Friday, 29 May

15:31

New Jersey: Dangerous Bill that Denies Due Process to be Heard in Trenton on Monday [NRA-ILA News]

On Monday, June 1, the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hear a number of bills, including Assembly Bill 4218, sponsored by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera.  While this legislation may be well-intended, it is fraught with problems that could potentially ensnare law-abiding gun owners like we have repeatedly witnessed in New Jersey.

15:30

Anti-gun Locals Up in Arms Over Proposed Arlington Gun Store [NRA-ILA News]

The Washington, D.C., suburb of Arlington, Va., is often touted as one of most well-educated municipalities in the country, having one of the highest rates of graduate degrees per capita and a well-regarded public school system. It’s a wonder, then, how so many residents of the city’s affluent Cherrydale neighborhood can be so ignorant and bigoted when it comes to firearms. Recently, some intrusive Cherrydale residents caused a stir when they discovered that local small businessman and Marine veteran James Gates had leased retail space in a neighborhood strip mall with the intent of using it for a gun store. The store would be the second location for Gates’s NOVA Firearms enterprise; the first being located in nearby McLean, Va. Gates intends to open the Arlington store in mid-August.

15:19

Rep. Carolyn Maloney Flies Anti-gun Flag in U.S. House [NRA-ILA News]

Reliably anti-gun Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced two new rights-restricting bills in the U.S. House of Representatives. May 15 saw the introduction of H.R. 2380, the so-called “Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2015.” This bill would require background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows.  In the 1990s, gun control supporters began claiming that criminals were acquiring firearms at gun shows without having to go through background checks. However, repeated surveys of prison inmates who possessed firearms at the time of their offenses revealed that less than one percent acquired their firearms at gun shows.  This bill would do nothing more than burden lawful firearm transactions and take us one step closer to a national gun registry.

15:04

D.C. to Court: Don't Make Violent Criminals Face Armed Resistance [NRA-ILA News]

As we reported last week, a federal judge on May 18 barred enforcement of provisions of D.C. law that effectively grant to the police chief the discretion to decide who is eligible for D.C. concealed carry licenses and thus who may lawfully exercise the right to bear arms in public for self-defense. According to an article in the Washington Times, District officials on Tuesday asked the court to suspend that order, pending further proceedings in the case known as Wrenn v. District of Columbia.

14:54

UK Police Tell Subjects Not to Harm Their Attackers, Get a Rape Alarm [NRA-ILA News]

The latest dispatch from the United Kingdom’s ongoing campaign to eliminate all forms of armed self-defense seems too incredible to be true. Unfortunately, after tracking down the origin of a publicly distributed statement regarding self-defense products on the country’s “Ask the Police” website, we can confirm that British subjects continue to live at the mercy of their potential attackers.  Even to the point of baffling absurdity.

14:38

South Carolina: Update on Legislation in the Palmetto State for the Week of 5/29 [NRA-ILA News]

The state House of Representatives voted yesterday, 81-23, to concur with the final Senate version of S 3, the “Domestic Violence Reform Act.”  In addition, yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on H 3025 and H 3799 went very well, but the subcommittee chose to not move either bill.  The Chairman, Brad Hutto (D-40), as well as the other members of the subcommittee made it clear that they intend to work carefully on these proposals next year.

14:25

North Carolina: Second Amendment Affirmation Act Needs Your Help! [NRA-ILA News]

Your NRA-ILA continues to work with House Republican Leadership and the House sponsors of House Bill 562, the Second Amendment Affirmation Act, to ensure passage of this critical pro-gun reform.

14:07

Iowa: Legislation Containing Pro-Gun Provisions Sent to Conference Committee as Session Nears End [NRA-ILA News]

The 2015 session is winding down in Des Moines as House and Senate Leadership and Conferees begin to wrap up their final tasks for the year.  However, while session begins to wane, support from NRA members for the many pro-gun provisions debated and passed on several occasions this year remains strong.

12:52

Newest piece at Fox News: "'Covering Guns': Columbia University's 'workshop' for journalists far from objective" [John Lott's Website]

Michael Bloomberg at Columbia University
My piece at Fox News starts this way:
Columbia University would never sponsor an event funded by the National Rifle Association. What’s more, the idea would seem especially outlandish if most of the speakers at the event were NRA supporters. 
Yet, gun control advocate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group Everytown are now funding a two-day workshop in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday sponsored by Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The event will bring together journalists from around the country to learn about “covering guns and gun violence.”
Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center, claims that there is “no party line” and calls the workshop “very balanced.” 
But gun control advocates make up 15 of the panel’s 17 experts.  Aren’t journalism schools supposed to teach journalists to present both sides of a story? Why doesn't Columbia feature other speakers who argue that people should be able to defend themselves with guns? 
Only two law enforcement officers will be making presentations: Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik of Pima County, Arizona, and Tucson police chief Roberto A. Villaseñor.  Both are proponents of stricter gun control.  Dupnik, a liberal Democrat, has long attacked Arizona’s concealed handgun laws for being too lax and let people carry in too many places. Villaseñor has been a strong outspoken supporter of President Obama’s gun control proposals. 
These law enforcement officers represent a minority view. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

08:12

Judge in Gun Case Denies District's Stay Request [Gun News]

Packing heat in the District just got a little easier thanks to Judge Frederick J. Scullin . In a U.S. District Court order today, Scullin denied the District's request for a stay on an injunction that withdrew a central portion of the city's new gun law.

