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Active shooter drills and terrorizing children

February 10, 2016
posted by

Abigail Hall 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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Oh, no! The dreaded “gun show loophole!”

February 2, 2016
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"What is the 'gun show loophole?' It's very simple. Firearms dealers with Federal Firearms Licenses -– that is to say, anybody who sells more than a few guns a year and is thus judged to be 'in the business' -– are required to conduct a background check on any gun buyer without a special concealed-carry license (which they can only acquire by undergoing, yep, a 'background check'), no matter where the sale takes place -– including at gun shows. How is this justified? Because such dealers have 'applied for a federal license' ('voluntarily,' you understand, since if they don't 'volunteer' they can be sent to prison), this is simply made a condition of retaining their license ... and not going to prison. But if an average citizen with no such 'FFL' -– a police officer's widow, say -– wants to sell off her late husband's old hunting rifle, she's allowed to do so without conducting a 'background check.' (In fact, up till now she'd probably have had a hard time even accessing the 'background check' system.)" (02/02/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2959  

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Hail Caesar

February 2, 2016
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol  

"Not that this comes as a shock, but recently Emperor, or excuse me President Obama has decided to ignore the Constitution once more by passing a series of gun laws through Executive Orders. These laws include extending background checks and requiring any private gun seller to obtain a Federal Firearms License, even if he is just a onetime seller. Then of course he made sure that the orders included an expansion of BATFE agents so that these laws will be enforced. Apparently Mr. Constitutional Scholar didn't read the part of the Constitution that said that Congress is the only branch who is allowed to make law. He also missed the part about how Executive Orders only apply to those employed by the Federal Government. Of course Barry has never let that pesky document get in the way in the past, so why start now?" (01/31/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle857-20160131-03.html  

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Cause or effect

January 26, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger  

"In all honesty, the most vocal gun grabbers cannot seem to get the most basic facts right. ... And it hurts their cause. On more than one occasion, I've been able to explain some actual facts to a victim disarmament supporter, and seen that person become outraged at having been lied to. ... So why do the disarmers do it? Are they stupid? Is that why they promote mass violation of human and civil rights, and create safe work places for violent criminals? Or do they deliberately create outrageous, clearly false statements as a sort of social engineering filter?" (01/26/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2769  

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The Protector

January 22, 2016
posted by

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon  

"After the 2012 massacre in Newtown, gun grabbers have consistently pushed for more gun control. Schools are already 'gun-free' zones, where teachers and kids are easy prey for the armed psychotics roaming among us, but more and more colleges and universities are considering allowing armed students and professors to carry on campus. My son's school is better than most, but still not good enough. Those licensed to carry concealed can keep their firearms in their cars on campus, but cannot carry to class. If there's an incident, students and professors must run to their cars -- on a very vast campus -- grab their tools of self defense and maybe make it back in time to stop the assailants. Most of the time, that wouldn't be the case on a campus that large. A serious conversation needs to be held about guns on school grounds and on campuses." (01/21/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2758  

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Common misconceptions about rights

January 21, 2016
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Benedict D LaRosa  

"Acquiring and disposing of lawfully gained property is a basic natural right. Any impediment is an infringement, and both of the above are impediments. They set the dangerous legal precedent that government permission is needed to buy or sell private property with a fee determined by that same government. If government has the authority to force individuals to obtain its permission at some expense to buy or sell firearms, then it can do so for anything else at its whim. Not only does this violate property rights and the right to contract for any legal purpose, but it also makes a mockery of the concept of a limited government." (01/21/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/common-misconceptions-rights/  

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On Hillary Clinton’s mendacious anti-gun talking point

January 18, 2016
posted by

National Review
by Charles CW Cooke  

"Clinton hopes to trick her audience into believing that gun manufacturers are immune from prosecution when their products do not work properly -- and, worse still, that they have been accorded a 'pass' that 'no other industry in America' enjoys. But that's not true. Not at all. In fact, as the Washington Post's debate reviewers note today, 'gun manufacturers can be sued if injuries result from a defective product that is used properly.' As with Clinton's hypothetical toys, an American who injures himself with a gun that doesn't work has every opportunity to take the maker to court. What he cannot do, thanks to the 2005 reform, is sue the manufacturer when a working gun was used for ill. This, in my view, is sensible. As with knives, screwdrivers, poisons, and acids, it makes no sense to hold gun-makers liable for the misuse of their functioning products. Thanks to lawmakers such as Bernie Sanders, we don't." (01/18/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/429958/hillary-clintons-dishonest-talking-point-there-no-immunity  

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Obama’s anti-gun orders criminal

January 17, 2016
posted by

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"Are you worried by Obama's latest anti-gun executive orders? Don’t be. He and his accomplices have no more authority to make up laws regarding guns than I do to demand you paint your house orange. Don't believe me? Consider: The Second Amendment -- which, as an amendment, over-rides anything to the contrary in the original Constitution -- makes devising or enforcing any law as to guns, by any level of government, a serious crime. You are not bound to obey criminals, not even if they claim they are enforcing a law." (01/14/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/01/14/mcmanigal-obamas-anti-gun-orders-criminal/  

