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US House to vote on repealing 2nd, 5th Amendments

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"With Democrats applying election-year pressure to act on gun control, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the House will vote next week on a GOP proposal aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms. Democrats indicated that by itself, Ryan's plan would not quell the partisan showdown that has intensified since the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Two Republicans said the House is expected to vote on legislation resembling a National Rifle Association-backed bill that the Senate rejected last week and was opposed by most Democrats." [editor's note: Lest we forget, that one was also opposed by both the ACLU and the FBI - SAT] (06/30/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Ryan-House-to-vote-on-barring-guns-for-suspected-8334602.php

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SC: Armed citizen thwarts nightclub shooter

USA Carry

"On June 26th, festivities at a nightclub in Spartanburg County, South Carolina were interrupted when a man open fired into the crowd outside. The local sheriff's department reports that there were several injuries at the scene. Speaking for the department, Lt. Kevin Bobo told the press that: 'His rounds struck 3 victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking him in the leg.' ... Legislation passed on June 14th allows South Carolinians with CCW permits to carry in bars and restaurants provided that they are not drinking themselves." [editor's note: Odd, the people yelling that armed citizens couldn't have stopped the Orlando massacre don't seem to be talking about this one ... - TLK] (06/29/16)

http://www.usacarry.com/south-carolina-ccw-holder-thwarts-nightclub-shooter/

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Idiot mayors ask Congress to repeal Second Amendment

WIBC 93.1 FM

"U.S. mayors are asking Congress to break a logjam over limiting gun purchases. The U.S, Conference of Mayors gathering in Indianapolis approved more than 100 policy recommendations, but in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub massacre, the gun issue may be the most closely watched. Mayors called for restrictions on assault weapons, and limits on purchases by the mentally ill and people on the terrorist no-fly list." (06/27/16)

http://www.wibc.com/news/local-news/mayors-call-limits-gun-purchases-mentally-ill-no-fly-names

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MO: Nixon vetoes bill allowing constitutional concealed carry

Fox News Fox News

"Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have let [sic] people carry concealed guns without a permit and expanded [sic] their right[to] use weapons in self-defense. Nixon said the bill 'would make Missouri more dangerous' by relaxing current safeguards for concealed guns. The Democratic governor vetoed the measure Monday. The Republican-led Legislature could try to override his veto during a September session. The bill would allow most people to carry concealed guns even if they haven't gone through the training required for permits." [editor's note: Rights aren't "expanded" or "contracted." They're "respected" or "violated" - TLK] (06/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/27/missouri-governor-vetoes-bill-allowing-concealed-carry-without-permit.html

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Former DHS head: Gun control wouldn’t have stopped Orlando attack

The Hill The Hill

"Tom Ridge, who served as secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, criticized Democrats for trying to pass gun reform after the mass shooting in Orlando. 'You kind of wonder what kind of glasses some of the Democrats are wearing as they look at that horrible tragedy,' Ridge said on 'The Cats Roundtable' radio show with John Catsimatidis." (06/26/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/284915-former-homeland-security-secretary-gun-control-wouldnt-have

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SCOTUS votes 6-2 against Second Amendment

United Press International United Press International

"Gun ownership can be denied to those who commit reckless acts of domestic violence, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 6-2 ruling, in which Associate Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, upheld sentences of two men who argued their prior misdemeanor domestic abuse convictions should not deny them the opportunity to own weapons." (06/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/27/Gun-ownership-can-be-denied-to-domestic-abusers-Supreme-Court-rules/3131467042146/

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OR: Mom fatally shoots home intruder after finding him in her child’s bedroom

New York Daily News

"After finding a stranger in her child's bedroom, an Oregon mother opened fire and killed the intruder early Sunday morning. Police arrived at the home in Portland at about 1:47 a.m., when they found a dead man inside. ... The mother had been out with her two children, 5 and 10, when she came home and spotted the creep in one of her kid's bedrooms. Already armed with a handgun, she shot and killed 59-year-old man hiding in her child's room." (06/27/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/oregon-mom-kills-stranger-snuck-child-bedroom-article-1.2688757

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US House adjourns as Democrats multi-task: Simultaneously dance on graves in Orlando, sit on floor in DC

