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Dishonest Solutions

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That’s the title of Colion Noir’s newest and most excellent piece for NRA News:

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March 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Which Country Would You Rather Live In?

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Compare and contrast:

First the UK (and yes, this is the actual headline):

Drunken thug who battered girlfriend in the street making her face ‘explode like an airbag’ walks away with community service despite the fact he was on PROBATION

Then there is the USA:

Marine with concealed carry permit stops man from beating woman

A Marine Corps veteran was able to stop a man early Tuesday, March 12th from nearly kicking a woman to death. It happened near 102nd and Lincoln, and Wisconsin’s concealed carry law made his efforts possible.

Remember this next time some intellectual lightweight says some nonsense such as, “If there were no guns there would be no need for self-defense.”

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March 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm

That Racist NRA

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March 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Thought of the Day

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Ma-rooned: Why Do You Need a Gun? You Can Just Call 911…

You are your own first responder. I don’t know why this concept is so hard for people to grasp. No one bats an eye at the thought of having a fire extinguisher in their house – it’s common sense that if a small, manageable fire breaks out, having the tools to quickly and effectively battle that fire handy prevents massive loss later. It certainly doesn’t mean you want to pretend you’re a firefighter. Ditto having a good first aid kit – if something happens, even in the best circumstance help is going to be a few minutes away, and having tools to handle minor medical emergencies is part of a good safety net. It doesn’t you think you’re an EMT or a doctor.

Yet you mention having a firearm for self-defense and all of a sudden you’re a vigilante or a cop wanna-be. I have yet to have anyone on the anti-freedom side explain to me why having a firearm handy in case of a violent encounter is any different than having a fire extinguisher in case of fire or a first aid kit in case of accident. The firearm is a tool for a specific scenario; it is not a magic talisman to prevent violent encounters from happening but to assist you in surviving the encounter with – ideally – minimal injury to yourself.

Why do we treat self-defense as less important than fire safety or first aid?

Or the short version:


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March 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm

As translated into English by Thomas Jefferson

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The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

– Cesare Beccaria

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March 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Rape-free zones: They’re not just for Occupy Wall Street anymore

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Via Ace of Spades HQ: Colorado Lawmaker: Ladies, You Don’t Need a Gun, We Have Rape-Free Zones

“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.”

Now here is what we already know:

A study compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice, noted that where guns or knives are used for protection by potential rape victims, the rape was completed only three percent of the time as opposed to a completion rate of thirty-two percent for rapes where no guns or knives were used by the victim.

Now these imaginary “safe-zones,” do they cut a woman’s chance of being raped by 90% like weapons do?  How about call boxes?  Whistles? No?

Why is this Democrat advocating alternate behaviors that will lead to more rapes?

Bookworm tears into him quite thoroughly: Dems are troglodytes about women and self-defense, and they’re selling this as a virtue for the next election

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February 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm

What I wrote to congress today

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Since so many of us seem to be in a sharing mood, here is what I wrote to my senators today:

I oppose S. 33: Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act of 2013 because not only does it go against the spirit of the 2nd Amendment which makes clear an inalienable right of all good citizens, but this proposed legislation runs counter to our core principle of equality.

The citizens, who are the very targets of criminal violence and malice, should not be denied the same tools of self defense employed by law enforcement and other public servants for that very purpose. To do so is to create a rank of second class citizens defined solely by occupation. This has no place in a free, egalitarian and democratic society.

Bitter experience has shown us that capacity bans don’t prevent or mitigate mass shootings. The Rio de Janeiro school shooting made this crystal clear.

In contrast, to the informed, there is no doubt as the the defensive utility of magazines of capacity higher than 10. Over and over we have seen law enforcement overwhelmed by riots and natural disasters, leaving citizens without police protection from violent mobs and gangs. Against such overwhelming force it was the high capacity magazine fed rifle, not the double barreled shotgun, that preserved them.

I wrote it in a way that I hoped would appeal to Brown as well as Portman.

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February 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Clerk Chases Off Robber With Gun, Loses Job For Having Weapon

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This actually happened back in November, but I just heard about this today. Clerk Chases Off Robber With Gun, Loses Job For Having Weapon.

Tom Green has had a concealed carry permit for a year-and-a-half, and he said he hoped he would never have to draw his weapon.

But recently, Green he was forced to while working the overnight shift at the Johnstown Duke and Duchess convenience store on November 13.

Lucky for him, he had the means to protect himself.

He admits he knew the policy, but said in a job that makes you a target, he felt the need for protection.

“If they’re not going to allow you to defend yourself, then they should provide some security,” added Green.

Despite the loss of his job, he says he’d do the same thing again.

“It’s easier to get another job than it is another life. I don’t regret the decision.”

Exactly. The man has his priorities in order.

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February 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Massad Ayoob and the ACLDN on the civilian need for “Assault Weapons” and magazines

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Disclaimer: I have an Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. membership.


If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a conversation with someone in the last few days who asked, “Why do ordinary law-abiding people need those semiautomatic firearms with magazines that can hold more than ten cartridges?”  There are lots of sound answers.



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February 3, 2013 at 9:44 am


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Not dismantling a firearm or other machine, but an argument.

Today, Weerd took apart a gun control true believer’s article from Mother Jones.

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February 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm