2AM Commentary

Common sense reprieve

September 29, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"She must still suffer bogus punishment for her non-crime. But at least Shaneen Allen won’t have to rot in prison for up to ten years. What is the charge? Crossing a state border." (09/29/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/09/29/common-sense-reprieve/  

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Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/29/14

September 29, 2014
posted by

Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by  

"David Kopel joins us this week for a discussion on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: the right to keep and bear arms." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/29/14)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/right-keep-bear-arms  

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Dear liberals, if ISIS is a threat to all Americans, then shouldn’t we be well armed?

September 26, 2014
posted by

Liberty Chat
by Ian Cioffi  

"Lost in all the fear mongering from Liberals regarding ISIS, is that if what they’re saying about ISIS is true, then shouldn’t all Americans be arming themselves? Sorry Liberals, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t defend Obama’s wars, saying ISIS could strike America, and then also argue for more restrictive gun laws. If we’re under as much threat from ISIS as you claim, every American should be well armed." (09/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nk94j69  

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Time to take their toys away

September 25, 2014
posted by

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"When Daniel Webster warned that there will always be men who 'promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters,' he most likely had in mind people like Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney. Ironically, Webster’s brand of nationalism would have harmonized with Raney’s federal supremacist view of law enforcement, in which local police and sheriffs are duty-bound to carry out policies ordained by the central government, even when doing so pits them against the populations they supposedly serve. Not surprisingly, Raney is an ardent drug warrior, a proponent of civilian disarmament, and a stout defender of police militarization." (09/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kaksmmw  

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2nd Amendment: Original meaning and purpose

September 22, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"When the Constitution was signed on September 17, 1789, federalists claimed the new government would only have limited powers expressly delegated to it. This wasn’t enough for anti-federalists like George Mason, who wanted explicit guarantees to certain rights in order to prevent any potential encroachment by the federal government. One of them was the right to keep and bear arms." (09/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oxpm36a  

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Imagine that!

September 22, 2014
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"I’ve talked about dry fire, and other ways to practice the physical skills necessary for self defense, especially situational awareness. All of these require you to use your imagination in a number of ways, but there is a further dimension wherein the use of your active imagination can help you prepare even better for that situation you sincerely hope will never happen."

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5715  

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Swiss girls just wanna have guns

September 21, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Rob Lyons  

"There was uproar in August after a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot her shooting instructor with a machine gun at a venue called Bullets and Burgers in Arizona, USA. This was just the latest inevitable outcome, we were told, of a culture obsessed with guns. But as I saw in Zurich, Switzerland on Monday, the US is not alone in being so comfortable with such weapons, and there is no simplistic connection between teaching young people to use guns and high rates of homicide." (09/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p3bkn7y  

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James Madison: How the states can block federal gun control

September 10, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Bryan Baucom  

"What do we do when the federal government simply ignores the Second Amendment and acts in ways that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms? Well, James Madison laid out a blueprint in Federalist 46 before the Constitution was even ratified." (09/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mfhgxpb  

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More practice and plans

September 10, 2014
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Last time, in 'How Do You Practice for Self Defense,' I outlined the first of the 'dry fire' exercises I recommend to all my students. When you are happy with your progress there, you will be ready to work on the next one. Remember that these exercises are cumulative, not consecutive. Continue to be aware of and practice previously honed skills as you advance to new things. Never forget that in an emergency, filled with fear and adrenalin, you will respond as you have trained." (09/08/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5585  

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You and JPFO: Last ways to protect yourself and register your outrage

September 10, 2014
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"The sellout of JPFO to SAF will be complete as of this Friday, September 12. The remnants of JPFO will be hauled away to Washington (and, I picture in my mind’s eye, be stashed away like the Lost Ark at the end of that movie). ... If you have or ever had any relationship with JPFO, these are your last few days to take care of yourself." (09/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l4gt5p6  

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Stop!! Or I’ll yell STOP Again!

