Tag: Gun Rights

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If you’ve ever filled out a Form 4473, you’re familiar with the Question 11e: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or other controlled substance?” In case you thought there was any ambiguity with regard to medical marijuana, you were wrong. Indeed, there is a warning in bold […]

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The Second Amendment guarantees American citizens the right to bear arms, but both federal and state governments determine how citizens may legally exercise that right. And while both federal and state gun control laws regularly change, laws at the state level change more frequently and often without the media coverage that surrounds changes at the federal level. […]

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Deplatformed: How Big Tech Companies and Corporate America Subvert the 2nd Amendment

 

Anyone familiar with the Bible is familiar with the Mark of the Beast: Without this mark, no man may buy or sell.

Regardless of one’s religious faith or lack thereof, there is an illustrative case in this biblical story: When one cannot buy or sell, one is metaphorically up the creek. Short of producing everything one needs oneself, buying and selling are necessary parts of virtually every modern person’s life.

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“The Constitution gives you the right, as a white man, to have a rifle in your home. The Constitution gives you the right to protect yourself. Why is it ‘ominous’ when black people even talk of having rifles? Why don’t we have the right to self-defense? Is it because maybe you know we’re going to […]

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Mother’s Day Shooting

 

Early on Mother’s Day afternoon, a woman walked to her vehicle with her two sons. The elder son was in his mid-teens, but not yet licensed to drive. The younger, was a bit shorter and early teen by appearance. The mother and her sons were all carrying bags or containers, heading somewhere for the day.

The mother carried a cooler, of the right size for iced-down drinks and snacks on a pleasant Arizona spring day. The younger son had a school-size backpack and another small bag. The elder son had a small gym bag and a long fabric soft-side case.

That long case was an obvious signal. It is used for only one thing: a long gun, a rifle. Yes, gentle reader, Mom was going shooting for the afternoon with her two sons!

Gun Owners Are Being Othered, And We’re Letting It Happen

 

In the wake of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, “bump stocks” became the cause célèbre of the gun control crowd. A bump stock, to be honest, is a rather silly device that attaches to the back of a rifle which allows you to rapidly increase the rate of fire of the gun, letting it mimic the effect of a fully-automatic rifle. Bump stocks specifically designed to get around the restrictions on civilian ownership of fully-automatic firearm that were imposed by the passage the National Firearms Act and the Hughes Amendment, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives decided (at President Trump’s urging) that they made a mistake back in 2010, and such things shouldn’t be in civilian hands.

The fact that you can replicate automatic fire with training and practice, (or even with something as prosaic as a belt loop) seems to be lost on the BATFE, but that’s a topic for another time.

Richard Epstein reacts to former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ suggestion that the Second Amendment be repealed — and explains why the constitutional arguments about guns may point in a different direction than the policy arguments.

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(Note: This was originally meant to be a comment on @frontseatcat ‘s post http://ricochet.com/499018/try-everything-president-trump/ but it grew out of control. I’ve been thinking we needed the multilayered defense against the current push to ban/limit certain weapons laid out fully anyways, so here it is — or at least the first couple layers.) This first part […]

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In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, Richard Epstein provides his legal analysis of where Second Amendment jurisprudence went wrong and explains what policy options might actually help to ease gun violence — and why real solutions are devilishly hard to come by.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will run for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota, and even though he’s not as conservative as we might want him to be, by all accounts Cramer gives the GOP its best chance to defeat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.  Jim also details his frustration with the constant demand for a national conversation on gun laws when so many gun control activists have little grasp of the facts and little idea what the existing laws are.  And they react to Ronan Farrow’s column detailing Donald Trump’s efforts to carry on a months-long affair and keep it a secret, all while he was married to Melania and just months after their son was born.

“11 School Shootings This Year!”

