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VA: Liberty University to allow handguns in dorms next fall

Fox News Fox News

"Liberty University will allow students with concealed handgun permits from the state to keep their weapons in their dorms beginning next fall. The News & Advance reports those students would need permission from the school first. The guns would be kept in safes inside the residence halls at the private Christian university. The policy change was given the go-ahead by the university's board of trustees last week. University President Jerry Falwell Jr. announced last year that eligible students could carry guns anywhere on campus. Previously, students who qualified could carry guns anywhere except residence halls." (04/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/27/liberty-university-to-allow-handguns-in-dorms-next-fall.html

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CT: Clinton does the Watusi on Newtown kids’ graves in effort to firm up primary lead

Fox 61 News

"Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will make a campaign stop Thursday ahead of next week's state primaries. Clinton is ahead in the latest Quinnipiac poll. She has a 51-42 percent lead over Bernie Sanders among likely Democrat primary voters in Connecticut. The former Secretary of State will hold a discussion on gun violence at 11:30 a.m. at the Wilson-Gray YMCA in Hartford where she will sit down with family members of gun violence victims about her commitment to enact [victim disarmament] measures as President." (04/21/16)

http://fox61.com/2016/04/21/clinton-to-visit-hartford-thursday-to-talk-about-gun-violence/

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WV: Homeowner shoots two intruders

Charleston Gazette-Mail

"Police say a Fairmont homeowner has shot two intruders, killing one of them. Fairmont police said in a statement that the 80-year-old homeowner told officers a woman wanted to use his phone for an emergency early Tuesday. After the woman was let inside, two men followed her and demanded items. One of them pulled out a pellet or BB gun. The homeowner then shot the men." (04/19/16)

http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160419/police-intruder-fatally-shot-at-fairmont-home

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AZ: Homeowner who shot accused arsonist speaks out

NBC 12 News

"The homeowner who shot an intruder Wednesday morning in a situation that turned into a massive house fire, is speaking out. David Bowers, who lives near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird, says he heard someone breaking into his house at around 3 a.m. ... Police were able to catch the accused arsonist in the neighborhood. He was taken to the hospital. A renter living in Bowers'[s] home was trapped inside by the fire and later died at the hospital. Seven firefighters and police officers who responded to the scene were also injured." (04/09/16)

http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/homeowner-who-shot-accused-arsonist-speaks-out/127466352

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Metal foam armor disintegrates bullets

Discovery News

"Bad news for bullets this week: Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a super strong armor material that literally turns bullets to dust upon impact. In a rather dramatic video recently posted online, an armor-piercing bullet is shown essentially disintegrating as it impacts the armor. ... Apart from body and vehicle armor, the [composite metal foam] plating has potential applications for space travel or even transporting nuclear waste, according to the research team. Earlier testing has demonstrated that CMFs can withstand extremely high temperatures and effectively block x-ray, gamma ray and neutron radiation." (04/08/16)

http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/metal-foam-armor-disintegrates-bullets-160408.htm

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TN: House passes bill setting stage to reject gun control by international law or treaty

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center

"Today, the state House passed a bill setting the foundation to stop enforcement of gun control imposed by international law or treaty. The vote was 88-2 with 2 members not voting. House Bill 2389 (HB2389) was introduced by Rep. John Windle (D-Livingston) in January. It would prohibit law enforcement officers from enforcing provisions of international law and treaties that limit gun rights as specified in Article I, Section 26 of the Tennessee State Constitution." (03/28/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/03/tennessee-house-passes-bill-setting-stage-to-reject-gun-control-by-international-law-or-treaty/

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MN: It’s a smartphone; no it’s a gun

Raw Story Raw Story

"Americans will soon be able to buy a smartphone-shaped gun that can hold two bullets and easily slip into a pocket. The Minnesota-based company Ideal Conceal says it will sell the new weapon from mid-2016. 'Ingeniously designed to resemble a smartphone, yet with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire,' the company says on its website. 'Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment,' it adds. In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.' The gun is a double-barrelled .380 caliber folding pistol that will sell for $395, the company says." (03/28/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/minnesota-company-set-to-release-gun-ingeniously-designed-to-look-like-a-smartphone

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Secret Service says “no” to guns at Republican convention

Reuters Reuters

"The U.S. Secret Service will not allow people to carry guns into the July Republican National Convention in Cleveland, quashing the hopes of more than 45,000 people who have signed a petition saying attendees should be allowed to bring firearms. The Secret Service said on Monday it has the authority to preclude guns from sites visited by the people it protects such as U.S. presidential candidates, presidents and former presidents. 'Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site,' agency spokesman Robert Hoback said in a statement." [editor's note: One more act in the Security Theatre show; should be fun to watch them enforcing this -SAT] (03/28/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-guns-idUSKCN0WU1PE

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SC: Southern Tide founder identified as homeowner who shot alleged intruder

