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PA: Pizza shop customer shoots two robbers, killing one

ABC News ABC News

"A pizza shop customer armed with a gun shot and killed one robber and injured another as they tried to hold up the Pennsylvania restaurant, according to police. The shooting happened late Tuesday night at Porfirio's Pizza and Pasta, located in a shopping plaza in Levittown, about 25 miles northeast of Philadelphia. The customer took out a gun and shot both men after they allegedly pistol-whipped him, Middletown Police Chief Joe Bartorilla told reporters. One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect was taken to a hospital. His condition was not immediately available." (11/16/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-pizza-shop-customer-shoots-robbers-killing-43568823

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Gun control measures expected to win in four US states

Reuters Reuters

"Gun control-related ballot measures in four states are expected to pass on Tuesday, opinion polls showed, after gun safety advocates poured a massive amount of money into backing the initiatives. In Maine and Nevada, residents are voting on whether to mandate universal background checks for firearm sales, including private handgun transactions. If those two measures pass, half of all Americans would live in states that have such expanded checks. Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., have already approved similar laws. Voters in Washington state will consider allowing judges to bar dangerous people, such as accused domestic abusers, from possessing guns. In California, a referendum would ban large-capacity ammunition magazines and require certain people to pass a background check to buy ammunition. The U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, and gun rights advocates fiercely contest any attempt to restrict it." (11/08/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-guns-idUSKBN13317Q

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NC: Pizza Hut worker shoots, kills attempted robber

Fox News Fox News

"A Pizza Hut employee shot and killed a man during an attempted armed robbery after hours at the store early Sunday morning in west Charlotte, N.C., according to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police. Officers were called about 1:38 a.m. to the Pizza Hut to a report of shooting and arrived to find Michael Renard Grace with a gunshot wound. Grace was pronounced dead on scene. According to police, three people entered the restaurant and were in the process of robbing the business when one of the employees fired his own personal handgun at one of the suspects. Investigators said a handgun was recovered at the scene that was being carried by the robbery suspect at the time he was shot." [editor's note: One to keep for the next time someone screams out about private guns never stopping crime - SAT] (10/31/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/31/pizza-hut-worker-shoots-kills-attempted-robber.html

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FL: Some idiots plan to arm themselves for trick-or-treating because CLOWNS

Fox News

"Some Florida residents plan to take some extra precautions when they trick-or-treat with their children on Monday amid reports of creepy clowns scaring communities. Kimberly Kersey told Florida Today that she plans to carry a gun while taking her sons around her Palm Bay neighborhood after two men were arrested last week for allegedly threatening people while dressed as clowns. ... Pam Metz, of Titusville, said she plans to carry around a baseball bat on Halloween because she doesn't have a gun." [editor's note: On the one hand, it's a good idea to go armed in general, assuming you are sane and competent. On the other hand, if you have fallen for the clown panic, you are not sane and competent, you should probably not be going out at all armed or not, and you should probably be in diapers and on thorazine - TLK] (10/31/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/31/some-florida-parents-plan-to-arm-themselves-while-going-trick-or-treating-over-clown-concerns.html

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NC: Pizza Hut employee shoots, kills attempted robber

Atlanta Journal Constitution

"A west Charlotte Pizza Hut employee is on leave after shooting and killing a man police said was trying to rob the restaurant early Sunday morning. Police identified the would-be thief as 28-year-old Michael Grace. Investigators said that just before 1:40 a.m. three people tried to break into the Pizza Hut on Freedom Drive. Officers said that the employee fired his personal handgun at Grace, who died at the scene. Police found the gun they said Grace was carrying when he was shot at the scene. The two other intruders ran away and have not yet been found." (10/31/16)

http://www.ajc.com/news/national/update-pizza-hut-employee-shoots-kills-attempted-robber-cmpd-says/rhcHjMFRf50C3SZHCLqCkP/

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OR: Law providing immunity to frivolous litigation to gun dealers could fail

Raw Story Raw Story

"A gun-violence victim’s family is hoping the mother of the man who fatally shot their relative will strengthen their case against two firearms dealers in an Oregon court. Kirsten Englund, a 57-year-old California woman, was fatally shot in April 2013 at a scenic overlook in Oregon while on her way to visit relatives. After 30-year-old Jeffrey Boyce killed Englund, he drove to northern California and carjacked two different drivers before police arrested him. Two months later, while awaiting his arraignment, Boyce killed himself in jail. On Thursday, the gunman’s mother, Diane Boyce, agreed to help the family with its wrongful death lawsuit against two retailers that sold her guns, despite originally being named in the lawsuit." (10/30/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/how-a-law-providing-immunity-to-gun-dealers-could-fail

