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FedEx refuses to ship Defense Distributed’s “Ghost Runner” CNC mill

Wired

"The new generation of 'maker' tools like 3-D printers and milling machines promises to let anyone make virtually anything—from prosthetic limbs to firearms—in the privacy and convenience of his or her own home. But first, those tools have to get to customers' homes. That's going to be difficult for at least one new machine with the potential to make homemade firearms, because FedEx is refusing to deliver it. Last week FedEx told firearm-access nonprofit Defense Distributed that the company refuses to ship the group's new tool, a computer controlled (CNC) mill known as the Ghost Gunner." [editor's note: FedEx alludes to apparently non-existent "legal issues," and almost certainly ships CNC mills every day ... this one just happens to be marketed to gun enthusiasts - TLK] (02/24/15)

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/fedex-mill-untraceable-firearms/

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NC: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder

WCNC News

"Catawba County deputies said two burglars broke into the home on the 7400 block of Riverbend Road in Claremont around 9 a.m. The suspects broke a window around the back of the house and came in through the basement. Meantime Bruce Fox heard the men entering his home and got a 12 gauge shot gun. Fox called police but the men came after him. 'Subject kicks in the door leading into the hallway, he comes down the hallway toward the homeowner and the homeowner fires one shot with the shotgun striking the subject in the chest,' said Sheriff Coy Reid, Catawba Co. Sheriff Reid said Fox will likely not be charged, but the case will turned over to the district attorney. ... As of Monday evening deputies were still searching for the other burglar who ran away from the scene." (02/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mzl3gsa

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OH: Woman shoots, kills intruder

Columbus Dispatch

"A woman shot and killed an intruder who had just smashed through the front window in her Franklinton home about 5 this morning, Columbus police said. The intruder had already been chased out of a house across the street, where he had broken in through an unsecured back door, said Sgt. David Sicilian, supervisor of the third-shift homicide squad. At the first house, he was confronted by a resident and dove out a second-floor window, Sicilian said. That resident watched him crawl across the street to the woman's house at 107 N. Guilford Ave. After he entered through the window, he encountered the woman, who had been sleeping on the couch with a loaded gun, Sicilian said. She fired. The man died at Mount Carmel West hospital." (02/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lulflfr

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TX: Suspected home intruder shot in head by apartment resident

ABC 13 Eyewitness News

"A man is in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head after an attempted home invasion. It happened at an apartment complex on Hollister in northwest Houston. The resident of one of the apartment units told police a man broke the bedroom window and began crawling inside. The resident then grabbed his gun and shot the intruder in the head." (02/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mm8wc5h

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MI: Would-be burglar shot after being caught by homeowner

Fox 17 News

"[A] homeowner in the 800 block of West VW Avenue [in Schoolcraft Township, Michigan] was shaken to attention when he heard 'loud knocking and the front door handle being rattled.' ... the homeowner heard the sound of glass breaking. It was then he saw one of the men standing inside his home. The homeowner shot the subject at this point -- sending the other would-be burglar running away from the residence. The fleeing suspect was caught and arrested. The suspect with the gunshot wound was taken to a local hospital to be treated." (02/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5uqwfz

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VT: Hundreds pack statehouse to oppose victim disarmament bill

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle

"Hundreds of Vermonters have packed the Statehouse to debate legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers and impose other new firearms restrictions. The Senate Judiciary and Health and Welfare Committee are hearing testimony alternatively from supporters and opponents of the legislation, though opponents in the hall appear to outnumber supporters." (02/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nj6f6gy

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WA: Armed gun rights advocates rally at state capitol

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"A gun-rights rally drew about 50 people, mostly armed, to the steps of the Capitol on Saturday morning for a demonstration they hoped would end with their arrest. To raise money for bail, some protesters hawked caps with 'Fight Tyranny -- Shoot Back' printed on them and sold out. The plan was to walk into the Capitol after a few speeches and carry guns into the Legislature's viewing gallery, in defiance of rule changes made in January that banned the open carry of firearms there. However, the Washington State Patrol kept the gallery doors locked after the building opened to the public at 11 a.m. The crowd, including two state legislators, walked through the marble hallways, with some lining up to knock on the doors to the House gallery and Gov. Jay Inslee's office. No one was arrested, and the State Patrol reported no disturbances. The protesters went instead to the closed gate of the governor's mansion and prayed." (02/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptz74le

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KS: City governments, fake gun rights advocates support “flexibility” bill

