Gun Control

The Constitution and the Second Amendment

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The following is Chapter 2 from FFF’s new ebook Freedom and Security: The Second Amendment and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms by Scott McPherson. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit ... [click for more]

Progressives Against Liberal Values

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The tragedy in South Caroline, the result of the vile acts of a murdering racist, finds the political class once again dreaming of new “gun safety reforms” — which we can safely decode as new ways to trample on the individual’s right to possess a firearm. As President Obama put it, “If Congress had passed some common sense gun ... [click for more]

Texas Reexamines Gun Rights

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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 renewed at some expense every five years. On its face, it is ridiculous to think that people who form a government ... [click for more]

Starbucks, Gun Control, and Property Rights

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The recent shooting at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard has once again thrust the issue of gun control into the news. But it is recent events at the Starbucks Coffee Company that are more relevant to the specific issue of gun control and property rights. This past summer, Illinois became the last of the 50 states to allow the carrying ... [click for more]

Zimmerman Case Is No Grounds for Gun Control

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From the beginning, people who would ban all private guns if they could have used the George Zimmerman case to push their agenda. They push on two fronts: First, they argue that Zimmerman’s 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, who had no gun, demonstrates that guns are an unmitigated evil. Second, the antigun lobby is ... [click for more]

Will Boston Bombings Be a Boon to Beretta Banners?

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As with other recent crises, the Boston Marathon bombings have prompted calls for radical reductions in Americans’ liberties. Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York — he of the super-sized soda ban — told reporters that in the interest of public safety “our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution ... have to change” to allow for greater ... [click for more]

A Modest Gun-Safety Proposal

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The problem with the advocates of “gun-safety” laws is that they don’t think big enough. They favor expanded background checks, greater monitoring of those stigmatized as “mentally ill,” and a ban on the manufacture of scary-looking semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. But we know these measures would not have prevented the horrible shootings that have occurred in recent years. The ... [click for more]

Republicans Just Don’t Get It on Gun Control

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Because of the horrific nature of the shooting last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut — a shooting in which 26 people were shot dead (most of them children) — the subject of gun control has been in the news ever since like never before. It was preceded by the deadly shootings at a theater in Aurora, ... [click for more]

Take Gun-Control Proposals Elsewhere

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“NH State House Unmoved by Newtown Shootings” is the headline of a Portsmouth Patch story about a recent gathering of “area gun violence prevention experts.” The meeting at the public library in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was hosted by the Portsmouth Democratic Committee (of course) and included a representative of States United to Prevent Gun Violence. A more accurate ... [click for more]
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