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TX: Business owner shoots burglar during attempted robbery

KHOU

"A business owner returning to his shop caught a man attempting to rob his business. The owner confronted the intruder in the 8500 block of Westcott Road and after a brief skirmish, the owner shot the man, who later died at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. The owner didn't suffer any injuries." (05/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mqkpobu

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FL: Man who shot intruder dead charged with gardening

Daytona Beach News-Journal

"A man who says he shot and killed an intruder last month in his marijuana grow house near Orange City is now charged with armed drug trafficking and manufacturing. Cesar Garcia Fernandez, 22, killed Emilio Ortiz Estenoz, 35, of Miami in an April home invasion at Fernandez's residence, according to Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant. ... Police found 69 marijuana plants at the home during the early April incident and 32 from a house on Lehigh Drive in Deltona as part of the investigation that in total weighed about 257 pounds." (05/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lt7mrgk

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FL: Homeowner kills one intruder, injures another

WKMG 6 News

"One would-be robber was killed and another was injured Monday after a 77-year-old man shot them inside his rural Miami-Dade County home, authorities said. One man died at the scene Monday afternoon. A 25-year-old man was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Police said the homeowner wasn't injured." (05/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k7d5w6r

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SC: Elementary school guard sent away after 5th-grader takes his gun

Fox News Fox News

"A South Carolina school district has asked a private security guard not to return after a fifth-grader was able to pull the officer's gun out of its holster. Anderson School District 5 spokesman Kyle Newton told media outlets that the guard was sitting on a bench Monday with a student on either side at Varennes Elementary School when one of the students was able to take the gun out of the officer's holster. Authorities say the gun was not fired and was only free for about 10 seconds. The guard worked for Defender Services, a private company that helps provide security officers for schools. His name was not released." [editor's note: Did they hire the kid to replace him? - SAT] (05/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2dpnj3

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OR: Brown signs new unconstitutional victim disarmament bill

ABC News ABC News

"Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday requiring background checks on firearm transfers between private parties, making Oregon the eighth state to require screening on nearly all gun sales. The law, which takes effect immediately, requires gun buyers and sellers who aren't related to visit a licensed gun dealer who can run a background check." (05/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pac55g5

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3D printed gun lawsuit starts the war between arms control and free speech

Wired

"This week marks the two-year anniversary since Cody Wilson, the inventor of the world’s first 3-D printable gun, received a letter from the State Department demanding that he remove the blueprints for his plastic-printed firearm from the internet. The alternative: face possible prosecution for violating regulations that forbid the international export of unapproved arms. Now Wilson is challenging that letter. ... Wilson's gun manufacturing advocacy group Defense Distributed, along with the gun rights group the Second Amendment Foundation, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the State Department and several of its officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry. In their complaint, they claim that a State Department agency called the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) violated their first amendment right to free speech by telling Defense Distributed that it couldn't publish a 3-D printable file for its one-shot plastic pistol known as the Liberator, along with a collection of other printable gun parts, on its website." (05/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pkwlfaj

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WA: Teacher tackles alleged student gunman

WCTV News

"A 16-year-old boy who fired two gunshots Monday inside a Washington state high school, hitting no one before a teacher tackled him, told detectives he never intended to hurt any students, a police spokesman said. Three other staff members at North Thurston High School in Lacey, about 60 miles southwest of Seattle, quickly helped subdue the teen. The boy told detectives 'there were some issues in personal relationships,' Lacey police Cmdr. Jim Mack told The Olympian newspaper. ... Asked if the teen intended to commit suicide by cop, Mack said, 'We do believe that that was some of it, yes. That he wanted the school resource officer to shoot him.'" [editor's note: In a free society there would have been several people available to shoot him; the school is lucky that one of its disarmed serfs displayed personal courage instead of letting things take the natural course they tend to take in a victim disarmament zone - TLK] (04/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ktfn8gv

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MS: Some state-owned parks ban guns despite open-carry law

Fox News Fox News

“'Don’t take your guns to town,' a mother warns her son in a song by Johnny Cash. A move by the Mississippi state-owned Pat Harrison Waterway District, which manages several parks in the Pascagoula River basin, builds on that theme. Don’t take your guns to our park, either. Allen Wright is parks director for the Waterway District. The district’s board of directors, he says, has maintained a no-gun policy for several years now." (04/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/laudt9u

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CT: Newtown families say they’re not associated with gun-grabbers’ concert

Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The families of 11 of the people killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are making it known that they have no association with a [victim disarmament] group behind a Tim McGraw concert in Hartford this summer. The July 17 concert is benefiting Sandy Hook Promise, an advocacy group that involves several victims' families and is at times wrongly assumed to speak for all 26 victims' families. The group's stated objective is to prevent gun violence [sic] and focus on mental health issues. In the statement issued Wednesday to The Associated Press, the 11 families said they wanted to clarify the issue for donors to the group who may believe they are directly supporting the victims' families." (04/22/15)

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/300920871.html

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TN: Haslam amends guns in parking lots law “to protect workers”

Fox News Fox News

"There's an arms race playing out in Nashville, where lawmakers have been fighting for and against the rights [sic] of workers to take guns to work. The Second Amendment spat began in 2013, when Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law the controversial 'Guns in Parking Lots' bill. But the original law, which stated citizens with permits to carry guns can keep them in their cars on company property even if the employer bars them, only protected citizens against prosecution, not firing. The Tennessee Firearms Association dubbed the law the 'Lose Your Job if You Commute Act.' Now, pro-gun politicians say they have fixed the law." [editor's note: No, you don't have a "right" to keep your stuff on someone else's property if they don't want you to. Not even if some politician says you do - TLK] (04/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwy5opw

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MN: Fairly quietly, House OKs silencers for guns

Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The Minnesota House overwhelmingly passed four gun rights bills Thursday, including a measure that would allow [sic] residents to own firearm silencers, also known as 'suppression devices.' ... Another bill would end the requirement that holders of a permit to carry a firearm notify authorities before bringing their gun to the Capitol. ... A third would clarify that Minnesotans can buy and sell long guns in other states. ... A final bill would prohibit authorities from seizing firearms in the case of a declared emergency such as a tornado. It's uncertain whether gun-related legislation will gain traction in the Senate; DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said he has no interest in changing the state’s existing gun laws." [editor's note: It's an abomination that the politicians ever got to a point of thinking that any of this stuff is, or should be, subject to their whims at all - TLK] (04/16/15)

http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/300221301.html

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CA: Army reservists accused of selling guns to undercover agent

The Washington Post Washington Post

"Two U.S. Army reservists in San Diego County were arrested Wednesday and charged with illegally [sic] selling guns, ammunition and body armor to an undercover federal agent posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel. According to a criminal complaint, Jaime Casillas, 22, and Andrew Reyes, 34, sold 10 guns, including four AK-47 assault rifles, and thousands of rounds of ammunition to the undercover agent. The complaint says some of the arms were military issue and others were bought in Texas and resold in California." (04/16/15)

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Norquist steps down from NRA board amid probe of Islamist ties

Fox News Fox News

"Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist is reportedly stepping away from NRA board of directors activities amid allegations of ties to radical Muslims. Breitbart.com and TheBlaze both reported Tuesday that Norquist, a powerful GOP figure, is distancing himself from the 25-member board a month after radio host Glenn Beck told his audience that Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, had initiated an investigation into Norquist for alleged ties to Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood." (04/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7y2myl

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CO: Republicans take aim at state gun laws

Fox News Fox News

"Republicans have one more shot Monday to change Colorado’s firearm laws, including two bills that would eliminate gun-control measures passed by Democrats in 2013. The GOP-controlled Senate has already passed legislation to repeal a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. They also passed and new background-check requirements for private gun sales conducted online and in person. Those laws from two years ago infuriated gun rights advocates and led to the recalls of two Democratic state senators, and the resignation of a third who was facing a recall effort." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/og8ttv5

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FL: Ocala police officer killed in firearms training exercise

News 13 Orlando

"Flags are flying at half-staff in Ocala after an officer was killed in an accidental [sic] shooting during a firearms training session Monday. It happened around 3 p.m. during the Ocala Police Department's firearms training at Lowell Correctional Institution's firing range, 11120 NW Gainesville Road." [editor's note: As always, NO SUCH THING as an accidental shooting. Someone was negligent. Maybe it wasn't the shooter. Maybe it was the range safety officer. Maybe it was the range designer. But neither weapons functions nor basic physics are unknown - TLK] (04/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfxceud

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PA: Man negligently shoots himself at Easter service

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Police and the district attorney are reviewing whether charges will be filed against a man whose gun accidentally [sic] fired during an Easter vigil Mass in central Pennsylvania. Altoona police aren't identifying the man who was grazed by the bullet about 11 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Officer Christy Heck says the gun's safety apparently was not on when the man stood up from kneeling, causing the gun to snag on his pants and fire." [editor's note: There is NO SUCH THING as an accidental discharge. When a gun fires, it's either intentional or negligent - TLK] (04/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ls3fh8z

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Sarah Brady, 1942-2015

CNN CNN

"Sarah Brady, who with her husband, James Brady, pushed for stricter [victim disarmament] laws, including the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention [sic] Act, died Friday, her family said. Brady, 73, died of pneumonia, the family said." (04/05/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/03/politics/sarah-brady-death/

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TN: Senate bill allows [sic] guns in parks … and at statehouse?

