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FL: Teen shoots intruder in grandparents’ home

WESH News

"An Orlando teen is being called a hero after shooting an intruder in his grandparents' home, according to police. Investigators said Reagan Quade, 21, burst through the Shuster family's door Sunday morning. ... Linda's disabled husband, Robert Shuster, said he gave his grandson clear instructions on what to do when Quade allegedly charged at the teen. 'I said, 'Neal, shoot him. Don't let him hurt you,'' Robert Shuster said. 'He's grabbing me, and my grandpa is yelling, 'Shoot him.' So I shot him,' Neal Shuster said." (06/30/15)

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PA: Court rejects law that made it easier to fight local victim disarmers

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle

"A state appellate court on Thursday struck down a law designed to make it easier for organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge local firearms ordinances in court. The Commonwealth Court said the procedure that the Republican-controlled Legislature used to enact the law in the final days of last year's session violated the state constitution. Under the law, gun owners no longer had to show they were harmed by an ordinance to challenge it, and it let 'membership organizations' like the NRA sue on behalf of any Pennsylvania member." (06/25/15)

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OH: Elderly woman fires on home invader

WFMJ News

"Goshen Police say an elderly woman fired a shot at a man who broke into her rural Green Township home .... The woman, who police say is in her 70's, tells police that she observed the suspect walking down her drive way. He knocked on the door and when she didn't answer, he went around back and broke into her home using a rock. ... the woman grabbed a gun and went into the bathroom. As the suspect made his way through the house, the woman stepped out and fired at him. Police don't believe the woman hit the suspect." (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oy26v4q

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CA: Newark high school gets gunfire detection system

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"A Bay Area high school now has a security system that officials hope never goes off. Students will return to Newark Memorial High School in the fall to find that a gunfire detection system installed last month is fully operational. The software, which officials said is the first of its kind at a U.S. high school, is meant to both quicken school reactions and minimize police response time in case of a shooting. 'I hope that we never have to use it,' said principal Philip Morales. 'But if we do, if it does go off, then we know what we need to do.'" (06/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pf5nddx

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Uber: Drivers, riders must be completely defenseless

Gizmodo

"Uber has changed it[s] legal policies in order to prohibit the carrying of firearms by both drivers and passengers. ... In April, an Uber driver in Chicago shot a man who was himself shooting at a group of people. The unnamed driver had dropped off a passenger just minutes before. That news was perhaps enough to convince the company that it had to take action." [editor's note: Yes, you read that right -- an Uber driver took down a would-be killer, so Uber "had to take action" to ensure that next time, people die - TLK]

http://tinyurl.com/pkwe6aj

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Obama, Clinton dance on Charleston massacre victims’ graves; Sanders doesn’t

CNN CNN

"President Barack Obama and other top Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton -- find themselves in a familiar place following the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday: Pleading for gun control [sic] while knowing it's unlikely to happen. ... Another Democrat seeking the White House declined to use the incident as a means for pushing for reforms [sic]. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who despite being a liberal hero on most issues has a more moderate record on gun control. ... Sanders issued a statement calling the Charleston shooting a 'hateful killing' but did not tie it to a call for gun control." (06/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3c43sj

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Colt files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Guns.com

"Colt Defense LLC voluntarily filed petitions for Chapter 11 relief, a process the company says will accelerate the sale of its operations in U.S. and Canada. The Connecticut-based company filed the materials in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Monday. ... Colt said it will continue normal business operations throughout the sale process and that it has asked the court to approve certain requests to protect trade creditors, vendors, and suppliers." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nw4n7hk

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SCOTUS: Constitutional protections don’t cover the people of San Francisco

USA Today USA Today

"The Supreme Court refused to weigh in again Monday on one of its most controversial topics: the right to bear arms. The justices declined to reconsider the rights [sic] of local governments to constrain that right -- upheld by the high court in two landmark decisions over the past decade -- by requiring that handguns be disabled or locked up when they are not being carried. The high court left standing a San Francisco law imposing those restrictions, but Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented." (06/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfprlev

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DC: Capitol Hill intern arrested for exercising 2nd Amendment rights

