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IN: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder

WBIW News

"Police are investigating after a homeowner shot and killed an intruder Sunday afternoon on the near north side. The incident happened in the 3100 block of N. College Avenue around 1:00 p.m., according to police. Investigators say several men were in the house on the west side of College Avenue when three men tried to get into the house. Gunfire was exchanged and one of the suspected intruders was killed." (07/27/14)

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DC: Federal judge strikes down ban on handguns outside home

New York Daily News

"A federal judge has ruled that the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional. In a 19-page ruling made public Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside their home for self-defense." (07/27/14)

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PA: Doctor shoots patient who killed caseworker

USA Today

"A psychiatric outpatient opened fire Thursday inside a psychiatrist's office at a hospital near Philadelphia, killing his caseworker and slightly wounding the doctor, who reportedly shot the gunman with his personal firearm, authorities said. The suspect was reported in critical condition after the shooting at 2:20 p.m. in an office at the Mercy Wellness Center of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said at a news conference. The unidentified 52-year-old doctor shot the suspect three times and suffered a graze wound when the suspect returned fire, Whelan said the preliminary investigation had found. Two guns were recovered." (07/24/14)

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Gunmaker Beretta moving from Maryland to Tennessee

Raw Story

"Gunmaker Beretta USA Corp is moving its manufacturing business from Maryland to Tennessee because of Maryland’s strict new firearms law, the company said. The Italian-owned company will shut down its manufacturing plant at Accokeek, Maryland, and move to a new one it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The $45 million Gallatin site is scheduled to open in 2015. Beretta said on Tuesday it was concerned that during debate on the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 the Maryland Senate had voted to bar the company from being able to manufacture, store or import firearms, as it had done since 1977." (07/23/14)

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CA: Resident fatally shoots alleged intruder

Long Beach Post

"Detectives believe the woman fatally shot on Tuesday night in Bixby Knolls may have been committing a crime inside a resident's home before the shooting occurred. According to Deputy Chief David Hendricks, a man returned to his home to find the woman inside. 'What we believe happened at this time was the resident came home and possibly interrupted a crime in progress,' Hendricks said. 'At some time, there was a shooting that took place and the suspect of the original crime, the woman, is deceased.'" (07/23/14)

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TN restaurant owner: “Business exploded” since welcoming guns

Fox News

"A Tennessee restaurant owner has placed a sign in the window of her business welcoming gun owners -- a move she says has brought in more customers and saved her business from closing. Shiloh Brew and Chew owner Sharma Floyd says put up the sign after seeing a news account of a business being robbed after posting a sign saying guns were not allowed in the building. The Maryville restaurant owner opted to go in the opposite direction." (07/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l2e6cvk

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PA: Man shoots two intruders, kills one

WTAE News

"Two men who allegedly forced their way into an apartment overnight were shot by a person who lives there, and one of them was killed, authorities said. ... Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said two men entered the first-floor apartment with guns and fired shots into the residence before pushing the tenant from the living room into the bedroom and saying, 'We want your stuff.' The 19-year-old man who lives in the apartment with his 17-year-old girlfriend grabbed a shotgun that he keeps in his bedroom and fired three shots, striking both of the alleged intruders, Toler said." (07/22/14)

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NY: Gun range in business for 73 years forced to close

Fox News

"A New York gun range has been forced to close its doors after more than 70 years in business, following a bitter dispute with its neighbors over noise and safety issues. The Westchester Police Revolver and Rifle League, in Greenburgh, a nonprofit open-air range dating to the 1940s, was targeted by neighbors who wanted the facility closed, CBS New York reported. The fight between the range, which is nestled into an old rock quarry, and local residents moved from the neighborhood to town hall last week, when both sides had their say on the matter." (07/20/14)

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Target gives in to victim disarmers, invites murderers to play

MarketWatch

"Target Corp. on Wednesday said it would ask customers to no longer carry guns in its stores, bowing to a month-long pressure campaign. The retailer said it would 'respectfully request' that customers not bring guns into its stores, 'even in communities where it is permitted by law.' ... Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a [pro-murder/victim disarmament] organization funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, launched a campaign to pressure the retailer to forbid guns." (07/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nfan38w

