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Going after the green-tip

May 4, 2015
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynocwicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"Does anyone else get the feeling that a familiar ritual is being re-enacted here? 'We held them off this time, but the battle's not over, send more money now?' The BATF announces some plan to further erode our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear every type of arm that could be of military usefulness. The various 'gun rights' groups (which never actually seek to have a law like the Gun Control Act of 1968 thrown out as unconstitutional) race to the barricades. The BATF announces they will 'hold off' or 'delay' or 'suspend' their latest effort to further disarm us. The 'gun rights' groups declare victory and happily count all the new cash they raised during the latest 'emergency.'" (05/02/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2494  

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Open carry

April 27, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"If the marijuana kind of freedom were to come to the gun-toting scene, the ambient atmosphere would relax even more. Violent crime would plummet. It might even be safe to let your kids walk to school as we oldies once did. I predicted this in my first novel, The Probability Broach. I listen to a Texas radio station which had an advertisement on for Glock pistols when I turned it on this morning, and there are beautiful gun ads decorating every we[b] site that I visit. I more or less predicted that, too. Meanwhile, infinitesimally tiny numbers of pathetics continue to show up in to noisily picket public events, and pose for misleading photographs demanding 'gun control' -- their propagandistic name for victim disarmament -- are met with nothing but ridicule. It warms my cockles to realize that Sarah Brady lived just long enough to see that." (04/26/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle819-20150426-02.html  

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Guns — a great Mother’s Day gift

April 27, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Last Mother's Day, one of my sons gave me a HiPoint 9mm carbine. We had talked about the fact that I was having a harder time shooting the larger caliber rifles, and even had problems with the much loved Mossberg 20 gauge shotgun. I just wasn't shooting as much as I used to, even though I own a lot of different guns. I'm nearly 70 years old, with some serious problems due to an old back injury, and it is only going to get worse as time goes on. Why would I concern myself with it? Why do I want to continue to be able to shoot well? I had to shoot a man to save my life thirty some years ago." (04/24/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7109  

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A politician speaks a (partial) truth

April 23, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who is running for president of Poland but from a tiny minority party, told a TV interviewer that if every Jew had had a gun before World War II the Holocaust would never have happened. (H/T CB for the heads-up) Well, we know that already, don't we? But it's apparently so startling to the Times of Israel that they have to go out of their way to try to prejudice readers against him and his positions twice in one tiny article." (04/22/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1163  

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What our enemies want

April 23, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"Many Americans distrust the NRA and they have been accused of being America's foremost proponents of gun control. I have no doubt that Victim disarmers will be happy to simultaneously condemn the ATF for selling out and create/deepen a divide between the NRA's leaders and its members and other pro gun groups. The real problem is that Congress needs to do a whole lot of repealing. They need to repeal the sporting purpose test, they need to repeal the 1933 NFA, and most importantly, they need to repeal the War on Drugs. Simply by doing this last they can end so many of the gang related killings over drug distribution that our national murder rate would probably be cut in half." (04/19/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle818-20150419-04.html  

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Modern handgun ammo

April 18, 2015
posted by

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"News reports OFTEN have guys emptying magazines towards each other missing their intended targets in a big hurry. The guy who hits first wins ... or more accurately, Loses a lot less, because nobody actually wins a gunfight. Everyone is wounded to some degree. Caliber matters as does ammo. Modern construction like Hornady's Critical Defense has changed the caliber equation. 9mm is now where .40 was a few years ago. 38 Special and even .380 have become effective defensive ammo. I wouldn't have said that about them until recently, though .38 sufficed for a long, long time." (04/17/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/04/17/modern-handgun-ammo/  

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Supposed study on violence omits violent people

April 14, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Why would a study about anger management issues and access to firearms leave out a portion of the population known for having anger management issues and access to firearms? The only reason I can come up with is that gun control advocates don't want to ruffle the feathers of police officers because they know police officers are necessary to enforce any form of gun control. Therein lies the fallacy of gun control. Gun control requires guns to enforce and it is therefore not about controlling access to firearms but monopolizing it. If you want to study the affects of anger and firearm access you can't omit police officers." (04/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nszw4ar  

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Banish it, vanish it, boot it!

