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Emerson Combat Series: Hand Gun To Empty Hand And Back – Integrated Fighting Skills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You awaken with a start from a sound sleep. Your wife asks frantically, “Did you hear that? Someone’s in the house!” “Stay here – call 911” you answer as you reach to your nightstand drawer. Inside is your loaded, 45 pistol, you keep for self-defense. It feels heavy in your hand as you lift it from the drawer. You turn to your wife, “Stay Here!” and realize that your mouth has gone as dry as parchment. Creeping down the hall in the darkness you round the corner into the living room and run face first into the intruder. Your gun hits him barrel first directly in the chest and you both stumble backwards. You shout, “I have a gun!” You pull the trigger – nothing happens. He charges forward…
 

Guns, sales and core principles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Colt files for bankruptcy. Smith & Wesson's sales and stock still slump. So do Strum, Ruger's numbers. And now Wal-Mart pulls AR-15s because of low demand. Couple that with poll numbers showing falling gun ownership, and you can see Americans have a very different view of gun ownership.

You'll find no shortage of articles, liberal and conservative, that claim gun sales are still booming, even since the Newtown, Conn., shootings. They rarely, if ever, cite gun sales statistics. They note membership in a gun group like the NRA. Or they'll list background check data.
 

Sheriff Clarke to Obama: Forgo your Secret Service protection, then we’ll talk, tough guy!
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“Here’s my challenge to the president of the United States,” the Wisconsin sheriff said Thursday night on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“You think this is so easy? Forgo your Secret Service protection for you, for the first lady and your children, and see what it’s like to have to defend yourself,” Clarke said.

“And then we’ll sit down and have a conversation so you know what we here at ground level have to deal with on a daily base in terms of self-defense.”
 

CA: Man who Killed Two, Not Guilty except for Weapons Charge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two years ago, a 20 year old California man withdrew $44,000 from the bank for the family business. He placed the money in a backpack in his vehicle. He also had a 9mm pistol in the vehicle. Two men attempted to steal the money; he saw one in his SUV and confronted him; ultimately shooting both men. In the confrontation they had occupied another vehicle, taking the backpack and money with them.
 

Walmart Discontinues Selling America’s Most Popular Rifle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Whether Walmart’s decision is political or purely business-driven warrants consideration. Time reports that Walmart stopped selling guns in a third of its stores in 2006, and the Huffington Post reports that the chain now doesn’t sell guns in two-thirds of its stores, even though over that time frame Americans’ annual firearm purchases tripled.
 

Family and self defense training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Then followed a bit of a history lesson and reminder about concealed carry of a handgun. “Vermont Carry,” of course, refers to Vermont’s hands-off policy allowing anyone who might legally own a handgun to carry it as he or she wishes — without a permit. A handful of states are Vermont Carry. Somewhere around three dozen states are “shall issue” (barring a criminal record, you get the permit) and most of the remainder are “may issue” (maybe you get it). Gary reminded me of the too-seldom-noted statistics (from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Crime Statistics) which showed a significant and immediate drop in crime rates right after Florida (and then Virginia) pioneered “shall issue.”
 

Gun control measures debated in wake of Roanoke journalist killings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More effective gun control is expected to be a tough issue to tackle, even as family members and political leaders decry this week's on-air killing of two journalists.

"We've got to keep crazy people from getting guns," said Andy Parker, father of reporter Alison Parker who was shot to death Wednesday with cameraman Adam Ward. Parker spoke to reporters outside WDBJ-TV after a visit with the station's staff and victims' families by Virginia's Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

WDBJ's General Manager, Jeff Marks, said he also urged action on the issue from Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who represents Roanoke.
 

The NRA won the gun debate before it even got going
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Again, congratulations to the NRA. Now all we need to do is learn how to live with their victory every time we watch the news, every time we go to church, every time we go to the movie theater, every time we send our young adults to universities, every time we send our children off to school ... .
 

Walmart makes smart decision to stop selling rifles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Walmart took a bold step earlier this week when it announced it would no longer sell assault-style rifles in its U.S. stores. It was the right move in spite of the potential backlash the company could face from gun rights advocates. As the country's largest retailer of guns and ammunition, Walmart's decision should result in fewer rifles on the streets and in the hands of irresponsible gun owners.

Walmart said on Wednesday that it would stop selling modern sporting rifles, the high-powered weapons that are similar to the AR-15 assault rifles that have been used in several mass shootings in recent years.
 