The Hill The Hill

"House GOP leaders opted to send lawmakers home a day early for a holiday recess as Democrats threatened to stretch a widely publicized sit-in over gun control into a days-long demonstration. The House adjourned for the Independence Day recess shortly after Republicans voted to pass an emergency funding package to combat the Zika virus after 3 a.m. Thursday. ... Democrats continued their sit-in after the House adjourned at 3:14 a.m., but the crowd began to thin considerably given the late hour. Still, more than two dozen Democrats remained on the floor, including several who wrapped themselves in blankets. Members of the House Democratic whip team will meet later Thursday morning to discuss the next steps." (06/23/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/284567-house-gop-starts-recess-early-after-failing-to-quell-democrats-sit

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LGBT gun rights group sees membership skyrocket after Orlando shooting

USA Today

"The Senate has blocked four gun measures, two from each party, in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Here's what each measure would have done. Dylan West says the Pink Pistols gun club in Atlanta has been a stagnant group since he joined a year ago. But that's all changed now. The gun club for LGBT people has roughly doubled in size to 230 members following this month's nightmarish shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 injured." (06/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/20/lgbt-gun-rights-group-sees-membership-skyrocket-after-orlando-shooting/86147114/

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US Senate fails to pass victim disarmament amendments

Hartford Courant

"Unable to come to agreement on competing proposals to bar suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and make changes to background checks on gun sales, the U.S. Senate Monday failed to advance four [victim disarmament] amendments raised in the wake of [nowhere near] the nation's deadliest mass shooting. The proposals needed 60 votes to move forward. The Republican-backed amendments received only 53 votes. The Democratic amendments failed 44-56 and 47-53." (06/20/16)

http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-murphy-blumenthal-senate-gun-vote-20160620-story.html

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SCOTUS to New York, Connecticut regimes: Screw the Constitution, do whatever you want

ABC News ABC News

"The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons [sic] bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. ... Connecticut and New York enacted bans on assault weapons [sic] and large-capacity magazines [using] the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut [as a pretext]." (06/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/supreme-court-leaves-state-assault-weapons-bans-place-39987790

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Senate blocks gun-grabbing measures offered in wake of Orlando shooting

USA Today USA Today

"The Senate as expected on Monday rejected four partisan gun measures offered in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Two Republican proposals would have increased funding for the national background check system and created a judicial review process to keep a person on a terror watch list from buying a gun; two Democratic measures would have expanded background checks to private gun sales and allowed the Justice Department to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists. Ahead of the votes, the chamber's Democratic and Republican leaders gave no indication they expected any of the measures would get the bipartisan support needed to advance." (06/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/20/senate-gun-vote-after-orlando-shooting/86143418

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Victims ask judge to throw out frivolous/malicious Sandy Hook lawsuit

CBS News CBS News

"A judge today will begin weighing whether a gunmaker should face trial over the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. A lawsuit blames the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the massacre, where more than 20 students and educators died. Since the lawsuit was filed last October, gunmakers have fought to get it thrown out. They'll have one more chance at today's hearing at Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut, when both sides will present their cases." (06/20/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gun-industry-tries-to-have-sandy-hook-lawsuit-thrown-out/

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NRA: Orlando nightclub patrons shouldn’t have been armed

USA Today USA Today

"Unlike Donald Trump, top leaders of the National Rifle Association said Sunday they don't believe patrons at a nightclub where 49 people were killed last weekend should have been armed for self-protection. 'I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking,' said NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre on CBS's Face the Nation. Those comments seemed to conflict with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's statement Saturday suggesting that the clubgoers at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando should have been armed when Omar Mateen opened fire with an assault weapon at 2 a.m." [editor's note: One more example of why the NRA is considered by some to be the biggest anti-Second Amendment lobby in the US - SAT] (06/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/06/19/orlando-nightclub-patrons-shouldnt-have-been-armed-nra-says/86113928

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Senate nears deal to vote on doomed victim disarmament proposals

Politico

"After a marathon Democratic filibuster and pitched negotiations on gun control measures, senators are finally nearing a bipartisan deal -- but only to hold votes that are highly likely to fail. On Thursday morning, the Senate Republican Conference held a special caucus meeting on what amendments they would put forward to match a background checks proposal from Democrats, senators said." (06/16/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/senate-vote-gun-restrictions-224426

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US Senate Democrats demand more Orlando-style massacres