The State

"Allen Stephenson, the founder of a clothing company that has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the most promising companies in America, was the homeowner who shot and killed an alleged intruder at his Altamont Road home on Saturday, according to an attorney for the young entrepreneur. The victim [sic] in the fatal shooting has been identified as Matthew Whitman, 32, of Nature Trail, Greenville. ... The Sheriff's Office had refused to release the identity of the shooter pending the outcome of the investigation, saying that since the investigation may determine him to be the victim, his identity would be shielded." (03/23/16)

http://www.thestate.com/news/state/south-carolina/article67720402.html

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ID: Senate passes permitless carry with 27-8 vote

Breitbart News

"According to 580 KIDO, Greg Pruett, president of Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, reacted to the Senate vote, saying, 'We are pleased that the Senate has passed SB 1389 with an overwhelming majority. Idaho citizens are one step closer to seeing Permitless Carry in Idaho. On to the House!' On March 15, Breitbart News reported that the permitless carry legislation, Senate Bill 1389, abolishes the permit requirement for Idahoans 21-years and older who want to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense." (03/17/16)

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/17/idaho-senate-passes-permitless-carry-with-27-8-vote/

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Obama SCOTUS pick faces conservative heat on gun votes

Fox News Fox News

"The NRA and other pro-Second Amendment groups came out strongly Wednesday against President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, warning that Judge Merrick Garland would threaten gun rights while citing his role in a landmark firearms case. 'President Obama has nothing but contempt for the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners,' Chris Cox, head of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. Senate Republican leaders already have said they don't plan to consider Garland's or any nomination. But conservative groups pressuring lawmakers to hold the line largely are focusing on the D.C. appeals court judge's votes related to the 2008 Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller, which weighed D.C. residents’ right to keep handguns in their homes. The case reached the high court after a three-judge panel of the District’s U.S. Court of Appeals struck down parts of D.C’s handgun ban." (03/16/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/16/obama-supreme-court-pick-faces-conservative-heat-on-gun-votes.html

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Clinton targeting NRA, gun lobby

Newsmax

"The National Rifle Association (NRA) is under fire from Hillary Clinton who is pushing the issue of gun violence to the center of her presidential campaign. The Wall Street Journal reports Clinton has teamed up with Mothers of the Movement -- whose members have been affected by shootings, police overreach and racism -- to hold town hall meetings to discuss the nation's gun laws." (03/14/16)

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hillary-targeting-NRA-gun-lobby/2016/03/11/id/718634/

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WA: Customer shoots, kills hatchet-wielding man in convenience store

Charlotte Observer

"When a masked man came into the store and attacked a clerk with a hatchet, the customer didn't hestitate: He pulled out a handgun and shot and killed the attacker. The masked man about 40 years old walked into a 7-Eleven in Burien, Wash., and swung a hatchet at a customer, said King County Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West. The man then went behind the counter and attacked the 58-year-old clerk, never saying anything. Within seconds, a customer pulled out a handgun and shot and killed the attacker, likely saving the clerk's life, West said. He was pronounced dead at the scene." (03/14/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article65913682.html

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WV: Legislature overturns veto to legalize constitutional carry

Fox News Fox News

"The West Virginia legislature successfully overturned the veto of Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto on Saturday in a bipartisan effort to enact permitless gun carry in the state. Beginning June 5, anyone over age 21 who can legally possess a firearm will be allowed to carry it concealed on their person without having to obtain a permit. West Virginia has long allowed permitless open carry but, like most states, required a permit to carry a concealed firearm. With the new law the state will become the eighth in the nation to implement what gun rights activists call 'constitutional carry.' The law also creates a provisional permitting process for those between the ages of 18 and 20 who wish to carry a concealed firearm within the state. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 had previously been excluded from the permitting process altogether." (03/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/08/west-virginia-legalizes-concealed-carry-without-permit.html

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CA: Gun club closed (pretext: Pollution from spent bullets)

Fox News Fox News

"The East Bay Regional Park District voted Tuesday to close the Chabot Gun Club amid concerns that taxpayers will be stuck having to pay millions of dollars to clean up pollution from spent bullets. The Oakland Tribune reported the unanimous vote came after more than five hours of comments in a room packed with nearly 500 people. The club's owner will have one year to close down. Neighbors and environmentalists have criticized the club as a toxic headache, while supporters say the range is a place to learn about gun safety and practice marksmanship." (03/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/03/02/gun-club-closed-because-pollution-from-spent-bullets.html

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Tennessee declares the massive .50 cal Barrett M82 rifle its official state firearm

