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What the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Tell Us About Guns
Submitted by: Rob Morse

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We depend on the media to bring us much of our news. Most of us feel horrible when we see news stories about violent crime. Beyond the emotional shock of the story, we are seldom told what the story means. Despite all the violence shown on TV dramas, it is almost as if the news deliberately keeps us in the dark about real violence.

We can’t make good choices unless we have perspective. For a minute, let’s shed some light on armed citizens and guns.
 

AL: MPD says deadly shooting may have been self defense; grand jury to hear case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Mobile Police Department is investigating a death following a shooting that happened early Wednesday outside the Hillsdale Community Center.

The matter will be presented to a grand jury because of the possibility the shooter acted in self defense, according to the MPD.

It was just after 1:07 a.m. Wednesday when officers responded to the community center at 558 Felhorn Road East after it was reported that shots had been fired outside that location, police said. Officers located a 28-year-old man who reported he had been shot.
 

NY: Gun law grounded in bigotry reveals its roots
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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It’s telling when your best argument for a new law is to cite discredited laws of the past as part of your rationale.

But that’s just what New York State has resorted to in trying to convince a judge that its plethora of new restrictions making a permit to carry a handgun virtually useless should pass muster.

As the clock ticks down to the Sept. 1 implementation date, the misnamed Concealed Carry Improvement Act will do nothing more than create a new class of law-abiding criminals. And if that phrase sounds oxymoronic, you don’t know New York State – where the second half of that word is often the most operative.
 

TriStar American Classic II 1911 Review
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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I’ve always been a fan of the 1911. My grandfather had a six-digit serial number Colt 1911 from 1917, complete with the U.S. GI leather pouch with steel belt clip, that I would gawk at pretty much every time I went to visit. Years later, after he passed on, I took possession of that 1911, and I’ve owned 1911s ever since. There’s no denying a bit of magic in the 1911 DNA, having served the U.S. Military over the span of eight decades and still being a perfectly decent home- and self-defense tool. While the TriStar American Classic II is, in fact, made in the Philippines, it follows the winning formula for the 1911 that has kept it popular for so long.
 

Two Pivot Points from the Bruen Ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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1. The Court Rejected “Tiered Scrutiny” for the Second Amendment
In many Second Amendment cases, including post-D.C. v. Heller (2008), lower courts have opted to use a two-step “intermediate scrutiny” method; this has allowed courts to “balance away” Second Amendment rights, as the courts can then determine that the state has an interest in “public safety” that overrides the individual right. These courts naturally neglect to look at what actually makes people safer, but just take, for example, the government of California at its word.
 

Sen. Joni Ernst Warns Biden Administration Against Warrantless ‘Knock and Talk’ Gun Checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In her letter (pdf), Ernst said she was concerned about the way these investigations are being carried out.

During a “knock and talk” investigation, ATF agents visit private residences and ask owners to display their recently bought firearms in order to prove that it was not a straw purchase.

“In all of the ‘knock and talk’ incidents brought to my attention, none involved the presentation of a warrant. Simultaneously, multiple ATF agents, dressed in official ATF gear—including bullet proof vests—did not inform the resident purchaser of the optional nature of his or her participation in brandishing the requested firearm,” Ernst said in the letter.
 

SC: Fatal shooting during Columbia-area home invasion ruled self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot his brother-in-law who violently invaded his home, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office has found, ruling the incident a justifiable homicide.

Lexington police say they believe the brother-in-law, 33-year-old Matthew Stanfield of Colorado, planned the Aug. 16 attack and was carrying a rifle, ballistic vest, flex cuffs, a metal chain and magazines with ammunition when he broke into the home where his sister and her husband lived with their three children.
 

LA: Tactical and self-defense training center opening next month
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Orion Training Group LLC, which offers personal protection and self-defense training programs, is opening a new home base in September on Industriplex Boulevard.

Orion Training Group’s staff of instructors will train civilians as well as members of law enforcement and the military in skills such as clearing a house of intruders and force-on-force using nonlethal ammunition.
 

NY: NYPD Reveals New Concealed Carry Rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The New York Police Department has implemented an emergency rule establishing new criteria for obtaining a concealed carry weapons license in the state, according to a Wednesday news release.

Although the new guidelines eliminate the 'proper cause' standard, other rules have been put in place. Among them is 'a required in-person interview prior to receiving a handgun license.'
 

MS: Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday happening this weekend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Magnolia State will be having its Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday this weekend.

Mississippians will be able to purchase firearms, ammunition, and certain hunting supplies all sales tax free.

Christine Hemp-Hill, the General Manager at 601 Sports in Meridian, said they have been preparing for the sales tax holiday for several months and they are excited about this weekend.

“We all get tried of paying Uncle Sam anymore than we have to so if we could save seven percent, we are excited about doing it. We want to make sure other people are just as excited as we are.
 