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AK: Wasilla senior citizen scares would-be thieves away with gun

KTVA 11 News

"Troopers say a 65-year-old Wasilla resident shot at intruders early Tuesday morning, scaring the would-be burglars away. No one was injured, but the senior citizen, who wants to remain anonymous, was shaken by the ordeal. 'I heard something fall in the kitchen, a large quantity of things fall, and I thought the cats had done it,' said the victim. 'I thought maybe I could go back to sleep, but something told me do not do that, and that's when I reached for the gun.'" (07/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n2feq2w

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PA: Police plan to charge gun vendor over shooting

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Police in central Pennsylvania are recommending criminal charges against a gun show vendor who accidentally [sic] shot a woman while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster. Bloomsburg police Officer Brad Sharrow said Monday he intends to file a reckless endangerment charge against 44-year-old Geoffrey Hawk, of Warminster. The Columbia County district attorney would have to approve the charge." [editor's note: There's no such thing as an "accidental" shooting. If a competent adult discharges a firearm the discharge is either intentional or negligent - TLK] (06/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oevg9c8

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NJ: No town police force, so armed guards in school

Raw Story

"A New Jersey school district has voted to place armed guards in a local high school for students’ security in a rural town that does not have a police force, the superintendent said Monday. The plan to install two retired state troopers armed with handguns in Wantage Township’s High Point Regional High School was unanimously approved by the school board, said Superintendent Scott Ripley. ... Wantage Township in Sussex County is a rural community near the border with New York and does not have its own police force. The closest police presence is a state police barracks about 8 miles (12.8 km) away." (06/23/14)

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MS: Robbery suspect loses “bet” that victim doesn’t have a gun

MSN News Now

"Jackson police say, shortly before that, a guest at a nearby Motel 6 had a run in with the man in the rear parking lot. They say the guest was approached by a man asking for cigarettes. The hotel guest said he didn't have any cigarettes. The man began to walk away, when, police say, he turned around and said 'I bet you don't have one of these,' pointing a gun in his direction. The guest did have 'one of these,' and began firing at the suspect. He reportedly hit the man at least once." (06/21/14)

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SCOTUS: Second Amendment, Schmecond Maschmendment

The Hill

"The Supreme Court on Monday deemed 'straw' purchases of guns illegal, delivering a huge win to advocates of stricter [victim disarmament laws]. In a 5-4 decision, the court concluded that one legal [sic] gun owner may not acquire a firearm on behalf of another -- a practice known as 'straw' purchasing. The case, known as Abramski v. United States, centered on a former police officer who sought to buy a Glock 19 handgun for his uncle. Though both men were allowed to own guns, Bruce Abramski claimed on forms that he was the 'actual transferee/buyer' of the weapon and was later convicted of making false statements." (06/16/14)

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Victim disarmament gang targets Target

USA Today

"A national mothers group that persuaded Starbucks and Chipotle to ask customers to not bring rifles into their restaurants now has Target in its sights in the latest battle over public demonstrations by groups promoting the open carrying of guns. Moms Demands Action for Gun Sense [sic] in America, which advocates strong gun regulation and is partly funded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Wednesday that 'Gun extremists have been using Target stores to promote their agenda of intimidation.' 'American moms will not shop where our children and families -- including our teens who work at Target -- are not safe,' the group said." [editor's note: Well, they should make up their minds! Do they favor "gun control" or safety? It's one or the other - TLK] (06/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n6q6zbo

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Chipotle caves to victim disarmament demagogues, asks “no guns in our restaurants”

BBC News [UK state media]

"US fast-food chain Chipotle has asked customers not to bring firearms into its restaurants, after a group of gun rights advocates carried assault-style rifles into one in Texas. Following the display, a gun control group launched an online petition to put pressure on the company. Chipotle said the guns caused 'many of our customers anxiety and discomfort.' Many US states allow people to carry guns in some fashion, but businesses may ban them. Denver-based Chipotle, which serves Mexican-style food, joins coffee giant Starbucks in requesting customers not bring guns into their locations." (05/20/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27492193

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TX: Armed homeowner drives off intruder

