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MO: Boy, 11, fatally shoots intruder during home invasion

NBC News NBC News

"An 11-year-old St. Louis-area boy fatally shot 16-year-old who was one of two people who'd entered his home during an alleged home invasion Thursday afternoon, police said. ... Two people had approached the home twice before Thursday, and on the third attempt entered the house through the front door, police said. The 11-year-old who lives in the home shot the 16-year-old intruder in the head, St. Louis County police said in a statement. Police found the shot teenager dead in the foyer, and a second person who fled was caught nearby. ... 'It's troubling to say the least and shows that too many young people have access to handguns and the results are usually tragic,' St. Louis County Sgt. [and fucking idiot] Brian Schellman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch." (09/03/15)

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OK: Intruder shot after breaking into apartment, another suspect still on the run

KFOR News

"Officials say an alleged intruder is dead and a second suspect is still on the run after allegedly breaking into an apartment in southwest Oklahoma City. ... The victim told authorities that he heard a knock at the door, but noticed that the alleged suspects were covering the peephole. At that point, the alleged suspects shouted 'police,' and forced their way into the apartment. Once they were inside, the victim told officers that they all began fighting and that one of the suspects was shot and killed." (09/01/15)

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HI: Thieving Honolulu cops destroy $575,000 in firearms rather than auction them off to the people they stole the money from to buy them with

Fox News Fox News

"Second Amendment advocates are firing away at a decision by Honolulu officials to destroy $575,000 worth of perfectly good handguns in a move one critic called the 'height of anti-gun stupidity.' Some 2,300 Smith & Wesson 9 mm handguns, including at least 200 that are brand-new and in unopened boxes, were issued to the city’s police department. But with the 2,200-member force upgrading to lighter and less expensive Glock 17s, the guns were set to be permanently holstered. While it is customary throughout the country for departments to auction the guns to law-abiding citizens, including the police who once carried them, or donate them to another department, Honolulu opted to destroy them." (08/31/15)

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ND: Man shot after breaking into house

Jamestown Sun

"Jamestown Police Lt. Justin Blinsky said at 12:17 a.m. Friday police officers were dispatched by Stutsman County Communications to a home at 1115 1st Ave. N to a report of a man shot after breaking into a home. 'The homeowner called 911 and said someone had broken into the house,' Blinsky said. 'A confrontation ensued and he (the man who called) ended up shooting the intruder.' Blinsky said the man was shot in the abdominal area with a handgun. The man was transported by Jamestown Area Ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center." (08/29/15)

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The Constitution and the Second Amendment

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation

"Only in the latter half of the twentieth century did any confusion arise over the meaning of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, and then only by anti-gun zealots who claimed that the right protected was state governments' 'right' to have militias. During the ratification debates, and subsequent discussions in the press about the amendments proposed as a bill of rights, it was normal to speak of the 'right to keep and bear arms' as an individual right, enjoyed by all free citizens." (08/27/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/constitution-second-amendment/

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TX: Man kills robber in home invasion

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"A robber was fatally shot in the head Tuesday afternoon after he and another man burst into an apartment in southwest Fort Worth demanding 'everything,' a witness said. Apartment resident Brad White, 21, said he was with his girlfriend and their month-old baby, along with a male roommate, when two men rushed in. 'They came in and started fighting us, trying to gouge our eyes out,' White said. The roommate told the robbers to get out. One did, but the other refused, White said The roommate shot the robber once in the head. 'My friend didn't hesitate -- he knew I had a baby in there and he shot him,' White said." (08/25/15)

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Walmart to quit selling AR-15, other modern sporting rifles

USA Today USA Today

"Walmart said [today] it is in the process of pulling modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15 from stores this week, instead focusing more on selling other sports and hunting firearms. The decision is related purely to lack of customer demand, says Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg, not the spate of shootings that have occurred in the past year, including one Wednesday in which two TV journalists were killed during a live interview near Roanoke, Va. Lundberg says the decision was made earlier this year. 'It’s based on what customers are looking for and what they were buying when they come into Walmart,' he says, adding that modern sporting rifles, or MSRs, were sold in less than a third of Walmart's stores. 'It’s very similar to what we do with other products. If there’s not customer demand there, we’ll phase it out.'" (08/26/15)

