2AM Commentary

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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Pakistani teachers have guns; US teachers have whining

February 17, 2015
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reeed  

"What are public school teachers doing in the US to protect themselves and their students from psychotic killers? Expelling students for chewing a slice of pizza into a gun shape and then congratulating themselves on how incredibly enlightened and intellectually superior they are. Instead of whining and hand-wringing like an American public educator one Pakistani female teacher said 'Whoever kills innocents, God willing I will shoot them.' The higher education minister in the provincial government is quoted as saying that its Cabinet supports the arming of teachers as a logical measure. It's virtually impossible to find any but the smallest rural school district in the United States agreeing with that assessment. 'Logic,' it seems, is in dangerously short supply in America's city and suburban schools." (02/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ktm2du2  

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Free Thoughts Podcast, 02/16/15

February 17, 2015
posted by

Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by  

"Alan Gura joins us for a discussion on gun rights. Now that the Second Amendment has been upheld as an individual right, what's next for gun laws in America?" [Flash audio or MP3] (02/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mzh83vj  

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Chapel Hill murders

February 16, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Kevin Siers  

Cartoon. (02/13/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/02/chapel-hill-murders/  

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Sandy Hook report demands “gun restraining orders?” But what about pointed sticks?

February 16, 2015
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"There's a lot to mock in the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission draft report, up for final changes today. Overall, the document serves as the unintentional basis for a medicalized remake of the movie Brazil, with its control-freakery, including fortified public schools, unenforceable gun bans, and scrutinized home-educators, justified under the umbrella of a mental health security state. If a new government agency is entrusted with the implementation of the report's recommendations, its logo should certainly feature an image of riot cops in hospital scrub-based uniforms strapping some unfortunate to a gurney surrounded by the motto, 'It's For the Good of the Community.' Which brings us to the proposal, borrowed from the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, for gun restraining orders." (02/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pgdlv2a  

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Liberty is knocking: Open up!

February 15, 2015
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"Last Saturday I joined dozens of other people at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia in protest of a recently-passed rule banning open carry of rifles and handguns in the viewing gallery. Prior to the rally, the Washington State Patrol had warned that unlike the 'I Will Not Comply Rally,' they would arrest those who attempted to violate this rule -- which itself violates Section 24 of our State Constitution saying our right to bear arms shall not be impaired. Undeterred by these threats, many protesters made it clear weeks before the rally they would defy this rule, even if it meant getting arrested. A bail fund was set up to pay for those who were willing to engage in civil disobedience of an illegal law and endure arrest. Right before Saturday, however, we learned that the gallery doors, which are normally open on the weekends, had been locked in anticipation of our arrival." (02/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ma4lwk9  

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NYT hyperventilates about concealed carry, skews statistics

February 13, 2015
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"I know you will be shocked, just SHOCKED, to find out that the New York Times editorial board is soiling itself over what it calls 'Concealed Carry's Body Count.' Apparently the editors at the Times decided to take on people who are legally permitted to carry firearms concealed. In other words, they are quaking in their collective panties at the thought, and have decided to paint concealed carry permit holders as a group of murderous villains, using data from the Violence Policy Center, which they describe as a 'gun safety group,' making me want to choke on my coffee." (02/12/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=689  

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His “single failure”

February 10, 2015
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"Pardon the sarcasm of this post, but when one of the most corrupt, racist, statist, blundering Attorney Generals in recent history tells a media outlet that the 'single failure' of his tenure at the Justice Department is failing to pass new gun control legislation, the snark gets off its leash, rips off its muzzle, and proceeds to do a tap dance on the fetid carcass of what used to pass for integrity in Washington DC." (02/09/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=686  

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Jews as a convenient example

February 9, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Oleg Volk  

"When it comes to genocides, Jews aren't unique. What made them special is the cultural history of self-expression. Many of the relatively recent genocides in places like Africa have gone by with only a slight interest from the rest of the world, as neither Burundi nor Ethiopia nor Nigeria have a literary tradition of notice. Jews, being spread all over the world and fluent in local languages, also had surviving relatives and friends able to expose the plight of their people. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, the shining example of the Israeli success despite the odds underlined the advantages to armed resistance to evil." (02/08/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=684  

