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VA: Abuse of legislative power leads to lawsuit

May 1, 2016
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"A few weeks ago, we celebrated my birthday by attending the grand opening of Arlington's newest gun shop -- NoVA Armory. It is a cute shop close to our apartment in the Lyon Park neighborhood of Arlington. And because it's Arlington, the store's opening wasn't without the sturm and drang normally expected from the usual leftist gun grabbers that infest this part of the world." (04/30/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3105  

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Do you smile every day?

April 28, 2016
posted by

MamaLiberty The Zelman Partisans
by MamaLiberty  

"No hero on a white horse is going to come along and save the day. Not this election, or any other. And expecting the politicians to limit their evil and restore our 'rights' is as empty of promise as intergalactic space. Maybe more so. And hoping to do that by threatening not to re-elect them would be a hysterical joke if it wasn’t so painful to watch good people continue to believe in that insanity after all these years, after watching endless rubber room elections. What can you do? You may not agree at first, but I think there is something we can do, and it has to start with each of us as individuals." (04/27/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3092  

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Who was it who initiated the wrongful use of “force, fear and violence” in Bunkerville?

April 25, 2016
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"In a criminal complaint filed Feb. 11, federal prosecutors charge Nevada rancher Cliven D. Bundy with 'assault on a federal law enforcement officer,' 'conspiracy to commit an offense against the united states,' 'obstruction of the administration of justice,' and 'use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence' in the standoff at his ranch east of Las Vegas, two years back. ... All very interesting, given that I never saw Cliven Bundy carrying a firearm, either during the federal siege or at any other time I’ve visited his ranch. I wonder at what hospital the 'assaulted' federal troops were treated. Oh, wait: Not one of the federals, many dressed in full combat gear with M-16 rifles, were injured or even inconvenienced." (04/25/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=3035  

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Two tales of tragedy

April 25, 2016
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"How do we respond to tragedy? The WaPo recently reported on two very untimely and unfortunate deaths. The first was in Florida, but involved a Michigan family, as the WaPo reported. Preparing to hold a memorial service for the patriarch of the family, a six year old girl was pulled out to sea: her father responded and saved her but died himself in the riptide. The other occurred in Philadelphia, in one of the worse neighborhoods in that evil-ridden city. A four-year-old girl was accidentally shot in her face and killed by her father as he was cleaning his pistol, according to the WaPo. Both are horrible tragedies. Two families have been torn apart. There are many similarities. But it is interesting noting the reaction of the WaPo and others to these tragedies." (04/25/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8917  

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Gun maker not proximate cause

April 25, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Naturally, the loved ones of [the Sandy Hook] victims want justice. Lanza committed suicide when the police arrived at the murder scene. That was their justice. No trial was necessary. The murderer is dead. But now the loved ones want money and Adam Lanza had no money. His mother, who purchased the gun legally, but neglected to keep it away from her demented son, had no money either, and Lanza murdered her too, albeit with a different gun. The gun maker has money. The gun maker has deep pockets. There are lawyers out there who are willing to bring suit against entities with money and deep pockets even if those entities are not liable for the wrong because their conduct was not a proximate legal cause of the deaths." (04/24/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/gun-maker-not-proximate-cause.html  

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Bernie Sanders and the “right to sue” gun suppliers

April 20, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"In a Rolling Stone interview last December, Sanders said suing a gun dealer who sold a murder weapon is like suing a furniture dealer who sold a table that was used to bludgeon someone to death. During his March 6 debate with Clinton, Sanders forcefully criticized a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and dealer who supplied the rifle used in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. ... Yet during last week's debate, when Clinton accused Sanders of saying the families of the Sandy Hook victims 'didn't deserve their day in court,' he responded, 'They have the right to sue, and I support them and anyone else who wants the right to sue.'" (04/20/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/20/bernie-sanders-and-the-right-to-sue-gun  

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Numbers and sentiments, guns and abortions

April 18, 2016
posted by

Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"I should obviously begin by assuring you, Dear Reader, that your stances on these issues are the correct ones. The topic here is not what stance you should take (since you've already taken the correct one) but rather how these things are discussed. Abortion is clearly an issue of moral priors: Start from a particular set of prior assumptions or sentiments, and you can get to a stance on abortion. The language around the issue reflects that: Pro-choice, pro-life .... Gun control, on the other hand, is an issue where everybody has their favorite statistics. Whether those statistics are accurate is irrelevant here (since your favorite statistics from Facebook are obviously the accurate ones, and the other side's numbers are just cherry-picked); what matters is that people act as though empiricism will be persuasive." (04/16/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/04/16/19183  

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How to destroy gun ownership in America

April 17, 2016
posted by

Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Since the late 90s, the Gun Prohibition movement has been increasingly desperate. They've lost so many legislative and legal battles. But they've never given up. States have successfully implemented and expanded lawful carry and other legal protections for those who use a firearm in self-defense. And these laws have worked well! Left-statists are reduced to a package of lies that they call 'common sense gun reform.' Even their labeling is purposely misleading. The record is not perfect, but gun rights have made significant progress in the legislatures and the courts. But the executive branches, especially federal levels, have tried creative ways to attack gun owners themselves." (04/15/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/how-to-destroy-gun-ownership-in-america  

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Why did the CDC stop researching gun violence?