News 4

"The homeowner says he saw the dark shadow of a person inside his home around 6a.m. inside his home in the 400 block of Gulf Street. The homeowner fired a shot and the intruder reportedly ran off." (05/19/14)

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Clinton: I support rapists, murderers and other predators

Christian Science Monitor

"Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the nation's gun culture has gotten 'way out of balance' and the US needs to rein in the notion that 'anybody can have a gun, anywhere, anytime.' The former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said the idea that anyone can have a gun is not in the 'best interest of the vast majority of people.' But she said that approach does not conflict with the rights of people to own firearms." [editor's note: I'll give her credit for sticking to her ... well, not her guns, but whatever; she'd probably get more votes by pretending that she's adjusted her position even a smidgen toward sanity - TLK] (05/06/14)

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SCOTUS chickens out, lets New Jersey’s de facto 2nd Amendment repeal stand

Business Week

"The Supreme Court on Monday let stand New Jersey's requirement that gun owners demonstrate a justifiable need in order to carry firearms in public, turning away another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed outside the home. Several residents claimed the law was unconstitutional, but in refusing to take their case, the high court left in a place a ruling last fall from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Philadelphia-based appeals court upheld New Jersey's requirement that gun owners demonstrate 'specific threats or previous attacks demonstrating a special danger to applicant's life that cannot be avoided by other means.'" (05/05/14)

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AL: 83-year-old shoots intruder

WAFF News

"Huntsville police are looking for a burglar who was shot by the 83-year-old resident of the home he had entered. ... Police said the 83-year-old man grabbed a handgun and shot the burglar in the chest once. Authorities said the burglar then dove out of the window and fled." (05/03/14)

http://www.waff.com/story/25170186/burglar-shot-by-83-year-old-victim

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MI: Detroit homeowner shoots intruder who broke in with crowbar

Click On Detroit

"A homeowner on Detroit's west side is thankful that she got her concealed weapons permit last year. The 50-year-old woman used it to fend off an intruder early Tuesday morning at her home on Heyden Street. The homeowner's family told Local 4 that the woman heard someone trying to break in around 12:30 a.m. She immediately called 911 and grabbed her handgun. ... The woman repeatedly warned the suspect that she had a gun. Police say the 24-year-old man used a crowbar to break a rear window at the home. After he made his way into the home, she opened fire." (04/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p2ycf65

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DC gun carry ban on the line

My Fox Carolinas

"On Monday, the court could announce whether it will hear the petition of John Drake, an ATM owner who carries large amounts of cash but was denied a carry permit by New Jersey because it does not consider self-defense a 'justifiable need.'" (05/02/14)

http://www.myfoxcarolinas.com/story/25417489/dc-gun-carry-ban-on-the-line-in-supreme-court-drake-case

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CEO of gunmaker of “smart guns” stalked and threatened

Raw Story

"Belinda Padilla, president and CEO of the U.S. division of firearm manufacturer Armatix, says she was stalked and threatened by 'gun enthusiasts' after she tried to bring a safer handgun to market. Armatix, a German company, has developed so-called 'smart guns' that can only be fired by the owner. The company uses a watch that ties the owner to the weapon, called the iP1. Armatix is already selling the personalized weapons in Europe and Asia." [editor's note: What am I missing here? This would seem to be a good thing, given the legit concerns about stolen weapons and children playing where they should not be? - SAT] (04/29/14)

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NY: Pizza man shoots robber

Buffalo News

"In the front hallway of the house, one of the robbers, who wore a mask and had a brown hoodie pulled over his face, hit the deliveryman on the head with a hammer, according to police. The masked man also displayed what appeared to be a gun, police said.But then, the deliveryman told investigators, he pulled out his own handgun and fired a shot, striking the masked man. The rest of the gang scattered." (04/20/14)

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TX: Homeowner shoots, kills man during home invasion

Click2Houston

"According to investigators, a man kicked in the door to a home on Glenheath and Ruthby around 4:50 a.m. on Sunday. A husband and wife were home at the time. The husband shot the suspect twice in the abdomen." (04/21/14)

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The Libertarian Republic Podcast, 07/28/14

The Libertarian Republic
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"You're now free to carry handguns in Washington, DC." [Flash video] (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nsmvvs7

