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MI: Gun-toting valet might be fired after stopping GM knife attack
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Warren Mayor James Fouts said it'll be a shame if a hero is fired over a company policy banning valet drivers from carrying guns.

A valet employed by a private company contracting with the General Motors Technological Center in Warren potentially saved a woman's life Wednesday, but doing so might have cost him his job, the mayor said.

" ... GM has not requested the valet be dismissed," GM spokeswoman Christine Kunde said in an email to MLive Wednesday night. "To our knowledge the valet remains an employee of the vendor."

The valet, who is permitted to carry a concealed firearm, saw the violent altercation; he pulled out his gun "and told the woman to stop or he'd shoot," Fouts said.
 

MI: Woman stabbed at GM Tech Center in Warren; 1 in custody
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An employee at the GM Tech Center in Warren was stabbed multiple times Wednesday morning when she was attacked outside a lobby.

Local 4 has learned that a woman went into the lobby and asked for the employee to be called down.

When the employee -- also a woman -- came down, the two went outside and the employee was attacked. A valet who is a licensed gun holder saw the attack and used his gun to hold the suspect until police arrived.

The victim suffered life-threatening injuries to her neck, stomach and back. She is in critical condition at Beaumont Hospital.

The suspect is in custody.
 

MI: Valet with gun stopped attack on GM Tech Center worker
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A parking valet with a concealed weapon permit is being credited for stopping a knife-wielding woman who attacked a female employee at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren this morning.

The employee, who has not been publicly identified, was stabbed multiple times y by another woman who came to the facility and asked to speak to her by name.

The assault stopped when the valet, a Warren man, saw the incident, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the two women, authorities said.

Reports were circulating this afternoon that the valet was fired, but GM Spokesman Michael Albano said the neither GM nor the valet service contracted by GM has fired anyone.
 

Why Gun Control Is A Loser for Democrats
Submitted by: Tom Gresham

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The prejudice Democratic candidates have against America's gun owners threatens, again, to derail their campaigns.
 

FL: Deputies: Teen dies after shooting linked to hoverboard
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Authorities in Florida say an 18-year-old lost his balance on a hoverboard and accidentally shot his 13-year-old cousin in the back of the head.

The shooting happened Sunday in Orlando. Officials say Lavardo Fisher died Monday night.

Deputies say the cousin told deputies he didn't mean to shoot the gun. He hasn't been charged.

The gun was owned by 35-year-old Walter Morame. He wasn't at the home when the shooting occurred but was arrested later Sunday on charges of possession of a weapon by a felon. Records don't say whether he's hired a lawyer.

Submitters note: What was he doing with a gun on a hoverboard? Do we classify this as stupidity or negligence? Don't call it an accident.
 

TN: Woman stabs burglar in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The mother of two small children stabbed a burglar in self-defense while trying to protect herself and her family's home.

Javis Stiger is in jail, facing an aggravated burglary charge. Meanwhile the victim is thankful the alleged burglar acted alone and didn’t overpower her.
 

Germany: Germans ‘Rush’ for Non-Lethal Self-Defense Weapons Amid Migrant Crisis — but Getting Guns Is a Bit Tricky
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Germans are rushing to purchase non-lethal defense weapons to protect themselves from newly arrived asylum-seekers who are increasingly being viewed as posing a threat to their safety.

The English-language European website The Local reported Tuesday in an article headlined “Germans rush for weapons licenses amid public anxiety” that non-lethal weapons license requests have spiked “sharply” over the past three months. At the same time, a stun gun manufacturer told the Associated Press he cannot keep up with the flood of orders from Germany.
 

Lethal Force and the Law at the Great American Outdoor Show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Every 13 seconds in the United States a firearm is used in self-defense. And every time a firearm is used in self-defense, even just the brandishing of it, there will be an investigation.

Those are facts stated by defense attorney Sean Maloney during a “Lethal Force and the Law--Universal Concepts Gun Owners Must Understand” seminar presented at the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show. “If you ever find yourself in such a situation, will you be ready? Will you be ready for the aftermath of using lethal force? Who are you going to call?” he asked the audience.
 

Report: Criminologists, Economists Find Benefits to Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So where do academics stand on the relationship between gun ownership and crime? A newly released survey of experts from the Crime Prevention Research center found that researchers supported what Second Amendment advocates have argued all along regarding concealed handgun laws, gun-free zones, self-defense and crime, and suicide and guns.
 

MD: Strict Scrutiny Decision on Maryland Semi-Autos Still Leaves Dangerous Threat Looming
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If we let ourselves get sidetracked in the argument that Americans own X number of a certain model or type of gun, or so many million standard capacity magazines, we’ll relegate our rights to what is essentially a popularity contest for sporting and personal defense arms. Standing armies will continue to deploy with weaponry denied the citizen militia under a “common use” misdirection that fails to acknowledge what kind of use was intended in the first place.
 

Women Are Changing The Conversation In The Ongoing Gun Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In what has become known as “the gun debate,” it seems like women are often included in only two categories: as victims, and as statistics. That’s not what I see. What I see is women as the fastest growing demographic in the firearms and self-defense communities. This shift is even being noticed outside of the traditional firearms community. Even the mainstream magazine “Cosmopolitan” recently featured an article stating, “Concealed Carry Purses Are the New Hermès Birkins. It’s the bag trend you never saw coming.”
 

FL: Gun-range bill passes, heads to governor for signature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Backyard gun ranges in residential communities make little sense, state lawmakers have agreed.

A measure to ban shooting ranges in areas "primarily residential in nature" passed both houses of the Florida Legislature on unanimous votes last week.

