THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 744, November 3, 2013
That unfailing appeal of the Free Lunch
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
Let's start this off with a workplace gun rights story, shall we? Of
course, NBC won't take the side of the gun owners. Noooo.
Their take is that it is dangerous even to allow guns to be on premises IN
YOUR LOCKED CAR. In more than half the states, an employer is legally
required to allow employees to keep their guns in their cars. Of
COURSE this is supposed to lead to workplace violence, and serves no
purpose. That is not, of course, the truth.
11 stories to disprove this idea, with links included. No matter what Victim
Disarmament supporters say, a good person on site with a gun reduces
deaths LONG before the cops can get there.
Mama Liberty has sent us a good one this week.
As we approach the holidays, it is a good time to take a look at ourselves, to examine our motives and the principles on which we base our decisions.
My father's favorite saying was about the man who complained he had no shoes, until he met the man who had no feet.
Properly understood, that would lead one to appreciate what they had and, probably, to sympathize with the person who had less. But, Dad would go on to say that unless you had chopped off the other guy's feet yourself, you were not responsible for him in any way.
Go to the link. Read the rest of the piece. And think about it- are YOU an individual sovereign? I am. She is. Are you?
A good friend of mine wrote the following. I have decided that it is good enough to include verbatim.
The soldier who was arrested for legally carrying
an AR 15 has had his case dismissed in Texas.
Imagine that, beating the rap for not committing a
crime. Wonder if LOLiPs involved (including arresting
officer) have unknotted their knickers yet?
Apparently an appellate court ruled That Maryland's
may issue law is unconstitutional, that shall issue should
take its place. Also apparently the Supreme Court refused
to hear Maryland's appeal. This is a win for pro gun force,
but it restricts the victory to the jurisdiction of the lower
court in question. It also create a precedent for imposing
shall issue and constitutional carry as the law of the land.
Call it a flawed victory for supporters of RKBA,
These are small underreported victories for supporters of
the right to keep and bear arms. Of course, they are underreported
because the establishment wants them underreported.
have fun looking up the cases. Maybe you can find more examples
of small victories.
Any one familiar with the War of Secession will remember that while
the Rebs won most of the famous battles, the Damnyankees picked
up a bunch of little, cheap victories. One day everyone woke up and
Robert E. Lee was making a fighting retreat to Richmond because these
little losses left the CSA too weak to support his Army of North
This is an oversimplification, of course, but it is a strategy
we can use to destroy the antigun push we are currently experiencing.
He addresses one thing dealt with here previously, and tells us
the end result. I'm glad that our soldier was properly treated by
the courts, even if the cops were too stupid to use their brains.
Many thanks, Al.
I can hear the outraged squeals of the anti-gun crowd now!!
Finally, some common sense has broken out, at least in Oregon.
Oregon has an intelligent law regarding CCW holders. Not that I
approve of the concept of licenses in the first place, because if
a right is licensed, it is not a right but a privilege.
School board chairman Marshall Porter said, "The current law in
Oregon allows for anyone to concealed carry on school grounds. To
exclude our staff seems like they're being punished. They should
have a right to protect themselves if they choose."
Oregon law would allow ME to carry on campus as a visitor, but
school policy prohibited teachers from doing the same. Now, teachers
can carry too.
Porter said he voted in the majority because he has kids in these
schools and if "something was to happen, and there's a chance that a
teacher might be able to protect them, I'm fine with that."
As I said, an outbreak of common sense has broken out.
Interpol, the nearly powerless international police force, has
never been noted for it's friendly stance towards an armed populace.
But recently, things have changed a bit, possibly because an American
is the secretary general of Interpol is an American.
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and
the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the
wake of last month's deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in
Nairobi, Kenya—and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are
really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks
like the one on Westgate mall where so-called "soft targets" are hit:
either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow
civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves.
"Societies have to think about how they're going to approach the
problem," Noble said. "One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you
can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so
secure that in order to get into the soft target you're going to
have to pass through extraordinary security."