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TX: Homeowner shoots intruder

CBS News CBS News

"A Lake Highlands homeowner shot an intruder Tuesday morning. Kendrick Dickson says a loud sound woke him from a nap. He realized two men had pried open a side door with a crowbar and were walking through his house. 'I was kind of scared at first,' he said. 'I got my 8-month-old little boy here.' Dickson says he grabbed his rifle and confronted the pair. 'I stood right over there and shot him. And, as I shot him, his friend pushed him down on the ground and ran out,' he said. The injured attempted burglar managed to escape as well, leaving a trail of blood. By the time Dickson called police, they had already received a report of a man with a gunshot wound seeking help at a nearby convenience store." (08/11/15)

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MI: Prosecutor charges 11-year-old with manslaughter in three-year-old’s shooting

Zee News [India]

"An 11-year-old American boy has been charged with manslaughter for allegedly shooting dead a three- year-old neighbour in the US state of Michigan, media reported today. ... The boy was visiting his father when he took out a handgun from the bedroom closet and threw it out of a window and into a backyard. After going outside and retrieving the firearm, he entered a vehicle in which victim Elijah Walker was sitting and allegedly shot him in the face for unknown reasons, according to police. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who said the shooting was intentional, but without malice, charged the boy yesterday with manslaughter and felony use of a firearm." [editor's note: Note to Worthy -- yes, grandstanding and raising your profile is important to attaining higher office, but this particular way of doing so just makes you look like an idiot in public; if there's a negligent manslaughter charge to be filed, it's against those who failed to secure the weapon and/or supervise the children - TLK] (08/06/15)

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FL: Man shot during home invasion

WJAX-TV News

"A man is recovering from serious injuries after being shot early Monday morning in an apparent home invasion, authorities said. The incident was reported around 2:30 a.m. at a home on Manorville Drive, just south of Interstate 10 and west of Interstate 295. Police are investigating a violent confrontation between a homeowner and an intruder. Police said the homeowner directed them to his back yard, where they found a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to UF Health with life-threatening injuries; police later said that he is expected to survive." (08/03/15)

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NY: Retailers agree to stop selling toys, pay $300k bribe to state bureaucrats

Washington Post

"Retailers including Walmart, Sears and Amazon have agreed to halt the sales of life-like toy guns in New York. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that the retailers also have agreed to pay over $300,000 in penalties. Schneiderman's office found that over 6,400 toy guns sold from 2012 to 2014 violated New York laws. Most of the toys were sold online." (08/03/15)

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CA: LA’s idiot pols vote 12-0 for new — and thankfully ineffectual — victim disarmament measure

San Jose Mercury News

"The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban possession of high-capacity gun magazines in the wake of several deadly mass shootings around the country. Tuesday's 12-0 vote closes a loophole [sic] in state law that banned the manufacture and sale of clips holding more than 10 rounds -- but not their possession. Mayor Eric Garcetti says he'll sign the measure, saying [that in his imagination] it will save lives and prevent crime. People who have the magazines will have 60 days from the time the law takes effect to sell, destroy or take the clips out of the city [or think of places to store them securely in case they're needed]." (07/28/15)

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TX: Pastor shoots alleged burglar at church

CBS News CBS News

"A pastor shot an alleged burglar at his church Tuesday morning in Baytown, Texas, police say. Pastor Benny Holmes was asleep in his office at around 6 a.m., when he heard the alleged intruder, said Baytown Assistant Chief Roger Clifford. 'We have some exterior video, which we'll be releasing later today, showing the perpetrator forcing his way inside the church,' Clifford said, adding that the alleged burglar made a 'loud commotion' that woke Holmes up. 'He retrieved his pistol, he went to investigate, and basically he saw the suspect leaving with some electrical equipment,' Clifford said. Holmes told police that the suspect, Lee Marvin Blue, 27, turned aggressively toward him and he fired a shot, striking Blue in the shoulder." (07/28/15)

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LA: Intruder shot after father receives frantic phone call from daughter