The Tennessean

"When Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey called House Clerk Joe McCord Wednesday morning and told him the state Senate approved an amendment to allow [sic] guns at the state capitol, McCord didn't believe him. 'No, I thought it was an April Fools' joke,' McCord said, smiling. McCord was not alone in his surprise: in addition to Tennessee senators approving a bill to quash local bans on guns in parks, they passed an unexpected amendment that allows [sic] people with gun permits to take guns into the state capitol and capitol complex. The Senate voted 26-7 on the amended bill; although a vote of approval sends the measure a step closer to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk, an amendment like the one added Wednesday could cripple the bill." (04/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nxsvssc

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AZ: Pols nix bill repealing victim disarmament in government buildings

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle

"The Arizona Senate rejected a bill Monday that would have allowed [sic] gun owners with concealed-carry permits to bring their weapons into public buildings. Republican lawmakers have been pushing a suite of proposals intended to expand [sic] the rights of Arizona gun owners. House Bill 2320 by Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, was designed to require public establishments to allow permit-holders to carry their firearms inside or mandate that security guards and metal detectors be added at entrances."

http://tinyurl.com/qa6yyaw

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MT: Utility lobbies to stop referendum recognizing gun rights

Fox News Fox News

"Lobbying lawmakers for a rate hike is one thing, but now Montana’s biggest electric and gas utility is battling to block a referendum on expanding gun rights. Publicly regulated NorthWestern Energy contends the measure would make it harder to keep their workplaces weapons-free. But the Montana Shooting Sports Association accuses the utility of sticking its nose into a political debate where it doesn’t belong. 'NorthWestern is opposing a bill that has nothing to do with their corporate mission delivering electricity to its customers,' the group’s Gary Marbut told FoxNews.com Monday." (03/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nohmo26

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NJ: State drops gun charge against retired teacher with flintlock

Fox News Fox News

"A New Jersey prosecutor Wednesday dropped the felony gun charge against a retired schoolteacher who was arrested last year when authorities discovered an unloaded, 300-year-old flintlock pistol wrapped in his car's glove compartment. 'I'm very appreciative that they exercised their discretion here and did the right thing,' Evan Nappen, the attorney representing Gordon Van Gilder, told The Daily Journal. The Cumberland County prosecutor said the state will exercise 'prosecutorial discretion' in the case, but warned others about the laws pertaining to firearm possession, even if the gun is an antique. Van Gilder had faced 10 years in prison and the loss of his state pension if convicted." (03/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6nd6fu

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NC: Homeowner faces weapon charge after shooting two home intruders

Daily Mail [UK]

"A homeowner who shot two intruders who broke into his home has been charged with gun possession. Harold Williams, 42, of Fayetteville, North Carolina shot the two men, Roy Lee Hawk, 27, and Martize Douglas, 23, who said they were armed, as they forced their way into his home on Friday evening. ...Police said the homeowner is a convicted felon and is not supposed to be in possession of a gun -- he has since been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hawk and Douglas have been charged with breaking and entering, common law robbery and felonious conspiracy." (03/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n3lpopt

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CT: Sandy Hook victims’ families file frivolous lawsuit against other victim’s estate

KDVR Fox 31

"Families of children killed at the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have filed lawsuits against the estate of the shooter’s mother, saying Nancy Lanza was careless and negligent in leaving a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle unsecured in her home. Adam Lanza, 20, used the assault rifle to kill 20 first-grade students and six adults in Newtown on December 14, 2012. The younger Lanza was mentally unstable and used his mother’s Bushmaster to kill her before he went on the rampage at the school, and then killed himself. ... Nancy Lanza is believed to have had insurance on [her] home worth more than $1 million." [editor's note: The law firm behind this suit, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, is also behind the frivolous suit against the makers of the gun Lanza used. In other words, they are ghouls dancing atop the kids graves for money - TLK] (03/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k6dp6lr

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VA: Mom shoots intruder who broke into home while baby was asleep: “It’s either him or me”