Bloomberg

"Senate Democrats held the Senate floor for hours on Wednesday threatening to hold up a spending bill as they sought new gun restrictions, while vulnerable Republicans signaled willingness to compromise on proposals to [violate the right to keep and bear arms and deny Americans due process of law]. Three days after a shooter used an assault rifle [sic] to kill 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy said he was prepared to stand 'as long as I can' to force consideration of two gun-related amendments. One would bar purchases of weapons by anyone on the terrorist watch list and another would aim to extend background checks to cover weapons sold at gun shows." (06/15/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-15/democrats-press-for-gun-curbs-with-threat-to-halt-spending-bill

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AMA dances on Orlando victims’ graves, busks for return to using CDC as anti-gun-rights propaganda mill

CBS News CBS News

"On the heels of yet another senseless gun massacre in the United States, the nation's leading physicians' organization is urging more research [sic] into gun violence. Specifically, the American Medical Association (AMA) said Tuesday that a long-standing ban on federal government research [sic] into gun violence must be lifted to better understand and tackle the problem. The AMA is now pledging to lobby Congress to overturn 20-year-old legislation that has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching [sic] the issue." [editor's note: Tax-funded propaganda disguised as epidemiology is not "research" - TLK] (06/15/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gun-violence-research-ban-must-be-lifted-american-medical-association/

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SCOTUS to consider whether to hear assault weapons [sic] ban challenge

USA Today USA Today

"Fresh off the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history [sic], the Supreme Court will consider whether to hear a challenge to the assault weapons ban passed in Connecticut after the Newtown elementary school massacre of 2012. A petition from gun rights groups is on the high court's list for consideration at Thursday's private conference, but the justices are unlikely to take the case. Just last December (five days after a terrorist attack killed 14 people in San Bernardino, CA) they refused to hear a challenge to a Chicago suburb's ban on such semi-automatic weapons. The Connecticut law was signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in April 2013, four months after 20 students and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Expanding on an earlier assault weapons ban in the state, it banned more than 100 types of firearms along with magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition." [editor's note: Sigh ... No, "the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history" was Wounded Knee, followed by Waco - SAT] ((06/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/14/supreme-court-connecticut-guns-assault-weapons-newtown-orlando/85867644

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Second Amendment ruling: Which concealed carry laws affect you?

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor

"Here in Atlanta, a person can walk into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with a concealed gun in a case -- or for that matter, a loaded assault-style rifle carried openly. As long as the person is licensed, there’s nothing the police can do. In Los Angeles, however, walking outside your home with a concealed gun remains illegal unless authorities have decided you have 'good cause' to carry. A major Second Amendment decision on Thursday from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals intensified (and perhaps enshrined) this growing divide across the United States in how, where, and why Americans may carry weapons in public. In a 7-to-4 en banc decision, the Ninth Circuit ruled that authorities in California and eight other states under its jurisdiction can control who may carry concealed guns in public." (06/10/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0610/Second-Amendment-ruling-Which-concealed-carry-laws-affect-you

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Petraeus, Kelly launch victim disarmament group

CNN CNN

"Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who has long resisted calls to run for political office, is teaming up with retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly to create a new group urging greater gun control. The two announced on Friday that they were launching Veterans Coalition for Common Sense to encourage elected leaders to 'do more to prevent gun tragedies.' The group will feature veterans from every branch of the military who are urging lawmakers to toughen gun laws, the organization said in a news release." (06/10/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/10/politics/david-petraeus-mark-kelly-gun-control/index.html

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TX Appeals Court: No right to carry concealed weapons in public

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public. In a dispute that could ultimately wind up before the Supreme Court, a divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said local law enforcement officials can place significant restrictions on who is allowed to carry concealed guns. By a vote of 7-4, the court upheld a California law that says applicants must cite a 'good cause' to obtain a concealed-carry permit. Typically, people who are being stalked or threatened, celebrities who fear for their safety, and those who routinely carry large amounts of cash or other valuables are granted permits." [editor's note: Okay wait now ... "no right to carry concealed" ... has some very disturbing side effects - SAT] (06/09/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Court-No-right-to-carry-concealed-weapons-in-7973394.php

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Dog bites man: Key victim disarmament group endorses Clinton

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"A major [victim disarmament] group has endorsed Hillary Clinton, offering a lift to her campaign in a tighter-than-expected primary race in California and as she tries to pivot to a general election matchup with Donald Trump. The group, Everytown for Gun Safety [sic], announced its endorsement Friday, the day after its National Gun Violence Awareness [sic] Day campaign. ... Everytown was founded in 2014 by Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, who put in $50 million of his own money in an effort to form a group that could rival the National Rifle Association." (06/03/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Key-gun-control-group-endorses-Clinton-in-2016-7962511.php