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FL: Kaine cries crocodile tears at site of massacre made possible by policies he supports

ABC News ABC News

"Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine made an emotional visit to the Pulse nightclub, the site of the Orlando massacre, Monday along with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was gravely injured in a 2011 shooting. ... As the visit ended, a visibly emotional Kaine walked up to reporters. He cried as he whispered into the camera. 'This is a weird thing to say but I always hoped that the Virginia Tech one would be the worst one ever ... as bad as that was, I hoped that nothing would ever eclipse it but, such as life we got work to do so,' said an emotional Kaine." (09/26/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tim-kaine-makes-emotional-visit-orlando-massacre-site/story?id=42374413

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VA: Gun rights activists sue Couric over film edits

USA Today USA Today

"Virginia gun-rights activists have filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and other makers of a documentary over an edit they say misrepresented the activists' response to a question. The segment in Under the Gun shows nearly 10 seconds of silence after Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League how felons or terrorists could be prevented from purchasing a gun without background checks. Activists can be heard on audio of the exchange responding to Couric's question almost immediately. Couric was executive producer of the film. She said in a message on the film's website in May that she regrets that the edit was misleading and that she didn't raise her initial concerns about the segment 'more vigorously.' Couric's spokesman didn't immediately respond Tuesday." (09/13/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/09/13/gun-rights-activists-sue-couric-over-film-edits/90320696

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WV: Police officer fired for not shooting man with unloaded gun

Fox News Fox News

"A West Virginia police officer who refused to shoot a man holding an unloaded gun was fired for not pulling the trigger, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Then-Weirton police officer Stephen Mader was let go after a May 6 incident in which he said he tried to talk Ronald D. 'R.J.' Williams Jr. out of harming himself. 'I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and deescalate it,' Mader, an ex-Marine, told The Post-Gazette. 'I knew it was suicide-by-cop.' Mader said even though he didn’t know Williams Jr.’s gun was unloaded at the time, the man had the gun at his side and was not pointing it at the officer. He also knew that he had been called to the scene because of a domestic disturbance and Williams Jr. had only threatened to hurt himself." [editor's note: This cop needs to get hired somewhere else, IMMEDIATELY! - SAT] (09/13/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/13/police-officer-fired-for-not-shooting-man-who-had-unloaded-gun.html

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FL: Bureaucrats use Pulse nightclub massacre as pretext for $150k bribe demand

South Florida Sun Sentinel

"The security company that employed Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen was fined $151,400 Friday for falsely [sic] listing psychological testing information on more than 1,500 forms that allowed employees to carry guns. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services imposed the fine after discovering G4S Secure Solutions had listed the name of a psychologist who no longer practiced as the screener on Mateen's form and those of many others over a 10-year period." [editor's notes: The screenings WERE conducted, but by another psychologist. It was a paperwork error, not an intentional false filing. And any requirement to consult, report to, or jump through hoops for, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on the matter of bearing arms is clearly unconstitutional - TLK] (09/09/16)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-orlando-shooting-fine-20160909-story.html

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WA: Grandstanding AG proposes ban on guns that look scarier, but are no more deadly than, others

Seattle Times

"Spurred by the recent killings of three teenagers in Mukilteo, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson will propose legislation next year to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in Washington. Ferguson announced his proposal Wednesday, flanked by the parents of a fourth Mukilteo victim, who was seriously injured, as well as dozens of Democratic legislators and officials." (09/07/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/state-ag-proposes-assault-weapons-ban/?utm_source=The+Seattle+Times&utm_campaign=04be201974-Alert_BREAKING%3A_State_attorney_general_proposes_as&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5beb38b61e-04be201974-122462773

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NH: How one group is curbing gun suicides