Popular Mechanics

"The concept of having an official state firearm is a relatively new one, with Utah being the first to do it in 2011, declaring the venerable M1911 pistol to be official gun of the Beehive State. Six other states have joined in, mostly focusing on historic firearms, like Arizona picking the Colt Single Action Army revolver, or Pennsylvania selecting the Colonial-era long rifle. Tennessee, however, decided to go big or go home; it's named the .50 Cal Barrett M82 Rifle as its official state firearm." (02/26/16)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a19632/tennessee-declares-the-massive/

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CT: Gun maker seeks dismissal of frivolous lawsuit over Newtown shooting

Fox News Fox News

"Lawyers for a gun maker and families of some Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims squared off in a Connecticut courtroom Monday over whether a federal law prevents the families' wrongful death lawsuit targeting the AR-15 rifle used to kill 20 children and six adults in the 2012 shooting. ... The families of nine children and adults killed at the Newtown school and a teacher who survived the attack say the AR-15 is a highly lethal military weapon that should not be sold to the public. They're suing Freedom Group, the Madison, North Carolina, parent company of Bushmaster Firearms, which made the AR-15 used in the school shooting. Lawyers for Freedom Group said the company is protected by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products." (02/22/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/22/gun-maker-seeks-dismissal-lawsuit-over-newtown-shooting.html

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OK: Activists file civil rights lawsuit against “Muslim-free” gun range

Raw Story Raw Story

"Two U.S. activists groups filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against a rural Oklahoma gun range, arguing that it violated U.S. civil rights laws by posting a sign that said the business was 'Muslim free' and barring a Muslim from shooting there. The lawsuit by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma seeks to have the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store in Oktaha end what the plaintiffs said is blatant discrimination. The gun store and range about 120 miles east of Oklahoma City, posted a store window sign that reads: 'This privately owned business is a Muslim Free establishment.' It has a posting on its Facebook page saying it will not allow media access or interviews." [editor's note: Shame on CAIR and the ACLU; the owners of that range have a right to do business, or NOT do business, with anyone they damn well please - TLK] (02/17/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/activists-file-civil-rights-lawsuit-against-muslim-free-oklahoma-gun-range

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MI: Hoplophobic firm may fire gun-toting valet for stopping knife attack

mlive

"Warren Mayor James Fouts said it'll be a shame if a hero is fired over a company policy banning valet drivers from carrying guns. A valet employed by a private company contracting with the General Motors Technological Center in Warren potentially saved a woman's life Wednesday, but doing so might have cost him his job .... A 32-year-old woman walked into the GM Tech Center around 9 a.m. Wednesday and asked to speak to a 52-year-old woman employee there. ... 'They briefly chatted,' Fouts said, '... and then, evidently, there was some sort of dispute, and the 32-year-old woman started stabbing' the other woman in the neck, abdomen and back. The valet, who is permitted to carry a concealed firearm, saw the violent altercation; he pulled out his gun 'and told the woman to stop or he'd shoot,' Fouts said. Security and then police subdued the attacker .... the valet company has a policy banning drivers from carrying weapons, even if they are doing so legally." (02/10/16)

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2016/02/gun-toting_valet_might_be_fire.html

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IL: Six killed, 23 wounded in weekend Chicago shootings

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune

"Six people were killed and at least 23 others were wounded in shootings over the weekend as Chicago closed out its most violent January in at least 16 years. From Friday evening to Saturday morning, three people were killed and seven were wounded. From Saturday to Sunday, two were killed and 10 wounded, and from Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning, one person was killed and six were wounded. Shootings for the first month of 2016 were nearly double the same period last year." [editor's note: Chicago's pols keep implementing more and more victim disarmament ("gun control") legislation, and violent crime keeps increasing. Apparently they like the idea of keeping Chicago as dangerous as possible - TLK] (02/01/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-weekend-shootings-violence-20160201-story.html

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KY: Bill would set the stage to make federal gun control “nearly impossible” to enforce

ShallNot.org

"A Kentucky bill would take the first step toward prohibiting state cooperation with the enforcement of federal gun control measures, a move that would make them 'nearly impossible' to enforce in the Bluegrass State. Rep. Diane St. Onge (R-Lakeside Park), along with nine cosponsors, introduced House Bill 236 (HB236) on Jan. 12." (01/27/16)

http://shallnot.org/kentucky-bill-would-set-the-stage-to-make-federal-gun-control-nearly-impossible-to-enforce/

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SC: Pol introduces bill requiring journalists to register with state

Fox News Fox News

"A South Carolina lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require all journalists who wish to work for a news outlet in the state to sign up for a 'responsible journalism registry.' According to a summary of the bill, which was introduced Tuesday, the registry would include requirements that all South Carolina journalists must meet. Fees could be charged to be listed in the registry, which would be operated by the Secretary of State's Office. The bill also would authorize 'fines and criminal penalties' for violating the law." [editor's note: He doesn't seem to be giving even a hint that it's tongue in cheek, but if so it seems to be working -- the same publications which agitate for the state to require people to register and get permits to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights are in conniptions over the same prospect for 1st Amendment rights - TLK] (01/20/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/20/south-carolina-bill-would-require-journalists-to-register-with-state.html

