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Guns will be banned in protest zone at the Republican Convention. Water guns, to be specific. Regular guns are A-OK!!!

Guns will be banned in protest zone at the Republican Convention. Water guns, to be specific. Regular guns are A-OK!!!

There is a great deal of fear surrounding the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in a few short weeks. The presumptive candidate, Donald Trump, draws more protestors than the average GOP presidential candidate and, this year, that means there will be more right-wing protestors there to greet them. For example, a white nationalist group that was involved in a bloody altercation with leftist protestors in Sacramento last week is planning to attend to “make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended.”

It’s gotten so bad that law enforcement officials are having to defend their plans to keep the peace and at least one law enforcement group from another state has decided against lending a hand.…

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GUEST POST: We have laws regulating voting, why not owning guns?

GUEST POST: We have laws regulating voting, why not owning guns?

The following post was written by a close friend of mine, Mark Ferguson, a self-described “absolutely worst sort of privileged white male with degrees from Michigan State University, Indiana University, and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.”

Enjoy.

Let’s talk about gun legislation

Are your hackles raised yet? It’s a touchy subject fraught with knee-jerk responses. We need to get past that. I think there’s a ready way to frame the discussion.

Gun legislation is, without doubt, a thorny, complex issue. The discussion, as far as it exists, devolves quickly into a “from my cold, dead hands” response from those that oppose any such notion.…

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VIDEO: Rep. Debbie Dingell’s powerful House floor speech on guns during Democratic sit-down strike

VIDEO: Rep. Debbie Dingell’s powerful House floor speech on guns during Democratic sit-down strike

Can’t you come to the table? Can’t we have a discussion? Can’t we say enough is enough?

Yesterday, starting at 11:25 a.m., House Democrats staged a dramatic sit-in protest on the floor of the House of Representatives, demanding a vote on legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists of being able to purchase a gun and require universal background checks. The historic protest was led by Georgia Democrat John Lewis who knows a thing or two about civil disobedience and protests. Republicans, obeying orders from their NRA benefactors, refused to hold the vote. They did, however, manage to hold votes on some other items including an attempt to override President Obama’s veto of legislation that would relieve investment bankers/advisors from their fiduciary responsibility to give advice about retirement investments that is in the best interest of consumers instead of their own personal profit.…

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Once again we’re forced to protect ourselves from insane civilians with semi-automatic weapons with ‘thoughts & prayers’

Once again we’re forced to protect ourselves from insane civilians with semi-automatic weapons with ‘thoughts & prayers’

If you’re a politician commenting on the tragedy in Orlando, Florida where the lives of 49 people were extinguished by a madman with a semi-automatic weapon, do us all a favor and do NOT include the phrase “thoughts and prayers” or any iteration of it in your reaction. Thoughts and prayers are like a tissue paper vest when it comes to protecting innocent people from being slaughtered by legally-obtained semi-automatic weapons with the unique ability to mow down large numbers of people in mere moments.

And let’s make no mistake, this was a preventable tragedy. From Barbara Morrill at Daily Kos in her piece, “Here’s what we know about the worst mass shooting in U.S.

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Michigan GOP continues “local control” hypocrisy, advances “super preemption” bill to prevent ALL local gun ordinances

Michigan GOP continues “local control” hypocrisy, advances “super preemption” bill to prevent ALL local gun ordinances

In 1990, Gov. Jim Blanchard signed Public Act 319 of 1990 in to law. The law prohibits “local units of government” from passing laws that restrict “the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols, other firearms, or pneumatic guns, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms.” It’s a pretty unambiguous law and has caused some municipalities to repeal local gun ordinances.

