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VA: Gun rights activists sue Couric over film edits

USA Today USA Today

"Virginia gun-rights activists have filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and other makers of a documentary over an edit they say misrepresented the activists' response to a question. The segment in Under the Gun shows nearly 10 seconds of silence after Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League how felons or terrorists could be prevented from purchasing a gun without background checks. Activists can be heard on audio of the exchange responding to Couric's question almost immediately. Couric was executive producer of the film. She said in a message on the film's website in May that she regrets that the edit was misleading and that she didn't raise her initial concerns about the segment 'more vigorously.' Couric's spokesman didn't immediately respond Tuesday." (09/13/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/09/13/gun-rights-activists-sue-couric-over-film-edits/90320696

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WV: Police officer fired for not shooting man with unloaded gun

Fox News Fox News

"A West Virginia police officer who refused to shoot a man holding an unloaded gun was fired for not pulling the trigger, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Then-Weirton police officer Stephen Mader was let go after a May 6 incident in which he said he tried to talk Ronald D. 'R.J.' Williams Jr. out of harming himself. 'I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and deescalate it,' Mader, an ex-Marine, told The Post-Gazette. 'I knew it was suicide-by-cop.' Mader said even though he didn’t know Williams Jr.’s gun was unloaded at the time, the man had the gun at his side and was not pointing it at the officer. He also knew that he had been called to the scene because of a domestic disturbance and Williams Jr. had only threatened to hurt himself." [editor's note: This cop needs to get hired somewhere else, IMMEDIATELY! - SAT] (09/13/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/13/police-officer-fired-for-not-shooting-man-who-had-unloaded-gun.html

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FL: Bureaucrats use Pulse nightclub massacre as pretext for $150k bribe demand

South Florida Sun Sentinel

"The security company that employed Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen was fined $151,400 Friday for falsely [sic] listing psychological testing information on more than 1,500 forms that allowed employees to carry guns. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services imposed the fine after discovering G4S Secure Solutions had listed the name of a psychologist who no longer practiced as the screener on Mateen's form and those of many others over a 10-year period." [editor's notes: The screenings WERE conducted, but by another psychologist. It was a paperwork error, not an intentional false filing. And any requirement to consult, report to, or jump through hoops for, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on the matter of bearing arms is clearly unconstitutional - TLK] (09/09/16)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-orlando-shooting-fine-20160909-story.html

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WA: Grandstanding AG proposes ban on guns that look scarier, but are no more deadly than, others

Seattle Times

"Spurred by the recent killings of three teenagers in Mukilteo, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson will propose legislation next year to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in Washington. Ferguson announced his proposal Wednesday, flanked by the parents of a fourth Mukilteo victim, who was seriously injured, as well as dozens of Democratic legislators and officials." (09/07/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/state-ag-proposes-assault-weapons-ban/?utm_source=The+Seattle+Times&utm_campaign=04be201974-Alert_BREAKING%3A_State_attorney_general_proposes_as&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5beb38b61e-04be201974-122462773

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NH: How one group is curbing gun suicides

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor

"As the longtime owner of a gun store, Ralph Demicco is passionate about his firearms. At the modest ranch house he built himself outside the rural New Hampshire town of Hooksett, he keeps a collection of rifles, shotguns, pistols, and antique weaponry, including two cast-iron cannons that he stores in the barn beneath an oval wooden wall plaque inscribed with the Second Amendment. On special occasions, he wheels out his beloved cannons (replicas of Dutch and British models) and fires off thunderous shots that reverberate through the New England woods the way they might have in the Revolutionary War 240 years ago. Mr. Demicco, a barrel-chested man with a sweep of graying hair, maintains a 200-yard firing range at the back of his property where he practices his marksmanship. His three sons learned to shoot here. One son later followed him into the gun business." (09/03/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0903/How-one-group-is-curbing-gun-suicides

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Court: Medical marijuana patients don’t have rights

The Hill The Hill

"A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a government ban that prevents medical marijuana card holders from buying guns, Fox News reported. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers nine Western states including California, Washington and Oregon, ruled the federal ban is not in violation of the Second Amendment." (08/31/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/294002-court-upholds-gun-ban-on-medical-marijuana-card-holders

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TX: Paxton sues Waller County over courthouse gun ban

Houston Press

"After warning Waller County officials that he'd make them get in line with state law if they didn't do so of their own volition, on Tuesday morning Paxton followed through. He filed a lawsuit against Waller County to force county officials to comply with the state's open carry laws and allow guns into the Waller County Courthouse." (08/30/16)

http://www.houstonpress.com/news/state-ag-ken-paxton-sues-waller-county-over-courthouse-gun-ban-8717656

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FL: Intruder shot after Tampa resident spies him on home surveillance phone app

