2AM Commentary

“The NRA is facing disaster.”

January 25, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"As most readers here already know, I am no longer a member of the NRA, even though I continue as an NRA Certified instructor. The idea that they would even entertain the nomination of a sworn enemy to the board is reason to think that the NRA has finally outlived any possible use to the rational gun owning public. But I hope I’m wrong." (01/24/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6849  

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Background checks: Inside the mind of Alan Gottlieb

January 22, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"Washington state gun owners are being smashed between a rock and a hard place. The disaster -- which is bound to be bloody -- will likely shape the gun-rights fight in states across the nation. And the outcome for people far beyond Washington state may depend on Alan Gottlieb. Which terrifies me. And should terrify you." (01/21/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=603  

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Don’t sit there complaining … do something!

January 19, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"I have a headache ... Reading about the gun grabbers, their collaborators and apologists in Washington State last week, and in Texas -- not to mention Colorado, Nevada and California over the last few months. Compromise artists like Alan Gottlieb, occasional outbursts of marginally useful to downright nutty OC demonstrations, and the ongoing push/pull of public opinion, usually without much clear reasoning or understanding of the facts ... The gun grabber biased media is the Chinese water torture of the decade. Personally, I consider attempts to deal with this via politics, demonstrations, letters to the editor and so forth to be a waste of time, even if not directly counterproductive. Each person has to do what they think is best, obviously, but if you are not inclined to political games like that, don’t let anyone tell you that you those are the only things you can do to promote or protect your rights. Nothing could be farther from the truth." (01/17/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6790  

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Wanted: Armed satirists

January 13, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"I have a suggestion. Bear arms. Commenting on the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, a Reason.com reader points to a profile of Henry Jarvis Raymond (1820-1869) at the website of Green-Wood cemetery. At the moment, the most urgently relevant detail of Green-Wood's profile is not Raymond's co-founding of The New York Times, his politics or his friendship with Abraham Lincoln, but how he defended his paper against threat of assault." (01/12/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/12/satirists/  

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When guns are outlawed, Cambodia will be tits-deep in guns

January 12, 2015
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Four hundred homemade guns, 24 crossbows, and 360 'electro-fishing' kits were put to the torch on Tuesday by police in Cambodia's Banteay Meanchey province, reports The Phnom Penh Post. The weapons were mostly voluntarily turned over for destruction as part of 'efforts to reduce crimes such as robbery, illegal hunting and illegal fishing,' according to the local top cop. That's pretty interesting, considering that civilian ownership of firearms has been illegal in Cambodia since 1999. Apparently, the memo is taking a while to make the rounds. Then again, maybe the memo did make the rounds, and is being used as wadding in hand-loaded shotgun shells." (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/md6byyg  

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The unmentioned

January 11, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Watching as much of the news and reading as many of the commentaries as I can manage, one thing stands out as a question not being asked, a topic not being mentioned almost anywhere. The people targeted by the terrorists were not armed ... none of them. They had zero effective ways to participate in their own defense. They were sitting ducks, conditioned to believe that the police would or could protect them and that they would be wrong to even wish for other options. The question of the motives of the attackers, their religion or any of the rest of it seems distinctly secondary to this vital issue." (01/09/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6682  

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When seconds count …

January 11, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley  

"The Police are just minutes away, just minutes away. How long have we been told by people control via gun control politicians and advocates that firearms owned by private citizen/subjects make U.S. 'less civilized' less 'safe' as a country? It seems to me that such statements usually come from people with a plethora of body guards. Either paid for with our tax dollars or their own fine salaries often earned by the movies they make. Paid for by us, the great unwashed masses." (01/11/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=577  

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Retail sales down, with one intriguing exception

January 9, 2015
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"America's remaining retailers were already pretty well shell-shocked after seven years of Great Recession administered by those geniuses from Goldman Sachs. But store owners got whacked again when they totaled up retail sales for the long Thanksgiving weekend -- traditional start of the Christmas shopping season -- and found they were down 11 percent from an already lackluster 2013. ... Isn't there any sector that’s doing better? I'm glad you asked." (01/08/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2346  

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Gun control and the police state