Guns.com

"An 18-year-old man was shot after he and at least two accomplices broke into a New Orleans home Wednesday afternoon, and it apparently wasn't the first time the suspects had an encounter with the residents either. According to reports from local media, the homeowner's daughter, whose name is being withheld, was home alone when three men broke into the house around 12:30 p.m. The daughter barricaded herself in a bedroom, locked the door, then called her father for help. The father, who was armed with a gun, arrived at the home soon after receiving the phone call and found the three suspects in his house." (07/25/15)

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Obamaites: On Social Security? No guns for you

Fox News Fox News

"The Obama administration wants to keep people collecting Social Security benefits from owning guns if it is determined they are unable to manage their own affairs, the Los Angeles Times reported. The push, which could potentially affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others, is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws that prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the United States illegally, and others, according to the paper." (07/20/15)

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WA: Homeowner shoots intruder during attack

KIRO TV News

"Police say a 70-year-old homeowner shot a man who came into his home and began attacking his roommate. ... The homeowner told police that he had fired five shots from a 9mm handgun, but was not sure if he had actually hit the man. Investigators learned the man had lived on the property in the past and there was some history of violence between the parties. King County sheriff's detectives said about 15 minutes into their investigation, a man called 911 from Fall City, saying he'd been shot. When deputies arrived at the 33600 block of Redmond-Fall City Road to question the man, they determined he was the assault suspect who had been shot about 10 miles away." (07/20/15)

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NC: Homeowner shoots, injures intruder

Fox 8 News

"Deputies said a North Carolina homeowner shot and injured a man breaking into his home. WITN reported that it happened earlier this week in Onslow County as the alleged burglar was crawling on the homeowner's bedroom floor at 3 a.m. The alleged burglar, 21-year-old Gaberail Wright was critically injured and taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital. Nobody has been charged in the shooting and officials are determining whether the Castle Doctrine can apply to the case, according to the TV station." (07/16/15)

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TX: Whataburger invites mass murderers to dine

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places. Whataburger -- with some 780 locations in 10 states -- has drawn a mix of praise and rebuke since making the announcement this month, including a prediction of boycotts from one of the state's leading advocates for gun rights." [editor's note: Of course, they have every right to ban open carry in their restaurants. I just don't want to hear them whining when a would-be killer decides Whataburger is a more inviting playground than some business that respects its customers and allows them to protect their own lives and safety - TLK] (07/12/15)

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MD: Man fatally shot as he tries to break into home

My Fox DC

"Prince George's County police are investigating a break-in that turned deadly early Monday morning. It happened at a house in a gated community on Blue Sage Lane in Upper Marlboro. Police say the man who was shot was trying to climb through a window when the man who lives there fired his gun. ... Police say the two individuals had a prior romantic relationship." (07/06/15)

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/29481090/intruder-shot

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FL: Teen shoots intruder in grandparents’ home

WESH News

"An Orlando teen is being called a hero after shooting an intruder in his grandparents' home, according to police. Investigators said Reagan Quade, 21, burst through the Shuster family's door Sunday morning. ... Linda's disabled husband, Robert Shuster, said he gave his grandson clear instructions on what to do when Quade allegedly charged at the teen. 'I said, 'Neal, shoot him. Don't let him hurt you,'' Robert Shuster said. 'He's grabbing me, and my grandpa is yelling, 'Shoot him.' So I shot him,' Neal Shuster said." (06/30/15)

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PA: Court rejects law that made it easier to fight local victim disarmers

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle

"A state appellate court on Thursday struck down a law designed to make it easier for organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge local firearms ordinances in court. The Commonwealth Court said the procedure that the Republican-controlled Legislature used to enact the law in the final days of last year's session violated the state constitution. Under the law, gun owners no longer had to show they were harmed by an ordinance to challenge it, and it let 'membership organizations' like the NRA sue on behalf of any Pennsylvania member." (06/25/15)

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OH: Elderly woman fires on home invader