Wichita Eagle

"Both guns-rights advocates [sic] and municipal governments are supportive of a bill that would allow local governments to permit concealed guns in public buildings but restrict them in certain areas. Senate Bill 66, sponsored by Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, tweaks the state law that requires public buildings, such as courthouses, to provide security measures such as guards and metal detectors at entrances if they want to prohibit guns on the premises. ... Courthouses could allow guns in the building and restrict them in certain areas, such as courtrooms. He argued this would give local governments more flexibility." [editor's note: There's nothing "flexible" about "shall not be infringed" - TLK] (02/05/15)

http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article9342752.html

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SC: Homeowner tells officers that he fatally shot an intruder

WYFF 4 News

"On Saturday, at about 11:54 p.m., officers with the Simpsonville Police Department responded to 911 calls from 106 Stonegate Road in reference to a possible gunshot wound victim. ... Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler has identified the deceased man as 51-year-old John Michael Ferrell, also of Simpsonville. The homeowner told police that he shot the subject after he attacked him and broke into his residence." (01/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nej34v8

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DOJ accused of blocking legal gun shops, other businesses from banking

Fox News Fox News

"Mike Schuetz operates a small gun shop in northern Wisconsin called Hawkins Guns. In November, just before one of his peak selling times, his local credit union notified him his account needed to be closed. 'The bank manager said they made a mistake, and they were not supposed to open accounts for those people involved in high-risk industries, which the gun industry and ammunition industry is one of those,' Schuetz said. It turned out there was a list created by a Justice Department program called Operation Choke Point. The list equates legal gun sellers like Schuetz with escort services, Ponzi schemes, people who sell cable TV de-scramblers -- and at least 30 other industries." (01/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mfltxey

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PA: Novel law prompts towns to rescind gun measures

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"Barely a week after taking effect, a novel state law that makes it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge local firearms measures in court is already sparking change: Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania municipalities have agreed to get rid of their potentially problematic ordinances rather than face litigation. Joshua Prince, an attorney for four pro-gun groups and several residents, cited the new law in putting nearly 100 Pennsylvania municipalities on notice that they would face legal action unless they rescinded their firearms laws. At least 22 of those municipalities have already repealed them, or indicated they planned to do so, according to Prince, who specializes in firearms law and is based in southeastern Pennsylvania." (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pphefw6

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NH: House votes to allow concealed weapons in chamber

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle

"State representatives may now carry concealed weapons on the floor of the House. The New Hampshire House voted 228 to 149 on Wednesday to allow the carrying of concealed guns in the House chamber. This is a return to the policy of the last Republican-led House from 2011 to 2012. Democrats repealed the policy in 2013." (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mdqhalp

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OH: Off-duty police officer negligently shoots himself

USA Today

"An off-duty police officer accidentally [sic] shot himself Saturday on his way back from dinner with his wife in Cincinnati. Cincinnati police said in a news release that Officer Darryl Jouett of the Erlanger (Ky.) Police Department was in an elevator when he tried to adjust the weapon in his holster and shot himself in the stomach. ... Jouett was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening." [editor's note: There are two kinds of firearms discharges -- intentional and negligent. "It was an accident" is a bullshit claim, at least with respect to adults - TLK] (01/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lnrqktk

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PA: Alleged intruder fatally shot by homeowner

CBS News CBS Philly

"Authorities in western Pennsylvania say they’re investigating an apparent home invasion that ended with the death of the alleged intruder. The Washington County coroner says a homeowner fatally shot 37-year-old Emanuel Ladson after he broke into the house through a window early Saturday. Coroner Tim Warco says the California Borough homeowner confronted Ladson in the kitchen and fired once, hitting him in the chest." (12/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/osxw2e2

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Former Delta airline worker arrested for helping sell constitutionally protected merchandise

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times

"An Atlanta airline baggage handler suspected of helping smuggle firearms onto passenger jets to New York City has been arrested by federal agents, authorities said Monday. A FBI affidavit said there was enough evidence to charge Delta ramp agent Eugene Harvey, 31, with trafficking firearms, violating airport security and aiding others in the scheme." (12/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pgegocr

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CA: Drunken man wanders into wrong home; shot by homeowner

KTVU News

"There are million dollar views from parts of Benicia that attract people to this quiet bedroom community. 'My parents have lived here for 18 years,' said Mike Zaretsky. But at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, Zaretsky's parents had a serious scare. 'They started pounding on the sliding glass door,' explained Zaretsky. 'My mom heard, immediately called 911.' Within a matter of seconds, someone they didn't know used a planter rack from the backyard to break through the sliding glass door. 'The guy got in. Again my dad yelled, 'You don't belong here! Get out! I have a weapon!' The guy came in, went into the family room, and that's when my dad fired a shot,' said Zaretsky. The intruder was later identified as 24-year old True Hatch." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pw84v2w

