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Microsoft Word - KatesMauserBLUE.doc - Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf - www.law.harvard.edu (HTTP) Why Gun Owners Are Right to Fight Against Gun Control. In April, the Senate rejected the Toomey-Manchin gun control proposal.

Why Gun Owners Are Right to Fight Against Gun Control

In the wake of its defeat many asked why gun owners and their organizations resisted so limited a measure. Granted, it would have had little but symbolic benefit. Its core was to require background checks at gun shows (which Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded involved a whole 0.8 percent of crime guns) and on Internet gun sales (a miniscule proportion, most of which probably go through licensed dealers anyway). But why not accept something so modest, in light of the draconian ideas then being floated as alternatives? Gun Myths Gone in Five Minutes: ABC News 20/20 - YouTube - www.youtube.com (HTTP) S Gun Control Survey: 11 key lessons from officers' perspectives - www.policeone.com (HTTP) In March, PoliceOne conducted the most comprehensive survey ever of American law enforcement officers’ opinions on the topic gripping the nation's attention in recent weeks: gun control.

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More than 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals took part in the survey, which aimed to bring together the thoughts and opinions of the only professional group devoted to limiting and defeating gun violence as part of their sworn responsibility. Totaling just shy of 30 questions, the survey allowed officers across the United States to share their perspectives on issues spanning from gun control and gun violence to gun rights. Top Line Takeaways Breaking down the results, it's important to note that 70 percent of respondents are field-level law enforcers — those who are face-to-face in the fight against violent crime on a daily basis — not office-bound, non-sworn administrators or perpetually-campaigning elected officials.

Rape survivor: 'I was legislated into being a victim' 10 Defensive Gun Uses in December 2012 where victims had to fire a lot of shots in self defense - johnrlott.blogspot.com (HTTP) There are a lot of cases where victims face multiple attackers.

10 Defensive Gun Uses in December 2012 where victims had to fire a lot of shots in self defense - johnrlott.blogspot.com (HTTP)

Here are just some of the cases from December 2012. When I read through these cases it was clear to me that there were seven cases that involved a large number of defensive shots fired. While it's not popular to say, gun control worked in all three of the tragedies. In each case the guns were stolen, not legally owned - showing yet again that gun control laws only affect the law abiding. Now the push for a revised Assault Weapons Ban is in full force including a law limiting magazines to 10 rounds of ammunition. How Safe Is Safe Enough: Sharing the Dilemma (Peter Sandman column) - www.psandman.com (HTTP) This is the ninth in a series of risk communication columns I have been asked to write for The Synergist, the journal of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

How Safe Is Safe Enough: Sharing the Dilemma (Peter Sandman column) - www.psandman.com (HTTP)

The columns appear both in the journal and on this web site. This one can be found (more or less identical except for copyediting details) in the April 2006 issue of The Synergist, pp. 49–59. I just did a Google search for the phrase “every possible precaution” and got 51,000 hits. The Problem With the 'Public Health Research on Gun Violence' That Obama Wants You to Pay For - Hit & Run : Reason.com - reason.com (HTTP) One element of President Obama's gun control agenda is research by the U.S.

The Problem With the 'Public Health Research on Gun Violence' That Obama Wants You to Pay For - Hit & Run : Reason.com - reason.com (HTTP)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which may sound unobjectionable. It is not. Here is how the White House describes the situation: For years, Congress has subjected the [CDC] to restrictions ensuring it does not "advocate or promote gun control," and some members of Congress have claimed this restriction prohibits the CDC from conducting any research on the causes of gun violence. Public Health Pot Shots. Last year Congress tried to take away $2.6 million from the U.S.

Public Health Pot Shots

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In budgetary terms, it was a pittance: 0.1 percent of the CDC's $2.2 billion allocation. Symbolically, however, it was important: $2.6 million was the amount the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control had spent in 1995 on studies of firearm injuries. Peter Sandman: Guestbook 2013 - www.psandman.com (HTTP) Prescribed burn outrage management and wildfire precaution advocacy comment: I’m curious as to what you would think about the tactics for communicating prescribed fire.

Peter Sandman: Guestbook 2013 - www.psandman.com (HTTP)

We do prescribed fire primarily to reduce the chances of a wildfire, and when we discuss this beforehand, people intellectually understand that reason. However, when they see flames and smoke in their back yard, they often get quite upset. So, how do you talk with folks to prepare them for something they likely support at the time of the conversation that creates outrage when implemented? Spiked - www.spiked-online.com (HTTP) In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, there seemed to be a great debate taking place in the US between those who want to see stricter controls on guns, and those who are opposed to such controls.

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But to focus on the back-and-forth arguments over guns is to overlook the fact that there has been an underlying consensus in the response to Newtown. That consensus is: we must curtail freedom to prevent something like this from happening again. The loudest voices in the post-Newtown discussion have been those of campaigners seeking to impose new controls on guns. Many have called for a ban on so-called ‘assault weapons’, which would probably be an expanded version of a 1994 law signed by President Bill Clinton (which expired in 2004), among other measures. How to Think About Guns - WNYC - www.wnyc.org (HTTP) More statistics, less persuasion. I was planning to write something about Moore v.

More statistics, less persuasion

Madigan, No. 12-1269 (7th Cir. Dec. 11, 2012), the U.S. Many Say End of Firearm Ban Changed Little. Published: April 24, 2005 Correction Appended Despite dire predictions that the streets would be awash in military-style guns, the expiration of the decade-long assault weapons ban last September has not set off a sustained surge in the weapons' sales, gun makers and sellers say.