WFMJ News

"Goshen Police say an elderly woman fired a shot at a man who broke into her rural Green Township home .... The woman, who police say is in her 70's, tells police that she observed the suspect walking down her drive way. He knocked on the door and when she didn't answer, he went around back and broke into her home using a rock. ... the woman grabbed a gun and went into the bathroom. As the suspect made his way through the house, the woman stepped out and fired at him. Police don't believe the woman hit the suspect." (06/23/15)

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CA: Newark high school gets gunfire detection system

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"A Bay Area high school now has a security system that officials hope never goes off. Students will return to Newark Memorial High School in the fall to find that a gunfire detection system installed last month is fully operational. The software, which officials said is the first of its kind at a U.S. high school, is meant to both quicken school reactions and minimize police response time in case of a shooting. 'I hope that we never have to use it,' said principal Philip Morales. 'But if we do, if it does go off, then we know what we need to do.'" (06/22/15)

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Uber: Drivers, riders must be completely defenseless

Gizmodo

"Uber has changed it[s] legal policies in order to prohibit the carrying of firearms by both drivers and passengers. ... In April, an Uber driver in Chicago shot a man who was himself shooting at a group of people. The unnamed driver had dropped off a passenger just minutes before. That news was perhaps enough to convince the company that it had to take action." [editor's note: Yes, you read that right -- an Uber driver took down a would-be killer, so Uber "had to take action" to ensure that next time, people die - TLK]

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Obama, Clinton dance on Charleston massacre victims’ graves; Sanders doesn’t

CNN CNN

"President Barack Obama and other top Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton -- find themselves in a familiar place following the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday: Pleading for gun control [sic] while knowing it's unlikely to happen. ... Another Democrat seeking the White House declined to use the incident as a means for pushing for reforms [sic]. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who despite being a liberal hero on most issues has a more moderate record on gun control. ... Sanders issued a statement calling the Charleston shooting a 'hateful killing' but did not tie it to a call for gun control." (06/18/15)

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Virginia: The culture of complaint turns lethal

spiked spiked
by Kevin Yull

"The Virginia shooting draws attention to disturbing elements of American culture that undercut the simplistic 'blame the guns' media coverage. It points to the brittle culture of offence, whereby any behaviour considered disagreeable to some is understood as a personal slight. It touches on the bizarre narcissism of the selfie, in which only moments caught on camera are deemed real. And it indicts a powerful sense of entitlement, in which individuals demand automatic acceptance of who they are from others, and assume that any problems they create are always someone else’s fault." (09/03/15)

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A little controversy

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"It gives me a little chagrin to hear TZP criticized for being too Jewish or too pro-Israel, partly because Aaron’s old JPFO was just as frequently criticized for 'not being Jewish enough.' Oh well, that's the Way of the Internet for sure. And that's as it should be." [editor's note: I was the creator of said "controversy," and you'll find additional comments by me at this link - TLK] (09/02/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2068

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Alison Parker’s legacy — mass murder enabling?

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"I understand why Alison Parker's dad and fiancee are grieving. I would be too. And, I understand that grief makes people say and do incredibly stupid things. Politicians do it automatically, due to their lust for power and control (and their overwhelming cowardice), but real people fall into the same trap easily. Especially when under the power of unbearable grief. I expect to see stupid things come from the mouths of the grief-stricken. Such as insisting that the government make sure more people can be murdered on the altar of anti-gun 'laws.'" (08/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppaybzn

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The post-pessimist era in gun rights advocacy

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Boris Karpa

"For many years, gun rights advocacy groups in the US -- and, to some extent, elsewhere -- built their fundraising and outreach efforts, and their entire public stance, on combatting threats to gun rights. On a regular basis, money would be requested, and activists roused from their slumber, on the idea that the anti-gun lobby had contrived a new threat to rights and liberties -- a handgun ban, an 'assault weapons' ban, a gun registration scheme or a gun buyback. For many years the tone of gun rights advocacy was the tone of alarm. But, even as the rhetoric of fear has still been used effectively time and time again, gun rights in America (and to some extent, in Canada and some other nations) have gradually started taking back lost ground, and even capturing ground that had never before been held by the freedom movement." (08/2915)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2042

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The Second Amendment: Individual, not collective rights