CNN CNN

"A Capitol Hill intern was arrested on Monday morning for bringing an unloaded gun into a House office building. Joshua Wheeler, a 25 year old from Kansas, was detained by United States Capitol Police after he entered the Longworth House Office Building with an unloaded Smith and Wesson 9 millimeter handgun. Wheeler started working as an intern for GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins from his home state of Kansas last month. Lieutenant Kimberly Schneider, the spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, told CNN Wheeler was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, and an unregistered firearm." (06/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvvsgut

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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In some US churches, guns are the answer to a prayer

Reuters Reuters
by staff

"The Sunday service was winding down, but before it ended, Bishop Ira Combs led the congregation of 300 at the Greater Bible Way Temple in prayer. The shootings that killed nine people in a Charleston church could not happen here, he reassured his flock. 'If they had security, the assailant would not have been able to reload,' Combs declared. 'All of us here are not going to turn the other cheek while you shoot us.' As he preached, Combs was flanked by a man on each side of the pulpit, each armed with handguns beneath their suit coats. Other members of the church’s security team were scattered among the crowd. Congregants did not know who was armed and who was not -- an undercover approach that is part of the security plan. 'We aren’t looking to engage people in violence, but we are going to practice law enforcement,' Combs told Reuters before the service." (07/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pon32e6

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Armed Americans

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"In the last three weeks, the FBI has arrested ten U.S. citizens allegedly plotting attacks here -- in solidarity with the Islamic State. Just a week ago, I suggested we dump the Department of Homeland Security and start anew, because the DHS bureaucracy is hardly the best way to organize government to stop terrorist attacks. Yet, no matter how well organized, government cannot possibly stop every act of violence." (07/01/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/07/01/armed-americans/

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Not in best interest to be disarmed

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

"A 'no guns' sign or policy only weeds out the people who might stand between a mass murderer and his targets. Instead of enhancing safety, it sacrifices it on the altar of appearances. A 'no guns' sign is a warning that your life doesn't matter at all to the property owners. ... No one ever disarms you with your best interests in mind." (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbeejve

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Progressives against liberal values

David S. D'Amato Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D'Amato

"A particularly unsubstantiated narrative on the right to own a firearm has, for some time, assumed a central place in the talking points of the mainstream left, which we might also accurately name the counterfeit, fake, or sensitivity left. Rather than mere name-calling, the point is to distinguish this group from those who are concerned with the preservation of genuine liberal values, among them, liberty, a government that is subject to the rule of law, and a robust system of justice that refrains from denying an individual her rights without legitimate due process." (06/24/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/progressives-liberal-values/

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Why disarming the “mentally ill” is not a sensible response to mass shootings

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"The dragnet would ensnare many harmless people without having a significant impact on gun violence." (06/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ph53345

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Gun control is anti-American

Voices of Liberty
by AJ Oatsvall

"If you wish to see the impact of gun control laws in other countries, like the United Kingdom or Australia, you'll have to look it up yourself. Though such statistics may or may not bolster an argument in support or against gun control, the argument here is about the principles in which our nation was founded upon, not any other nation, but ours and ours alone: The United States of America!" (06/23/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/gun-control-is-anti-american/

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Charleston and gun rights

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

"Advocates of gun rights argue that the best way to prevent such atrocities is for would-be victims to arm themselves; killers will break gun laws without hesitation (though Roof obtained his .45-caliber handgun legally), so legal obstacles to gun ownership only impede the innocent. Relying on the police for defense is futile -- or worse. This argument persuades few who are committed to 'gun control' (a misnomer because law-abiding people, not guns, are subject to control). But those who demand it while grieving over the racist massacre at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C., ought to understand that 'time and again, guns have proven pivotal to the African American quest for freedom.'" (06/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pexhbcf

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Thoughts on a massacre

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

"When Jesus sent His disciples forth he made sure at least some were armed to protect themselves and their companions lives. Given the very real hatred some people feel towards various faiths and congregations and/or the ethnic groups that belong to them there should be armed members or guards at church services. As long as the law says Churches are gun free zones you are asking for trouble. Violent crime is going down. Gun control will not speed this up. However, the truth remains: When you need help in seconds the cops are minutes away." (06/21/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle826-20150621-05.html

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You heard that where?