06:20

Departing Wyoming for the Beaver state. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Beaver? Will post very much later this evening. There's a minimum of 14 hours before we sleep.

05:33

Judge’s ruling allows concealed-carry for D.C. gun owners, shoots down police objections [NRA-ILA News]

A federal judge on Thursday rejected a short-term stay of a decision that blocked the District from enforcing a key provision of its restrictive concealed-carry laws — prompting the city to move to issue carry permits to the gun owners who had sued after being denied permits.

05:32

Texas lawmakers reach agreement on open carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

Texas lawmakers on Thursday negotiated a final version of a bill allowing licensed open carry of handguns, easing concerns of police and priming it for a vote that would send it to Gov. Greg Abbott.

05:31

Maine Senate backs bill to nix concealed gun permit requirement [NRA-ILA News]

The Republican-controlled state Senate supported a proposal Thursday that would make Maine the sixth state in the country to allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit, sending the measure to the Democratic-led House.

05:30

South Carolina: Permitless carry bill dies for year [NRA-ILA News]

Legislation to let people carry a concealed weapon without a permit has died for the year in South Carolina.

05:29

Florida gun owners without concealed weapon permit get exemption for hurricanes [NRA-ILA News]

Florida gun owners who don't have a concealed weapons permit can now take their firearms with them while fleeing a hurricane.

04:03

Centrist Pataki Joins Race for GOP Presidential Nomination [Gun News]

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00:04

EDITORIAL: Location, location, location [Gun News]

In the town of Barnstable, few parcels of land have been the subject of as much debate as the now-shuttered West Barnstable Shooting Range. For decades the range operated informally, and without supervision, though town officials were keenly aware of its existence.

Thursday, 28 May

20:52

Thoughts on the new Vermont laws [Of Arms and the Law]

Prof. Joyce Malcolm has them, together with commentary on Vermont's changing politics, over at Jurist.

20:07

BOOM: DC Forced to Issue Concealed Carry Permits Immediately [Gun News]

Frederick J. Scullin Jr. denied the District of Columbia's request for an administrative state in the ruling against the "good reason" provision in DC's concealed carry permitting process. The "good reason" requirement forced residents applying for a concealed carry permit to demonstrate a justification for wanting to carry a gun.

19:02

Gun-control debate rises over domestic-violence protections [Gun News]

A tear rolls down Merry Jackson's cheek as she talks with reporters at the Legislative Office Building before speaking at a public hearing by the Judiciary Committee on three proposed bills concerning guns in Hartford, Conn., March 10, 2015. Jackson's daughter, Lori Jackson Gellatly, was shot and killed in Oxford, Conn.

16:33

What if there were No NRA? [NRA-ILA News]

I wanted to be sure you didn't miss this.  Personally, as an NRA member who was spontaneously involved in the grassroots fight against the 1968 Gun Control Act and later as a grassroots activist fighting gun control legislation in Florida when NRA-ILA was created, I think President Cors' column on why we are who we are, is important.  It is an awesome column.

15:58

Domestic Violence To Be Used As Cover For Legislative Attack On NJ Gun Owners [Gun News]

The New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider A4218, revising the state's domestic violence laws, on Monday, June 1 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs strongly condemns anyone who commits violent aggressive acts against a domestic partner, and believes that such a person should not have access to firearms, and should be punished as severely as possible. Federal law currently provides for this, and New Jersey's existing domestic violence law is already one of the toughest in the country.

15:10

Fiorina overshadows Hillary in unusual S.C. appearances [The Liberty Sphere]

South Carolina was the scene Wednesday as two polar opposite female presidential candidates mysteriously keynoted two political events that were being held in the very same venue. Hillary Clinton spoke for a closed meeting of Democratic women. She took no questions from reporters. Fiorina spoke at a meeting of the South Carolina House Republican Caucus. 
Fiorina, however, took full advantage of the situation and met with reporters on the sidewalk outside the venue.
Click on this sentence to read the rest.
 

14:10

Update on Wrenn v. DC [Of Arms and the Law]

The judge believes in moving quickly. He just issue an order that denies DC's motion for an immediate stay (even before Alan Gura filed his opposition to it), sets expedited briefing for a stay on appeal (which is a different sort of stay), and orders oral argument for July 7.

No order on the contempt motion yet, but DC has filed an opposition (which for some reason I can't link in) claiming that it made a mistake when it turned down an applicant for a concealed carry license and that the license will be issued upon her completing the training requirement.

Hat tip to Alice Beard, and to Gene Hoffman of CalGuns Foundation.

13:55

Vitter: Obama is biggest threat to Second Amendment [Gun News]

Sen. David Vitter expressed strong support for the Second Amendment on Thursday in Alexandria and said its biggest threat is the Obama administration. Vitter: Obama is biggest threat to Second Amendment Sen. David Vitter expressed strong support for the Second Amendment on Thursday in Alexandria and said its biggest threat is the Obama administration.

