2AM Commentary

“Assault weapon” bans are really about political censorship

July 24, 2016
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"When gun grabbers call for a ban on 'assault weapons' they aren't trying to restrict a weapon. They are trying to censor subversive political artwork. They'd prefer banning all guns if practical, but the current political climate forces them to go after weapons that elicit enough negative emotions that they don't have explain why they should be banned. It's easy to dismiss these visceral reactions to 'assault weapons' as ignorance, irrational fear or political indoctrination." (07/23/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/23/assault-weapon-bans-are-really-about-political-censorship/  

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In support of the open carry society

July 21, 2016
posted by

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

"For some reason, police seem to consider open carry of firearms, even where formally legal (the US Constitution says it's legal everywhere in America, but that's another column), to constitute prima facie evidence of criminal intent. It isn't, and treating it as such can only lead to unnecessary violent outcomes." (07/20/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6831  

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The freak-out factor

July 20, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Most folks are so unused to seeing normal people carrying guns around, out in the open, that when they it, they freak out. Among those who are at least, well, unsettled by the spectacle? The police. Funny, the gun freaker-outers don’t usually freak when they see police with guns. But that may be changing as more and more video footage comes out regarding police shootings of suspects under suspicious circumstances." (07/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/20/the-freak-out-factor/  

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If you like the war on drugs, you’ll love the war on guns!

July 13, 2016
posted by

Ed Krayewski Reason
by Ed Krayewski  

"There is an argument that gun prohibition would work better than drug prohibition because guns are more difficult to manufacture and harder to conceal. 3-D printing is closing the manufacturing gap, and while guns may be harder to conceal than drugs they are also harder to confiscate. Police already use a significant amount of force in the war on drugs, based on the argument that an attempt to confiscate drugs could face violent resistance. A primary function of firearms is to offer resistance. Police in the United States became militarized largely on the strength of the drug war (and not widespread gun ownership as some anti-gun revisionists argue)." (07/12/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/12/if-you-like-the-war-on-drugs-youll-love  

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Do you believe being armed is a cultural norm or not?

July 12, 2016
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Gun rights advocates usually argue that being armed isn't threatening in of itself. In fact they often scoff whenever an anti-gunners claims to be in fear for their lives when they see somebody who is armed. These gun rights advocates usually also argue that being armed should be a cultural norm. I agree with both sentiments. However, where I diverge from many supposed gun rights advocates is that my belief doesn't give an exception to anybody wearing a badge. Does somebody have grounds to be afraid for their life just because the see somebody else who is armed? If you don't believe they do then why should an officer be justified in fearing for their life just because they're interacting with somebody who is armed?" (07/11/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/07/11/do-you-believe-being-armed-is-a-cultural-norm-or-not/  

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Current events

July 11, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"The safety and effectiveness of personal weaponry is improving every day. Guns keep getting smaller, lighter, and more powerful. Some folks are still trying to remain sweet and orderly about it all, legally purchasing their firearms and nicely applying for concealed carry permits. But those statistics alone frighten the living excrement out of our self-appointed socialist sheep-herders, Other people, having finally observed that the only reason vile creatures like Obama and Hillary want to take your guns away is so that they can be free to do things to you that they couldn't do if you kept your guns, have simply decided for themselves that they have obeyed their last gun law. Take heed, you would-be gun-grabbers, you did this all to yourselves." (07/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle880-20160710-02.html  

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No federal power over guns, even if the 2nd Amendment never existed

July 11, 2016
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Foundation
by Mike Maharrey  

"[F]or the sake of argument, let's accept a narrow interpretation of the Second Amendment. Let's assume it only relates to service in the militia. The federal government still has no authority to regulate firearms. As I explained in my Constitution 101 article on the Second Amendment, the Constitution only delegates specific powers to the federal government. The enumeration of certain powers logically excludes all powers not listed. Designato unius est exclusio alterius is a legal maxim meaning, 'the designation of one is the exclusion of the other.' You will find no authority to regulate firearms or ban certain types of weapons in the Constitution." (07/09/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/09/no-federal-power-over-guns-even-if-the-2nd-amendment-never-existed/  