WTRK News

"A man is in the hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries after police say he was shot while breaking into a Newport News home. 'It was either him or me,' said Allie. 'I have my daughter to protect.' Allie wasn't going to let anyone hurt her daughter. ... 'Someone started banging on the door and messing with the door knob,' said Allie. 'He was screaming like, 'Let me in baby, we are okay let me in, they are out to kill me,' I looked through the peephole and I didn't recognize who it was, so I latched the top lock, ran to the back, called 911 and got my gun.' ... Allie says while she was grabbing the gun, she heard a crash and saw the man had forced his way in, breaking through a window in her daughter's playroom. ... She shot the intruder twice. One bullet went through his hand and into his stomach, the other hit his groin. Police say the 25-year-old man is in the hospital recovering but when he's out, he could face a burglary charge." (03/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pz2a9uo

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ATF abandons plan to ban popular rifle ammo

Chattanooga Times Free Press

"Amid an onslaught of criticism, the Obama administration has dropped plans to ban a popular type of rifle ammunition that can pierce a police officer's protective vest if fired from a handgun, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday. More than 80,000 people have commented on the proposal to ban certain types of 5.56 mm, or .223 caliber, ammunition since the agency announced its proposal last month. An ATF spokeswoman, Ginger Colbrun, said the vast majority of comments were critical of the proposal. Objections also came from 291 members of Congress -- majorities of both the House and Senate." (03/10/15)

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Gun rights, civil rights

Reason Reason
by Zach Weissmueller

"When a cop shot teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, the death sparked protests, a militarized law enforcement response, and finally looting and destruction. But the Huey P. Newton Gun Club was ready. The Dallas-based group had formed in June 2014, more than two months before the shooting. Charles Goodson, the club's founder, started recruiting members after he learned that Dallas police officers had shot at 40 unarmed citizens over the past 12 years. 'We are proposing armed self-defense as it relates to the situation with black people here in America when it comes to dealing with police departments,' he explains." (for publication 06/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/30/gun-rights-civil-rights

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Idiot “academic” advocates victim disarmament

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"Like all such grand ideas Traphgan's is just the same old frog-boiling crap: gradually outlaw and then confiscate 'certain' guns in incremental stages so we can all keep loving and trusting each other until we are betrayed. You can probably guess what kind of guns; the more effective they are at defending you and your family from freelance criminals or a feral government, the sooner they'll be taken away. But I have some news for Traphagan and all such schemers and social engineers: Americans have obeyed their last gun law, and personally, I will never trust anyone who covets even the least of my collection. You see, I know what they won't admit. They want my guns so they can do things to me that they can't do as long as I have my guns." (05/24/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle823-20150524-02.html

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Gun rights

Jessica Flanigan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jessica Flanigan

"Prisoners don't have gun rights even though they do retain their rights to defend themselves against wrongful aggressors. And they would not be safer if they had guns, even though prisoners currently must rely solely on guards who cannot effectively protect all of them. Since each prisoner is more secure in the absence of guns, McMahan argues that their rights of physical security/self-defense are not violated by a gun prohibition in prison. Similarly, if everyone in society would be more secure in the absence of private gun ownership, then rights of self-defense cannot justify gun rights. Then Alan Buchanan and Lance K Stell posted a reply. They argue that a better case for gun ownership is not that people have rights to own guns in virtue of their rights of self-defense, which require access to guns. Instead, there should just be a presumption against depriving people of the means for defending themselves." (05/17/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/05/gun-rights/

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Dianne Feinstein: Menace or threat?

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"The question, inspired by something truly stupid and inane Dianne Feinstein had said recently, was, if we know that carrying a gun can preserve a woman's life and dignity, and has reduced crime in double digits all over the country, then why is it that all of the women's 'leaders' and spokespersons we hear (especially Feinstein) vehemently oppose the right to own and carry weapons? They claim to advocate women's health and welfare. Why do they oppose the machinery of self-defense? A lot of answers came to mind. My first book editor always said that when I'm tempted by conspiracy theory, consider the possibility that they're just stupid. That certainly fits in the case of Dianne Feinstein. There's also the very distinct likelihood that the only health, welfare, life, and dignity that Dianne Feinstein is interested in is her own." (05/17/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle822-20150517-02.html

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There’s no such thing as an illegal knife

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

"Freddie Gray's knife was not illegal, because in valid US law there is no such thing as an illegal knife (or gun). State, county and local ordinances which infringe on the right to own or carry any weapon are plainly unconstitutional and therefore void. They are also indescribably stupid and evil." (05/17/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1408