12:53

Maine: “Constitutional Carry” Legislation Moves Forward to House [NRA-ILA News]

The state Senate overwhelmingly passed the NRA-backed “Constitutional/Permitless Carry” bill, Legislative Document 652, by a 21-14 vote.  The fight is now in the House of Representatives, where this important pro-gun legislation will go to next for a final vote.

12:49

Maine Senate approves bill to allow concealed guns without permits [Gun News]

On a 21-14 vote , a bill allowing handgun owners to carry their weapons concealed without a permit gained approval in the Maine Senate on Thursday. The bill LD 652 , sponsored by state Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, would do away with Maine's requirement that individuals wanting to carry a concealed weapon first obtain a permit from the state police or local officials.

12:06

North Carolina: Senate Passes Weakened Version of Sunday Hunting [NRA-ILA News]

The North Carolina Senate passed a committee substitute of House Bill 640, the Outdoor Heritage Act, by a 34-13 vote.

11:55

Texas: Impending Deadline Looms for Open Carry Legislation, Call your Legislators Now [NRA-ILA News]

House Bill 910, sponsored by state Representative Larry Phillips and state Senator Craig Estes, is running out of time.  NRA-supported HB 910 removes the requirement that Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) keep their handguns concealed and gives them the option of carrying them either wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster.

09:47

Letter: Concealed weapon permits add to public safety [Gun News]

There she goes again! California State Sen. Lois Wolk joins a long list of her fellow public officials in trying to promote “gun control” measures, including the late Sen. Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Sen. Barbara Boxer, California State Sen. Darryl Steinberg, California State Sen. Mark Leno and many others. Wolk's latest gambit is SB707, preventing holders of concealed carry permits from carrying on any school, college or university.

07:19

Texas business owner shoots intruder, The Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas 05/23/15 [NRA-ILA News]

The owner of a trucking business in Houston, Texas arrived at his still-under-construction facility to discover a burglar inside. A physical altercation between the owner and thief ensued. Eventually the owner drew a firearm and shot the criminal, ending the struggle. The thief later died at a nearby hospital.

06:44

Why Can’t We Simply Carry? [NRA-ILA News]

The so-called “mainstream” media likes to spin a scary narrative of lawlessness, even of anarchy, when “permitless carry” (sometimes called “constitutional carry”) is brought before a state legislature. When the media does this, whether through ignorance or bias, they’re simply ignoring the facts. For example, Vermont, which has long had permitless carry, has also long had one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation.

05:34

Badger lawyer wants Brady lawyers off second gun store case [NRA-ILA News]

Attorneys for a national gun control group who have worked on a pair of local lawsuits filed by wounded current and former Milwaukee police officers are themselves under fire for the public release of information on the eve of a trial.

05:34

Notre Dame, religious freedom and Justice Scalia [Gun News]

Michael Sean Winters of National Catholic Reporter writes on how Notre Dame can blame Scalia for the evolution of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. You can read his piece at http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/remember-scalia-culprit .

05:33

Nevada campus carry gun bill sent to Assembly floor [NRA-ILA News]

The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow permit holders to have firearms on college campuses.Assembly Bill 487, also known as a “campus carry bill,” now goes to the Assembly floor for a vote.

04:35

Almost on the road this morning. Having trouble opening email. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Haven't a clue why. This hotel computer just won't cooperate. Says AOL is a "blocked site because of content." What a laugh. Except it isn't funny. Yet it will allow me onto Sipsey Street. What a crock. More later.

01:11

N.J. Supreme Court to hear gun rights case involving ex-cop [Gun News]

A former New Jersey police officer is headed to the state Supreme Court, arguing that he should be able to keep his firearms and a hunting knife despite a stormy, 15-year marriage with episodes of domestic violence. The state Supreme Court rarely ventures into the heated debate over gun rights in the United States.

Wednesday, 27 May

23:04

Made it to the Kansas City area [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

We're still about 13 hours out of Riverton WY but we'll pick up an hour when we cross into Mountain time. So far, so good.

20:56

House vote throws open carry bill into jeopardy [Gun News]

The bill would allow for punishment for those who enforce federal gun laws that infringe on Second Amendment rights, including taxes specific to gun purchases, the tracking of gun purchases or prohibitions on the ownership and transfer of handguns by law-abiding citizens. The bill would create a sales tax holiday for firearm and hunting supplies, "if the sale takes place during a period beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the Friday before the last full weekend in August and ending at 12 midnight on the following Sunday."

16:46

The Lamar County 4H chapter's range complex sits on 40 acres, including six shooting ranges. [Gun News]

The Lamar County 4-H chapter will show off their 40-acre shooting sports complex Saturday to supporters who made the facility possible. More than 100 families are involved in the county's 4-H program, and shooting sports coordinator Michael Dear said this complex is the only one of its kind in the state.

16:46

Second Amendment Foundation Seeks Contempt Against DC for Stalling CCW Case [Gun News]

The Second Amendment Foundation is asking the federal court to force the District of Columbia to abide by a May 18 2015 ruling requiring the city to drop its requirement to show a "good reason " before issuing concealed carry permits, or find the city in contempt. The request comes after SAF learned the city is denying permit applications for 90 days to " review " the order by Judge Frederick J. Scullin.