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

"Many detractors of the right to keep and bear arms have tried repeatedly over the years to make the claim that the Second Amendment refers only to a right held by a state-run militia, not individuals. This interpretation holds that the federal government can regulate, restrict, and even outright prohibit certain types of guns and ammunition. Putting aside all historical evidence to the contrary, what other ramifications would this view have for the rest of the Constitution?" (08/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7vw657

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What your NRA sticker says to me

WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

"I've never been anti-gun, but for many years I was uncomfortable around them. (Mainly because I was afraid that if someone handed me one, it would go off and I would hurt myself or someone else. As if it were a hand grenade with the pin pulled.) But I may be unusual in that I can pinpoint the author, the book, and even the passage that completely changed my attitude toward guns." (08/30/15)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6654

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The cure for widespread murder in American society

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"The implicit assumption of the gun-grabbing segment of American society is that widespread gun ownership equals widespread murders with guns. By making guns illegal, the argument goes, people will comply with the law and so nobody will be murdered anymore with guns. But the argument is fallacious. Most people will comply with the law because they won't want to take the risk of a felony conviction and a long term in jail. They are the regular, peaceful, law-abiding people who view guns as a way to defend themselves from murderers, rapists, robbers, and the like. But the assumption is invalid when it comes to murderers, rapists, and robbers. Since they don't give a hoot about murder, rape, and robbery laws, they also don't give a hoot about some gun-control law." (08/27/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/27/cure-widespread-murder-american-society/

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A shooting in Virginia

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"Before the bodies of 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were even cold, Virginia's opportunistic swine of a governor Fast Terry McAuliffe started immediately calling for more gun control. ... what would Fast Terry suggest? Depriving him of his Second Amendment right, because he had a history of filing grievances against his employers? How about making him ineligible to purchase a firearm because he was black? Or gay?" (08/27/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2033

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The victims’ mothers

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Boris Karpa

"I am The Victim's Mother. I can come at any time and demand more and you are totally defenseless against me, because I am the The Poor Innocent Victim's Mother. Because your friends and neighbors are human, and because compassion towards a woman holding her dead child's photograph in her hands is what most people will feel, this will empower my political masters to do anything we want." (08/23/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1986

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What the right to bear arms is all about

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Boris Karpa

"To be clear, what the anti-gunners oppose is not guns as such. They are not lying, in that sense. What they oppose is the notion of people owning weapons. To an anti-gunner, there is no legitimate application, in modern society, of private armed force. He intends to take it from you, either by outright banning the ownership of weapons, or by making it as bothersome and complicated as possible." (08/20/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1976

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There they go again

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"For a while it's seemed as if the anti-gunners have been staggering around without direction. Yes, they’ve won several billionaire-funded state-level victories on the issue of universal background checks. But beyond those few determined mega-rich (we're talking to you, Bloomberg, Hanauer, and your elitist Microsoft pals, and you, too, Ms. Wynn), the hoplophobes appear to be wandering lost. No doubt the financial smackdown for the Brady Center's frivolous lawsuits has had something to do with that. But recently, the marching morons show signs of getting their feet back under them so they can go goose-stepping along their merry way." (08/19/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1953

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Researchers wrong about private guns, police deaths

Fox News Fox News Forum
by John R Lott

"Between 1996 and 2013, 991 police officers have been killed in the line of duty. These public servants put their lives on the line to protect Americans. Their deaths should concern everyone, including public health researchers. But researchers’ dislike of guns may be clouding their judgment, and a new study, which claims that more police were feloniously killed in states with more guns, mistakenly concludes that private gun ownership causes police deaths. The study, which was announced last week and is forthcoming in the American Journal of Public Health, received extensive national and international news coverage. But if the researchers hadn’t left out controls used by everyone else for this type of empirical work, they would have gotten the opposite results from what they claimed. Previous research has done just that. And it has found that concealed handgun permits lead to fewer police deaths. The authors offered no explanation for the new study’s unorthodox approach." (08/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5ouejr

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Seattle taking stupid pills

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"OK, who put the stupid in Seattle's water? The city council in that den of dimwittery has unanimously approved a 'gun violence' tax." (08/12/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1934

