last 20 years. It’s been popularly used in Special Operations and other specialized military units due to its ability to suppress the round well with impressive ballistics. Hunters started using these, too, boosting their ability to sneak around their prey.
 

The Best Holographic Sights of 2022
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Finding a holographic sight that best suits your needs depends on your intent with your rifle or carbine. As a firearms instructor for Fieldcraft Survival, I travel the country and see shooters from all walks of life training with holographic sights. Many of my students just hit the range to shoot and learn new techniques, but the majority of Fieldcraft’s clientele either carry a gun to work or for self-defense. With this goal in mind, users should discern whether their equipment is reliable and durable enough to perform when they need it.

Holographic sights are a dramatic improvement over traditional iron sights, and they allow you to incorporate other capabilities like magnification or night vision.
 

NY: What the Constitution really says about guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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So where were the “strict constructions” when “domestic tranquility” and “promotion of general welfare” were violently shattered in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, among many other locations.

The Constitution mandates the government to prevent these horrors, but it is failing its obligation miserably. The Second Amendment does not nullify our rights to “domestic tranquility” and “general welfare.”
 

Smith & Wesson CEO faces backlash after he blamed politicians for gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After releasing a statement earlier this week blaming politicians for the surge in gun violence, Smith & Wesson CEO Mark Smith is facing new backlash weeks after he refused to testify at a House hearing alongside fellow top executives of other weapons makers.

Smith on Monday said his company “will never back down in our defense of the Second Amendment” and also accused politicians and the news media for the surge in gun violence happening across the country. The National Rifle Association, the nation’s leading pro-gun group, posted the statement in full on its website.
 

PA: Faulty data skews gun-control pitch
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As political reporter Bradley Vasoli detailed, a claim by Gov. Tom Wolf echoed by Kinkead that Pennsylvania sees a mass shooting “every 10 days” relies on an uncommon definition of mass shooting, under which about two-thirds of the “mass shootings” are incidents without a single fatality.

Twenty-three shootings combined without one death.

Kinkead also echoed an argument by Haywood that Missouri saw its gun-related killings increase after a similar law was repealed in 2007.
 

Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 now in Senate’s hands
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Before the end of the year, the Senate could vote on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 which proposes the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited.

In late July, the House sent the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 to the Senate for a vote.

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth is one of several lawmakers calling for tougher gun laws.

“They want to see more legislation to get these weapons of war off the streets of our cities, and I couldn’t agree with them more,” Sen. Duckworth.

As a leading voice in the Second Amendment community, Amanda Suffecool disagrees.

Her group, DC Project, advocates for firearms education not legislation.
 

MN: Federal judge dismisses lawsuit asking to allow guns at Minnesota State Fair
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The gun group posted a statement about the Aug. 12 dismissal of its lawsuit on its website:

“Judge Tunheim ruled that the Fair’s ban on the lawful carry of firearms by permit holders satisfies strict scrutiny because the fair is a ‘sensitive place,’ ” the statement said. “Minnesota statutes specifically prohibit local government entities from establishing firearm regulations or restricting the lawful right to carry. The Judge did not address this issue but rather found that Minnesota’s preemption statutes do not give private individuals the right to sue over these actions. In his ruling, the judge failed to apply the standard established by the US Supreme Court in the Bruen case.”
 

Woman Shoots Boyfriend in Self-Defense After He Tripped and Dropped Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A woman fatally shot her boyfriend after he chased her with a gun, only to trip and drop it.

The woman’s family told local media that the man had a long history of abusing her. The confrontation between the two started this past Saturday night. They argued in a parking lot, and the man threatened to kill her and her kids. They started fighting, and then the woman ran toward her grandmother’s house.
 

WI: Mom fatally shot home intruder to defend kids, she says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A family of three is now traumatized after they say a strange man broke into their home, and the mother fatally shot him while defending her children, she claims.

A mother of two, who asked not to be identified, was showering before work Monday morning when she heard her children, ages 12 and 14, screaming from the living room.

Still dripping wet, she says she ran to her bedroom, grabbed her gun and faced down a strange man, who she claims broke into her home. She says the man charged, undeterred by her dogs, and she shot him in self-defense.

“It all happened so fast — an adrenaline rush,” she said.
 

NC: Deadly force used, justifiable by district attorney after man shot dead in GPD parking lot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Guilford County district attorney justified a shooting that left a man dead in the parking lot of the Greensboro Police Department nearly a year ago.

On Aug. 27, 2021, Greensboro police said Christopher Corey Moore, 41, walked into the parking lot of 100 East Police Plaza around 3:15 p.m. with an accelerant and set a marked patrol car on fire.

Moore then grabbed officer JM Chavez, who was entering the building, and hit him several times in the face and head before grabbing him around the neck.
 

Gun Control: A Breakdown of Policy Disputes That Could Change US Landscape
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Bruen, the court explicitly rejected the latter “empirical” type of scrutiny. Rather, the majority ruled, only the historical analysis should be taken into account. As some critics of the ruling have written:

… The implication of the court’s decision is that empirical evidence is never relevant to the constitutionality of gun laws. Under the majority’s view, even if a regulating state could definitively demonstrate that one million lives could be saved by a particular firearm restriction, this would be irrelevant unless there is a “representative historical analogue” to that law.
 

