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Does gun control work?

August 2, 2015
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Danny Lewis  

"Gun safety is not achieved by government, but by the individual. The 2nd Amendment exists so gun safety is in the hands of the people to protect themselves. Violent criminals will always exist, no matter how many government regulations there are. Gun control hinders law abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves from the violent criminals." (07/30/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/gun-control-work  

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Entire check system is flawed

July 29, 2015
posted by

USA Today USA Today
by Erich Pratt  

"FBI Director James Comey recently said a flaw in the gun background check system allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he allegedly used to kill nine people in a church in Charleston, S.C. But the fact is, the entire background check system is flawed. Not only is it unconstitutional -- and disarming many law-abiding citizens -- it’s failing to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and is not keeping people safe." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pql7jo7  

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The somewhat incompetent fallacy

July 29, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"I was participating in one of those threads discussing an instance where a person incompetently reholsting their firearm lead to a negligent discharge. In this case the person in question was using a leather holster and a flimsy part of it bent in under the trigger. The discussion started off well with everybody pointing out that there are no medals for being the fastest person to reholster. But then somebody had to saying, 'That's why I carry a gun with a manual safety.' That mindset is incredibly stupid. First, it's an admission that the person views themselves as too incompetent to look at what they're doing when they reholster their firearm. Second, they assume that they are only going to be incompetent in a very specific way and not incompetent in other ways." ()7/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyt5r63  

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Gun-free zones are killing us

July 29, 2015
posted by

Fox News Fox News Forum
by John R Lott  

"Hours before the latest shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana, President Obama lamented what he regards as his greatest failure as president: his inability to pass gun-control measures. ... Obama offers no explanation for why the worst mass shooting during his presidency occurred in Europe, not in the US. Nor did he explain why many European countries have a higher frequency of attacks and a higher death rate from mass public shootings. ... The expanded background checks Obama has advocated wouldn’t have stopped a single one of the attacks that occurred during his presidency. The killers either passed background checks and bought the gun legally or stole the guns." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nnjmeo4  

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Tears for our society

July 19, 2015
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"Police consistently advise bystanders not to intervene. Call the police, they say. Do not confront the violent savages, they say. Translation: let the victim die! Rely on us! We'll protect you. My aching arse. And you know what? Most of these sheep do exactly that." (07/17/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1816  

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What we do for love

July 16, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"I'm not really that cold -- I hope! I've merely learned through a lifetime of experience that feelings sans facts are often a trap, nothing more than a form of manipulation and deception. Our gun-hating opponents are excruciating examples of this. Their wild emotional rantings, their claims of sentiment toward the victims of shootings (victims in whose blood they gleefully dance), their stubborn choice to remain ignorant about firearms, their complete refusal to sit down and think about how the laws they demand would actually work in the real world, their bizarre lack of reasoning ... all are perfect examples of why feeeeeelings should aways be suspect. Especially when someone uses their emotions (or tries to manipulate the emotions of others) as an excuse to get something they want." (07/16/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1781  

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Gun control and cryptography control

July 15, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Crypto War II is heating up. David Cameron has vowed to make effective cryptography illegal in the Britain, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has been uging Congress to pass a ban on effective cryptography, and Australia has been ahead of the curve by not just prohibiting the use of strong cryptography but also learning about it. I've spent a good deal of time fighting against attempts to restrict or prohibit gun ownership. From my experience there I can say that attempts to restrict or prohibit effective cryptography is the exact same thing with the same outcome." (07/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5gyvd5  

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FBI: Oooops! Background check fail! Must be a “loophole”

July 14, 2015
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"Of course, facts never stop gun-grabbing liars from promoting their odious agenda. Facts are merely inconvenient little nits to be slapped down and manipulated ... for the children, of course! Because, really ... how would it look if the gun grabbers' response to mistakes made by a bumbling bureaucracy that allowed a violent offender to massacre innocent people was to demand… ... more bumbling bureaucracy? So in an effort to protect the narrative, 'government error' became 'NRA-supported loophole' ..." (07/13/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1772  

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Why political fights never cease

