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Gun control is treason

September 26, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"The great, glaring failure of the Bill of Rights and its otherwise distinguished authors is that it doesn't include a severe and stringent penalty clause, a punishment prescribed for government officials and others who try to violate the rights that it protects. However the Second Amendment, by implication, contains its own penalty clause. It defines itself, and the liberty it enshrines, as 'necessary to the security of a free State.' It doesn't take much interpretation to infer that anyone who strives to weaken, or abolish that right altogether, is endangering the security of the free state in which we live. A more direct way to say it is that they are committing treason. And the customary punishment for treason is death -- by hanging." (09/25/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle891-20160925-02.html  

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The other half of the truth

September 20, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Douglas A. French, of the National Review, while writing about Islam and terrorism, innocently drew up a half-truth: 'In Saint Cloud, Minn., Dahir Adan's family identified him as the man who stabbed eight people in a mall before being shot and killed by an armed civilian, an off-duty police officer named Jason Falconer.' So, what is the missing half of the truth? The heroic Mr. Falconer was armed, sure. And an off-duty cop. But he was more civilian than cop, for the weapon he had on him was concealed (by permit), and he is the owner of a gun range." (09/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/09/20/the-other-half-of-the-truth/  

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Gun grabbers die hard

September 13, 2016
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USA Today Town Hall
by Katie Kieffer  

"Gun grabbers are camouflaging sinister plans with slick catchphrases -- hoping you'll barely notice when they pickpocket your pistol. Hillary Clinton is quietly building a massive gun grabber army. It's up to you to halt her momentum. Gun grabbers 'die hard' because they insist on believing the same anti-gun theories even after encountering facts disproving their theories. They also die hard because it's nearly impossible to defeat them. Which means, we must try harder. 'Do you believe that an individual's right to bear arms is a constitutional right?' ABC's George Stephanopoulos asks of Hillary Clinton in June of 2016. 'If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation,' Hillary [replies]. ... Two-letter words beginning with the letter 'I' are wild cards the Clintons love to play when caught in acts of deception. Bill Clinton clung to the word 'is' in the same way his wife now clings to the word 'if.'" (09/12/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2016/09/12/gun-grabbers-die-hard-n2216135  

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A 20th century history of infringement

September 6, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"Last week, I was chatting contentedly with my friends on Facebook (who would ever have thought I'd say that?) about gun politics, when I was interrupted by (ostensibly) a young woman (everybody's young compared to me these days) who denied that anyone in politics was out to take my guns away and asserted, in essence that I am some kind of paranoid crank. I resent that. I do not deny it, but I resent it. But I have my reasons." (09/04/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle888-20160904-02.html  

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Not a rant

September 1, 2016
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"Mexico's Foreign Secretary has complained about the US not banning certain firearms that Mexican residents are not allowed to own. I remember the story of a repeat crosser illegal alien who was asked why he kept coming into the US just to get deported over and over again. He answered that he wanted freedom. When asked why he didn't make himself free in Mexico 'Senor, they (his oppressors) have all the guns.' Nothing has changed, except the gringo version of the same class are seeking to gain control of the US and calling themselves Democrats (Except William Weld, who mendaciously calls himself a Libertarian.)." (08/28/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle887-20160828-07.html  

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Solution to Chicago gun violence: Better training

August 31, 2016
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TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle  

"The continuing tragedy of gun violence, suggests a radical new solution. The homicide rate in Chicago, isn't caused by an oversupply of guns, it's caused by an oversupply of bad shots. It seems the majority of the gun homicides in the City are all innocent bystanders. At least the ones we care about are. There are rarely any tears shed when a bad guy kills another bad guy. The latest tragedy was Nykea Aldridge, cousin of Dwayne Wade, who was killed in the crossfire of a Southside Chicago gun fight. She was pushing a stroller home, after registering her children for school." (08/29/16)

http://timslagle.com/comedy/solution-to-chicago-gun-violence-better-training.html  

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Regal Cinemas’ stupid gun policy

August 30, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Regal Cinemas, the largest movie theater chain in the country, has a gun policy that prohibits people from bringing guns into its movie theaters. That includes people with concealed-carry permits. That is one stupid policy." (08/29/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/08/29/regal-cinemas-stupid-gun-policy/  

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In Europe, terrorists arm themselves on the black market while populists champion self-defense rights

August 24, 2016
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"A rising populist politician challenges federal officials' schemes to tighten gun laws in response to high-profile mass killings. Making existing laws ever-more draconian is foolish, she says, since 'honest citizens are the ones affected, not those who procure weapons via the darknet,' -- a direct reference to a recent shooting incident in which the killer illegally acquired a weapon from black market sites via anonymous Tor software. The better approach, says the politician, is to enable people to carry guns to defend themselves. 'We all know how long it takes for police, especially in sparsely populated areas to arrive at the scene of deployments.' She added, 'Every law-abiding person should be in the position to protect himself, his family and his friends.' We're talking about Orlando, right? Or maybe Charleston? Nope. The place is Germany." (08/23/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/23/in-europe-terrorists-arm-themselves-on-t  

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Denial: So much more than an Egyptian river

August 24, 2016
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The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"You've got to wonder, don't you, how many people in early 20th-century Germany, including Jews, thought their own country was the 'greatest the world has to offer.' After all, it was a grand center of civilization and had been for centuries. It was the land of Goethe and Beethoven and Schiller. Of Schopenhauer and Kant and E.T.A. Hoffman and entire hordes of Bachs. Men of the mind. Men of the arts. Thriving in Germany's orderly civil society. What could possibly go wrong? Except we all know what did go wrong -- and how quickly." (08/22/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3670  

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The fight for the right to keep and bear arms is never over

August 17, 2016
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"There exists a common -- and incorrect -- mentality in modern American politics on the right to keep and bear arms. That is, the buck stops at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to our rights. This tends to be most prevalent during presidential elections .... Fear mongers on both sides will argue that if their preferred candidate isn’t elected, the opponent will transform the Supreme Court and lead to decisions they don't want, such as with the right to keep and bear arms. If we don't prevent this from happening, the argument goes, then 'there is nothing else we can do.' This mentality conveys a horribly defeatist attitude; they're not arguing the court has the authority to undermine the Second Amendment. They're saying Americans are powerless to do anything about it. They couldn’t be more wrong." (08/16/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/08/16/the-fight-for-the-right-to-keep-and-bear-arms-is-never-over/  

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“Libertarian” Party joins the old parties?

August 11, 2016
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Thanks to the folks over at JPFO for this: Bullets First bluntly reports VP candidate William Weld's interview on REVOLT TV: Libertarian VP Wants to Ban Guns; Rifles are 'Weapons of Mass Destruction.' Except that Bullets First is WRONG: With these positions, William Weld has violated any claim to be ANY kind of Libertarian or libertarian. I don't know if the LP still requires even their nominees to sign the 'Pledge' any more, but ANY person who says that accused people should be stripped of fundamental, God-given rights is committing an act of aggression and calling for tens of thousands, even millions, of acts of aggression." (08/11/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9516  

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In defense of Second Amendment people

August 11, 2016
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The American Spectator
by Aaron Goldstein  

"'Second Amendment People' have terrorized no one. How often have we heard about the NRA being the most effective lobby group from both supporters and detractors alike? The success of the gun lobby is because the NRA and other organizations know how to recruit and organize members and petition and persuade governments at the local, state, and federal level. If the NRA was an environmental organization, liberals would be saying, 'This is how democracy works!' Given the effectiveness of the NRA and other gun rights groups in the legislative arena, why would any Second Amendment person have any reason to resort to violence? The idea that 'Second Amendment people' are out to kill Hillary Clinton -- Trump or no Trump -- is absolute rubbish." (08/11/16)

http://spectator.org/in-defense-of-second-amendment-people/  

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Second Amendment people

August 11, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Would Mrs. Clinton curtail gun rights as Trump charges? She recently told Fox News that she would not choose justices seeking to overturn the High Court ruling in the Heller case, which interpreted the Second Amendment as guaranteeing an individual gun right. Do I trust her? Stop laughing and read on. Was the Donald attempting to incite violence against Hillary? No. But what should be the people's response were a future president or court to declare our right to defend ourselves null and void?" (08/11/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/11/second-amendment-people/  

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Election 2016: Time for Libertarians to dump Bill Weld

August 11, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Why on earth would Libertarians want to dump vice-presidential nominee William Weld? To let American voters, especially gun owners, know that the Libertarian Party still supports their rights as it always has. ... Since the nomination, Weld has campaigned vigorously against the party's platform -- not just on gun issues but on due process rights -- often spouting nonsense that makes him sound as ignorant and as nutty as Donald Trump at his worst." (08/10/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7078  

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What kind of wall is that again?

August 10, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"Plans to ban guns based on appearance march on. Late last month, Washington Ceasefire and Ceasefire Oregon announced a joint effort to get 'assault weapons' banned in both states. Specifically, they want to create a 'West Coast Wall.' Building on California's existing bans, they want to make the entire U.S. west coast ... um, wait, what do they want to make it? I live here and I don't even know." (08/09/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3591  

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An epidemic of evil

August 2, 2016
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The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger  

"Remember the good old days when victim disarmers and power grabbers simply tried to paint gun owners as ignorant, thoughtless rednecks? Now, no doubt in support of allowing the CDC to -- once again -- conduct biased gun control studies and promotion, we're portrayed as disease-ridden Typhoid Marys spreading death and destruction in our wake." (08/01/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3557  

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Why we need independent militias