January 8, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nathan Goodman  

"Gun control will not solve the problems of the racist police state and prison state. Rather, gun control laws have been one source of fuel for the fire of state violence. Expanding gun control means expanding the power of police to harass, coerce, and cage." (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k3fhwjs  

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PBS — Propaganda B* S*

January 7, 2015
posted by

J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  

"Suppose PBS's Frontline producers wanted to do a show about the use of automobiles in America, and showed only a Red Asphalt type of gruesome vehicular fatalities -- never mentioning even for a second all the times people got where they were going safely, usefully, and conveniently. Suppose there wasn't a single example in this documentary about the use of automobiles in getting to work or going on a family vacation. Further suppose that the documentary juxtaposed these obviously destructive automotive death traps with profiles of the American Automobile Association and their powerful Washington lobbyists? Would one reasonably conclude we were seeing a one-sided propaganda piece?" (01/07/15)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2015/01/pbs-propaganda-bs/  

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Why most Americans oppose more gun control

January 4, 2015
posted by

Fox News Fox News Forum
by Dr. John R. Lott Jr.  

"A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the first time in their surveys, the majority of Americans oppose more gun control. Gallup and CNN polls tell a similar story. Opposition to gun control has been increasing over at least the last couple of decades. Gun control groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to try to convince Americans that gun control is the answer. In 2013, gun owners’ groups (including the NRA) spent less than one seventh as much on television advertisements. This year looks to be even more lopsided, thanks to the unrelenting efforts of individuals such as Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and Gabriel Giffords." (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lo86shu  

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Gunsmoke gets in your eyes

January 4, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Last time I wrote about shooting I covered a few things about ear protection. Earlier, I covered lead exposure. The same care should be taken to protect our eyes when we shoot, but I wonder how many people even give it much thought." (01/01/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6577  

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The thin blue line

December 29, 2014
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley  

"We are beginning to see what I fear is the start of something that will evolve into something really, really ugly. The erosion of the 'Thin Blue Line.' There are some people that support the law enforcement community no matter what. I am not one of those. I think people like the officer (Kevin Dupre) from Cleburne Texas that called these dogs over to him by making kissing noises and then killed them need to rot in hell. I truly hope there is a special place in hell for people like him. Just so I’m clear on how I feel about this piece of scum." (12/27/14)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=531  

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Refusal as a weapon

December 24, 2014
posted by

Sipsey Street Irregulars
by Mike Vanderboegh  

"The failures of the 'mainstream gun rights groups' to protect liberty and property from Bloomberg's assaults have forced the American people -- an eminently practical people -- to make their own arrangements. If this risks exposing the increasing irrelevance of such groups there is nothing we can do about it. (Although there is certainly something THEY can do about it -- thinking and acting outside the boxes of their own comfort zones would be a good start.) But the fact of the matter is that, as demonstrated now by almost two years of experiences THERE IS NO UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW THAT MIKE BLOOMBERG CAN BUY THAT WE CANNOT NULLIFY WITH ARMED CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE." (12/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/po7a9yq  

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An unavoidable truth about terrorism

December 22, 2014
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"Peace is neither won nor maintained by the unarmed. Clearly, government cannot -- will not -- protect us; we must protect ourselves. I was reminded recently that I once said that terrorism is decentralized. It has no leader. It has no center. It's a diffuse phenomenon, best dealt with by diffuse means: in this country, that means hundreds of millions of armed individuals. Terrorism is the kind of problem that can't be solved by a handful of heavily-armed thugs, prancing around in their military fat-suits, but by the average suburban housewife -- multiplied by a hundred million -- with three small kiddies in tow and a .380 automatic in her purse." (12/21/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle802-20141221-02.html  

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Beware of legislators seeking anonymity

December 22, 2014
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reports that a band of cowardly legislators quietly got together to form an association dedicated to relieving you of your gun rights." (12/19/14)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=506  

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Now hear this

December 21, 2014
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"[Y]ou can believe that I am very, VERY careful to maintain good hearing protection when I shoot. I’ve made the big mistake of firing a gun, or being nearby when one is fired without protection, and it has not happened often if I could do anything about it. But yesterday, at the start of the weekly shooting clinic I host here, I had the misfortune to be exposed to that first shot without much protection at all. I fired a 9mm pistol at an indoor range. It hurt, and my ears buzzed for several hours." (12/18/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6504  