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Melissa explains it all

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"You may remember former Nickelodeon teenage actress, Melissa Joan Hart, especially if you were raising a young daughter in the 1990s. She was the star of Clarissa Explains it All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. A decade later (almost two), as she watches a career that wasn't all that great to begin with, fade away all around her, like a Polaroid left in the sun, Melissa Joan Hart wants you dead." (05/10/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle821-20150510-06.html

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I almost killed somebody last night

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

"Recently, there have been some thefts at my friend Ian's house. So I have been taking it upon myself to sit on his porch at night in an effort to catch the crooks in the act. Last night I was there until around 3am, and on my way home, I heard women crying, and men yelling at them on Main Street in Keene New Hampshire. I approached them with my camera phone recording the scene." (05/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lclsjho

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Freedom Feens Radio, 05/11/15

Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
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"Derrick J and Brett Veinotte from School Sucks Podcast rock it out over FeenPhone, then Cantwell jumps on in Keene with Derrick (after Derrick clears it with MWD) and tells us all about the self-defense gun-pulling situation Chris got in last night. Michael Dean sits listening at his teaching hospice in Wyoming thinking 'Man, this guy has done a lot of little things wrong over the years but he did EVERYTHING 100 % RIGHT when it came to probably the most important few minutes of his life.'" [Flash audio or MP3] (05/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kubfaf9

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The curious case of the pro-gun cop apologist

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

"Imagine if you will, a mass movement of people with political views that oppose a particular set of laws. Picture this mass movement vehemently opposing any political actor who sought to pass these laws, by donating money, volunteering, and spreading information on social media. Conjure the image in your mind of these people publicly rallying outside a legislative building, threatening insurrection if such laws are passed. Then picture them heaping praise on those who enforce the laws, once the laws pass. That's the conservative relationship with gun control in America today." (05/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n8jase8

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NYPD officer Brian Moore — just another dead gun grabber

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

"Brian Moore was not sitting idly wasting taxpayer money doing nothing in his vehicle. He was out actively enforcing the sick and malicious gun control laws of New York City and State. He was in plain clothes, in an unmarked car, looking for someone to harass. He saw his opportunity when Demetrius Blackwell adjusted his belt, and this was all the suspicion required to forgo any concerns of search warrants or due process. Moore had found himself a gun owner, and he was determined to charge somebody with a felony that evening. Instead he got shot in the face, as well he should have." (05/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k23mqzj

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Oh no!!! Not ANOTHER article on what gun to carry!!!

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Neale Osborn

"Personally, I carry one of three guns -- a snub nosed revolver, a small semi-auto pistol, or a compact large-bore semi-auto. But we're not talking about ME, I've been carrying for over 25 years, and shooting since I was 5, 46 years ago. We're talking about Joe or Joan America, who is feeling that, greatly increased response times from the police, and the increasing violence of the thugs who Do commit crimes, they need to possess the means of self defense. So, what do you choose? There is no 'One size fits all' approach." (05/03/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle820-20150503-06.html

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Gun control killed Ana Charle

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"As I have written so many times in the past, kidnappers, rapists, and murderers don't give a hoot about gun-control laws. New York's strict gun-control laws certainly didn't dissuade Charle's killer from possessing a gun and using it against her. He obviously didn't say to himself, 'My gosh, I can't use a gun to kidnap and kill this woman because that would be illegal.' At the risk of belaboring the obvious, if a person is willing to violate laws against kidnapping, murder, and rape, he's also willing to violate gun-control laws. But New York's gun-control laws are extremely effective in prohibiting peaceful, law-abiding people like Ana Charle from defending themselves against kidnappers, rapists, and murderers. " (05/04/15)

http://fff.org/2015/05/04/gun-control-killed-ana-charle/

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Going after the green-tip

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynocwicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"Does anyone else get the feeling that a familiar ritual is being re-enacted here? 'We held them off this time, but the battle's not over, send more money now?' The BATF announces some plan to further erode our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear every type of arm that could be of military usefulness. The various 'gun rights' groups (which never actually seek to have a law like the Gun Control Act of 1968 thrown out as unconstitutional) race to the barricades. The BATF announces they will 'hold off' or 'delay' or 'suspend' their latest effort to further disarm us. The 'gun rights' groups declare victory and happily count all the new cash they raised during the latest 'emergency.'" (05/02/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2494

