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The cannabis exception to the Second Amendment

November 30, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"If you want to buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer, you have to fill out Form 4473, which is aimed at determining whether you are legally allowed to own a firearm. A recent revision to the form by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) underlines how blithely the federal government strips Americans of their Second Amendment rights. 'Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?' asks Question 11(e). In the latest version of Form 4473, which dealers are required to start using on January 16, that question is followed by a warning in bold type: 'The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.'" (11/30/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/30/the-cannabis-exception-to-the-second-ame  

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How dangerous is the alt-right to American Jews?

November 27, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"The Jew-haters and racial dividers among the alt-right (and for that matter, among the left, which did so much to create the current climate) are always dangerous because, as a spokesperson for the U.S. Holocaust Museum points out, the Nazis' Holocaust didn't begin with killings, but with words. And of course, with laws. ... we owe it to ourselves, our friends, and our freedom, to make sure that the rising bigots are pushed back -- with derision, with strong argument, with cultural marginalization. Even with arms, should it come to that unthinkable pass. If the bigots raise an army, or even a few isolated, terrorizing gangs, we should absolutely be prepared to exercise self- and community-defense against them. But we should never try to 'disappear' them by censoring them; we should never sacrifice the First Amendment in their dubious honor." (11/23/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3971  

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Guns, freedom, and safety

November 22, 2016
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"What is it with gun-rights organizations? Or organizations that claim to represent owners and users of firearms? We've known that the NRA has been no true friend of liberty for a long time, and in fact, started out more as a gun control organization than a group dedicated to preserving our rights to keep and bear arms. It is why many of us don't want anything to do with them, and cringe every time they speak up on something. We've seen something similar with other organizations, including some originally founded to work around the attitudes and actions of the NRA. The Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership, all come far too readily to mind. As does the National Shooting Sports Foundation." (11/21/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10115  

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Gun paranoia in the age of Trump

November 21, 2016
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"There were plenty of agitated and even hysterical reactions to Donald Trump's election victory, but none more surprising than the one expressed in a direct mail letter I got a couple of days afterward. 'Our worst nightmare is staring us right in the face,' it declared. 'The attacks will be hitting everywhere, every day.' ... Planned Parenthood? The American Civil Liberties Union? The Council on American-Islamic Relations? No, this shriek of terror came from the National Rifle Association. ... The NRA endorsed Trump. The letter inviting me to join was obviously written and sent before his victory materialized. But it illuminates a problem that the organization and its allies will have over the next four years: how to sustain the fear and anxiety that have been so useful to them over the past eight." (11/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/21/gun-paranoia-in-the-age-of-trump  

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US government limits your access to firearms while selling weapons around the world

November 8, 2016
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by PA Deacon  

"When politicians pass laws reducing our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms they do so citing safety, crime, or the disutility of the arms themselves. Yet, the United States government has no problem selling large numbers of heavy weapons to foreign countries, terrorists, and dictators, while erecting barriers to our natural right of self-defense." (11/07/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/11/07/u-s-government-limits-your-access-to-firearms-while-selling-weapons-around-the-world/  

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The Streisand effect and Cody Wilson’s 3-D printed gun

October 31, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by C Edward Kelso  

"For Mr. Wilson, the means of production, not quite in the Marxian sense, but close, were slowly moving to Everyman. The perfect political mischief, he discussed with his pal during those increasingly eccentric talks, would be to offer up to progressives, prohibitionists, establishment types a taste of radical equality. What if, just what if, something like a gun could be printed using simply a home computer, 3D printer, and available materials? Further, what if the hard part, the engineering and metallurgy, was done way ahead of time, encapsulated in an executable file for download? For free? Wikipedia for weapons. A Wiki Weapon! Barbra Streisand's ghost burst into action as Mr. Wilson used online crowdsourcing to attempt raising the twenty grand his back of the envelope calculation assumed it'd take for a Wiki Weapon to see quickening, life. The plea alone generated media hysteria." (10/29/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-streisand-effect-and-cody-wilsons-3-d-printed-gun/  

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Gun grabbers like Hillary are only as big a threat as we allow them to be

October 27, 2016
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"If Clinton or a Supreme Court molded in her image endangers our gun rights it is only because Americans are unwilling to utilize every tool at their disposal, especially those recommended by the Founders. Gun grabbers like her are only as big a threat as we allow them to be. We need only look at marijuana to see how this plays out in the real world. The feds decided years ago to make weed illegal. Finally, states such as Washington and Colorado decided to ignore the feds and legalize it. And what did the feds do in response? Nothing. To paraphrase Eamon de Valera from the film Michael Collins, we defeat the federal government's gun control laws by ignoring them." (10/27/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/gun-grabbers-like-hillary-are-only-as-big-a-threat-as-we-allow-them-to-be/  

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Does Hillary believe in an individual right to bear arms or not?