In his opinion, the Nairobi Mall attack signals a change in
terrorism's operating methods. Instead of primarily attacking things
like the Pentagon and government offices, the terrorists are going
after "Soft targets", places with lots of civilian targets and no
real security. And unless we make them into "secure enclaves" with
police at every entry, security searches and metal detectors,
governments need to think about an armed citizenry.
"Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would
those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people
randomly?" Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions.
"What I'm saying is it makes police around the world question their
views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun
control. You have to ask yourself, 'Is an armed citizenry more
necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of
terrorism?' This is something that has to be discussed."
"For me it's a profound question," he continued. "People are quick
to say 'gun control, people shouldn't be armed,' etc., etc. I think
they have to ask themselves: 'Where would you have wanted to be? In
a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you're in
a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?'"
Of course, those of us in the know DO know not to consider Denver
a good example, but perhaps Colorado Springs, or maybe Fort Collins
would work. Better choice would be Wyoming, Montana, or even Vermont.
The entire concept of "secure enclaves" in which to shop sounds far
too sci-fi for the real world. Who the hell would bother shopping
somewhere you have to go through a metal detector and security
checkpoints to shop? I wouldn't.
This one isn't really gun related. Link. Watch this video- it's
only 4 minutes 8 seconds, but damn if it isn't an important one to
watch. Whether you like Rand Paul or not, he really makes sense here.
Sanford, Florida has decided to prohibit Neighborhood Watch
members from carrying the firearms they are licensed to carry,
and are free to carry on the streets of Florida.
want to bet that they either A) run out of volunteers or B) have
volunteers saying "Fuck you! If I'm watching for crime, I'm going
to carry anyway, in order that I do not wind up a statistic." In
addition, they HAVE placed a rule that prohibits following a
suspected evildoer. They are required to call the police and walk
away. Just walk away. Since the police are not required to respond
to calls unless a crime is committed, my guess is Sanford prefers
crime to stopping criminals and risking another Zimmerman-style trial.
For tonight's musical selections, we go to Ms Neffy Terri,
NewsVine's Pistol Packin' cutie, who has given us three songs by an
artist that will never make money because of his subject matter, but
he plays a mean piano and sings pro-gun songs he wrote himself.
To the Greme contest. I didn't get a whole lot of entries. Well,
I got one entry with about 3 dozen great quotes, but no quotes
personalized by the sender. I love that collection, sent in by
Egilman, but I can't call it a winner because the quotes are
supposed to be personalized. But I have to post it, because
the collection is excellent;
- "Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by
making it tougher for sober people to own cars."—Unknown
- A woman who demands further gun control legislation is
like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders.
- I am in support of the NRA position on gun control.
—William J. Clinton
- "If you teach your kids how to shoot, when to shoot,
what to shoot, and where to shoot, freedom will easily be
- "I do believe that, where there is only a choice between
cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my
eldest son asked me what he should have done, had he been
present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908, whether
he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should
have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use,
and defended me, I told him that it was his duty to defend me
even by using violence."—Mahatma Ghandi (the above is for
those that think Ghandi was a pacifist)
- "If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it
would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."—Dalai
Lama (Seattle Times, 05-15-2001) (the same for the Dali Lama)
- " ... the right to defend one's home and one's person when
attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law."
—Martin Luther King (AS with Ghandi and the Dali Lama above, here is Dr King)
- "A man's rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the
jury box, and the cartridge box."—Frederick Douglass (how bout
that Frederick Douglas A former black slave)
- "The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any
price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the
love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life."
- "Do not separate text from historical background. If you do,
you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can
only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate
- "All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The
Communist Party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can
ever be used to command the party."—Chairman Mao (Complete
quote, most shorten it to only the first line)
- "People who object to [privately-owned] weapons aren't
abolishing violence, they're begging for rule by brute force,
when the biggest, strongest animals among men were always
automatically 'right.' Guns ended that, and social democracy
is a hollow farce without an armed populace to make it work."