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley

"It has come out that the alleged killer (Lt. Col. Grossman says we do not use mass murders names, the name can fade to oblivion) chose the church because it was a gun free zone and didn't have security. Like other mass killers, some of them elected politicians, they wants disarmed victims. But the reporting on the incident is interesting." (06/21/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1550

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“Gun control”: The answer is NO

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

"The upshot, of course, is that Obama and Clinton want Congress to pass yet another round of victim disarmament ('gun control') legislation. And they're more than willing to do a little happy political dance on the graves of the latest nine victims to advance that agenda. To steal a line from Obama himself, let me be perfectly clear: 'Gun control' isn't about guns, it's about control." (06/21/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1830

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Ex-presidents and guests

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"For at least the fiftieth time in his grimy post-presidential speechmaking 'career,' William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, whom we all know and love as 'Waco Willie,' has been paid, no doubt outrageously, to advocate publicly, a government policy of cultural genocide, a sort of 'ethic cleansing' of anybody who clings to the first ten amendments of the Constitution." (06/21/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle826-20150621-02.html

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Why I’m not going to write about that dreadful mass murder in South Carolina

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"I'm not going to address the bloody deeds of that arrogant cretin or the demands of his blood-dancing fan club. (And make no mistake, the Obamas, Bloombergs, Kings, Schumers, Feinsteins, and Wattses of the world are his fan club, since he and his fellow murderers enable everything they dream of imposing on the world.) I'm not going to address him or them because they don't matter. Our freedom to own firearms and to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities stands beyond them all." (06/19/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1531

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Speech and guns: Freedom is indivisible

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

"The right to think, speak and publish as we please is inseparably linked -- both morally and practically -- to the right to keep and bear arms. It's impossible to support one without supporting the other. And as we can see, the State Department now intends to destroy the latter by destroying the former." (06/18/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1809

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FL: Tenant fires on intruder

Local 10 News
by

"A 22-year-old man is facing charges after breaking into a Miami Beach apartment Tuesday .... the 72-year-old victim told [Jesus] Varela to leave, but Varela grabbed the victim by the neck and knocked him down on the floor. Varela then hid in a bedroom, at which point the victim grabbed his .22-caliber gun and fired one shot in Varela's direction, police said. Police said Varela wasn't hit by the bullet .... Neighbors eventually helped the victim subdue Varela until officers arrived." (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ouqgerl

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Repeat after me: Gun control doesn’t work

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"We begin with a simple-to-understand point: Murderers don't give a hoot about murder laws. People commit murder even though there is a law that makes it a crime to murder someone. So far, so good. That's an easy point to understand. Now, here's the hard part, at least for gun-control advocates: If a murderer doesn't give a hoot about murder laws, how likely is it that he is going to give a hoot about gun-control laws?" (06/18/15)

http://fff.org/2015/06/18/repeat-gun-control-doesnt-work/

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They just keep pushing

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"I don't know if it's because there are national elections next year, but the Democrats in Washington and nationwide just keep pushing gun control measure after gun control measure. It's as if they think that tossing a ton of new legislative proposals at us is like tossing a pot of spaghetti at a wall -- one or two are bound to stick, right? The latest unconstitutional attempt to kick gun owners in the gut (or lower) comes from Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-imwit, Md.), who has decided that in order to exercise your fundamental rights to a) make a legitimate purchase and b) use the most effective tool to defend your family and your property, you must have a license -- a permission from the federal government." (06/16/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1513

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A new low for gun control advocacy

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"Maybe it's because they never learned critical thinking in school or it may be related to the fact that there's a lot of money in shilling for gun control thanks to big money tyrants like Michael Bloomberg but gun control advocates can't admit that their claims are wrong. So what's a gun control advocate to do? Make shit up, obviously! And not just a handful of minor fabrications. The time has come for some new level bullshit. Now to prove gun control works real states must be compared to entirely fictitious states ..." (06/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phvsu6l

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Thou shalt not discuss manufacturing firearms

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"The United States government has been trying fruitlessly to stifle the spread of any information it deems inappropriate for centuries (at least since the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts). Back in the 1990s the government was trying to restrict the sharing of information about of strong cryptography, claiming such algorithms were munitions (I'm not making this up). Now the government is doubling down on its stupidity and trying to prevent the sharing of information related to manufacturing 3D printed firearms ..." (06/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obzcpu6