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Cruz dons face paint pandering to hunters, gun owners

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

"It's an image football fans in Iowa are likely to see this weekend: Ted Cruz, his face smeared with black greasepaint, sitting in a Louisiana duck blind with a borrowed shotgun. His Republican presidential campaign said Tuesday it's spending $700,000 to air a gun-friendly ad during the NFL conference championship games. Cruz has made the defense of Second Amendment rights a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, touting his past legal work fighting against gun control laws. But records suggest the 45-year-old politician's passion for the issue emerged relatively recently in his life, coinciding with his ascent in Republican circles in Texas." [editor's note: Or is it just a bad makeup job for a minstrel show? Your call! - SAT] (01/19/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Cruz-joined-fight-for-gun-rights-as-political-6768108.php

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Study: Gun background checks hit record number in 2015

Fox News Fox News

"President Obama’s ongoing push for gun control is backfiring, according to critics, who cite new federal data that shows Americans are more interested than ever in getting their hands on firearms. A record 23,141,970 background checks were conducted on prospective gun buyers in 2015, according to year-end FBI data, up 15 percent from the previous year and nearly double the figure from 2008, the year before Obama took office. Second Amendment advocates say interest in guns spikes whenever Obama publicly decries gun violence or calls for new measures to restrict firearms." (01/19/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/19/gun-background-checks-hit-record-number-in-2015-despite-obama-agenda.html

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TX: Gun-rights Catholics to disobey hoplophobe Dallas bishop

Raw Story Raw Story

"A church may seem like an odd place to bring a gun. But Catholics in Dallas, Texas are upset that church leadership won't let them take their firearms with them when attending, the Dallas Morning News reports. The Dallas Diocese, led by Dublin-born Bishop Kevin Farrell, forbids parishioners from bringing weapons into its churches. A column written by Farrell denouncing open carry has further irritated conservative, pro-gun Catholics, the News reports. 'It is absurd that terrorists, criminals, and mentally unbalanced people can freely and openly buy weapons not intended for sport, but designed to kill people,' Farrell wrote on his blog. 'Writers of the Second Amendment envisioned smooth bore muskets and not semi-automatic and automatic weapons of war.' Farrell called open carry a 'cowboy mentality' and praised President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence." (01/13/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/gun-loving-catholics-plan-to-disobey-dallas-bishop-who-banned-firearms-from-churches

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VA: Abuse of legislative power leads to lawsuit

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"A few weeks ago, we celebrated my birthday by attending the grand opening of Arlington's newest gun shop -- NoVA Armory. It is a cute shop close to our apartment in the Lyon Park neighborhood of Arlington. And because it's Arlington, the store's opening wasn't without the sturm and drang normally expected from the usual leftist gun grabbers that infest this part of the world." (04/30/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3105

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Do you smile every day?

MamaLiberty The Zelman Partisans
by MamaLiberty

"No hero on a white horse is going to come along and save the day. Not this election, or any other. And expecting the politicians to limit their evil and restore our 'rights' is as empty of promise as intergalactic space. Maybe more so. And hoping to do that by threatening not to re-elect them would be a hysterical joke if it wasn’t so painful to watch good people continue to believe in that insanity after all these years, after watching endless rubber room elections. What can you do? You may not agree at first, but I think there is something we can do, and it has to start with each of us as individuals." (04/27/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3092

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Who was it who initiated the wrongful use of “force, fear and violence” in Bunkerville?

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"In a criminal complaint filed Feb. 11, federal prosecutors charge Nevada rancher Cliven D. Bundy with 'assault on a federal law enforcement officer,' 'conspiracy to commit an offense against the united states,' 'obstruction of the administration of justice,' and 'use and carry of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence' in the standoff at his ranch east of Las Vegas, two years back. ... All very interesting, given that I never saw Cliven Bundy carrying a firearm, either during the federal siege or at any other time I’ve visited his ranch. I wonder at what hospital the 'assaulted' federal troops were treated. Oh, wait: Not one of the federals, many dressed in full combat gear with M-16 rifles, were injured or even inconvenienced." (04/25/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=3035

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Two tales of tragedy

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"How do we respond to tragedy? The WaPo recently reported on two very untimely and unfortunate deaths. The first was in Florida, but involved a Michigan family, as the WaPo reported. Preparing to hold a memorial service for the patriarch of the family, a six year old girl was pulled out to sea: her father responded and saved her but died himself in the riptide. The other occurred in Philadelphia, in one of the worse neighborhoods in that evil-ridden city. A four-year-old girl was accidentally shot in her face and killed by her father as he was cleaning his pistol, according to the WaPo. Both are horrible tragedies. Two families have been torn apart. There are many similarities. But it is interesting noting the reaction of the WaPo and others to these tragedies." (04/25/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8917

