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OPINION: Shaneen Allen, Race, and Gun Control

Shaneen Allen and her children

Shaneen Allen and her children

WASHINGTON POST – Last October, Shaneen Allen, 27, was pulled over in Atlantic County, N.J. The officer who pulled her over says she made an unsafe lane change. During the stop, Allen informed the officer that she was a resident of Pennsylvania and had a conceal carry permit in her home state. She also had a handgun in her car. Had she been in Pennsylvania, having the gun in the car would have been perfectly legal. But Allen was pulled over in New Jersey, home to some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States. Allen is a black single mother. She has two kids. She has no prior criminal record. Before her arrest, she worked as a phlebologist. After she was robbed two times in the span of about a year, she purchased the gun to protect herself and her family. There is zero evidence that Allen intended to use the gun for any other purpose. Yet Allen was arrested. She spent 40 days in jail before she was released on bail. She’s now facing a felony charge that, if convicted, would bring a three-year mandatory minimum prison term.  [full article]

OPINION: Editorial: A lesson in gun control ( Flashback VIDEO)

TIMES UNION (NY) - In contrast to New York's SAFE Act, a gun bill proceeds in Massachusetts with a fully public debate. Could New York be less divided on the issue with a less covert process? New York citizens and politicians, still arguing about the passage of the Safe Act more than a year and a half ago, could take a lesson from Massachusetts' latest attempt to improve its gun laws. What's happening in Massachusetts is noteworthy not so much for the particulars but for the process. Compared with the rushed passage in New York, the latest gun rules in Massachusetts have been moving through its legislature deliberately, openly and with a surprising degree of buy-in of gun rights activists.  [full article] 

Shooting program promotes safety

FORT MORGAN (CO) TIMES - The 4-H shooting sports program helps keep children safer if they use guns. "Children that know about guns don't get hurt by guns," said Karl Dahle, superintendent of the shooting sports events. On Saturday, he was conducting the .22 rifle shooting competition at the Morgan County Gun Club shooting range. The event was a pre-Morgan County Fair event. Learning about guns in a disciplined way tends to spill over into the rest of the kids' lives, said Rich Clough of Fort Morgan, an assistant superintendent.  [full article]

Kami Sweeney, 16, of Brush shows how she shoots from a kneeling position during the Morgan County Fair .22 rifle shooting sports competition on Saturday. The thread coming out of her rifle is used as a clear bore indicator, which shows that the gun cannot be fired. (Dan Barker/ Fort Morgan Times)

Kami Sweeney, 16, of Brush shows how she shoots from a kneeling position during the Morgan County Fair .22 rifle shooting sports competition on Saturday. The thread coming out of her rifle is used as a clear bore indicator, which shows that the gun cannot be fired. (Dan Barker/ Fort Morgan Times)

10 common mistakes in self-defense firearms training
Christine Caldwell, left, receives firearms training with a 9mm Glock from personal defense instructor Jim McCarthy during concealed weapons training for 200 Utah teachers. (AP Image)Christine Caldwell, left, receives firearms training with a 9mm Glock from personal defense instructor Jim McCarthy during concealed weapons training for 200 Utah teachers. (AP Image)

Christine Caldwell, left, receives firearms training with a 9mm Glock from personal defense instructor Jim McCarthy during concealed weapons training for 200 Utah teachers. (AP Image)Christine Caldwell, left, receives firearms training with a 9mm Glock from personal defense instructor Jim McCarthy during concealed weapons training for 200 Utah teachers. (AP Image)

POLICE ONE.COM July 21, 2014 - As a firearms instructor of police and civilians, a firearms store owner, and a longtime ‘gun guy,’ I like to think I’ve seen it all when it comes to firearms techniques: the good, the bad, and the ugly. And while I’ll argue that there isn’t a ‘right way’ when dealing with self-defense firearms training, I can promise you there are many wrong ways. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes I’ve come across:  [full article]

FEATURES: Sig Sauer Shooting Academy: The Basics of Gun Handling (VIDEO)
FEATURES: Freedom Is Just Another Word…

GUNSNFREEDOM.COM - Guns and freedom come together or they go together.  Miami-Dade Police: “Arm Yourselves Because We Aren’t Coming” – 2014-07-10 21:25:24-04 The president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association has issued a warning to all residents of Miami-Dade after possibly budget cuts could be hitting the area. John Rivera has urged people to arm themselves because the police will probably not be coming. According to wsvn, the proposed budget cuts would create a negative impact on...