15:38

Text of main amendment adopted by the Texas House to the Campus Carry Bill [John Lott's Website]

The entire text of the main amendment to the Texas Campus Carry bill is available here.  This provision allows for the establishment of gun-free zones on campus as long as two-thirds of the university's Board of Regents agree (click on text to enlarge).


Since the governors appoint the Regents with the approval of the state Senate, I suspect that all or virtually all the Regents are Republicans, and thus it seems likely that it would be very difficult to get 2/3rds of the Regents to agree to sweeping gun-free zones.  There is language in the amendment that talks about the university not being able to "generally prohibit" carrying, but that term doesn't seem to be well defined.

Overall, I suspect that the amendment won't greatly weaken the bill.

14:42

Best Big-Bore Handguns of All Time [Gun News]

Ever since gunpowder was invented, shooters have been making handguns with the biggest hole down the barrel that they could safely shoot. Early horse pistols and backup hunting sidearms tended to swallow projectiles the size of large marbles, and they spit them back out with admirable gusto upon request.

14:42

Poll: 71 Percent of Granite Staters oppose pistol license law in NH [Gun News]

Yesterday the Women's Defense League of New Hampshire released poll results that clearly show Granite Staters are not happy with the current pistol license law. Susan Olsen, Legislative Director for The League spoke at a press conference in the Legislative Office Building yesterday and explained the original intent of the law - discrimination.

14:42

Everytown Using Cop Killings To Push For More Background Checks [Gun News]

The left has had their fair share of awful studies aimed at curbing our Second Amendment rights. According to the FBI crime statistics, violent crime has seen a precipitous decline.

12:03

A Birthday and Fundraising at Consource [Of Arms and the Law]

Consource, that remarkable online collection of constitutional history, is having a tenth anniversary fundraising event. If you want to know what they are about, just click on the "library" link at the top of their page.

11:58

Made it to the Tennessee rendezvous [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Just before a nasty thunderstorm hit. Awaiting arrival of co-driver. Miles to go before we sleep.

10:58

Motion to hold DC in contempt in Wrenn [Of Arms and the Law]

It's the case that struck down DC's "may issue" permitting system. Now, SAF has moved to hold DC in contempt for not following the ruling, and DC has moved for a stay pending appeal. I think the contempt motion had the desired effect of goading DC into action.

04:13

A plea from Liberty For All in Washington state about their background-check-free Arms Expo on 20 June. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Liberty For all needs your help, as the expo is drawing closer we have expenses that still need paid for, toilets, sound systems, supplies for kids activities, flyers etc... We ask if you can to share our donation link. We need roughly around $1800.00 to pay for what we already have ordered, and committed to. We are a grassroots organization so most of the expenses is being paid for by 3 of the members of LFA . We want this expo to be a success so any help in sharing the info would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Maria Bosworth
LFA Leader

04:01

Speaker's List Schedule for the Salem Event on Saturday. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Speaker List as posted on their Facebook page:
"The list of speakers at the event is as follows! If you should be speaking and do not see your name on the list, please get into contact with me (Reuben Eliason) ASAP!"
1. Kit Lange, With The Washington LFA III%
2. Rep Mike Nearman, From the Oregon House of Representatives
3. Casey Runyan, President of the Heirs of Patrick Henry NW
4. Sheriff Glen Palmer, Testified Against SB 941
5. Anthony Bosworth, With The Washington LFA III%
6. Rep Bill Post, From the Oregon House of Representatives.
7. Mike Vanderbough, Inventor of the III%
8. Kevin Starrett, President of the OFF
9. Rick Halle, With the Gun Rights Coalition, and more!
10. Jeff Ford, Oregon Coordinator for the Oathkeepers
11. Jeff Krpof, With Petunia the Spending Pig! (Tentative)
12. Ian Houston, Youtube: TheHossUSMC
13. Tom Mckirgan, With the Oregon III%
14. Stewart Rhodes, Founder and President of the Oathkeepers
15. Gavin Seim, Liberty Activist and organizer for I-594 i will not comply.
The event kicks off at noon Pacific and we will all be held to a five to ten minute limit. I'm looking forward to seeing the Washington state folks, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters out there. If you come to the event, look me up after my speech and we'll try to go to lunch. There will also, obviously, be an opportunity for an evening meet-n-greet over supper. I'll be pulling out of here late morning to rendezvous with my co-driver and then on to the Beaver State.

03:44

Another GOP sellout. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Victory, then ultimate defeat for campus carry
By hearing AB487, the "emergency" campus carry bill, lawmakers are just going through the motions to give political cover to eight Republicans who failed last week to vote to attach a "campus carry" amendment to another far-reaching gun bill, SB175, that had wide support in the senate, Hansen said.