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor

"As the longtime owner of a gun store, Ralph Demicco is passionate about his firearms. At the modest ranch house he built himself outside the rural New Hampshire town of Hooksett, he keeps a collection of rifles, shotguns, pistols, and antique weaponry, including two cast-iron cannons that he stores in the barn beneath an oval wooden wall plaque inscribed with the Second Amendment. On special occasions, he wheels out his beloved cannons (replicas of Dutch and British models) and fires off thunderous shots that reverberate through the New England woods the way they might have in the Revolutionary War 240 years ago. Mr. Demicco, a barrel-chested man with a sweep of graying hair, maintains a 200-yard firing range at the back of his property where he practices his marksmanship. His three sons learned to shoot here. One son later followed him into the gun business." (09/03/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0903/How-one-group-is-curbing-gun-suicides

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Court: Medical marijuana patients don’t have rights

The Hill The Hill

"A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a government ban that prevents medical marijuana card holders from buying guns, Fox News reported. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers nine Western states including California, Washington and Oregon, ruled the federal ban is not in violation of the Second Amendment." (08/31/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/294002-court-upholds-gun-ban-on-medical-marijuana-card-holders

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TX: Paxton sues Waller County over courthouse gun ban

Houston Press

"After warning Waller County officials that he'd make them get in line with state law if they didn't do so of their own volition, on Tuesday morning Paxton followed through. He filed a lawsuit against Waller County to force county officials to comply with the state's open carry laws and allow guns into the Waller County Courthouse." (08/30/16)

http://www.houstonpress.com/news/state-ag-ken-paxton-sues-waller-county-over-courthouse-gun-ban-8717656

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FL: Intruder shot after Tampa resident spies him on home surveillance phone app

Tampa Bay Times

"A burglar was shot Tuesday after the occupant of a home spotted him remotely on a mobile surveillance app and called her father to go investigate, police said. ... The resident, Jordan King, wasn't home at the time but received a text message from a mobile phone application alerting her of movement in the house .... King, 25, was able to pull up a live surveillance video feed on her phone and spotted a man in her bedroom with socks on his hands rifling through her belongings. King called 911 and her father, 54-year-old Jerry King, who lives nearby, went to investigate. ... King told investigators Stewart had something in his hand that 'put him in fear,' according to a news release. He fired one shot, hitting Stewart in the upper torso." (08/30/16)

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/intruder-shot-after-homeowner-spies-him-on-home-surveillance-phone-app/2291510

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MN: Gun buyback program a dud, say legal owners

Fox News Fox News

"A Minneapolis gun buyback program targeting weapons used in street crimes may be shooting blanks, as detractors said a Saturday collection mostly took in antiquated, unused or homemade arms from legal owners and did little to thin the firearm supply actually available to dangerous criminals. Two Minneapolis locations collected about 150 firearms Saturday, but both exchanges were forced to shut down several hours early when officials ran out of Visa gift cards -- $25,000 worth, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. And at least some of that money helped finance the purchase of even more guns. One anonymous gun owner told WCCO he received $200 in gift cards that he planned to use to buy a new firearm. That man said he didn’t think the program was serving its intended purpose." (08/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/29/minnesota-gun-buyback-program-dud-some-legal-owners-say.html

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TX: UT-Austin students snatch up free dildos for gun protest

Texas Tribune

"Students, alumni and spectators eagerly snatched up more than 4,500 donated dildos Tuesday evening at the University of Texas at Austin, preparing to assuage their frustration over a new state law allowing handguns to be carried on public university campuses. Cocks Not Glocks, a protest group formed last fall, is urging students and others to openly carry the sex toys around campus, offering a multicolored counterpoint to the concealed weapons that holders of handgun licenses can now legally carry inside UT classrooms and most buildings." (08/23/16)

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/08/23/students-distribute-4500-sex-toys/

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CA: Gun rights advocates file suit challenging open carry restrictions

Fox News Fox News

"Gun-rights advocates filed a sweeping new legal challenge Wednesday to California’s open-carry restrictions -- arguing a recent court decision effectively denies residents 'their fundamental rights to bear arms' and contradicts a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment. Plaintiffs say the case, Flanagan v. Harris, is a 'direct response' to a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that preserved a California county sheriff’s restrictive policies on carrying a concealed weapon. Considering the state’s additional restrictions on carrying a gun openly in public, plaintiffs argued in their new lawsuit that they have been 'completely barred from exercising their right to bear arms, in any manner.' The suit contends, 'the Supreme Court has made clear that the right to bear arms cannot be completely foreclosed.' The plaintiffs include gun owner and resident Michelle Flanagan as well as the California Rifle & Pistol Association." (08/18/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/18/gun-rights-advocates-file-suit-challenging-california-open-carry-restrictions.html

