Tag: Gun Rights

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.

Alien Space Dust Took My Friend – A True Story

 

Part I – 1989

It was a chilly Californian December night and one could feel the barometer dropping in anticipation of an incoming rainstorm. The cloudy sky wasn’t visible as a thick fog had settled in, reflecting the street lights in a curious burnt-orange glow. Less than a month from the turn of the decade, our group of True Gentlemen gathered outside the beloved House discussing the assigned tasks from that evening’s humdrum meeting. Random jibes, insults, and jokes were the norm and each would give as good as they got. I looked for Mark who was uncharacteristically silent most of the night, seemingly not interested in anything we had to say. He stood silently alone some 20 feet away, head angled upward, eyeballing the foggy ceiling. Mark and I were very close. We pledged together a few years earlier and our shared adventures had formed a bond closer than many blood brothers would ever know. I walked over to him, and asked, “what’s up?” I noticed his eyes bulging out of his head. He stood stoicly, unblinking, a lit but long-ashed cigarette in his fingers, mouth agape, and staring into the marshy sky.

“Hey … Dude, are you ok?” No response. “Mark?”

Without moving his head and barely moving his mouth, he whispered in his deep baritone voice “I can taste it. Can’t you?”

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I want to give a shout-out to Fred Cole and Jon Gabriel for including the death of Philando Castile in the Daily Shot. While the Facebook video begins after the shooting, and the public has no evidence right now of exactly what transpired in the seconds leading up to the shots being fired, the alleged […]

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Any lawyers in the house? [Or anybody else who plays one on TV and wishes to weigh in].  Is there a viable Class Action Suit against State of CA for the injured and deceased victims of the San Bernadino massacre?   INAL and promise this isn’t a specious question – I’m genuinely interested in the […]

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Over the past week you’ve undoubtedly read stories or tweets about how “mass shootings” claim more lives than terrorist attacks or that they happen more than once per day in 2015. I know my Facebook feed is clogged with waiters, bartenders, and college dropouts* who know exactly how to end the epidemic of mass shootings […]

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The Washington Post has a story about Donald Trump’s new position paper on gun owner’s rights. Here’s an excerpt from the story: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump — who said he has a concealed carry permit — called for the expansion of gun rights Friday, including making those permits applicable nationwide. Preview Open

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is no friend to conservatives and gun owners alike. Once considered a rising star in the Keystone State Democratic party, now she’ll be lucky to avoid prison bars.  Even as she contends with state criminal charges, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is also facing scrutiny by the FBI, The Inquirer […]

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Another “Mohammed Cartoon Festival” is in the works, this time in Phoenix, Arizona. Unlike the last one, which was held on the property belonging to a Texas educational institute and therefore “gun-free“, (funny how the jihadists didn’t get that message…), the organizers of this festival are encouraging participants to come armed.  Jon Ritzheimer is the […]

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Should We Be Worried About the AR-15 Ammunition Ban?

 

Conservatives who defend the Second Amendment right to bear arms (among whom I count myself) are raising the alarm that the Obama Administration is trying to threaten the AR-15 by banning its ammunition.  Apparently, the ATF has announced its intention to prohibit what a news article describes as “inexpensive 5.56 M855 ammo, commonly called lightgreen tips” because it can pierce the armor commonly worn by local police.

I ask the Ricochet community to explain what this ammunition is.  It is only with that knowledge that can we judge whether this is a true threat to Second Amendment rights.

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Israel Albert Almeida, a resident of Andover Township, New Jersey is mounting a challenge to the state’s fairly restrictive concealed carry laws.  And by “fairly restrictive” I mean that you basically cannot get a concealed carry permit here in New Jersey unless you are current or former law enforcement.  Mr. Almeida manages buildings in some rough […]

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Unlicensed Activity

 

Right now, In the state of New York, thousands of people are driving cars and trucks without prior vetting from Albany. Given the diversity of licensing standards around the country, it’s likely that some of these drivers have had less training than the Empire State requires of its own residents. Some of these drivers—sitting at the controls of massive hunks of self-propelling metal—may be dangerous. A few of them will take the lives of New Yorkers.

New York Senator Charles Schumer is presumably fine with this. As in the rest of the country, New York honors driving licenses from other states, though visiting drivers are required to abide by New York law. But substitute “handguns” for “cars”—despite the fact that the former kills about a third as many Americans as the latter—and Schumer changes his tune. Responding to Senator John Cornyn’s bill to institute a similar reciprocity system for concealed carry licenses as for driving licenses, Schumer invoked The Darkest Timeline:

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This sad event should be met with three responses. First, is to deplore the militarization of the police, a policy strongly supported by the current and prior administrations. Swat teams, MRAPS, no-knock raids, etc. are anathema to the American way. I have lived in the middle of Detroit’s east side for 30 years and in […]

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Second Amendment Reading List?

 

So, funny story: A few weeks ago, my husband went out and bought a gun, primarily for home protection. He came home and told me, I think only half-seriously, “Now, go write some kind of essay about becoming gun owners, to pay for the gun.” I did. It went a little bit viral, and I was invited to discuss it this past week on N.R.A News. Now people keep trying to talk to me about guns. (That includes both friends and also strangers, who are still e-mailing me to offer unsolicited gun advice, as well as to say things like, “Thanks for that piece! My wife has always insisted that we can’t have guns in the house and now she’s insisting that we get one.”)

I don’t know that much about guns. I’m guessing Cameron Gray doesn’t have a lot of guests on his show who have never fired one. Of course, I wasn’t posing; that was part of the premise of the article. Still, I won’t deny that I’m coming to understand the interest in the subject, and even though I got plunged into it somewhat accidentally, I’d like to get a firmer grasp of the issues. Which leads to my question: does anyone have recommendations for good books or articles that sum up the debate in helpful and informative ways?