Gun activists misinterpret 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When the U.S. Congress was drafting, debating and ratifying the Second Amendment back in the late 1700s, they could have never imagined the advances in technology, weaponry and warfare that comprise our current arsenal of state-of-the-art defense artillery. They used muskets, pistols and cannons! It is absurd to try to make any type of reasonable comparison to these incomparable eras and their means of defense.
 

Federal ‘ghost gun’ regulations go into effect after judges reject challenges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The rules, which the White House announced in April, went into effect despite injunction requests from plaintiffs to stop the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from enforcing them.

On Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Peter Welte in North Dakota denied a request for a preliminary or permanent injunction as a part of a suit filed by a coalition of state Republican attorneys general, gun groups and a gun store owner. The judge determined the Biden rule “was and remains constitutional under the Second Amendment.”
 

NY: 'Good moral character' requirement in NY concealed carry law has racist roots, 2A groups say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York says its history of racist laws that allowed for disarming Catholics and Indigenous people supports a "good moral character" requirement for obtaining a concealed carry license, a point that Second Amendment groups see as a bad-faith argument for gun control.

The requirement is part of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act that Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) signed in July and marks the first major attempt to defend the state's notorious gun restrictions after the Supreme Court struck down the state’s similarly subjective "good reason" clause in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen earlier this summer.
 

IA: Spirit Lake, Iowa, school board will let some on-campus staff carry concealed firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A northwest Iowa school board unanimously voted to allow staff to carry firearms on campus while school is in session.

Spirit Lake Community Schools board members approved a program that will allow up to 10 on-campus staff members, who are not classroom teachers, to carry a concealed firearm. School board members approved the policy in a 4-0 vote Monday — a move they say will help protect the schools by responding quickly to active shooters.
 

IA: Iowa Firearms Coalition applauds the Spirit Lake School Board for plans to arm staff
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been working to change security policies in public buildings, claiming the current system has left them vulnerable to attacks. As a result, the Spirit Lake School Board decided to allow members of their on-campus staff to carry guns.

The IFC applauds the decision that was made unanimously by the school board during their Monday meeting. According to a press release from the IFC, 10 staff members who agree to carry and undergo training will be allowed to take part in the program.
 

VA: 'Acting in self-defense': DA drops brother vs. brother post-wedding shooting case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The York County District Attorney's Office has dropped charges against a local man for the shooting death of his younger brother, citing a lack of evidence.

According to police reports, Logan Cutchall, 22, of the 600 block of Linden Avenue, threatened his brother Nathaniel, 25, and three others after they attended a wedding.

Nathaniel and Logan had argued in the car on the ride home, with Logan pulling a gun and Nathaniel taking it from him and unloading it. Logan then left his brother and the passengers along the road.
 

WA: How Washington gun control laws compare to other states
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Washington added to its arsenal of gun-violence prevention laws this past year, but the Evergreen State still has a ways to go before it can claim to be the national leader on firearm regulations.

Gun laws earned Washington the 10th spot in a 2021 ranking of state firearms laws from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Washington landed the ninth spot on a similar list from Everytown for Gun Safety this year. On the other side of the gun law debate, The Best States for Responsible Gun Owners list from a group called AZ Defenders seems to agree with the other rankings, with Washington listed as 42nd best.
 

With guns on the rise, TSA reminds travelers about travel rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Transportation Security Administration has some advice for travelers as Halloween approaches — leave the Freddy Krueger gloves out of your carry-on bags.

A homemade glove with blades for fingers, like the one worn by Kreuger of 1980s horror movie fame, was one of the items on display at Columbia Metropolitan Airport Tuesday as regional TSA officials held an information session to remind travelers what not to pack in carry-on bags.

The glove — part of a passenger’s homemade costume — was by far the strangest item on display, followed by a bright orange cattle prod.
 

WA: Changes in law enforcement may be leading to less guns at home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The city and county of Spokane have seen an unprecedented number of gun removals so far this year.

And while there are different reasons a person can have firearms removed from their home, some of this increase appears to be driven by a change in how courts are treating domestic violence protection orders.
 

71% of Americans favor stricter gun laws, poll shows
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Most U.S. adults want to see gun laws made stricter and think gun violence is increasing nationwide, according to a new poll that finds broad public support for a variety of gun restrictions, including many that are supported by majorities of Republicans and gun owners.

The poll by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows 71% of Americans say gun laws should be stricter, including about half of Republicans, the vast majority of Democrats and a majority of those in gun-owning households.
 

CO: Self-defense cited in 2021 fatal shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The fatal shooting of Scott Dingman on May 31, 2021, appears to have been in self-defense, according to the Boulder City Police report recently released to the Boulder City Review.

The 67-page report stated that John Paul Morgan III, admitted to shooting Dingman, telling police officer Anil Sharma, “I f***ed up. I screwed up. That was my best friend,” when he was originally taken into custody at the crime scene.
 

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