Are night sights really necessary?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Several years ago I attended an armorer course taught by a police officer who told me about an interesting story. He said he was called to an unsecured door in a warehouse on a graveyard shift. All the lights were off in the building. This officer decided to search the building without keeping his flashlight on the whole time, or if I remember correctly, he may have used the light only sporadically (e.g. shine the light, turn it off, then move).
 

Firearms on the Cutting Edge for Fed up Voters
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“The Second Amendment individual right to keep and bear arms is on the cutting edge of concern for millions of fed up voters,” gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.

“The gun is a unique symbol of personal freedom,” Snyder stated. “The gun is an inanimate object, but the ability to get and use it means the individual is independent. With the gun, the individual is able to protect and defend, to guarantee, other freedoms. The individual is able to protect and defend other rights.
 

Mental Health and the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This was yet another in a series of shootings blamed on guns and not on the undeniable presence of both evil and mental illness in the world. No one advocates the mentally ill should be able to legally buy a gun, but the effort should be on reporting, flagging, and institutionalizing these unfortunates, not on disarming their potential victims as some are once again demanding.

There is a danger here in that the Obama administration has already tried to use mental health as a means, not to make us safer, but to deny us our gun rights under the Second Amendment.
 

A Well -regulated Militia: the solution to gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The solution might lie in the Second Amendment: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." The solution is right there in the words; if you want to keep and bear arms, join the militia. Not one of those pseudo-militias running around in Idaho or Michigan playing war games. THE militia. After receiving your training you will have the absolute right to own a hand gun. Where better to get that training than from the best instructors in the world? This is not a call for a draft or conscription; our military is voluntary and should remain as such. You want a weapon? Great. Sign here. We will provide the training and the weapons.
 

No, Jorge Ramos Does Not Represent All Hispanics
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Jorge Ramos certainly does NOT represent Hispanics who believe in our fundamental right to keep and bear arms as memorialized in the Second Amendment. He seeks to undermine this essential civil right, at every possible turn.
 

The States With The Most Gun Laws See The Fewest Gun Deaths
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As of the final days of August, the United States has seen more than 200 mass shootings in 2015. The murder of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on Wednesday during an on-air broadcast brought the issue of guns back to the forefront of the political debate.
 

Martin O'Malley Calls for Tougher Gun Laws
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At a campaign stop Wednesday in New Hampshire, hours after a gunman in Virginia killed two journalists during a live broadcast, Martin O'Malley promised to push for "sensible gun safety legislation" if elected president.

"My heart goes out to the family members who lost people today in Virginia. Really awful," the underdog Democratic presidential candidate said in Manchester. "I haven't seen the news footage itself but I've been told about it. Tragic and awful. No country has the problem that our country has with gun violence and lives being taken from us by gun violence."
 

White men, guns and protecting Black people?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Oath Keepers then announced an experimental scheme to arm 50 Black people with AR-15 rifles for an “iconic event.” Sam Andrews, who heads the St. Louis County chapter of the group compared the planned event to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, according to “Red Dirt Reports.” Ironically, the iconic event would find the armed Black demonstrators surrounded by Oath Keepers members.

Larry Miller, founder of the Ferguson Freedom Fighters, says the Oath Keepers got the idea of arming a cadre of Blacks after talking to members of his group. “It was my idea and they took it and ran with it,” Mr. Miller told The Final Call.
 

MO: Prosecutor: Ruling preventing felons from carrying guns a ‘victory’
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A recent Missouri Supreme Court decision has closed a loophole in state law that prosecutors feared would allow some felons to carry guns.

The state’s top court issued a decision earlier this month that a constitutional amendment passed in August 2014, which gave Missourians an “unalienable” right to bear arms, did not invalidate the state’s felon-in-possession law that makes it illegal for felons to carry guns.

Ed.: No, the court ruled the new amendment didn't apply retroactively.
 

Should European Gun Companies Stop Exporting to the US?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a country where guns are ubiquitous, and the right to bear arms is firmly enshrined in its constitution – there are 310 million guns in circulation – American gun violence seems inevitable.
 

NC: Another ‘disarmed victim zone’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Regal Cinemas has decided that merely having a disarmed victim sign (No Guns Allowed) on their doors is not enough, now they want to search the victims to make sure they are disarmed when a gunman comes in to slaughter the sheep.
 

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