 

What do the New York Times, Think Progress, CNN, Global News, The Week, Business Insider, NY Daily News, Seattle Times, Yahoo, Reuters, MSNBC, AOL, etc., all have in common? They dutifully repeat deceptive statistics from gun control groups in order to frighten the public. This is apparently done to advance their agenda of turning “citizens” into “subjects” by taking away their clear constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The latest example is this beauty from the New York Times: “School Shooting in Kentucky Was Nation’s 11th of Year. It Was Jan. 23.”

This headline is followed by incredulity that, because of their frequency, we have become so numb to these tragedies that we barely notice them and of course the rational strategy that something must be done!

Quote of the Day: Arms and the Vote

 

“You mean, the people are armed?” Prince Bentrik was incredulous.

“Great Satan, aren’t yours?” Prince Trask was equally surprised. “Then your democracy’s a farce, and the people are only free on sufferance. If their ballots aren’t secured by arms, they’re worthless.”

Gun Rights Roundup

 

As you might expect, there have been an enormous amount of things said and written in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting. While the usual suspects have made emotional appeals for gun control and crowned a late night comedian the “conscience of America” (both right out of the gun-control playbook for these incidents), there has been a significant amount of clue dispensed about the efforts to preserve and expand our innate right to armed self-defense.

What’s been interesting to watch is how the NRA’s request to have the ATF take another look at the bump fire devices has let out all the air in the gun control bubble. The ginned-up outrage over Wayne LaPierre’s “good guy with a gun” remarks after Sandy Hook lasted for weeks but now, because of the NRA’s pre-emptive move and the lecherous actions of a big-time Hollywood producer and Democrat donor, the news cycle is moving away from gun control on to other things.

Is Supporting the Second Amendment Morally Equal to Supporting Slavery?

 

I invited Cam Edwards of NRA TV to the podcast today to talk about the current debate over gun rights and the relative strength of the NRA. Several commentators have suggested that the NRA’s political standing has been weakened by the reaction to the Las Vegas shooting, though it’s too early to get any reliable data.

But when it comes to the goals of the Left on gun control “gun safety,” the data is clear: They want to kill the Second Amendment.

Following the New Republic’s “It’s Time To Ban Guns” headline and the Bret Stephens “Repeal the Second Amendment” column comes this from the op-ed page of the New York Times:

Jimmy Kimmel Is a Bully

 

Jimmy KimmelThe latest spearhead for the “reasonable” Left’s response to Las Vegas has been found in the heartfelt, but factually false monologues from Jimmy Kimmel. Now, unlike many on the Right, I don’t harbor a dislike of the man himself. He seems a decent fellow and brought one of better libertarian-leaning minds to us, Adam Carolla. I no longer watch Kimmel, or any late-night comedians for that matter, as they continually find joy in insulting me while their barking seal audience lauds their vitriolic approval with enthused applause. Why would anyone want to be attacked before going to sleep by a supposed moral authority?

Back in his youth, Kimmel said he wanted to be David Letterman. For the same reason, I didn’t watch the not-so-funny Letterman at the end of his career either. However, just because we don’t watch him, we still can’t escape his political prolix. His rants are being replayed everywhere. Kimmel is affable and sympathetic, and many of us can envision being friends with him outside of the political debate. But he is currently being a bully. A great big, ignorant bully. In fact, he is the most dangerous kind of bully. Since he elicits empathy from a great number of people, he is elevated as a voice of reason and is now being used by the left to carpet-bomb their enemies, us.

He taps into our raw emotion, confusion, fears, and anger when we are most vulnerable. He sounds moderated in his views and effectively lectures us on his “facts,” which sound like common sense. If you throw out everything you know, whether it’s on healthcare or gun rights, Kimmel seems wise, truthful, and tearful, therefore those who he has determined are on the other side of his “truth” must be ignorant, hateful, and/or evil. I won’t get into numerous details why Kimmel is factually wrong on the gun rights debate, but recommend watching the always thorough Ben Shapiro who covers it here.

Did Valium make him do it? Or was he “radicalized?” New theories emerge in the Las Vegas shooting case.

Senator Mike Lee joins me to talk Second Amendment and how gun-rights supporters should respond to mass shootings.