|14jan17||The Second Amendment: ‘The Palladium of Liberties’|
right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered
as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a
strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of
rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first
instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” —Supreme
Court, Justice Joseph Story, in his 1833 Commentaries on the Constitution.
|15oct16||“Smart” Gun Glitches Confirm Gun Owner Concerns|
part of his executive gun-control fixes, President Obama has endorsed
so-called “smart” gun technology on the premise that if “you can’t
unlock your phone unless you’ve got the right fingerprint, why can’t we
do the same thing for our guns?” Never mind that smartphone technology
is currently far from infallible.
||When the Death of Justice Comes,
It Will Look Like a Terror Watch List
Charles C.W. Cooke
2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon ruled that the
terror watch list was “arbitrary and capricious,” and that its use
violated both the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure
Act. Now, the executive branch hopes to use that list to regulate the
Bill of Rights.
||The Cruelty of Gun-Free Zones
John R. Lott Jr.
enforcement recognizes that gun-free zones leave shooting victims
defenseless. Tuesday [Jan. 28, 2014] night, President Obama vowed to
"help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie
theaters and our shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook."
||Cooking Up A Collective Right
a heyday from 1968 to 1990, the collective right theory met its
ignominious end in 2008, collectively rejected by a unanimous Supreme
Court. It was a well-deserved demise of a theory that never should have
gained traction, yet did so anyway because of dishonest judicial
decisions and gun-ban proponents who repeated the lies until some
actually came to believe they were true.
Like the rest of the Constitution, the Second Amendment is not an
obtuse and meaningless poem meant to be understood only by professors
with a Ph.D. The Second Amendment, like everything else in the
Constitution, is a straightforward legal rule that was written to be
easily understood by ordinary people.
||The United Nations vs. the Second
protestations to the contrary, the U.N. remains quite interested in
constricting lawful gun ownership. Consider, for example, the United
Nations Disarmament Programme's publication, How to Guide:
Small Arms and Light Weapons Legislation.
Back: Crime, Self-Defense,
and the Right to Carry
To the shock and dismay of gun control
proponents, concealed-carry reform has proven to be wildly popular
among state lawmakers. Since Florida launched its experiment with
concealed-carry in October 1987, 23 states have enacted similar laws,
with positive results.
Affecting Court Decisions
time to purge the "elite bar" of liars and ignoramuses. Too many
Americans died to give us our Constitution. Will we surrender it now to
the whims of leftist judges and law professors?
and the Fourteenth
In order to understand the effect of
the Fourteenth Amendment on the individual right to keep and bear arms,
it is necessary to review some of the legislative history surrounding
the Amendment. Ratified by the several States on July 9, 1868, section
1 of this Amendment states in part:
|| Foul Language
gun-ban groups were to take an honest approach and say what they mean,
the firearms debate would be a non-issue because the overwhelming
majority of Americans would find the aims of gun-banners to be contrary
to the U.S. Constitution and our innate right to life and self defense.
The futility of 'Ballistic Fingerprinting'
When the cartridges used with a particular gun
came from the
same manufacturer, computer matching failed 38 percent of the time.
When the cartridges came from different manufacturers, the failure rate
rose to 62 percent.
Quits in Probe of Gun Book
America author, professor Michael Bellesiles, who wrote that
firearms were rare in early America, has resigned from Atlanta's Emory
University after an investigation found he "willingly misrepresented
the evidence" in his award-winning book.
With the Supreme Court shirking its
responsibility, it remains (as it always ultimately is) the duty of
this nation's final authority — We, the People of the United States —
to decide the meaning of the Constitution.
Gun-packing First Lady
What a perfect example of
how the Second Amendment is really the cornerstone of our Bill of
Rights, the guarantor of all others. It was the
exercise of her Second Amendment rights that empowered Eleanor
Roosevelt to use her First Amendment rights to crusade for the
Fourteenth Amendment rights of blacks.
Criminal's Best Friend
In spite of the alleged "new spirit"
abroad in the country since September 11, rational thinking and common
sense are no more common now than they were on September 10.
Reflections on the Right to Bear Arms
"Though it may seem harsh... when I
read the advocates of gun control pointing to incidents of private acts
of violence against children, I think to myself, how many... children
were killed... in the last century by governments?"
the Second Amendment
A review of the recent ruling in US v.
Emerson where "the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit joined
the Bush administration and respected legal scholars across the
political spectrum in affirming the right that each of us enjoy, as
individuals, to own a gun."
Flawed (Pt. 2) — The Real-World Test of Gun Ban Ideology
in this country argue the finer points of Constitutional interpretation
to decide whether individuals have the right to keep and bear arms, but
in so doing we ignore the larger issue — that when honest people are
disarmed, criminals find it easier to ply their trade. This is
Flawed — Gun Ban Ideology
is the most dangerous presumption of the whole argument, with
implications for the utter destruction of our freedom that go beyond
the individual right to keep and bear arms.
a Nation of Cowards
are asking the government to protect us from ourselves so that we can
be freed from that responsibility. This might seem like a logical plan,
especially to lazy slackers who aren't willing to assume the basic
duties of a free person.