August 1, 2016
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Ryan McMaken  

"Early Americans feared the federal government would overwhelm the states with a large standing army and better-armed military force. To prevent this, many supported a decentralized system of state militias which would provide the bulk of military land forces within the United States. Over time, though, the federal government has increasingly centralized military power and diminished the role of state governments in military funding and planning. While privately-owned firearms have their role in balancing against federal power, the decentralized militia system -- now defunct -- was intended to play a much larger role in preventing the establishment of an overwhelming federal military force." (08/01/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/08/01/why-we-need-independent-militias/  

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“Assault weapon” bans are really about political censorship

July 24, 2016
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"When gun grabbers call for a ban on 'assault weapons' they aren't trying to restrict a weapon. They are trying to censor subversive political artwork. They'd prefer banning all guns if practical, but the current political climate forces them to go after weapons that elicit enough negative emotions that they don't have explain why they should be banned. It's easy to dismiss these visceral reactions to 'assault weapons' as ignorance, irrational fear or political indoctrination." (07/23/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/23/assault-weapon-bans-are-really-about-political-censorship/  

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In support of the open carry society

July 21, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"For some reason, police seem to consider open carry of firearms, even where formally legal (the US Constitution says it's legal everywhere in America, but that's another column), to constitute prima facie evidence of criminal intent. It isn't, and treating it as such can only lead to unnecessary violent outcomes." (07/20/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6831  

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The freak-out factor

July 20, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Most folks are so unused to seeing normal people carrying guns around, out in the open, that when they it, they freak out. Among those who are at least, well, unsettled by the spectacle? The police. Funny, the gun freaker-outers don’t usually freak when they see police with guns. But that may be changing as more and more video footage comes out regarding police shootings of suspects under suspicious circumstances." (07/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/20/the-freak-out-factor/  

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If you like the war on drugs, you’ll love the war on guns!

July 13, 2016
posted by

Ed Krayewski Reason
by Ed Krayewski  

"There is an argument that gun prohibition would work better than drug prohibition because guns are more difficult to manufacture and harder to conceal. 3-D printing is closing the manufacturing gap, and while guns may be harder to conceal than drugs they are also harder to confiscate. Police already use a significant amount of force in the war on drugs, based on the argument that an attempt to confiscate drugs could face violent resistance. A primary function of firearms is to offer resistance. Police in the United States became militarized largely on the strength of the drug war (and not widespread gun ownership as some anti-gun revisionists argue)." (07/12/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/12/if-you-like-the-war-on-drugs-youll-love  

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Do you believe being armed is a cultural norm or not?

July 12, 2016
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Gun rights advocates usually argue that being armed isn't threatening in of itself. In fact they often scoff whenever an anti-gunners claims to be in fear for their lives when they see somebody who is armed. These gun rights advocates usually also argue that being armed should be a cultural norm. I agree with both sentiments. However, where I diverge from many supposed gun rights advocates is that my belief doesn't give an exception to anybody wearing a badge. Does somebody have grounds to be afraid for their life just because the see somebody else who is armed? If you don't believe they do then why should an officer be justified in fearing for their life just because they're interacting with somebody who is armed?" (07/11/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/07/11/do-you-believe-being-armed-is-a-cultural-norm-or-not/  

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Current events

July 11, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"The safety and effectiveness of personal weaponry is improving every day. Guns keep getting smaller, lighter, and more powerful. Some folks are still trying to remain sweet and orderly about it all, legally purchasing their firearms and nicely applying for concealed carry permits. But those statistics alone frighten the living excrement out of our self-appointed socialist sheep-herders, Other people, having finally observed that the only reason vile creatures like Obama and Hillary want to take your guns away is so that they can be free to do things to you that they couldn't do if you kept your guns, have simply decided for themselves that they have obeyed their last gun law. Take heed, you would-be gun-grabbers, you did this all to yourselves." (07/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle880-20160710-02.html  

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No federal power over guns, even if the 2nd Amendment never existed

July 11, 2016
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Foundation
by Mike Maharrey  

"[F]or the sake of argument, let's accept a narrow interpretation of the Second Amendment. Let's assume it only relates to service in the militia. The federal government still has no authority to regulate firearms. As I explained in my Constitution 101 article on the Second Amendment, the Constitution only delegates specific powers to the federal government. The enumeration of certain powers logically excludes all powers not listed. Designato unius est exclusio alterius is a legal maxim meaning, 'the designation of one is the exclusion of the other.' You will find no authority to regulate firearms or ban certain types of weapons in the Constitution." (07/09/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/09/no-federal-power-over-guns-even-if-the-2nd-amendment-never-existed/  

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“Gun violence” as a rhetorical trick in the gun-control debate

July 6, 2016
posted by

Mises Institute    

"In its most recent attack on gun ownership, The New York Times went out of its way to confuse gun homicides with homicide in general. As I noted here, this is a rhetorical trick used to mask the true homicide rates in other countries in order to make the United States look like an outlier. Another trick employed by gun control advocates is to lump gun-inflicted suicides in with gun homicides as in order to inflate the total number of 'gun violence' events." (07/06/16)

https://mises.org/blog/gun-violence-rhetorical-trick-gun-control-debate  

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