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“Gun violence” as a rhetorical trick in the gun-control debate

July 6, 2016
posted by

Mises Institute    

"In its most recent attack on gun ownership, The New York Times went out of its way to confuse gun homicides with homicide in general. As I noted here, this is a rhetorical trick used to mask the true homicide rates in other countries in order to make the United States look like an outlier. Another trick employed by gun control advocates is to lump gun-inflicted suicides in with gun homicides as in order to inflate the total number of 'gun violence' events." (07/06/16)

https://mises.org/blog/gun-violence-rhetorical-trick-gun-control-debate  

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Why does Kathy Gilroy hate the victims of the Orlando nightclub attack?

July 2, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The story in brief: A suburban Chicago gun shop decided to raffle off an AR-15 rifle to raise money for the OneOrlando Fund, which is helping victims of Omar Mateen's attack on patrons of the Pulse nightclub. They shut down the raffle after 'legal questions' were 'raised.' By which I mean: 'Kathy Gilroy, an anti-gambling crusader from Villa Park, said she had complained to the McHenry Police Department about the gun raffle. She said she has gotten various local law enforcement agencies to shut down numerous raffles previously but that it's often an uphill battle. 'Who is enforcing these laws?' Gilroy asked. 'No one.' So apparently she really doesn't hate the shooting victims per se. She just hates the idea of anyone being free to do anything without her approval." (07/02/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/07/why-does-kathy-gilroy-hate-victims-of.html  

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What doesn’t fly

July 1, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others in The Pulse nightclub, worked for the globe's largest security firm, Britain's G4S. He passed two background checks conducted by the company. Mateen's government credentials included 'a Florida state-issued security guard license and a security guard firearms license.' Twice, he was investigated by the FBI, in 2013 and again in 2014, and cleared -- investigations closed. Should we talk about security failures? Instead, a filibuster by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and a sit-in protest by House Democrats changed the channel to gun control." (06/30/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/30/what-doesnt-fly-2/  

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Think gays don’t need gun rights? Check your privilege

June 29, 2016
posted by

Cathy Reisenwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Cathy Reisenwitz  

"A predictable response to the horrific massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, in which a gunman murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, mostly Latino, is to restrict gun ownership to police only. But this response ignores the real relationship gay and ethnic minority populations have had with police. It's a history of violence, targeted specifically at queer and brown bodies." (06/28/16)

https://fee.org/articles/think-gays-dont-need-gun-rights-check-your-privilege/  

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Gun policy is hard

June 28, 2016
posted by

Trevor Burrus Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus  

"It's time for a collective freak-out on guns. It's time to spend too long debating your wife's cousin on Facebook, who seems to have been spoonfed his lines by the NRA/Everytown for Gun Safety. It's time to unfriend those who keep posting obstinate things about the need for concealed carry/an assault weapons ban. It's time to facepalm about those who just don't get it. And it is time to just fix the problem, right? I wish it were that simple, but, like most questions in public policy, it is not. Gun policy is hard, and getting it right -- or even starting to get it right -- requires calling out the bad arguments from both sides and understanding inevitable trade-offs and unavoidable facts." (06/27/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gun-policy-hard  

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ACLU fights Dems’ dishonest war on due process

June 28, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff  

"House Democrats took a page out of Donald Trump's playbook by using ad hominem attacks, fear-mongering and deliberate disinformation in a cynical, shortsighted attempt to score political points at the expense of Americans' constitutional rights. Their indecorous protest turned the House of Representatives into an infantile reality TV show. As legal expert Alan Dershowitz put it during an appearance on CNN, the House Democrats behaved like 'a bunch of buffoons.' Dershowitz was being kind. ... While the House Democrats were making fools of themselves on the floor of Congress, lawyers for the ACLU had already appeared before a U.S. district court in a lawsuit that resulted in rulings that the No Fly List is unconstitutional." (06/27/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/aclu-fights-dems-dishonest-war-due-process  