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MT: Man convicted of killing German exchange student

Salt Lake Tribune

"A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state 'castle doctrine' law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family. ... Kaarma shot Dede in the early hours of April 27 after being alerted to an intruder by motion sensors. Witnesses testified Kaarma fired four shotgun blasts at Dede, who was unarmed." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mfjugdj

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US Senate confirms victim disarmament supporter as Surgeon General

Politico

"The Senate on Monday narrowly confirmed Vivek Murthy to be the nation’s surgeon general, making him one of the highest-profile beneficiaries of the Senate’s nuclear option. The nomination was strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association because of Murthy’s support of gun-control laws and by Republicans who doubted that a 37-year-old physician was qualified for the public health position." (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kd7u4xs

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TX: Politicians weigh “allowing” open carry

Click 2 Houston

"Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights [sic]. ... Open carry drew wide support in the 2014 statewide election, and at least six bills have already been filed for the upcoming session, which starts in January. Abbott has already pledged to sign one into law if sent to his desk." [editor's note: I find it hard to fathom the arrogance of politicians who actually believe this is something within their purview to "allow" or ban - TLK] (12/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nby59z3

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Pew poll finds support for gun rights at 21-year high

The Oklahoman

"For the first time in 21 years of measuring public opinion on gun ownership, the Pew Research Center has found more Americans favoring gun rights than gun control, with marked differences between people of different races and political parties. In a survey taken for the nonpartisan organization earlier this month, 52 percent said it was more important to protect gun ownership rights, while 46 percent said it was more important to control gun ownership, the Pew center reported Wednesday. Also, 57 percent of those polled said gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, compared with 38 percent who said it does more to endanger personal safety, according to the center." (12/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pduth6e

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KS: Two shot while breaking into Chesney Park home

Topeka Capital-Journal

"For the second time this week in Topeka, a home occupant opened fire when someone was trying to break into his house, the latest such incident occurring early Thursday in central Topeka. Two people were wounded in Thursday’s incident .... officers were called at 1:37 a.m. Thursday to the 2000 block of S.W. Lincoln on a report of gunshots in the area. As they were responding to the scene, a call was received from the occupant of a home at 2015 S.W. Lincoln, who said he had shot two people as they were breaking in to his residence. The man said the individuals he shot then fled the scene. At 1:45 a.m., police received another call, this one from Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, indicating two people suffering from gunshot wounds had been dropped off at the emergency department." (12/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/komlmqv

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NC: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder

Carolina Live

"Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said a man shot and killed an intruder inside his home on Dixie Drive in the Red Springs community Monday morning. He said the homeowner was at work when his wife called to say there was a suspicious car near the home. ... When the homeowner went back to his house, he was confronted by two men wearing masks. One of them shot the homeowner, and Sealey said the homeowner returned fire, killing Randal Dwight Hardin, Jr." (12/08/14)

http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=1133372

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WA: Mom shoots drunk intruder

Tech Times

"What would have been a quiet early Thanksgiving morning for a family in Edmonds, Wash. had been rocked by a shooting incident when a man allegedly broke into the family's temporary residence. The situation prompted the mother to shoot the alleged intruder after she heard the man pounding on the front door at 3:15 a.m. She first called 911 to ask for help. As the man tried to force his way inside, the mother realized that she could not keep him out so she decided to shoot the man .... The suspected intruder, 22, whose name was not revealed, was found wounded outside the house when the police came." (11/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n8gdkxm

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OH: School district mulls giving teachers access to guns

Fox News Fox News

"A small Ohio board of education is weighing new school security measures that could give teachers and staff access to loaded guns. The Dayton Daily News reported Sunday that the Riverside Local School board in central Ohio's Logan County has held recent discussions on placing guns in schools and plans to revisit the issue Dec. 16. Superintendent Scott Mann said the goal is to protect children from potential threats involving weapons." (11/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kggjevz

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DC: Woman jailed in White House protest had purple pistol

USA Today

"A Michigan woman remains in jail Saturday after being arrested with a gun during a protest outside the White House -- the second person to be detained with a firearm in two days. April Debois, 23, of Mount Morris, Mich., initially was identified during her Thursday arrest as April Lenhart, prosecutors said. She was arrested about 30 minutes after the start of President Obama's immigration speech during a protest along the White House's north fence when Secret Service officers noticed that she was wearing a purple handgun in a holster along her right front waist, according to charging documents released Friday. ... She was charged with carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition." (11/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ly4shkb

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Herd immunity to violence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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!

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

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”

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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.”

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

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!