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Gun maker not proximate cause

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

"Naturally, the loved ones of [the Sandy Hook] victims want justice. Lanza committed suicide when the police arrived at the murder scene. That was their justice. No trial was necessary. The murderer is dead. But now the loved ones want money and Adam Lanza had no money. His mother, who purchased the gun legally, but neglected to keep it away from her demented son, had no money either, and Lanza murdered her too, albeit with a different gun. The gun maker has money. The gun maker has deep pockets. There are lawyers out there who are willing to bring suit against entities with money and deep pockets even if those entities are not liable for the wrong because their conduct was not a proximate legal cause of the deaths." (04/24/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/gun-maker-not-proximate-cause.html

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Bernie Sanders and the “right to sue” gun suppliers

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"In a Rolling Stone interview last December, Sanders said suing a gun dealer who sold a murder weapon is like suing a furniture dealer who sold a table that was used to bludgeon someone to death. During his March 6 debate with Clinton, Sanders forcefully criticized a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and dealer who supplied the rifle used in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. ... Yet during last week's debate, when Clinton accused Sanders of saying the families of the Sandy Hook victims 'didn't deserve their day in court,' he responded, 'They have the right to sue, and I support them and anyone else who wants the right to sue.'" (04/20/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/20/bernie-sanders-and-the-right-to-sue-gun

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Numbers and sentiments, guns and abortions

Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau

"I should obviously begin by assuring you, Dear Reader, that your stances on these issues are the correct ones. The topic here is not what stance you should take (since you've already taken the correct one) but rather how these things are discussed. Abortion is clearly an issue of moral priors: Start from a particular set of prior assumptions or sentiments, and you can get to a stance on abortion. The language around the issue reflects that: Pro-choice, pro-life .... Gun control, on the other hand, is an issue where everybody has their favorite statistics. Whether those statistics are accurate is irrelevant here (since your favorite statistics from Facebook are obviously the accurate ones, and the other side's numbers are just cherry-picked); what matters is that people act as though empiricism will be persuasive." (04/16/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/04/16/19183

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How to destroy gun ownership in America

Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

"Since the late 90s, the Gun Prohibition movement has been increasingly desperate. They've lost so many legislative and legal battles. But they've never given up. States have successfully implemented and expanded lawful carry and other legal protections for those who use a firearm in self-defense. And these laws have worked well! Left-statists are reduced to a package of lies that they call 'common sense gun reform.' Even their labeling is purposely misleading. The record is not perfect, but gun rights have made significant progress in the legislatures and the courts. But the executive branches, especially federal levels, have tried creative ways to attack gun owners themselves." (04/15/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/how-to-destroy-gun-ownership-in-america

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Why did the CDC stop researching gun violence?

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Kate Masters

"How much latitude the CDC has to pursue gun violence research is hardly an academic argument. The CDC is the nation's leading public health agency, with a yearly budget of more than $11 billion. The failure of the CDC to invest in studies of gun violence has greatly inhibited the ability of social scientists, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers to understand the scope and causes of shootings -- while also limiting understanding of interventions that might save lives." [editor's note: I can't say WHY the CDC stopped "researching" gun violence. But to the extent it ever claimed to do such "research," what it was actually doing was political propaganda DISGUISED as "research." Volitional human behaviors are not pathogens; "gun violence" is therefore not an epidemiological issue - TLK] (04/05/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/cdc-gun-violence/476814/

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Judge Garland and the Second Amendment

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Stephen P Halbrook

"Though President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court will more than likely remain in limbo until at least until after the November election, the choice should be unsettling to supporters of the Second Amendment and gun ownership rights." (04/01/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8726

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Arms and the American West

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Abigail Palmer

"Why are we so taken with guns? Some might look to find their legacy rooted in the Constitution, but gun culture has not maintained its momentum from our founding documents. Early Americans did rely on firearms, and citizens were compelled to purchase firearms during the Revolutionary War. I maintain, however, that our current gun culture, with its view of the individual as lone hero and defender, is the product of the frontier. For the most part we can trace our attitude towards guns from the opening of the American West, in an unbroken legacy that approximates 150 years." (03/31/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/arms-and-the-american-west/

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Constitutional carry and the art of skinning cats

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"On Friday, March 25, Governor Butch Otter signed SB 1389, making Idaho the ninth state to adopt constitutional carry (aka unrestricted carry or permitless carry). Back in the day, we knew this as Vermont carry, after the one-and-only state whose residents were legally free to tuck guns in their pockets or purses or under their clothing without first asking their state government for permission. Vermont had been that way for generations. And for all those generations, they remained alone. But now ... oh my." (03/29/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2994