Many Say End of Firearm Ban Changed Little

It also has not caused any noticeable increase in gun crime in the past seven months, according to several metropolitan police departments. The uneventful expiration of the assault weapons ban did not surprise gun owners, nor did it surprise some advocates of gun control. Shell File - www.gunlaws.com (HTTP) By John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D. The finest documented account of media anti-gun bias I have ever seen. Why do civilians need assault weapons? - www.americanthinker.com (HTTP) One self-defense situation that comes to mind is the L.A. riots. Who can forget the nightly news's live footage of thugs hurling rocks at passing cars, buildings on fire, and looters smashing storefront windows?

Then there was the savage beating of truck driver Reginald Denny. What was stunningly absent from the video footage? There were no police or fire personnel. Attorney: Girl, 5, in trouble for chatting about shooting bubble gun. MOUNT CARMEL - Talking with a friend about a pink toy bubble gun got a five-year-old kindergarten girl in the Mount Carmel Area School District labeled as a terrorist threat, according to an attorney. The incident occurred Jan. 10 while the girl was waiting in line for a school bus, said Robin Ficker, the Maryland lawyer retained by the girl's family. He would not identify the girl or her parents, but gave this version of events:

Parents Furious After Boys Suspended For Using Fingers As Guns « CBS Baltimore - baltimore.cbslocal.com (HTTP) Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning. Sign Up TALBOT COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Is it child’s play or a serious threat of gun violence? KDVR.com – Denver News, Weather & Sports from FOX 31 News in Denver, Colorado - kdvr.com (HTTP) LOVELAND, Colo. — A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing.

The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play. “I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” says Alex Evans, who doesn’t understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it. “It’s called ‘rescue the world,’” he says. He was playing a game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a box with pretend evil forces inside. Why Police Officers Lie Under Oath - NYTimes.com - www.nytimes.com (HTTP)

Mass Shootings Have Long History. Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial - www.policeone.com (HTTP) Mass murder, shooting sprees and rampage violence: Research roundup – Journalist's Resource: Research for Reporting, from Harvard Shorenstein Center - journalistsresource.org (HTTP) Why Not Renew the “Assault Weapons” Ban? Well, I’ll Tell You… « Kontradictions - kontradictions.wordpress.com (HTTP) Are Mass Shootings Becoming More Common? Mass shootings are not growing in frequency, experts say - NY Daily News - www.nydailynews.com (HTTP) 2012 is tragic, but mass shootings not increasing, experts say - Los Angeles Times - articles.latimes.com (HTTP) 5 Facts About Guns, Schools, And Violence - Reason.com - reason.com (HTTP) Newtown shootings: Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooter Adam Lanza Wore Earplugs - Hartford Courant - articles.courant.com (HTTP) The Discriminatory History of Gun Control. NY Democrat begs Republican to keep gun confiscation proposal from public. Illegal weapons used to protect Media Matters' David Brock.

Just one question. Gun Control - Just Facts. The ‘40 Percent’ Myth - John Lott - National Review Online - www.nationalreview.com (HTTP) The most violent country in Europe. Gun crime up 600% in parts of UK. Gun crime 60pc higher than official figures. Police fail to report 1.4m crimes. UK Firearms offences more than double since Dunblane. Larry Pratt Slams Piers Morgan Over “Sham” Gun Control Argument - www.prisonplanet.com (HTTP) Statistics 101: US Gun Crime vs. UK Knife Crime. Knife Control. States' crime rates show scant linkage to gun laws. Updated Assessment of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. Guns in the Home and Risk of a Violent Death in the Home: Findings from a National Study - aje.oxfordjournals.org (HTTP)

New York State - Sheriffs Association - www.nysheriffs.org (HTTP) How Often Are Guns Used in Self-Defense?

Defensive Gun Uses

Watch security guard outdraw thieves - www.cnn.com (HTTP) NBC 10 Philadelphia - www.nbcphiladelphia.com (HTTP) The Blog : The Truth about Violence. Lies, Damned Lies and Washington CeaseFire's Statistics. Don’t mourn the assault weapons ban’s impending demise - Salon.com - www.salon.com (HTTP) Dispelling gun myths. Dispelling bullet myths. How Criminals Get Guns. The Firearms Interstate Commerce Act. The Purpose of the Second Amendment. The Commonplace Second Amendment - www2.law.ucla.edu (HTTP) Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment (9781610391696): Craig Whitney. Why I own guns. Warren v. District of Columbia. Gun Law Fact Check: The Police have no legal responsibility to protect you, or your family. // Current TV - current.com (HTTP) So You Think The Police Are Bound To Protect YOU - www.frfrogspad.com (HTTP) City says cops had no duty to protect subway hero Joseph Lozito who subdued killer Maksim Gelman and was stabbed seven times in process - NYPOST.com - www.nypost.com (HTTP)

Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect. Sheriff who urged residents to learn how to use firearms blasts mayor's 'Dirty Harry' criticism. Record numbers now licensed to pack heat. Legally carrying a weapon is a crime. Law-abiding gun owners no source of fear. Handgunlaw.us. Methods of Suicide Among Persons Aged 10-19 Years. Trends in hanging and firearm suicide. Criminals target each other, trend shows - USATODAY.com - usatoday30.usatoday.com (HTTP)

Gun Violence number of homicides (most recent) by state. Charts of the day: Gun violence in America declining over last 20 years « Hot Air - hotair.com (HTTP) Homicide Rate (per 100,000), 1950–2007.