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Whimsical gun control leaves Colombians defenseless

The Canal The Canal
by Julio Mejia

"In Colombia, there is such hatred toward guns that Congress is currently debating new legislation that could include a ban on non-lethal weapons for personal defense. In a country with such a tragically violent history, suggesting citizens be allowed to carry firearms is beyond politically incorrect; it's heresy. However, Bogota offers an interesting case. A gun ban in effect since February 2012 has achieved the opposite of its goal. Despite the inherent controversy, it begs the question: have gun-control laws improved security in the nation's capital?" (08/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oj4cqaz

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How the British gun control program precipitated the American Revolution

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

"When people think of the causes of the American War for Independence, they think of slogans like 'no taxation without representation' or cause celebre like the Boston Tea Party. In reality, however, what finally forced the colonials into a shooting war with the British Army in April 1775 was not taxes or even warrant-less searches of homes and their occupation by soldiers, but one of many attempts by the British to disarm Americans as part of an overall gun control program, according to David B. Kopel." (08/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owgmaqf

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The Schumers need to rework their tired gun control routine

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Comedian Amy Schumer is the hot entertainer of the moment, but can that last when she's already regurgitating hoary old ideas that weren't so amusing the first time around? Specifically, Schumer has teamed up with her cousin, the very un-funny Sen. Charles Schumer, to promote a rewarmed serving of gun control proposals that the lawmaker has been trying to inflict on the American public for years." (08/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qay3f9h

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The ever helpful NRA

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley

"The SAF that thinks Universal Background Checks are a peachy idea, and WHAT could possibly be bad about that? The NRA now thinks a federal government that has IRS employees targeting conservatives, the DOJ selling guns to Drug lords, inciting violence and persecuting law enforcement officers, a NSA that has been exposed as spying on ordinary citizens and foreign countries, ICE and Border Patrol that are told to practice catch and release, the EPA wanting to go after farmers for 'farm dust' will be responsible enough with the NICS check not to abuse a power to prevent citizens from owning guns which the current regime, well, hates. All that lovely obamacare data, just lingering in a electronic database. The federal government would never abuse that, right?" (08/07/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1919

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Gun control is still synonymous with establishing a surveillance state

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"Anti-gunners claim gun control is about reducing gun violence (but only non-state gun violence since they still need armed state goons to enforce gun control). To the state it's really about, and I honestly think anti-gunners are completely ignorant of this, having another excuse to establish a surveillance state. Background checks, for example, are the currently darling child of the gun control movement but implementing them requires allowing the state to collected and store a ton of personal information on every American. Sometimes the surveillance aspect of gun control isn't so abstract." (08/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqp5nnk

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If we don’t have “common-sense gun control” by now, time to start over

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"A board member for the National Rifle Association blames the gun-control position of South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney -- the very same man who was killed with his parishioners in the Charleston church shooting -- for the deaths of his congregation, Nick Gass of Politico reported on June 19. If state Sen. -- who was also the Rev. -- Pinckney had voted to allow gun owners to carry their own weapons, Charles Cotton wrote, 'eight of his church members ... might be alive.'" (08/05/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2524

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The sermon on the gun

The Price of Liberty
by Emiliano Antunez

"Mr. Zakaria points to the fact that Germany's gun homicide rate is .07 per 100k as compared to 3.55 in the United States. I am glad Mr. Zakaria used Germany as an example, since just over 70 years ago its government executed the rarely disputed figure of 6 Million of its Jewish citizens, plus many more non-Jewish citizens. The one thing most of the German citizens, who were mercilessly massacred at the hands of the German government, had in common was that they were unarmed. Taking into account that Germany's Population in 1940 was approximately 80 Million, and assuming most of the 6 Million murders took place over a 4 year period, the US would need over 6 million gun homicides annually to equal the devastation perpetrated by the German government on its citizens." (08/05/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7654

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My heroes have always been cowboys

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley

"I'm of the generation that grew up watching John Wayne and Roy Rogers, and greatly admired both men. After I read a few of the books written by Dale Evans Rogers, Roy's wife, I admired him even more. They were straight shooting, honest men. Hard working, with guts and integrity. And that was just in their private lives, let alone their persona in the movies. As you can tell, I'm from a time gone by. I guess what got me to thinking about heroes was a facebook meme I saw a couple days ago. It had a picture of Batman and said 'My boss told me to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Now I'm sitting in Human Resources at a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.'" (08/05/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1905

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Why do so many stoke paranoia about firearms?

