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Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://www.selfdefensegunstories.com/

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You didn't hear about it on the news, but more responsible gun owners defended themselves last week. Instructor Ben Branam joins host Rob Morse to talk about four recent examples.

These gun owners survived a lethal threat. What should you do if you were in their place? Sources, text of the discussion, and a 21 minute audio podcast are available at the webpage.
 

CA: ‘It’s really special to me’: 10-year-old Tuolumne County trap shooter now best in the nation
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A team of Tuolumne County trap shooters brought home a large haul of awards from a national shoot-out in Las Vegas, and one of the youngest shooters is now the best in the nation.

The Motherlode Nuggets are back home practicing after competing in the U.S. Open Youth Clay Shooting National Championship in Las Vegas

'We took 13 kids and came back with 15 awards. We had the number one rookie and he was the number one rookie in the state of California, and his squad took first place both times,” said coach John Luckie.

The whole team did well in the competition, and 10-year-old Lucas Berger is now the nation’s best in his age group.

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TX: Murder conviction upheld for ex-Dallas police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean in his home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who shot and killed her neighbor inside his own apartment in 2018, failed in her first appeal of her murder conviction, a court ruled Thursday.

Guyger is serving a 10-year sentence for the killing of Botham Jean, a Black man who lived in the same apartment building as Guyger and was eating ice cream in his apartment when she entered and shot him on September 2018.

Guyger, who is white, testified that she thought she was entering her own apartment and thought Jean was an intruder. She was later fired from the Dallas Police Department after the shooting.
 

OH: Cleveland woman who killed man who tried to break into her home released from custody, police say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The woman told police that Ray was her upstairs neighbor, and he tried to force himself into her home, according to a police report. She fired her gun and the shot struck him in the head, Ciaccia said.

Police who responded to the report of a shooting found Ray’s body inside the woman’s apartment with a gunshot to the head, Ciaccia said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Cleveland police released the unidentified woman from custody Wednesday.
 

The Dubious Challenge to Antonin Scalia’s Heller Decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But some academics are claiming, based on a new type of research called “corpus analysis,” to have found fresh evidence that Scalia was wrong. “Bearing arms,” they say, overwhelmingly referred to military service in the Founding era, rather than simply referring to the carrying of weapons. These scholars further suggest that Heller might have been wrong more deeply — even when it comes to keeping arms — though that is not the focus of the current case (and their “bear arms” argument is generally recognized as their strongest).
 

Why are Red State Democratic Senators Voting for David Chipman?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Democrats have voted in unison, with only Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick to head his budget office, facing bipartisan opposition. But the White House is pulling out all the stops to push through David Chipman’s confirmation to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). And Democrats want the vote to take place this week.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claims that the largely Republican opposition to Chipman “speaks volumes to their complete refusal to tackle this spike in crime we’ve seen over the last 18 months.” Of course, the Biden administration’s focus on gun control to control violent crime ignores that 92% of violent crime has nothing to do with guns.
 

Beware Myths About Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Dr. John Lott Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center was ABC’s July 19 speaker in a series of Monday afternoon ABC events in the Athenaeum Hotel this Chautauqua season.

Lott well understands gun-control advocates’ fallacies. He calls them “Gun Control Myths.”

And that was the title of his July 19 presentation.

Lott showcased two books – treatises may be a better word – that he has written on the subject.
 

Firearms Sales Remain Strong and Steady
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If it seems like you’ve read that headline or a similar one recently, you’re not going crazy. We’ve written it before as we’ve highlighted this trend that won’t stop; no doubt, we will do so here again in the future.

According to new data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), this past July was the second-highest July on record for the number of background checks conducted in the sale of a firearm.

It should also be noted that this past July’s figure of nearly 1.3 million background checks conducted via the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is only overshadowed by the record-breaking number of 1.8 conducted in July of last year. Last year was also record shattering.
 

Mexico: Why Mexico is Suing U.S. Firearms Manufacturers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For perspective, realize that the Mexican government did not sue the Obama administration for Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-running operation in which officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) told U.S. gun-store owners to sell guns to known gun runners. ATF leadership then ordered its agents to stand down as the guns were trafficked to Mexico. All that came out in congressional hearings. ATF whistleblowers even detailed how they were ordered to allow the bad guys to buy and traffic guns illegally to Mexico—at least one of those trafficked guns was used to murder a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
 

CA: Judge Dismisses Attempted Murder Charge Against Arcata Man Who Stabbed His Roommate Last Month, Agreeing That He Acted in Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Visiting Judge Marjorie Lord Carter dismissed an attempted murder charge against an Arcata man this morning, agreeing that Kaven Dangerfield was acting in self-defense when he repeatedly stabbed his roommate during an altercation the night of July 19.

Carter, after hearing evidence presented during a preliminary hearing, held the 29-year-old Dangerfield to answer only on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. She also dismissed the special allegations that Dangerfield personally used a knife and inflicted great bodily injury on Samuel “Sam” Matranga, who suffered a punctured lung and numerous stab wounds.
 