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A lady and a gun

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"One of the most exciting things for me as a firearms and self defense instructor, is seeing an increasing number of women, especially young people, becoming interested and starting the process toward responsible gun ownership. Once they have some training, two questions come from most of them. 'How do I choose a gun?' is the first. The second, and even more difficult to answer, is, 'How in the heck do I carry this thing?'" (07/27/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5221

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Q&A with Marc Krebs, Jim Fuller and Chase Sisgold on sanctions

Hawaii Reporter
by Rob Kay

"For AK lovers, there’s no bigger story than the sanctions against Concern Kalashnikov, which in effect ban the importation of all Saigas and VEPRS. It’s hard to believe, but this is now a fact of life...at least for the near term future. What do these sanctions mean to us? I asked Marc Krebs of Krebs Custom, Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics and Chase Sisgold of Definitive Arms for their thoughts on this matter." (07/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k2rfw46

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How “crazy negroes” with guns helped kill Jim Crow

Reason Reason
by Thaddeus Russell

"I have a dream that one day children in seventh grade will have an American history textbook that is not like my son's. Its heroes will not just be people from the past who upheld the middle-class values of modesty, chastity, sobriety, thrift, and industry. The rebels it celebrates will include not only abolitionists, suffragists, labor unionists, and civil rights leaders who confined their protests to peaceful and respectable writing, speaking, striking, and marching. In my dream, schoolchildren will read about people like C.O. Chinn. Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned a farm, a rhythm and blues nightclub, a bootlegging operation, and a large collection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they attempted to encroach on his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote." (for publication 08/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/07/22/how-crazy-negroes-with-guns-he

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Glazed over

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by CD Michel

"No matter how you spin it, the 'mismatch' between gun banning policies and solutions to gun violence remains an admission of abject failure. And significantly, it's a failure based on the public dismissing their policy prevarications as ineffective." (07/20/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle780-20140720-04.html

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How a calamitous century helped win us our rights

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
by Claire Wolfe

"When I'm in a, shall we say, mellow mood with friends, I can occasionally launch into accounts of politics in seventeenth-century England. This usually results in incredulous stares, followed by, 'Oh, so sorry. Fascinating story, I'm sure. But it's really just hours past my bedtime.' It's a shame anybody should feel that way, though. Because even in the hands of a dreary lecturer and deadly bore (um, not saying I am one), the story of seventeenth-century England is one of riotously awful chaos -- and the birth of modern freedom." (07/19/14)

http://jpfo.org/articles-assd04/wolfe-stuarts-and-freedom.htm

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Suicide and guns

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

"Is suicide by gun a 'misuse' of a gun? You have every right to end your own life. In some cases -- very few -- I can even imagine it being the best thing to do. ... The people who don't want you to kill yourself might disagree, of course. Your death would probably make them extremely sad. Do they own you?" (07/17/14)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/07/suicide-and-guns.html

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A Walk on the Dark Side

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

Short story. (07/10/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5038

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New study: Criminals prefer handguns, not “assault weapons”

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by CD Michel

"Thugs prefer handguns. Go figure. According to a study published on June 16, 2014, most of the guns seized from gang members, felons and drug traffickers were handguns, not the automatic 'assault weapons' often depicted in Hollywood crime stories. This is nothing new. For decades criminologists have told us this, and they note it is because petty street crime is best done with small weapons that can easily be hidden and disposed. Now, the new edition of the Small Arms Survey confirms this long-standing trend." (07/06/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle778-20140706-03.html

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The good guys and their guns

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
by Claire Wolfe

Poem. (07/05/14)

http://jpfo.org/articles-assd04/wolfe-run-cowards-run.htm

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A bird in the hand

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"I’ve been asked any number of times why I think I need to carry a gun. I live in a very small rural town almost untouched by any sort of violent crime. The sheriff is mostly concerned with cattle and hay thieves. Nobody is more grateful for that than I am, of course. But very little of something isn’t none. There is no place on earth where the risk of attack, by man or animal, is zero." (06/26/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4910

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Armed teachers — school shooters