—L. Neil Smith
- "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and
emotional maturity." -Sigmund Freud
- "If women took up arms to defend their reproductive
rights, the GOP would ban assault rifles yesterday." -Steve Marmel
- "I suggest putting a teacher in every gun store." -Jef Johnson
- "The world is filled with violence. Because criminals
carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have
guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will
lose."—James Earl Jones
- "The true soldier fights not because he hates what
is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind
him."—G. K. Chesterton
- "That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage
or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is
our job to see that it stays there."—George Orwell
- "Now they're tryin' to take my guns away, And that
would be just fine
If you take 'em away from the criminals first, I'd gladly give you mine"
—Charlie Daniels Band, A Few More Rednecks
- "Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second
Amendment out of the constitution by claiming it's not an
individual right or that it's too much of a safety hazard
don't see the danger of the big picture. They're courting
disaster by encouraging others to use this same means to
eliminate portions of the Constitution they don't like."
- Alan Dershowitz
- "On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation]
let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution
was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates,
and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed
out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us]
conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
- "Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at
individual discretion in private self defense."—John Adams
- "I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole
people except for a few politicians."—George Mason
(father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration
- "A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy,
not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and
physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved
press and a disarmed populace."—James Madison
- "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human
freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of
- "This may be considered as the true palladium of
liberty.... The right of self defense is the first law of
nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers
to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible.
Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the
people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext
whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated,
is on the brink of destruction."—St. George Tucker
- "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his house, his
possessions are safe."—Luke 11:21
- "Jesus said, 'But now whoever has a purse or a bag, must
take it and whoever does not have a sword must sell his cloak
and buy one.'"—Luke 22:36
- "Without doubt one is allowed to resist against the
unjust aggressor to one's life, one's goods or one's physical
integrity; sometimes, even 'til the aggressor's death.... In
fact, this act is aimed at preserving one's life or one's goods
and to make the aggressor powerless. Thus, it is a good act,
which is the right of the victim."—Thomas Aquinas
- "Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity'
in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate
if wrongdoers should dominate just men."—St. Augustine
- "Those gun control activists advocating exchanging a liberty
for safety should recall that the safest place on earth is solitary
confinement at Leavenworth."—Rand T. Lennox
- "The gun control extremist has at least two things in common
with the Islamic extremist. He has a willingness to die for his
fundamental beliefs. And he has the sanctimony to demand that
others go with him."—Dr. Mike Adams
- "The problem is not the availability of guns, it is the
availability of morons."—Antonio Meloni
- "Know guns, no crime. No guns, know crime."—Ralph Lauretano
- "Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have
the courage to defend it."—Pericles
- "The Nation that makes a great distinction between its
scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards
and its fighting done by fools."—Thucydides
lets see what Clint Smith has to say........
- "I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy."
- "If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's
ridiculous. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be
- "The two most important rules in a gunfight are: always
cheat and always win."
- "Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets.
I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat
me to death with it, cause it's gonna be empty."
And, what does Colonel Cooper have to say......
- "The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of
our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many
cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his
family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory."
- "Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning
a guitar makes you a musician."
- "One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I
did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is
my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to
ensure—and in some cases I have—that any man who offers violence
to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can
- "The conclusions seem inescapable that in certain circles a
tendency has arisen to fear people who fear government. Government,
as the Father of Our Country put it so well, is a dangerous servant
and a fearful master. People who understand history, especially the
history of government, do well to fear it. For a people to express
openly their fear of those of us who are afraid of tyranny is
alarming. Fear of the state is in no sense subversive. It is, to the
contrary, the healthiest political philosophy for a free people."
- "The media insist that crime is the major concern of the
American public today. In this connection they generally push the
point that a disarmed society would be a crime-free society. They
will not accept the truth that if you take all the guns off the
street you still will have a crime problem, whereas if you take
the criminals off the street you cannot have a gun problem."
- "Hoplophobia is a mental disturbance characterized by
irrational aversion to weapons, as opposed to justified
apprehension about those who may wield them."
And a nine final thoughts from some others....
- "The philosophy of gun control: Teenagers are roaring
through town at 90MPH, where the speed limit is 25. Your solution
is to lower the speed limit to 20."—Sam Cohen (inventor of the
- "As a card-carrying member of the liberal media, producing
this piece was an eye opening experience. I have to admit that I
saw guns as inherently evil, violence begets violence, and so on.
