2AM Commentary

In Europe, terrorists arm themselves on the black market while populists champion self-defense rights

August 24, 2016
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"A rising populist politician challenges federal officials' schemes to tighten gun laws in response to high-profile mass killings. Making existing laws ever-more draconian is foolish, she says, since 'honest citizens are the ones affected, not those who procure weapons via the darknet,' -- a direct reference to a recent shooting incident in which the killer illegally acquired a weapon from black market sites via anonymous Tor software. The better approach, says the politician, is to enable people to carry guns to defend themselves. 'We all know how long it takes for police, especially in sparsely populated areas to arrive at the scene of deployments.' She added, 'Every law-abiding person should be in the position to protect himself, his family and his friends.' We're talking about Orlando, right? Or maybe Charleston? Nope. The place is Germany." (08/23/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/23/in-europe-terrorists-arm-themselves-on-t  

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Denial: So much more than an Egyptian river

August 24, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"You've got to wonder, don't you, how many people in early 20th-century Germany, including Jews, thought their own country was the 'greatest the world has to offer.' After all, it was a grand center of civilization and had been for centuries. It was the land of Goethe and Beethoven and Schiller. Of Schopenhauer and Kant and E.T.A. Hoffman and entire hordes of Bachs. Men of the mind. Men of the arts. Thriving in Germany's orderly civil society. What could possibly go wrong? Except we all know what did go wrong -- and how quickly." (08/22/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3670  

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The fight for the right to keep and bear arms is never over

August 17, 2016
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"There exists a common -- and incorrect -- mentality in modern American politics on the right to keep and bear arms. That is, the buck stops at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to our rights. This tends to be most prevalent during presidential elections .... Fear mongers on both sides will argue that if their preferred candidate isn’t elected, the opponent will transform the Supreme Court and lead to decisions they don't want, such as with the right to keep and bear arms. If we don't prevent this from happening, the argument goes, then 'there is nothing else we can do.' This mentality conveys a horribly defeatist attitude; they're not arguing the court has the authority to undermine the Second Amendment. They're saying Americans are powerless to do anything about it. They couldn’t be more wrong." (08/16/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/08/16/the-fight-for-the-right-to-keep-and-bear-arms-is-never-over/  

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“Libertarian” Party joins the old parties?

August 11, 2016
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Thanks to the folks over at JPFO for this: Bullets First bluntly reports VP candidate William Weld's interview on REVOLT TV: Libertarian VP Wants to Ban Guns; Rifles are 'Weapons of Mass Destruction.' Except that Bullets First is WRONG: With these positions, William Weld has violated any claim to be ANY kind of Libertarian or libertarian. I don't know if the LP still requires even their nominees to sign the 'Pledge' any more, but ANY person who says that accused people should be stripped of fundamental, God-given rights is committing an act of aggression and calling for tens of thousands, even millions, of acts of aggression." (08/11/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9516  

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In defense of Second Amendment people

August 11, 2016
posted by

The American Spectator
by Aaron Goldstein  

"'Second Amendment People' have terrorized no one. How often have we heard about the NRA being the most effective lobby group from both supporters and detractors alike? The success of the gun lobby is because the NRA and other organizations know how to recruit and organize members and petition and persuade governments at the local, state, and federal level. If the NRA was an environmental organization, liberals would be saying, 'This is how democracy works!' Given the effectiveness of the NRA and other gun rights groups in the legislative arena, why would any Second Amendment person have any reason to resort to violence? The idea that 'Second Amendment people' are out to kill Hillary Clinton -- Trump or no Trump -- is absolute rubbish." (08/11/16)

http://spectator.org/in-defense-of-second-amendment-people/  

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Second Amendment people

August 11, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Would Mrs. Clinton curtail gun rights as Trump charges? She recently told Fox News that she would not choose justices seeking to overturn the High Court ruling in the Heller case, which interpreted the Second Amendment as guaranteeing an individual gun right. Do I trust her? Stop laughing and read on. Was the Donald attempting to incite violence against Hillary? No. But what should be the people's response were a future president or court to declare our right to defend ourselves null and void?" (08/11/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/08/11/second-amendment-people/  

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Election 2016: Time for Libertarians to dump Bill Weld

August 11, 2016
posted by

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

"Why on earth would Libertarians want to dump vice-presidential nominee William Weld? To let American voters, especially gun owners, know that the Libertarian Party still supports their rights as it always has. ... Since the nomination, Weld has campaigned vigorously against the party's platform -- not just on gun issues but on due process rights -- often spouting nonsense that makes him sound as ignorant and as nutty as Donald Trump at his worst." (08/10/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7078  

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What kind of wall is that again?

August 10, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe  

"Plans to ban guns based on appearance march on. Late last month, Washington Ceasefire and Ceasefire Oregon announced a joint effort to get 'assault weapons' banned in both states. Specifically, they want to create a 'West Coast Wall.' Building on California's existing bans, they want to make the entire U.S. west coast ... um, wait, what do they want to make it? I live here and I don't even know." (08/09/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3591  

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An epidemic of evil

August 2, 2016
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger  

"Remember the good old days when victim disarmers and power grabbers simply tried to paint gun owners as ignorant, thoughtless rednecks? Now, no doubt in support of allowing the CDC to -- once again -- conduct biased gun control studies and promotion, we're portrayed as disease-ridden Typhoid Marys spreading death and destruction in our wake." (08/01/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3557  

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Why we need independent militias

August 1, 2016
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Ryan McMaken  

"Early Americans feared the federal government would overwhelm the states with a large standing army and better-armed military force. To prevent this, many supported a decentralized system of state militias which would provide the bulk of military land forces within the United States. Over time, though, the federal government has increasingly centralized military power and diminished the role of state governments in military funding and planning. While privately-owned firearms have their role in balancing against federal power, the decentralized militia system -- now defunct -- was intended to play a much larger role in preventing the establishment of an overwhelming federal military force." (08/01/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/08/01/why-we-need-independent-militias/  

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“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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