Second Amendment

A Civil Rights Victory in the District

Featured image A federal court in the District of Columbia has held that the District’s ban on carrying weapons, either openly or concealed, violates the Second Amendment. The case is Palmer v. District of Columbia. While the holding is by no means unexpected–I believe the District was the last place whose ban on carrying weapons outside the home had not yet been held unconstitutional–it is good to see freedom spreading into the »

Just Because…the 2nd Amendment

Featured image The constitutional right of self-defense is under constant attack. “Common sense” reforms that amount to relegating law-abiding citizens to revolvers are in the air, funded by powerful left-wingers. “Moms” are demanding action on gun laws–”#Not one more,” they say, apparently thinking that murder can be abolished by diktat. The hashtag makes it official. These “moms” marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, accompanied, needless to say, by guards with guns: For those »

Rodger Rampage Raises Gun Control Questions

Featured image Predictably, Elliot Rodger’s California killing spree has led some to denounce the NRA and call for gun control: “Stop this madness!” says the father of one of the victims. Rodger killed three people with a knife and three more with handguns, but no one is calling for a ban on knives. (In the U.K., where private ownership of firearms is rare, most murders are committed with knives, and debates over »

New Jersey To Ban .22 Rifles? [Updated]

Featured image New Jersey’s legislature has enacted a gun control measure that would ban the most common .22 rifles that have been in use for generations. The Truth About Guns, via InstaPundit, has the story: The gun ban that has gone to New Jersey Governor Christie for signature has been described as a “gun magazine restriction“, but it bans numerous common sport and hunting rifles. The ban has no exemption for rifles »

Latest Front In War on Guns: Sue the Gun Store

Featured image In 2012, a man named William Spengler set his upstate New York house on fire, and lay in wait for firemen to respond to the blaze. When they did, he shot four of them with a rifle, killing two. Now some of the firefighters, or their heirs, are suing Gander Mountain, one of the country’s largest outdoor retailers: The families of four New York state firefighters are suing St. Paul-based »

To Reduce School Shootings, How About Press Control?

Featured image Whenever there is a school shooting, liberals try to capitalize by pushing for more gun control. But a recent story here in Minnesota reinforces a point that we have made before: would-be “shooters” are usually copycats who admire the fame that prior mass murderers have achieved. If we really want to cut down on school shootings, in particular, the most effective measure would be to prohibit news media from reporting »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our old friend Ammo Grrrll has filed another edition of Thoughts From the Ammo Line. Ammo Grrrll speaks: You know that scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy says, “We aren’t in Kansas any more, Toto”? We had only been back in our dusty little village (DLV) in Arizona for a few weeks after the summer break when we were shopping for groceries at Fry’s. My husband picked up »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our old friend Ammo Grrrll has an important declaration to make. She declares that she loves (“LOVES”) her guns. Ammo Grrrll speaks: Bill Maher, famous One-Percenter donor of one million dollars to Obama’s 2012 campaign, wants us to know that despite looking like he would lose a pillowfight with Pajama Boy, he is one macho, strapped-up, packin’ dude who has at least one gun. But – unlike those crazy, wacko »

Friday Night Videos: Gun Rights and Political Correctness Run Amok

Featured image Here are two completely different videos for Friday night (or Saturday morning) viewing. The only thing they have in common is that they are short. This one is from the National Rifle Association. It debuted this afternoon at the NRA’s convention in Indianapolis, and responds to Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that he will spend $50 million to try to limit our Second Amendment rights. The people you see are contributors to »

Venezuela Banned Guns: Let’s Not Follow Their Example

Featured image In June 2012, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez banned all sales of firearms and ammunition to civilians: With Chavez’s new gun-control law, only the Venezuelan army, police officials and certain groups such as security and private detective firms are allowed to buy firearms, and then only from state-owned weapons manufacturers and importers. … According to a press statement, the Chavez government initiated a gun amnesty of sorts in order to phase »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll is back in the ammo line: After my first post, Responder Pete Parks (Salisbury University) said, “Finding ammo is a pain.” Es verdad, Pedro, es verdad! Bilingual Arizona talk for “Yes, Pete, it’s true!” But, fear not, for Ammo Grrrll is here to tell you all you need to know about succeeding in the difficult world of scarce ammo: Find someone who already HAS ammo and »

New Study: Concealed Carry Deters Murder

Featured image Economist Mark Gius has a new study in the journal Applied Economics Letters that bears on the gun control debate. Gius finds that permissive concealed carry laws (generally, “shall issue”) result in a lower rate of homicide involving firearms. Conversely, state-level assault weapons bans have no statistically significant effect on the homicide rate involving guns. This is the abstract: The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our old friend Susan Vass has had a productive career in stand-up comedy making people laugh for a living. I’m not sure if she’s still working, but she still thinks funny thoughts. She has forwarded current meditations under the pseudonym Ammo Grrrll in columns she calls “Thoughts from the ammo line.” Ammo Grrrll writes: A few years ago, I moved from a blue to a red planet. No, wait, I »

Clinging to Guns, Religion and Antipathy

Featured image Random observations on a Sunday afternoon, tied together thematically by Barack Obama’s scoffing at people who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them”–a group that, in his mind, no doubt includes me. Let’s start with guns. Because of my Achilles tendon surgery, I hadn’t been to the range for six weeks or more. So it was fun to be back at my favorite gun »

Justice Stevens: Let’s Amend the Second Amendment!

Featured image Retired Justice John Paul Stevens was one of the great mischief-makers in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. At age 93, he has now written a book in which he recommends six amendments to the Constitution. Presumably these are the changes he wasn’t able to implement the easy way, via a 5-4 vote on the court. One of Stevens’ proposed changes relates to the Second Amendment, and is intended »

In Florida, More Journalistic Malpractice

Featured image A Jacksonville, Florida jury has found Michael Dunn guilty of several counts of attempted murder, but hung on the more serious charges of first and second degree murder, and manslaughter. The facts, very briefly: Dunn pulled into a gas station with his fiancé. Black teenagers in a nearby SUV were playing loud rap music. Dunn asked them to turn it down; they refused. Dunn testified in his own defense, something »

Another Victory for Gun Rights

Featured image Yesterday a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Peruta v. County of San Diego that the county’s broad prohibition against concealed carry violates the Second Amendment. The context was a California law that that generally bans both open and concealed carry, but allows individuals to apply to local authorities for a concealed carry permit. In San Diego County, an ordinary citizen could not get a concealed »