Bill is Not What They Say
bill has almost nothing to do with what you've probably heard so far.
The so-called "gun-show loophole" headlines are a minor detail and
basically obscure what the bill really does.
Mom March Dangerous
To Women And Kids
Every individual participating in this
march or financing this march is effectively sponsoring a future
criminal assault on me and people I love, and I hold them as
responsible as the criminal himself.
||Gun Violence and Constitutional
A. Faria Jr., M.D.
The lessons of history
sagaciously reveal that whenever and wherever science and medicine have
been subordinated to the state and individual will has been crushed by
tyranny, the results have been as perverse as they have been disastrous.
Take Aim at Gun History
and Michael Bellesiles's Arming
Mr. Bellesiles insists modern public policy isn't his 'business,' in a
debate that depends so much on knowledge of the Founders' intentions,
history is key. His duty as a scholar is to clear up the questions his
work has raised."
Gun Control Won't Solve Crime
of this information is tainted, result-oriented, and based on what can
only be characterized as poor science,” the study concludes.
Time To Kill
R. Lott Jr.
Getting the government to release
information on the costs of licensing and registration is like cracking
the black operations budgets in the U.S. Defense Department.
|To Preserve and Protect
rest in the peaceful darkness of the bedroom is shattered by the sound
of breaking glass! At such a moment, would you wish to reach for a copy
of the Brady Bill or a loaded handgun from the nightstand next to you?
Effective Defense Against Rape
two-part editorial from the Univ. of Minnesota newspaper The
The Case Against Gun Control
calls for more gun restrictions or for bans on some or all guns are
calls for significant change in our social and constitutional systems.
Women Should Care about RKBA
defense is an increasingly important consideration in our troubled
society. For women, personal defense is a vitally important issue, as
men generally outweigh and outmuscle women, and commit most violent
||Physician Group Slams Handgun Report
prominent member of the Assoc. of American Physicians and Surgeons has
refuted key details of a study by the Violence Policy Center, in which
researchers concluded that women were not safer if they used a handgun
Slant Changing On Gun Issues
they have finally realized that a mountain of evidence shows the
futility and counterproductive results of gun control laws.
the best research to prove that gun control doesn't work has come from
researchers assigned the task of coming up with figures to promote
gun control by Jimmy Carter.
Control, Inc. Discredits Itself
idea of what the Constitution stands for goes directly against the
first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence and all that it
||Were the Colonists Gun-Haters?
Metcalf interviews historian Dr. Joyce Malcolm.
a professor and historian, wasn't convinced of the assertions made by
Professor Michael Bellesiles in his book, "Arming America:
The Origins of a National Gun Culture." Bellesiles claims
that the American colonists did not, by and large, own or value
It's How You Say It
all of a sudden there came such a jolt, I grabbed for my Mossberg, and
whipped out my Colt.
Rights: Power to the People
don't the politicians want us to own weapons? What are the politicians
afraid of? That we're all going to kill each other? I don't think so.
||Deconstructing the Second
||The Blank Tape
The aftermath? Who wants to read about a
former beauty contestant whose face is scarred from knife cuts?
you survey burglars, American burglars spend at least twice as long
casing a joint before they break in. ... The number one reason they
give for taking so much time is: They're afraid of getting shot."
–Yale Law School Senior Research Scholar Dr. John Lott
Pound On The Table
louder the anti-gun crowd gets the more they call attention to the
facts about firearm deaths and crime. Now rational people are beginning
to demand accountability from the gun control extremists and credible,
scholarly research is exposing their emotional sham for what it is...
Your Bookshelf Been
Approved by the BATF?
Masters of the New Plantation
who would ban the private ownership of weapons of military usefulness
to individual Americans today are not just liars ... they're also
Two Most Threadbare 'Gun Control' Lies
don't know if they're the two biggest lies told by the victim
disarmament gang, but they're easily the most threadbare, climbing out
of their graves over and over to spread their stench like rotting
vampires that have been killed but never properly staked.
Of Law Abiding Citizens
many of those "gun victims" eulogized and exploited by Daschle were
only victims because they were rendered defenseless and helpless by the
likes of Tom Daschle, Bill Clinton, Sarah Brady, Rosie O'Donnelll, and
all the other advocates of gun control?
Speaking – Be Careful What You Ask For When Advocating Enforcement
It Comes to Firearms,
Do As I Say, Not as I Do
have declared their opposition to guns as strongly as O'Donnell. The
advice that O'Donnell has freely given others no longer seems to match
what she thinks is best for her own family.
didn't touch me. He didn't rape me. He wasn't allowed to. I had a gun.
He didn't. I kept the power he had come to ruthlessly steal.
About Gun Ownership?
liberals will often ask me, "Why are you so paranoid about the Second
Amendment?" The answer is in the facts.
It should be
recognized that local governments have sought to ban firearms from what
is frequently considered one of today's untrustworthy and suspect
classes, the urban poor.
fear is fuel for my courage, strength, faith and deep knowing that we
will reclaim this nation at all costs, and I do mean ALL costs.
are Champions of
Concealed Carry Reform
The right to protect oneself
with a firearm
is indeed an issue of choice, and an issue that is clearly a woman’s
against women is an extremely serious problem, yet women are constantly
told to forgo the most effective means of self-defense.
Still Reign In Taxachusetts
Massachusetts law you can keep a loaded firearm in your vehicle if
you're a licensed owner; you can have it taped to the window if you so
Control: The Seventh Paradox
public policy discussions have become so bitter and divisive as the
endless debate over guns. None is so burdened with contradictions and
and the Right to Carry a Handgun
Since criminals can strike almost anywhere at
the last thing government ought to be doing is stripping citizens of
the most effective means of defending themselves. Carrying a handgun in
public may not be for everyone, but it is a right that government ought
||So, You Want To See Me Naked?
Linda A. Prussen-Razzano
I will not trust the future of my security to things like "luck". I
will not be a statistic, just so you can feel as if you have "done
ongoing dialog with a reader on the subject of the 2nd Amendment,
particularly as it applies to a 'militia'.
1 ~~~o~~~ Part 2
Ownership Mandatory in
Crime Rate Plummets
major press has convienently ignored the almost non-existant crime rate
in Kennesaw, Georgia where gun ownership is mandatory.
Uplifters Try It Again
H.L. Mencken, in this
from 1925, skewers the utopian wish for a society free from handguns.
Seventy-five years later the issue remains and his words are as
appropriate as ever.
suffering of innocents is irrelevant to left-wing gun ban extremists,
the politically correct media, and pandering politicians.
Safety Council Report
Parents have less
to fear from
firearms than other causes in childrens' accidental deaths.
20 times more likely to die from falls, 5
likely to drown.
only question about gun
exactly would writing down my name, or your name, help arrest criminals
or make you safer?
Are In on British Gun Laws
Police sources were
saying that guns had become "almost a fashion accessory" among young
criminals on the street. "Our investigation established that guns are
available through means open to any criminally minded individual."
Seven Myths of Gun Control
Ignorance about guns
rights has reached pandemic proportions. Most of what Americans think
they know about guns is false.
Facts about Gun Shows
what some media commentators have claimed, existing gun laws apply just
as much to gun shows as they do to any other place where guns are sold.
magazine interviews John Lott
major long-term obstacle to the Clintonistas' overarching agenda to
incrementally implement their elite "tyranny of the few" worldview is,
as our Founders expressly intended, our Second Amendment rights.
Got Her Gun
world with violence -- that is to say, with men -- but without weapons
is the worst of all possible worlds for women.
is supposed to be the Congress that passes laws, not a president acting
as though he has been anointed king.
No Honest Citizen Needs A Gun
anyone to dismiss these 14 harrowing, true-life accounts, often told in
the words of the very crime victims who survived their ordeals due to
one common factor: The fact that in America, we have a right to bear
Deadlier Than Guns
Despite all the anti-gun hysteria from
various medical groups, it appears from the Institute for Medicine
study that doctors themselves are deadlier, and pose an even greater
threat to "human welfare and survival", than the guns they so hate and
Registration & Confiscation Defied
essay is relevant to all infringements on our Constitution and his
arguments are themselves an education in its intent and its true
Last Line of Defense
The right to bear
arms is a
matter of individual safety and, ultimately, freedom. The issue goes
far beyond gun nuts.
federal government may
not disarm individual citizens without some unusually strong
shift in thinking angers liberals
scholar, Laurence Tribe, re-thinks
the Second Amendment
Parable of the Sheep
Not so long ago and
in a pasture
too uncomfortably close to here, a flock of sheep lived and grazed.
|Ignorance No Longer An Excuse
Will an irrevocable
make be based on fact or fantasy?
||The Big Lie: You Have
idea that the Second Amendment doesn't allow individual people to keep
and bear arms is so logically bankrupt it's hard to imagine why anyone
would use it in an argument.
Gun Politics in the Doctor’s Office
about the freedom to own
a gun -- even if you don't
Tree of Liberty
right to keep and bear arms "[is] the palladium of the liberties of the
republic," which enables the citizenry to deter tyranny. -- Justice
They Haven't Worked in the Past"
John R. Lott Jr.
Repression of Firearms Owners
research on the Nazi confiscation of registered guns - and execution of
gun owners - provides a poignant lesson on why Americans have always
opposed the registration of peaceable firearms owners.
OF DARRELL SCOTT
FATHER OF TWO
VICTIMS OF COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING
has always been available for anyone willing to find it, but few were
willing to devote the time."
doubt that you have a better chance of being hit by a meteorite or of
winning the Powerball Lottery jackpot than of being murdered by an NRA
Victim Public Shootings, Bombings, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handgun
A Study by
Profs. John Lott and William Landes
CONTROL IN BLUE
survey of law enforcement officers
and the Constitution
Prof. Eugene Volokh, UCLA Law School
Gives Verdict on Self-defense
L. Neil Smith