Second Amendment

Ignorance on Guns: Common, But Inexcusable

Featured image It is remarkable how little most people who are adamantly opposed to firearms know about them. In general, of course, blissful ignorance of guns is perfectly fine. But if you are a legislator, and you set out to ban something, you do have a duty to know what it is you want to make illegal. Sheila Jackson Lee is the latest to embarrass herself. She wants to ban America’s most »

Dear San Francisco

Featured image The City of San Francisco recently adopted a resolution labeling the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization” and threatening to boycott anyone who does business with the NRA. In response to this despicable act, the NRA, the nation’s largest and most effective civil rights organization, has produced this video. Dear San Francisco…. »

Democrats vs. the Constitution

Featured image One of the more shocking aspects of last week’s Democratic debate was the cavalier manner in which the Constitution was treated. Beto O’Rourke said he intends to confiscate guns that were legally purchased by law-abiding Americans, and put out a t-shirt to that effect immediately after the debate. Kamala Harris said the same thing, and when Joe Biden pointed out that the government lacks power to do what she proposed, »

Some Comments on Guns

Featured image I wholeheartedly endorse the conservative plan to reduce homicides that Paul wrote about earlier today. With respect to the latest round of mass shootings, I haven’t yet had time to delve into the statistics, but here are a few observations. First, the last couple of mass shooters likely are copycats. More than anything else, giving less press coverage to mass shootings, and especially refusing to publish “manifestoes,” would reduce the »

Blow Struck for Civil Rights In California

Featured image Yesterday, Judge Roger Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California handed down an 86-page decision holding that California’s ban on magazines that contain more than ten rounds violates the Second Amendment. Judge Benitez’s decision is closely reasoned and unsparing in its dismantling of the feeble evidentiary case made on behalf of the state. It is premised largely on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District »

Connecticut Supreme Court Makes War On Civil Rights

Featured image The Connecticut Supreme Court has issued a terrible ruling, opening the way for survivors and heirs of Sandy Hook victims to sue Remington Arms Company. The decision flies in the face of federal law and the Constitution, and will be reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. It can be understood only as a political, not a legal, action. The Connecticut Supreme Court Thursday narrowly reversed a ruling by a lower »

“Armed and Ready”

Featured image Liberals tell us that ordinary citizens have no reason to own firearms. If they had their way, they would ban private gun ownership. Failing that, they would require anyone wanting to buy a firearm to justify the purchase by showing some kind of special need. Kristin Kasiskas is a public school science teacher who lives, with her husband, in northwestern Wisconsin. I don’t suppose the Kasiskases would have been able »

How Gun Ownership Saves Lives

Featured image In the United States, burglars generally try to break into homes that are unoccupied. We tend to take this fact for granted, but it isn’t true everywhere. There are advantages to breaking into residences when the owners are home: you can force them to tell you where valuables and drugs are kept, rather than having to search. And if a woman is present you may choose to assault her. This »

Speaking of turkeys

Featured image The Minnesota attorney general’s race offers a fascinating case study in the current state of the Democratic Party. DFL candidate is a radical leftist who is unfit for office. His political career is predicated on bald lies minimizing his long and active membership in the Nation of Islam hate cult. He is a long-time hater of the police, the record of which he has lied about in the current campaign »

What’s Wrong With Those Texans?

Featured image That’s the question the Associated Press asks, following the school shootings in Santa Fe: “School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas.” Guns are so hard-wired into Texas culture that last week’s deadly rampage at Santa Fe High School is considered unlikely to result in any significant restrictions on access to weapons in the Lone Star State. *** [T]he state’s 20-year dominance by the Republican Party all but guarantees »

Repeal the 2nd Amendment? Yes, Please Try

Featured image Liberals increasingly are coming out of the closet, admitting that what they have wanted all along is to ban, or limit to an extreme degree, private ownership of firearms. This would require, as a starting point, repeal of the Second Amendment, which more and more liberals now admit they favor. Earlier today, InstaPundit linked to a marvelous 2015 column by Charles Cooke. Not much has changed since then. Cooke notes »

NRA vs. NYT

Featured image Get out the popcorn: the nation’s largest and most effective civil rights organization has declared war on the New York Times. The Times is running an ad campaign portraying itself as a purveyor of truth, a claim that is met with hollow laughter by those who are familiar with the paper’s sordid history. Into the breach steps National Rifle Association commentator Dana Loesch, who–unlike anyone who writes about guns for »

Judge Sykes strikes down Chicago shooting-range regulations

Featured image Two of the leading contenders for a Supreme Court nomination are Judge William Pryor (11th Circuit) and Judge Diane Sykes (7th Circuit). Of the two, I am more familiar with Judge Pryor because we backed him during the contentious fight over his nomination and because I met him at a conference on “originalism.” I’m a fan. Though I’ve never met Judge Sykes, I have followed her career on the federal »

Wounded Trooper Saved By Armed Citizen

Featured image A rollover accident occurred on an isolated stretch of highway near Phoenix at around 4:00 this morning. An Arizona state trooper responded to the accident, in which a woman was killed. The trooper was putting out flares on the highway when he was “ambushed” by an unidentified assailant who shot him in the shoulder. The assailant then attacked the wounded trooper, wrestled him to the ground and started beating his »

When Are Liberal Laws Good? When They Relate to Guns

Featured image The terrorist attack on the Crossroads shopping center in St. Cloud, Minnesota by Dahir Adan, a 22-year-old Somali immigrant, was stopped by a man named Jason Falconer. Adan was rampaging through the mall, stabbing people whom he encountered, including a 15-year-old girl. Providentially, Falconer happened to be at the mall and confronted Adan. Security video shows Falconer shooting Adan several times. Adan doesn’t stay down; he repeatedly gets up off »

Oh No He Didn’t!!

Featured image Hoo-boy, Trump has really done it now: he’s called for assassinating Hillary Clinton, or her Supreme Court nominees, and probably pulling the ears off the Easter Bunny, too. Here’s the wire service copy anyway: Donald Trump seemingly joked about shooting Hillary Clinton during a speech Tuesday in North Carolina. “If she gets to pick her judges —nothing you can do folks,” Trump said, referring to Clinton getting to nominate Supreme Court justices if she were »

Democrats to Charge Gun Control Hill Again

Featured image One aspect of the Democrats’ convention that we haven’t commented on is that gun control was front and center. The Associated Press headlines: “Clinton, Dems put gun control at center of convention stage.” With mothers of police violence victims on the stage and anti-gun protesters in the streets, Hillary Clinton and Democrats are giving gun control and efforts to curb police violence a starring role at their summer convention. *** »