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Nullification: Massachusetts in 1855 and Missouri in 2014

April 17, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Maharrey  

"Northern states carried out arguably the most successful non-compliance campaign defying a federal act in history with their opposition to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Today, a Missouri bill takes a page from that playbook to stop state cooperation with federal enforcement of unconstitutional gun laws." (04/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lvbhqg8  

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Defending the state?

April 14, 2014
posted by

Strike the Root
by Alex R. Knight III  

"I have to admit I’m rather perplexed by something I’m witnessing of late within the gun ownership community, and I’m going to do my best to try and dissect it. Here in Vermont, we’re fighting some proposed gun control laws, and one of the pillars of support for private gun ownership that is commonly deferred to is Article 16 of the Vermont Constitution, which reads, 'The people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state.'" (04/09/14)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/defending-state  

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The 20-year fight for gun rights

April 11, 2014
posted by

SWAT Magazine
by Claire Wolfe  

"Gun owners are completely unreasonable. Besides that, we lack common sense. Ain't it wonderful? Of course, when I talk about reasonableness and common sense, I’m using those words as the hoplophobe community does. You know -- as in 'reasonable' restrictions on firearms ownership and 'common sense' gun laws. We gun owners have been utterly unreasonable and lacking in common sense for roughly 20 years. And by golly, look where it's got us! We've whomped the enemies of gun rights into quivering submission." (for publication 05/14)

https://www.swatmag.com/articles/view/the-20-year-fight-for-gun-rights  

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Should soldiers be allowed to bear arms on base?

April 9, 2014
posted by

Fox News Forum
by John Lott  

"In debates on gun control, gun opponents usually speculate about what might go wrong. Unfortunately, the current debate over arming soldiers on military bases is no different. Except for the military police, soldiers on military bases are banned from carrying guns. ... After the attack at Fort Hood this past week, many soldiers no doubt wished they had been carrying a gun. The six minutes before military police arrived at the scene proved much too long for the three people killed and 16 wounded." (04/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nowyg3p  

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His goal is gaol

April 9, 2014
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"This is not Europe, Russia, or China. Thanks to hundreds of idiotic blunders by the current administration, the American people are on full alert, better informed about their rights, and better prepared to defend them, than at any previous time in the nation's history. They are fully aware that victim disarmament -- what progressive fascists call 'gun control' -- is intended for only one purpose: to make life safer and more convenient for would-be tinpot dictators like Weinstein and Torcello, so they can do things to people like us -- America's Productive Class -- that they can't do if we still have our guns." (04/07/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle765-20140406-02.html  

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Women and guns, women and freedom

April 9, 2014
posted by

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
by Claire Wolfe  

"But I fear that a lot of the new women who are buying guns, taking training, and enjoying the skills and thrills of shooting sports haven't (yet) grasped the bigger implications of their choices. That is, they still have a ways to go before they understand that guns don't merely protect people; they potentially protect freedom. Without greater understanding of history, of the principles of liberty, and of the Bill of Rights, many of these women may go no farther than they already have." (04/06/14)

http://jpfo.org/articles-assd04/women-and-guns-women-and-freedom.htm  

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Bob Costas defends his anti-guncasting on late night TV

April 9, 2014
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Yes, there is a Gun Culture, in sports as in our general society, just as there is a Car Culture, Horse Culture, Theatre Culture and even, as Costas knows full well, a Sports Culture. All of these subcultures refer to people who are deeply involved in their chosen interests. But these subcultures comprise far more people than just the fanatics that Costas implies." (04/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pft7qz4  

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Going unarmed is an anti-social act

April 9, 2014
posted by

Strike the Root
by Paul Bonneau  

"People who do not defend themselves are passive consumers of protection. The state likes passive people, and it promises protection. Of course, the same people who are passive consumers of protection are likely to be passive consumers of 'education' or information as well. The state promises that service, too. After a while, with this information provided by the state, the consumers start to think the only way protection can happen is when the state provides it; or they might think the only way it can be provided 'fairly' is via the state; or they might think that competing providers like vigilance committees are evil in some way." (04/08/14)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/going-unarmed-is-antisocial-act  