July 9, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"If you are involved in a political issue or even pay attention to one you know that the battle never ends. Take self-defense, for example. Recently the right of self-defense has been making gains in legislatures of the federal and many state governments. But the fight isn't even close to ending because opponents to self-defense are finding new political tools to make people defenseless. Seattle is looking to restrict the right to self-defense not by passing a prohibition but by creating a new tax ..." (07/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p448j23  

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Nothing to debate: Second Amendment, legal gun saved our lives

July 9, 2015
posted by

Fox News Fox News Forum
by Lynne Russell  

"The United States of America is a great country. You can debate absolutely anything, whether or not it has merit, and whether or not it's any of your business. But guns? There's nothing to debate. Throw out all the numbers and expert opinions. I've got your expert right here, and it's called EXPERIENCE. Just before midnight June 30th, my husband, Chuck de Caro, and I and our Weimaraner were four days into an all-American, cross-country road trip. We'd just dined with a friend in Albuquerque and intended to hit historic Route 66, then stop for the night." (07/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nma7vlf  

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Former CNN anchor & husband alive … thanks to a gun

July 6, 2015
posted by

Fox News Fox News Forum
by John R Lott  

"Lynne Russell and her husband, Chuck de Caro, believe they would be dead if she hadn’t been carrying a gun. Late Wednesday night, Russell was forced at gunpoint from a motel parking lot into her room. The robber, not satisfied with merely taking her husband’s briefcase, started shooting at him. Fortunately, Russell had handed de Caro her purse, with her handgun inside it. De Caro shot the attacker, who later died at the hospital. This story made national news. ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, People Magazine and even such foreign publications as the UK Guardian newspaper mentioned that Russell, a CNN anchor from 1983 to 2001, and de Caro both had concealed handgun permits." [editor's note: Read this one to see a list of other cases not involving celebrities - SAT] (07/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oulnxwv  

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Gun control, which never worked, loses more ground

July 6, 2015
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"In keeping with the federal Second Amendment, Vermont has allowed its citizens -– and even visitors -– to carry concealed weapons without a permit for as long as anyone can remember. For just as long, Vermont has also been one of the most peaceful, violence-free states in the union. (You'd think members of any group supposedly devoted to 'stopping gun violence' would want to give that a little thought.) In recent years, Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas and Wyoming have joined Vermont in trusting their adult citizens to go armed, as was common nationwide during the nation's first century-and-a-half, when most communities didn’t even see the need for a police department ... until the rise of the socialists. Kansas now makes six." (07/03/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2511  

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In some US churches, guns are the answer to a prayer

July 3, 2015
posted by

Reuters Reuters
by staff  

"The Sunday service was winding down, but before it ended, Bishop Ira Combs led the congregation of 300 at the Greater Bible Way Temple in prayer. The shootings that killed nine people in a Charleston church could not happen here, he reassured his flock. 'If they had security, the assailant would not have been able to reload,' Combs declared. 'All of us here are not going to turn the other cheek while you shoot us.' As he preached, Combs was flanked by a man on each side of the pulpit, each armed with handguns beneath their suit coats. Other members of the church’s security team were scattered among the crowd. Congregants did not know who was armed and who was not -- an undercover approach that is part of the security plan. 'We aren’t looking to engage people in violence, but we are going to practice law enforcement,' Combs told Reuters before the service." (07/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pon32e6  

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Armed Americans

July 2, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"In the last three weeks, the FBI has arrested ten U.S. citizens allegedly plotting attacks here -- in solidarity with the Islamic State. Just a week ago, I suggested we dump the Department of Homeland Security and start anew, because the DHS bureaucracy is hardly the best way to organize government to stop terrorist attacks. Yet, no matter how well organized, government cannot possibly stop every act of violence." (07/01/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/07/01/armed-americans/  

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Not in best interest to be disarmed

June 26, 2015
posted by

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"A 'no guns' sign or policy only weeds out the people who might stand between a mass murderer and his targets. Instead of enhancing safety, it sacrifices it on the altar of appearances. A 'no guns' sign is a warning that your life doesn't matter at all to the property owners. ... No one ever disarms you with your best interests in mind." (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbeejve  

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Progressives against liberal values

