Gun Control

The “Cans” and “Shoulds” of Gun Control

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Liberals, Democrats, and other advocates of gun control are so predictable. The bodies weren’t even buried after the horrific shooting last month in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado, at the Century 16 Theater in a shopping mall before some liberal pundits and politicians began calling for more-draconian gun laws. The suspect, James Holmes, killed 12 persons and wounded 58 with ... [click for more]

Don’t Let Aurora Shooting Curtail Right of Self-Defense

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The shooting in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater has incited the usual debate over guns. One side says tighter gun restrictions could have prevented the horrible incident that night. The other responds that more guns in the hands of law-abiding people might have prevented it. While the theater chain prohibits firearms, it is hard to say that the alleged shooter, ... [click for more]

Self-Defense and the Anti-Gun Mentality, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 I recently attended a meet-up group started by a friend of mine. The goal of the group is to bring people together from across the political spectrum to discuss a variety of issues and to, as the mission statement reads, use “common sense ideas to build a healthier and happier community.” The group ... [click for more]

Put Down Your Rights and No One Needs to Get Hurt!

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Few activities are as dangerous as watching a cop too closely, as John Kurtz knows well. Kurtz is the founder of the Orlando, Florida, branch of CopWatch, a network of activists in the United States and Canada who patrol the streets on foot or in a vehicle to monitor and document police activity in order to spotlight ... [click for more]

Student Loans and DOE S.W.A.T. Teams

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On March 11, 2010, Washington Post blogger Valerie Strauss asked an intriguing question: “Why is the Education Department purchasing 27 Remington Brand Model 870 police 12-gauge shotguns?” On June 7, 2011, the answer became clear. At 6 a.m. a S.W.A.T.-style team of 15 officers from the U.S. Department of Education's (DOE) Office of Inspector General broke down a ... [click for more]

Plaxico Buress and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Plaxico Burress did not deserve to go to prison for carrying a loaded weapon into New York City’s Latin Quarter in 2009. The worst he should have gotten were a few stitches and a Darwin Award for shooting himself in the leg. As the story goes, Burress had pistol in the waistband ... [click for more]

The Irrelevance of the Second Amendment

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The killing of six people on January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, and attempted assassination of a “public servant” and her staff members has brought forth a predictable response from the left and gun-control groups: We need stricter gun-control laws to prevent tragedies like the Tucson shooting. But calls for banning extended-capacity magazines, instituting gun-free zones, more thorough background checks, ... [click for more]

Good for the ATF

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The recent shooting in Tucson and the continuing allegations that U.S. guns are fueling the increasingly violent Mexican drug wars have once again brought the ATF into the news. It turns out that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has been without a permanent director since Carl Truscott was replaced in 2006 by the first of four ... [click for more]

The Illogic of Gun Controllers

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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 adults. Four of the children in the pickup died at the scene along with the three occupants of the car ... [click for more]
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