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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, December 18, 2015

So Congressional anti-gunners now need "assurance" that shall not be infringed allows for infringement at will?

On Wednesday, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced H.R. 4269 (text not yet available), titled "To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes." The bill picked up 123 co-sponsors, all Democrats, the first day. As I said, we don't yet have the text, but Cicilline's self-satisfied press release proudly describes some of the most intolerable aspects of his Intolerable Act. Nothing terribly surprising--from the two "military features" that rendered a semi-automatic, detachable magazine-fed rifle verboten in the old federal AWB, Cicilline's atrocity would lower it to one, which would also be enough to make any semi-automatic shotgun illegal, regardless of the shotgun's magazine arrangements; etc., etc.

Like I said, nothing very surprising. The title itself, though, is kinda interesting--specifically, this part: "to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited." Now that's odd. The gun ban zealots have never, to my knowledge, acknowledged any uncertainty in the past about their contention that the Second Amendment's protection of the fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms was quite limited, shall not be infringed notwithstanding. How many times have we all seen the "can't yell fire in a crowded movie theater" trotted out as "proof" that the Second Amendment poses no bar to the current infringement du jour? Now, all of a sudden, they need to see the claimed legitimacy of that argument "ensured"?

But, come to think of it, how could any law provide the "assurance" that Cicilline and friends apparently need, that the Bill of Rights carries no more force than they want it to? The meaning of the Constitution doesn't change just because Congress passes a law that says it means something else now. That's, after all, kinda the point of a Constitution.

Meanwhile, just in time to express my opinion of H.R. 4269, I have this week assembled my reply to Cicilline. It looks like this:

Now first, let's get out of the way the fact that this is indeed legal, even with the 8 1/2" barrel 12 gauge slung underneath like the old "Masterkey" concept. The 12 gauge started as a Black Aces Tactical DTR, which is legal without any NFA paperwork because it never had a shoulder stock (remember, the Sig Brace doesn't count as a stock). Therefore, by the federal definition of "shotgun," which specifies that such arms are "designed to be fired from the shoulder," this is not, legally, technically, a shotgun. It's also not an "Any Other Weapon" (AOW), because the overall length (when the Sig brace is not folded) exceeds 26", and therefore the gun is not considered "concealable," as the AOW definition specifies. This, according to federal law, is simply a "firearm."

I removed the Sig brace, and clamped the top rail of the "firearm" to the bottom rail of an AR pistol (that's vitally important--mounting it on a rifle would magically convert my sweet, innocent little firearm into a wicked, evil short-barreled shotgun--and voilĂ --a legal, non-NFA Masterkey.

Practical? Nah--but practical isn't really my style. I've actually never tried handling it with the drums full (and actually, since the AR is chambered not for 5.56mm NATO/.223 Remington, but instead for 6.5mm Grendel, it's rather unlikely that the snail drum would feed with any kind of reliability). The double drums are mainly for the benefit of the anti-gun cud-munchers. Also, the optics and laser, mounted where they are, would probably be rather short lived under any quantity of firing. I'm working on a better, (slightly) more practical configuration.

Still, imperfect as it is, I think this build expresses my opinion about H.R. 4269 pretty well. Might even shake Cicilline's "assurance" that he can impose limits on that which shall not be infringed.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

JPFO Alert: Sanders' "Middle" Ground on Guns is in Exact Center of Intolerable

Today's JPFO Alert notes that if Bernie Sanders' position in the gun rights/"gun control" debate is the "middle" he claims it to be, there's no room for "extreme" short of mandatory capital punishment for gun ownership.

Sanders' idea of the "middle" would also ban semi-automatic, detachable magazine-fed rifles--popularly, if inaccurately, referred to as "assault weapons"--and the "high capacity" (gun ban zealot-speak for "standard capacity") magazines that feed them. This is the "middle"? Sending people to prison for buying the most popular class of centerfire rifles in America is his idea of respecting the rights of gun owners? Prison time for buying an 11-round magazine is the "compromise" he wants to sell us? Outlawing the most useful arms for defense of one's home, one's life, one's family, and one's liberty is part of the give-and-take he proposes?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

JPFO Alert: If Retired Cops Are Safer With Unlocked Guns, Why Aren't the Rest of Us?

Today's JPFO Alert Today's JPFO Alert wonders why "safety" for cops and, and for the rest of us, requires two diametrically opposed solutions.