Tuesday, 26 May

23:29

Campus Carry in Texas stays alive with dramatic vote in the Texas House [John Lott's Website]

From the Houston Chronicle:
The state House gave preliminary approval to drastically watered down campus carry legislation late Tuesday, just minutes before opponents of the controversial bill would have been able to kill it by running out the clock. 
"Passing legislation on the House floor is a high stakes game," said Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, who tried to kill Senate Bill 11 through a series of legislative maneauvers. "This is a super-priority of the leadership. You never know when the stakes are this high whether you can kill a bill." 
The bill would allow concealed carry licensees to tote their handguns in most college buildings and dorms. Currently, they are only allowed in public spaces, like quads.
With a midnight deadline to pass Senate bill looming, the House approved the legislation by a vote of 101-47. House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, triggered the vote after it became clear passage would not otherwise be possible due to time constraints. 
But the legislation the House approved late Tuesday was a far cry from the original sponsored by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury. . . .  
Two amendments adopted by the House are signficant: one would require private universities in Texas to also implement the legislation - the Senate version required only public institutions to do so - and the second would allow each campus to decide where concealed handguns would be allowed. . . . 

11:18

Man-made global warming hoax persists despite facts [The Liberty Sphere]

A brand new paper containing recent extensive research into climate change represents the strongest evidence yet that the entire notion of man-made global warming is a hoax. The former lead author for the U.N,'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has done extensive research into climate fluctuations dating back 8,000 years. His conclusions put him on a collision course with the IPCC and other purveyors of the man-made global warming hoax.
Click on this sentence to read the rest.


07:05

This tells you all you need to know about whether ATF should stay or go. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

19 April 1993. The FBI massacres the Davidians by fire and gets away with it.
First it was the collectivist think tank Center for American "Progress," and now we have a Bloomberg News editorial: "Put ATF Out of Its Misery." If Bloomberg News wants the ATF done away with, it is because they understand that by giving the mission to the secret political police of the FBI, they empower the firearm confiscation agenda. Remember the unconstitutional 1934, 1968 and 1986 laws are NOT going away. The only question is, who do you want enforcing them? The bumblers at the ATF or the murderers and blackmailers at the FBI? I'll take the inefficient devil I know rather than murderous, secretive monster that I also know.
19 April 1995. The FBI covers up their sting operation that got away from them -- and gets away with it.

06:27

A reminder about my itinerary. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

We'll be in the vicinity of Riverton WY on the 28th and should make it to Salem on Friday night the 29th. Speech in Salem on the 30th. Speech in Coos Bay on the 31st, then on to the miner's fight with BLM near Medford. On the 1st we'll travel to SLC and on the 2nd to Albuquerque NM. On the 3rd from ALB to OKC and the 4th back to the Nashville area. If you want to schedule a meet-n-greet in the evening of any of those stops, then drop me an email. No smuggling this trip and all traffic and local gun laws will be obeyed. There's too much on the line to play fast and loose with this one.

06:14

So much for "Black Lives Matter." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Baltimore Bloodshed Continues; 28 Shot, 9 Dead Over Holiday Weekend
Chicago: 12 Killed, 43 Wounded In Memorial Day Weekend Shootings
If black lives truly mattered to the collectivist charlatans who run these socialist paradises, they'd let their law-abiding citizens carry for protection.

Monday, 25 May

17:21

Memorial Day [The Liberty Sphere]

Today we make it a point to remember all of those who died in service to their country.

This is the thing that separates Memorial Day from Veterans' Day, the latter of which is meant to honor all of those who served their country and fought her wars, including those who survived the experience. Memorial Day, however, is specifically set aside to commemorate those who died in service to their country, making the ultimate sacrifice of laying down their lives so that the rest of us might be free. The preservation of liberty often but not always involves the death of those who are willing to fight for it.

I'm personally thankful for those who were willing to make this ultimate sacrifice. "Lord, make us worthy, willing, and able to step up to the plate like our forefathers. And please, Lord, keep us free. Through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen."

Sunday, 24 May

21:19

Gun rights issue overheard in doctor's office [The Liberty Sphere]

Judge Andrew Napolitano, senior legal analyst for Fox News, stated last week that Rand Paul is the only announced candidate for the White House in 2016 who faithfully adheres to the U.S. Constitution. Part of that adherence is the support for unfettered gun rights for the people, as delineated by the Second Amendment to the Constitution. While other candidates may generally support gun rights that support usually comes with some caveats that the Framers of the Constitution never supported.
Click on this sentence to read the rest.


11:11

Prior to last Monday's decision striking down DC May Issue concealed handgun law, there were only 26 permit holders [John Lott's Website]

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. decision on Monday to strike down DC's concealed handgun law contained some interesting information.  Over six months virtually no permits have been given out.  Part of that may be because very few people have been allowed to get permits to own a handgun (a separate process) and those that do might not believe that they will get approval.  From the Washington Times:
Since October, when regulations for the issuance of concealed carry permits took effect, through May 9, the Metropolitan Police Department received 107 applications and denied 42. It has granted 26 concealed carry permits. . . .