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Secret Service: We played security theater games over Trump’s 2nd Amendment comment

CNN CNN

"A US Secret Service official confirms to CNN that the USSS has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his Second Amendment comments. 'There has been more than one conversation' on the topic, the official told CNN. But it's unclear at what level in the campaign structure the conversations occurred. The campaign told the USSS that Donald Trump did not intend to incite violence, according to the official. 'No such meeting or conversation ever happened,' Trump tweeted in response to CNN's report." [editor's note: So much stuff to go after Trump over, and the Democrats think they win votes by pretending that support for the right to keep and bear arms is evil or treasonous? Clinton's proxies make a sack of hammers look like a Ph.D. candidate - TLK] (08/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/10/politics/trump-second-amendment/

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FL: Woman dead after police officer negligently shoots her during publicity stunt

New York Daily News

"A woman is dead after she was accidentally [sic] shot by a Florida police officer in a citizen training academy roleplay scenario gone wrong. Mary Knowlton was one of two participants randomly selected from a group of 35 for a shoot-don't shoot simulation during a two-hour training Tuesday at the Punta Gorda Police Department, Chief Tom Lewis told reporters at a press conference." [editor's note: There are two ways a gun can be fired by an adult: Intentionally or negligently. "Accidentally" doesn't exist as a category of shootings by adults. And "citizen training academy" is governmentalese for "publicity/propaganda operation" - TLK] (08/09/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-woman-fatally-shot-citizen-training-accident-article-1.2744982

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NV: Pokemon Go player stops mid-game to shoot man trying to rob him

Independent [UK]

"Two men who tried to rob a group of people playing Pokemon Go ended up getting shot by the busy trainers. An attempted robbery on Pokemon Go players -- who were in a Las Vegas park that has become popular with players because it is a good place for catching Magikarp -- ended in a shootout when one of the trainers pulled out his own gun and shot the robbers. ... an armed man and a driver pulled up in an SUV and demanded they handed over the things they had, police said. One of the Pokemon players had a concealed carry permit that lets [sic] him carry a gun -- which he then pulled out and shot at the would-be robber." (07/26/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pokemon-go-trainer-stops-mid-game-to-shoot-man-trying-to-rob-him-a7156806.html

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MA: Healey, in latest grandstanding for future gubernatorial bid, makes up new victim disarmament law

Reuters Reuters

"Massachusetts will ban the sale of 'copycat' assault-style [sic] weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. The move takes effect immediately and is part of stepped-up enforcement of Massachusetts'[s] ban on military-style assault [sic] weapons, she said in a statement. ... Healey's statement said gun manufacturers made versions with minor tweaks to various parts of the weapon. Copycat guns are sold, for example, without a flash suppressor or with a fixed instead of folding stock. Under Healey's notice, a weapon is a copy or duplicate if [Healey thinks she can get some attention for screeching that it's a copy or duplicate]." (07/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/massachusetts-guns-idUSL1N1A61YX

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OH: Cleveland police union asks Kasich to suspend 2nd Amendment because REASONS

USA Today USA Today

"The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association is asking the governor to suspend state law allowing the open carry of firearms for the duration of Republican National Convention. Alarmed by the succession of deadly police shootings, including Sunday's deaths in Baton Rouge, police union president Steve Loomis said he is appealing to the governor to declare an emergency. He said the state's open carry law is making the job of securing the convention 'much more difficult.' ... 'Somebody's got to do something' Loomis said Sunday. 'What we have now is completely irresponsible.' Gov. John Kasich does not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws, spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach said. Under Ohio law, legal gun owners can carry firearms in plain sight." (07/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/17/cleveland-police-union-weapons-ban-governor-john-kasich/87223128

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IL: Lawsuit claims gun restrictions unfairly target foster parents

Fox News Fox News

"Kenneth and Colleen Shults want to permanently welcome a foster child into their Fairmount, Ill., family, but claim in a federal suit filed this week they are being forced to surrender their Second Amendment rights to do it. Already parents of three, the couple is in the process of formally adopting a daughter through the state foster care system and is fighting Department of Children and Family Services rules they say severely restrict their gun rights. The couple charges that the firearm restrictions aimed at safeguarding foster children violate their constitutional rights and threaten their ability to keep their family safe. 'Our family has always owned and used firearms,' said Kenneth Shults, 37, who is a firearms safety instructor and a machine shop manager. 'No foster parent should have to forfeit their constitutional rights in order to be a foster parent.'" (07/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/14/illinois-gun-restrictions-unfairly-target-foster-parents-lawsuit-claims.html