April 5, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Kate Masters  

"How much latitude the CDC has to pursue gun violence research is hardly an academic argument. The CDC is the nation's leading public health agency, with a yearly budget of more than $11 billion. The failure of the CDC to invest in studies of gun violence has greatly inhibited the ability of social scientists, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers to understand the scope and causes of shootings -- while also limiting understanding of interventions that might save lives." [editor's note: I can't say WHY the CDC stopped "researching" gun violence. But to the extent it ever claimed to do such "research," what it was actually doing was political propaganda DISGUISED as "research." Volitional human behaviors are not pathogens; "gun violence" is therefore not an epidemiological issue - TLK] (04/05/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/cdc-gun-violence/476814/  

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Judge Garland and the Second Amendment

April 3, 2016
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Stephen P Halbrook  

"Though President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court will more than likely remain in limbo until at least until after the November election, the choice should be unsettling to supporters of the Second Amendment and gun ownership rights." (04/01/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8726  

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Arms and the American West

March 31, 2016
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Abigail Palmer  

"Why are we so taken with guns? Some might look to find their legacy rooted in the Constitution, but gun culture has not maintained its momentum from our founding documents. Early Americans did rely on firearms, and citizens were compelled to purchase firearms during the Revolutionary War. I maintain, however, that our current gun culture, with its view of the individual as lone hero and defender, is the product of the frontier. For the most part we can trace our attitude towards guns from the opening of the American West, in an unbroken legacy that approximates 150 years." (03/31/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/arms-and-the-american-west/  

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Constitutional carry and the art of skinning cats

March 30, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"On Friday, March 25, Governor Butch Otter signed SB 1389, making Idaho the ninth state to adopt constitutional carry (aka unrestricted carry or permitless carry). Back in the day, we knew this as Vermont carry, after the one-and-only state whose residents were legally free to tuck guns in their pockets or purses or under their clothing without first asking their state government for permission. Vermont had been that way for generations. And for all those generations, they remained alone. But now ... oh my." (03/29/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2994  

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The truth is out

March 30, 2016
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"Caetano v. Massachusetts settles one issue. SCOTUS will not tolerate what can best be described as fantasy based challenges to the Second Amendment. They are throwing out the 'Not invented before 1794' argument and the too weird argument as well as the not suitable for militia service argument. This leaves the hoplophobes one argument, that the demands of public safety are such that the state may reduce a God given right, the right to possess and have available the tools needed to protect one's life, loved ones, liberty, and property, to a highly regulated privilege." (03/27/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle865-20160327-04.html  

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Gun control is a misfire

March 21, 2016
posted by

The American Conservative
by Marc Cooper  

"The most fervent and polarized sides in the renewed debate on gun control share one piece of solid common ground: they both invest rather magical qualities in the cold, lifeless hardware of guns themselves. For liberals, the very term 'gun violence' has been reified into some sort of natural force, completely detached from any identifiable root causes other than guns themselves -- as if .45 semi-automatics, Bushmaster black rifles, and high-capacity magazines exert some hypnotic gravitational pull that beckons latent maniacs to pick them up and spray innocent crowds with military-like barrages. On the other side, hardcore NRA supporters and certain other Second Amendment support groups define guns and weaponry as not just the symbolic but also the highest material expression of liberty, freedom, and moral rectitude." (03/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/gun-control-is-a-misfire/  

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A dissenting view on guns: Why rights-based arguments against gun control fail

March 20, 2016
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman  

"Bobby is a brilliant scientist. So brilliant, in fact, that he builds a functional atomic bomb in his garage. Of course, Bobby strictly adheres to the non-aggression principle, so he has no plans to use his bomb to attack others. But he's proud of his scientific accomplishment and hangs the bomb on his fireplace mantel as a trophy. Should Bobby be permitted to possess this atomic bomb? Surely not. The reason is simple: the risk to others is simply too great. So what’s the point of this parable? It offers a reductio ad absurdum of the typical rights-based arguments that libertarians make against gun control." [editor's note: See if you can spot the flaw in this "dissenting view." I'm sure you can. It's pretty glaring - TLK] (03/18/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/03/a-dissenting-view-on-guns-why-rights-based-arguments-against-gun-control-fail/  

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Rational discussions

March 15, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger  

"The victim disarming rights-violators frequently claim that we need to have a rational discussion about guns, and whine that RKBA proponents won't listen to them. This is why: their idea of 'rational' is a display of a pathological fear of inanimate tools. They fail to realize that universal preemptively-prove-your-innocence backgrounds checks are not going to be conducted by the 70% of criminals who get their firearms through illicit transactions, nor that they cannot even be required to do so." (03/15/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2966  

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My line in the sand

March 9, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by PigPen51  

"The battle for our guns continues to grow, with no end in sight. Although polls indicate most Americans support private gun ownership, there will always be an element that wants to usurp our right to keep and bear arms. That element is becoming more desperate and is showing its true nature: they’re not for 'gun safety' or against handguns or 'assault weapons' any more; they’re openly against us and our firearms, period. I’m sure regular TZP readers have already thought, and perhaps made decisions, about how to handle any attempts to disarm you. I’ve made my own decision, as well." (03/08/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2944  

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Are really old Social Security recipients to blame for crime wave?

