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The Libertarian Republic Podcast, 07/28/14

July 28, 2014
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The Libertarian Republic
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"You're now free to carry handguns in Washington, DC." [Flash video] (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nsmvvs7  

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A lady and a gun

July 28, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"One of the most exciting things for me as a firearms and self defense instructor, is seeing an increasing number of women, especially young people, becoming interested and starting the process toward responsible gun ownership. Once they have some training, two questions come from most of them. 'How do I choose a gun?' is the first. The second, and even more difficult to answer, is, 'How in the heck do I carry this thing?'" (07/27/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5221  

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Q&A with Marc Krebs, Jim Fuller and Chase Sisgold on sanctions

July 25, 2014
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Hawaii Reporter
by Rob Kay  

"For AK lovers, there’s no bigger story than the sanctions against Concern Kalashnikov, which in effect ban the importation of all Saigas and VEPRS. It’s hard to believe, but this is now a fact of life...at least for the near term future. What do these sanctions mean to us? I asked Marc Krebs of Krebs Custom, Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics and Chase Sisgold of Definitive Arms for their thoughts on this matter." (07/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k2rfw46  

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How “crazy negroes” with guns helped kill Jim Crow

July 23, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Thaddeus Russell  

"I have a dream that one day children in seventh grade will have an American history textbook that is not like my son's. Its heroes will not just be people from the past who upheld the middle-class values of modesty, chastity, sobriety, thrift, and industry. The rebels it celebrates will include not only abolitionists, suffragists, labor unionists, and civil rights leaders who confined their protests to peaceful and respectable writing, speaking, striking, and marching. In my dream, schoolchildren will read about people like C.O. Chinn. Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned a farm, a rhythm and blues nightclub, a bootlegging operation, and a large collection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they attempted to encroach on his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote." (for publication 08/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/07/22/how-crazy-negroes-with-guns-he  

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Glazed over

July 22, 2014
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by CD Michel  

"No matter how you spin it, the 'mismatch' between gun banning policies and solutions to gun violence remains an admission of abject failure. And significantly, it's a failure based on the public dismissing their policy prevarications as ineffective." (07/20/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle780-20140720-04.html  

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How a calamitous century helped win us our rights

July 21, 2014
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Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
by Claire Wolfe  

"When I'm in a, shall we say, mellow mood with friends, I can occasionally launch into accounts of politics in seventeenth-century England. This usually results in incredulous stares, followed by, 'Oh, so sorry. Fascinating story, I'm sure. But it's really just hours past my bedtime.' It's a shame anybody should feel that way, though. Because even in the hands of a dreary lecturer and deadly bore (um, not saying I am one), the story of seventeenth-century England is one of riotously awful chaos -- and the birth of modern freedom." (07/19/14)

http://jpfo.org/articles-assd04/wolfe-stuarts-and-freedom.htm  

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Suicide and guns

July 18, 2014
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Is suicide by gun a 'misuse' of a gun? You have every right to end your own life. In some cases -- very few -- I can even imagine it being the best thing to do. ... The people who don't want you to kill yourself might disagree, of course. Your death would probably make them extremely sad. Do they own you?" (07/17/14)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/07/suicide-and-guns.html  

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A Walk on the Dark Side

July 11, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

Short story. (07/10/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5038  

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New study: Criminals prefer handguns, not “assault weapons”

July 6, 2014
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by CD Michel  

"Thugs prefer handguns. Go figure. According to a study published on June 16, 2014, most of the guns seized from gang members, felons and drug traffickers were handguns, not the automatic 'assault weapons' often depicted in Hollywood crime stories. This is nothing new. For decades criminologists have told us this, and they note it is because petty street crime is best done with small weapons that can easily be hidden and disposed. Now, the new edition of the Small Arms Survey confirms this long-standing trend." (07/06/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle778-20140706-03.html  

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The good guys and their guns

July 6, 2014
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Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
by Claire Wolfe  