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Gun control

April 7, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Bob Englehart  

Cartoon. (04/04/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/04/gun-control/  

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Gun control madness

April 2, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"It never ceases to amaze me how gun controllers just don’t get it. No matter how many times we point out the fallacies of their position, they just keep repeating the same old fallacious gun-control mantras." (04/01/14)

http://fff.org/2014/04/01/gun-control-madness/  

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There is no case for gun control

April 1, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Darren Wolfe  

"Let's discuss the gun issue here. I'm going to ask everyone, on all sides of the issue, to refrain from snark, condescension, insults, & making it personal. This is about the issue not the people discussing it. Please review the Code of Conduct before posting. " (03/31/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle764-20140330-05.html  

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Neale’s Weekly Gun Rant Volume 3-23-2014

March 27, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Neale Osborn  

"I just wonder why the guns were still on premises. from the article ... In a previous post, Hall complained, 'Well Connecticut state police are on their way to seize all of my firearms ... what the fuck happened to my 2nd amendment .... this is unjustified .... and this is no bullshit either .... they are really on their way with a court order for me to hand over my firearms!' MY response would be 'I shipped them to an out of state relative.' This poor guy decides to straighten out his life and get sober. NOW the state confiscates his guns." (03/24/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle763-20140323-06.html  

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The latest victory for the Second Amendment

March 24, 2014
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Michael Christian  

"In theory, the bold, frequent use of civil liberties tends to protect them. But it’s no guarantee. Both of these statements find support in the recent history of gun-related legislation in California." (03/24/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1225  

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Interview: Jim Fuller, founder of Rifle Dynamics, part 2

March 21, 2014
posted by

Hawaii Reporter
by Robert Kay  

"In this second of a two-part series, Jim talks about his favorite third party parts which will add luster and dependability to your rifle." (03/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/noh27a9  

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Interview: Jim Fuller, founder of Rifle Dynamics, part 1

March 19, 2014
posted by

Hawaii Reporter
by Robert Kay  

"Jim Fuller has established himself over the last several years as one of the most sought after AK gunsmiths in the nation. His Las Vegas-based company, Rifle Dynamics, was founded in 2007 with the purpose of providing 'fighting weapons and training for the fighting professionals.' ... In this first of a two-part interview series, Jim talks about his background and makes some suggestions on purchasing an off the shelf AK." (03/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojjyhnl  

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Guns and deaths, a non-US problem

March 18, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by CD Michel  

"Contrary to propagandists, the gun homicide rate in the United States is comparatively meager by international standards." (03/17/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle762-20140316-04.html  

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Magpul fascists on the prowl

March 18, 2014
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Bradley Harrington  

"So, Magpul Industries of Erie, Colorado, a company which manufactures firearms accessories, is relocating to Cheyenne, thanks to the dumb gun laws our Colorado comrades insist on passing. On the face of it, good news. Who doesn’t want a company to move here and bring jobs and wealth with them? ... I’m afraid, however, that things aren’t quite that simple -- for Magpul will receive a chunk of government largess in order to subsidize that move ..." (03/16/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4002  

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“Insanity” is now gun control—Are you nuts?

March 17, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Alan Korwin  

"This -- the slippery mental-health database entries as a gun-ban tool is a battleground for our rights we have not recognized yet. The quiet 'reasonable' drumbeat to find and lockup the crazies is not getting softer. Everyone is afraid to speak out against mental health -- and the priesthood of head doctors running that crazy carnival. Eventually, the propagandists who are already attacking everything about gun ownership will slip into the obvious -- the very desire to even own a gun is practically proof that you must be nuts. What sane person would want to own a killing machine, right?" (03/17/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle762-20140316-03.html  

