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Your bigotry sucks. Mine, on the other hand …

April 1, 2015
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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
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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
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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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Cowardice

March 4, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol  

"Not too long ago a few Islamic extremists took it upon themselves to murder ten staff members of the controversial French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, for showing an unflattering cartoon of their beloved Muhammad. This wasn't the first time that the paper found itself clashing with radical Muslims for petty insults against their prophet. This time the clash resulted in a blood bath. There are two things about this incident that really make my blood boil. One of them is the murderous band of cowards who probably wouldn't have the gonads to pull the same thing in a country where people are allowed to pack heat. What infuriates me even more are the people who seem to justify the actions of these nutjobs while blaming the victims." (03/01/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle811-20150301-06.html  

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Herd immunity to violence

February 27, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"There may be more than one reason why gun violence has plummeted over the past two decades. But one must be this: as Americans have accumulated more guns per capita than ever before, as more households possess guns than ever, the 'celerity of punishment' (that old Benthamite term for swiftness of bad repercussions) has increased, nudging the marginally criminal to choose to commit fewer violent crimes. Making society safer. ... It's herd immunity, only to violence." (02/26/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/02/26/herd-immunity-to-violence/  

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Good news and bad news from Colt

February 24, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"I am delighted beyond words to report that the Colt corporation has had an epiphany of some kind, and is bringing the legendary 1903 back in its all-steel splendor in an age of plastic pocket guns. As I've said many times before, there are lots of guns (like the .40 and 10 mm and the .45) that are more effective, but if there were one of these small wonders in every purse and pocket in the land, a government like Obama's would feel a need to start constructing reservations for burglars, muggers. and rapists so that they don't go extinct." (02/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle810-20150222-04.html  

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Gun control — leaders and followers

February 24, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"[J]ust maybe, all the efforts to refute the claims of the gun control leaders is pretty much a waste of time. Seems to me that countering a negative, especially with people who have little or no information or sense of the positive, is not a productive endeavor -- especially as it becomes more and more clear that none of this is ever going to make them 'safe.' The question being asked more and more is, 'safe from whom?' What might happen if we turned all of our attention, energy and money into activities directly related to individuals, looking for people to talk to, one to one, taking them to the range, offering to teach them how to defend themselves and their children in personal, real life terms?" (02/22/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6981  

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Gun control, death, and the drug war

February 24, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Twenty-five year old Terry Gillenwater will not be holding up any more pharmacies. That's because he was shot dead while committing an armed robbery at the Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch, West Virginia. Gillenwater entered the pharmacy wearing a mask, pulled out a gun, and aimed it at the people behind the counter. What he didn't know was one of those people, pharmacist Don Radcliff, had a concealed-carry permit and was armed. Radcliff immediately took out his pistol, aimed it at Gillenwater, and fired, hitting him three times and killing him." (02/23/15)

http://fff.org/2015/02/23/gun-control-death-drug-war/  

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Behind every blade of grass

February 23, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"I have always believed there ought to be a 'People's Rifle' of some kind, a weapon of moderate power that could be used to good effect by anyone, man, woman, or responsible child, to defend themselves, their homes and families, and their country, neighborhood by neighborhood, something like the ultra-user-friendly M1 Carbine issued by the military in World War II and Korea, only manufactured for a better cartridge (it would't be hard) like 10mm Auto. These guns would be distributed without record around the country like surplus cheese, in partial reparation for the soul-grindingly constant threat we have endured for over 60 years of a government scheming to disarm us. But while I was theorizing, an amazing sociological event was occurring. Gun-wise Americans had exploded in their numbers, and they had clasped the bizarre little Stoner carbine that their sons and brothers and fathers carried in Vietnam, somewhat fragile and failure-prone, and cursed with a massively ineffective cartridge, to their bosoms, overcome many of its failings, and made it their own. The 'People's Rifle' I sought was already here, and it was called the AR-15." (02/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle810-20150222-02.html  

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If this be cowardice, be glad we’re cowards

February 20, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"Last week one of TZP's blog posts drew this response via Twitter: 'We ARE a nation of cowards. Proof: Holder is still breathing.' The comment came from a long-time, much-respected freedomista. What follows is not in any way a knock on him. Anybody who's been around the freedom movement, watching for decades as high-level rights-robbing criminals go unpunished, knows the frustration that drives statements like that. But I've been dispatched by the rest of the TZP crew to say a few words about future comments that may go over the line, over the top, or around the bend." (02/19/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=709  

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Dear Mr. Bloomberg: Gun control hurts minorities

February 19, 2015
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Jose Nino  

"Gun control has always been a hot button issue in the United States and has generated all sorts of media disinformation and hype. Despite all the noise that the media, politicians, and other advocates of gun control make, various studies have demonstrated that gun control is a very ineffective means of negating crime. What is often overlooked in this heated discussion is the racist origin of gun control itself." (02/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mr4la2x  

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Open carry vs concealed carry

February 18, 2015
posted by

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

"Here's why I prefer open carry -- or at least why I wish coproaches wouldn't murder me for open carrying here in the 'surprisingly' anti-gun state of Texas: Concealed carry is uncomfortable. I have never been able to find a CC holster that is the slightest bit comfortable -- and by that I mean one which doesn't actually constantly hurt. I have tried several styles and even created my own. They all suck -- with the cheapest actually sucking slightly less. I have adopted unconventional methods for the time being, but am always adjusting and experimenting. When I lived in more free areas I open carried most of the time. I would still CC when the situation called for it (often doing both), but having options is always better." (02/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ppkx457  

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Make Britain safer: Bring back handguns

February 17, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Kate Andrews  

"In truth, there is no explicit correlation between gun control laws and murder rates between countries (Switzerland and Israel 'have rates of homicide that are low despite rates of home firearm ownership that are at least as high as those in the United States.') It is the case that handguns used in crimes in the UK have doubled since they were banned in 1997. Guns can't account fully for the drop in crime throughout the 20th century, nor can they account fully for the rise in violent crime over the past 100 years, but there is no doubt that accessibility to firearms has worked as a successful deterrence against criminals in progressive societies and that bans have ensured that any handguns in England are only falling into criminal hands." (02/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m884kxo  

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