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New Black Panther Party bringing arms to Cleveland

Reuters Reuters

"The New Black Panther Party, a 'black power' movement, will carry firearms for self-defense during rallies in Cleveland ahead of next week's Republican convention, if allowed under Ohio law, the group's chairman said. The plan by the group this weekend comes as police in Cleveland brace for an influx of groups that plan demonstrations before and during the presidential nominating convention. During the attack last week in Dallas that killed five police officers, law enforcement officials said demonstrators carrying rifles led them to initially believe they were under attack by multiple shooters. Several other groups, including some supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, have said they will carry weapons in Cleveland." (07/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-police-blackpanthers-exclusive-idUSKCN0ZS1Z7

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The cannabis exception to the Second Amendment

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"If you want to buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer, you have to fill out Form 4473, which is aimed at determining whether you are legally allowed to own a firearm. A recent revision to the form by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) underlines how blithely the federal government strips Americans of their Second Amendment rights. 'Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?' asks Question 11(e). In the latest version of Form 4473, which dealers are required to start using on January 16, that question is followed by a warning in bold type: 'The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.'" (11/30/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/30/the-cannabis-exception-to-the-second-ame

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How dangerous is the alt-right to American Jews?

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"The Jew-haters and racial dividers among the alt-right (and for that matter, among the left, which did so much to create the current climate) are always dangerous because, as a spokesperson for the U.S. Holocaust Museum points out, the Nazis' Holocaust didn't begin with killings, but with words. And of course, with laws. ... we owe it to ourselves, our friends, and our freedom, to make sure that the rising bigots are pushed back -- with derision, with strong argument, with cultural marginalization. Even with arms, should it come to that unthinkable pass. If the bigots raise an army, or even a few isolated, terrorizing gangs, we should absolutely be prepared to exercise self- and community-defense against them. But we should never try to 'disappear' them by censoring them; we should never sacrifice the First Amendment in their dubious honor." (11/23/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3971

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Guns, freedom, and safety

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"What is it with gun-rights organizations? Or organizations that claim to represent owners and users of firearms? We've known that the NRA has been no true friend of liberty for a long time, and in fact, started out more as a gun control organization than a group dedicated to preserving our rights to keep and bear arms. It is why many of us don't want anything to do with them, and cringe every time they speak up on something. We've seen something similar with other organizations, including some originally founded to work around the attitudes and actions of the NRA. The Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership, all come far too readily to mind. As does the National Shooting Sports Foundation." (11/21/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10115

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Gun paranoia in the age of Trump

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman

"There were plenty of agitated and even hysterical reactions to Donald Trump's election victory, but none more surprising than the one expressed in a direct mail letter I got a couple of days afterward. 'Our worst nightmare is staring us right in the face,' it declared. 'The attacks will be hitting everywhere, every day.' ... Planned Parenthood? The American Civil Liberties Union? The Council on American-Islamic Relations? No, this shriek of terror came from the National Rifle Association. ... The NRA endorsed Trump. The letter inviting me to join was obviously written and sent before his victory materialized. But it illuminates a problem that the organization and its allies will have over the next four years: how to sustain the fear and anxiety that have been so useful to them over the past eight." (11/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/21/gun-paranoia-in-the-age-of-trump

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US government limits your access to firearms while selling weapons around the world

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by PA Deacon

"When politicians pass laws reducing our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms they do so citing safety, crime, or the disutility of the arms themselves. Yet, the United States government has no problem selling large numbers of heavy weapons to foreign countries, terrorists, and dictators, while erecting barriers to our natural right of self-defense." (11/07/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/11/07/u-s-government-limits-your-access-to-firearms-while-selling-weapons-around-the-world/

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The Streisand effect and Cody Wilson’s 3-D printed gun