Don’t Do This: Irresponsible Gun Owner Draws on Skateboarder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We carry a gun so that we have a tool to defend ourselves when our life is threatened. We don’t carry guns to scare off a young man riding his skateboard in a parking lot. And that’s exactly what happens in this short clip that is making its rounds on the internet.

We don’t know the age of the skateboarder, so we’ll just call him a young man. He is out having fun filming some skateboard tricks with his friend. Were they trespassing? Maybe. But that is beside the point. A man in a Tesla drives up and confronts the group. As he gets out of his car, the skateboarder does one last trick. Then the man draws a pistol from his pocket and brandishes it as he tells them to “get out of here.”
 

These 11 Defensive Gun Uses Show Protective Benefits of Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I testified before Congress’ Joint Economic Committee last month in a hearing focused on “the economic toll of gun violence.”

Of course, there’s no doubt that gun violence imposes a tremendous cost on society, both financially and in far less readily calculable ways. How does one measure, for example, the mental and emotional toll of being shot?

As I explained to the committee, however, lawful gun owners are not largely to blame for these costs, despite many insinuations to the contrary by gun control advocates. Most lawful gun owners never will harm themselves or others and never will add a single dollar to the overall bill for gun violence.
 

Does Using an NFA Item in a Personal Defense Situation Put You in More Legal Jeopardy?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Does the kind of firearm you use in a self-defense situation matter? If you shoot a home invader to protect your family with a suppressed handgun, does that present legal problems you wouldn’t face if you’d shot the attacker with a Ruger GP100? That’s a question that was raised recently by a commenter.

When a reader asserted that if you use a NFA-regulated gun (say, a short-barrel rifle) or a suppressor to defend yourself, “your ensuing legal adventures are going to be much more complicated and cost you a lot more in lawyers’ bills,” reader Cicero, an attorney, wrote this . . .
 

ID: Second Amendment doesn't allow for everyone to own a gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment didn’t allow everyone to own a gun. It specifically states that arming citizens was for a “well-regulated militia” (similar to our state National Guard units.) This was for defense of our nation, not to be used against our citizens.

He mentions some of the weapons used by our military. As a military veteran, I used some of these weapons to defend our nation from enemy attack. Never were any of those weapons designed to be used against our own citizens (or to attack our nation’s Capitol building, for that matter.)
 

NY: Kingston alderman proposes memorializing resolution calling for repeal of Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In light of the gun violence plaguing the nation in recent years, Kingston Alderman Reynolds Scott-Childress has proposed that the city adopt a memorializing resolution calling for repealing the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Scott-Childress raised the issue at the common council’s Laws and Rules Committee session Wednesday night to “start a conversation” about the violence that has taken the lives of hundreds of Americans.

Alderman Carl Frankel said there are other ways to address the issue.
 

KY: Father acted in self-defense in Big Four Bridge shooting, grand jury says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Jefferson County Grand Jury ruled on Wednesday that the father of a 9-year-old victim in the Big Four Bridge shooting this summer acted in self-defense and defense of others.

William Devon Thomspon Jr. was arrested on June 16 in connection with the shootings at the park near the Big Four Bridge and initially charged with six counts of assault and one count of disorderly conduct.
 

CO: Man shoots, kills 400-pound bear after it entered his home
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A Colorado man had a rude awaking early Saturday morning when a roughly 400-pound (181-kilogram) bear flipped the lever doorknob to his home and rummaged through some dog food, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said Monday.

The homeowner, Ken Mauldin, grabbed a gun and shot the bear multiple times until it collapsed and died just after 2 a.m., said Rachel Gonzalez, spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
 

'An unprecedented and unjustified attack on the firearm industry': Smith & Wesson CEO DESTROYS anti-2A politicians
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As rates of crime skyrocket and calls for gun control intensify, Mark Smith, President and CEO of firearm manufacturer Smith & Wesson, offered stern words of rebuke to politicians who disparage the 2nd Amendment while at the same hypocritically promote laws that abet lawlessness.

Earlier this year, President Joe Biden signed the Safer Communities Act which encouraged controversial, unconstitutional red flag laws. A slew of states have also cracked down on gun rights this year.

At the same time, billionaire George Soros has been pouring massive sums of money into the campaigns of soft-on-crime district attorneys throughout the nation.
 

NC: Not guilty: Buncombe County jury acquits Asheville woman in Pisgah View murder trial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After the verdict was read Amya Collington and her defense attorney, Chief Public Defender Sam Snead, began to cry and hugged.

After more than a day of deliberation, a Buncombe County Superior Court jury on Aug. 17 found 22-year-old Collington not guilty in the death of 25-year-old Dexter Grant.

Collington faced a first-degree murder charge, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment under North Carolina law. She had been held in the county jail under a $1.5 million bond since she turned herself in June 22, 2021.
 

TX: Woman shoots vehicle burglar to death in Arlington during fight over gun, police say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During a fight over her gun, a woman last week shot dead a man who had broken into her son’s vehicle in Arlington, police said on Wednesday.

Arlington police said the woman told them that on Aug. 11 the man burglarized the vehicle and she and her son confronted the suspect and tried to detain him.

A physical altercation erupted, and the woman and the suspect fought over her handgun.

One of them fired the gun in the air once, and the woman shot the suspect in self-defense, according to her statement, police said.
 

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