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CA: Assembly pressing on with victim disarmament bills

Sacramento Bee

"California Assembly members will continue pushing a sweeping package of gun control bills, dismissing concerns that the legislative focus could conflict with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's ballot initiative. ... Bills promoted by Assembly Democrats include measures that would limit people to buying one long gun a month, expand the list of people who can get a restraining order barring gun ownership, broaden a ban on assault weapons [sic] and regulate components that can be used to build homemade guns." (05/19/16)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article78466572.html

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IL: Senate panel advances new victim disarmament scheme

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune

"The Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a firearm trafficking bill designed to crack down on straw purchasers of weapons. House Bill 6303 now goes before the full Senate. Last month, the House advanced the measure. ... [State Senator Christine] Radogno said the people the law would target are those who cannot be issued an Illinois Firearm Owners Identification card. The bill creates the offense of firearms trafficking, and makes it a Class 1 felony for trafficking the firearm alone, and a Class X for trafficking the firearm and ammunition." (05/18/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-radogno-gun-legislation-st-0519-20160518-story.html

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US judge strikes down DC concealed-carry gun law as likely unconstitutional

Washington Post

"A federal judge has ruled that a key provision of the District’s new gun law is likely unconstitutional, ordering D.C. police to stop requiring individuals to show 'good reason' to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation’s capital. In imposing a preliminary injunction pending further litigation, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon reignited a running battle over the Second Amendment in the District and its courts where three different judges have now weighed in with varying conclusions." (05/17/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-judge-strikes-down-dc-concealed-carry-gun-law-as-likely-unconstitutional/2016/05/17/d36d35dc-1c49-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html?wprss=rss_crime&tid=sm_tw_pl

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What doesn’t fly

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others in The Pulse nightclub, worked for the globe's largest security firm, Britain's G4S. He passed two background checks conducted by the company. Mateen's government credentials included 'a Florida state-issued security guard license and a security guard firearms license.' Twice, he was investigated by the FBI, in 2013 and again in 2014, and cleared -- investigations closed. Should we talk about security failures? Instead, a filibuster by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and a sit-in protest by House Democrats changed the channel to gun control." (06/30/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/30/what-doesnt-fly-2/

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Think gays don’t need gun rights? Check your privilege

Cathy Reisenwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Cathy Reisenwitz

"A predictable response to the horrific massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, in which a gunman murdered 49 people and injured 53 others, mostly Latino, is to restrict gun ownership to police only. But this response ignores the real relationship gay and ethnic minority populations have had with police. It's a history of violence, targeted specifically at queer and brown bodies." (06/28/16)

https://fee.org/articles/think-gays-dont-need-gun-rights-check-your-privilege/

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Gun policy is hard

Trevor Burrus Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

"It's time for a collective freak-out on guns. It's time to spend too long debating your wife's cousin on Facebook, who seems to have been spoonfed his lines by the NRA/Everytown for Gun Safety. It's time to unfriend those who keep posting obstinate things about the need for concealed carry/an assault weapons ban. It's time to facepalm about those who just don't get it. And it is time to just fix the problem, right? I wish it were that simple, but, like most questions in public policy, it is not. Gun policy is hard, and getting it right -- or even starting to get it right -- requires calling out the bad arguments from both sides and understanding inevitable trade-offs and unavoidable facts." (06/27/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gun-policy-hard

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ACLU fights Dems’ dishonest war on due process

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff

"House Democrats took a page out of Donald Trump's playbook by using ad hominem attacks, fear-mongering and deliberate disinformation in a cynical, shortsighted attempt to score political points at the expense of Americans' constitutional rights. Their indecorous protest turned the House of Representatives into an infantile reality TV show. As legal expert Alan Dershowitz put it during an appearance on CNN, the House Democrats behaved like 'a bunch of buffoons.' Dershowitz was being kind. ... While the House Democrats were making fools of themselves on the floor of Congress, lawyers for the ACLU had already appeared before a U.S. district court in a lawsuit that resulted in rulings that the No Fly List is unconstitutional." (06/27/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/aclu-fights-dems-dishonest-war-due-process

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“No fly, no buy” means no freedom

Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

"The people in the government who want to control our personal choices are the enemies of freedom. And the enemies of freedom can be very clever and seductive. Last week, these folks, manifesting their lust to keep us dependent upon the government by rejecting the natural right to self-defense, coined a clever phrase: 'No fly, no buy.' It sounds rational, yet it rejects core American values." (06/23/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/andrew-p-napolitano/no-fly-no-buy/