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The truth is out

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

"Caetano v. Massachusetts settles one issue. SCOTUS will not tolerate what can best be described as fantasy based challenges to the Second Amendment. They are throwing out the 'Not invented before 1794' argument and the too weird argument as well as the not suitable for militia service argument. This leaves the hoplophobes one argument, that the demands of public safety are such that the state may reduce a God given right, the right to possess and have available the tools needed to protect one's life, loved ones, liberty, and property, to a highly regulated privilege." (03/27/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle865-20160327-04.html

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Gun control is a misfire

The American Conservative
by Marc Cooper

"The most fervent and polarized sides in the renewed debate on gun control share one piece of solid common ground: they both invest rather magical qualities in the cold, lifeless hardware of guns themselves. For liberals, the very term 'gun violence' has been reified into some sort of natural force, completely detached from any identifiable root causes other than guns themselves -- as if .45 semi-automatics, Bushmaster black rifles, and high-capacity magazines exert some hypnotic gravitational pull that beckons latent maniacs to pick them up and spray innocent crowds with military-like barrages. On the other side, hardcore NRA supporters and certain other Second Amendment support groups define guns and weaponry as not just the symbolic but also the highest material expression of liberty, freedom, and moral rectitude." (03/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/gun-control-is-a-misfire/

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A dissenting view on guns: Why rights-based arguments against gun control fail

Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman

"Bobby is a brilliant scientist. So brilliant, in fact, that he builds a functional atomic bomb in his garage. Of course, Bobby strictly adheres to the non-aggression principle, so he has no plans to use his bomb to attack others. But he's proud of his scientific accomplishment and hangs the bomb on his fireplace mantel as a trophy. Should Bobby be permitted to possess this atomic bomb? Surely not. The reason is simple: the risk to others is simply too great. So what’s the point of this parable? It offers a reductio ad absurdum of the typical rights-based arguments that libertarians make against gun control." [editor's note: See if you can spot the flaw in this "dissenting view." I'm sure you can. It's pretty glaring - TLK] (03/18/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/03/a-dissenting-view-on-guns-why-rights-based-arguments-against-gun-control-fail/

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Rational discussions

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"The victim disarming rights-violators frequently claim that we need to have a rational discussion about guns, and whine that RKBA proponents won't listen to them. This is why: their idea of 'rational' is a display of a pathological fear of inanimate tools. They fail to realize that universal preemptively-prove-your-innocence backgrounds checks are not going to be conducted by the 70% of criminals who get their firearms through illicit transactions, nor that they cannot even be required to do so." (03/15/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2966

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My line in the sand

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by PigPen51

"The battle for our guns continues to grow, with no end in sight. Although polls indicate most Americans support private gun ownership, there will always be an element that wants to usurp our right to keep and bear arms. That element is becoming more desperate and is showing its true nature: they’re not for 'gun safety' or against handguns or 'assault weapons' any more; they’re openly against us and our firearms, period. I’m sure regular TZP readers have already thought, and perhaps made decisions, about how to handle any attempts to disarm you. I’ve made my own decision, as well." (03/08/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2944

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Are really old Social Security recipients to blame for crime wave?

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"As we saw in this space back in January, America's overall murder rate is about half Russia's, less than half as high as those of Panama and Mexico, a minuscule 10 percent of the murder rate in Venezuela ... despite all those countries having much harsher 'gun control' laws. (And murder rates are ever lower in states like Vermont, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, where lots of people carry guns.) Murder rates in those last three countries are boosted massively by the War on Drugs, as they are here. The seriousness of any politician claiming he or she wants to 'reduce firearms violence' should first be measured by the extent to which they call for re-legalizing drugs, the same way Franklin Roosevelt and his Democratic Congress virtually eliminated drive-by Tommy-gunnings in America's streets by re-legalizing alcohol (then and still our most harmful drug) in 1933." (02/29/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2998

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My “Every Day Carry” (EDC)

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"Over at The Truth About Guns, many people have posted pictures of the things they carry every day, and some good commentary on why they do so. But, so far, it's all been about men and what they carry in their pockets! So, I thought it might be fun to show what I carry and how, as well as why." (02/29/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8686

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Traitorous bagel-brains against gun victims

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"If Rabbi Creditor wants to reduce gun violence, it would be a fine thing for him to organize gun safety classes for the young people of his community. He could work to expand economic opportunities so fewer would resort to the illegal drug trade. He could perform direct outreach to at-risk kids. He could exercise the prime responsibilty of a rabbi by teaching these people the difference between aggression and defensive use of force. But Creditor is a rabbi in name only. He doesn't want to teach. ... Because disarming Jews worked so well there, he wants to turn America into Nazi Germany. For safety." (02/29/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2933

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Brady Center files lies over 3D printed guns