We are told that we are to lock up our guns, "for safety." We are told that cops (and retired cops) must have unlocked guns . . . "for safety." How does once having worn a badge make what's safe for one person the exact opposite of what's safe for the next?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

JPFO Alert: Will Pope Francis Disarm His Guards?

Today's JPFO Alert Today's JPFO Alert wonders if Pope Francis thinks what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

His criticism of those who invest in weapons manufacture is especially puzzling. Anyone, after all, who purchases a weapon could fairly be said to have invested in the manufacture of them. And as it turns out, the Pontifical Swiss Guard, who defend the Vatican and its most famous resident, are lavishly equipped with some pretty hefty investments in Sig-Sauer, Heckler & Koch, Steyr Mannlicher, and Glock semi-automatic handguns, personal defense weapons, assault rifles, and submachine guns, not to mention whoever manufactures the swords, halberds, and other more traditional weapons carried by his guards.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Nothing wrong with 'proudly closed minds on gun control'

Here's the thing: on some issues, there is nothing wrong with a closed mind, nor even with being proud of it. The issue of forcible citizen disarmament is a superb example. When what one is being asked (although "asked" is probably sugarcoating it) to accept is so utterly, inherently wrong that it can never, in any context, ever be anything less than evil, dismissing it out of hand is a real time saver, and closing one's mind to it means that one's mind will never be infected with that evil. With some issues, merely closing one's mind is not enough. Close it, lock it, bolt it, bar it, pile heavy things in front of the door--and wait with at least a 12-gauge ready to blast away at anything that pushes through. And then take pride in having so effectively defended one's mind from the mental affliction of "gun control." [More]

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

JPFO Alert: Christie's Efforts to Distance Himself from Gun Ban Zealots Comically Transparent

Today's JPFO Alert notes that Christie has a lot of work to do if he plans to convince gun owners that his career-long campaign against us is over.

Christie is no friend to gun owners, and if he really expects to convince us otherwise, has little regard for our intelligence, as well.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

JPFO Alert: Gun Owners Cannot Count on Courts to Right "Gun Control" Wrongs

Today's JPFO Alert notes what most of us have probably already known for quite a while: counting on the courts to protect our rights is a model for failure.

Gun rights advocates must decide how much longer we are willing to play a rigged game, in which all the government's checks and balances have united in favor of government over the people, leaving the government both unchecked and unbalanced. If we grant the black-robed high priests of American "justice" the role of ultimate arbiters of what our rights are, we have surrendered any claim on our own power to tell the government--our servants--what they are.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

JPFO Alert: Few Details on Impending Obama Administration Gun Rules, But We Know They're Wrong

Today's JPFO Alert notes that although we know very little about the details of the upcoming new gun restrictions from the Obama administration, we know there's no way they're legitimate.

Still, if the administration feels so emboldened as to not need to bother with even the thin veneer of Constitutional legitimacy lent to it by Congressional approval of its infringements du jour, we as a nation have fallen into a deep pit indeed. And we come to this pass because we allowed it to happen. Shame on us.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

JPFO Alert: Discretionary Concealed Carry Permit Systems Value Money Over Lives

Today's JPFO Alert notes that when protecting money is a sufficiently good reason for the government to "allow" you to carry a gun, but protecting your life is not, something is very wrong.

This reflects a sick, twisted, and depraved set of values. The gun ban zealots claim to value each and every human life above all other things, but this policy, and others like it elsewhere, show the real truth. To these people, one's value can be deduced from one's bank statement. This scrofulous outlook must be utterly rejected by all people of decency, and Judge Scullin's ruling is a good step in the right direction.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

JPFO Alert: New Federal "Ban" of Combat Gear for Cops is the Kind of "Ban" Gun Owners Could Accept

Today's JPFO Alert notes that a "ban" that only means that the government isn't buying the "banned" item for you is one gun owners could get behind.

A nitpicking, irrelevant distinction? I don't think so. Look at it this way--what if proposals to ban private citizens' ownership of so-called "assault weapons" meant only that the federal government would not be subsidizing all or part of the purchase price? What if attempts to "ban" .50 caliber rifles were only attempting to clarify that it will be the responsibility of the aspiring rifle owner, and of no one else, to pay for it? What if the abandoned (for now) attempt on the part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to "ban" M855 ammunition simply meant that the federal government could not give it to us for nothing?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

JPFO Alert: Gun Bans No Longer Enough; Now They Want to Ban Gun Information

Today's JPFO Alert notes that with the statists, crushing fundamental human rights is like eating potato chips--you can't stop with just one.

