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Alison Parker’s legacy — mass murder enabling?

August 31, 2015
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"I understand why Alison Parker's dad and fiancee are grieving. I would be too. And, I understand that grief makes people say and do incredibly stupid things. Politicians do it automatically, due to their lust for power and control (and their overwhelming cowardice), but real people fall into the same trap easily. Especially when under the power of unbearable grief. I expect to see stupid things come from the mouths of the grief-stricken. Such as insisting that the government make sure more people can be murdered on the altar of anti-gun 'laws.'" (08/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppaybzn  

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The post-pessimist era in gun rights advocacy

August 30, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Boris Karpa  

"For many years, gun rights advocacy groups in the US -- and, to some extent, elsewhere -- built their fundraising and outreach efforts, and their entire public stance, on combatting threats to gun rights. On a regular basis, money would be requested, and activists roused from their slumber, on the idea that the anti-gun lobby had contrived a new threat to rights and liberties -- a handgun ban, an 'assault weapons' ban, a gun registration scheme or a gun buyback. For many years the tone of gun rights advocacy was the tone of alarm. But, even as the rhetoric of fear has still been used effectively time and time again, gun rights in America (and to some extent, in Canada and some other nations) have gradually started taking back lost ground, and even capturing ground that had never before been held by the freedom movement." (08/2915)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2042  

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The Second Amendment: Individual, not collective rights

August 30, 2015
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"Many detractors of the right to keep and bear arms have tried repeatedly over the years to make the claim that the Second Amendment refers only to a right held by a state-run militia, not individuals. This interpretation holds that the federal government can regulate, restrict, and even outright prohibit certain types of guns and ammunition. Putting aside all historical evidence to the contrary, what other ramifications would this view have for the rest of the Constitution?" (08/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7vw657  

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What your NRA sticker says to me

August 30, 2015
posted by

WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad  

"I've never been anti-gun, but for many years I was uncomfortable around them. (Mainly because I was afraid that if someone handed me one, it would go off and I would hurt myself or someone else. As if it were a hand grenade with the pin pulled.) But I may be unusual in that I can pinpoint the author, the book, and even the passage that completely changed my attitude toward guns." (08/30/15)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6654  

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The cure for widespread murder in American society

August 27, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The implicit assumption of the gun-grabbing segment of American society is that widespread gun ownership equals widespread murders with guns. By making guns illegal, the argument goes, people will comply with the law and so nobody will be murdered anymore with guns. But the argument is fallacious. Most people will comply with the law because they won't want to take the risk of a felony conviction and a long term in jail. They are the regular, peaceful, law-abiding people who view guns as a way to defend themselves from murderers, rapists, robbers, and the like. But the assumption is invalid when it comes to murderers, rapists, and robbers. Since they don't give a hoot about murder, rape, and robbery laws, they also don't give a hoot about some gun-control law." (08/27/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/27/cure-widespread-murder-american-society/  

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A shooting in Virginia

August 27, 2015
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"Before the bodies of 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were even cold, Virginia's opportunistic swine of a governor Fast Terry McAuliffe started immediately calling for more gun control. ... what would Fast Terry suggest? Depriving him of his Second Amendment right, because he had a history of filing grievances against his employers? How about making him ineligible to purchase a firearm because he was black? Or gay?" (08/27/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2033  

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The victims’ mothers

August 24, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Boris Karpa  

"I am The Victim's Mother. I can come at any time and demand more and you are totally defenseless against me, because I am the The Poor Innocent Victim's Mother. Because your friends and neighbors are human, and because compassion towards a woman holding her dead child's photograph in her hands is what most people will feel, this will empower my political masters to do anything we want." (08/23/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1986  

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What the right to bear arms is all about

August 21, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Boris Karpa  

"To be clear, what the anti-gunners oppose is not guns as such. They are not lying, in that sense. What they oppose is the notion of people owning weapons. To an anti-gunner, there is no legitimate application, in modern society, of private armed force. He intends to take it from you, either by outright banning the ownership of weapons, or by making it as bothersome and complicated as possible." (08/20/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1976  

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There they go again

August 19, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"For a while it's seemed as if the anti-gunners have been staggering around without direction. Yes, they’ve won several billionaire-funded state-level victories on the issue of universal background checks. But beyond those few determined mega-rich (we're talking to you, Bloomberg, Hanauer, and your elitist Microsoft pals, and you, too, Ms. Wynn), the hoplophobes appear to be wandering lost. No doubt the financial smackdown for the Brady Center's frivolous lawsuits has had something to do with that. But recently, the marching morons show signs of getting their feet back under them so they can go goose-stepping along their merry way." (08/19/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1953  

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Researchers wrong about private guns, police deaths

August 18, 2015
posted by

Fox News Fox News Forum
by John R Lott  

"Between 1996 and 2013, 991 police officers have been killed in the line of duty. These public servants put their lives on the line to protect Americans. Their deaths should concern everyone, including public health researchers. But researchers’ dislike of guns may be clouding their judgment, and a new study, which claims that more police were feloniously killed in states with more guns, mistakenly concludes that private gun ownership causes police deaths. The study, which was announced last week and is forthcoming in the American Journal of Public Health, received extensive national and international news coverage. But if the researchers hadn’t left out controls used by everyone else for this type of empirical work, they would have gotten the opposite results from what they claimed. Previous research has done just that. And it has found that concealed handgun permits lead to fewer police deaths. The authors offered no explanation for the new study’s unorthodox approach." (08/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5ouejr  