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by C Edward Kelso

"For Mr. Wilson, the means of production, not quite in the Marxian sense, but close, were slowly moving to Everyman. The perfect political mischief, he discussed with his pal during those increasingly eccentric talks, would be to offer up to progressives, prohibitionists, establishment types a taste of radical equality. What if, just what if, something like a gun could be printed using simply a home computer, 3D printer, and available materials? Further, what if the hard part, the engineering and metallurgy, was done way ahead of time, encapsulated in an executable file for download? For free? Wikipedia for weapons. A Wiki Weapon! Barbra Streisand's ghost burst into action as Mr. Wilson used online crowdsourcing to attempt raising the twenty grand his back of the envelope calculation assumed it'd take for a Wiki Weapon to see quickening, life. The plea alone generated media hysteria." (10/29/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-streisand-effect-and-cody-wilsons-3-d-printed-gun/

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Gun grabbers like Hillary are only as big a threat as we allow them to be

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

"If Clinton or a Supreme Court molded in her image endangers our gun rights it is only because Americans are unwilling to utilize every tool at their disposal, especially those recommended by the Founders. Gun grabbers like her are only as big a threat as we allow them to be. We need only look at marijuana to see how this plays out in the real world. The feds decided years ago to make weed illegal. Finally, states such as Washington and Colorado decided to ignore the feds and legalize it. And what did the feds do in response? Nothing. To paraphrase Eamon de Valera from the film Michael Collins, we defeat the federal government's gun control laws by ignoring them." (10/27/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/gun-grabbers-like-hillary-are-only-as-big-a-threat-as-we-allow-them-to-be/

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Does Hillary believe in an individual right to bear arms or not?

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Adam Bates

"In last night's third and final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton made two seemingly conflicting assertions about the Second Amendment: that she supports an individual right to bear arms and that the Heller case was wrongly decided. ... So what does Secretary Clinton mean when she says that Heller was wrongly decided? Both dissents in Heller would have upheld a law that effectively banned handguns. Both dissents would have upheld a law that rejects the ability to defend yourself from criminals in your own home as a fundamental right. Or would Secretary Clinton reject both dissents in favor of some fourth view of the case?" (10/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/does-hillary-believe-individual-right-bear-arms-or-not

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Sandy Hook suit victimized families yet again for political gain

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

"The ghouls have marked time since the [Sandy Hook] massacre with chest-beating ritual designed to keep the victims traumatized and periodically reopen their wounds. Newtown made a spectacle of acquiring [Adam] Lanza's home and demolishing it. The school district spent more than $50 million closing, demolishing, and rebuilding Sandy Hook Elementary. And of course the victim disarmament lobby deployed one of the perennial favorites in its propaganda arsenal (pun intended): Malicious litigation in the form of 'lawfare' ('the abuse of Western laws and judicial systems to achieve strategic military or political ends')." (10/14/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8037

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There is some good news

Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

"Things are not all bad. They're just mostly horrible. In a month we're going to choose between being led by Tweedle-Dumb and Tweedle-Massively Corrupt. But let's look on the bright side. With Trump, we'd see checks and balances like no one has ever been checked and balanced in the history of either checking or balancing. Do you think Paul Ryan (assuming that his foray into fussy establishment virtue signaling by stepping on the momentum of Trump coming off a terrific debate victory doesn't make him minority leader) is going to carry water for Grabby O'Gynogroper? The good news about Hillary is that Americans have about 300 million guns, which should check and balance what her progressive ilk traditionally yearns to do to those of us who are 'deplorable' and 'irredeemable.' Hint: it ain't 'fun camps.' It's good news that the Second Amendment allows us to retain the ultimate veto of leftists' fantasies of fundamental transformation." (10/13/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2016/10/13/there-is-some-good-news-n2231303

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The philosophy of gun control

David Gordon Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon

Review of Debating Gun Control: How Much Regulation Do We Need? by David DeGrazia and Lester H. Hunt: "The authors are well-qualified for a good debate, and the book does not disappoint. Hunt is a philosopher of libertarian inclinations who has written books on Nietzsche, human character, and Robert Nozick. In my view, he is a thinker of genuine depth. DeGrazia is best known for work on animal rights and on bioethics. 'Debating' in the title is a misnomer, as each author presents only his own case and there are no responses." (10/13/16)

https://mises.org/blog/philosophy-gun-control

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Nevada guns: Defeat this anti-freedom measure