No, indeed you cannot stop the signal, and the fact that the administration is trying so strenuously to do so shows how desperate it has become.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

JPFO Alert: Garland, TX and the Right that Defends All Others

Today's JPFO Alert notes that the right to free speech would not be of much use without the right to an effective means of defending it.

And so it is with all rights. The Constitution of the United States, as brilliant a document as it is, does not, cannot defend the rights it guarantees all by itself. The pen may indeed be mightier than the sword, but the sword is a great deal more effective for hacking people to death. One retains only the rights one can defend.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

JPFO Alert: 7th Circuit OKs Gun Bans for the Illusion of Safety

Today's JPFO Alert notes that while disarming decent, peaceable citizens for the "safety" of the public is bad enough, disarming us for the illusion of safety is even more unforgivable.

Benjamin Franklin is widely quoted as having said some variation of "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." How much stronger his contempt would have been for those willing to give up liberty for the illusion of safety.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JPFO Alert: Netanyahu Talks a Good Game About Independence and Self-Defense, But . . .

Today's JPFO Alert notes that defining independence as the ability to defend oneself rings rather hollow when coming from someone who presides over laws that enormously hinder self-defense.

In the wake of several high-profile attacks on Jews in Europe by militant Islamic extremists this past winter, there have been some voices calling for European Jews to arm themselves--to, as Netanyahu might put it, break their dependency on the government's ability to protect them from evil. European gun laws are unlikely to change to allow that any time in the foreseeable future. Inexcusably, prospects for such a change in Israeli gun laws seem rather weak as well.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

JPFO Alert: Anti-gun Congresswoman Wants Americans to Sell Their Liberty, Children's Futures

Today's JPFO Alert notes that DeLauro's "voluntary" gun turn in is to be INvoluntarily subsidized by the taxpayers, or, more likely, their children and grandchildren. And great-grandchildren. And great-great-grandchildren. And . . . you get the idea.

If DeLauro wants to buy your "assault weapon," tell her it can only be paid for in blood--and she can't afford it.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

JPFO Alert: Columnist's "Modest Proposal" as Offensively Arrogant as Original, and it's Not Satire

Today's JPFO Alert notes the arrogance of yet another "modest proposal" to infringe on that which shall not be infringed.

The first use, or at least the most famous one, of the title "A Modest Proposal," was Jonathan Swift's 18th century treatise by that name. In it, Swift suggested that multiple problems could be solved with a program in which starving, impoverished Irish families would sell their children to the wealthy--as food. Thrasher, by contrast, would prefer to simply ban parents' most effective means of defending their children from those who would prey on and consume them.

Oh--and the other difference is that Swift's "Modest Proposal" was satire. Thrasher, in his modest way, seems really to want his to happen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

JPFO Alert: "Progressive" Writer Blames "Arsenal Owners" for Blocking Onerous Gun Laws

Today's JPFO Alert takes another look to where "progressives" would have us "progress."

In the end, though, it's fair to ask just how relevant the numerical breakdown is. This is a republic, after all, and not a democracy, in which 51% of the people can vote away the rights of the other 49%. Fundamental human rights cannot be legitimately held to the outcome of a popularity contest. And finally, if the supposedly growing number of people who own no guns want to disarm us, in our supposedly shrinking numbers, we shouldn't even need the large and growing numbers of guns we each ostensibly own. When defending one's rights against the unarmed. one gun should be plenty--just be sure to have a good supply of ammunition.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Did departing ATF director's latest escapade pave way to NFL?

Nevertheless, B. Todd Jones threw the yellow flag about a month ago, charging the M855 round with "unsportsmanlike conduct." He, though, intended to impose a penalty of far greater than 15 yards. Perhaps that's just what the NFL needed to see from their prospective new sheriff in town. [More]

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

JPFO Alert: Impending "Armor-Piercing" Ammo Ban Bill Undermines Argument to Ban "Green Tip" Rounds

Today's JPFO Alert notes that the ammo ban zealots (ABZs) can't even decide how to claim to justify the ban.

But a larger point is that in claiming that the current law--banning ammunition by virtue of its construction--is inadequate, because an infinitude of ammo not so constructed is equally capable of penetrating body armor, they are tacitly admitting what gun rights advocates have been saying since the attempt to ban the M855 came to light. That round has no special "armor piercing" capability. Reps. Israel and Speier must know this, but that did not stop them from railing against the decision to shelve the M855 ban proposal.