April 14, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"This weekend, the crack reporting team of Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea (the bloggers who broke the Fast & Furious scandal) revealed another scandal-to-be. Or perhaps we should say 'scandal that should be' since chances are this one will get swept under the rug, its significance ignored. They're reporting that the NRA made a deal to save the ATF's bacon." (04/13/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1080  

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It prints money

April 8, 2015
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"It's not very often that a politician who supports gun control proposes a gun related bill that I support. The planets must have aligned though because Rosa DeLauro, some politicians from Connecticut, is putting forth a bill that is meant to eliminating semi-automatic rifles with aesthetically offensive features. Instead of banning them outright though DeLauro's bill would give gun owners who turned in their aesthetically offensive rifles a sizable tax credit ..." (04/08/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/04/08/it-prints-money/  

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Montana governor Bullock vetoes anti-commandeering bill: Ignorant of the law, or a liar?

April 2, 2015
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey  

"Either Montana Gov. Steve Bullock doesn't understand the constitutional relationship between his state and the federal government, or he's a liar. On Friday, Bullock vetoed a bill that would have prohibited state and local agencies in Montana from enforcing any future federal gun laws. ... Bullock vetoed the bill, saying it 'puts law enforcement officers in the position of violating laws they have sworn to uphold.' To put it bluntly, Bullock is full of crap. It does no such thing. The governor vetoed a similar bill in 2013 and gave the same reason. He was wrong then. He's still wrong now." (04/01/15)

http://bit.ly/1GgzR5y  

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Your bigotry sucks. Mine, on the other hand …

April 1, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"Quite a few TZP posts since the first of the year have looked at bigotry against Jews. It's dangerous. It's growing. And unfortunately it's no surprise. But there's one good thing about hatred of Jews: decent, educated human beings in the Western world know how wrong and deadly it is. There are other kinds of bigotry, on the other hand, that are becoming acceptable. Worse, they're becoming especially acceptable to the very people who ought to know better: young, well-educated Americans." (03/31/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1034  

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“Gun control” compromise, part 2

March 26, 2015
posted by

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

"The next time you hear someone calling for a ban on normal capacity magazines -- usually, but not always, suggesting to limit them to 10 rounds maximum -- ask if, in exchange for that violation of your liberty, they'd be willing to compromise. ... In exchange for a magazine limit would they then be willing to get rid of all 'laws' against carrying guns with the limited magazines, or revolvers with a capacity equal to or less than this arbitrary number of rounds?" (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh4pmox  

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The importance of concealed carry on campus

March 26, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"Imagine you're on campus in an enclosed, public space, perhaps a movie theater or school library, when a stranger whips out a gun and threatens to shoot. What do you do? In this moment, you face very few options. You could dial 911, but the potential shooter might notice. If you have a gun, you may be able to bargain with or injure the attacker at an opportune moment -- if your campus allows concealed carry. Maybe you don't have a gun with you, but someone else in the same room does and is prepared to help. However, what if you're on a campus that has banned concealed carry? These campuses instead advise students to 'gather weapons' such as 'desks, keys, shoes, belts, (and) books' and then 'mentally prepare' an offensive attack." [editor's note: "Bargain with or injure?" No! If that's your mindset you shouldn't go armed -- you're more dangerous to yourself and innocent others than you are to an assailant. When "a stranger whips out a gun and threatens to shoot," aim center mass and do your best to kill him. Don't carry and don't draw unless you are prepared to do that - TLK] (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oc5tvqn  

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Status report: States tell feds to pound sand