John Stossel Fox News Forum
by John Stossel

"My town, New York City, enforces rigid gun laws. Police refused to assign me a gun permit. The law doesn't even let me hold a fake gun on TV to demonstrate something. But New York politicians are so eager to vilify gun ownership that they granted an exception to the anti-gun group States United to Prevent Gun Violence. New York allowed States United to set up a fake gun store, where cameras filmed potential gun customers being spoofed by an actor pretending to be a gun-seller. 'This a nine-millimeter semi-automatic. It's a very handy gun. It's easy to use,' he says. 'You can carry it in a purse like that gal from Wal-Mart. Her two-year-old son reaches into her pocketbook, pulls it out, shoots her. Dead, gone, no Mom!' States United then made that footage into an anti-gun public service announcement." (08/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oybrfdm

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Does gun control work?

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Danny Lewis

"Gun safety is not achieved by government, but by the individual. The 2nd Amendment exists so gun safety is in the hands of the people to protect themselves. Violent criminals will always exist, no matter how many government regulations there are. Gun control hinders law abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves from the violent criminals." (07/30/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/gun-control-work

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Entire check system is flawed

USA Today USA Today
by Erich Pratt

"FBI Director James Comey recently said a flaw in the gun background check system allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he allegedly used to kill nine people in a church in Charleston, S.C. But the fact is, the entire background check system is flawed. Not only is it unconstitutional -- and disarming many law-abiding citizens -- it’s failing to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and is not keeping people safe." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pql7jo7

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The somewhat incompetent fallacy

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"I was participating in one of those threads discussing an instance where a person incompetently reholsting their firearm lead to a negligent discharge. In this case the person in question was using a leather holster and a flimsy part of it bent in under the trigger. The discussion started off well with everybody pointing out that there are no medals for being the fastest person to reholster. But then somebody had to saying, 'That's why I carry a gun with a manual safety.' That mindset is incredibly stupid. First, it's an admission that the person views themselves as too incompetent to look at what they're doing when they reholster their firearm. Second, they assume that they are only going to be incompetent in a very specific way and not incompetent in other ways." ()7/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyt5r63

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Gun-free zones are killing us

Fox News Fox News Forum
by John R Lott

"Hours before the latest shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana, President Obama lamented what he regards as his greatest failure as president: his inability to pass gun-control measures. ... Obama offers no explanation for why the worst mass shooting during his presidency occurred in Europe, not in the US. Nor did he explain why many European countries have a higher frequency of attacks and a higher death rate from mass public shootings. ... The expanded background checks Obama has advocated wouldn’t have stopped a single one of the attacks that occurred during his presidency. The killers either passed background checks and bought the gun legally or stole the guns." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nnjmeo4

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Tears for our society

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"Police consistently advise bystanders not to intervene. Call the police, they say. Do not confront the violent savages, they say. Translation: let the victim die! Rely on us! We'll protect you. My aching arse. And you know what? Most of these sheep do exactly that." (07/17/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1816

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What we do for love

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"I'm not really that cold -- I hope! I've merely learned through a lifetime of experience that feelings sans facts are often a trap, nothing more than a form of manipulation and deception. Our gun-hating opponents are excruciating examples of this. Their wild emotional rantings, their claims of sentiment toward the victims of shootings (victims in whose blood they gleefully dance), their stubborn choice to remain ignorant about firearms, their complete refusal to sit down and think about how the laws they demand would actually work in the real world, their bizarre lack of reasoning ... all are perfect examples of why feeeeeelings should aways be suspect. Especially when someone uses their emotions (or tries to manipulate the emotions of others) as an excuse to get something they want." (07/16/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1781

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Gun control and cryptography control