USA Today USA Today
by Chuck Allen

"As sheriff of Washoe County, Nev., I'm committed to doing everything in my power to protect your families, your property and your community. I'm equally committed to protecting your rights and freedoms as U.S. citizens. One of my fundamental principles and promises to citizens is to not support legislation that would infringe upon or restrict our Second Amendment rights. In that light, I'm concerned about Question 1 on the November ballot. Largely bought and paid for by billionaire gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg, it would do nothing to stop criminals while criminalizing the commonplace activities of many Nevada gun owners. Armed with the facts, I'm convinced Nevadans will defeat this anti-freedom measure." (10/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/11/second-amendment-gun-politics-michael-bloomberg-editorials-debates/91906634

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Defeating doomsday derp: Tactical tidbits for Threepers

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by John Meyers

"The older generation of survivalists who grew up in an era when the AR15 was less reliable tend to be very fond of full size .308 Battle Rifles for all situations. A myriad of multi volume prepper novels will be sure to point out the superiority of the HK91 over the poodle shooter 5.56 rifles or how great God's Gun in .45 ACP will hit someone in the arm and go back in time and kill their grandparents. I don't intend to have a caliber debate. But I do intend to make you think. For the .308 M1A/FAL/HK91 only crew, have you ever tried to work that platform in tight or confined areas? Have you tried searching your house or slicing corners in confined spaces? Close quarters work with a cumbersome platform often will turn out like a monkey screwing a football bat." (10/11/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4878

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No

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"What happened to Robert Levy? Back in 2007, the chairman of the libertarian Cato Institute was the organizer and financier behind District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court Case that established the Second Amendment as affirming an individual right to gun ownership. Today Robert Levy is waxing ridiculous about Second Amendment compromises gun owners and gun rights advocates should consider. The short answer to that Cato Institute report inviting Americans to consider grounds for compromise on gun control is a simple, short 'No.'" (10/04/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3815

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Gun control in the Third Reich

Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

"Enacted in late 1931, not long before Hitler would become chancellor and the Nazi Party would proclaim a political monopoly for itself in the Reichstag, near-universal registration of personal firearms was characterized (as might well be expected) as a crime fighting measure. In addition, in 1932 -- and with ominously ironic foreshadowing -- the German interior minister ordered that the lists of gun registrants be securely stored so that they could not fall into the hands of 'radical elements.' He also issued an alleged promise of a 'very high level of security of the data.' All of this would become utterly meaningless, of course, when in less than a year's time Hitler and his underlings would order the cross-referencing of said gun registration lists with both new and old state registry office census data which -- with the help of punchcards courtesy of IBM corporation's German subsidiary -- enabled the Nazi authorities to identify Jews, as well as others considered, for whatever reasons they cared to formulate, 'politically unreliable.'" (10/03/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/gun-control-in-third-reich

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Everybody talks about the weather …

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Eric Oppen

"In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky suggested that people who wanted to effect change in corporate policy (mainly hiring more blacks and other minorities) buy shares in those corporations. Every share has a vote, and these votes can be assigned to another person to vote. The stockholder retains ownership, and receives whatever dividends the stock is paying, but his or her 'proxy' casts votes at the shareholders' meeting as directed. ... I've reflected that if libertarians (and conservatives; we both suffer from biassed [sic] reporting) merely put some money aside each month and used it to buy shares in the major media conglomerates, we could get them to change their policies in a hurry." (09/25/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle891-20160925-03.html

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Gun control is treason

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"The great, glaring failure of the Bill of Rights and its otherwise distinguished authors is that it doesn't include a severe and stringent penalty clause, a punishment prescribed for government officials and others who try to violate the rights that it protects. However the Second Amendment, by implication, contains its own penalty clause. It defines itself, and the liberty it enshrines, as 'necessary to the security of a free State.' It doesn't take much interpretation to infer that anyone who strives to weaken, or abolish that right altogether, is endangering the security of the free state in which we live. A more direct way to say it is that they are committing treason. And the customary punishment for treason is death -- by hanging." (09/25/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle891-20160925-02.html

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The other half of the truth

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Douglas A. French, of the National Review, while writing about Islam and terrorism, innocently drew up a half-truth: 'In Saint Cloud, Minn., Dahir Adan's family identified him as the man who stabbed eight people in a mall before being shot and killed by an armed civilian, an off-duty police officer named Jason Falconer.' So, what is the missing half of the truth? The heroic Mr. Falconer was armed, sure. And an off-duty cop. But he was more civilian than cop, for the weapon he had on him was concealed (by permit), and he is the owner of a gun range." (09/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/09/20/the-other-half-of-the-truth/