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How they could confiscate your AR-15

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Anyone who thinks it would be difficult for U.S. officials to confiscate people's AR-15s and other semi-automatic weapons forgets how they confiscated everyone's gold coins in the 1930s. It would be as easy to confiscate guns as it was to confiscate gold coins. To get people's gold coins, they didn't send swarms of federal agents across the land to conduct warrantless searches of people's homes, businesses, and safety deposit boxes. Instead, they simply made it a felony offense to own gold coins, notwithstanding the fact that under the U.S. Constitution gold coins had been the official money of the United States for more than a century." (06/23/16)

http://fff.org/2016/06/23/confiscate-ar-15/

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I don’t want a gun. That has nothing to do with whether you should own one

National Review
by Andrew Badinelli

"I'm not a gun nut. I have never fired a gun, nor do I own one, and I don't intend to ever do either. Guns never fascinated me as a super hero-loving kid, and they certainly don't interest me now. In fact, I happen to be repulsed by the idea of hunting for sport. On paper, I might seem likely to be an enthusiastic cheerleader for Chris Murphy, my senator from Connecticut, as he leads the charge in the Senate for stricter gun control. But I'm not. That's because my personal feelings about whether I want to own a gun are not pertinent to that debate." (06/23/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436972/gun-control-arguments-second-amendment-orlando-terror-watch-list

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“No fly, no buy” proposal takes away gun rights first, asks questions later (maybe)

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"Yesterday Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) supposedly unveiled her compromise bill aimed at stopping suspected terrorists from buying guns. I say 'supposedly' because as I write the text of her Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act is not available on her website yet, and the summary she is offering adds little to what we knew before her press conference. In particular, it does not say what the government must do to permanently deprive someone of his Second Amendment rights, which is the central issue raised by legislation of this kind." (06/22/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/22/no-fly-no-buy-proposal-takes-away-gun-ri

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What will gun controllers do when Americans ignore an “assault weapons” ban?

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Prohibition was kneecapped by Americans' widespread refusal to stop producing, selling, and drinking booze. Millions of Americans smoked marijuana decades before majority sentiment creeped toward legalizing the stuff. Gays and lesbians not only surreptitiously lived and loved when they were targeted by the law -- they also famously (and righteously) stomped cops who raided the Stonewall Inn, ultimately precipitating liberalization. And restrictions on exporting encryption were eased only after cryptographers illegally exported code -- even printing it on T-shirts as an act of civil disobedience. But in the wake of Omar Mateen's bloody rampage in Orlando, gun control advocates think that overcoming the passionate opposition of firearms owners and imposing a ban on a difficult to define class of 'assault weapons' is a swell idea whose time has come. This prohibition will somehow be different." (06/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/21/what-will-gun-controllers-do-when-americ

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FBI and ACLU agree: Senate acted appropriately

TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle

"After the Senate voted down four gun bills, the Desktop Demagogues hit social media in numbers unseen since Harambe the Gorilla was killed. Many are hyperbolically suggesting that Senate Republicans are responsible for the murders in Orlando. The other culprit is the NRA who (according to the Bills' supporters) has been funneling money from Gun Corporations, into the pockets of Senators. But here’s a point that everyone is missing: It's not just the Gun Lobby that wanted to see those Bills defeated, the FBI and the ACLU thought they were bad ideas as well." (06/21/16)

http://timslagle.com/blog/fbi-and-aclu-agree-senate-acted-appropriately.html

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What bothers me about LGBTQIA victim disarmament advocates

Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp

"Until the early 1970s, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the psychology/psychiatry industry's official guide to mental illnesses) classified the LGB (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual) part of LGBTQIA as a 'mental illness.' The T part -- Transsexual -- is still reflected in the DSM as 'gender dysphoria.' Part of the A part -- Asexual -- is still reflected in the DSM as 'male hypoactive sexual desire disorder' and 'female sexual interest/arousal disorder.' To the extent that people form groups or communities based on common characteristics and interests -- and we do -- the queer community should be the last such group to buy into the idea of handing over a general power to forcibly constrain the actions of others based on claims of 'mental illness.'" (06/20/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/06/what-bothers-me-about-lgbtqia-victim.html