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Impaired self defense

February 9, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"First, of course, it helps to define 'impaired.' Perfectly alert, with perfect judgment, perfect physical ability, and perfect training/experience describes nobody on earth, which makes every single human being 'impaired' to some extent, if compared to perfection. If not perfection, to what is it compared? Who decides? And why? A person's physical abilities and judgment is relative to so many things, and the perception of those things is subjective and individual." (02/08/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6926  

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“A substantial shift in attitudes”

February 6, 2015
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"In case anyone is suffering those winter blahs, let's start with some recent good news: The Huffington Post reports 'For the first time in more than 20 years, Americans say it's more important to protect the right to own guns than it is to control gun ownership.' ... Now, even conducting such a poll makes a political statement, implying such rights should somehow depend on majority support. When was the last time 'Pew Research' or Gallup did a poll on whether Americans think we should retain the freedom of religion or the freedom of the press? So far, none of the media elite seem to want those subjected to the fickle fancy of an impressionable mob." (02/05/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2394  

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Armed and black

February 4, 2015
posted by

BK Marcus Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus  

"In Dallas, Texas, the newly formed Huey Newton Gun Club marches in the streets bearing assault rifles and AR-15s. 'This is perfectly legal!' the club leader shouts. 'Justice for Michael Brown! Justice for Eric Garner! ... Black power! Black power! Black power! Black power!' Meanwhile, closer to Washington, DC, the venerable National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) responds to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers in December by repeating its call for tougher gun-control laws. How, then, do black Americans feel about guns? They are divided on the issue, as are Americans generally. But that doesn't mean they're evenly divided." (02/03/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/armed-and-black  

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Americans have obeyed their last gun law

February 2, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"If you remember nothing else ... remember this: the one and only reason politicians, bureaucrats, and policemen want to take your weapons away from you is so that they can do things to you that they couldn't do if you still had your weapons." (02/01/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle807-20150201-02.html  

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Perfect, the enemy of the good

January 29, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Think back on the early days in your experience, with guns or much of anything else. What was the best influence, the worst? Did you find a mentor who would both encourage and challenge you? Or did you have to discover what was best for you on your own? Did someone’s sneering, patronizing bad attitude almost cause you to turn away? And how did that influence your attitude toward new people later on? Some food for thought, maybe." (01/28/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6883  

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“The NRA is facing disaster.”

January 25, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"As most readers here already know, I am no longer a member of the NRA, even though I continue as an NRA Certified instructor. The idea that they would even entertain the nomination of a sworn enemy to the board is reason to think that the NRA has finally outlived any possible use to the rational gun owning public. But I hope I’m wrong." (01/24/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6849  

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Background checks: Inside the mind of Alan Gottlieb

January 22, 2015
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"Washington state gun owners are being smashed between a rock and a hard place. The disaster -- which is bound to be bloody -- will likely shape the gun-rights fight in states across the nation. And the outcome for people far beyond Washington state may depend on Alan Gottlieb. Which terrifies me. And should terrify you." (01/21/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=603  

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Don’t sit there complaining … do something!

January 19, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"I have a headache ... Reading about the gun grabbers, their collaborators and apologists in Washington State last week, and in Texas -- not to mention Colorado, Nevada and California over the last few months. Compromise artists like Alan Gottlieb, occasional outbursts of marginally useful to downright nutty OC demonstrations, and the ongoing push/pull of public opinion, usually without much clear reasoning or understanding of the facts ... The gun grabber biased media is the Chinese water torture of the decade. Personally, I consider attempts to deal with this via politics, demonstrations, letters to the editor and so forth to be a waste of time, even if not directly counterproductive. Each person has to do what they think is best, obviously, but if you are not inclined to political games like that, don’t let anyone tell you that you those are the only things you can do to promote or protect your rights. Nothing could be farther from the truth." (01/17/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6790  

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