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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Wanted: Armed satirists

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"I have a suggestion. Bear arms. Commenting on the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, a Reason.com reader points to a profile of Henry Jarvis Raymond (1820-1869) at the website of Green-Wood cemetery. At the moment, the most urgently relevant detail of Green-Wood's profile is not Raymond's co-founding of The New York Times, his politics or his friendship with Abraham Lincoln, but how he defended his paper against threat of assault." (01/12/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/12/satirists/

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When guns are outlawed, Cambodia will be tits-deep in guns

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Four hundred homemade guns, 24 crossbows, and 360 'electro-fishing' kits were put to the torch on Tuesday by police in Cambodia's Banteay Meanchey province, reports The Phnom Penh Post. The weapons were mostly voluntarily turned over for destruction as part of 'efforts to reduce crimes such as robbery, illegal hunting and illegal fishing,' according to the local top cop. That's pretty interesting, considering that civilian ownership of firearms has been illegal in Cambodia since 1999. Apparently, the memo is taking a while to make the rounds. Then again, maybe the memo did make the rounds, and is being used as wadding in hand-loaded shotgun shells." (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/md6byyg

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The unmentioned

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"Watching as much of the news and reading as many of the commentaries as I can manage, one thing stands out as a question not being asked, a topic not being mentioned almost anywhere. The people targeted by the terrorists were not armed ... none of them. They had zero effective ways to participate in their own defense. They were sitting ducks, conditioned to believe that the police would or could protect them and that they would be wrong to even wish for other options. The question of the motives of the attackers, their religion or any of the rest of it seems distinctly secondary to this vital issue." (01/09/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6682

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When seconds count …

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley

"The Police are just minutes away, just minutes away. How long have we been told by people control via gun control politicians and advocates that firearms owned by private citizen/subjects make U.S. 'less civilized' less 'safe' as a country? It seems to me that such statements usually come from people with a plethora of body guards. Either paid for with our tax dollars or their own fine salaries often earned by the movies they make. Paid for by us, the great unwashed masses." (01/11/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=577

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Retail sales down, with one intriguing exception

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"America's remaining retailers were already pretty well shell-shocked after seven years of Great Recession administered by those geniuses from Goldman Sachs. But store owners got whacked again when they totaled up retail sales for the long Thanksgiving weekend -- traditional start of the Christmas shopping season -- and found they were down 11 percent from an already lackluster 2013. ... Isn't there any sector that’s doing better? I'm glad you asked." (01/08/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2346

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Gun control and the police state

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nathan Goodman

"Gun control will not solve the problems of the racist police state and prison state. Rather, gun control laws have been one source of fuel for the fire of state violence. Expanding gun control means expanding the power of police to harass, coerce, and cage." (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k3fhwjs

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PBS — Propaganda B* S*

J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

"Suppose PBS's Frontline producers wanted to do a show about the use of automobiles in America, and showed only a Red Asphalt type of gruesome vehicular fatalities -- never mentioning even for a second all the times people got where they were going safely, usefully, and conveniently. Suppose there wasn't a single example in this documentary about the use of automobiles in getting to work or going on a family vacation. Further suppose that the documentary juxtaposed these obviously destructive automotive death traps with profiles of the American Automobile Association and their powerful Washington lobbyists? Would one reasonably conclude we were seeing a one-sided propaganda piece?" (01/07/15)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2015/01/pbs-propaganda-bs/

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Why most Americans oppose more gun control

Fox News Fox News Forum
by Dr. John R. Lott Jr.

"A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the first time in their surveys, the majority of Americans oppose more gun control. Gallup and CNN polls tell a similar story. Opposition to gun control has been increasing over at least the last couple of decades. Gun control groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to try to convince Americans that gun control is the answer. In 2013, gun owners’ groups (including the NRA) spent less than one seventh as much on television advertisements. This year looks to be even more lopsided, thanks to the unrelenting efforts of individuals such as Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and Gabriel Giffords." (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lo86shu

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Gunsmoke gets in your eyes

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"Last time I wrote about shooting I covered a few things about ear protection. Earlier, I covered lead exposure. The same care should be taken to protect our eyes when we shoot, but I wonder how many people even give it much thought." (01/01/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6577

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The thin blue line

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley

"We are beginning to see what I fear is the start of something that will evolve into something really, really ugly. The erosion of the 'Thin Blue Line.' There are some people that support the law enforcement community no matter what. I am not one of those. I think people like the officer (Kevin Dupre) from Cleburne Texas that called these dogs over to him by making kissing noises and then killed them need to rot in hell. I truly hope there is a special place in hell for people like him. Just so I’m clear on how I feel about this piece of scum." (12/27/14)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=531

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