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That cars vs. guns regulation argument again

January 14, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger  

"Sure, let's regulate them the same way: * Manufacturers would have to submit samples of each model equipped with all factory options to the ATF to make sure it couldn’t go too fast or too far. * Car manufacturers would be sued when anyone uses a stolen vehicle in a DUI, hit&run, bank robbery, or speeding, despite laws that limit law suits to cases where the manufacturer actually did something wrong. * Dealers would have to run criminal background checks on all buyers. * The dealer would lose his Federal Automobile License if a customer filled out the ATF form 4473 incorrectly. * When buying a car from a dealer, you would have to disclose your race." (01/13/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2743  

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The 3D-printed gun is retro, not futuristic

January 14, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Adrienne LaFrance  

"You don't need 3-D-printing technology to make your own gun. Individuals have been fashioning homemade firearms for as long as guns have existed. Zip guns, crude but functional weapons often made from taped-together pieces of pipe and rubber bands, were particularly popular in the 1940s and 1950s. The AK-47, one of the most widely used assault rifles on the planet, has a reputation for being a cinch to make and practically impossible to break. Even so, advances in 3-D printing, in which thin layers of (usually) plastic are printed atop one another to form an object, bring with them a tangle of complex questions about the intersection of gun rights, maker culture, and government oversight." [editor's note: The questions become much less complex, of course, for those who understand that "government" has no business in the matter - TLK] (01/13/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/01/gunslingers-and-the-mythology-of-making-your-own-weapon/423771/  

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It isn’t the gun people’s loophole

January 13, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger  

"If you're making repetitive sales to make money, you're a dealer and must get a license no matter where you conduct your business. Occasional sales, liquidation of a personal collection, maintaing and tuning a hobbyist’s collection ... none of that requires an FFL because you clearly aren't a dealer. Where's the 'loophole' that lets a dealer skip background checks? In the 1990s Prez Billy Jeff Clinton decided there were too many Federal Firearms Licensees. ... So they changed the definition of 'engaged in the business' to 'engaged in enough business, and in the right places.'" (01/12/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2715  

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17th-century “assault weapons”

January 12, 2016
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Mike Blessing  

"First, the very term 'assault weapon' is a nonsensical phrase intended to cause confusion amongst the members of the public who aren't familiar with firearms, specifically to incite fear of said firearms amongst those same people. With that out of the way, let's talk about the inane notion that 'the Founders didn't forsee today's weapons such as the AK-47 or AR-15 -- thus the Second Amendment only applies to single-shot muskets and flintlocks.' The fact remains that the Founders were familiar with multiple-shot firearms, as such had been developed in Europe over a century before the Revolution: For starters, there's the Kalthoff repeater." (01/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle854-20160110-04.html  

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The hypocrisy of Obama’s gun control crusade

January 11, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Garry Leech  

"President Barack Obama took to the stage last week to announce the latest initiative in his crusade to make it more difficult for Americans to purchase firearms. He even shed some tears for American children killed in mass shootings. But there is a blatant hypocrisy in Obama’s position on domestic gun control given that he has bombed more countries during his time in office than any president since World War Two. Where are his tears for the innocent Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, Libyan, Syrian, Somalian and Yemeni children who have been killed by his use of drones and other weapons?" (01/11/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/11/the-hypocrisy-of-obamas-gun-control-crusade/  

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Barack the usurper

January 11, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterpreise
by L Neil Smith  

"Naturally, Obama's attempt to impose victim disarmament on America by decree has met with a great deal of conservative and libertarian outrage, but it has made me want to ask, as frequently, and at as high a volume as possible, why are you outraged? Didn't our short-sighted ancestors set us up for this kind of thing two and a half centuries ago when they got rid of a monarch without getting rid of monarchical practices?" (01/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle854-20160110-02.html  

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Obama’s tears for ableist fears

January 10, 2016
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Nick Ford  

"[T]his executive action stems from misguided fears about disabled people and their relation to firearms. As opposed to letting neurodivergent folks decide their own fate, they must instead comply with debilitating bureaucracy. An email that the blogger Autistic Hoya received from Obama's White House Office of Public Engagement promisingly notes the stigma that individuals with mental illness face. Yet, at the same time, the email encourages us to make sure that guns don’t fall into 'the wrong hands.' Presumably, individuals with mental illness fit this description which, in effect, further stigmatizes them." (01/08/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/42689  