Poem. (07/05/14)

http://jpfo.org/articles-assd04/wolfe-run-cowards-run.htm  

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A bird in the hand

June 26, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"I’ve been asked any number of times why I think I need to carry a gun. I live in a very small rural town almost untouched by any sort of violent crime. The sheriff is mostly concerned with cattle and hay thieves. Nobody is more grateful for that than I am, of course. But very little of something isn’t none. There is no place on earth where the risk of attack, by man or animal, is zero." (06/26/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4910  

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Armed teachers — school shooters

June 25, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"There are several items in the news these days about 'allowing' some teachers and administrators to be armed in order to respond to 'school shootings.' In fact, some schools are actively in the process of providing for this. Even more surprising is the fact that many in 'law enforcement' are starting to support the idea. While I very much agree that teachers, like anyone else, must be free to carry arms for self defense, maybe a better alternative to armed teachers and 'guards' in 'public schools' is to stop gathering hundreds or thousands of helpless potential victims into these tactical nightmare environments." (06/24/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4941  

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Hillary Clinton is a terrorist

June 23, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino  

"The fact is that Hillary Clinton is not for gun control. She is for gun centralization. She wants to limit possession of guns to the government and people the government approves of. To enforce this policy of gun centralization, she is perfectly willing to resort to violence of her own." (06/20/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/28420  

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Fundamentals of shooting, part 3

June 18, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Trigger control and follow through are the last items on the fundamentals list. There are not as many differences between what is required for pin point target accuracy and good shooting in an emergency -- except that having these habits cemented in your muscle memory is even more important if you are fighting for your life or that of someone you love." (06/18/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4857  

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Fundamentals of shooting, part 2

June 18, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Last time we looked at the difference between target/competition shooting and some potentially serious differences in a self defense situation. The fundamental of aiming, and how various alternative methods might come in very handy, is an important part of that difference because training for one might not give you all you need for the other. Next on the list of fundamentals is 'breath control.'" (06/16/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4823  

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Fundamentals of shooting

June 16, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"It is well known, from serious studies of all kinds of emergency situations and responses, that the more primitive areas of the brain take over and the person loses the ability to do much critical thinking or planning. Right then, the only thing that is happening is a survival response to the threat. The person facing death will see only the threat (tunnel vision). They will hear nothing outside the threat, and will tend to freeze helplessly -- at least for a few moments -- unless they have trained their mind and body to respond otherwise. Which is exactly why someone who carries or otherwise uses a gun for self defense in such a situation will need to consider a few things beyond the NRA 'fundamentals' as taught." (06/14/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4818  

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Another big lie from Obama, this time over mass shootings

June 15, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Steve Stanek  

"President Obama has spewed a lie so brazen, so easily debunked, it's hard to believe a man supposedly so smart -- and in such a high position of power -- can speak so recklessly. But here he is just a couple of days ago, speaking of mass shootings and saying: 'We're the only developed country on Earth where this happens.' A 10-second Google search shows the United States is by no means alone. Incidents like these are happening and have been happening around the world, including in countries where they have strict gun control laws and none of the so-called 'gun culture' that Obama and his ilk so often deride to slander America." (06/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mjbdyjt  

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Snap decisions

June 12, 2014
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"Much like what is going on at a global and national level, this Saint Louis family faced unpleasant, ugly, potentially fatal choices. The criminals wanted protection from those who would defend themselves. A gun to the daughter’s head seemed like it would suffice. The defenders had to guess intentions and probable results on-the-fly, but it was reasonably safe to assume that armed and willing to threaten violence, the results would be violent. Fortunately for ALL, the defenders chose wisely." (06/11/14)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2014/06/11/snap-decisions/  

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Cops, gun control and the myth of the US as a bloody warzone