10:50

Letter by Maine State Police supporting "Constitutional Carry" bill [John Lott's Website]

This letter provides an understanding of how well the current concealed handgun laws have worked.  I haven't seen many state police departments speak out on Constitutional Carry bills, though this might largely just reflect the governor's views on this issue.  A copy of the letter is available here:

Senator Rosen, Representative Fowle, and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, my name is Major Chris Grotton, and I am here to represent the Maine State Police and the Department of Public Safety to testify in Support of LD 652. . . .  
The current permit process regulates people who are generally ‘doing it right’ . In the past four years, less than one tenth of a percent of the 36,000 applicants (to State Police) are denied. Over the past 30 years, fewer than 20 people per year have been charged with carrying a concealed Weapon of any type. Even when we deny their application most of the time they are not otherwise prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm and could still lawfully carry openly in all other places except where canying a firearm is prohibited by law. 
It is our opinion that law enforcement resources could be utilized in a more efficient mamier, such as identifying those persons who are —' and would continue to be - prohibited from owning or possession a firearm, and effectively communicating that information among law enforcement agencies instead of regulating those that are complying with the law. . . .

04:10

Newest piece at Fox News: "Where's the coverage of heroes who stop mass killings?" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Heroic citizens stopping someone from killing a large number of people don’t seem to be considered news worthy.  Don’t people want to read about a brave soul risking his life by running towards the sound of gunfire while others run away?  Yet, such stories never get national news coverage by the national mainstream media.
While accidental gunshots get national coverage, few people have any idea how often concealed handgun permit holders stopping mass killings.
The lack of news coverage allows left wing media outlets, such as Mother Joneswhich should know better, to falsely claim: "In not a single case was [a mass public shooting] stopped by a civilian using a gun."
The truth is that the more successful these heroes are in preventing people from getting killed, the less media coverage they receive, but the lack of fatalities doesn’t explain the lack of news coverage.  And if the heroes hadn’t been there, the attacks would have been successful and the national mainstream media would have been talking about the attack for days.
Let’s look at some of the recent cases that should have gotten some national attention. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

Saturday, 23 May

20:46

Anti-gun black list reveals key element in 2016 election [The Liberty Sphere]

The issue of gun rights gives voters a crucial glimpse into the thinking and political philosophy of the presidential candidates. Over the past half century the stance a candidate takes on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- which guards, protects, and defends the gun rights of the citizens -- has been an important bellwether revealing the candidate's overall political ideology, not to mention their views concerning the centrality and importance of Constitutional law.
Show me a politician who hates the Second Amendment or who wishes to severely restrict gun rights, and I'll show you a politician who will also disregard and blatantly violate the Constitution on a variety of issues. 
 Click on this sentence to read the rest....

12:53

Puzzling events in Jackson v. San Francisco [Of Arms and the Law]

The Supreme Court has relisted the petition for cert. four times. That is, it's been scheduled for a vote on whether to take the case, and then rescheduled for a later vote, four times over. I've seen that happen once on cases (maybe the Justices wanted more time to mull it over, maybe they judge couldn't get to it in time) but never this many.

Here's the ruling from which cert. was applied for. It's a denial of a preliminary injunction, where the Ninth Circuit found the plaintiffs were not "likely" to win the case in the end, and not a final ruling in the case.

UPDATE: Today (May 26) the Court issued its rulings from the May 21 conference. No sign of Jackson. It must have been postponed again.

Friday, 22 May

16:37

Hillary Clinton scandal deepens [The Liberty Sphere]

The first batch of Hillary Clinton's official emails, which she curiously kept on a private email server at home, was released today. The Benghazi massacre is the issue at hand, and already the political pundits have concluded that her role in the scandal was much broader than anyone knew previously.
Click on this sentence to read the rest.


14:12

A pet peeve [The Liberty Sphere]

A distinct change has occurred in the language used by TV news anchors and reporters. The change has become so widespread, so pervasive, and so persistent that it is weighing on my nerves. In fact you would be correct in assuming it is a pet peeve of mine.

Obviously someone somewhere has decided in their almighty wisdom that this change would benefit the news media, giving them a "softer tone" and making them approachable. That may be well and good. But if it is done using a phrase that is not and never has been connected with the context of news coverage, then somebody obviously has a loose screw.

Who the heck are teaching these news anchors and reporters these days?

My pet peeve is this. A TV news talking head reports, say, that a government agency within a state has such a backlog of cases that lives are placed in danger. This is often followed by the following statement: "We reached out to the head of the agency for comment, but our calls were not returned."

They "reached out?" The phrase is most often associated with personal, emotional issues, such as a psychiatrist who says he/she "reached out" to the patient to attempt to break through the walls they have erected to distance themselves from others. Another common use of the phrase has to do with love relationships, husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, etc. A person may say something like, "I have tried to reach out to you as best I can, but you turn away all my attempts. You prefer to stay in your shell."

Now tell me, what in the world are news personnel doing using this term that is rich in emotional content and denoting an aspect of our most intimate relationships?

"We reached out to the Department of Social Services for comment." Oh, did you? Did you hope to seat them all in a circle and delve into touchy feely issues, urging the state agency to bear their souls and then sing Kumbaya? Why not use the precise term that accurately describes what you did. You contacted the agency for comment, nothing more. You wanted to ask questions. You wanted information. What you intended to do was in no way "reaching out." You contacted them for information that would make a good news story on your 6 p.m. broadcast.

So get real. I don't care what some school of journalism says about it, or even what some half-brained local news director tells you. Cut the "reaching out" ca ca and be precise. If you CONTACTED someone, then say so, for heaven's sake.