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"Or, as the truth-challenged victim disarmers put it: 'Brady Center Files Amicus Brief Over 3D Printed Guns ... The government's attempt to keep 3D printed guns out of the hands of terrorists got a boost Thursday with an amicus brief filed in support in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.' That purports to be a Courthouse News article, but it appears from the text (including a 'mission statement' for the BCPGV at the bottom) to be a press release. Let's look it over." [editor's note: Kind of dog bites man -- when has the Brady Center ever told anything BUT lies? - TLK] (02/23/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2872

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I love my guns

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"Some recent comments on various message boards frequented by shooters indicate that a few people are either changing their minds or are bowing to the politically correct pressure of the day. They have begun to assert that they do NOT 'love their guns' and only view them as necessary tools. While I couldn't agree more that guns are simply tools, pretty much like any others, I don't know why that would make them unlovable. Most men love their tools, all different kinds, and men have always loved their guns. I'm certainly not ashamed to join those men." (02/21/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8645

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Three more stooges

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"It would appear that Mark Zuckerberg, one of the co-founders of Facebook, just like so many of the digitally-generated nouveau riche zillionaires presently infesting our poor, battered culture, has lost any ability he ever had (assuming he ever had it) to observe objective reality and reason for himself. No doubt encouraged by his fellow piss-wit Bill Gates, he has been sipping at the Kool-Aid of victim disarmament: the self-evidently brainless conceit, attractive only to the deeply mentally and morally crippled, that you can somehow make other people's lives safer by employing hordes of armed and uniformed goons to rob them -- at gunpoint -- of their physical means of self-defense." (02/14/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle859-20160214-02.html

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Active shooter drills and terrorizing children

Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

"Tornado and fire drills are probably a good idea. Though both are fairly rare occurrences, teaching children, and adults for that matter, to be prepared for tornadoes and fires should probably be considered a best practice. But not all drills invoked such feelings during my school years. By the time I got to middle school, we hosted 'active shooter drills.' These drills taught us the following. In the event someone comes into the school with a gun and the intent to kill everyone, turn off the lights and huddle in the corner of the room. Assuming the assailant has really poor vision and can't see through the glass door, you'll be safe. (The unspoken lesson went like this. If the shooter isn't blind and can see through the door, pray that you're in the middle of the huddle and not on the border.)" (02/10/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/10/active-shooter-drills-and-terrorizing-children/

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How I learned to stop worrying and love cheap carry guns

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by pigpen51

"I have a confession to make. I'm not a millionaire. This probably doesn't come as a shock to anyone familiar with my comments on different topics on this website, but what you might not realize is that I have other interests outside of firearms, and other things to spend money. Like a great many of you, I have a family that's grown accustomed to a certain level of comfort. They expect things that, from looking at the lives of many other gun enthusiasts, are a given for most, but must be planned for in my case. Things like -- oh, I don't know -- a roof over our heads and gasoline in our vehicles. My family even likes to eat every day." (02/02/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2775

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Oh, no! The dreaded “gun show loophole!”

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"What is the 'gun show loophole?' It's very simple. Firearms dealers with Federal Firearms Licenses -– that is to say, anybody who sells more than a few guns a year and is thus judged to be 'in the business' -– are required to conduct a background check on any gun buyer without a special concealed-carry license (which they can only acquire by undergoing, yep, a 'background check'), no matter where the sale takes place -– including at gun shows. How is this justified? Because such dealers have 'applied for a federal license' ('voluntarily,' you understand, since if they don't 'volunteer' they can be sent to prison), this is simply made a condition of retaining their license ... and not going to prison. But if an average citizen with no such 'FFL' -– a police officer's widow, say -– wants to sell off her late husband's old hunting rifle, she's allowed to do so without conducting a 'background check.' (In fact, up till now she'd probably have had a hard time even accessing the 'background check' system.)" (02/02/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2959

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Hail Caesar

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol

"Not that this comes as a shock, but recently Emperor, or excuse me President Obama has decided to ignore the Constitution once more by passing a series of gun laws through Executive Orders. These laws include extending background checks and requiring any private gun seller to obtain a Federal Firearms License, even if he is just a onetime seller. Then of course he made sure that the orders included an expansion of BATFE agents so that these laws will be enforced. Apparently Mr. Constitutional Scholar didn't read the part of the Constitution that said that Congress is the only branch who is allowed to make law. He also missed the part about how Executive Orders only apply to those employed by the Federal Government. Of course Barry has never let that pesky document get in the way in the past, so why start now?" (01/31/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle857-20160131-03.html

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Cause or effect

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"In all honesty, the most vocal gun grabbers cannot seem to get the most basic facts right. ... And it hurts their cause. On more than one occasion, I've been able to explain some actual facts to a victim disarmament supporter, and seen that person become outraged at having been lied to. ... So why do the disarmers do it? Are they stupid? Is that why they promote mass violation of human and civil rights, and create safe work places for violent criminals? Or do they deliberately create outrageous, clearly false statements as a sort of social engineering filter?" (01/26/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2769