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"There are several items in the news these days about 'allowing' some teachers and administrators to be armed in order to respond to 'school shootings.' In fact, some schools are actively in the process of providing for this. Even more surprising is the fact that many in 'law enforcement' are starting to support the idea. While I very much agree that teachers, like anyone else, must be free to carry arms for self defense, maybe a better alternative to armed teachers and 'guards' in 'public schools' is to stop gathering hundreds or thousands of helpless potential victims into these tactical nightmare environments." (06/24/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4941

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Hillary Clinton is a terrorist

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino

"The fact is that Hillary Clinton is not for gun control. She is for gun centralization. She wants to limit possession of guns to the government and people the government approves of. To enforce this policy of gun centralization, she is perfectly willing to resort to violence of her own." (06/20/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/28420

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Fundamentals of shooting, part 3

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"Trigger control and follow through are the last items on the fundamentals list. There are not as many differences between what is required for pin point target accuracy and good shooting in an emergency -- except that having these habits cemented in your muscle memory is even more important if you are fighting for your life or that of someone you love." (06/18/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4857

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Fundamentals of shooting, part 2

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"Last time we looked at the difference between target/competition shooting and some potentially serious differences in a self defense situation. The fundamental of aiming, and how various alternative methods might come in very handy, is an important part of that difference because training for one might not give you all you need for the other. Next on the list of fundamentals is 'breath control.'" (06/16/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4823

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Fundamentals of shooting

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"It is well known, from serious studies of all kinds of emergency situations and responses, that the more primitive areas of the brain take over and the person loses the ability to do much critical thinking or planning. Right then, the only thing that is happening is a survival response to the threat. The person facing death will see only the threat (tunnel vision). They will hear nothing outside the threat, and will tend to freeze helplessly -- at least for a few moments -- unless they have trained their mind and body to respond otherwise. Which is exactly why someone who carries or otherwise uses a gun for self defense in such a situation will need to consider a few things beyond the NRA 'fundamentals' as taught." (06/14/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4818

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Another big lie from Obama, this time over mass shootings

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Steve Stanek

"President Obama has spewed a lie so brazen, so easily debunked, it's hard to believe a man supposedly so smart -- and in such a high position of power -- can speak so recklessly. But here he is just a couple of days ago, speaking of mass shootings and saying: 'We're the only developed country on Earth where this happens.' A 10-second Google search shows the United States is by no means alone. Incidents like these are happening and have been happening around the world, including in countries where they have strict gun control laws and none of the so-called 'gun culture' that Obama and his ilk so often deride to slander America." (06/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mjbdyjt

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Snap decisions

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

"Much like what is going on at a global and national level, this Saint Louis family faced unpleasant, ugly, potentially fatal choices. The criminals wanted protection from those who would defend themselves. A gun to the daughter’s head seemed like it would suffice. The defenders had to guess intentions and probable results on-the-fly, but it was reasonably safe to assume that armed and willing to threaten violence, the results would be violent. Fortunately for ALL, the defenders chose wisely." (06/11/14)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2014/06/11/snap-decisions/

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Cops, gun control and the myth of the US as a bloody warzone

Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

"Now, failing to solve the real problem of gun violence means one thing only to executive power -- that there have been no gun control measures passed for private citizens. Considering the blood on the hands of Obama -- who is 'really good at killing' and all -- it feels repellent to see him mourning people who lost their lives to their fellow Americans. More to the point, though, with that answer Obama was simply perpetuating -- sincerely or cynically, it hardly matters -- the cultural myth that a few more laws will stop people from committing murder. And more to the point still, the myth that violence is only wrong when it's committed by private citizens sans an official uniform." (06/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfklx7q

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Anti-gun activists adopt anti-abortion tactics

A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle

"Foes of abortion and foes of guns have a similar problem: The Supreme Court, which says government cannot ban either one outright. What to do? Increasingly, the two advocacy movements are resorting to a similar solution: targeted regulation. Abortion opponents started the trend and have it almost down to a science. Instead of trying to restrict abortion itself, they seek to impose rules that either raise barriers to individuals, such as waiting periods and mandatory ultrasounds, or crack down on clinics." (06/09/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qxjh776

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Trust, safety and guns

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"One thing I hear frequently when talking about open carry of guns is the idea that they 'don't know those people' and wouldn't know who to trust ... that any one who had a gun could just 'go nuts' and start shooting. Those folks are uncomfortable when they can see the guns, even properly holstered, and even though criminals do not often carry openly -- at least not until they are ready to strike. And how many of those fearful people consider that ANY person they pass -- on foot or in a vehicle -- might well be armed with a gun, a knife or a bazooka they can’t see. When properly concealed, nobody knows. So, what makes some people so much more fearful if they can see it?" (06/05/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4780

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Much ado about nothing: Media frenzy over open carry

Fox News Forum
by Dr. John R. Lott Jr.