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Gun grabbers die hard

USA Today Town Hall
by Katie Kieffer

"Gun grabbers are camouflaging sinister plans with slick catchphrases -- hoping you'll barely notice when they pickpocket your pistol. Hillary Clinton is quietly building a massive gun grabber army. It's up to you to halt her momentum. Gun grabbers 'die hard' because they insist on believing the same anti-gun theories even after encountering facts disproving their theories. They also die hard because it's nearly impossible to defeat them. Which means, we must try harder. 'Do you believe that an individual's right to bear arms is a constitutional right?' ABC's George Stephanopoulos asks of Hillary Clinton in June of 2016. 'If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation,' Hillary [replies]. ... Two-letter words beginning with the letter 'I' are wild cards the Clintons love to play when caught in acts of deception. Bill Clinton clung to the word 'is' in the same way his wife now clings to the word 'if.'" (09/12/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2016/09/12/gun-grabbers-die-hard-n2216135

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A 20th century history of infringement

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"Last week, I was chatting contentedly with my friends on Facebook (who would ever have thought I'd say that?) about gun politics, when I was interrupted by (ostensibly) a young woman (everybody's young compared to me these days) who denied that anyone in politics was out to take my guns away and asserted, in essence that I am some kind of paranoid crank. I resent that. I do not deny it, but I resent it. But I have my reasons." (09/04/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle888-20160904-02.html

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Not a rant

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

"Mexico's Foreign Secretary has complained about the US not banning certain firearms that Mexican residents are not allowed to own. I remember the story of a repeat crosser illegal alien who was asked why he kept coming into the US just to get deported over and over again. He answered that he wanted freedom. When asked why he didn't make himself free in Mexico 'Senor, they (his oppressors) have all the guns.' Nothing has changed, except the gringo version of the same class are seeking to gain control of the US and calling themselves Democrats (Except William Weld, who mendaciously calls himself a Libertarian.)." (08/28/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle887-20160828-07.html

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Solution to Chicago gun violence: Better training

TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle

"The continuing tragedy of gun violence, suggests a radical new solution. The homicide rate in Chicago, isn't caused by an oversupply of guns, it's caused by an oversupply of bad shots. It seems the majority of the gun homicides in the City are all innocent bystanders. At least the ones we care about are. There are rarely any tears shed when a bad guy kills another bad guy. The latest tragedy was Nykea Aldridge, cousin of Dwayne Wade, who was killed in the crossfire of a Southside Chicago gun fight. She was pushing a stroller home, after registering her children for school." (08/29/16)

http://timslagle.com/comedy/solution-to-chicago-gun-violence-better-training.html

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Regal Cinemas’ stupid gun policy

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Regal Cinemas, the largest movie theater chain in the country, has a gun policy that prohibits people from bringing guns into its movie theaters. That includes people with concealed-carry permits. That is one stupid policy." (08/29/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/08/29/regal-cinemas-stupid-gun-policy/

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

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

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

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

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Denial: So much more than an Egyptian river

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

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

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3670

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

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

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

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

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“Libertarian” Party joins the old parties?

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

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

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

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In defense of Second Amendment people

The American Spectator
by Aaron Goldstein

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

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

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Second Amendment people

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

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

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

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Election 2016: Time for Libertarians to dump Bill Weld

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

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

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7078

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What kind of wall is that again?

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

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

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3591

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An epidemic of evil

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

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

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3557

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Why we need independent militias

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Ryan McMaken

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

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

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“Assault weapon” bans are really about political censorship

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

"When gun grabbers call for a ban on 'assault weapons' they aren't trying to restrict a weapon. They are trying to censor subversive political artwork. They'd prefer banning all guns if practical, but the current political climate forces them to go after weapons that elicit enough negative emotions that they don't have explain why they should be banned. It's easy to dismiss these visceral reactions to 'assault weapons' as ignorance, irrational fear or political indoctrination." (07/23/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/23/assault-weapon-bans-are-really-about-political-censorship/

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In support of the open carry society

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

"For some reason, police seem to consider open carry of firearms, even where formally legal (the US Constitution says it's legal everywhere in America, but that's another column), to constitute prima facie evidence of criminal intent. It isn't, and treating it as such can only lead to unnecessary violent outcomes." (07/20/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6831

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