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The new Inquisition

March 17, 2014
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"Psychology can be fooled into incarcerating individuals who are perfectly sane, as it once did with Nellie Bly, a courageous reporter investigating conditions in a New York mental asylum late in the 19th century. Nor have its powers of diagnosis much improved since then. On the other hand, if, like Ezra Pound or Frances Farmer (look them up), you hold opinions contrary to those the government wants you to hold -- especially today on global warming, gun ownership, race relations, or the meaning and significance of the U.S. Constitution -- it will more than question your sanity, it will lock you up and tear it to bits." (03/16/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle762-20140316-02.html  

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Psycho door-kicking cop embodies strong argument against gun registration

March 13, 2014
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Gun rights circles are buzzing over Facebook gloating by a Branford, Connecticut, police officer over the power the state's new gun (and magazine) registration law gives him to kick in doors and snatch firearms. The comments seem to have earned Officer Joseph Peterson a little time out of the office. They also wonderfully illustrate the dangers of letting politicians turn every bugaboo and pet peeve into an excuse for officials great and small to use their power against citizens. Because even if some restrictive laws are good ideas (and most are not), they'll inevitably be enforced by people who will abuse their authority." (03/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pb6xn7k  

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Neale’s Weekly Gun Rant Volume 3-9-2014

March 12, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Neale Osborn  

"As has become my custom I shall begin this one with a piece from Mama Liberty, AKA Susan Callaway, NRA certified instructor for firearms and self defense. Today's entry is one of her older treatises on situational awareness and self defense. EVEN if you are well trained in self defense, a few minutes to review the material, and compare it to your regular practices might be a good idea .... Yes, Rob, they ARE hypocrites. Didn't you realize that they've ALWAYS been more equal than the rest of us? " (03/11/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle761-20140309-06.html  

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Blazing ignorance

March 12, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Ben Lewis  

"I have long since abandoned talk radio after coming to the realization that, no offense, most of the personalities were pontificating blatherskites who were far less informed than their on-air demeanor would indicate. Even so, in moments of weakness, I occasionally find myself flipping the radio to AM just to see what I’m missing. Fortuitously, Monday was one of those days. I was driving in my car around lunchtime and nothing on my iPod sounded appealing, so I decided to see what Glenn Beck was talking about. As it turned out, Beck was out and Buck Sexton was filling in. To my surprise and delight, during a discussion of the day’s trending stories on theblaze.com, Sexton discussed a piece about Missouri’s efforts to nullify federal gun control laws." (03/11/14)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2014/03/ 11/blazing-ignorance/  

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Why the NSA undermines national security

March 7, 2014
posted by

Reuters
by Eileen Donahoe  

"Questions about the legitimacy and efficacy of the mass-surveillance techniques used by the National Security Agency continue to swirl around the globe. The debate in the United States has mostly focused on a misleading trade-off between security and privacy. ... But this zero-sum framework ignores the significant damage that the NSA’s practices have done to U.S. national security. In a global digital world, national security depends on many factors beyond surveillance capacities, and over-reliance on global data collection can create unintended security vulnerabilities." (03/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kq9t5md  

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The 100% armed society

March 4, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Paul Bonneau  

"It is interesting to think how differently a 100% armed society would work, in contrast to what we are familiar with. One might ask, 'Why bother? It could never happen...' Well, there are many things that could never happen in the past, that eventually did happen. One possible example of a 100% armed society that is easy to conceive right now is a voluntary community that includes a contractual agreement for those joining it, including a commitment to always go armed. With guns now available such as the 'no excuses' (to be disarmed) Keltec P-32 and P3AT, this would hardly be any kind of burden, literal or financial. Social pressures in such a community would keep the commitment operating." (03/03/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle760-20140302-05.html  

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Connecticut, the “police state”

March 3, 2014
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Supposedly, there are between 20,000 and 100,000 residents (can’t call 'em citizens, any more) of Connecticut who have not registered or gotten rid of their 'assault weapons.' (JPFO has a good summary article here.) Presumably many more have 'sniper weapons' (any long arm from .223 caliber on up). This occupation army, with only between 1200 and 1700 thugs, could disappear from the face of the earth and have to answer to God for their evil deeds in a matter of minutes. The Police State COULD end that quickly. If there are enough people with courage and conviction and love of liberty left in that state." (03/03/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=3888  

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