October 21, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Adam Bates  

"In last night's third and final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton made two seemingly conflicting assertions about the Second Amendment: that she supports an individual right to bear arms and that the Heller case was wrongly decided. ... So what does Secretary Clinton mean when she says that Heller was wrongly decided? Both dissents in Heller would have upheld a law that effectively banned handguns. Both dissents would have upheld a law that rejects the ability to defend yourself from criminals in your own home as a fundamental right. Or would Secretary Clinton reject both dissents in favor of some fourth view of the case?" (10/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/does-hillary-believe-individual-right-bear-arms-or-not  

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Sandy Hook suit victimized families yet again for political gain

October 16, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The ghouls have marked time since the [Sandy Hook] massacre with chest-beating ritual designed to keep the victims traumatized and periodically reopen their wounds. Newtown made a spectacle of acquiring [Adam] Lanza's home and demolishing it. The school district spent more than $50 million closing, demolishing, and rebuilding Sandy Hook Elementary. And of course the victim disarmament lobby deployed one of the perennial favorites in its propaganda arsenal (pun intended): Malicious litigation in the form of 'lawfare' ('the abuse of Western laws and judicial systems to achieve strategic military or political ends')." (10/14/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8037  

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There is some good news

October 13, 2016
posted by

Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter  

"Things are not all bad. They're just mostly horrible. In a month we're going to choose between being led by Tweedle-Dumb and Tweedle-Massively Corrupt. But let's look on the bright side. With Trump, we'd see checks and balances like no one has ever been checked and balanced in the history of either checking or balancing. Do you think Paul Ryan (assuming that his foray into fussy establishment virtue signaling by stepping on the momentum of Trump coming off a terrific debate victory doesn't make him minority leader) is going to carry water for Grabby O'Gynogroper? The good news about Hillary is that Americans have about 300 million guns, which should check and balance what her progressive ilk traditionally yearns to do to those of us who are 'deplorable' and 'irredeemable.' Hint: it ain't 'fun camps.' It's good news that the Second Amendment allows us to retain the ultimate veto of leftists' fantasies of fundamental transformation." (10/13/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2016/10/13/there-is-some-good-news-n2231303  

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The philosophy of gun control

October 13, 2016
posted by

David Gordon Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon  

Review of Debating Gun Control: How Much Regulation Do We Need? by David DeGrazia and Lester H. Hunt: "The authors are well-qualified for a good debate, and the book does not disappoint. Hunt is a philosopher of libertarian inclinations who has written books on Nietzsche, human character, and Robert Nozick. In my view, he is a thinker of genuine depth. DeGrazia is best known for work on animal rights and on bioethics. 'Debating' in the title is a misnomer, as each author presents only his own case and there are no responses." (10/13/16)

https://mises.org/blog/philosophy-gun-control  

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Nevada guns: Defeat this anti-freedom measure

October 12, 2016
posted by

USA Today USA Today
by Chuck Allen  

"As sheriff of Washoe County, Nev., I'm committed to doing everything in my power to protect your families, your property and your community. I'm equally committed to protecting your rights and freedoms as U.S. citizens. One of my fundamental principles and promises to citizens is to not support legislation that would infringe upon or restrict our Second Amendment rights. In that light, I'm concerned about Question 1 on the November ballot. Largely bought and paid for by billionaire gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg, it would do nothing to stop criminals while criminalizing the commonplace activities of many Nevada gun owners. Armed with the facts, I'm convinced Nevadans will defeat this anti-freedom measure." (10/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/11/second-amendment-gun-politics-michael-bloomberg-editorials-debates/91906634  

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Defeating doomsday derp: Tactical tidbits for Threepers

