Arkansas Atty-General: Open Carry OK in The Natural State

AK AG Leslie Rutledge (courtesy swtimes.com)

On August 22, a man named Richard Chambless was arrested in Bald Knob, Arkansas, a hamlet north east of Little Rock, thrown in the klink, and on the 26th, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $2,160.00. Why? For the crime of openly carrying a handgun into a local McDonald’s restaurant, where he stopped to get a drink.  According to Arkansas Code § 5-73-120 . . .

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White House Admits “Common Sense” Laws Wouldn’t Have Stopped VA Shooter, Wants Them Anyway

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The common refrain from the Obama Administration is that if we had simply implemented “common sense” gun laws then some of these “gun violence tragedies” would not have occurred. That’s the same logic they are using to present their latest demand for increased restrictions on the civil liberties of law abiding Americans, pointing to the on-air shooting of two reporters as proof positive that we need to “do something” to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. There’s just one small problem: the proposed laws would have done exactly nothing to stop that shooting. And on Friday, the Obama Administration admitted it.

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When Ideology Trumps Self-Preservation

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Reader Alexander Strugatsky writes:

Recently, I visited the Holocaust Museum in D.C. Among its multitude of exhibits – artifacts, photographs, films and news publications – covering the birth of Nazism through its demise, along with tens of millions of people and, of course, the concentration on the extermination of six million Jews, was a glaring void. It was so blatantly obvious that there is no possibility of attributing it to an oversight . . .

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An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders On ‘Gun Violence’ [VIDEO]

August 19, 2015

The Honorable Bernie Sanders
United States Senator
P.O. Box 905
Burlington, VT 05402

Dear Senator Sanders:

I am writing to you today both in your capacity as a present United States Senator, as well as a candidate for the presidency of the United States; nothing hereafter is intended to offend nor to denigrate you, but rather exists solely to express sentiments shared by millions of Americans, including myself. It ought not to be presumed that I am writing on behalf of any organizations I am affiliated with or lead. I write this merely with the perspective of a concerned voter . . .

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BREAKING: SAF, NSSF, NRA Team Up in Lawsuit Against Seattle’s Firearms Tax

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The City of Seattle recently enacted a tax on all firearms and ammunition. There was no point to this tax other than to inconvenience lawful gun owners by making them pay more money to enjoy a constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms (and driving lawful retail businesses from the city. That’s something CNN would be screaming bloody murder over if the same tax was levied against, say, abortions. Needless to say the pols of Seattle saw no problem with arbitrarily and capriciously punishing gun owners for their supposedly evil wicked hobby, but the NRA, the SAF, and the NSSF have teamed up to show them the error of their ways. A lawsuit filed today aims to strike down this blatant punishment of law abiding citizens by those who think their practices are socially unacceptable, and would seem to have a damned good chance of success . . .

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VA’s McAuliffe Could Add to Ranks of Anti-Gun Voters With Proposed Registration Change

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If you listen to The Washington Post (and why wouldn’t you?), objections to proposed changes to Virginia’s voter registration requirements are just a partisan tempest in a teapot. True, non-citizens and felons would no longer have to check boxes that would give away their ineligibility at a glance, but no problem, proponents say, pointing out they still need to sign next to fine print that they’re not disqualified from voting. . .

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Evolution in Progress – Trump on Guns [VIDEO]

Donald Trump is the frontrunner in the Republican field of presidential contenders at this time. He says that he is for the Second Amendment. All candidates say that they are for the Second Amendment, but many of them are lying. President Obama, for example, seems to think that the Second Amendment is about hunting. John Lott has written that while at the University of Chicago, Barrack Obama told him that he believed that people should not be allowed to have guns. Back in 2000, Donald Trump wrote a book about his solutions to America’s problems. In it, he made his most controversial statements about gun control . . .

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Jeb Bush and Michael Bloomberg – Together Again at Last

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I didn’t watch the GOP reality show Presidential debates on Thursday night — as it happened, I needed to handle something at the office, which pretty much dragged on all night. (Oh, the things I do to rack up billable hours each month.) But, in sorting through the after-action reports, I did notice one thing in particular that may have been forgotten in the aftermath of the subsequent Trump meltdown: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was hit hard by one of the moderators in the debate for an association he had with a certain philanthropic organization . . .

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It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Another Bangla Blogger Hacked to Death by Islamists

You won’t be hearing much from plutocrat Michael Bloomberg or his gun control front-person Shannon Watts about Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Chowdhury. The forty-year old Chowdhury, who blogged under the name Niloy Neel, was a secular athiest who lived in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Yesterday, six members of the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent branch Ansar al-Islam broke into Chowdhury’s apartment and hacked the writer to death with machetes. “There were six people who knocked on his door, saying that they were looking to rent a flat. Two of them then took him to a room and slaughtered him there,” Muntashirul Islam, a deputy police commissioner, said, according to The Guardian . . .

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Cornyn’s NRA-Backed Mental Health Bill Needs to Address Key Questions

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“A+”-rated* Sen. John Cornyn has the National Rifle Association’s backing for a “modest” bill “that would reward states for sending more information about residents with serious mental problems to the federal background check system for firearms purchasers,” Fox News is reporting. The legislation is generating no small amount of debate among gun rights advocates, with some supporting it as a pragmatic move designed to thwart more draconian proposals, and others characterizing it as a preemptive surrender (and worse).

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We Prioritize Liberty Over Safety…And I Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way

In response to Nick’s recent post about a negligent discharge by one of the civilians openly carrying an AR 15-style rifle to protect a military recruitment center, a commenter named Paul posted the following (slightly edited), beginning with a quote from an earlier comment:

“…[L]ast I checked, fundamental rights aren’t subject to capability tests.”

What other “fundamental rights” involve the capacity to kill lots of things quickly? . . .

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