March 25, 2015
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin  

"Even though the ATF has, at least temporarily, backed down on a proposed M855 ammo ban, gun rights advocates should be alarmed. More of this should be expected moving forward, that is, more gun control no matter who you elect to Congress. In Arizona, however, a bill that would effectively block in practice any additional restrictions on the natural right to keep and bear arms has already passed the state Senate by a 17-12 vote, and is due for further consideration in the state House in the near future. A similar bill passed the Montana legislature and is going to Gov. Steve Bullock's desk, and another in Tennessee is up for a do-or-die vote in committee this week."

http://tinyurl.com/qdb2thk  

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Salon and silencers

March 24, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by SeaWolf  

"I also find it simply fascinating that before the regulation of suppressors, when you could buy them off the shelf at a hardware store with nary a thought, during the days of the very active and powerful mafia, as well as the prohibition era crime lords, Mr. Zaitchik doesn't treat us to an overview of the many crimes committed by people with silenced weapons, perhaps because this dearth of crimes simply doesn't exist. It never existed then and it doesn't exist now. It's still quite possible to get or make silencers with ease if they're desired, and I'm sure if there's a criminal demand for them, then there is a criminal black market for suppressors you don't have to make at home, which of course provides the usual bug bear with most gun laws, they don't really do much of anything useful." (03/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle814-20150322-04.html  

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JPFO, you’re breakin’ my heart. TZP? Now that’s another (much happier!) story.

March 23, 2015
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"A few days ago I wrote about everybody being wrong when they predict the future. Count me among the everybody. When JPFO’s board sold out to Alan Gottlieb's Second Amendment Foundation last year, it was a foregone conclusion that Aaron Zelman's great Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership would be nerfed beyond all recognition. That required no psychic abilities. But I also predicted that SAF would come right out and make some gestures toward keeping and building a lively, hard-hitting JPFO. They'd fix up the ghastly website, I said. Maybe they'd announce some new project. Create a new look. Something to say, 'See, we're serious about continuing what Aaron built.' In other words, they'd make JPFO at least look attractive for a while before letting it slide into irrelevance. I was wrong. It's been six months now and there has been nothing but deterioration and neglect." (03/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5ddket  

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Do NJ “gun laws” go too far?

March 20, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Sorry, trick question. Of course, all 'gun laws' go too far. And, for the record, that has almost nothing to do with the 'second amendment' or safety or reducing actual violent crime. The fundamental question that isn't being asked, most of the time anyway, is why there should be any government 'control' of an inanimate object. The gun control people insist that more and more 'laws' are needed to save lives, to reduce violent crime, and to give the police better ways to achieve this. I can't see any basis for this idea in the facts available." (03/19/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7060  

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NJ gun laws that made man a felon for a paperwork violation “need serious reform”

March 19, 2015
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Not that New Jersey needs another poster child for reform of its stupidly written and oppressively applied gun laws, but Steffon Josey-Davis has been conscripted to the cause anyway. The one-time armored car driver was arrested for carrying his legally owned pistol in his car. By all accounts, it was an innocent act, and certainly a harmless one. That's why the judge let him off with probation after a guilty plea to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. So now Josey-Davis is a convicted felon at home instead of a convicted felon behind bars. Which is better, but still insane. ... even in Jerseystan, Josey-Davis's accidental transportation of a loaded pistol in his glove compartment rises to the level of criminal 'seriousness' only if he doesn't have a carry permit, by the prosecution's own telling. So it's a paperwork violation. If you have the right piece of paper, it's all good. If you don't, it's a life-changing felony." (03/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pznpoap  

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Concealed carry and responsibility

March 17, 2015
posted by

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

"The first rule of concealed carry is don't advertise. Don't people know what 'concealed' means? ... Second, if you are drunk, you are quite possibly a bigger danger if you pull out your gun than whatever you think you would be protecting others from. It all comes down to responsibility. You are responsible for what you do -- good or bad. So weigh your actions carefully." (03/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhlcgbz  

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Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe? But even if it is — what then?

