THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 805, January 18, 2015
If everybody carried a gun, then society
would be a lot more more peaceful, a lot
less violent, and virtually crime-free.
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
As I note below, Mama Liberty has issued a challenge. She wants us to tell of a time WE passed the torch to a non- or anti- gunner, getting them to change their stance on gun rights. And here's her article outlining why she thinks it's important. [Link] So "Don't Sit There Complaining.... DO Something!!" I have a headache... Reading about the gun grabbers, their collaborators and apologists in Washington State last week, and in Texas—not to mention Colorado, Nevada and California over the last few months. Compromise artists like Alan Gottlieb, occasional outbursts of marginally useful to downright nutty OC demonstrations, and the ongoing push/pull of public opinion, usually without much clear reasoning or understanding of the facts... The gun grabber biased media is the Chinese water torture of the decade.
Personally, I consider attempts to deal with this via politics, demonstrations, letters to the editor and so forth to be a waste of time, even if not directly counterproductive. Each person has to do what they think is best, obviously, but if you are not inclined to political games like that, don't let anyone tell you that you those are the only things you can do to promote or protect your rights. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
This article deserves a careful read—it's pretty damn good. my story, down below, doesn't quite meet the criteria, but it's a good start. Send me yours!!
My new friend, Rob Morse, has an interesting and, I think, possibly legitimate point about firearms owners. [Link]
Follow the link to read the rest of Rob's excellent opinion piece. Needless to say, the fact that I will NEVER tolerate someone else's laziness stripping ME of my rights makes the point meaningless to an extent, but he DOES make an excellent point. Unless, of course, you're a hardcore Libertarian who doesn't acknowledge ANYONE'S power to strip another of their rights!
Here's our first example of a "Well Armed American" doing the right thing, and leaving nothing but a body on the floor for the cops to collect. [Link]
THIS should be the result any time a scumbag tries to use a gun for criminal purposes.
This punk thought a pair of sneakers were worth risking his life over—now, he has neither sneakers OR his life. Darwin rues again! [Link] Another "Well Armed American" defends property and self with a gun.
Ohio has issued over 90K concealed carry permits this past year. And they are working!
We have another fine example of cops shooting at unarmed suspects in a victimless crime. [Link] And the person the cops shot? ANOTHER COP!!!!! (At least THIS one won't draw Sharpton to the podium!)
Trigger happy or just plain stupid? Sooner or later, the truth MIGHT come out.
We shall have to consider this our last "Well Armed American" for the week. A young lady defends herself from a thief (something the anti-Constitutionalists say cannot happen). [Link]
Nice job. Funny typo—"Police delivery woman". I hear the call now.... "Hello, Papa Johns? Yes, can you deliver a Large policeman with pepperoni and extra doughnuts to 1313 Mockingbird Lane?"
We all know Hollywood and most of her actors are liberal asswipes—Sigourney Weaver trashes guns, yet her biggest paychecks (the Alien series) have come with her holding weapons. Daniel Craig (the latest, and not very good, I might add) Bond hates guns in civilian hands. and I admit—I rarely bother to check out an actor's political views, because their opinions don't matter to me. Liam Neeson, however, has been a fun guy for me to watch since my kids got me hooked on the "Taken" trilogy. I am truly disappointed in his stupidity. Unlike Siggy and Danny, Neeson's character is engaging in (an admittedly unbelievable) series of violent exploits to protect his family—and he's NOT doing it for the government, he's doing it on his own. One might think he'd be in favor of a citizen protecting his family. NOPE. Hell, he thinks America (you know, the people paying him fantastic amounts of money to shoot people on film) is full of idiotic yahoos who should have all their guns confiscated. [Link] Hey Neeson—Last weekend was the last time you'll ever get any money out of MY family. Consider your Irish ass boycotted.
Mama Liberty has proposed a reader participation section, and I liked it. So here it is --
Consider the challenge made. MOST places I post this, you get a method of contacting me. PLEASE tell me the story of someone you took to the range, or taught to shoot, or taught firearms safety to. And I'll start this ball rolling.
A co-worker of mine was getting a new job, and he'd be away from home for weeks at a time. Prior to this job, he'd never had to be away overnight. With a wife and two small kids, living in Denver in a less than ideal neighborhood, he didn't feel comfortable leaving his wife defenseless. His problem was, while he shot a bit, and was a safe handler of firearms, he was a lousy teacher—ESPECIALLY to his wife. Since he knew I was a shooter, he asked me to lend a hand. I took Jill to the local range, with a small gun collection, and we went over firearms safety, pistol and short shotgun handling, and then we moved on to shooting. She eventually decided to get a 20 gauge pump for the house, and later went on to get a CCW (Denver being nasty to open carry even though, at the time, it was still sorta legal). She now carries, and has, herself, taken the NRA instructor class for pistol carry, and taught. I need to check my records, and see if I can get hold of her and see what she's doing these days....
Send me YOUR story, in your own words, and I'll see about putting it in an upcoming rant!
Ta DAAAA!!!! It's QUOTE OF THE WEEK time!!!!
"[I]f a politician won't trust you, why should you trust him? If
he's a man—and you're not—what does his lack of trust tell you
about his real attitude toward women? If 'he' happens to be a woman,
what makes her so perverse that she's eager to render her fellow women
helpless on the mean and seedy streets her policies helped create?
Should you believe her when she says she wants to help you by imposing
some infantile group health care program on you at the point of the
kind of gun she doesn't want you to have?
"Teddy Kennedy has killed more people with his car than I have with ALL my guns, combined."—Source unkowon, but very true in my case!
[C]onceived it to be the privilege of every citizen, and one of his most essential rights, to bear arms, and to resist every attack upon his liberty or property, by whomsoever made. The particular states, like private citizens, have a right to be armed, and to defend, by force of arms, their rights, when invaded.—14 Debates in the House of Representatives, Roger Sherman 1790, ed. Linda Grand De Pauw. (Balt., Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1972), 92-3
As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.—Tench Coxe (1755—1824), writing as "A Pennsylvanian," in "Remarks On The First Part Of The Amendments To The Federal Constitution," in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789.
"A man's rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box and thecartridge box. Let no man be kept from the ballot box because of his color. Let no woman be kept from the ballot box because of her sex."—Frederick Douglass, in a speech delivered on 15 November 1867.
"Armed people are free. No state can control those who have the machinery and the will to resist, no mob can take their liberty and property. And no 220 pound thug can threaten the well-being or dignity of a 110 pound woman who has two pounds of iron to even things out. Is that evil? Is that wrong?"—L. Neil Smith, "The Probability Broach"
"If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an out right ban, picking up every one of them... "Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in, "I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren't here."—U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), CBS-TV's "60 Minutes," 2/5/95 (just for you assholes who claim no one wants to take away our guns)
"A free people ought to be armed."—George Washington
"If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves."—Joseph Stalin
"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."—Mao Tze Tung, Nov 6 1938
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"—Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined...The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."—Patrick Henry
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."—William Pitt, Nov. 18, 1783
"The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops."—Noah Webster, 1787
"Nuff said? This rant is off to the publisher!!
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