Tampa Bay Times

"A burglar was shot Tuesday after the occupant of a home spotted him remotely on a mobile surveillance app and called her father to go investigate, police said. ... The resident, Jordan King, wasn't home at the time but received a text message from a mobile phone application alerting her of movement in the house .... King, 25, was able to pull up a live surveillance video feed on her phone and spotted a man in her bedroom with socks on his hands rifling through her belongings. King called 911 and her father, 54-year-old Jerry King, who lives nearby, went to investigate. ... King told investigators Stewart had something in his hand that 'put him in fear,' according to a news release. He fired one shot, hitting Stewart in the upper torso." (08/30/16)

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/intruder-shot-after-homeowner-spies-him-on-home-surveillance-phone-app/2291510

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MN: Gun buyback program a dud, say legal owners

Fox News Fox News

"A Minneapolis gun buyback program targeting weapons used in street crimes may be shooting blanks, as detractors said a Saturday collection mostly took in antiquated, unused or homemade arms from legal owners and did little to thin the firearm supply actually available to dangerous criminals. Two Minneapolis locations collected about 150 firearms Saturday, but both exchanges were forced to shut down several hours early when officials ran out of Visa gift cards -- $25,000 worth, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. And at least some of that money helped finance the purchase of even more guns. One anonymous gun owner told WCCO he received $200 in gift cards that he planned to use to buy a new firearm. That man said he didn’t think the program was serving its intended purpose." (08/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/29/minnesota-gun-buyback-program-dud-some-legal-owners-say.html

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TX: UT-Austin students snatch up free dildos for gun protest

Texas Tribune

"Students, alumni and spectators eagerly snatched up more than 4,500 donated dildos Tuesday evening at the University of Texas at Austin, preparing to assuage their frustration over a new state law allowing handguns to be carried on public university campuses. Cocks Not Glocks, a protest group formed last fall, is urging students and others to openly carry the sex toys around campus, offering a multicolored counterpoint to the concealed weapons that holders of handgun licenses can now legally carry inside UT classrooms and most buildings." (08/23/16)

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/08/23/students-distribute-4500-sex-toys/

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CA: Gun rights advocates file suit challenging open carry restrictions

Fox News Fox News

"Gun-rights advocates filed a sweeping new legal challenge Wednesday to California’s open-carry restrictions -- arguing a recent court decision effectively denies residents 'their fundamental rights to bear arms' and contradicts a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment. Plaintiffs say the case, Flanagan v. Harris, is a 'direct response' to a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that preserved a California county sheriff’s restrictive policies on carrying a concealed weapon. Considering the state’s additional restrictions on carrying a gun openly in public, plaintiffs argued in their new lawsuit that they have been 'completely barred from exercising their right to bear arms, in any manner.' The suit contends, 'the Supreme Court has made clear that the right to bear arms cannot be completely foreclosed.' The plaintiffs include gun owner and resident Michelle Flanagan as well as the California Rifle & Pistol Association." (08/18/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/18/gun-rights-advocates-file-suit-challenging-california-open-carry-restrictions.html

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Secret Service: We played security theater games over Trump’s 2nd Amendment comment

CNN CNN

"A US Secret Service official confirms to CNN that the USSS has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his Second Amendment comments. 'There has been more than one conversation' on the topic, the official told CNN. But it's unclear at what level in the campaign structure the conversations occurred. The campaign told the USSS that Donald Trump did not intend to incite violence, according to the official. 'No such meeting or conversation ever happened,' Trump tweeted in response to CNN's report." [editor's note: So much stuff to go after Trump over, and the Democrats think they win votes by pretending that support for the right to keep and bear arms is evil or treasonous? Clinton's proxies make a sack of hammers look like a Ph.D. candidate - TLK] (08/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/10/politics/trump-second-amendment/

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FL: Woman dead after police officer negligently shoots her during publicity stunt

New York Daily News

"A woman is dead after she was accidentally [sic] shot by a Florida police officer in a citizen training academy roleplay scenario gone wrong. Mary Knowlton was one of two participants randomly selected from a group of 35 for a shoot-don't shoot simulation during a two-hour training Tuesday at the Punta Gorda Police Department, Chief Tom Lewis told reporters at a press conference." [editor's note: There are two ways a gun can be fired by an adult: Intentionally or negligently. "Accidentally" doesn't exist as a category of shootings by adults. And "citizen training academy" is governmentalese for "publicity/propaganda operation" - TLK] (08/09/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-woman-fatally-shot-citizen-training-accident-article-1.2744982

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NV: Pokemon Go player stops mid-game to shoot man trying to rob him

Independent [UK]

"Two men who tried to rob a group of people playing Pokemon Go ended up getting shot by the busy trainers. An attempted robbery on Pokemon Go players -- who were in a Las Vegas park that has become popular with players because it is a good place for catching Magikarp -- ended in a shootout when one of the trainers pulled out his own gun and shot the robbers. ... an armed man and a driver pulled up in an SUV and demanded they handed over the things they had, police said. One of the Pokemon players had a concealed carry permit that lets [sic] him carry a gun -- which he then pulled out and shot at the would-be robber." (07/26/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pokemon-go-trainer-stops-mid-game-to-shoot-man-trying-to-rob-him-a7156806.html

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MA: Healey, in latest grandstanding for future gubernatorial bid, makes up new victim disarmament law

Reuters Reuters

"Massachusetts will ban the sale of 'copycat' assault-style [sic] weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. The move takes effect immediately and is part of stepped-up enforcement of Massachusetts'[s] ban on military-style assault [sic] weapons, she said in a statement. ... Healey's statement said gun manufacturers made versions with minor tweaks to various parts of the weapon. Copycat guns are sold, for example, without a flash suppressor or with a fixed instead of folding stock. Under Healey's notice, a weapon is a copy or duplicate if [Healey thinks she can get some attention for screeching that it's a copy or duplicate]." (07/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/massachusetts-guns-idUSL1N1A61YX

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OH: Cleveland police union asks Kasich to suspend 2nd Amendment because REASONS

USA Today USA Today

"The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association is asking the governor to suspend state law allowing the open carry of firearms for the duration of Republican National Convention. Alarmed by the succession of deadly police shootings, including Sunday's deaths in Baton Rouge, police union president Steve Loomis said he is appealing to the governor to declare an emergency. He said the state's open carry law is making the job of securing the convention 'much more difficult.' ... 'Somebody's got to do something' Loomis said Sunday. 'What we have now is completely irresponsible.' Gov. John Kasich does not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws, spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach said. Under Ohio law, legal gun owners can carry firearms in plain sight." (07/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/17/cleveland-police-union-weapons-ban-governor-john-kasich/87223128

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IL: Lawsuit claims gun restrictions unfairly target foster parents

Fox News Fox News

"Kenneth and Colleen Shults want to permanently welcome a foster child into their Fairmount, Ill., family, but claim in a federal suit filed this week they are being forced to surrender their Second Amendment rights to do it. Already parents of three, the couple is in the process of formally adopting a daughter through the state foster care system and is fighting Department of Children and Family Services rules they say severely restrict their gun rights. The couple charges that the firearm restrictions aimed at safeguarding foster children violate their constitutional rights and threaten their ability to keep their family safe. 'Our family has always owned and used firearms,' said Kenneth Shults, 37, who is a firearms safety instructor and a machine shop manager. 'No foster parent should have to forfeit their constitutional rights in order to be a foster parent.'" (07/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/14/illinois-gun-restrictions-unfairly-target-foster-parents-lawsuit-claims.html

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New Black Panther Party bringing arms to Cleveland

Reuters Reuters

"The New Black Panther Party, a 'black power' movement, will carry firearms for self-defense during rallies in Cleveland ahead of next week's Republican convention, if allowed under Ohio law, the group's chairman said. The plan by the group this weekend comes as police in Cleveland brace for an influx of groups that plan demonstrations before and during the presidential nominating convention. During the attack last week in Dallas that killed five police officers, law enforcement officials said demonstrators carrying rifles led them to initially believe they were under attack by multiple shooters. Several other groups, including some supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, have said they will carry weapons in Cleveland." (07/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-police-blackpanthers-exclusive-idUSKCN0ZS1Z7

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US House to vote on repealing 2nd, 5th Amendments

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"With Democrats applying election-year pressure to act on gun control, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the House will vote next week on a GOP proposal aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms. Democrats indicated that by itself, Ryan's plan would not quell the partisan showdown that has intensified since the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Two Republicans said the House is expected to vote on legislation resembling a National Rifle Association-backed bill that the Senate rejected last week and was opposed by most Democrats." [editor's note: Lest we forget, that one was also opposed by both the ACLU and the FBI - SAT] (06/30/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Ryan-House-to-vote-on-barring-guns-for-suspected-8334602.php

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SC: Armed citizen thwarts nightclub shooter

USA Carry

"On June 26th, festivities at a nightclub in Spartanburg County, South Carolina were interrupted when a man open fired into the crowd outside. The local sheriff's department reports that there were several injuries at the scene. Speaking for the department, Lt. Kevin Bobo told the press that: 'His rounds struck 3 victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking him in the leg.' ... Legislation passed on June 14th allows South Carolinians with CCW permits to carry in bars and restaurants provided that they are not drinking themselves." [editor's note: Odd, the people yelling that armed citizens couldn't have stopped the Orlando massacre don't seem to be talking about this one ... - TLK] (06/29/16)

http://www.usacarry.com/south-carolina-ccw-holder-thwarts-nightclub-shooter/

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Idiot mayors ask Congress to repeal Second Amendment

WIBC 93.1 FM

"U.S. mayors are asking Congress to break a logjam over limiting gun purchases. The U.S, Conference of Mayors gathering in Indianapolis approved more than 100 policy recommendations, but in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub massacre, the gun issue may be the most closely watched. Mayors called for restrictions on assault weapons, and limits on purchases by the mentally ill and people on the terrorist no-fly list." (06/27/16)

http://www.wibc.com/news/local-news/mayors-call-limits-gun-purchases-mentally-ill-no-fly-names

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MO: Nixon vetoes bill allowing constitutional concealed carry

Fox News Fox News

"Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have let [sic] people carry concealed guns without a permit and expanded [sic] their right[to] use weapons in self-defense. Nixon said the bill 'would make Missouri more dangerous' by relaxing current safeguards for concealed guns. The Democratic governor vetoed the measure Monday. The Republican-led Legislature could try to override his veto during a September session. The bill would allow most people to carry concealed guns even if they haven't gone through the training required for permits." [editor's note: Rights aren't "expanded" or "contracted." They're "respected" or "violated" - TLK] (06/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/27/missouri-governor-vetoes-bill-allowing-concealed-carry-without-permit.html

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Former DHS head: Gun control wouldn’t have stopped Orlando attack

The Hill The Hill

"Tom Ridge, who served as secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, criticized Democrats for trying to pass gun reform after the mass shooting in Orlando. 'You kind of wonder what kind of glasses some of the Democrats are wearing as they look at that horrible tragedy,' Ridge said on 'The Cats Roundtable' radio show with John Catsimatidis." (06/26/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/284915-former-homeland-security-secretary-gun-control-wouldnt-have

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SCOTUS votes 6-2 against Second Amendment

United Press International United Press International

"Gun ownership can be denied to those who commit reckless acts of domestic violence, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 6-2 ruling, in which Associate Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, upheld sentences of two men who argued their prior misdemeanor domestic abuse convictions should not deny them the opportunity to own weapons." (06/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/27/Gun-ownership-can-be-denied-to-domestic-abusers-Supreme-Court-rules/3131467042146/

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OR: Mom fatally shoots home intruder after finding him in her child’s bedroom

New York Daily News

"After finding a stranger in her child's bedroom, an Oregon mother opened fire and killed the intruder early Sunday morning. Police arrived at the home in Portland at about 1:47 a.m., when they found a dead man inside. ... The mother had been out with her two children, 5 and 10, when she came home and spotted the creep in one of her kid's bedrooms. Already armed with a handgun, she shot and killed 59-year-old man hiding in her child's room." (06/27/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/oregon-mom-kills-stranger-snuck-child-bedroom-article-1.2688757

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The other half of the truth

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Douglas A. French, of the National Review, while writing about Islam and terrorism, innocently drew up a half-truth: 'In Saint Cloud, Minn., Dahir Adan's family identified him as the man who stabbed eight people in a mall before being shot and killed by an armed civilian, an off-duty police officer named Jason Falconer.' So, what is the missing half of the truth? The heroic Mr. Falconer was armed, sure. And an off-duty cop. But he was more civilian than cop, for the weapon he had on him was concealed (by permit), and he is the owner of a gun range." (09/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/09/20/the-other-half-of-the-truth/

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Gun grabbers die hard

USA Today Town Hall
by Katie Kieffer

"Gun grabbers are camouflaging sinister plans with slick catchphrases -- hoping you'll barely notice when they pickpocket your pistol. Hillary Clinton is quietly building a massive gun grabber army. It's up to you to halt her momentum. Gun grabbers 'die hard' because they insist on believing the same anti-gun theories even after encountering facts disproving their theories. They also die hard because it's nearly impossible to defeat them. Which means, we must try harder. 'Do you believe that an individual's right to bear arms is a constitutional right?' ABC's George Stephanopoulos asks of Hillary Clinton in June of 2016. 'If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation,' Hillary [replies]. ... Two-letter words beginning with the letter 'I' are wild cards the Clintons love to play when caught in acts of deception. Bill Clinton clung to the word 'is' in the same way his wife now clings to the word 'if.'" (09/12/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2016/09/12/gun-grabbers-die-hard-n2216135

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A 20th century history of infringement

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"Last week, I was chatting contentedly with my friends on Facebook (who would ever have thought I'd say that?) about gun politics, when I was interrupted by (ostensibly) a young woman (everybody's young compared to me these days) who denied that anyone in politics was out to take my guns away and asserted, in essence that I am some kind of paranoid crank. I resent that. I do not deny it, but I resent it. But I have my reasons." (09/04/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle888-20160904-02.html