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Murder by gun control

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"Why is everybody being so damned polite? No sane individual living in the last days of the 20th century would knowingly welcome Nazis, the KGB, the Khmer Rouge, the ATF, or the FBI into their homes. We've learned too much from what happened to Jews in Germany, Kulaks in Russia, 'landlords' in China, everybody in Cambodia, and victims of state terrorism at Ruby Ridge and Waco. But let the Jackbooted Thugs' Ladies' Auxiliary slap on makeup and broomstick skirts, let them prattle in squeaky little girl voices and breathe their vegetarian breath all over us, and for some reason we think we have to ask them in and offer them chamomile tea. Well, to hell with that." (originally published in 2000; posted 06/19/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle877-20160619-06.html

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The Bizarro morality of America’s gun control debate

National Review
by David French

"To the geeks among us, 'Bizarro World' is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe, a place featuring alternate versions of Superman and other comic-book heroes, governed by a code whose first principle is, 'Us do opposite of all earthly things!' But to everyone else, the planet's name has become shorthand for a backward state of affairs in which up is down, good is evil, and truth is fiction. The gun-control debate is a Bizarro World unto itself, one where activists, writers, and politicians -- operating with an attitude of absolute moral superiority -- operate according to their own 'bizarro code' with three main tenets: Make up history, propose ineffective remedies, and mock proven solutions." (06/17/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436769/mass-shootings-gun-control-debate-liberals-distort-reality

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No, guns are not a “public health crisis”

Trevor Burrus Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

"In a purely political stunt, the American Medical Association has decided that it is time to declare gun violence a 'public health crisis.' American gun violence is 'a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country' that requires further research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to 'help us understand the problems associated with gun violence.' By definition, however, gun violence is not a 'public health crisis,' and a group of physicians, especially those in a political trade group like the AMA, cannot invent a 'public health crisis' by simply declaring one." (06/16/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/wrongly-declaring-gun-violence-public-health-crisis-ama-others-have-put

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No fly, no buy? No dice.

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

"There's a name for a system under which your ability to travel can be abridged by force of law absent evidence, without charge, sans trial and conviction, without due process of any kind. That name is 'police state.' Secondly, 'no buy.' I shouldn't have to explain this one. If the original police state measure (the no fly list) is an evil idea (and it is), extending that evil measure into additional areas of American life is equally evil if not more so. Make no mistake about it, the backers of 'no fly, no buy' are a far greater threat to our lives and our liberty than any number of Omar Mateens. That they're dancing on the graves of Mateen's victims in pursuit of their goals is nauseating but not surprising." (06/16/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6320

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Ten random (ranting?) thoughts about guns and gun control

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

"Funny who and who isn't a gun nut. Michael Bloomberg when Mayor of New York wanted police with guns to enforce a law about the size of soda fountain drinks. President Obama wants federal agents with guns to force restaurants to post calorie counts on menus. They want guns to be used on offense to coerce people. I want people to be free to possess and use guns in self-defense. And I'm the gun nut?" (06/15/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/06/ten-random-ranting-thoughts-about-guns.html

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In defense of self-defense

Andrew P. Napolitano Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano

"Most of the mass killings by gun in the United States in recent years -- Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, and now Orlando -- took place in venues where local or state law prohibited carrying guns, even by those lawfully licensed to do so. The government cheerfully calls these venues 'gun-free zones.' They should be called killing zones. As unspeakable and horrific as is the recent slaughter in Orlando, it has become just another example of the tragic consequences of government's interfering with the exercise of fundamental liberties." (06/16/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/16/in-defense-of-self-defense

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Rights cannot exist in an environment of unequal power

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"The people who most need to be armed are those who are most marginalized. While members of the LGBT community are finally gaining much deserved acceptance within our society, they are still targets of a great deal of violence from both the State and non-governmental entities. This is the very reason why the Pink Pistols exists. By advocating for gun control, George Takei is advocating for the continued oppression of the LGBT community. Rights cannot exist in an environment of unequal power. Whether it be the State or non-governmental entities, if an oppressor enjoys a superior capacity for force it will use that capacity to inflict its will on its targets." (06/15/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/06/15/rights-cannot-exist-in-an-environment-of-unequal-power/

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Nicholas Sarwark on The Freedom Works, 06/15/16

Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show
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"Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the Libertarian Party, on gun-free zones." [MP3] (06/15/16)

http://internetradiopros.com/freedomworks/?p=episode&name=2016-06-15_zfws061516.mp3