However, this was not enough for gun fetishists who want the ability to carry guns wherever and whenever they please, despite the wishes of the citizens in their community. In Ann Arbor, for example, the public school system passed policies that prohibit the carrying of guns on school property whether it’s allowed by state law or not.…

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Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

Michigan legislators more afraid of signs than guns in the State Capitol Building

I have known for quite awhile that you can’t bring a sign into the State Capitol Building. You can’t miss the signs telling you to leave your signs behind when you enter the august edifice. What I did NOT know until recently is that bringing a gun into that same building is A-OK. Thankfully, sanity is prevailing, at least on the side of Democrats who have introduced legislation to prohibit firearms in the Capitol and allowing people to express their First Amendment rights by bringing in a sign

As it stands today you can openly carry a firearm, but not a sign, into the state capitol.…

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Michigan Republicans introduce bill to end requirement for concealed pistol licenses, say it will INCREASE training

Michigan Republicans introduce bill to end requirement for concealed pistol licenses, say it will INCREASE training

A group of Michigan Republicans is sick and tired of having to go through training on how to handle a weapon and all that damned paperwork that it takes to get a concealed pistol license. One of the sponsors, Triston Cole, calls the permitting process “government overreach”.

That’s why he signed on to co-sponsor House Bill 5303. It changes the current law by striking out the language requiring a concealed pistol license:

(2) This act or a rule promulgated or order issued by the department or the commission under this act shall not be construed to prohibit an individual from transporting a pistol or carrying a loaded pistol, whether concealed or not.…
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Michigan Senate passes “Guns Everywhere” bills out of committee

Michigan Senate passes “Guns Everywhere” bills out of committee

Back in the lame duck session of 2012, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried just about everywhere. Schools, day care centers, sports arenas, bars, places of worship, hospitals, dorms and casinos. All of these so-called gun-free zones would no longer be gun-free.

He made the right decision.

However, yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee passed similar legislation, Senate Bills 442 and 561 – referred to by some as “Guns Everywhere” bills – on a 4-1 party line vote. The bills are touted as a “fix” to our weird situation where it’s illegal to carry a concealed weapon but okay to openly display a weapon in gun-free zones like schools, college dorms, sports stadiums and other public venues, places one advocate for looser gun control has called “mass murder empowerment zones.…

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Vigilante who shot at alleged Home Depot shoplifter charged with misdemeanor

Vigilante who shot at alleged Home Depot shoplifter charged with misdemeanor

The woman who took the law into her own hands and fired multiple rounds at an alleged shoplifter in the Auburn Hills Home Depot has been identified as Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, a 46-year old woman from Clarkston. She has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor that could result in a maximum 90 days in jail and a possible fine of up to $500 for the woman.

Local law enforcement agents were not pleased with her “assistance”.

“The investigation concerned allegations that Duva-Rodriguez shot at the tires of a passing truck in the misguided attempt to disable the vehicle to stop two reported shoplifters,” a joint statement,” [Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica R.] Cooper said in a prepared statement.…
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UPDATED: Michigan, where shoplifting is a crime punishable by death (if an armed bystander decides it is)

UPDATED: Michigan, where shoplifting is a crime punishable by death (if an armed bystander decides it is)

A woman in Michigan this week decided that shoplifting was a crime punishable by death. She was in the parking lot of a busy Home Depot in Auburn Hills when she saw a security guard chasing someone out of the store. The fleeing person got into a vehicle and drove away. That’s when the woman took matters into her own hands:

[W]hen the SUV began to pull away, a 48-year-old woman suddenly began firing shots at the fleeing vehicle. The vehicle escaped – but possibly has a flat tire, McDonnell said.

The woman who fired the shots has a license to carry a firearm and is cooperating with police.

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UPDATED – VIDEO: White Michigan man on “open carry walk” prompts school lockdown, taunts cops, and lives

UPDATED – VIDEO: White Michigan man on “open carry walk” prompts school lockdown, taunts cops, and lives

A man who bravely goes by the name of Nunya Beeswax online went for an “open carry walk” in southeastern Michigan and prompted a lockdown of the Lamphere High School in Madison Heights. Police are aware of the guy who is known for doing provocative things to get attention. In this instance he “started in Royal Oak, and he walked quite a ways to Madison Heights and then walked back”. That’s not all he did. He filmed the entire encounter with police officers and attempted to enter the school a municipal building.

Let’s role tape (NOTE: this is a longer version than the one I originally posted.…

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