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Open carry

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"If the marijuana kind of freedom were to come to the gun-toting scene, the ambient atmosphere would relax even more. Violent crime would plummet. It might even be safe to let your kids walk to school as we oldies once did. I predicted this in my first novel, The Probability Broach. I listen to a Texas radio station which had an advertisement on for Glock pistols when I turned it on this morning, and there are beautiful gun ads decorating every we[b] site that I visit. I more or less predicted that, too. Meanwhile, infinitesimally tiny numbers of pathetics continue to show up in to noisily picket public events, and pose for misleading photographs demanding 'gun control' -- their propagandistic name for victim disarmament -- are met with nothing but ridicule. It warms my cockles to realize that Sarah Brady lived just long enough to see that." (04/26/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle819-20150426-02.html

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Guns — a great Mother’s Day gift

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"Last Mother's Day, one of my sons gave me a HiPoint 9mm carbine. We had talked about the fact that I was having a harder time shooting the larger caliber rifles, and even had problems with the much loved Mossberg 20 gauge shotgun. I just wasn't shooting as much as I used to, even though I own a lot of different guns. I'm nearly 70 years old, with some serious problems due to an old back injury, and it is only going to get worse as time goes on. Why would I concern myself with it? Why do I want to continue to be able to shoot well? I had to shoot a man to save my life thirty some years ago." (04/24/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7109

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A politician speaks a (partial) truth

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who is running for president of Poland but from a tiny minority party, told a TV interviewer that if every Jew had had a gun before World War II the Holocaust would never have happened. (H/T CB for the heads-up) Well, we know that already, don't we? But it's apparently so startling to the Times of Israel that they have to go out of their way to try to prejudice readers against him and his positions twice in one tiny article." (04/22/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1163

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What our enemies want

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

"Many Americans distrust the NRA and they have been accused of being America's foremost proponents of gun control. I have no doubt that Victim disarmers will be happy to simultaneously condemn the ATF for selling out and create/deepen a divide between the NRA's leaders and its members and other pro gun groups. The real problem is that Congress needs to do a whole lot of repealing. They need to repeal the sporting purpose test, they need to repeal the 1933 NFA, and most importantly, they need to repeal the War on Drugs. Simply by doing this last they can end so many of the gang related killings over drug distribution that our national murder rate would probably be cut in half." (04/19/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle818-20150419-04.html

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Modern handgun ammo

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

"News reports OFTEN have guys emptying magazines towards each other missing their intended targets in a big hurry. The guy who hits first wins ... or more accurately, Loses a lot less, because nobody actually wins a gunfight. Everyone is wounded to some degree. Caliber matters as does ammo. Modern construction like Hornady's Critical Defense has changed the caliber equation. 9mm is now where .40 was a few years ago. 38 Special and even .380 have become effective defensive ammo. I wouldn't have said that about them until recently, though .38 sufficed for a long, long time." (04/17/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/04/17/modern-handgun-ammo/

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Supposed study on violence omits violent people

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"Why would a study about anger management issues and access to firearms leave out a portion of the population known for having anger management issues and access to firearms? The only reason I can come up with is that gun control advocates don't want to ruffle the feathers of police officers because they know police officers are necessary to enforce any form of gun control. Therein lies the fallacy of gun control. Gun control requires guns to enforce and it is therefore not about controlling access to firearms but monopolizing it. If you want to study the affects of anger and firearm access you can't omit police officers." (04/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nszw4ar

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Banish it, vanish it, boot it!

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"This weekend, the crack reporting team of Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea (the bloggers who broke the Fast & Furious scandal) revealed another scandal-to-be. Or perhaps we should say 'scandal that should be' since chances are this one will get swept under the rug, its significance ignored. They're reporting that the NRA made a deal to save the ATF's bacon." (04/13/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1080

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It prints money

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"It's not very often that a politician who supports gun control proposes a gun related bill that I support. The planets must have aligned though because Rosa DeLauro, some politicians from Connecticut, is putting forth a bill that is meant to eliminating semi-automatic rifles with aesthetically offensive features. Instead of banning them outright though DeLauro's bill would give gun owners who turned in their aesthetically offensive rifles a sizable tax credit ..." (04/08/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/04/08/it-prints-money/

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Montana governor Bullock vetoes anti-commandeering bill: Ignorant of the law, or a liar?

