Turning the Tables

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A reader who prefers to remain anonymous writes,

I’m a well-dressed man with a fabulous sense of style. I’m a patron of the arts and a philanthropist. I help those in need and perform volunteer work in some of my spare time. I’m in a committed partnership, but occasionally I go down to the club and let off some steam with some buddies. (My partner knows about it and is accepting of my fun as long as I always come home.) But the other day my partner and I were refused service because of something the store owner didn’t like about us. We were asked to leave and were unable to purchase what we needed . . .

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Quote of the Day: Golden Mean Edition

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“One group would like to see guns outlawed completely — a pointless endeavor, as it will not prevent criminals who have no respect for the law from acquiring guns. We have another group that believes in ownership and feels that the laws are too tight to begin with for those who own guns legally. Then we have the rest of us, who would like to see some kind of happy medium. Ironically, those of us who would prefer a happy medium are the ones without much of a voice, because we do not choose to follow either extreme.” – Jason P. Stadtlander in Gun Bans a Safe Haven for Killers [at huffingtonpost.com]

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ShootingTheBull410 Tests Wallboard Penetration

If you had to defend your home by firing a gun, what happens if you miss? What effect would a stray shot have if it missed the bad guy and instead penetrated through a wall? Would the shot pose a threat to a loved one in an adjoining room, or a neighbor in the next apartment or condominium? While the answer is normally an overwhelming “yes” with conventional hollowpoints or FMJ bullets, it seems like people are always looking for ways to minimize the risk.  A viewer wrote to me to say . . .

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Smart Tech Challenge’s ‘Smart Gun’ Search Misses the Mark

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“There’s a group from Silicon Valley that just gave a 17-year-old $50,000 to keep playing with guns. The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, based in California’s tech capital, announced it is funding a young innovator from Colorado who is integrating a biometric sensor into a firearm that requires an authorized user’s fingerprint to discharge — and they claim the sensor is 99.99% accurate with fingerprint recognition — even with partial prints.” So reports theblaze.com. Young Kai Kloepfer is the recipient of the first tranche of cash from the group that says they’re looking for the iPhone of guns . . .

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‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Guilty of ‘Culpable Homicide’

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After a long trial and what seemed like an even longer reading of the verdict, Oscar Pistorius was found guilty today of culpable homicide, the equivalent in the South African legal system of manslaughter in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The conviction could result in a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. But the South African track star may be counting himself lucky after he “dodged a bullet” in being found not guilty of premeditated murder and simple murder charges after killing Steenkamp when he shot through his bathroom door at what he says he thought was an intruder. He was also found guilty of touching off a negligent discharge in a restaurant in a separate incident. The lesson here: even a modified Biden defensive strategy is both dangerous and could land you in no end of legal hot water.

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Quote of the Day: How Many Were Due to Open Carry? Edition

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“As the largest grocery store chain in the country, Kroger has the responsibility to keep its shoppers and employees safe with a uniform national policy. It’s currently letting both groups down. In the past two years, there have been at least 16 shootings and gun-related threats at Kroger stores throughout the country. To me, it doesn’t seem that Kroger is living up to its corporate promise of maintaining a “safe and secure workplace and shopping environment. Until Kroger decides to get some gun sense and demonstrate corporate responsibility by prohibiting the open carry of firearms in all Kroger brand stores, I and a lot of other moms will be shopping elsewhere.” – Moms Demand Action Michigan chapter member Linda Brundage in We need groceries, not guns at Michigan Kroger stores [at mlive.com]

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Housekeeping: About Those #@?&! Redirects

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Those of you who join us via a mobile device – either phone or tablet – may have suffered the indignity of having your browser hijacked and redirected to the Apple Store or some other site in an effort to get you to buy some kind of game. After much forensic work, we believe this was due to malicious code piggy-backing on an ad served by one of our ad partners. That code should now be eliminated. If you’re still being redirected, please let us know if the comments below (we know that you will). In the mean time, we apologize for the inconvenience and will work to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Thanks.

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Countering the Myths: Notes From a Foot Soldier in the Fight for Gun Rights

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By Sgt. Patrick Hayes

We all know someone, friends, coworkers, even relatives who either believe the gun control lies or actively spout them. These are usually baseless exaggerations designed to instill fear with the intent of forcing a type of government control over a natural and constitutional right. As Robert Farago and others have said, it is not about guns, it’s about control. If you choose to engage a gun control activist in a debate, understand that you will rarely get a sensible, logical engagement. This is because they won’t listen to you. They don’t care about facts or the truth. They want control and you are not going to change that . . .

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BREAKING: MO Legislature Overrides Gov’s Veto, Expands Open Carry, CCW, Teacher Carry in Schools

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In a session that saw the Missouri legislature override dozens of Governor Jay Nixon’s vetoes last night, the senate and house both mustered the votes needed to override Nixon’s nixing of SB656 which included three key pro-gun provisions. The new law will allow specially trained and designated employees to carry firearms in schools. It lowers the age for obtaining a concealed carry license to 19 from 21 and allows anyone with a CCW permit to openly carry a firearm. As washingtonpost.com reports, Missouri schools had the option to allow carry on their campsites before, but the new law “requires the state Department of Public Safety to establish training guidelines for schools wanting to designate a teacher or administrator as a ‘school protection officer’ authorized to carry a concealed gun or self-defense spray.”

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Stephanie Hayden’s Publicist On Dr. Phil Interview and Sexual Abuse

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“I for one, am sickened by what I’ve come to know and will do everything I can to help them make something decent, out of these indecent events…. (Stephanie Hayden) has gone public with her story for one reason only, to help others find the strength and support to do the same.” So writes Jill Trammell, owner of Patriot Promotions PR on the upcoming appearance of her client on the Dr. Phil Show. “I pray that our industry, along with friends and patriots everywhere, stand in support of her choice to tell the whole story and not just pieces of it and know that they are done with prayer that it will help others.” CBS’s press release after the jump . . .

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New from Liberty Ammunition: .357 Magnum Lead Free Ammo

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If you can take the recoil of firing big boy bullets from your wheel gun, Liberty Ammunition has just announced a new addition to their Civil Defense line of personal defense ammo. They say their .357 lead-free (copper) hollow-point loads will give you twice the velocity and three times the terminal effect with 16% less recoil than standard plumbum pellets. Press release after the jump . . .

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