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"Crypto War II is heating up. David Cameron has vowed to make effective cryptography illegal in the Britain, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has been uging Congress to pass a ban on effective cryptography, and Australia has been ahead of the curve by not just prohibiting the use of strong cryptography but also learning about it. I've spent a good deal of time fighting against attempts to restrict or prohibit gun ownership. From my experience there I can say that attempts to restrict or prohibit effective cryptography is the exact same thing with the same outcome." (07/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5gyvd5

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FBI: Oooops! Background check fail! Must be a “loophole”

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"Of course, facts never stop gun-grabbing liars from promoting their odious agenda. Facts are merely inconvenient little nits to be slapped down and manipulated ... for the children, of course! Because, really ... how would it look if the gun grabbers' response to mistakes made by a bumbling bureaucracy that allowed a violent offender to massacre innocent people was to demand… ... more bumbling bureaucracy? So in an effort to protect the narrative, 'government error' became 'NRA-supported loophole' ..." (07/13/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1772

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Why political fights never cease

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"If you are involved in a political issue or even pay attention to one you know that the battle never ends. Take self-defense, for example. Recently the right of self-defense has been making gains in legislatures of the federal and many state governments. But the fight isn't even close to ending because opponents to self-defense are finding new political tools to make people defenseless. Seattle is looking to restrict the right to self-defense not by passing a prohibition but by creating a new tax ..." (07/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p448j23

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Nothing to debate: Second Amendment, legal gun saved our lives

Fox News Fox News Forum
by Lynne Russell

"The United States of America is a great country. You can debate absolutely anything, whether or not it has merit, and whether or not it's any of your business. But guns? There's nothing to debate. Throw out all the numbers and expert opinions. I've got your expert right here, and it's called EXPERIENCE. Just before midnight June 30th, my husband, Chuck de Caro, and I and our Weimaraner were four days into an all-American, cross-country road trip. We'd just dined with a friend in Albuquerque and intended to hit historic Route 66, then stop for the night." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nma7vlf

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Former CNN anchor & husband alive … thanks to a gun

Fox News Fox News Forum
by John R Lott

"Lynne Russell and her husband, Chuck de Caro, believe they would be dead if she hadn’t been carrying a gun. Late Wednesday night, Russell was forced at gunpoint from a motel parking lot into her room. The robber, not satisfied with merely taking her husband’s briefcase, started shooting at him. Fortunately, Russell had handed de Caro her purse, with her handgun inside it. De Caro shot the attacker, who later died at the hospital. This story made national news. ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, People Magazine and even such foreign publications as the UK Guardian newspaper mentioned that Russell, a CNN anchor from 1983 to 2001, and de Caro both had concealed handgun permits." [editor's note: Read this one to see a list of other cases not involving celebrities - SAT] (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oulnxwv

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Gun control, which never worked, loses more ground

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"In keeping with the federal Second Amendment, Vermont has allowed its citizens -– and even visitors -– to carry concealed weapons without a permit for as long as anyone can remember. For just as long, Vermont has also been one of the most peaceful, violence-free states in the union. (You'd think members of any group supposedly devoted to 'stopping gun violence' would want to give that a little thought.) In recent years, Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas and Wyoming have joined Vermont in trusting their adult citizens to go armed, as was common nationwide during the nation's first century-and-a-half, when most communities didn’t even see the need for a police department ... until the rise of the socialists. Kansas now makes six." (07/03/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2511

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In some US churches, guns are the answer to a prayer

Reuters Reuters
by staff

"The Sunday service was winding down, but before it ended, Bishop Ira Combs led the congregation of 300 at the Greater Bible Way Temple in prayer. The shootings that killed nine people in a Charleston church could not happen here, he reassured his flock. 'If they had security, the assailant would not have been able to reload,' Combs declared. 'All of us here are not going to turn the other cheek while you shoot us.' As he preached, Combs was flanked by a man on each side of the pulpit, each armed with handguns beneath their suit coats. Other members of the church’s security team were scattered among the crowd. Congregants did not know who was armed and who was not -- an undercover approach that is part of the security plan. 'We aren’t looking to engage people in violence, but we are going to practice law enforcement,' Combs told Reuters before the service." (07/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pon32e6

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