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Armed and Safe is a gun rights advocacy blog, with the mission of debunking the "logic" of the enemies of the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Anti-gun group panics over Georgia joining 41 states in allowing airport carry

Giffords' group seems to expect the Georgia Senate to follow in the House's footsteps and pass HB 875, because their efforts to stop it appear to be focused on pressuring Governor Deal and Lieutenant Governor Cagle (both Republicans) into vetoing it. If it does become law despite their efforts, look for them to start pushing Rep. Johnson's current version of the "Airport Security Act," perhaps with the warning that the weight of guns carried into Georgia airports might cause the state to "tip over and capsize." [More]

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Conn. can try to confiscate guns, magazines, but threatened owners have options

Still, all need not be lost for the last group--the obedient, but tardy, attempted registrants. The letter might be intimidating, but just how much does Connecticut have with which to back it up? If the recipients of the letter do nothing, and the state decides to push the issue, what can they do? How many judges would be willing to issue search warrants?

The "illegal" owners, after all, could have chosen any of the first three of the four offered choices, to get rid of (or disable) the evil guns/magazines, and the state would have no idea. For all the state knows, that's exactly what they did. In other words, it is difficult to see how this could be anything more than another bluff on Connecticut's part, and if the recipients of the letter choose to call that bluff, just as the scores of thousands of those who never tried to register did, the confiscationists would seemingly have hit a brick wall.

Up yours, Connecticut. [More]

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rabidly anti-gun 'Mike the Gun Guy' deliberately asks the wrong questions

When Weisser asks if "guns [make] it harder to walk away from a fight," and if it's a mistake to "give civilians the right to walk around with a gun," he leads the public away from such questions as how to reconcile government issued permission slips for exercising the right to bear arms, with shall not be infringed; or, for that matter, why anyone who values gun rights should patronize and thus support a so-called "gun guy" (and deadbeat?) who has dedicated himself to undermining those rights.

That's a guy who would prefer to not have to worry about answers. [More]

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Piers Morgan's 'threat' gives gun owners brand new reason for excitement

An article of faith among the gun ban zealots is the notion that Americans are rapidly becoming disenchanted with firearms, and are instead embracing restrictive gun laws. That's a difficult assertion to defend when one considers that Morgan's "news" career has sustained considerable damage stemming from his "gun control" advocacy, despite performing for an audience probably not representing a particularly "pro-gun" segment of America's TV-watching population.

And if he is "not done with [us] yet," that situation can only get still better. [More]

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Monday, February 24, 2014

'Progressive' writer's biggest objection to 2nd Amnd. is best reason it's needed

Beauchamp's main focus, though, appears to be on the argument that challenging oppressive gun laws on the grounds that they undermine the people's means of defeating would-be tyrants is too effective at taking "gun control" measures off the table, and thwarts the will of the majority, thus "corroding" our "democracy."

I'd call that a powerful endorsement, rather than an indictment. [More]

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Friday, February 21, 2014

'Assault weapons,' registration, and the lessons of Connecticut

It is only through defiance of evil, unjust, illegitimate laws that one can avoid becoming a victim of them. This is a lesson for the entire country. If tens of thousands of citizens of one state can face the government down over a state gun ban and registration scheme, tens of millions of Americans can do the same in a face-off with the federal government, over an analogous law at that level. It is we the people who hold the only legitimate power in this country, and if enough of us stand together to exercise it, we can do so without firing a shot. [More]

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Gun owners should brace for onslaught of 'smart gun' idiocy

A "smart gun" mandate would require gun buyers to spend an exorbitant premium for technology that makes one's gun less likely to fire when the trigger is pulled. That's what the technology is designed to do, when it works perfectly (something it cannot be expected to do). That's a deal breaker even before one considers the idea of the government having an "Off" switch for the Second Amendment. [More]

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Missouri Senate's '2nd Amendment Preservation Act' stripped of poison pill

As for why the NRA might oppose such legislation, perhaps it's simple tactical concerns--perhaps they don't see such laws ever surviving the inevitable federal court fight, and thus don't want the gun rights movement burning political capital for nothing--the "Vulcan chess masters" explanation. Somewhat similar thinking was apparently at the heart of their original obstruction of what eventually became the District of Columbia v. Heller case. On the other hand, perhaps they see more moneymaking potential in fighting the gun rights war, than in winning it.

For now, though, if the NRA was hoping to kill SB 613, they are just as disappointed as the anti-gun, federal government ├╝ber alles nanny-statists. [More]

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

IL state senator would require federal manufacturing license to print gun parts

What, one cannot help but wonder, does Silverstein hope to stop with such a law? Presumably, he does not really believe that someone who wants to wreak death and carnage with a gun, but can acquire one only by exploiting the "loophole" of printing it (a very dubious scenario all by itself) will not simply print the gun in secret, just because that's now illegal. Of course not, because the bill isn't intended to thwart a single shooting. It's intended only to bolster the fantasy of government control of private firearm ownership.