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Neale’s Weekly Gun Rant, 12/14/14

December 15, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Neale Osborn  

"I'd like to deal with a topic that some people just refuse to comprehend. Human rights. For some reason, 'Human Rights Activists' constantly support disarming people. They NEVER think about the poor, the downtrodden, the victims. They constantly demand someone 'do something' whenever a story about poor villagers being massacred, or poor blacks dying in Chicago from a gunshot, or Chinese peasants being killed by their government. Yet they ignore the most important part -- the victims are ALWAYS unarmed by law." (12/14/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle801-20141214-05.html  

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Gun nuts

December 10, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"'Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media,' says Beloit, Wisconsin, Police Chief Norm Jacobs, 'and we should fight it using the tools that we've learned from our health providers.' Hmmmm, I immediately wondered what tools used against Ebola could possibly be used against 'gun violence.' Will police don Hazmat suits? Should we quarantine criminals who shoot and kill people? (Well, more on that shortly.) No, the Beloit Police Department is launching a new program asking city residents to voluntarily permit officers to search their homes for guns." (12/09/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/12/09/gun-nuts/  

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US groups strengthen security infrastructure

December 8, 2014
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"One would think that taking responsibility for their own safety in the wake of horrific attacks on the synagogue at Har Nof and increased anti-Semitic sentiments both in the United States and in Europe would be a wise thing for every Jew to do. I certainly was thrilled to read in the Washington Post that U.S. Jewish institutions were beginning to examine their security ... Until I actually read the Washington Post article." (12/08/14)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=466  

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Home invasion

December 7, 2014
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"You wake in the night, hearing glass breaking, or maybe someone pounding on the front door hard enough to rattle the walls. INTRUDERS! ALERT! Condition RED! Check. You jump out of bed, grab your gun and charge down the stairs ... OOPS! WAIT a minute. Not so fast. Do you have a plan to deal with something like this? If not, why not?" (12/06/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6349  

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God made men and women. Colonel Colt made them equal.

December 5, 2014
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"Like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football, gun owners should not pin too many hopes on GOP promises to 'roll back' harm already done. Or do we believe the GOP is about to enact legislation to disband the unconstitutional BATF, while strongly recommending that manufacturers stop placing serial numbers on firearms, since that 'only encourages registration?'" (12/04/14)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2244  

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The new gun suspect: Every school child

November 21, 2014
posted by

The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"The use public schools as social reform institutions continues full-bore as evidenced by the new push to turn them into gun-control factories. The Obama administration is obsessed with eliminating gun ownership at its root by defining the behavior and beliefs of a fresh generation. To date, most anti-gun efforts in schools have focused on punishment. News stories abound of students being disciplined for drawings, for playing cowboy or for pointing a finger like a gun. ... The anti-gun focus is expanding from mere punishment. This year, school children across America will be mentally screened and monitored in order to promote a gun-control agenda." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ososuf5  

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Never had any doubt

November 18, 2014
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"How many times have we heard gun control advocates snottily ridicule us for knowing our own history? For understanding the nature of statism? 'This isn’t Nazi Germany,' they say. 'No one is going to disarm you and victimize you.' 'Registration is a safety measure,' they claim. 'It's a crime prevention measure.' Is it? From Buffalo, NY comes a report that details a plan by the police department in that city to begin confiscating firearms of legal gun owners after their deaths." (11/16/14)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=368  

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Intellectual dishonesty

November 18, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol  

"The first time I ever got politically involved with anything, I was about nineteen. Like most teenagers I hadn't really given a second thought to anything political. That was until the tragic shootings at Columbine. The bodies of those poor souls weren't even cold, before politicians, celebrities and anti-gun organizations were calling for more victim disarmament policies. While I was never overly-political, I did believe that the right to keep and bear arms was a natural right, which seemed like it was being attacked on all fronts. It was then that I decided that the best way to defend the Second Amendment was to learn the facts. Since I was still nineteen, I had somewhat of a naive view of the world, so I was quite shocked to learn that the opposite of what the anti-gun side claimed was true." (11/16/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle797-20141116-03.html  

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