One Mother’s Thoughts on Gun Control


This article originally appeared at and is republished with permission.

By Heather Marchese

“When someone accumulates more than 40 violations of law in mere minutes to perpetrate unimaginable horrors upon others, there are no laws that will stop him but the laws of physics.” 

We are 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control and we demand the Right to Protect. On December 14th, 2012, a nation sat transfixed in horror as the most tragic story in recent history unfolded. Every mother’s worst nightmare had come true. It didn’t have to be your children for you to feel the sick, cold grip of fear shatter into a bottomless sorrow scarcely felt in these, our comfortable and modern lives. Twenty children had been ruthlessly murdered in cold blood at the hands of, at the very least, a deeply disturbed young man—though many have perhaps aptly called him a monster, a madman. And where it happened—in their schoolroom, in such a familiar place—hit far too close to home . . .

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RF’s Counterpoint to USA Today’s Pro-GVRO Editorial


USA Today thinks California’s newly-enacted gun violence restraining orders are a wonderful idea. Because mainstream media. When they wanted an opposing view to run alongside theirs, though, they asked RF to contribute a piece expressing the views of the pro-2A side. Here it is:

Last May, Elliot Rodger stabbed three men to death in his apartment. Rodger then struck four victims with his BMW and fatally shot three more. Investigating Rodger’s attacks, detectives removed a knife, a hammer and two machetes from his home, and secured his BMW . . .

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GamerGate, Gun Control and the Common Theme

Gabrielle Giffords

I am, and continue to be, a massive nerd. I spent my college years enjoying LAN parties and staying up all night for the latest video game releases rather than going out to frat parties, and these days I still enjoy a good game. Something that has recently been detracting from that enjoyment of games is a little thing called “GamerGate,” and while you might think that it’s a gamer-only issue the fact is that it’s starting to seep into the realm of firearms as well. But there’s more to it than that, and in fact the people who instigated the GamerGate situation and gun control activists have a whole lot in common. . .

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Will You #GUNVOTE? (Plus WA Ballot Initiative 594)


With midterm elections only a couple weeks away… actually, scratch that, more than a million Americans have already cast their midterm ballots. In fact, I received my Washington State absentee ballot in the mail yesterday (Oct 16th). For fellow Washingtonians, I’d like to express my concerns with I-594 as well as mention its most glaring issues in the hope that you will pass along the good word. For the rest of y’all, let’s discuss NSSF‘s #GUNVOTE campaign.

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Random Thoughts About Criminal Justice, Guns and Racism

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“At least three other times during the period studied by The Star, charges of possession by a serious violent felon were dropped against someone who later was charged with a gun-related homicide. All three of the brutal deaths occurred when the killers would have been in prison if they had been convicted on the earlier gun charges and given the advisory sentence.” And there you have it: the reason why “gun violence” is endemic in Indianapolis, Indiana, the home of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America founder Shannon Watts. A “stay-at-home” Mom who has nothing to say about her hometown’s failed criminal justice system. She’s too busy trying to get the Kroger supermarket chain to ban open carry. Which raises another question . . .

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Gun People and the Jagged Marble


By Rhonda Little. [Republished with permission from]

I like marbles. I don’t really like guns.

No. Hang on: that’s wrong. That second sentence is not actually true. I do like some guns: there are many that are simply beautiful, much like the oddly mesmerizing beauty in the colorful smooth glass toys of children. Allow me to edit my intro with this more accurate statement:

I don’t feel comfortable around guns.

In fact, guns make me decidedly uncomfortable. They are tools of death, tools of pain. A guns is not a tool of creation, it is a tool of destruction. That said . . .

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What’s Gun Control’s Next Target?

Michael Bloomberg (courtesy

There’s no longer any denying that the latest wave of gun control activism has passed. Following the Sandy Hook shooting everything was on the table, and the usual gun control extremists managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once more by over reaching and proving that they really have no idea what they are doing. It’s taken two years, but it seems that not only has gun control fever gone back down to “normal” levels (at a national level, anyway) but gun rights groups have made some major gains. With the typical gun control targets no longer proving as fruitful, I suspect that we are about to see a shift in tactics to focus on the new “low hanging fruit” . . .

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Antis: Only Cops Should Have Guns

Sorry to harp on about this, but it’s important to understand that TTAG shines a bright light on police militarization, police negligent discharges and bad police shootings (including homicides) in part because doing so undermines the antis’ agenda. As you know, gun control advocates argue for civilian disarmament. But they do not for a moment suggest that the police should be disarmed. Nor, of course, do we. But the antis’ double standard – no guns for non-law-enforcement civilians, any gun goes for LEOs – reveals the antis’ underlying desire for a police state. How else would you describe that outcome? The fact that high-ranking police officers buy into this “only ones” POV is doubly scary to those of us who cherish our individual liberty. If our focus on police ballistic malfeasance makes us seem unduly harsh, so be it. Again. Still. [h/t DB]


How NOT to Buy an NFA Device


It seems like more and more of my day is filled with handling the administration of items regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934. And with the influx of new silencer, SBR and machinegun buyers, there’s a flood of people who don’t know what they’re doing. Last week I had a fellow purchase a silencer on my webstore and he had his FFL send me over their license. There was no SOT attached, so I asked his dealer to send theirs over so I could get forms filed at ATF. What I expected was a scan, or in a pinch – a cameraphone photo of an SOT. What I got was a teachable moment . . . Continue Reading


If Military Dictatorships Grab Guns, Why Is It a Good Idea for America?

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Thailand’s military junta is confiscating weapons from the populace. [Click here for an autoplay video report.] It’s what dictators do. Otherwise, the public might remove the dictator by force of arms. Our founding fathers crafted the Second Amendment to prevent our constitutional republic from becoming a dictatorship. So far, so good. Then again, African-Americans, native Americans and the ancestors of interned Japanese Americans might have a bone to pick in that regard. But hey, they were disarmed before they were persecuted. So why would anyone argue that Americans should be disarmed? I found something about the Japanese-American internment that offers insight into the gun control mindset . . .

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P320 Entry: The How and Why of Mass Murder



There’s a hilarious cartoon by Simpson’s creator Matt Groening from his Life in Hell series. Bongo, a young rabbit, is speaking with his older sister. She’s pointing to an open basement door. “Mom and dad left presents for you down there,” she says. “Go down and get them.” 

The young bunny responds, “But every other time I did that, you locked the door and turned out the lights.” 

The older sister smiles, “This time I won’t.”

 In some strange way, that cartoon sums up gun control. The “presents” are the mythical end of gun violence, and the older sister might as well be Shannon Watts promising that this time the outcome will be different so ignore everything that’s happened before . . .

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Hillary Clinton: Platitudes, Never Principles, With One Exception


In Hillary Clinton’s 2016 putative run for the White House, one rhetorical trend is already clear: speak only in platitudes, virtually never articulate principles. She wants everyone to think hard, and think carefully, and make hard choices. About which specific policies and the principles that inform those choices, well, that’s hard to say–with a single, notable exception. During a June 17th interview with Brett Baier and Greta Van Susteren, Van Susteren questioned Clinton about the 4th Amendment implications of domestic NSA spying, repeatedly and obviously inviting Clinton to express support for the Fourth Amendment and its warrant requirement . . .

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