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“No fly, no buy” means no freedom

June 23, 2016
posted by

Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"The people in the government who want to control our personal choices are the enemies of freedom. And the enemies of freedom can be very clever and seductive. Last week, these folks, manifesting their lust to keep us dependent upon the government by rejecting the natural right to self-defense, coined a clever phrase: 'No fly, no buy.' It sounds rational, yet it rejects core American values." (06/23/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/andrew-p-napolitano/no-fly-no-buy/  

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How they could confiscate your AR-15

June 23, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Anyone who thinks it would be difficult for U.S. officials to confiscate people's AR-15s and other semi-automatic weapons forgets how they confiscated everyone's gold coins in the 1930s. It would be as easy to confiscate guns as it was to confiscate gold coins. To get people's gold coins, they didn't send swarms of federal agents across the land to conduct warrantless searches of people's homes, businesses, and safety deposit boxes. Instead, they simply made it a felony offense to own gold coins, notwithstanding the fact that under the U.S. Constitution gold coins had been the official money of the United States for more than a century." (06/23/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/23/confiscate-ar-15/  

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I don’t want a gun. That has nothing to do with whether you should own one

June 23, 2016
posted by

National Review
by Andrew Badinelli  

"I'm not a gun nut. I have never fired a gun, nor do I own one, and I don't intend to ever do either. Guns never fascinated me as a super hero-loving kid, and they certainly don't interest me now. In fact, I happen to be repulsed by the idea of hunting for sport. On paper, I might seem likely to be an enthusiastic cheerleader for Chris Murphy, my senator from Connecticut, as he leads the charge in the Senate for stricter gun control. But I'm not. That's because my personal feelings about whether I want to own a gun are not pertinent to that debate." (06/23/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436972/gun-control-arguments-second-amendment-orlando-terror-watch-list  

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“No fly, no buy” proposal takes away gun rights first, asks questions later (maybe)

June 22, 2016
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Yesterday Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) supposedly unveiled her compromise bill aimed at stopping suspected terrorists from buying guns. I say 'supposedly' because as I write the text of her Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act is not available on her website yet, and the summary she is offering adds little to what we knew before her press conference. In particular, it does not say what the government must do to permanently deprive someone of his Second Amendment rights, which is the central issue raised by legislation of this kind." (06/22/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/22/no-fly-no-buy-proposal-takes-away-gun-ri  

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What will gun controllers do when Americans ignore an “assault weapons” ban?

June 22, 2016
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Prohibition was kneecapped by Americans' widespread refusal to stop producing, selling, and drinking booze. Millions of Americans smoked marijuana decades before majority sentiment creeped toward legalizing the stuff. Gays and lesbians not only surreptitiously lived and loved when they were targeted by the law -- they also famously (and righteously) stomped cops who raided the Stonewall Inn, ultimately precipitating liberalization. And restrictions on exporting encryption were eased only after cryptographers illegally exported code -- even printing it on T-shirts as an act of civil disobedience. But in the wake of Omar Mateen's bloody rampage in Orlando, gun control advocates think that overcoming the passionate opposition of firearms owners and imposing a ban on a difficult to define class of 'assault weapons' is a swell idea whose time has come. This prohibition will somehow be different." (06/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/21/what-will-gun-controllers-do-when-americ  

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FBI and ACLU agree: Senate acted appropriately

June 22, 2016
posted by

TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle  

"After the Senate voted down four gun bills, the Desktop Demagogues hit social media in numbers unseen since Harambe the Gorilla was killed. Many are hyperbolically suggesting that Senate Republicans are responsible for the murders in Orlando. The other culprit is the NRA who (according to the Bills' supporters) has been funneling money from Gun Corporations, into the pockets of Senators. But here’s a point that everyone is missing: It's not just the Gun Lobby that wanted to see those Bills defeated, the FBI and the ACLU thought they were bad ideas as well." (06/21/16)

http://timslagle.com/blog/fbi-and-aclu-agree-senate-acted-appropriately.html  

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What bothers me about LGBTQIA victim disarmament advocates