"That will take care of issues like we saw on Big Pine Key," state Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo), a co-sponsor of the bill, said Friday.

In 2014, national news organizations and "The Colbert Report," a popular satirical news program, focused on Big Pine Key. There, resident Doug Varrieur erected a shooting range in a residential subdivision for his weekly hour of target practice.
 

TN: Tennessee is right to back Article V resolution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I would never do anything to infringe on this unique right we have as American citizens — to be armed. In fact, as the Tennessee state director for the Convention of States Project, I am involved in trying to protect this amendment and our entire Bill of Rights and the constitutional foundation to be a self-governing nation.

Our legislation, SJR 0067, had 61 co-sponsors in the Tennessee House who believe in the entire Constitution and have the courage to stand up to protect it. These heroic legislators are tired of old arguments and misinformation that harms their constituents and only helps the provocateur fundraising team of Campaign for Liberty.
 

Why The Maryland Assault Weapons Ban Ruling Is An Election Issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the most significant aspects of the recent ruling is that it could increase the odds that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue of semi-auto and magazine bans soon, and determine a rule applicable to the entire country. In an election year in which the next president might appoint as many as three or four new justices to the court, a Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders presidency could turn the case into an instant loser in the high court.
 

FL: Domestic abusers and guns in Florida
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the last two years, more than a dozen states have strengthened laws to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, according to a recent Associated Press report. Unfortunately, Florida is not one of those states.

While Florida has made it increasingly easier to carry guns — and to use them if you feel threatened — its laws protecting current and former family members and dating partners from deadly domestic violence remain relatively weak. The victims of such violence are overwhelmingly women.
 

Facebook Thinks Gun Sales Are Like Drug Trafficking
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So how are they going to accomplish this? Facebook says it will rely on its billion-plus users to report violations, would remove any post that violates its policy and might ban users who break its restrictions on speech. So what this comes down to is enforced social conformity based on the political correctness of anti-gun groups and politicians.

Facebook also hosts a lot of online groups that are centered around self-defense and the shooting sports. Members of these Facebook groups often post pictures and details about guns they shoot or own. They also ask questions about guns they are interested in buying. Many of these groups are made up of private individuals.
 

FL: Florida Open Carry Should Be Shot Down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Legislation to allow the public display of over 1.5 million currently concealed handguns by licensed Floridians passed in the House of Representatives with almost no resistance, reported the Tampa Bay Times on Feb 4. It has been predicted that the Senate will be more reluctant, considering politics is a figurative blood bath. Politicians can flash their cute charts and statistics around the debate floor all they want, but each of those statistics was once a human being whose life was lost to gun violence. Personally, I see this bill as a waste of time and resources.
 

Two-Faced Hillary Adjusts Her Gun Control Message and Volume for Different Audiences
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Not if a recent Associated Press (AP) analysis of her primary political ads is any indication.

As an article in the D.C. Caller put it, “The Hillary Clinton campaign wants to both highlight her staunch support of gun control laws, but also obscure those views in places where it may hurt her at the polls.”

According to the AP, 1 of every 4 of her televised political ads in New Hampshire touts her support for tougher gun control. Meanwhile, in Iowa, only in 1 in 17 ads mention Clinton’s support for stronger gun control and in a less strident way. As University of Iowa Professor Tim Hagle opined to the AP, “It may have to do with the polls and that the hunting tradition is stronger here in Iowa.”
 

MO: House votes to rebuke Obama over guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Missouri House passed a resolution Wednesday asking the U.S. Congress to reject President Barack Obama's recent executive actions calling for stronger background checks for gun purchases.

"This is an overreach by the president, again," said Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, who sponsored the measure.

The House voted 118 to 39 to approve the measure after numerous lawmakers on both sides of the aisle debated the executive actions and Second Amendment rights more generally.
 

WY: Bill to bar Wyoming wardens from wolf, grizzly cases fails
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Wyoming legislative committee has killed a bill that would have barred state game wardens from investigating or prosecuting people for killing wolves and grizzly bears as long as the animals remain federally protected.

The House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted 5-to-4 against the bill Wednesday.

Speaking in favor of the bill, Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, told committee members, "It's not the responsibility of the state of Wyoming to enforce the Endangered Species Act."
 

What would the Founding Fathers say about assault weapons?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That leaves the view that there's something special about weapons that can be used both for self-defense and for militias. According to Scalia, those are the weapons that the people who ratified the Second Amendment had in mind.

Today, that includes handguns. But it doesn't include assault rifles. They're great for military purposes, and no doubt fun to shoot on the range. But they aren't useful for self-defense, almost by definition.

It emerges that a careful, responsible originalist wouldn't apply Second Amendment protection to weapons that aren't simultaneously for self-protection and for hypothetical militias.
 

FL: Senator Portilla, R-Miami, Threatens to Kill Open Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senator Diaz de la Portilla has been the main obstacle to restoring some open carry rights to Florida. He refused to let a bill out of committee in 2015. The bill has been reintroduced in 2016. Now that the bill has overwhelmingly passed the house, he has become more vocal with his threats.
 

Mass Shooters Prefer Gun-Free Zones
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An analysis of mass shootings in the United States since the year 2002 shows that gun-wielding mass killers are more likely to strike where the Second Amendment right to bear arms has been supplanted by “gun-free zone” ordinances, be they federal, local, or specified by the owner of the property.

The Stanford University Libraries’ dataset of mass shootings (“Stanford Mass Shootings in America, courtesy of the Stanford Geospatial Center and Stanford Libraries”) was analyzed for mass shootings over the past 14 years.
 

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