And as always, if you haven't seen all the great JPFO Alerts written by David, Nicki, Claire, and Mama Liberty, you owe it to yourself to fix that.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CSGV condemns 'insurrectionist imagery' of civilian standing up to Chinese tanks

It's not enough for CSGV to stand with the brutal tyranny of the Chinese government, and against those who dare defy it, despite lacking any effective means to do so--CSGV apparently wants the "insurrectionists" to have hearing damage, too--perhaps to allow the tanks to get closer before they perceive the need to escape. [More]

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Anti-gun physician suggests gunfight strategy: fall down

He concludes with the assertion that "[n]one of these recommended points is in any way contrary to the Second Amendment," and assures us that he is in full agreement with them. He may know heart medicine, but his grasp of guns, self-defense, and the Constitution is looking far more than a little shaky. And he wants to be seen as an authority on these things. [More]

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

JPFO Alert: Abolishing ATF Might Undermine One of the Best Tools for Hobbling Federal Gun Laws

Today's JPFO Alert notes that disbanding the BATFE would be great--but not if their unconstitutional "duties" are simply transferred to a larger, more powerful group of the government's hired guns.

That description of the federal government's law enforcement resources as "stretched thin" is the key. The BATFE, as a far smaller agency than the FBI, will always be more subject to that "overstretching." It also has fewer friends in Congress who will fight for its budget. Without state and local law enforcement agencies to help them in their dirty work, a great deal of that dirty work will simply not get done, and the more their budget can be pared down, the more deeply will the BATFE feel the bite of that lack of cooperation. We can "starve the beast," especially this beast, as compared to any that would take over its role if the BATFE were to be abolished. The BATFE is an obscenity, and I want it gone, but first, I want the obscenities it exists to enforce abolished. Until that happens, let's leave those laws in the incompetent hands of the BATFE.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

NBC's Sacramento affiliate dispenses fear and loathing of 'ghost guns'

"But," some may ask, "is it appropriate to be happy about new ways of producing 'crime guns?'" The answer is that in places like California, where the mere existence of guns like these (mostly so-called "assault weapons") is a "crime," indeed it is. Where the mere existence of guns not registered with the government is a "crime," indeed it is. Where the mere existence of guns in the hands of decent people who are nevertheless subject to state mandated defenselessness under California law is a "crime," indeed it is. And California is just one example (albeit one of the worst).

What KCRA "News" calls a "growing problem" is in fact a growing blessing. [More]

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

JPFO Alert: Missouri's New "Strict Scrutiny" of Gun Laws Frees Non-Violent Felon

Today's JPFO Alert notes the first liberation (for now, at least) won by Missouri's new strict scrutiny of gun laws.

Actually, I would go further, and argue that even if Robinson's victimless "felony" were a violent crime, he still could not legitimately be denied his fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms, no matter whether or not any document acknowledges that right. As David Codrea has long contended, "Anyone who can't be trusted with a gun can't be trusted without a custodian."

At the time of Robinson's arrest, he had been a free man--or should have been. Denied government recognition of his right to arm himself against threats to his life and liberty, though, he was robbed of an essential element of that freedom. If the prosecution wins its appeal, and overturns Judge Dierker's ruling, he will lose even the illusion of forcibly disarmed "freedom." That's unconscionable.

Federal judge upholds forcing gun buyers to fund gun confiscation

With this law, California proved (as if such proof were needed) that the purpose of registration is to facilitate confiscation. Now, a federal judge says its just fine and dandy to make gun buyers pick up the tab for those confiscations. [More]

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Obama administration ammo ban proposal being sold under false pretenses

In the final analysis, to be free, we the people must have the means to present a credible threat to those who would presume to rule us--and to the enforcers of that rule--should they dare to slip the bonds of the Constitutional limits on their power. Ammunition that can penetrate government myrmidons' armor, usable in a firearm that can be easily concealed, is a part of that threat--and that's why the Obama regime wants it banned. [More]

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

JPFO Alert: Is Federal Express the Newest Enemy of Privately Manufactured Firearms?

Today's JPFO Alert wonders if Federal Express might more accurately be named "Statist Express."