"The NRA’s strong statement reprimanding a few people for carrying long guns into restaurants was bound to get media attention. Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action and much of the media quickly jumped in and described various restaurants as 'asking customers to leave their guns at home.' But their assertions couldn’t be more misleading. The headline at USA Today saying 'No Guns Inside' or at MSNBC and Huffington Post saying 'No-Gun Policies' are simply wrong. The question here isn't whether open carry deters crime. The question is what deters crime more: open or concealed carry. A big deal has been made of Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Chipotle, Wendy's, Applebee's, Chili’s and Sonic’s supposed bans on guns, with Bloomberg’s groups declaring “victory.' Yet, Starbucks 'respectfully requesting' customers no longer bring in openly carried guns is not a ban on guns." (06/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l544zjb

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Stupid gun owners, stupid businesses

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"On Friday, both Chipotle's and Sonic's both asked their customers to stop openly carrying guns: Chipotle's exempting 'law enforcement' and Sonic limiting their request to their indoor and patio seating areas (yes, many Sonics DO have indoor eating/seating areas these days). Now, first off, let me say that these businesses are both within their rights AND are being stupid in doing so: especially Chipotle's -- as they open themselves to being 'disarmament zones' and therefore seen as more lucrative targets for robbers and holdup artists. Like others, I expect them to both have one or more of their locations held up sooner than later. (Actually, I'm wrong: a Sonic was held up in Houston the same day Sonic made its request.)" (06/03/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4738

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Mental health screening a good way to decrease liberty, poor way to increase security

US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) Campaign for Liberty
by Ron Paul

"Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel deep sympathy for the families of the victims. As usual, many people responded to this shooting by calling for new federal gun control laws, including the mental health screening of anyone attempting to purchase a firearm. There are a number of problems with this proposal. Federally-mandated mental health screenings would require storing mental health records in a government database. This obviously raises concerns about patient privacy and doctor-patient confidentiality, as well as the threat of identity theft." (06/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jw5lnex

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Restricting liberty inevitably tragic

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

"As soon as I heard about the Santa Barbara, California, murders I held my breath and waited for the anti-gun advocates to start dancing in the blood -- I didn’t need to wait long."

http://tinyurl.com/pvm3v4u

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The Young Jerks: Gun rights vs. gun frights

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

"Even worse than the intelligent, thoughtful people who oppose guns in the hands of their fellow citizens are the mindless name-callers. They accomplish nothing. An example is a video hairball coughed up by The Young Jerks who call themselves The Young Turks. These Video Trolls accuse those who openly carry really big guns of compensating for having really tiny penises are themselves people with really tiny brains. It's just another example of 'groupthink,' which means pre-judging individuals on the basis of some group to which they've been assigned, in this case open carry advocates are all gun nuts, gun extremists or 'open carry yahoos.'" (05/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/llndemw

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New Texans find open carry openly scary

Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed

"Dallas/Ft. Worth has been one of the fasting growing areas in the nation due to its business-friendly environment, drawing thousands of big liberal city-dwelling gun-fearing people from all around the country who just aren't gun-savvy. So consider this open carry report as an 'open message' for all you Texas newbies. If you walk into a store or restaurant somewhere in North Texas and see a small band of men and women strolling around with scary-looking firearms slung over their shoulders don't panic." (05/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kejb57m

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Guns: Out of the bottle, like it or not

Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp

"It’s time to repeat, with emphasis, what Cody Wilson told the world a year ago when he rolled the Liberator out: 'Gun control' is over. It’s done. It’s as dead as music copyright, and for the same reason: Advancing technology has taken the matter out of the hands of government regulators and their privileged industry monopolists. Nobody has to like it. That’s how it is whether anyone likes it or not. Personally, I like it." (05/22/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/27422

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Eek an armed citizen!