Revisiting the Right to Bear Arms after Summer 2020 Rioting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The basic theme of the article is that the inability or unwillingness (often under standdown orders from politicians) of law enforcement to protect life and property during the summer 2020 riots and looting in cities across the country undermines the claim of opponents of the right to keep and bear arms that individual firearms ownership is obsolete given the existence of modern police forces.

One contribution the article makes is to document the scope of the lawlessness last summer, which was largely ignored by the media. The article did not attempt to be comprehensive, but it may still be the most thorough discussion of the extent of the unrest, the lack of police response, and of efforts by citizens to protect themselves with firearms
 

IA: State’s attorney: No charges will be filed in fatal Rock Island stabbing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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No charges will be filed against a man who fatally stabbed another man in self-defense, Rock Island County State’s Attorney Dora Villarreal said Thursday.

Around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, Rock Island officers were dispatched to 2nd Avenue and 18th Street.

They found 55-year-old Paul Crosby with a stab wound to the neck. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A man was taken into custody and interviewed by police.
 

Mexico: 'Long shot': Mexico sues U.S. gunmakers for rampant violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Mexican government sued U.S. gun manufacturers and distributors Wednesday in U.S. federal court, arguing that their negligent and illegal commercial practices have unleashed tremendous bloodshed in Mexico.

The unusual lawsuit was filed in U.S. federal court in Boston. Among those being sued are some of the biggest names in guns, including: Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.; Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.; Beretta U.S.A. Corp.; Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, and Glock Inc. Another defendant is Interstate Arms, a Boston-area wholesaler that sells guns from all but one of the named manufacturers to dealers around the United States.
 

MT: David Chipman can unite us on Second Amendment issues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yes, Chipman supports sensible, proven restrictions regarding firearms to improve public safety, as do I, and many of my fellow Montanans and fellow gun owners. Does this violate our constitutional rights? No. There have and always will be restrictions on Second Amendment rights. I would have to meet stringent requirements to own an M60 machine gun. I am not allowed to have an M203 grenade launcher, an M1 Abrams tank, a LAAW (Light Anti-Tank Assault Weapon), Stinger anti-aircraft missile or a nuclear warhead. Those all seem like reasonable restrictions to me. We all draw the line somewhere.
 

NC: Guilford County Democrats Attack Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, the Democrat-dominated Guilford County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposed firearms ordinance that would deprive citizens and gun ranges of their Second Amendment rights. The NCGOP sent a letter to the Commissioners in opposition to the proposal this afternoon.
 

KS: Ammo shortage affects Kansas police: costs rise, but cops have enough bullets for training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As a nationwide ammunition shortage frustrates gun owners and retailers, Kansas law enforcement agencies say they have sufficient supply to train officers as prices go up.

"It's just supply and demand at this point — everyone wants it, and we want it, too," said Lt. Benjamin Blick, the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. "So the price has increased."

Deputy Abigail Christian, a spokesperson for the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office, said the agency has observed the price increases in the past year.
 

TX: Stand Your Ground: What you need to know about self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you find yourself in a situation where you have to defend yourself, you must know your rights. It's also essential to know the difference between self-defense and assault.

Many states, including Texas, carry laws that allow people to defend themselves in a life-threatening situation with a reasonable belief that force is necessary. However, these laws vary from state to state. The location of the would-be crime also plays a role in some states and situations.

There are three types of self-defense laws:
 

IA: Police: Des Moines apartment intruder shot by victim in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Authorities in Des Moines are investigating after a home intruder was shot by one of their victims in self-defense.

Des Moines police received reports of a man arriving at a metro hospital with a gunshot wound.

According to Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek, the man had forced entry into an apartment in the 2500 block of Lincoln Avenue just after 12:30 a.m. Friday armed with a handgun.

Parizek said the man assaulted and threatened residents inside the apartment before being shot by one of the residents.
 

Self-Defense & Concealed Carry Tips When Biking
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Recently, my wife and I bought electric bikes or e-bikes to help with our aerobic exercise routine and cardiovascular fitness. Being seniors we are not as active as we want and cannot participate in our usual full-contact ice hockey like we did last year to keep us in shape. I wish.

One concern we thought about was can we defend ourselves when on our bikes if we are attacked?
 

TX: Texas Rangers May Be Investigating Witness Tampering Allegation Against Travis County's DA in Austin Protest Shooting Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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...Perry’s defense attorneys say Det. Fugitt found that Perry shot Foster on the night of July 25, 2020, in self-defense and that Foster “was a criminal killed in commission of a crime.” District Attorney Garza nevertheless took the case to an Austin grand jury, which indicted Perry.

Perry is an Army sergeant serving at Ft. Hood. Austin is a Democrat stronghold.

Judge Clifford Brown presided over that hearing in his 147th Court on Wednesday.

As several local media outlets reported, Judge Brown denied Perry’s motion for a hearing on Garza’s alleged conduct. That’s true. What they failed to report was that his motion was denied “without prejudice” pending the results of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Texas Rangers.
 

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