And perhaps it was premature to declare that FedEx has no affiliation with the Federal Government. It's hard to know what backroom carrot-and/or-stick negotiations between the two entities might have taken place. Could there have been a kind of "Operation Choke Point"-like\ pressure applied? Or perhaps the promise of some fat government shipping contracts? It's impossible to say, but given this administration's hostility to private gun ownership--particularly as it would look like when millions of Americans could produce effective, militia-appropriate fighting rifles in total anonymity in their own homes, it's difficult to rule out some quiet federal involvement.

Whether this stance is one that Federal Express chose to take on its own, or simply allowed to be dictated to them by the federal government, they have, as Defense Distributed says, put "the 'Fed' in 'Federal Express.'" They're playing for the wrong side.

Doctor claims it dangerous to 'expose' young teenagers to machine guns

Delamater is a doctor of child and adolescent psychology, who apparently focuses on the psychological impact of childhood obesity and diabetes. How such a focus contributes to his competency to determine what effect, if any, might result from a young teenager's "exposure" to people enjoying the fun of target shooting with fully-automatic firearms would seem a fair question. [More]

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

JPFO Alert: Proposed Ammo Ban is Illegal Attack on Americans' Rights

Today's JPFO Alert notes that not only does the proposed-to-be-banned M855 ammo not meet the legal definition of "armor piercing," but that a free people must not be denied the ability to pierce the armor of would-be oppressors.

More fundamental, of course, is the fact that the very reason that for the citizenry to be free, we must have a right to keep and bear arms (not, readers will note, a "right to keep and bear sporting goods") that shall not be infringed, is that we must have access to weapons with which we can pose a credible threat to the government's enforcers, if that government makes such action necessary. The M855 rounds are a part of that credible threat--and that is undoubtedly why this administration is trying to neutralize it.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Legal suppressors may come to Illinois

Suppressors are safety equipment, in that they dramatically reduce the danger of permanent hearing loss. Anyone who opposes more permissive suppressor laws is effectively in favor of Americans suffering damage to their hearing. [More]

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

U.S. Senator says millions of Americans are 'arming against the government

Murphy is frightened of a well armed American citizenry. This is very good news. Those who would presume to govern a free people should be mortally afraid of the wrath of the people whose rights they threaten.

The bills, between them, have 125 sponsors and co-sponsors. Clearly, the American people must have access to 125-round magazines. [More]

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

JPFO Alert: Bloomberg States His "No Guns for Negroes" Policy in Most Blatant Terms Yet

Today's JPFO Alert notes the old news of the racism inherent to "gun control"--old news that gets no less heinous with age.

And he is still proud of his stop-and-frisk jihad. In his Aspen speech, he reminisced about speaking at a Baptist church in Harlem, back when he was Mayor. In introducing him to the congregation, the minister told them that "if every one of you stopped and frisked your kid before they went out at night, the mayor wouldn't have to do it."

Can the disease of nanny-statism get any more virulent than is demonstrated by a government official being praised for violating citizens' rights, in order to cover for the supposed deficiencies of the violated citizens' parents?

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

JPFO Alert: Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Not Done Adding New Infringements to List

Today's JPFO Alert notes that to gun ban zealots, forcible citizen disarmament laws are like potato chips--you can't stop at just one. These gluttons can't stop while there are any privately owned guns at all.

Now wait a second. Right after proving that the real intent behind requiring registration of "assault weapons" was to facilitate their confiscation, they demand registration of every other gun, as well? The commission members clearly have no more respect for gun owners' intelligence than they do for their rights.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Congressman Honda still wants private citizens defenseless against rifle fire

He wants private citizens to be less protected against gunfire, less well equipped to effectively fight armored assailants, and unable to acquire firearms without the government's knowledge and approval. He, in other words, wants us held in serfdom--or dead. [More]

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

JPFO Alert: Backlash Against "American Sniper" Illustrates More Than Hostility to U.S. Troops

Today's JPFO Alert look a little more deeply into what motivates the left's fear and loathing of "American Sniper."

"American Sniper" terrifies these people precisely because America is quite fertile ground for producing people who can change the world with one shot from a rooftop a mile away. That's a "change they can believe in," but one they would much prefer not to.

CT bill would give residents another chance to have their guns confiscated

And now gun owners are supposed to be grateful to have another "opportunity" to direct the confiscation raiders to their doors?

Thanks, but no thanks, Representative Miner. [More]

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Violence Policy Center accuses gun industry of secret advertising, or something

That, after all, makes rather a lot more sense than trying to hide their advertising. The very purpose of advertising is defeated if that advertising is not seen.