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Guns, cops, and killing

January 10, 2016
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"What is going on in Texas? People seem to be confused and divided. And sometimes, companies cannot even get things straight in their own management's minds. As reported by Bloomberg.com and featured in Freedom's Phoenix. Wal-Mart Workers on Pistol Patrol as Law Lets Texans Tote Guns. Managers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Texas have a new task to add to their list of duties: asking customers if they have a permit to carry a handgun. This strikes me as odd, for several reasons. Why cannot Wal-Mart simply assume that a person is legally carrying unless there is some reason to assume otherwise? This is the equivalent of Wal-Mart managers being made to assume that every person driving into their parking lot is NOT licensed to drive an automobile unless they produce their driver's license." (01/09/17)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8404  

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The Constitution, the president and guns

January 8, 2016
posted by

Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced that he will sign executive orders that expand the size and scope of federal monitoring of the acquisition and use of guns -- traditionally a matter left to the states -- and he will interpret the laws in novel ways, establish rules and impose obligations that Congress rejected, and prosecute those who defy his new system. ... Can the president do that? In a word: No." (01/07/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/01/andrew-p-napolitano/youre-not-disarming-barry/  

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In dramatic reversal, Obama announces he won’t support any candidate who doesn’t support repeal of all US victim disarmament laws

January 7, 2016
posted by

The Hill The Hill
by  

[editor's note: OK, a little bit of editorial license there. What he actually wrote is: ""I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform." And as we all know, the only "gun reform" that reflects common sense is repeal of all US "gun control" laws. Unfortunately, HIS definition of "common sense" seems to be a combination of near-perfect stupidity and thorough-going evil - TLK] (01/07/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/265171-obama-i-wont-campaign-for-any-dem-that-doesnt-back-gun-reforms  

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Could machine guns become totally legal?

January 7, 2016
posted by

The Nation The Nation
by George Zornick  

"Given that a hypothetical American, who is underage, has been convicted of a gun crime, has restraining orders out against him, and is on a terror watchlist could go online and have an assault rifle shipped to his door without incident, the US gun lobby seems to have its work cut out for it: simply blocking any action in Congress will perpetuate this madness. President Obama issued executive orders Tuesday in an attempt to bypass this legislative stasis. The biggest piece is expanding the number of small private dealers who must obtain licenses to sell guns and then must perform background checks." [editor's note: Given that the first sentence is an outright lie, it's hard to take any of this seriously, but it does show how delusional some "progressives" are on this issue. SAT] (01/05/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/the-gun-lobby-isnt-giving-up  

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Gun control? What about US arms sales?

January 7, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"While President Obama was tearing up to support his call for gun control, the U.S. military-industrial complex was celebrating its continued leadership in the sale of weaponry to foreign regimes. According to the New York Times, U.S. foreign arms deals increased nearly $10 billion in 2014. Total sales went from $26.7 billion in 2013 to $36.2 billion in 2014, a 35 percent increase. Meanwhile, American statists, including those in the mainstream press, continue to scream about gun-show loopholes here in the United States but remain mute about the U.S. government's #1 position in sales of guns and other weapons around the world." (01/07/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/07/gun-control-what-about-u-s-arms-sales/  

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A myopic focus on guns won’t save lives

January 7, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks  

"On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced new executive actions to deal with the more than 30,000 annual U.S. gun deaths. During the speech, the president became emotional discussing the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting and other victims of gun violence. His tears drew plaudits from media outlets and gun control advocates. But strong feelings neither change law nor create effective public policy. As for content, Obama's remarks conflated the several major drivers of gun deaths, grossly misrepresented access to firearms via the Internet, and overstated the impacts of his proposals." (01/07/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/myopic-focus-guns-wont-save-lives  

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Hopoclasm 2016 edition: The rejection of guns for some people

January 7, 2016
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"There are many stories in the last few days about this grand pronouncement by the Crier-in-Chief; this one has images of a White House document, provided by The Blaze. There are a LOT of comments that could be made, but here are my first thoughts ..." (01/07/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8393  

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From his warm, tear-stained hands …

January 7, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Kevin Yuill  

"Obama announced his intention to use an executive order (EO) to circumvent the Republican-dominated Congress, which is unwilling to pass new gun-control legislation. However, it is now unclear if he will issue the EO. The tears streaming down Obama's face were less signs of emotion and more those of a child who cannot get his way, as Republican presidential hopeful and governor of New Jersey Chris Christie noted. Rather than the inaction on gun-control being, as Obama suggested, down to a massive majority being held back by an unbelievably powerful gun lobby, the reality is the opposite -- the embittered, anti-gun elite is frustrated at its inability to convince Congress and most Americans that guns are bad." (01/07/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/from-his-warm-tear-stained-hands/17784  

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Obama’s latest anti-gun nonsense and hypocrisy

January 6, 2016
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"'I taught constitutional law, I know a little bit about this,' President Obama lectures us. And then he says: 'We understand there are some constraints on our freedom in order to protect innocent people.' And the best way to protect innocent people is to assume that gun owners as a group are guilty. I think I missed the middle step in his syllogism. And I don't think he was crying because of the cruel necessity of trampling the Second Amendment." (01/05/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/01/05/obamas-latest-anti-gun-nonsense-hypocrisy/  

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