October 11, 2016
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by John Meyers  

"The older generation of survivalists who grew up in an era when the AR15 was less reliable tend to be very fond of full size .308 Battle Rifles for all situations. A myriad of multi volume prepper novels will be sure to point out the superiority of the HK91 over the poodle shooter 5.56 rifles or how great God's Gun in .45 ACP will hit someone in the arm and go back in time and kill their grandparents. I don't intend to have a caliber debate. But I do intend to make you think. For the .308 M1A/FAL/HK91 only crew, have you ever tried to work that platform in tight or confined areas? Have you tried searching your house or slicing corners in confined spaces? Close quarters work with a cumbersome platform often will turn out like a monkey screwing a football bat." (10/11/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4878  

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No

October 5, 2016
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"What happened to Robert Levy? Back in 2007, the chairman of the libertarian Cato Institute was the organizer and financier behind District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court Case that established the Second Amendment as affirming an individual right to gun ownership. Today Robert Levy is waxing ridiculous about Second Amendment compromises gun owners and gun rights advocates should consider. The short answer to that Cato Institute report inviting Americans to consider grounds for compromise on gun control is a simple, short 'No.'" (10/04/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3815  

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Gun control in the Third Reich

October 3, 2016
posted by

Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III  

"Enacted in late 1931, not long before Hitler would become chancellor and the Nazi Party would proclaim a political monopoly for itself in the Reichstag, near-universal registration of personal firearms was characterized (as might well be expected) as a crime fighting measure. In addition, in 1932 -- and with ominously ironic foreshadowing -- the German interior minister ordered that the lists of gun registrants be securely stored so that they could not fall into the hands of 'radical elements.' He also issued an alleged promise of a 'very high level of security of the data.' All of this would become utterly meaningless, of course, when in less than a year's time Hitler and his underlings would order the cross-referencing of said gun registration lists with both new and old state registry office census data which -- with the help of punchcards courtesy of IBM corporation's German subsidiary -- enabled the Nazi authorities to identify Jews, as well as others considered, for whatever reasons they cared to formulate, 'politically unreliable.'" (10/03/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/gun-control-in-third-reich  

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Everybody talks about the weather …

September 26, 2016
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Eric Oppen  

"In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky suggested that people who wanted to effect change in corporate policy (mainly hiring more blacks and other minorities) buy shares in those corporations. Every share has a vote, and these votes can be assigned to another person to vote. The stockholder retains ownership, and receives whatever dividends the stock is paying, but his or her 'proxy' casts votes at the shareholders' meeting as directed. ... I've reflected that if libertarians (and conservatives; we both suffer from biassed [sic] reporting) merely put some money aside each month and used it to buy shares in the major media conglomerates, we could get them to change their policies in a hurry." (09/25/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle891-20160925-03.html  

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Gun control is treason

September 26, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"The great, glaring failure of the Bill of Rights and its otherwise distinguished authors is that it doesn't include a severe and stringent penalty clause, a punishment prescribed for government officials and others who try to violate the rights that it protects. However the Second Amendment, by implication, contains its own penalty clause. It defines itself, and the liberty it enshrines, as 'necessary to the security of a free State.' It doesn't take much interpretation to infer that anyone who strives to weaken, or abolish that right altogether, is endangering the security of the free state in which we live. A more direct way to say it is that they are committing treason. And the customary punishment for treason is death -- by hanging." (09/25/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle891-20160925-02.html  

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The other half of the truth

September 20, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Douglas A. French, of the National Review, while writing about Islam and terrorism, innocently drew up a half-truth: 'In Saint Cloud, Minn., Dahir Adan's family identified him as the man who stabbed eight people in a mall before being shot and killed by an armed civilian, an off-duty police officer named Jason Falconer.' So, what is the missing half of the truth? The heroic Mr. Falconer was armed, sure. And an off-duty cop. But he was more civilian than cop, for the weapon he had on him was concealed (by permit), and he is the owner of a gun range." (09/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/09/20/the-other-half-of-the-truth/  

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Gun grabbers die hard

September 13, 2016
posted by

USA Today Town Hall
by Katie Kieffer  

"Gun grabbers are camouflaging sinister plans with slick catchphrases -- hoping you'll barely notice when they pickpocket your pistol. Hillary Clinton is quietly building a massive gun grabber army. It's up to you to halt her momentum. Gun grabbers 'die hard' because they insist on believing the same anti-gun theories even after encountering facts disproving their theories. They also die hard because it's nearly impossible to defeat them. Which means, we must try harder. 'Do you believe that an individual's right to bear arms is a constitutional right?' ABC's George Stephanopoulos asks of Hillary Clinton in June of 2016. 'If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation,' Hillary [replies]. ... Two-letter words beginning with the letter 'I' are wild cards the Clintons love to play when caught in acts of deception. Bill Clinton clung to the word 'is' in the same way his wife now clings to the word 'if.'" (09/12/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2016/09/12/gun-grabbers-die-hard-n2216135  

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A 20th century history of infringement

September 6, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"Last week, I was chatting contentedly with my friends on Facebook (who would ever have thought I'd say that?) about gun politics, when I was interrupted by (ostensibly) a young woman (everybody's young compared to me these days) who denied that anyone in politics was out to take my guns away and asserted, in essence that I am some kind of paranoid crank. I resent that. I do not deny it, but I resent it. But I have my reasons." (09/04/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle888-20160904-02.html  

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Not a rant

September 1, 2016
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"Mexico's Foreign Secretary has complained about the US not banning certain firearms that Mexican residents are not allowed to own. I remember the story of a repeat crosser illegal alien who was asked why he kept coming into the US just to get deported over and over again. He answered that he wanted freedom. When asked why he didn't make himself free in Mexico 'Senor, they (his oppressors) have all the guns.' Nothing has changed, except the gringo version of the same class are seeking to gain control of the US and calling themselves Democrats (Except William Weld, who mendaciously calls himself a Libertarian.)." (08/28/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle887-20160828-07.html  

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Solution to Chicago gun violence: Better training

August 31, 2016
posted by

TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle  

"The continuing tragedy of gun violence, suggests a radical new solution. The homicide rate in Chicago, isn't caused by an oversupply of guns, it's caused by an oversupply of bad shots. It seems the majority of the gun homicides in the City are all innocent bystanders. At least the ones we care about are. There are rarely any tears shed when a bad guy kills another bad guy. The latest tragedy was Nykea Aldridge, cousin of Dwayne Wade, who was killed in the crossfire of a Southside Chicago gun fight. She was pushing a stroller home, after registering her children for school." (08/29/16)

http://timslagle.com/comedy/solution-to-chicago-gun-violence-better-training.html  

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Regal Cinemas’ stupid gun policy

August 30, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Regal Cinemas, the largest movie theater chain in the country, has a gun policy that prohibits people from bringing guns into its movie theaters. That includes people with concealed-carry permits. That is one stupid policy." (08/29/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/08/29/regal-cinemas-stupid-gun-policy/  

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In Europe, terrorists arm themselves on the black market while populists champion self-defense rights

August 24, 2016
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"A rising populist politician challenges federal officials' schemes to tighten gun laws in response to high-profile mass killings. Making existing laws ever-more draconian is foolish, she says, since 'honest citizens are the ones affected, not those who procure weapons via the darknet,' -- a direct reference to a recent shooting incident in which the killer illegally acquired a weapon from black market sites via anonymous Tor software. The better approach, says the politician, is to enable people to carry guns to defend themselves. 'We all know how long it takes for police, especially in sparsely populated areas to arrive at the scene of deployments.' She added, 'Every law-abiding person should be in the position to protect himself, his family and his friends.' We're talking about Orlando, right? Or maybe Charleston? Nope. The place is Germany." (08/23/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/23/in-europe-terrorists-arm-themselves-on-t  

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Denial: So much more than an Egyptian river

August 24, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"You've got to wonder, don't you, how many people in early 20th-century Germany, including Jews, thought their own country was the 'greatest the world has to offer.' After all, it was a grand center of civilization and had been for centuries. It was the land of Goethe and Beethoven and Schiller. Of Schopenhauer and Kant and E.T.A. Hoffman and entire hordes of Bachs. Men of the mind. Men of the arts. Thriving in Germany's orderly civil society. What could possibly go wrong? Except we all know what did go wrong -- and how quickly." (08/22/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3670  

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