June 20, 2016
posted by

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Until the early 1970s, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the psychology/psychiatry industry's official guide to mental illnesses) classified the LGB (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual) part of LGBTQIA as a 'mental illness.' The T part -- Transsexual -- is still reflected in the DSM as 'gender dysphoria.' Part of the A part -- Asexual -- is still reflected in the DSM as 'male hypoactive sexual desire disorder' and 'female sexual interest/arousal disorder.' To the extent that people form groups or communities based on common characteristics and interests -- and we do -- the queer community should be the last such group to buy into the idea of handing over a general power to forcibly constrain the actions of others based on claims of 'mental illness.'" (06/20/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/06/what-bothers-me-about-lgbtqia-victim.html  

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Murder by gun control

June 20, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"Why is everybody being so damned polite? No sane individual living in the last days of the 20th century would knowingly welcome Nazis, the KGB, the Khmer Rouge, the ATF, or the FBI into their homes. We've learned too much from what happened to Jews in Germany, Kulaks in Russia, 'landlords' in China, everybody in Cambodia, and victims of state terrorism at Ruby Ridge and Waco. But let the Jackbooted Thugs' Ladies' Auxiliary slap on makeup and broomstick skirts, let them prattle in squeaky little girl voices and breathe their vegetarian breath all over us, and for some reason we think we have to ask them in and offer them chamomile tea. Well, to hell with that." (originally published in 2000; posted 06/19/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle877-20160619-06.html  

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The Bizarro morality of America’s gun control debate

June 19, 2016
posted by

National Review
by David French  

"To the geeks among us, 'Bizarro World' is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe, a place featuring alternate versions of Superman and other comic-book heroes, governed by a code whose first principle is, 'Us do opposite of all earthly things!' But to everyone else, the planet's name has become shorthand for a backward state of affairs in which up is down, good is evil, and truth is fiction. The gun-control debate is a Bizarro World unto itself, one where activists, writers, and politicians -- operating with an attitude of absolute moral superiority -- operate according to their own 'bizarro code' with three main tenets: Make up history, propose ineffective remedies, and mock proven solutions." (06/17/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436769/mass-shootings-gun-control-debate-liberals-distort-reality  

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No, guns are not a “public health crisis”

June 16, 2016
posted by

Trevor Burrus Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus  

"In a purely political stunt, the American Medical Association has decided that it is time to declare gun violence a 'public health crisis.' American gun violence is 'a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country' that requires further research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to 'help us understand the problems associated with gun violence.' By definition, however, gun violence is not a 'public health crisis,' and a group of physicians, especially those in a political trade group like the AMA, cannot invent a 'public health crisis' by simply declaring one." (06/16/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/wrongly-declaring-gun-violence-public-health-crisis-ama-others-have-put  

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No fly, no buy? No dice.

June 16, 2016
posted by

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

"There's a name for a system under which your ability to travel can be abridged by force of law absent evidence, without charge, sans trial and conviction, without due process of any kind. That name is 'police state.' Secondly, 'no buy.' I shouldn't have to explain this one. If the original police state measure (the no fly list) is an evil idea (and it is), extending that evil measure into additional areas of American life is equally evil if not more so. Make no mistake about it, the backers of 'no fly, no buy' are a far greater threat to our lives and our liberty than any number of Omar Mateens. That they're dancing on the graves of Mateen's victims in pursuit of their goals is nauseating but not surprising." (06/16/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6320  

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Ten random (ranting?) thoughts about guns and gun control

June 16, 2016
posted by

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"Funny who and who isn't a gun nut. Michael Bloomberg when Mayor of New York wanted police with guns to enforce a law about the size of soda fountain drinks. President Obama wants federal agents with guns to force restaurants to post calorie counts on menus. They want guns to be used on offense to coerce people. I want people to be free to possess and use guns in self-defense. And I'm the gun nut?" (06/15/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/06/ten-random-ranting-thoughts-about-guns.html  

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