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Not a rant

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

"Mexico's Foreign Secretary has complained about the US not banning certain firearms that Mexican residents are not allowed to own. I remember the story of a repeat crosser illegal alien who was asked why he kept coming into the US just to get deported over and over again. He answered that he wanted freedom. When asked why he didn't make himself free in Mexico 'Senor, they (his oppressors) have all the guns.' Nothing has changed, except the gringo version of the same class are seeking to gain control of the US and calling themselves Democrats (Except William Weld, who mendaciously calls himself a Libertarian.)." (08/28/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle887-20160828-07.html

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Solution to Chicago gun violence: Better training

TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle

"The continuing tragedy of gun violence, suggests a radical new solution. The homicide rate in Chicago, isn't caused by an oversupply of guns, it's caused by an oversupply of bad shots. It seems the majority of the gun homicides in the City are all innocent bystanders. At least the ones we care about are. There are rarely any tears shed when a bad guy kills another bad guy. The latest tragedy was Nykea Aldridge, cousin of Dwayne Wade, who was killed in the crossfire of a Southside Chicago gun fight. She was pushing a stroller home, after registering her children for school." (08/29/16)

http://timslagle.com/comedy/solution-to-chicago-gun-violence-better-training.html

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Regal Cinemas’ stupid gun policy

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Regal Cinemas, the largest movie theater chain in the country, has a gun policy that prohibits people from bringing guns into its movie theaters. That includes people with concealed-carry permits. That is one stupid policy." (08/29/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/08/29/regal-cinemas-stupid-gun-policy/

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In Europe, terrorists arm themselves on the black market while populists champion self-defense rights

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"A rising populist politician challenges federal officials' schemes to tighten gun laws in response to high-profile mass killings. Making existing laws ever-more draconian is foolish, she says, since 'honest citizens are the ones affected, not those who procure weapons via the darknet,' -- a direct reference to a recent shooting incident in which the killer illegally acquired a weapon from black market sites via anonymous Tor software. The better approach, says the politician, is to enable people to carry guns to defend themselves. 'We all know how long it takes for police, especially in sparsely populated areas to arrive at the scene of deployments.' She added, 'Every law-abiding person should be in the position to protect himself, his family and his friends.' We're talking about Orlando, right? Or maybe Charleston? Nope. The place is Germany." (08/23/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/23/in-europe-terrorists-arm-themselves-on-t

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Denial: So much more than an Egyptian river

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"You've got to wonder, don't you, how many people in early 20th-century Germany, including Jews, thought their own country was the 'greatest the world has to offer.' After all, it was a grand center of civilization and had been for centuries. It was the land of Goethe and Beethoven and Schiller. Of Schopenhauer and Kant and E.T.A. Hoffman and entire hordes of Bachs. Men of the mind. Men of the arts. Thriving in Germany's orderly civil society. What could possibly go wrong? Except we all know what did go wrong -- and how quickly." (08/22/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3670

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The fight for the right to keep and bear arms is never over

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

"There exists a common -- and incorrect -- mentality in modern American politics on the right to keep and bear arms. That is, the buck stops at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to our rights. This tends to be most prevalent during presidential elections .... Fear mongers on both sides will argue that if their preferred candidate isn’t elected, the opponent will transform the Supreme Court and lead to decisions they don't want, such as with the right to keep and bear arms. If we don't prevent this from happening, the argument goes, then 'there is nothing else we can do.' This mentality conveys a horribly defeatist attitude; they're not arguing the court has the authority to undermine the Second Amendment. They're saying Americans are powerless to do anything about it. They couldn’t be more wrong." (08/16/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/08/16/the-fight-for-the-right-to-keep-and-bear-arms-is-never-over/

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“Libertarian” Party joins the old parties?

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"Thanks to the folks over at JPFO for this: Bullets First bluntly reports VP candidate William Weld's interview on REVOLT TV: Libertarian VP Wants to Ban Guns; Rifles are 'Weapons of Mass Destruction.' Except that Bullets First is WRONG: With these positions, William Weld has violated any claim to be ANY kind of Libertarian or libertarian. I don't know if the LP still requires even their nominees to sign the 'Pledge' any more, but ANY person who says that accused people should be stripped of fundamental, God-given rights is committing an act of aggression and calling for tens of thousands, even millions, of acts of aggression." (08/11/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9516

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In defense of Second Amendment people

