Tag: Gun Control

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President Obama went to Chicago on Tuesday and blamed that city’s high rate of gun violence on law-abiding gun owners in Indiana. He also provided one of those droplets of Obamawisdom for which he has become known: Obama: It’s “easier in too many neighborhoods for a young person a purchase a gun than a book” […]

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The Libertarian Podcast, with Richard Epstein: “The Second Amendment and Gun Violence”

 

For those who need a reminder that there’s no one out there quite like Richard Epstein, we present the newest episode of The Libertarian podcast: one in which Richard argues that the Supreme Court got its famous Second Amendment in decision in District of Columbia v. Heller wrong, but also that the gun control measures usually advocated for by the Left are essentially useless. This one will get people talking. Listen in below or by subscribing to The Libertarian through iTunes.

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California has already achieved what many on the left in both parties dream of; replacing an informed middle class electorate with an army of compliant, third-world peasants. (Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill making it much easier for illegal immigrants to vote.)  The next step is a disarmed citizenry at the complete mercy of the […]

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As if the people in Roseburg, Oregon haven’t suffered enough, Barack Obama and the Westboro Baptist Church both plan to descend on the community to push their personal political agendas. The people of Roseburg aren’t happy about the president coming because of his seeming inability to tell the difference between a coffin and a soapbox. […]

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Insanity and Guilt, Revisited

 
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Rep. Tim Murphy

In May 2014, I wrote about a personal encounter with serious mental illness. At the time, there was some hope regarding the issue: Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), a practicing psychologist, had recently introduced a humane bill to reform our dysfunctional national mental health system. Murphy had worked tirelessly for over a year to research and craft the bill, and had secured bipartisan support. Unfortunately, I wrote at the time, the Democratic Party’s leadership was trying to scuttle the bill out of crass political opportunism.

Contra the Media, Stuff Does Happen

 

Defending Jeb Bush is detrimental enough to a person’s reputation, but I’m going to risk it all defending the latest caricaturized version of Jeb. “Stuff happens” is politically incorrect in the strictest sense: It’s the incorrect sentiment to express if you want to advance politically. But the world of politics is not known for its concern with facts, and “stuff happens” is appropriate and accurate. (Note: I’ll continue to use Jeb’s wording, though I prefer the more common, earthy variant.)

In regular conversation, “stuff happens” can be a flip response to terrible events or an excuse for inaction, but coming from the government, it’s just the right response (provided the terrible events aren’t the government’s fault). In the government’s case, I support finding as many excuses for inaction as possible. “Stuff happens” happens to be a good one, as it’s a pithy form of the conservative belief that humanity is sinful and the libertarian belief that central planners and bureaucrats won’t change it from being so.

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Ouch. Less than 24 hours after Obama once again praised Australia for its strict gun control laws, someone has launched a hail of bullets at a major police headquarters in western Sydney, killing one employee. Worse still, it seems the gunman might’ve had an agenda of the Type We Dare Not Speak, with media outlets now describing […]

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Obama on Oregon Shooting: ‘This Is Something We Should Politicize’

 

Obama-Umpquah-ShootingPresident Obama delivered an angry statement on the Thursday shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR. “Each time we see one of these mass shootings,” he said from the White House briefing room podium, “our thoughts and prayers are not enough.

In a 15-minute statement, Obama stressed that the US is “the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every couple of months.” He praised the gun control efforts in Australia, a nation that conducted a mass confiscation of firearms from its citizenry.

The President repeatedly complained about the Republican-led Congress and gun rights advocates. “There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America,” he said, “so how can you with a straight face say more guns will make us safer?”

Must Be The Guns

 

shutterstock_129482747Early Monday morning, Carey Gabay, an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in the head, apparently by a stray bullet; he is not expected to survive. As member kelsurprise notes on the Member Feed, both Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are already calling for additional gun control measures, despite New York already having some of the least gun-friendly laws in the country:

Seeing as Cuomo’s previous foray into more stringent gun laws bordered on delusional, I’m curious to know what additional measures he thinks will manage to address the criminal element responsible for the majority of gun violence here, while still “protecting the Second Amendment and legitimate gun owners.”