Thursday, 21 May

19:04

Yes, I'm still alive [The Liberty Sphere]

Yes, my dear friends, I'm still alive. I deeply appreciate those of you who checked here day by day to see if there were anything new. Thank you for hanging in there with me.

Anyway, I am back, and my latest Examiner article you will find below. Just scroll down.

I am not out of the woods yet, so I could use your continued prayers.

12:29

Notes from Massad Ayoob's presentation at Firearms Law Seminar [Of Arms and the Law]

{title corrected} I finally found them. He said: if in self defense, you drew your gun, call 911 ASAP. He strongly rejected the advice of some people never to call the police. Police see the world in terms of good guy vs. bad guy. By calling them first, you become the good guy. If you don't, odds are the bad guy will call first and invent a story in which you menaced him with no reason. And never flee the scene! Then you'll be regarded as clearly the bad guy.

Follow CYA, not the usual meaning of those letters, but Can You Articulate? A person who just babbles "I was in fear for my life" sounds like a guy who has memorized a phrase for use whenever he drew. Articulate exactly what caused the fear. Point out the evidence immediately, before someone picks up the cartridge cases or accidentally kicks them around (that might lead to a reconstruction of the event in which you are somewhere that doesn't fit with your testimony).

Whether your state is no retreat or not, anything you do to avoid confrontation works for you, and everything that suggests you played a role in worsening it works against you. Intruder in the garage, don't open the door and step out. Whatever the law might say, a jury finds stuff like that unappealing. It leaves you open to "if he was really afraid, why did he open the door, let alone go through it?"

Someone pounding on the door at 3 AM is more likely a policeman than a crazed killer with 666 carved into his forehead. If you open the door with a gun in your hand, "you don't need some a-rab from out of town to tell you things are going to badly."

It was a great presentation -- Mossad is a very, very fine speaker, and I'm no mean judge of speeches.

Wednesday, 20 May

23:35

Washington Post: "Catholic University student leaders want students to be able to carry guns on campus" [John Lott's Website]

From the Washington Post:
. . . “A resolution in support of student carry” easily passed the school’s student government, the Student Association General Assembly, with a  16 to 11 vote. 
That surprised one of the bill’s sponsors, Matt Hanrahan, a junior majoring in politics. “The gun debate in this country is very polarizing,” he said, “and it’s even more polarizing to talk about firearms on campus.” . . . 
Hanrahan said he’s from Danbury, Conn., about 10 minutes away from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were shot by a 20-year-old with a gun in December 2012. 
“Since that day I’ve taken school safety very seriously,” he said. 
“We don’t live in the safest place,” he added. “There have been armed robberies in the area around the school. Who knows who can come onto our campus. Metro police could be on campus within minutes, and lock the campus down, but police are only going to be able to react to a situation that has occurred.” But campus police might notice someone who seemed suspicious and be able to prevent problems, he said. 
“My end goal would be to get campus police armed,” Hanrahan said. “For me, you just never know what can happen in today’s society.” . . .

23:23

One Republican legislator stands between Campus Carry in Nevada and passage [John Lott's Website]

I have been told that Senator Michael Roberson, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, is preventing Campus Carry from being passed in Nevada.  If he thinks that enough voters in his district  (#20) want the bill, he will change is position on it, so the question is whether enough people in Henderson, Nevada will let him know about how they feel about the bill.

Here is a map of the 20th Senate District in Nevada, just south of Las Vegas.



Those who live in his district can get his contact information by going here.

23:14

Campus Carry reaches its last hurdle in Texas legislature [John Lott's Website]

From the Texas Tribune:
With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, the Texas House is all that is keeping a stalled measure requiring public universities and colleges to allow concealed handguns on their campuses from reaching the governor's desk. 
So-called campus carry could travel one of two routes to clear that chamber, passing as stand-alone legislation or as an amendment to another gun-related bill.  
A House panel has already approved Senate Bill 11, now awaiting consideration by the Calendars Committee, which sets the chamber's schedule. The House's own version of the campus carry bill died after failing to be set for consideration before a key deadline. . . .

19:28

The hits keep coming on Hillary [The Liberty Sphere]

Perhaps Hillary Clinton had a premonition. Or perhaps her advisers had not only a premonition but a sobering analysis of the political landscape. She was bound to encounter significant roadblocks to the Democratic nomination for president, more so than in 2008. Thus, from a practical point of view, her only choice was to avoid the press for as long as possible.
Click on this sentence to read the entire article.

Monday, 18 May

21:00

Federal court forbids enforcement of DC's new "may issue" carry permits [Of Arms and the Law]

Wrenn v. DC, opinion here. It's a preliminary injunction, blocking enforcement of that requirement until the case can be heard and ruled on in a final judgment. Still, the court concludes that plaintiffs have established the element that consists of proof they are likely to win when it does come to trial.

Hat tip to the Firearms Policy Coalition.

10:56

Henderson v. US decided [Of Arms and the Law]

Opinion here. The issue was whether a person convicted of a felony, who had previously turned in their guns, can after conviction sell or transfer their guns to someone not barred from possessing them.

