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

Texas Tribune

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

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

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CA: Gun rights advocates file suit challenging open carry restrictions

Fox News Fox News

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

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

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

CNN CNN

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

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

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

New York Daily News

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

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

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

Independent [UK]

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

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

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

Reuters Reuters

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

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

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

USA Today USA Today

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

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

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IL: Lawsuit claims gun restrictions unfairly target foster parents

Fox News Fox News

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

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

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New Black Panther Party bringing arms to Cleveland

Reuters Reuters

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

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

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

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

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

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

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SC: Armed citizen thwarts nightclub shooter

USA Carry

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

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

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Idiot mayors ask Congress to repeal Second Amendment

WIBC 93.1 FM

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

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

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MO: Nixon vetoes bill allowing constitutional concealed carry

Fox News Fox News

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

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

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

The Hill The Hill

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

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

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SCOTUS votes 6-2 against Second Amendment

United Press International United Press International

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

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

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

New York Daily News

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

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

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

The Hill The Hill

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

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

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LGBT gun rights group sees membership skyrocket after Orlando shooting

USA Today

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

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

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US Senate fails to pass victim disarmament amendments

Hartford Courant

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

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

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

ABC News ABC News

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

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

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

USA Today USA Today

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

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

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

CBS News CBS News

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

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

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NRA: Orlando nightclub patrons shouldn’t have been armed

USA Today USA Today

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

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

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Senate nears deal to vote on doomed victim disarmament proposals

Politico

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

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

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US Senate Democrats demand more Orlando-style massacres

Bloomberg

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

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

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

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

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

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

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Denial: So much more than an Egyptian river

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

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

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

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

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

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

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

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“Libertarian” Party joins the old parties?

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

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

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

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In defense of Second Amendment people

The American Spectator
by Aaron Goldstein

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

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

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Second Amendment people

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

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

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

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Election 2016: Time for Libertarians to dump Bill Weld

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

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

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7078

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What kind of wall is that again?

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

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

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

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An epidemic of evil

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

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

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

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Why we need independent militias

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Ryan McMaken

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

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

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“Assault weapon” bans are really about political censorship

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

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

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

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In support of the open carry society

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

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

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6831

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The freak-out factor

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Most folks are so unused to seeing normal people carrying guns around, out in the open, that when they it, they freak out. Among those who are at least, well, unsettled by the spectacle? The police. Funny, the gun freaker-outers don’t usually freak when they see police with guns. But that may be changing as more and more video footage comes out regarding police shootings of suspects under suspicious circumstances." (07/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/20/the-freak-out-factor/

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If you like the war on drugs, you’ll love the war on guns!

Ed Krayewski Reason
by Ed Krayewski

"There is an argument that gun prohibition would work better than drug prohibition because guns are more difficult to manufacture and harder to conceal. 3-D printing is closing the manufacturing gap, and while guns may be harder to conceal than drugs they are also harder to confiscate. Police already use a significant amount of force in the war on drugs, based on the argument that an attempt to confiscate drugs could face violent resistance. A primary function of firearms is to offer resistance. Police in the United States became militarized largely on the strength of the drug war (and not widespread gun ownership as some anti-gun revisionists argue)." (07/12/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/12/if-you-like-the-war-on-drugs-youll-love

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Do you believe being armed is a cultural norm or not?

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"Gun rights advocates usually argue that being armed isn't threatening in of itself. In fact they often scoff whenever an anti-gunners claims to be in fear for their lives when they see somebody who is armed. These gun rights advocates usually also argue that being armed should be a cultural norm. I agree with both sentiments. However, where I diverge from many supposed gun rights advocates is that my belief doesn't give an exception to anybody wearing a badge. Does somebody have grounds to be afraid for their life just because the see somebody else who is armed? If you don't believe they do then why should an officer be justified in fearing for their life just because they're interacting with somebody who is armed?" (07/11/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/07/11/do-you-believe-being-armed-is-a-cultural-norm-or-not/

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Current events

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

"The safety and effectiveness of personal weaponry is improving every day. Guns keep getting smaller, lighter, and more powerful. Some folks are still trying to remain sweet and orderly about it all, legally purchasing their firearms and nicely applying for concealed carry permits. But those statistics alone frighten the living excrement out of our self-appointed socialist sheep-herders, Other people, having finally observed that the only reason vile creatures like Obama and Hillary want to take your guns away is so that they can be free to do things to you that they couldn't do if you kept your guns, have simply decided for themselves that they have obeyed their last gun law. Take heed, you would-be gun-grabbers, you did this all to yourselves." (07/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle880-20160710-02.html

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No federal power over guns, even if the 2nd Amendment never existed

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Foundation
by Mike Maharrey

"[F]or the sake of argument, let's accept a narrow interpretation of the Second Amendment. Let's assume it only relates to service in the militia. The federal government still has no authority to regulate firearms. As I explained in my Constitution 101 article on the Second Amendment, the Constitution only delegates specific powers to the federal government. The enumeration of certain powers logically excludes all powers not listed. Designato unius est exclusio alterius is a legal maxim meaning, 'the designation of one is the exclusion of the other.' You will find no authority to regulate firearms or ban certain types of weapons in the Constitution." (07/09/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/09/no-federal-power-over-guns-even-if-the-2nd-amendment-never-existed/

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“Gun violence” as a rhetorical trick in the gun-control debate

Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

"In its most recent attack on gun ownership, The New York Times went out of its way to confuse gun homicides with homicide in general. As I noted here, this is a rhetorical trick used to mask the true homicide rates in other countries in order to make the United States look like an outlier. Another trick employed by gun control advocates is to lump gun-inflicted suicides in with gun homicides as in order to inflate the total number of 'gun violence' events." (07/06/16)

https://mises.org/blog/gun-violence-rhetorical-trick-gun-control-debate

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Why does Kathy Gilroy hate the victims of the Orlando nightclub attack?

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

"The story in brief: A suburban Chicago gun shop decided to raffle off an AR-15 rifle to raise money for the OneOrlando Fund, which is helping victims of Omar Mateen's attack on patrons of the Pulse nightclub. They shut down the raffle after 'legal questions' were 'raised.' By which I mean: 'Kathy Gilroy, an anti-gambling crusader from Villa Park, said she had complained to the McHenry Police Department about the gun raffle. She said she has gotten various local law enforcement agencies to shut down numerous raffles previously but that it's often an uphill battle. 'Who is enforcing these laws?' Gilroy asked. 'No one.' So apparently she really doesn't hate the shooting victims per se. She just hates the idea of anyone being free to do anything without her approval." (07/02/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/07/why-does-kathy-gilroy-hate-victims-of.html

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What doesn’t fly

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

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

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

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

Cathy Reisenwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Cathy Reisenwitz

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

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

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Gun policy is hard

Trevor Burrus Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

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

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

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ACLU fights Dems’ dishonest war on due process

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff

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

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

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“No fly, no buy” means no freedom

Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

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

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

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How they could confiscate your AR-15

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

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

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

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

National Review
by Andrew Badinelli

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

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

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

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum

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

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

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

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille

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

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

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FBI and ACLU agree: Senate acted appropriately

TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle

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

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

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What bothers me about LGBTQIA victim disarmament advocates

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

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

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

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Murder by gun control

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

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

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

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The Bizarro morality of America’s gun control debate

National Review
by David French

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

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

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No, guns are not a “public health crisis”

Trevor Burrus Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

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

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

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No fly, no buy? No dice.

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

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

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6320

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

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

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

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

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