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

"Either Montana Gov. Steve Bullock doesn't understand the constitutional relationship between his state and the federal government, or he's a liar. On Friday, Bullock vetoed a bill that would have prohibited state and local agencies in Montana from enforcing any future federal gun laws. ... Bullock vetoed the bill, saying it 'puts law enforcement officers in the position of violating laws they have sworn to uphold.' To put it bluntly, Bullock is full of crap. It does no such thing. The governor vetoed a similar bill in 2013 and gave the same reason. He was wrong then. He's still wrong now." (04/01/15)

http://bit.ly/1GgzR5y

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Your bigotry sucks. Mine, on the other hand …

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"Quite a few TZP posts since the first of the year have looked at bigotry against Jews. It's dangerous. It's growing. And unfortunately it's no surprise. But there's one good thing about hatred of Jews: decent, educated human beings in the Western world know how wrong and deadly it is. There are other kinds of bigotry, on the other hand, that are becoming acceptable. Worse, they're becoming especially acceptable to the very people who ought to know better: young, well-educated Americans." (03/31/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1034

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“Gun control” compromise, part 2

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"The next time you hear someone calling for a ban on normal capacity magazines -- usually, but not always, suggesting to limit them to 10 rounds maximum -- ask if, in exchange for that violation of your liberty, they'd be willing to compromise. ... In exchange for a magazine limit would they then be willing to get rid of all 'laws' against carrying guns with the limited magazines, or revolvers with a capacity equal to or less than this arbitrary number of rounds?" (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh4pmox

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The importance of concealed carry on campus

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess

"Imagine you're on campus in an enclosed, public space, perhaps a movie theater or school library, when a stranger whips out a gun and threatens to shoot. What do you do? In this moment, you face very few options. You could dial 911, but the potential shooter might notice. If you have a gun, you may be able to bargain with or injure the attacker at an opportune moment -- if your campus allows concealed carry. Maybe you don't have a gun with you, but someone else in the same room does and is prepared to help. However, what if you're on a campus that has banned concealed carry? These campuses instead advise students to 'gather weapons' such as 'desks, keys, shoes, belts, (and) books' and then 'mentally prepare' an offensive attack." [editor's note: "Bargain with or injure?" No! If that's your mindset you shouldn't go armed -- you're more dangerous to yourself and innocent others than you are to an assailant. When "a stranger whips out a gun and threatens to shoot," aim center mass and do your best to kill him. Don't carry and don't draw unless you are prepared to do that - TLK] (03/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oc5tvqn

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Status report: States tell feds to pound sand

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

"Even though the ATF has, at least temporarily, backed down on a proposed M855 ammo ban, gun rights advocates should be alarmed. More of this should be expected moving forward, that is, more gun control no matter who you elect to Congress. In Arizona, however, a bill that would effectively block in practice any additional restrictions on the natural right to keep and bear arms has already passed the state Senate by a 17-12 vote, and is due for further consideration in the state House in the near future. A similar bill passed the Montana legislature and is going to Gov. Steve Bullock's desk, and another in Tennessee is up for a do-or-die vote in committee this week."

http://tinyurl.com/qdb2thk

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Salon and silencers

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by SeaWolf

"I also find it simply fascinating that before the regulation of suppressors, when you could buy them off the shelf at a hardware store with nary a thought, during the days of the very active and powerful mafia, as well as the prohibition era crime lords, Mr. Zaitchik doesn't treat us to an overview of the many crimes committed by people with silenced weapons, perhaps because this dearth of crimes simply doesn't exist. It never existed then and it doesn't exist now. It's still quite possible to get or make silencers with ease if they're desired, and I'm sure if there's a criminal demand for them, then there is a criminal black market for suppressors you don't have to make at home, which of course provides the usual bug bear with most gun laws, they don't really do much of anything useful." (03/22/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle814-20150322-04.html

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JPFO, you’re breakin’ my heart. TZP? Now that’s another (much happier!) story.

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

"A few days ago I wrote about everybody being wrong when they predict the future. Count me among the everybody. When JPFO’s board sold out to Alan Gottlieb's Second Amendment Foundation last year, it was a foregone conclusion that Aaron Zelman's great Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership would be nerfed beyond all recognition. That required no psychic abilities. But I also predicted that SAF would come right out and make some gestures toward keeping and building a lively, hard-hitting JPFO. They'd fix up the ghastly website, I said. Maybe they'd announce some new project. Create a new look. Something to say, 'See, we're serious about continuing what Aaron built.' In other words, they'd make JPFO at least look attractive for a while before letting it slide into irrelevance. I was wrong. It's been six months now and there has been nothing but deterioration and neglect." (03/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5ddket

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Do NJ “gun laws” go too far?