Then again, given Sugarmann's collectivist hostility to free enterprise, his difficulty comprehending even the most rudimentary of business principles should perhaps not be surprising. [More]

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JPFO Alert: Sandy Hook Commission Shows Why Gun Registration Requirements Must be Defied

Today's JPFO Alert notes that Connecticut gun owners who obediently registered their so-called "assault weapons" may bitterly regret their tractability.

Registration precedes confiscation--maybe by years, or even decades, but that's the only purpose it serves, and no government can forever resist the seductive siren song promising the opportunity to secure ever more power to itself, by putting that purpose into effect. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has helpfully reminded any of us who may have forgotten that axiom.

C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism

A very much worth watching discussion of C.S. Lewis and his views on liberty and statism, presented by David J. Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California, at the first annual conference of Christians for Liberty, that was held at St. Edwards University in San Antonio, TX, August 2, 2014.

Monday, January 19, 2015

'Sanctuary cities' artificially inflate 'gun control' advocates' political power

And of course that greater electoral power can be (and no doubt is) used to advance aspects of the "progressive" agenda other than "gun control"--including large scale amnesty, and the attendant addition of 8 million or more anti-gun voters to the electorate.

To be a "single issue" gun rights advocate is to defend against only the direct attacks, while ignoring the more subtle ones. The forcible citizen disarmament jihadists know that, and have every intention of exploiting it. [More]

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Are 'gun control' advocates starting to see dangers of open borders?

That, of course, ignores the fact that much of the Mexican drug cartel violence uses weapons--like those so infamously used in France recently--far more powerful than those legally available to most U.S. citizens--machine guns, grenades, rocket launchers, etc. If some handguns and "assault weapons" can so easily cross the U.S./Mexico border going south, heavier weapons can do so coming north, along with all the drugs (and illegal aliens/future Democrat voters).

Perhaps the gun ban zealots should re-think their love of open borders. [More]

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

JPFO Alert: Terrorists, "Gun Control" Advocates Would Be Great Allies in American "Charlie Hebdo"-Style Attack

Today's JPFO Alert notes that a terrorist attack in the U.S. might target a "gun free" zone, but an even more diabolical gambit is another possibility.

Foreign jihadist groups and domestic "gun control" groups cherish a common goal--greatly reduced firepower in the hands of the American people. In the end, it's hard to say that their motives are much different, either.

In the end, of course, the United States is still a republic, and not a democracy in which 51% of the electorate could vote away the rights of the other 49% (or even 99%, against the rights of the other 1%). Our Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms is not contingent on that right's ability to win a popularity contest.

Still, the more people who will not tolerate forcible citizen disarmament, the fewer who will need to be killed in order to stop it. [More]

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

JPFO Alert: New ATF Ruling on Privately Made Guns Defies Constitution, Logic, and English

Today's JPFO Alert takes a dizzying look down the rabbit hole of what passes for "logic" according to the BATFE.

So now, any gunsmith or machinist who is hired by the "gun" owner to complete the machining is going to be ruled to have "manufactured" a gun, and will thus be held to the same restrictions that apply to all commercial gun manufacturers. The BATFE is insisting on having its cake and eating it, too. They have previously argued that an 80% receiver ceases to be an 80% receiver, and becomes a "firearm," if the manufacturer does so much as scratch an outline showing where material needs to be milled away; but now, if the buyer of what the BATFE recognizes as an incomplete receiver similarly removes some of the material that must be removed in order to make the receiver function in a firearm, and then turns it over to a skilled professional gunsmith or machinist to finish the work, the professional ends up being considered the one to have "manufactured" the gun.

We're incessantly told about the dangers of failing to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally incompetent. How much more dangerous, though, is it to hand guns, badges, and the power to formulate gun policy (no legislation needed!) to such people?

Open carry rally in Texas will feature manufacturing guns on Capitol steps

In email correspondence with Phoenix Horton, one of the event organizers, St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has learned that a plan is being put in place to avoid running afoul of the BATFE's new ruling.

That is wise, because the knowledge that technology is bringing gun manufacture to the masses, and thus threatens every facet of "gun control," is terrifying to those who believe that we the people must be ruled by the government. Terrified collectivists with the trappings of government power are dangerous, and the less excuse they are given to lash out in their fear, the safer it is for everyone. [More]

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