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Benedict LaRosa is a historian and writer with undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Duke University, respectively.

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Common Misconceptions about Rights

The debate about gun rights sparked by President Obama’s recent executive actions and his town hall meeting of January 7, 2016, has brought to light several popular misconceptions, of which the following are some of the more egregious. Misconception #1: ...

Lesson of the Paris Massacre

Once again, free fire zones have turned into shooting galleries, this time in Paris.  On November 13, 2015, Islamic militants struck six sites in Paris almost simultaneously killing 129 people, and injuring some 350 more with bullets and explosives.  ...

Texas Reexamines Gun Rights

The Texas legislature is considering several bills to revise its firearm-carry laws. Texas has had a concealed-carry law since 1995 that requires a permit, a background check, classes, and proof of proficiency at the range. The permit must be ...

Stand Your Ground Makes Sense

The July 13, 2013, acquittal of George Zimmerman in the February 2012 self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin has brought a flood of criticism against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Despite the fact that this law was not a factor in ...

Why I Want High-Capacity, Military-Style Weapons

During testimony at a legislative hearing in Hartford, Connecticut, on January 28, 2013, Neil Heslin, father of a Sandy Hook victim, asked, “I ask if there’s anybody in this room that can give me one reason or challenge this ...

The Gun Made Him Do It

During the 1970s, comedian Flip Wilson would excuse the bad behavior of a character he portrayed with the retort, “The devil made me do it!” We laughed at his attempt to shift responsibility for his actions because it was ...

The Lessons of Aurora

In the wake of the July 20, 2012, massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, where a gunman killed 12 people and wounded most of the 58 injured, the debate over gun control flared up anew. The Aurora movie theater ...

The Illogic of Gun Controllers

On August 9, 2009, seven people died and three others were badly injured in Dinuba, California, near Fresno, when a car being chased by police for a traffic infraction slammed into a pickup truck carrying five children and two ...

The Horror of Gun Control in Mumbai

As Ronald Reagan would say, “Here we go again!” How many Rwanda, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Warsaw Ghetto, post-office, and other shootings do people have to endure before they face reality? ...

Gun Control Claims More Victims

Last year, Virginia Tech University successfully lobbied the state legislature to prohibit concealed-permit holders from carrying a sidearm on campus. At the time, university spokesman Larry Hincker commented, I’m sure the ...
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