The sooner everyone in government is disabused of that fantasy, the better. [More]

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Monday, February 17, 2014

'80% receivers' go mainstream

That would indicate that anyone buying the jigs is planning to build several "off-the-books" guns (which he can never legally sell), or, alternatively, finds the anonymity to be worth paying a premium. For the forcible citizen disarmament jihadists, neither of those possibilities can be very comforting. And anything that makes them uncomfortable is a good thing for Americans. [More]

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Senator Durbin wants to mandate 1-round limit on magazines

It seems most likely that Durbin said "mutli-round" in order to avoid being pinned down to any specific number. The intended implication was some nebulous "high" number (at most 11, but "preferably" lower). That way, if federal legislation imposing a (for example) seven-round limit is introduced, he can claim that's what he was for all along.

Then again, perhaps he is simply clueless about that which he presumes to regulate. As excuses go, though, that one would be pretty lame. [More]

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Senate version of Missouri 2nd Amnd. Preservation Act amended into step backward

In other words, there is a very real possibility that in the end, the only part of the law left standing will be the part imposing the risk of criminal penalties on the victims of theft, and keep in mind that one segment of the population will be immune to this law, because in Haynes v. United States, the Supreme Court found that the Fifth Amendment's protection from any requirement to incriminate oneself means that a convicted felon, or anyone else prohibited by law from possessing firearms, cannot be punished for failing to tell the police about any guns he had possessed. The law, then, would not only target crime victims, it would exempt those crime victims who are felons.

Missourians must ask themselves, is this progress? [More]

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Holder wants felons' voting rights restored, wants them to remain defenseless

For those not familiar, the Sammy "The Bull" reference was about a former Mafia enforcer Sammy Gravano, who was very much in favor of "gun control," for precisely that reason. As quoted by Gun Owners of America, from a 1999 interview in Vanity Fair:

"Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters," Gravano said. "I want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins.

That's just the kind of voter this administration wants, and now it's working to get more of them. [More]

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

IL State Rep. Kelly Cassidy introduces gun registration Intolerable Act

This bill is nothing short of a declaration of war on Illinois gun owners. War is a dangerous thing, Rep. Cassidy--is forcible citizen disarmament worth that risk to you? [More]

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Texas man defending home will not face murder charges over dead deputy

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence refers to an Indiana law that protects people who shoot and kill illegal home invaders--even if the invaders are cops--as "insurrectionist crap." It would be fun to find out what they think of the Texas verdict. [More]

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Friday, February 07, 2014

'Progressive' writer uses Hoffman death to equate gun makers to heroin dealers

Granted, one can debate whether it should be legal for people to poison their bodies with heroin, and for other people to supply them with that poison, and indeed, this correspondent strongly believes that the "War on Drugs" is an immoral, unconstitutional, and ultimately fruitless endeavor. The fact remains, though, that rightly or not, heroin is illegal, and guns (rightly) are not (outraged "progressive" sensibilities notwithstanding), and to treat the trade in one similarly to trade in the other is to make a mockery of the entire rule of law.

Siskind is merely firing another barrage in the "progressive" war of annihilation against the gun culture. Luckily, and like her ideological allies, her aim stinks. [More]

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Surgeon General nominee's vow to refrain from anti-gun agenda likely big fat lie

Murthy may well be telling the truth in his claim that his biggest priority if confirmed will be tackling the obesity problem, but there should be no doubt that he would also dearly love to put Americans' gun safes on a crash diet. [More]

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

MO 2nd Amnd Preservation Act decried by man who wants Constitution 'superseded'

By "could endanger the safety and welfare of children," he clearly means laws and amendments that protect the fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. In other words, his amendment would "supersede" those, in order to mandate a "government monopoly on force" (reminiscent of every genocidal tyranny in history), and just for good measure, wipe out the Constitutional guarantee of equal protection for all under the Constitution--all "for the children."

He sounds like a pediatrician who truly hates children, and who wants public officials to have as little respect for their oaths to uphold the Constitution as he clearly does for his own Hippocratic Oath. [More]

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Even compliance with Connecticut 'assault weapon' ban not enough for gun-haters

All that said, Stag is not necessarily above reproach here. Rather than trying so hard to obey an evil law, jumping through Connecticut's byzantine legal hoops, in order to make some kind of watered-down, not particularly useful "regime change rifle," Stag really ought to consider taking its quality jobs and its tax revenue out of Connecticut, and moving to somewhere in the United States. [More]

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Conn. 'assault weapon' court ruling admits their 'common use,' doesn't care

It is unfortunate that in writing the Heller opinion, Justice Scalia neglected to mention that semi-automatic, detachable magazine-fed rifles with pistol grips, barrel shrouds and flash suppressors have long been considered by the American people to be the quintessential anti-tyranny weapon. As said before, the unfortunate court ruling is just the beginning of the "long legal war" over this legislative abomination. In the meantime, Connecticut gun owners should continue to defy it. The "legal war" might, after all, escalate to the kind of war in which the quintessential "regime change rifle" is a vital piece of equipment. [More]

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