June 12, 2014
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"Now, failing to solve the real problem of gun violence means one thing only to executive power -- that there have been no gun control measures passed for private citizens. Considering the blood on the hands of Obama -- who is 'really good at killing' and all -- it feels repellent to see him mourning people who lost their lives to their fellow Americans. More to the point, though, with that answer Obama was simply perpetuating -- sincerely or cynically, it hardly matters -- the cultural myth that a few more laws will stop people from committing murder. And more to the point still, the myth that violence is only wrong when it's committed by private citizens sans an official uniform." (06/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfklx7q  

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Anti-gun activists adopt anti-abortion tactics

June 10, 2014
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A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle  

"Foes of abortion and foes of guns have a similar problem: The Supreme Court, which says government cannot ban either one outright. What to do? Increasingly, the two advocacy movements are resorting to a similar solution: targeted regulation. Abortion opponents started the trend and have it almost down to a science. Instead of trying to restrict abortion itself, they seek to impose rules that either raise barriers to individuals, such as waiting periods and mandatory ultrasounds, or crack down on clinics." (06/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qxjh776  

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Trust, safety and guns

June 6, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"One thing I hear frequently when talking about open carry of guns is the idea that they 'don't know those people' and wouldn't know who to trust ... that any one who had a gun could just 'go nuts' and start shooting. Those folks are uncomfortable when they can see the guns, even properly holstered, and even though criminals do not often carry openly -- at least not until they are ready to strike. And how many of those fearful people consider that ANY person they pass -- on foot or in a vehicle -- might well be armed with a gun, a knife or a bazooka they can’t see. When properly concealed, nobody knows. So, what makes some people so much more fearful if they can see it?" (06/05/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4780  

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Much ado about nothing: Media frenzy over open carry

June 5, 2014
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Fox News Forum
by Dr. John R. Lott Jr.  

"The NRA’s strong statement reprimanding a few people for carrying long guns into restaurants was bound to get media attention. Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action and much of the media quickly jumped in and described various restaurants as 'asking customers to leave their guns at home.' But their assertions couldn’t be more misleading. The headline at USA Today saying 'No Guns Inside' or at MSNBC and Huffington Post saying 'No-Gun Policies' are simply wrong. The question here isn't whether open carry deters crime. The question is what deters crime more: open or concealed carry. A big deal has been made of Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Chipotle, Wendy's, Applebee's, Chili’s and Sonic’s supposed bans on guns, with Bloomberg’s groups declaring “victory.' Yet, Starbucks 'respectfully requesting' customers no longer bring in openly carried guns is not a ban on guns." (06/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l544zjb  

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Stupid gun owners, stupid businesses

June 4, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"On Friday, both Chipotle's and Sonic's both asked their customers to stop openly carrying guns: Chipotle's exempting 'law enforcement' and Sonic limiting their request to their indoor and patio seating areas (yes, many Sonics DO have indoor eating/seating areas these days). Now, first off, let me say that these businesses are both within their rights AND are being stupid in doing so: especially Chipotle's -- as they open themselves to being 'disarmament zones' and therefore seen as more lucrative targets for robbers and holdup artists. Like others, I expect them to both have one or more of their locations held up sooner than later. (Actually, I'm wrong: a Sonic was held up in Houston the same day Sonic made its request.)" (06/03/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4738  

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Mental health screening a good way to decrease liberty, poor way to increase security

June 2, 2014
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US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) Campaign for Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel deep sympathy for the families of the victims. As usual, many people responded to this shooting by calling for new federal gun control laws, including the mental health screening of anyone attempting to purchase a firearm. There are a number of problems with this proposal. Federally-mandated mental health screenings would require storing mental health records in a government database. This obviously raises concerns about patient privacy and doctor-patient confidentiality, as well as the threat of identity theft." (06/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jw5lnex  

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Restricting liberty inevitably tragic

June 2, 2014
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"As soon as I heard about the Santa Barbara, California, murders I held my breath and waited for the anti-gun advocates to start dancing in the blood -- I didn’t need to wait long."

http://tinyurl.com/pvm3v4u  

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