June 25, 2015
posted by

David S. D'Amato Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D'Amato  

"A particularly unsubstantiated narrative on the right to own a firearm has, for some time, assumed a central place in the talking points of the mainstream left, which we might also accurately name the counterfeit, fake, or sensitivity left. Rather than mere name-calling, the point is to distinguish this group from those who are concerned with the preservation of genuine liberal values, among them, liberty, a government that is subject to the rule of law, and a robust system of justice that refrains from denying an individual her rights without legitimate due process." (06/24/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/progressives-liberal-values/  

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Why disarming the “mentally ill” is not a sensible response to mass shootings

June 25, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"The dragnet would ensnare many harmless people without having a significant impact on gun violence." (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ph53345  

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Gun control is anti-American

June 24, 2015
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by AJ Oatsvall  

"If you wish to see the impact of gun control laws in other countries, like the United Kingdom or Australia, you'll have to look it up yourself. Though such statistics may or may not bolster an argument in support or against gun control, the argument here is about the principles in which our nation was founded upon, not any other nation, but ours and ours alone: The United States of America!" (06/23/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/gun-control-is-anti-american/  

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Charleston and gun rights

June 24, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Advocates of gun rights argue that the best way to prevent such atrocities is for would-be victims to arm themselves; killers will break gun laws without hesitation (though Roof obtained his .45-caliber handgun legally), so legal obstacles to gun ownership only impede the innocent. Relying on the police for defense is futile -- or worse. This argument persuades few who are committed to 'gun control' (a misnomer because law-abiding people, not guns, are subject to control). But those who demand it while grieving over the racist massacre at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C., ought to understand that 'time and again, guns have proven pivotal to the African American quest for freedom.'" (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pexhbcf  

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Thoughts on a massacre

June 23, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"When Jesus sent His disciples forth he made sure at least some were armed to protect themselves and their companions lives. Given the very real hatred some people feel towards various faiths and congregations and/or the ethnic groups that belong to them there should be armed members or guards at church services. As long as the law says Churches are gun free zones you are asking for trouble. Violent crime is going down. Gun control will not speed this up. However, the truth remains: When you need help in seconds the cops are minutes away." (06/21/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle826-20150621-05.html  

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You heard that where?

June 22, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley  

"It has come out that the alleged killer (Lt. Col. Grossman says we do not use mass murders names, the name can fade to oblivion) chose the church because it was a gun free zone and didn't have security. Like other mass killers, some of them elected politicians, they wants disarmed victims. But the reporting on the incident is interesting." (06/21/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1550  

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“Gun control”: The answer is NO

June 22, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The upshot, of course, is that Obama and Clinton want Congress to pass yet another round of victim disarmament ('gun control') legislation. And they're more than willing to do a little happy political dance on the graves of the latest nine victims to advance that agenda. To steal a line from Obama himself, let me be perfectly clear: 'Gun control' isn't about guns, it's about control." (06/21/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1830  

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Ex-presidents and guests

June 22, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"For at least the fiftieth time in his grimy post-presidential speechmaking 'career,' William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, whom we all know and love as 'Waco Willie,' has been paid, no doubt outrageously, to advocate publicly, a government policy of cultural genocide, a sort of 'ethic cleansing' of anybody who clings to the first ten amendments of the Constitution." (06/21/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle826-20150621-02.html  

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Why I’m not going to write about that dreadful mass murder in South Carolina

June 22, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"I'm not going to address the bloody deeds of that arrogant cretin or the demands of his blood-dancing fan club. (And make no mistake, the Obamas, Bloombergs, Kings, Schumers, Feinsteins, and Wattses of the world are his fan club, since he and his fellow murderers enable everything they dream of imposing on the world.) I'm not going to address him or them because they don't matter. Our freedom to own firearms and to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities stands beyond them all." (06/19/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1531  

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Speech and guns: Freedom is indivisible

June 19, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The right to think, speak and publish as we please is inseparably linked -- both morally and practically -- to the right to keep and bear arms. It's impossible to support one without supporting the other. And as we can see, the State Department now intends to destroy the latter by destroying the former." (06/18/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1809  

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