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Dear Dr. Rosen …

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"I recently read your letter to the editor of the Greensboro News and Record. In it you claim that since 'physicians' advice to patients routinely includes urging safe sex to protect against sexually transmitted diseases; using seat belts and child car seats; urging smokers to quit; and providing vaccines against flu and pneumonia,' you should be able to give your patients advice on firearms safety -- advice I'm not sure you're qualified to give." (06/09/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1484

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“Background checks”: Trojan horse for registration

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"Why route every transfer through a federal licensee? So that a paperwork record will be created of who owns every gun in America. We're told fears that this could eventually lead to confiscation are 'paranoid.' I call that practicing psychiatry without a license, as well as insulting. Read your world history. You don't even have to go back very far, especially in such Third World paradises of victim disarmament as, say, California. Or do you really think Mafia hit men 'forget' and try to buy guns through licensed dealers, instead of buying stolen or otherwise untraceable weapons out of Guido's car trunk -- then slapping themselves upside the forehead and exclaiming 'What was I thinking?!' when they fail to pass the background check?" (06/08/15)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2509

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Campus carry offers protection

USA Today USA Today
by Zachary Zalneraitis

"Spearheaded by Sen. Brian Birdwell and Rep. Allen Fletcher, Texas Senate Bill 11 marks another step in the steady march of states choosing to legalize the carry of concealed firearms on college campuses. Despite legislative stalling and last-minute amendments, the efforts of gun rights organizations from across the state and country paid off in the removal of the statewide ban on campus carry. Contrary to the fear-heavy rhetoric from the bill's opponents, Texas is far from the first state to allow firearms on college campuses. Campus-carry laws are already on the books for universities in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin." (06/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmx2tg2

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Change? You’ll have to do better, Becca

Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

"Guns, as we all know, do not possess reason, nor emotions, nor the capability to perform actions on their own. People must take it upon themselves to use them, in whatever way, in order for guns to do anything at all. Thus, anyone with a clearly functioning mind who wishes to further contend that there is too much gun violence in society must instantly concede that people committing acts of violence are the responsible parties, and not the guns themselves. Does the presence of or ability to obtain a gun make a person more violent or willing to use violence? Millions upon millions of guns in the hands of people all across North America and other parts of the world today, and every day, who committed no gun violence (or perhaps even other violence) says, most emphatically, No." (06/03/15)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/change-youll-have-to-do-better-becca

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Neale Osborn 1964-2015

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"A frequent and favorite contributor to the virtual pages of this journal, Neale Osborn, died of a heart attack lst week. He was ONLY 51 years old; I'm 69, and I'd always expected him to write my obituary, rather than the other way around. It's a lot like losing a brother or a child. Neale's personality could be summed up, like James T.. Kirk's, in a single sentence, from Spock, in the Star Trek movie about the whales: he was 'a man of considerable passion.'" (05/31/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle824-20150531-02.html

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The GOP war on private weapons

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

"Philosophically, your stance on gun ownership tells me a lot of what you’re position is on freedom. If you’re a weapons prohibitionist, you tend to be a coercionist and government supremacist. I dedicate this essay to fruitless enterprise of voting and hope to show the Republicans or friends who are that the Grand Old Politburo is just anxious as the Democrats to disarm you." (06/01/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4048

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Self defense a primary human right

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

"If someone is violating your personal rights -- through aggression or by violating your property -- you have the right to stop them. Nothing, no justifications or excuses, can abolish or alter your right to defense of self or property. The right of defense is the primary human right; all others come from that one." (05/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pktd9ux

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Armed campus lies

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"I woke up to some great news this morning. A Texas bill, restoring the fundamental right of faculty and students over the age of 21 with a concealed handgun permit to carry firearms inside classrooms on public and private college campuses, tentatively passed the Texas House the night before. It passed despite the sniveling objections of school administrators, although thanks to a last-minute amendment, schools are allowed to create 'reasonable' regulations pertaining to the presence of firearms on school grounds. What constitutes 'reasonable,' is anyone’s guess." [editor's note: Well, for a private campus, "reasonable" is "any rule the owner cares to set." For a government campus, even requiring a permit is an unreasonable imposition - TLK] (05/27/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1412

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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
by

"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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