Gun Confiscation Has Begun In New York State – 2014-07-11 16:43:43-04 Several reports of gun confiscations are starting to appear in New York State after a man said he had all of his firearms seized by police over a 15 year old misdemeanor charge.  [full article]

FEATURES: NRA VIDEO – Billy Johnson: Everyone Gets A Gun
This is going to drive the gun control crowd crazy: NRA launches “Trigger the Vote,” a nationwide GOTV drive

UNITED LIBERTY.ORG - The National Rifle Association, the nation’s oldest civil liberties organization, has launched a nationwide get-out-the-vote campaign to encourage gun owners to make sure their voices are heard this fall. Though “Trigger the Vote” is a nonpartisan voter registration drive, the NRA Freedom Action Foundation is hoping that the push will lead to defeats at the ballot box for gun control activists’ favorite candidates.  [full article] 

“This Built America” Profiles Jacksonville, AL, Family Factory – Bear & Son Cutlery

Jacksonville, Alabama (July 22, 2014) – This Built America, a new multimedia platform from AOL exploring the companies and people reimagining American manufacturing, comes to Jacksonville this week to profile a knife factory that is a family beyond its owners—Bear & Son Cutlery.26July14 Bear&SonEmployeesKen Griffey’s Bear & Son Cutlery was officially founded in 1991 after Griffey was approached by Jacksonville town leaders to buy the closing W.R. Case cutlery factory, Griffey’s then employer. Since then, the factory and its employees have been on an incredible journey demonstrating the value of family and community. 

In this episode, Griffey and his son Matt discuss the family that Bear & Son has created while dealing with tough decisions like selling the business, another potential closure and all that comes their way. 

“I had a lot of mothers and fathers,” recalls Matt Griffey on his youth in the Jacksonville factory. That type of attention and care comes through every Bear & Son product. It also can be seen in the 36-year relationship, in business and marriage, between Ken and Sandy Griffey. 

For Bear & Son Cutlery, being part of This Built America is proof that Ken Griffey made the right decisions banking on Bear & Son, no matter the circumstance. “Being part of This Built America was simply amazing,” explains Matt Griffey. “We were very honored to be a part of this, and would like to thank everyone who helped make this happen.”

To view the full episode and more on the Bear & Son family, visit http://www.thisbuiltamerica.com/alabama

Bear & Son Cutlery joins a national movement in This Built America that is devoted to supporting American companies and American-made products. AOL is proud to support the effort along with sponsor Ford Trucks. Through the year, the editorial and video teams will explore 50 states in 50 weeks to bring 50 stories of the people who are bringing back manufacturing to America. The platform is produced in coordination with Man Made Content.

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Psychiatrists With Guns Likely More ‘Harmful Than Helpful’: Experts (VIDEO)

 NBC NEWS, July 25, 2014 - The recent shootout between a patient and a psychiatrist in a Philadelphia-area hospital surprised not only the average American, but also psychiatrists around the country. “I had a holy cow reaction -- a psychiatrist with gun in his office!?” said Dr. Stephen Marder, a schizophrenia expert and director of the section on psychosis at the Semel Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The idea of a psychiatrist having a weapon in his desk is entirely new to me. I haven’t heard of anything like it before.”Psychiatrists and mental health experts interviewed by NBC News didn’t see gun-toting doctors as a new trend.  [full article] 

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Pawn Shops. No, Not Those Pawn Shops

Bob Rogers, July 23, 2014 — Guns. Pawns in the game of political chess. The most numerous pieces in the game.

Without pawns, there would be no "pawn makers." Without pawns, there would be no reason to have other players — anti-pawns, if you will — to campaign for "pawn control."

There are, I don’t know (nor does anyone else, actually), 280 million guns in the U.S. Just a number. If you don’t like that number, use your own.

But without 280m guns, gun makers would, like chess pawns, be the weakest link in the chain. Or the game. [full article]

Ratcheting it Up a Notch

Shelby Murdoc, July 8, 2014 — 2012. Spartansburg, South Carolina. The local Waffle House. If that’s not Everyday America, nowhere is.

Things were normal in that Everyday America Waffle House until two men entered the place and demanded money. Not only the Waffle House cash in the register and from the safe, but from the patrons as well. Dante Williams and Jawan Craig were armed with guns and demanded that everyone get on the floor and turn over money, jewelry, cell phones, and anything else of value.

That was a bold step. It’s one thing to knock over a Waffle House or a Seven Eleven or a gas station for some quick cash. You point a gun, someone gives you the money from the till, and you flee. As a criminal looking for a fast score, this plan has a lot of advantages. First, no one is losing anything personal. It’s company money. The poor person behind the register that you’re pointing a gun at is probably just an employee and exactly not ready to die in defense of a few hundred dollars of her boss’s money. Secondly, it’s over in a few moments. Probably before almost anyone else even knows what’s going on. Finally, whoever else happens to be in Everyday America at the wrong place at the wrong time doesn’t have any skin in the game. They’re mere spectators. No one’s pointing a gun at them. No one’s taking their stuff.  [full article]   More Features

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