March 2, 2016
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"As we saw in this space back in January, America's overall murder rate is about half Russia's, less than half as high as those of Panama and Mexico, a minuscule 10 percent of the murder rate in Venezuela ... despite all those countries having much harsher 'gun control' laws. (And murder rates are ever lower in states like Vermont, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, where lots of people carry guns.) Murder rates in those last three countries are boosted massively by the War on Drugs, as they are here. The seriousness of any politician claiming he or she wants to 'reduce firearms violence' should first be measured by the extent to which they call for re-legalizing drugs, the same way Franklin Roosevelt and his Democratic Congress virtually eliminated drive-by Tommy-gunnings in America's streets by re-legalizing alcohol (then and still our most harmful drug) in 1933." (02/29/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2998  

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My “Every Day Carry” (EDC)

March 1, 2016
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Over at The Truth About Guns, many people have posted pictures of the things they carry every day, and some good commentary on why they do so. But, so far, it's all been about men and what they carry in their pockets! So, I thought it might be fun to show what I carry and how, as well as why." (02/29/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8686  

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Traitorous bagel-brains against gun victims

March 1, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger  

"If Rabbi Creditor wants to reduce gun violence, it would be a fine thing for him to organize gun safety classes for the young people of his community. He could work to expand economic opportunities so fewer would resort to the illegal drug trade. He could perform direct outreach to at-risk kids. He could exercise the prime responsibilty of a rabbi by teaching these people the difference between aggression and defensive use of force. But Creditor is a rabbi in name only. He doesn't want to teach. ... Because disarming Jews worked so well there, he wants to turn America into Nazi Germany. For safety." (02/29/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2933  

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Brady Center files lies over 3D printed guns

February 24, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger  

"Or, as the truth-challenged victim disarmers put it: 'Brady Center Files Amicus Brief Over 3D Printed Guns ... The government's attempt to keep 3D printed guns out of the hands of terrorists got a boost Thursday with an amicus brief filed in support in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.' That purports to be a Courthouse News article, but it appears from the text (including a 'mission statement' for the BCPGV at the bottom) to be a press release. Let's look it over." [editor's note: Kind of dog bites man -- when has the Brady Center ever told anything BUT lies? - TLK] (02/23/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2872  

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I love my guns

February 22, 2016
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Some recent comments on various message boards frequented by shooters indicate that a few people are either changing their minds or are bowing to the politically correct pressure of the day. They have begun to assert that they do NOT 'love their guns' and only view them as necessary tools. While I couldn't agree more that guns are simply tools, pretty much like any others, I don't know why that would make them unlovable. Most men love their tools, all different kinds, and men have always loved their guns. I'm certainly not ashamed to join those men." (02/21/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8645  

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Three more stooges

February 15, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"It would appear that Mark Zuckerberg, one of the co-founders of Facebook, just like so many of the digitally-generated nouveau riche zillionaires presently infesting our poor, battered culture, has lost any ability he ever had (assuming he ever had it) to observe objective reality and reason for himself. No doubt encouraged by his fellow piss-wit Bill Gates, he has been sipping at the Kool-Aid of victim disarmament: the self-evidently brainless conceit, attractive only to the deeply mentally and morally crippled, that you can somehow make other people's lives safer by employing hordes of armed and uniformed goons to rob them -- at gunpoint -- of their physical means of self-defense." (02/14/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle859-20160214-02.html  

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Active shooter drills and terrorizing children

February 10, 2016
posted by

Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"Tornado and fire drills are probably a good idea. Though both are fairly rare occurrences, teaching children, and adults for that matter, to be prepared for tornadoes and fires should probably be considered a best practice. But not all drills invoked such feelings during my school years. By the time I got to middle school, we hosted 'active shooter drills.' These drills taught us the following. In the event someone comes into the school with a gun and the intent to kill everyone, turn off the lights and huddle in the corner of the room. Assuming the assailant has really poor vision and can't see through the glass door, you'll be safe. (The unspoken lesson went like this. If the shooter isn't blind and can see through the door, pray that you're in the middle of the huddle and not on the border.)" (02/10/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/10/active-shooter-drills-and-terrorizing-children/  

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How I learned to stop worrying and love cheap carry guns

February 3, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by pigpen51  

"I have a confession to make. I'm not a millionaire. This probably doesn't come as a shock to anyone familiar with my comments on different topics on this website, but what you might not realize is that I have other interests outside of firearms, and other things to spend money. Like a great many of you, I have a family that's grown accustomed to a certain level of comfort. They expect things that, from looking at the lives of many other gun enthusiasts, are a given for most, but must be planned for in my case. Things like -- oh, I don't know -- a roof over our heads and gasoline in our vehicles. My family even likes to eat every day." (02/02/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2775  

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