Social Security status to block ownership of guns

Today’s gun laws restrict those who cannot manage their own affairs from owning firearms.  So the Obama administration is planning to use Social Security to restrict gun ownership.  Individuals receiving Social Security benefits that are paid to care-givers will join felons and the mentally-ill on those who will fail background checks for gun purchasers. [Read more...]

New rhetorical strategies for the anti-gun crowd

Opponents of the Second Amendment, inspired by other rapid changes of public opinion, are formulating new ways of framing their arguments against the ownership of firearms:

  • Make gun ownership a public health issue, as with tobacco and drunk driving
  • Make gun ownership morally problematic, as with the Confederate flag
  • Adopt the language of  “liberty,” as in civil liberty, and “rights,” as in gay rights.  Freedom from guns.  The right not to bear arms.

See a columnist making all of these suggestions after the jump. [Read more...]

More gun control by executive order

The Justice Department is moving ahead with a new round of gun control regulations implemented by the President’s executive order, to be enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).  These include forbidding anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense from possessing a firearm.  Also anyone who has been found to be “mentally ill.”  (Does that mean anyone regularly treated by a psychiatrist? Even for traumas and conditions unrelated to any threat of violence?) [Read more...]

Support for gun rights grows

Reversing the trends of the last few decades, a majority of Americans (52%) now say that protecting the right to own a firearm is more important than controlling gun ownership.  The question now is why that is. [Read more...]

In Europe, only outlaws have guns

In Europe, owning a firearm is pretty much illegal.  But a huge black market has arisen in military-grade weapons, making them easily available to criminals, gang members, and terrorists.  Proving the adage that if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will own guns. [Read more...]

The Dalton gang meets the Second Amendment

In the course of a discussion on the importance of an armed citizenry, Michael Walsh tells how the citizens of Coffeyville, Kansas, shot up the Dalton gang.  The story is similar to what the good folks of Northfield, Minnesota, did to another set of formidable outlaws, the gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger.  I blogged about Northfield, but I didn’t know about Coffeyville, even though that small city is just across the border from where I grew up! [Read more...]


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