September 8, 2014
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Storm troopers in ninja warrior or SWAT gear do not belong anywhere in a peaceful society, much less in a building full of frightened, helpless people. That’s certainly true whether the designated victims are 'warned' ahead of time or not. And 'gun free' zones anywhere are a criminal's dream come true -- an invitation to indulge in whatever evil they have in mind, knowing there is likely nobody able to stop them." (09/05/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5561  

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Second Amendment Foundation to begin destruction of JPFO

September 8, 2014
posted by

Random Acts of Gibberish
by Carl Bussjaeger  

"While I now expect JPFO to dry up and blow away -- living on only in billions of SAF/CCRKBA snailmail fundraising flyers -- I'll watch and hope for more. I will not spend a devalued zincky on JPFO unless I see it truly continuing Aaron’s legacy. This is a sad day for human/civil rights. On the other hand, we can now slip a generator drive belt around Aaron's spinning body and provide enough electricity to power the eastern seaboard." [hat tip -- Claire Wolfe] (09/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pwgy7dc  

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How do you practice for self defense?

September 5, 2014
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"So, you’ve taken the basic pistol or CCW class in your area, bought your gun and visit girl guntalk web sites or discuss with a few friends your choices in gear and the right ammunition. You show up at the range at least once a month, and may even be contemplating joining the ladies night shoot. You are carrying daily or at least thinking about it ... Or did you buy a gun and then tuck it into your night stand (or your husband’s gun safe) to await being found crusted with rust in some archaeological dig a thousand years from now?" (09/03/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5533  

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Victim disarmament: The gift that keeps on killing

September 5, 2014
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"On April 2 of this year, 34-year-old Puerto Rican national Ivan Lopez, an Iraq War veteran with four children, grew upset that he was having trouble getting 'family leave,' so he drove around the huge Texas base with a .45-caliber pistol, shooting 20 people, killing four, including a couple of sergeants. It was later revealed that Specialist Lopez, who was in uniform at the time, wasn’t authorized to carry a concealed firearm. Hey! Another 'gun ban' gets the job done!" (09/03/14)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=1991  

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In praise of an uncompromising bastard

August 26, 2014
posted by

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
by Claire Wolfe  

"Aaron Zelman, JPFO's late, great founder, was a man of uncompromising principles. He wouldn't have yielded a millimeter on some things. If you'd have held him upside down and threatened to drop him over the rim of the Grand Canyon unless he repudiated pure, hardcore gun rights, he'd have probably said, 'Go ahead. Do it.' And then, if you did, he'd have found a way to land safely on his feet. He was that kind of guy. On the other hand, Aaron was a very reasonable human being." (08/23/14)

http://jpfo.org/articles-assd04/wolfe-in-praise-of-aaron.htm  

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JPFO vs. SAF: A gun battle of gun groups

August 25, 2014
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Reports are flooding the Gunnersphere, most linking back to a Claire Wolfe blog, that JPFO is being 'handed off to SAF.' JPFO is Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. They've been considered the premier gun rights group by many thinking self-defense advocates because of their uncompromising position on gun ownership, while SAF, The Second Amendment Foundation has been criticized for repeatedly sending out scare tactic emails that inevitably end with 'Send more money!' appeals. So what does it actually mean to 'hand off' JPFO to SAF?" (08/23/14)

http://www.examiner.com/article/jpfo-vs-saf-a-gun-battle-of-gun-groups  

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Sellout: JPFO to be handed off to SAF — unless we stop it

August 22, 2014
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"Aaron wanted to educate people so that victim disarmament would go away. He would have been thrilled to be able to close JPFO’s doors and say, 'We’ve done it.' On the other hand, he despised Alan Gottlieb and saw him as an opportunist who used scary mailings to turn SAF/CCRKBA into a fundraising factory. ... a viable plan exists to keep JPFO healthy and independent. And so far the board won’t even acknowledge it." (08/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kevp3uf  

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By the numbers: Is private gun ownership responsible for police militarization?