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Gun control

The Cagle Post
by Yaakov Kirschen

Cartoon. (06/15/16)

http://www.cagle.com/dry-bones/2016/06/gun-control

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When the law would leave you defenseless against the likes of Omar Mateen, carry a gun anyway

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"Despite social media jabber, the 49 dead at Orlando's Pulse nightclub weren't killed by their sexual orientation, or by disapproval of the same, or by the collective adherents of Islam, or by the National Rifle Association. They all died in an act of terrorism committed by one evil man, named Oscar Mateen, and his accomplices, if any. Nor were Mateen's victims directly killed by gun control, though their ranks were certainly swelled by restrictions that forbade most patrons of the nightclub from carrying the means of self-defense. Unburdened by any scruples about breaking the law, Mateen was not only unhindered by Florida's ban on carrying firearms in bars and nightclubs, he was enabled by its guarantee of a bonanza of relatively defenseless victims once he'd shot his way past the establishment's sole armed defender." (06/14/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/06/14/when-the-law-would-leave-you-defenseless

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The media and the AR-15: Style over substance, fear versus fact

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

"Oh, the poor, maligned AR-15. The American media seem to keep thick files full of disinformation on this 'assault rifle' available for instant use. Anti-AR-15 filler went up on the web and out on the airwaves before law enforcement had even named Omar Matteen as the perpetrator of the June 12 attack on The Pulse, a nightclub serving Orlando, Florida's LGBTQ community. Here are a few problems with that filler." (06/14/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6270

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We’ll keep the Second Amendment and our guns

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

"An article at CounterPunch titled 'Eliminate the Second Amendment and Keep Your Guns' by Tom H. Hastings offers more of the same flawed gun-control arguments we've come to expect from the opposition. Here, we'll refute them, point by point." (06/14/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/06/14/well-keep-the-second-amendment-and-our-guns/

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Gun rights — a not so modest proposal

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Nic Leobold

"Since Chicago, Detroit, New York City and California are drenched in the blood of gun control-fueled violence, I venture to say our great leaders' gun control has been a dismal failure. Violence in gun control areas is far worse than it was before the 1930s when there was no gun control. Funny how a free society has a way of being self- regulating. Smirk. My proposal and ambition is simple: Re-legalize ALL guns, muskets, semi-automatic 'assault rifles,' fully-automatic rifles and sub- machine guns, and all varieties of pistols, in these four politician-failed cities. It couldn't get any worse than it already is, and we have the historical evidence that these cities were relatively peaceful when guns traded freely." (06/12/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle876-20160612-03.html

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Keeping, bearing, and wearing arms in Texas

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"For more than a century, Texas'[s] constitution specifically did not recognize the right to carry a concealed weapon. And the legislature failed to fix some bad laws, and the judicial system, the Nazgul, failed to protect the rights of Texans by failing to act against the legislature, while continuing to send innocent men and women to jail and prison for committing a 'crime' that was not. The Texan Supreme Court, in a case called Masters v State, in essence said the same thing as the Ninth has regarding California. It is valuable to understand that, and how Texans were denied their God-given liberty for so many years." (06/14/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9130

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In wake of Orlando, gays should arm themselves

New York Daily News
by Tom G. Palmer

"There has been jubilation on the internet at the massacre of peaceful people who were killed because they were gay and they were Americans. That made them a 'twofer' for the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS. It's time to fight back. No more gun-free designated massacre zones. If there had been armed people with concealed carry permits inside the Pulse nightclub, the zealot who had pledged allegiance to ISIS could have been stopped. Dozens of lives could have been saved. I say that as a gay man who has himself carried a weapon for protection. Let's get one thing very clear. Gun control advocates disarmed the victims at that night club." (06/13/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/tom-g-palmer-wake-orlando-gays-arm-article-1.2671568

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Guns on the Internet; or, yielding responsibility

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"As a nation, we've seriously lost our way. We used to understand that there are bad individuals who do bad things by choice. We held the people responsible for their actions. Not the inanimate objects, the tools. Now, craven "leaders' would rather avoid alienating a potential voting block, and attack 'access to guns' instead of a violent ideology. All in direct conflict with reality: The night club was a gun-free zone. The law-abiding patrons were disarmed for the convenience of the mass killer; something we've seen all too often. If the Obamas and Francises of the world have their way, we'll keep seeing it." (06/13/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3222

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Gun free zones: Death abides and government sponsored abattoirs

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

"Want a common thread? All mass murders take place in places that actively discourage the unregistered and atomistic carrying of weapons. The government enables the conditions that permit mass murder to take place (a rare enough event in the first place). The state always wins in the aftermath by convincing unarmed people that if the right people were near and the regulations more intrusive, such things would never happen. Yet the weapons prohibition regime in France is demonstrably totalitarian from a gun owners' perspective and the slaughter was formidable in the Paris attacks 13 November 2015. A massacre enabled by the worst elements of society, government." (06/12/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4749

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Orlando mass murder. Will people ever learn?

Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"A guy intent on murder has succeeded again, largely due to 'gun control laws.' Yes, he is ultimately responsible, but politicians (and property owners) practically held his hand, led him to his killing floor, and pointed out targets for him to kill. Because some of them are so blinded by a political agenda that they still believe saying 'no guns' will save lives. Idiots. Evil idiots." (06/12/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/06/orlando-mass-murder-will-people-ever.html

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Ninth Circuit: Constitution meaningless, government can do whatever it wants

Associated Press
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In a victory for gun control [sic] advocates, a federal appeals court said Thursday people do not have a right to carry concealed weapons in public under the 2nd Amendment. An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said law enforcement officials can require applicants for a concealed weapons permit to show they are in immediate danger or have another good reason for a permit beyond self-defense. ... California officials said loosening concealed weapons permitting standards and allowing [sic] more people to carry guns threatens law enforcement officials and endangers the public." (06/09/16)

http://bigstory.ap.org/fc5e6ce2770d45ebbe451152414720c4

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Larry Pratt, the media and the “bullet box”

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

Of course, anyone can see by Pratt's statement that he'd rather do just about anything rather than resort to shooting. And I wonder how many of the fainting pundits understand that Pratt was referring to the famous 'four boxes of freedom' -- soap, jury, ballot, and cartridge -- and that the final item is only the very last resort of people who've been so tyrannized that the first three fail utterly to preserve freedom. Not 'democracy.' Freedom. Individual rights. The soap box, the jury box, and (at least in theory) the ballot box are all tools of the individual. It's only when government or perhaps powerful agents working with government take them away that the cartridge box legitimately comes into play. On the other hand, we know where we stand with the first three boxes now." (06/07/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3180

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Illegal marketing?

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"I'm virtually certain that our regular readers know about the current lawsuit filed by Sandy Hook families against Remington/Bushmaster. Their odd little legal theory -- and seemingly bought by the judge -- is that Remington is liable for the actions of Some Asshole because the company improperly marketed a military weapon to civilians (and precognitively knew that regions that buy guns may see thieves stealing them from honest folk). Sensible people with some grasp of the law know that suit should have been immediately dismissed with prejudice under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act." (05/31/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3171

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The NRA should have endorsed Gary Johnson instead of Donald Trump

A Libertarian Future
by J Wilson

"Records are important. Whether they are records in government or in private life they offer the best way to predict future behavior. You can’t make a legitimate endorsement without looking at the record of the person applying. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the National Rifle Association has done with its shameful partisan endorsement of Donald Trump. They ignored the record of the man who has repeatedly called for gun control throughout his life. Even up against Hillary Clinton that endorsement never should have been made. The NRA should have endorsed Gary Johnson instead of Donald Trump." (05/22/16)

https://alibertarianfuture.com/guns/nra-should-have-endorsed-gary-johnson-instead-of-donald-trump/

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The right to own a gun is the right to own yourself

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

"There are many angles to the debate over whether people have the right to keep and bear arms. Gun control advocates like to bicker and haggle over the meaning of the Second Amendment even when our rights exist outside of paper documents. When that doesn’t work they resort to social utility arguments about what’s best for the 'good of society.' Or they create propaganda painting gun owners as dangerous anti-social psychopaths. But all of this is irrelevant and ignores the fundamental question. Who owns you?" (05/13/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/05/13/the-right-to-own-a-gun-is-the-right-to-own-yourself/

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Hillary Clinton picks a doomed fight with Americans over guns

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

"'Yesterday, once again, this time horrifically on live television,' says Hillary Clinton in a video on her presidential campaign website, 'we saw the terrible consequences of gun violence.' As it turns out, she's not talking about civilian deaths from drone strikes or bombing raids on hospitals by the U.S. government, but instead about a criminal shooting spree in the United States. Sure enough, the Washington Post pointed out last week that one of Clinton's signature issues heading into the general election is tightening restrictions on the ownership and use of guns by Americans." (05/10/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/10/hillary-clinton-picks-a-doomed-fight-wit

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