As Jacob Sullum notes at Reason, statistics do not paint the tidy fewer-guns-less-crime picture that gun-grabbers want (if you exclude suicides from the statistics, the numbers are even less useful to them). Moreover , barring the extremely unlikely prospect that the fatal shot was fired by either a NYPD officer or one of the handful of people with the resources and connections to obtain a carry permit in the Big Apple, the killer had already committed multiple crimes before he even drew the weapon.

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My shift today started before sunrise, so I didn’t hear of a tragic shooting in New York, this morning, until I  got home and turned on the news.  My prayers go out to Mr. Gabay and his family.           Reports in print, at least, include the kind and supportive words Governor […]

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Does Martin O’Malley Even Know How Guns Work?

 

“Martin O’Malley,” The New York Times reported yesterday, “a Democratic candidate for president, called for a new national assault weapons ban and other gun control measures.” O’Malley reportedly touted his record in Maryland for “passing laws ‘that banned high-magazine weapons, increased licensing standards and required fingerprinting for handgun purchasers.’”

Does this guy even know what an “assault weapon” is? 

A Nice Little Fiefdom

 

cc_application_pic_500x333We’ve had a few discussions before about the proper size and scope of local government. While I agree that keeping government local has multiple advantages — e.g., ease of response to complaints, ability to fit local needs better, relative ease of voting with one’s feet, etc. — this case out of Rhode Island furthers my feeling that those advantages only go so far and that we shouldn’t understate the degree to which local governments can still abridge citizens’ rights.

In Rhode Island, licenses to carry a concealed weapon are issued through local police departments, which have great discretion over their issuance. Some towns and cities are relatively liberal in issuing licenses, while others make it nearly impossible for the average citizen to protect himself with a firearm outside of the home. East Providence appears to be one of the latter: by former Chief Joseph H. Tavares’ own admission, no license to carry a concealed weapon had been issued within the last decade in his city of 47,000 people with slightly below-average income rates and rather dull crime stats.

In the early winter of 2012, resident Norman Gadomski Jr. applied for a CCW license, citing his desire to protect himself while handling cash at work, cycling, and camping, as well as his intent to join a Massachusetts gun club (the Rhode Island license would allow him to apply for a non-resident license from Massachusetts). He filed the paperwork, submitted to an interview, and disclosed that he had been arrested twice as an adult: once for possession of alcohol before being of age, once for some kind of property damage. Both arrests were made more than 20 years earlier and both were dismissed after the young Gadomski agreed to pay the Witness Fund and court fees.

Guns, Birkenstocks, and Beer

 

shutterstock_120816094I’ll admit this much up front: I’m not a gun person. I’ve tried to like guns. Some of my favorite people are gun nuts, so I’ve been treated to long disquisitions on the virtues of different kinds and calibers and sat through long debates on the merits of the Glock this and the Winchester that.

I attend firearms training with new recruits to our agency and fire a few rounds with a 9mm SIG Sauer and a patrol assault rifle (AR-15). As long as I’ve got my tongue poking out of the corner of my mouth, I can put a hurtin’ on a paper bowling pin at three yards (CQB). I really enjoyed watching the recruits learning, and love watching the instructors who are so expert at something that (having tried it) I know is difficult.

I liked stripping and cleaning the guns afterward, like the smell of gun oil, but the shooting itself? I’m sorry: it’s loud and dangerous — and so far — at least, just not my thing.

On Uzis and Accidents — Lessons in Responsibility and Stupidity

 

The private ownership of guns — and the attendant culture of gun owners — is virulently opposed by a significant portion of the country. Such anti-gunners are disproportionately represented in journalism and entertainment, fields populated by people skilled at speaking, acting, and writing; people, moreover, who have all the resources necessary to make their voices widely heard.  

I’ve said it here before and it bears repeating: Gun owners must be tougher on themselves than their opponents are. Every mistake we make; every arrogant boast; every garbled, ineloquent defense we attempt; every misplaced criticism of our culture will be parsed, dissected, analyzed, and stored for future use.