August 21, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Daniel J. Bier  

"[T]he biggest issue with Winkler’s claim is that widespread private gun ownership far predated police militarization. Large numbers of private citizens have owned firearms throughout American history. Moreover, gun ownership in the US has been declining, both before and throughout the process of militarizing law enforcement." (08/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nrvevjp  

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Neale’s Weekly Gun Rant Volume 8-17-2014

August 19, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Neale Osborn  

"In recent years, we have seen homeowners who shoot cops engaging in serving un-Constitutional 'No Knock' warrants get prosecuted for felony murder and even murder under special circumstances, where the death penalty is mandatory, for killing a cop. And the cops killed isn't even at the correct address. funny thing is, when the cops go to the wrong address and kill the armed homeowner who tries to defend his home, the cop usually walks away with at worst the loss of a job, and usually with one hell of a lot less. Don't want cops shot breaking in to an armed homeowner's house? Then eliminate 'No Knock' warrants. After all, cops are SUPPOSED to serve a warrant, not engage in an armed pseudo-military assault upon a suspect who, EVEN if they get the correct house, is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law." (08/17/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle784-20140817-04.html  

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Give’em Heller!

August 18, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by CD Michel  

"In Heller's wake, D.C. crime is now going down. Things in D.C. are looking better. Since the Heller decision, homicides have dropped 56%, compared to 13% for everywhere else. Aggravated assaults have dipped 12%. Since most the rest of the nation never had a gun ban, like D.C., and since 42 states have a head start in terms of public concealed carry, the national crime rate is already much, much lower that D.C.'s. In fact, it's so much lower that we need to plot U.S. violence rates on a different axis than D.C. (in the most recent reporting year, D.C. still had a homicide rate three times larger than everywhere else). Though still dropping, the entire country doesn't have that much more to fall in terms of homicides. D.C.'s descent is staggering by comparison." (08/17/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle784-20140817-02.html  

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Gun safety rules — the rest of the story

August 15, 2014
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Susan Callaway  

"Those who hate and fear guns, wanting to disarm everyone, seem to ignore the fact that most people who own and use guns are seriously committed to the basic safety rules outlined below. All of these, and more, are diligently taught in every sort of firearms training and reinforced through peer pressure in every situation where responsible gun owners meet. Even though no clear statistics are available to point to, it would appear that the greatest number of 'accidental' discharges of a gun occur at the hands of Police and a few others who violate these basic rules. In both cases it is a matter of negligence, arrogance and stupidity, not lack of information." (08/14/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5325  

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Can a gun owner get justice in New Jersey?

August 14, 2014
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Prosecutors try to send a peaceful Pennsylvanian to prison for crossing the Delaware River with a pistol in her purse." (08/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mwzmxnl  

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Rusting, revolvers and rational thinking

August 11, 2014
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Remember, her majesty’s subjects are no long expected (or allowed) to behave like adults unless they take the queen’s shilling and wear a shiny badge, and even then, only when 'on duty.' No longer may they do ANYTHING to protect themselves, their property, their families, or anything else as supposedly 'free Englishmen' (or Scots, Irish, Welsh, or Manxmen). Indeed, they are being rational by NOT being armed and ready to shoot defend their property, because they know that (unless they are Muslim or Travelers (or a few other specially protected minorities) the consequences of daring to do such will result in far worse consequences at the hands of Queen’s Counsel and Nazgul and warders, than the theft of their property or even their own lives." (08/11/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5337  

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Just what do they mean by a “school shooting?”

August 5, 2014
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"The domestic policy goal of financier and propagandist Michael Bloomberg, who finally stopped dodging term limits to step down as Mayor of New York this year (and who now works for U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon proselytizing the established state religion of Global Warming), is to make sure every American has the same right to a self-defense weapon as the average civilian of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union (which is to say, none.) And thanks to his deep pockets ($34 billion), many now consider Bloomberg’s 'Everytown for Gun Safety' group to be the nation's largest and most effective Victim Disarmament lobby, outpacing even the time-honored Brady Bunch." (08/04/14)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=1923  

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Weed and guns

August 3, 2014
posted by

Brian Doherty Reason
by Brian Doherty  

"Rowan Wilson had a Nevada state permit for medical marijuana. When she set out to buy a gun in 2011, she visited the shop of a licensed dealer who knew she had the permit and refused to sell her a firearm. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), it turns out, considers a medical marijuana permit holder to be an 'unlawful user of or addicted to' a 'controlled substance' and thus barred from legally purchasing guns." (07/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/03/weed-guns  

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