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"Sorry, trick question. Of course, all 'gun laws' go too far. And, for the record, that has almost nothing to do with the 'second amendment' or safety or reducing actual violent crime. The fundamental question that isn't being asked, most of the time anyway, is why there should be any government 'control' of an inanimate object. The gun control people insist that more and more 'laws' are needed to save lives, to reduce violent crime, and to give the police better ways to achieve this. I can't see any basis for this idea in the facts available." (03/19/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7060

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NJ gun laws that made man a felon for a paperwork violation “need serious reform”

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Not that New Jersey needs another poster child for reform of its stupidly written and oppressively applied gun laws, but Steffon Josey-Davis has been conscripted to the cause anyway. The one-time armored car driver was arrested for carrying his legally owned pistol in his car. By all accounts, it was an innocent act, and certainly a harmless one. That's why the judge let him off with probation after a guilty plea to second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. So now Josey-Davis is a convicted felon at home instead of a convicted felon behind bars. Which is better, but still insane. ... even in Jerseystan, Josey-Davis's accidental transportation of a loaded pistol in his glove compartment rises to the level of criminal 'seriousness' only if he doesn't have a carry permit, by the prosecution's own telling. So it's a paperwork violation. If you have the right piece of paper, it's all good. If you don't, it's a life-changing felony." (03/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pznpoap

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Concealed carry and responsibility

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"The first rule of concealed carry is don't advertise. Don't people know what 'concealed' means? ... Second, if you are drunk, you are quite possibly a bigger danger if you pull out your gun than whatever you think you would be protecting others from. It all comes down to responsibility. You are responsible for what you do -- good or bad. So weigh your actions carefully." (03/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhlcgbz

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Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe? But even if it is — what then?

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"The bottom line lesson is one we all know: Self defense can't be delegated. Europe's Jews will ultimately have to protect themselves. But how? Without a honored right to bear arms, they're caught between being bankrupted by hiring security or fleeing to Israel -- a nation that will welcome them right into the most dangerous region of the world. Europe's governments may promise to protect them and may even make token efforts in that direction. But seriously? You think 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help you' is going to work magic for the safety of Europe's Jews?" (03/16/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=880

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The elephant in the parlor

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"Somebody has to say it. Everybody has been dancing around it nervously for weeks, each and every one of them desperately afraid of ... what? I don't know exactly what: the plain truth, I guess, political and historical. We all speak so easily about the highly abstract reasons for respecting the Second Amendment -- to keep an overly ambitious (but hypothetical) government in check. How? Through the ability to put great, big .69 caliber holes right through the pretty red coats of King George's Imperial Stormtroopers. This, however, as the slimy and disgusting predatory left is so fond of constantly reminding us, is no longer the Eighteenth century. How true. The coats in question are no longer red, they're fashionable camouflage. And the bullets through them are not .69 caliber, they're .22s. Yet the fundamental principal behind the Second Amendment is exactly the same as it always was. We uppity peasants and serfs get to keep our peace, freedom, progress, and prosperity only at the cost of constantly being able to neutralize the forces of Authority in the field." (03/15/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle813-20150315-02.html

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Pop gun tart

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"America is often said to be a land of second chances. Just not for 7-year-olds. At least, not when they're in the public school system. Back in 2013, a boy then in second grade in Anne Arundel, Maryland, was suspended for two days for what was deemed a 'gun-related' offense. It was also a Pop Tart-related offense. No, he didn't shoot a Pop Tart; he bit his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun. There's a dispute as to whether he then pointed the high-calorie weapon at the ceiling or at other students. Either way, unless the strawberry filing was piping hot (it wasn't), there wasn't really anything to fear. Still, school officials pretty much freaked out." (03/12/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/03/12/pop-gun-tart/

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“Gun control” is illegal

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"As you may know there are legislative morons in states surrounding Colorado (where I live and am writing this), and a handful of extremely stupid cops in southern Colorado, who are hysterically, insanely outraged that the good voters of this state decided to exercise their rights and to override federal law to make marijuana legal to grow, process, transport, sell, possess, and consume. My guess is that they want their very profitable prohibition back, and for everybody to turn in their weed. They even claim that the recent legal transformation was unconstitutional, because it contravenes federal law. Out here in the wild west, they didn't have the cojones to mention the United Nations, which also opposes marijuana. What none of these pisswits seems to understand is that there there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that allows the government to decide what plants it likes and which it doesn't like, and to go around with machineguns and vicious dogs, attacking individuals who disagree with them. Under U.S. law, power like that simply doesn't exist. There was a time when even politicians realized this." (03/08/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle812-20150308-02.html

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