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by Will Grigg

"The presence of a single, non-violent citizen openly carrying a firearm is sufficient to cause panic in people habituated to the evil idea that only state functionaries should be armed. So acutely alarmed do such people become that their first reaction is to call the police, thereby inviting the intervention of additional armed strangers who -- owing to the indoctrination they've received, and the 'qualified immunity' they enjoy -- are immeasurably more dangerous than the first." (05/20/14)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2014/05/eeek-armed-citizen.html

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Halt and I won’t shoot

The Libertarian Enterprise
by CD Michel

"When you hear anti-gun propagandists say there is no self-defense use of guns, tell them this story. When they say people don't need guns, tell them about the young woman who nearly had her face removed and looks at her scares in the mirror every day. And when Michael Bloomberg says gun owners are dangerous, remind Michael that our ATV driver and 2,300,000 other Americans defended themselves with guns last year without shooting at anyone." (05/19/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle771-20140518-04.html

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Moral panic: Implanting anti-weapon hysteria in future generations

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
by Claire Wolfe

"We are in the midst of a moral panic against the very concept of weapons (and people outside of government who wield them). But one scary thing about moral panics is that hardly anybody recognizes them for what they are until everybody finally snaps out of the hysteria. The panic against weapons and those who use them has been going on at least since the early 1990s (and probably began in the 1960s). My great fear is that a) it's getting worse and b) it's infecting the minds of an entire generation, so that the current crop of children and young adult students will arrive 'in the real world' with the assumption -- implanted by the current hysteria -- that weapons themselves are actually evil." (05/18/14)

http://jpfo.org/articles-assd04/wolfe-weapons-moral-panic.htm

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It takes a Gun Free Nigerian Village to raze a child

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

"The kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria proves that not only Hillary Clinton's book title It Takes A Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us but the 'old African proverb' from which she took it were only half right; in Africa it takes a village full of very heavily armed gun-toting people to raise a child. The local police in Nigeria have guns, just as the local police in America have guns. The local 'militants' in Nigeria have guns, just as the local gangbangers in America have guns. The big difference in most of America's cities is that moms and dads and other citizens have a right to be armed as well." (05/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/njadkxd

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Living alone, staying alive

The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

"First, the most important rule of avoiding trouble is not to be there in the first place. Plan your work, your trips and other activities so that you are not out alone -- at night especially -- and likely to find yourself in vulnerable situations to start with. This is particularly true for women, the elderly and those with disabilities. It might well be very inconvenient or more costly, but it might save your life. If you must go, you might get a friend, family member or co-worker to go along with you. Just be sure to take someone who is also willing and able to be situationally aware, and preferably also armed!"

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4613

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It’s even worse: Operation Choke Point threatens both guns and democracy

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
by Claire Wolfe

"It was announced as an operation to prevent fraudsters from getting into innocent people's bank accounts. What could be more noble? What could possibly go wrong? Maybe that's why, when Operation Choke Point first became public in March 2013, everybody from the mainstream media to the most eagle-eyed freedom bloggers basically ignored it. As it turns out there's nothing noble about it and a lot is already going wrong. As usual with these secretive federal programs, we may not learn for years how much evil has already been done under the pretense of good. One thing we can be sure of: if these tactics aren't halted, they'll grow inexorably and will end up threatening not only our gun rights and our freedom, but the very concept of a society based on fairplay and honest dealings." (05/10/14)

http://jpfo.org/articles-assd04/wolfe-operation-choke-point.htm

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Operation Choke Point: Freedom, guns and civilization

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

"Covert ostracism as a tool of government for getting its way when it can’t get its way through open law-spewing is ... a big, big step on the path to destruction. Of trust. Of human decency. Of the concept of equal protection under law (never mind that equal protection has always been a myth; even a myth can have a civilizing purpose). Of civil society. Of so many valuable things. Yeah, we’re already on that path. I know. But once you start shutting masses of peaceable people and businesses out of normal commerce, you create pariahs. You don’t drive them out of business; you merely drive them ... elsewhere." (05/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ot66u6t

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