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

July 3, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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FL: Tenant fires on intruder

June 18, 2015
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Local 10 News    

"A 22-year-old man is facing charges after breaking into a Miami Beach apartment Tuesday .... the 72-year-old victim told [Jesus] Varela to leave, but Varela grabbed the victim by the neck and knocked him down on the floor. Varela then hid in a bedroom, at which point the victim grabbed his .22-caliber gun and fired one shot in Varela's direction, police said. Police said Varela wasn't hit by the bullet .... Neighbors eventually helped the victim subdue Varela until officers arrived." (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ouqgerl  

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Repeat after me: Gun control doesn’t work

June 18, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"We begin with a simple-to-understand point: Murderers don't give a hoot about murder laws. People commit murder even though there is a law that makes it a crime to murder someone. So far, so good. That's an easy point to understand. Now, here's the hard part, at least for gun-control advocates: If a murderer doesn't give a hoot about murder laws, how likely is it that he is going to give a hoot about gun-control laws?" (06/18/15)

http://fff.org/2015/06/18/repeat-gun-control-doesnt-work/  

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They just keep pushing

June 17, 2015
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"I don't know if it's because there are national elections next year, but the Democrats in Washington and nationwide just keep pushing gun control measure after gun control measure. It's as if they think that tossing a ton of new legislative proposals at us is like tossing a pot of spaghetti at a wall -- one or two are bound to stick, right? The latest unconstitutional attempt to kick gun owners in the gut (or lower) comes from Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-imwit, Md.), who has decided that in order to exercise your fundamental rights to a) make a legitimate purchase and b) use the most effective tool to defend your family and your property, you must have a license -- a permission from the federal government." (06/16/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1513  

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A new low for gun control advocacy

June 15, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Maybe it's because they never learned critical thinking in school or it may be related to the fact that there's a lot of money in shilling for gun control thanks to big money tyrants like Michael Bloomberg but gun control advocates can't admit that their claims are wrong. So what's a gun control advocate to do? Make shit up, obviously! And not just a handful of minor fabrications. The time has come for some new level bullshit. Now to prove gun control works real states must be compared to entirely fictitious states ..." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phvsu6l  

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Thou shalt not discuss manufacturing firearms

June 12, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"The United States government has been trying fruitlessly to stifle the spread of any information it deems inappropriate for centuries (at least since the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts). Back in the 1990s the government was trying to restrict the sharing of information about of strong cryptography, claiming such algorithms were munitions (I'm not making this up). Now the government is doubling down on its stupidity and trying to prevent the sharing of information related to manufacturing 3D printed firearms ..." (06/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obzcpu6  

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Dear Dr. Rosen …

June 10, 2015
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"I recently read your letter to the editor of the Greensboro News and Record. In it you claim that since 'physicians' advice to patients routinely includes urging safe sex to protect against sexually transmitted diseases; using seat belts and child car seats; urging smokers to quit; and providing vaccines against flu and pneumonia,' you should be able to give your patients advice on firearms safety -- advice I'm not sure you're qualified to give." (06/09/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1484  

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“Background checks”: Trojan horse for registration

June 9, 2015
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"Why route every transfer through a federal licensee? So that a paperwork record will be created of who owns every gun in America. We're told fears that this could eventually lead to confiscation are 'paranoid.' I call that practicing psychiatry without a license, as well as insulting. Read your world history. You don't even have to go back very far, especially in such Third World paradises of victim disarmament as, say, California. Or do you really think Mafia hit men 'forget' and try to buy guns through licensed dealers, instead of buying stolen or otherwise untraceable weapons out of Guido's car trunk -- then slapping themselves upside the forehead and exclaiming 'What was I thinking?!' when they fail to pass the background check?" (06/08/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2509  

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Campus carry offers protection

June 9, 2015
posted by

USA Today USA Today
by Zachary Zalneraitis  

"Spearheaded by Sen. Brian Birdwell and Rep. Allen Fletcher, Texas Senate Bill 11 marks another step in the steady march of states choosing to legalize the carry of concealed firearms on college campuses. Despite legislative stalling and last-minute amendments, the efforts of gun rights organizations from across the state and country paid off in the removal of the statewide ban on campus carry. Contrary to the fear-heavy rhetoric from the bill's opponents, Texas is far from the first state to allow firearms on college campuses. Campus-carry laws are already on the books for universities in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin." (06/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmx2tg2  

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Change? You’ll have to do better, Becca

June 4, 2015
posted by

Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III  

"Guns, as we all know, do not possess reason, nor emotions, nor the capability to perform actions on their own. People must take it upon themselves to use them, in whatever way, in order for guns to do anything at all. Thus, anyone with a clearly functioning mind who wishes to further contend that there is too much gun violence in society must instantly concede that people committing acts of violence are the responsible parties, and not the guns themselves. Does the presence of or ability to obtain a gun make a person more violent or willing to use violence? Millions upon millions of guns in the hands of people all across North America and other parts of the world today, and every day, who committed no gun violence (or perhaps even other violence) says, most emphatically, No." (06/03/15)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/change-youll-have-to-do-better-becca  

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Neale Osborn 1964-2015

June 2, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"A frequent and favorite contributor to the virtual pages of this journal, Neale Osborn, died of a heart attack lst week. He was ONLY 51 years old; I'm 69, and I'd always expected him to write my obituary, rather than the other way around. It's a lot like losing a brother or a child. Neale's personality could be summed up, like James T.. Kirk's, in a single sentence, from Spock, in the Star Trek movie about the whales: he was 'a man of considerable passion.'" (05/31/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle824-20150531-02.html  

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The GOP war on private weapons

June 1, 2015
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"Philosophically, your stance on gun ownership tells me a lot of what you’re position is on freedom. If you’re a weapons prohibitionist, you tend to be a coercionist and government supremacist. I dedicate this essay to fruitless enterprise of voting and hope to show the Republicans or friends who are that the Grand Old Politburo is just anxious as the Democrats to disarm you." (06/01/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4048  

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Self defense a primary human right

May 31, 2015
posted by

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"If someone is violating your personal rights -- through aggression or by violating your property -- you have the right to stop them. Nothing, no justifications or excuses, can abolish or alter your right to defense of self or property. The right of defense is the primary human right; all others come from that one." (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pktd9ux  

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