I have learned, however, that in trained hands, just the presence
of a gun can be a real "man stopper." I am sorry that women have
had to resort to this, but wishing it wasn't so won't make it any
safer out there."—Jill Fieldstein (CBS producer, Street Stories:
Women and Guns)
- "If you've got to resist, you're chances of being hurt are
less the more lethal your weapon. If that were my wife, would I
want her to have a .38 Special in her hand? Yeah."—Dr. Arthur
Kellerman (famous gun grabber) (creator of the 4 times more likely
to be killed by your own gun at home study, interesting that he
would like to have his own wife as heavily armed as she could handle.
Nice that he admits that the more heavily you are armed, the more
likely you are to come out unhurt)
- "Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any
government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of
citizens to keep and bear arms. ... the right of citizens to bear
arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and
one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in
America, but which historically has proved to be always possible."
—Sen. Hubert Humphrey (Just one of the reasons I supported and
voted for Humphrey over Nixon, there was a time when Democrats
supported the Second Amendment)
- "Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are
not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the
preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily
life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for
that freedom."—John F. Kennedy (Who would have thunk, Jack
Kennedy, Libertarian! libertarian is a way of life, not a political
- "The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on.
We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed
among all classes, as well as in the military services by every
means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to
assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step—in
the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be
fit for war if it should come—is to teach men to shoot!"
—President Theodore Roosevelt
- "The ruling class doesn't care about public safety.
Having made it very difficult for States and localities to
police themselves, having left ordinary citizens with no choice
but to protect themselves as best they can, they now try to take
our guns away. In fact they blame us and our guns for crime. This
is so wrong that it cannot be an honest mistake."—Sen. Malcolm
- "Freedom is never more than one generation away from
extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and passed on ... or we will
spend our sunset years telling our children's children what it
was like in the United States when men were free."—Ronald Reagan
- "A system of licensing and registration is the perfect
device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."—Vladimir
Terry Falcon sent the following:
- "I have a love interest in every one of my films—a gun."
I have a love interest with every one of my guns.
- "I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a
gun around, I want to be in control of it."
Can't mess with Clint's quote. I have too much respect for him.
- "The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry
guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise
they will win and the decent people will lose."
—James Earl Jones
The world is filled with guns. Because law abiding citizens carry
guns, the criminals should also have guns. Otherwise decent law abiding
citizens will overbreed and wipe out the criminals.
- "The Second Amendment of our Bill of Rights is my Concealed
Weapons Permit, period."
The right to bear arms is guaranteed for those who are in a militia.
(actual history book version that is given to our children).
- "There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country,
and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of
guns comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents,
and undisciplined children. Period."
- Only law abiding citizen gun owners will go around shooting up
schools and military bases.
- "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional
A gun is an extension of my penis!
- "An armed society is a polite society."
An armed society is a leftwingers nightmare.
- "There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men."
—Robert A. Heinlein
There are no dangerous men, guns sneak out on their own and kill people.
- "Among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you
to be despised."
And you won't live very long if you bring a knife to a gunfight.
- "We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot
with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns... When I was a
kid it was a controlled atmosphere, we weren't shooting at humans...
we were shooting at cans and bottles mostly. I will most certainly
take my kids out for target practice."
I wonder if his kids are that bad?
- "But if someone has a gun and is trying to kill you ... it
would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."
Better to get killed than to let a perfectly good criminal go
to waste. :-)
Petey Coober said "Guns don't kill people, CATS do!" It was
accompanied by a cute little kitten with a sniper rifle. Mike in
Ga. said "So making guns illegal will take them off the street,
huh? We should make heroin and meth illegal too!" Both are good,
but they aren't quite winners.
And of COURSE, Mama Liberty came up with a doozy-
To be, or not to be armed, that is the question...
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, you must decide for
yourself. As for me... I'm going to shoot the bastards.
Because all of those responding put time and thought in to it,
this was hard. But I have to award the all expenses paid trip to
your own kitchen frosty beverage to.............. wait for it......
........ Mama Liberty, AKA Susan CallAway for originality AND SMOM
factor. Anyone who can take the Bard and make that depressing
soliloquy funny just earns the prize. Thanks to all who entered.
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