The American Spectator
by Aaron Goldstein

"'Second Amendment People' have terrorized no one. How often have we heard about the NRA being the most effective lobby group from both supporters and detractors alike? The success of the gun lobby is because the NRA and other organizations know how to recruit and organize members and petition and persuade governments at the local, state, and federal level. If the NRA was an environmental organization, liberals would be saying, 'This is how democracy works!' Given the effectiveness of the NRA and other gun rights groups in the legislative arena, why would any Second Amendment person have any reason to resort to violence? The idea that 'Second Amendment people' are out to kill Hillary Clinton -- Trump or no Trump -- is absolute rubbish." (08/11/16)

http://spectator.org/in-defense-of-second-amendment-people/

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Second Amendment people

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Would Mrs. Clinton curtail gun rights as Trump charges? She recently told Fox News that she would not choose justices seeking to overturn the High Court ruling in the Heller case, which interpreted the Second Amendment as guaranteeing an individual gun right. Do I trust her? Stop laughing and read on. Was the Donald attempting to incite violence against Hillary? No. But what should be the people's response were a future president or court to declare our right to defend ourselves null and void?" (08/11/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/11/second-amendment-people/

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Election 2016: Time for Libertarians to dump Bill Weld

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

"Why on earth would Libertarians want to dump vice-presidential nominee William Weld? To let American voters, especially gun owners, know that the Libertarian Party still supports their rights as it always has. ... Since the nomination, Weld has campaigned vigorously against the party's platform -- not just on gun issues but on due process rights -- often spouting nonsense that makes him sound as ignorant and as nutty as Donald Trump at his worst." (08/10/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7078

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What kind of wall is that again?

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"Plans to ban guns based on appearance march on. Late last month, Washington Ceasefire and Ceasefire Oregon announced a joint effort to get 'assault weapons' banned in both states. Specifically, they want to create a 'West Coast Wall.' Building on California's existing bans, they want to make the entire U.S. west coast ... um, wait, what do they want to make it? I live here and I don't even know." (08/09/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3591

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An epidemic of evil

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"Remember the good old days when victim disarmers and power grabbers simply tried to paint gun owners as ignorant, thoughtless rednecks? Now, no doubt in support of allowing the CDC to -- once again -- conduct biased gun control studies and promotion, we're portrayed as disease-ridden Typhoid Marys spreading death and destruction in our wake." (08/01/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3557

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Why we need independent militias

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Ryan McMaken

"Early Americans feared the federal government would overwhelm the states with a large standing army and better-armed military force. To prevent this, many supported a decentralized system of state militias which would provide the bulk of military land forces within the United States. Over time, though, the federal government has increasingly centralized military power and diminished the role of state governments in military funding and planning. While privately-owned firearms have their role in balancing against federal power, the decentralized militia system -- now defunct -- was intended to play a much larger role in preventing the establishment of an overwhelming federal military force." (08/01/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/08/01/why-we-need-independent-militias/

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“Assault weapon” bans are really about political censorship

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

"When gun grabbers call for a ban on 'assault weapons' they aren't trying to restrict a weapon. They are trying to censor subversive political artwork. They'd prefer banning all guns if practical, but the current political climate forces them to go after weapons that elicit enough negative emotions that they don't have explain why they should be banned. It's easy to dismiss these visceral reactions to 'assault weapons' as ignorance, irrational fear or political indoctrination." (07/23/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/23/assault-weapon-bans-are-really-about-political-censorship/

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In support of the open carry society

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

"For some reason, police seem to consider open carry of firearms, even where formally legal (the US Constitution says it's legal everywhere in America, but that's another column), to constitute prima facie evidence of criminal intent. It isn't, and treating it as such can only lead to unnecessary violent outcomes." (07/20/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6831

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The freak-out factor

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Most folks are so unused to seeing normal people carrying guns around, out in the open, that when they it, they freak out. Among those who are at least, well, unsettled by the spectacle? The police. Funny, the gun freaker-outers don’t usually freak when they see police with guns. But that may be changing as more and more video footage comes out regarding police shootings of suspects under suspicious circumstances." (07/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/20/the-freak-out-factor/

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If you like the war on drugs, you’ll love the war on guns!

Ed Krayewski Reason
by Ed Krayewski

"There is an argument that gun prohibition would work better than drug prohibition because guns are more difficult to manufacture and harder to conceal. 3-D printing is closing the manufacturing gap, and while guns may be harder to conceal than drugs they are also harder to confiscate. Police already use a significant amount of force in the war on drugs, based on the argument that an attempt to confiscate drugs could face violent resistance. A primary function of firearms is to offer resistance. Police in the United States became militarized largely on the strength of the drug war (and not widespread gun ownership as some anti-gun revisionists argue)." (07/12/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/12/if-you-like-the-war-on-drugs-youll-love

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Do you believe being armed is a cultural norm or not?

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"Gun rights advocates usually argue that being armed isn't threatening in of itself. In fact they often scoff whenever an anti-gunners claims to be in fear for their lives when they see somebody who is armed. These gun rights advocates usually also argue that being armed should be a cultural norm. I agree with both sentiments. However, where I diverge from many supposed gun rights advocates is that my belief doesn't give an exception to anybody wearing a badge. Does somebody have grounds to be afraid for their life just because the see somebody else who is armed? If you don't believe they do then why should an officer be justified in fearing for their life just because they're interacting with somebody who is armed?" (07/11/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/07/11/do-you-believe-being-armed-is-a-cultural-norm-or-not/

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Current events

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"The safety and effectiveness of personal weaponry is improving every day. Guns keep getting smaller, lighter, and more powerful. Some folks are still trying to remain sweet and orderly about it all, legally purchasing their firearms and nicely applying for concealed carry permits. But those statistics alone frighten the living excrement out of our self-appointed socialist sheep-herders, Other people, having finally observed that the only reason vile creatures like Obama and Hillary want to take your guns away is so that they can be free to do things to you that they couldn't do if you kept your guns, have simply decided for themselves that they have obeyed their last gun law. Take heed, you would-be gun-grabbers, you did this all to yourselves." (07/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle880-20160710-02.html

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No federal power over guns, even if the 2nd Amendment never existed

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Foundation
by Mike Maharrey

"[F]or the sake of argument, let's accept a narrow interpretation of the Second Amendment. Let's assume it only relates to service in the militia. The federal government still has no authority to regulate firearms. As I explained in my Constitution 101 article on the Second Amendment, the Constitution only delegates specific powers to the federal government. The enumeration of certain powers logically excludes all powers not listed. Designato unius est exclusio alterius is a legal maxim meaning, 'the designation of one is the exclusion of the other.' You will find no authority to regulate firearms or ban certain types of weapons in the Constitution." (07/09/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/09/no-federal-power-over-guns-even-if-the-2nd-amendment-never-existed/

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“Gun violence” as a rhetorical trick in the gun-control debate

Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

"In its most recent attack on gun ownership, The New York Times went out of its way to confuse gun homicides with homicide in general. As I noted here, this is a rhetorical trick used to mask the true homicide rates in other countries in order to make the United States look like an outlier. Another trick employed by gun control advocates is to lump gun-inflicted suicides in with gun homicides as in order to inflate the total number of 'gun violence' events." (07/06/16)

https://mises.org/blog/gun-violence-rhetorical-trick-gun-control-debate

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Why does Kathy Gilroy hate the victims of the Orlando nightclub attack?

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

"The story in brief: A suburban Chicago gun shop decided to raffle off an AR-15 rifle to raise money for the OneOrlando Fund, which is helping victims of Omar Mateen's attack on patrons of the Pulse nightclub. They shut down the raffle after 'legal questions' were 'raised.' By which I mean: 'Kathy Gilroy, an anti-gambling crusader from Villa Park, said she had complained to the McHenry Police Department about the gun raffle. She said she has gotten various local law enforcement agencies to shut down numerous raffles previously but that it's often an uphill battle. 'Who is enforcing these laws?' Gilroy asked. 'No one.' So apparently she really doesn't hate the shooting victims per se. She just hates the idea of anyone being free to do anything without her approval." (07/02/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/07/why-does-kathy-gilroy-hate-victims-of.html

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What doesn’t fly

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others in The Pulse nightclub, worked for the globe's largest security firm, Britain's G4S. He passed two background checks conducted by the company. Mateen's government credentials included 'a Florida state-issued security guard license and a security guard firearms license.' Twice, he was investigated by the FBI, in 2013 and again in 2014, and cleared -- investigations closed. Should we talk about security failures? Instead, a filibuster by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and a sit-in protest by House Democrats changed the channel to gun control." (06/30/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/30/what-doesnt-fly-2/

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Think gays don’t need gun rights? Check your privilege

Cathy Reisenwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Cathy Reisenwitz

"A predictable response to the horrific massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, in which a gunman murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, mostly Latino, is to restrict gun ownership to police only. But this response ignores the real relationship gay and ethnic minority populations have had with police. It's a history of violence, targeted specifically at queer and brown bodies." (06/28/16)

https://fee.org/articles/think-gays-dont-need-gun-rights-check-your-privilege/

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Gun policy is hard

Trevor Burrus Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

"It's time for a collective freak-out on guns. It's time to spend too long debating your wife's cousin on Facebook, who seems to have been spoonfed his lines by the NRA/Everytown for Gun Safety. It's time to unfriend those who keep posting obstinate things about the need for concealed carry/an assault weapons ban. It's time to facepalm about those who just don't get it. And it is time to just fix the problem, right? I wish it were that simple, but, like most questions in public policy, it is not. Gun policy is hard, and getting it right -- or even starting to get it right -- requires calling out the bad arguments from both sides and understanding inevitable trade-offs and unavoidable facts." (06/27/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gun-policy-hard