March 17, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"The bottom line lesson is one we all know: Self defense can't be delegated. Europe's Jews will ultimately have to protect themselves. But how? Without a honored right to bear arms, they're caught between being bankrupted by hiring security or fleeing to Israel -- a nation that will welcome them right into the most dangerous region of the world. Europe's governments may promise to protect them and may even make token efforts in that direction. But seriously? You think 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help you' is going to work magic for the safety of Europe's Jews?" (03/16/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=880  

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The elephant in the parlor

March 16, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"Somebody has to say it. Everybody has been dancing around it nervously for weeks, each and every one of them desperately afraid of ... what? I don't know exactly what: the plain truth, I guess, political and historical. We all speak so easily about the highly abstract reasons for respecting the Second Amendment -- to keep an overly ambitious (but hypothetical) government in check. How? Through the ability to put great, big .69 caliber holes right through the pretty red coats of King George's Imperial Stormtroopers. This, however, as the slimy and disgusting predatory left is so fond of constantly reminding us, is no longer the Eighteenth century. How true. The coats in question are no longer red, they're fashionable camouflage. And the bullets through them are not .69 caliber, they're .22s. Yet the fundamental principal behind the Second Amendment is exactly the same as it always was. We uppity peasants and serfs get to keep our peace, freedom, progress, and prosperity only at the cost of constantly being able to neutralize the forces of Authority in the field." (03/15/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle813-20150315-02.html  

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Pop gun tart

March 12, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"America is often said to be a land of second chances. Just not for 7-year-olds. At least, not when they're in the public school system. Back in 2013, a boy then in second grade in Anne Arundel, Maryland, was suspended for two days for what was deemed a 'gun-related' offense. It was also a Pop Tart-related offense. No, he didn't shoot a Pop Tart; he bit his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun. There's a dispute as to whether he then pointed the high-calorie weapon at the ceiling or at other students. Either way, unless the strawberry filing was piping hot (it wasn't), there wasn't really anything to fear. Still, school officials pretty much freaked out." (03/12/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/03/12/pop-gun-tart/  

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“Gun control” is illegal

March 9, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"As you may know there are legislative morons in states surrounding Colorado (where I live and am writing this), and a handful of extremely stupid cops in southern Colorado, who are hysterically, insanely outraged that the good voters of this state decided to exercise their rights and to override federal law to make marijuana legal to grow, process, transport, sell, possess, and consume. My guess is that they want their very profitable prohibition back, and for everybody to turn in their weed. They even claim that the recent legal transformation was unconstitutional, because it contravenes federal law. Out here in the wild west, they didn't have the cojones to mention the United Nations, which also opposes marijuana. What none of these pisswits seems to understand is that there there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that allows the government to decide what plants it likes and which it doesn't like, and to go around with machineguns and vicious dogs, attacking individuals who disagree with them. Under U.S. law, power like that simply doesn't exist. There was a time when even politicians realized this." (03/08/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle812-20150308-02.html  

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Bureaucracy or Congress: Pick your poison

March 6, 2015
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by Christopher Salas  

"Government has the power to completely control the lives of people. It can steal your money, regulate you out of house and employment, or in extreme cases, end your life. But there is another entity that can do just as much damage and often unbeknownst to the citizenry: the Bureaucracy. Just this past week can serve to remind us of the overreach and goals of bureaucracy. First, we have the recent FCC ruling regarding net neutrality. The FCC has taken it upon themselves to correct a problem that doesn't exist and might not in the future. Secondly, the BATFE is proposing a reclassification of a type of ammunition used in the popular Ar-15 style firearm; this reclassification will likely end up banning this type of ammunition." (03/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/puu7lne  

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Gun owners no longer willing to take it lying down

March 5, 2015
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has long prohibited towns and cities from enforcing local firearm ordinances that impact the ownership, possession, transfer or transport of guns or ammo. But gun-rights groups have long complained that scores of municipalities ignored the 40-year-old prohibition by passing their own, piecemeal gun control enactments, which rarely got tested in court, The Associated Press reports. So a new state law went into effect in Pennsylvania at the start of the year, making it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge such illegal local ordinances. And it seems to be working." (03/04/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2436  

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