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The Protector

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"After the 2012 massacre in Newtown, gun grabbers have consistently pushed for more gun control. Schools are already 'gun-free' zones, where teachers and kids are easy prey for the armed psychotics roaming among us, but more and more colleges and universities are considering allowing armed students and professors to carry on campus. My son's school is better than most, but still not good enough. Those licensed to carry concealed can keep their firearms in their cars on campus, but cannot carry to class. If there's an incident, students and professors must run to their cars -- on a very vast campus -- grab their tools of self defense and maybe make it back in time to stop the assailants. Most of the time, that wouldn't be the case on a campus that large. A serious conversation needs to be held about guns on school grounds and on campuses." (01/21/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2758

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Common misconceptions about rights

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Benedict D LaRosa

"Acquiring and disposing of lawfully gained property is a basic natural right. Any impediment is an infringement, and both of the above are impediments. They set the dangerous legal precedent that government permission is needed to buy or sell private property with a fee determined by that same government. If government has the authority to force individuals to obtain its permission at some expense to buy or sell firearms, then it can do so for anything else at its whim. Not only does this violate property rights and the right to contract for any legal purpose, but it also makes a mockery of the concept of a limited government." (01/21/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/common-misconceptions-rights/

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On Hillary Clinton’s mendacious anti-gun talking point

National Review
by Charles CW Cooke

"Clinton hopes to trick her audience into believing that gun manufacturers are immune from prosecution when their products do not work properly -- and, worse still, that they have been accorded a 'pass' that 'no other industry in America' enjoys. But that's not true. Not at all. In fact, as the Washington Post's debate reviewers note today, 'gun manufacturers can be sued if injuries result from a defective product that is used properly.' As with Clinton's hypothetical toys, an American who injures himself with a gun that doesn't work has every opportunity to take the maker to court. What he cannot do, thanks to the 2005 reform, is sue the manufacturer when a working gun was used for ill. This, in my view, is sensible. As with knives, screwdrivers, poisons, and acids, it makes no sense to hold gun-makers liable for the misuse of their functioning products. Thanks to lawmakers such as Bernie Sanders, we don't." (01/18/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/429958/hillary-clintons-dishonest-talking-point-there-no-immunity

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Obama’s anti-gun orders criminal

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

"Are you worried by Obama's latest anti-gun executive orders? Don’t be. He and his accomplices have no more authority to make up laws regarding guns than I do to demand you paint your house orange. Don't believe me? Consider: The Second Amendment -- which, as an amendment, over-rides anything to the contrary in the original Constitution -- makes devising or enforcing any law as to guns, by any level of government, a serious crime. You are not bound to obey criminals, not even if they claim they are enforcing a law." (01/14/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/01/14/mcmanigal-obamas-anti-gun-orders-criminal/

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That cars vs. guns regulation argument again

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"Sure, let's regulate them the same way: * Manufacturers would have to submit samples of each model equipped with all factory options to the ATF to make sure it couldn’t go too fast or too far. * Car manufacturers would be sued when anyone uses a stolen vehicle in a DUI, hit&run, bank robbery, or speeding, despite laws that limit law suits to cases where the manufacturer actually did something wrong. * Dealers would have to run criminal background checks on all buyers. * The dealer would lose his Federal Automobile License if a customer filled out the ATF form 4473 incorrectly. * When buying a car from a dealer, you would have to disclose your race." (01/13/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2743

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The 3D-printed gun is retro, not futuristic

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Adrienne LaFrance

"You don't need 3-D-printing technology to make your own gun. Individuals have been fashioning homemade firearms for as long as guns have existed. Zip guns, crude but functional weapons often made from taped-together pieces of pipe and rubber bands, were particularly popular in the 1940s and 1950s. The AK-47, one of the most widely used assault rifles on the planet, has a reputation for being a cinch to make and practically impossible to break. Even so, advances in 3-D printing, in which thin layers of (usually) plastic are printed atop one another to form an object, bring with them a tangle of complex questions about the intersection of gun rights, maker culture, and government oversight." [editor's note: The questions become much less complex, of course, for those who understand that "government" has no business in the matter - TLK] (01/13/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/01/gunslingers-and-the-mythology-of-making-your-own-weapon/423771/

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It isn’t the gun people’s loophole

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"If you're making repetitive sales to make money, you're a dealer and must get a license no matter where you conduct your business. Occasional sales, liquidation of a personal collection, maintaing and tuning a hobbyist’s collection ... none of that requires an FFL because you clearly aren't a dealer. Where's the 'loophole' that lets a dealer skip background checks? In the 1990s Prez Billy Jeff Clinton decided there were too many Federal Firearms Licensees. ... So they changed the definition of 'engaged in the business' to 'engaged in enough business, and in the right places.'" (01/12/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2715

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