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ACLU fights Dems’ dishonest war on due process

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff

"House Democrats took a page out of Donald Trump's playbook by using ad hominem attacks, fear-mongering and deliberate disinformation in a cynical, shortsighted attempt to score political points at the expense of Americans' constitutional rights. Their indecorous protest turned the House of Representatives into an infantile reality TV show. As legal expert Alan Dershowitz put it during an appearance on CNN, the House Democrats behaved like 'a bunch of buffoons.' Dershowitz was being kind. ... While the House Democrats were making fools of themselves on the floor of Congress, lawyers for the ACLU had already appeared before a U.S. district court in a lawsuit that resulted in rulings that the No Fly List is unconstitutional." (06/27/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/aclu-fights-dems-dishonest-war-due-process

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“No fly, no buy” means no freedom

Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

"The people in the government who want to control our personal choices are the enemies of freedom. And the enemies of freedom can be very clever and seductive. Last week, these folks, manifesting their lust to keep us dependent upon the government by rejecting the natural right to self-defense, coined a clever phrase: 'No fly, no buy.' It sounds rational, yet it rejects core American values." (06/23/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/andrew-p-napolitano/no-fly-no-buy/

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How they could confiscate your AR-15

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Anyone who thinks it would be difficult for U.S. officials to confiscate people's AR-15s and other semi-automatic weapons forgets how they confiscated everyone's gold coins in the 1930s. It would be as easy to confiscate guns as it was to confiscate gold coins. To get people's gold coins, they didn't send swarms of federal agents across the land to conduct warrantless searches of people's homes, businesses, and safety deposit boxes. Instead, they simply made it a felony offense to own gold coins, notwithstanding the fact that under the U.S. Constitution gold coins had been the official money of the United States for more than a century." (06/23/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/23/confiscate-ar-15/

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I don’t want a gun. That has nothing to do with whether you should own one

National Review
by Andrew Badinelli

"I'm not a gun nut. I have never fired a gun, nor do I own one, and I don't intend to ever do either. Guns never fascinated me as a super hero-loving kid, and they certainly don't interest me now. In fact, I happen to be repulsed by the idea of hunting for sport. On paper, I might seem likely to be an enthusiastic cheerleader for Chris Murphy, my senator from Connecticut, as he leads the charge in the Senate for stricter gun control. But I'm not. That's because my personal feelings about whether I want to own a gun are not pertinent to that debate." (06/23/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436972/gun-control-arguments-second-amendment-orlando-terror-watch-list

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“No fly, no buy” proposal takes away gun rights first, asks questions later (maybe)

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"Yesterday Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) supposedly unveiled her compromise bill aimed at stopping suspected terrorists from buying guns. I say 'supposedly' because as I write the text of her Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act is not available on her website yet, and the summary she is offering adds little to what we knew before her press conference. In particular, it does not say what the government must do to permanently deprive someone of his Second Amendment rights, which is the central issue raised by legislation of this kind." (06/22/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/22/no-fly-no-buy-proposal-takes-away-gun-ri

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What will gun controllers do when Americans ignore an “assault weapons” ban?

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Prohibition was kneecapped by Americans' widespread refusal to stop producing, selling, and drinking booze. Millions of Americans smoked marijuana decades before majority sentiment creeped toward legalizing the stuff. Gays and lesbians not only surreptitiously lived and loved when they were targeted by the law -- they also famously (and righteously) stomped cops who raided the Stonewall Inn, ultimately precipitating liberalization. And restrictions on exporting encryption were eased only after cryptographers illegally exported code -- even printing it on T-shirts as an act of civil disobedience. But in the wake of Omar Mateen's bloody rampage in Orlando, gun control advocates think that overcoming the passionate opposition of firearms owners and imposing a ban on a difficult to define class of 'assault weapons' is a swell idea whose time has come. This prohibition will somehow be different." (06/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/21/what-will-gun-controllers-do-when-americ

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FBI and ACLU agree: Senate acted appropriately

TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle

"After the Senate voted down four gun bills, the Desktop Demagogues hit social media in numbers unseen since Harambe the Gorilla was killed. Many are hyperbolically suggesting that Senate Republicans are responsible for the murders in Orlando. The other culprit is the NRA who (according to the Bills' supporters) has been funneling money from Gun Corporations, into the pockets of Senators. But here’s a point that everyone is missing: It's not just the Gun Lobby that wanted to see those Bills defeated, the FBI and the ACLU thought they were bad ideas as well." (06/21/16)

http://timslagle.com/blog/fbi-and-aclu-agree-senate-acted-appropriately.html

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