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Seattle taking stupid pills

August 13, 2015
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"OK, who put the stupid in Seattle's water? The city council in that den of dimwittery has unanimously approved a 'gun violence' tax." (08/12/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1934  

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Whimsical gun control leaves Colombians defenseless

August 12, 2015
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Julio Mejia  

"In Colombia, there is such hatred toward guns that Congress is currently debating new legislation that could include a ban on non-lethal weapons for personal defense. In a country with such a tragically violent history, suggesting citizens be allowed to carry firearms is beyond politically incorrect; it's heresy. However, Bogota offers an interesting case. A gun ban in effect since February 2012 has achieved the opposite of its goal. Despite the inherent controversy, it begs the question: have gun-control laws improved security in the nation's capital?" (08/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oj4cqaz  

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How the British gun control program precipitated the American Revolution

August 12, 2015
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"When people think of the causes of the American War for Independence, they think of slogans like 'no taxation without representation' or cause celebre like the Boston Tea Party. In reality, however, what finally forced the colonials into a shooting war with the British Army in April 1775 was not taxes or even warrant-less searches of homes and their occupation by soldiers, but one of many attempts by the British to disarm Americans as part of an overall gun control program, according to David B. Kopel." (08/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owgmaqf  

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The Schumers need to rework their tired gun control routine

August 12, 2015
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Comedian Amy Schumer is the hot entertainer of the moment, but can that last when she's already regurgitating hoary old ideas that weren't so amusing the first time around? Specifically, Schumer has teamed up with her cousin, the very un-funny Sen. Charles Schumer, to promote a rewarmed serving of gun control proposals that the lawmaker has been trying to inflict on the American public for years." (08/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qay3f9h  

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The ever helpful NRA

August 10, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley  

"The SAF that thinks Universal Background Checks are a peachy idea, and WHAT could possibly be bad about that? The NRA now thinks a federal government that has IRS employees targeting conservatives, the DOJ selling guns to Drug lords, inciting violence and persecuting law enforcement officers, a NSA that has been exposed as spying on ordinary citizens and foreign countries, ICE and Border Patrol that are told to practice catch and release, the EPA wanting to go after farmers for 'farm dust' will be responsible enough with the NICS check not to abuse a power to prevent citizens from owning guns which the current regime, well, hates. All that lovely obamacare data, just lingering in a electronic database. The federal government would never abuse that, right?" (08/07/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1919  

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Gun control is still synonymous with establishing a surveillance state

August 10, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Anti-gunners claim gun control is about reducing gun violence (but only non-state gun violence since they still need armed state goons to enforce gun control). To the state it's really about, and I honestly think anti-gunners are completely ignorant of this, having another excuse to establish a surveillance state. Background checks, for example, are the currently darling child of the gun control movement but implementing them requires allowing the state to collected and store a ton of personal information on every American. Sometimes the surveillance aspect of gun control isn't so abstract." (08/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqp5nnk  

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If we don’t have “common-sense gun control” by now, time to start over

August 6, 2015
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"A board member for the National Rifle Association blames the gun-control position of South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney -- the very same man who was killed with his parishioners in the Charleston church shooting -- for the deaths of his congregation, Nick Gass of Politico reported on June 19. If state Sen. -- who was also the Rev. -- Pinckney had voted to allow gun owners to carry their own weapons, Charles Cotton wrote, 'eight of his church members ... might be alive.'" (08/05/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2524  

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The sermon on the gun

August 6, 2015
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Emiliano Antunez  

"Mr. Zakaria points to the fact that Germany's gun homicide rate is .07 per 100k as compared to 3.55 in the United States. I am glad Mr. Zakaria used Germany as an example, since just over 70 years ago its government executed the rarely disputed figure of 6 Million of its Jewish citizens, plus many more non-Jewish citizens. The one thing most of the German citizens, who were mercilessly massacred at the hands of the German government, had in common was that they were unarmed. Taking into account that Germany's Population in 1940 was approximately 80 Million, and assuming most of the 6 Million murders took place over a 4 year period, the US would need over 6 million gun homicides annually to equal the devastation perpetrated by the German government on its citizens." (08/05/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7654  

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My heroes have always been cowboys

August 6, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley  

"I'm of the generation that grew up watching John Wayne and Roy Rogers, and greatly admired both men. After I read a few of the books written by Dale Evans Rogers, Roy's wife, I admired him even more. They were straight shooting, honest men. Hard working, with guts and integrity. And that was just in their private lives, let alone their persona in the movies. As you can tell, I'm from a time gone by. I guess what got me to thinking about heroes was a facebook meme I saw a couple days ago. It had a picture of Batman and said 'My boss told me to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Now I'm sitting in Human Resources at a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.'" (08/05/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1905  

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Why do so many stoke paranoia about firearms?

August 6, 2015
posted by

John Stossel Fox News Forum
by John Stossel  

"My town, New York City, enforces rigid gun laws. Police refused to assign me a gun permit. The law doesn't even let me hold a fake gun on TV to demonstrate something. But New York politicians are so eager to vilify gun ownership that they granted an exception to the anti-gun group States United to Prevent Gun Violence. New York allowed States United to set up a fake gun store, where cameras filmed potential gun customers being spoofed by an actor pretending to be a gun-seller. 'This a nine-millimeter semi-automatic. It's a very handy gun. It's easy to use,' he says. 'You can carry it in a purse like that gal from Wal-Mart. Her two-year-old son reaches into her pocketbook, pulls it out, shoots her. Dead, gone, no Mom!' States United then made that footage into an anti-gun public service announcement." (08/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oybrfdm  

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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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