The government argued that the ability to control an item is a part of possessing it, and the law forbids a felon to possess a firearm. The Court didn't buy that, as in 9-0 didn't buy that.

I thought the government's argument so weak that I wondered that they wasted time with it. Most gun control statutes regulate "possession." Under the government's position, any time a gun owner entered, say, DC or New York, he became guilty of an offense even if all his firearms were left back home. He still controlled them, could call back home and ask his family members to move them around or to sell them, and therefore "possessed" unregistered firearms in DC or New York. Ownership and possession may be related, but they are still distinct.

Saturday, 16 May

19:53

Mass Public Shooting in Naples, Italy: Killing four (may be five) people and wounding at least five more [John Lott's Website]

It is very unlikely that you have heard of this story.  Article from the UK Daily Mail:
A man armed with a shotgun opened fire in the southern Italian city of Naples, killing four people and wounding at least five more. 
The 48-year-old nurse, Roberto Murolo, killed first his brother and sister-in-law at home, according to Italian police, before killing two more members of the public after he began shooting from the balcony.  
Early reports indicate that he may also have killed his wife in the attack, in the Secondigliano suburb, although these reports have not yet been confirmed.

15:30

Boulder, Colorado man shots person high on mushrooms who broke into his and attacked him [John Lott's Website]

This seems like a very straight forward case of self defense.  From the Boulder Daily Camera:
A Boulder man will not be charged with a crime after shooting and killing a University of Colorado student who broke into his house and attacked him last week, according to the district attorney. 
Police say Roberto Zamora, 19, forced his way into 98 Pima Court at about 8:40 p.m. May 4 and attacked resident Jim McCain, whom he had never met.
McCain shot and killed him. 
Boulder County DA Stan Garnett announced Wednesday he will not charge McCain in the case, citing Colorado's "make my day" law and self-defense law. 
"Under those theories, criminal charges would not be appropriate," Garnett said. "This young man broke into the house and attacked the homeowner." . . .

Friday, 15 May

10:42

Practical advice we all can use [Of Arms and the Law]

How to take over a small country in ten easy steps.

Useful tips like: The locals know how to shoot an AK, but not how to shoot accurately or safely. Expect to lose 10% of your force in basic marksmanship training. To arm them, find a UN peacekeeping force that is collecting arms, and offer them some cash to under-report their collections by a few tons and turn it over to you.

Thursday, 14 May

01:42

Look at all the Democrats who blamed the Philadelphia Amtrak crash on infrastructure spending cuts by Republicans [John Lott's Website]

Here you have all these people speaking out on the cause of the Amtrak crash before they had any evidence what might have caused it.  Yet, they all seemed to agree it was due to the lack of infrastructure spending.  Put aside that Obama was the one who first suggested the sequester.  Put aside the fact that the so-called stimulus already had a lot of infrastructure spending and the Democrats who controlled everything at the time could have put more of the Stimulus into infrastructure if they really thought it was important.

Luke Russert on MSNBC said: "What you're essentially seeing here are the effects of Sequester."

NBC News: $1.1 Billion Amtrak Funding Cut One Day After Crash: REPUBLICANS PASSED SPENDING CUTS AS THE LONGSTANDING FUNDING BATTLE TOOK A RAW AND EMOTIONAL TURN.

MSNBC: ED RENDELL ON AMTRAK DISASTER: REPUBLICANS CAN’T KEEP SHORTCHANGING INFRASTRUCTURE

Delegate Homles Norton on Amtrak: "Certainly is" a link between safety and funding

The Economist magazine had this in 2010:
Mr Obama called the bill “the largest new investment in our nation's infrastructure since Eisenhower built an interstate highway system in the 1950s.” But even on the broadest definition of the term, infrastructure got $150 billion, under a fifth of the total. Just $64 billion, or 8% of the total, went to roads, public transport, rail, bridges, aviation and wastewater systems. . . .
Why not put more of this $150 billion into roads and rail if they really thought that was so crucial.

Wednesday, 13 May

11:49

Open Carry case from the Sixth Circuit [Of Arms and the Law]

Northrup v. City of Toledo Police Dep't, decided today. Plaintiff was open carrying in Toledo, walking with his daughter, grandson, and dog. Somebody complained to police (tho open carry is legal, and he had a CCW permit as well). The officer responded and before it was over had him in handcuffs. The only charge was dismissed before trial, and now he sues under §1983. The trial court dismissed his Second Amendment claim, allowing his Fourth Amendment one to go forward. The Sixth Circuit reversed that dismissal. I gather that on appeal the PD raised claims of "qualified immunity" (the court-created exception to liability where a reasonable officer would not have known his conduct was unconstitutional), and most of the ruling centers on that. The court finds that there was no reason to believe he was engaged in illegality, that the officer at most had the power to ask a few questions, but no power to arrest or even detain.

Tuesday, 12 May

20:46

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms [Of Arms and the Law]

America's oldest living veteran swears by them. At age 109, he must know something about the secrets to a long life.

12:52

Mass killings prevented by armed citizens [Of Arms and the Law]

The Crime Prevention Research Center has a list.

Monday, 11 May

14:44

Armed citizen saves officer [Of Arms and the Law]

In Oklahoma City. Officer chases down a burglar, burglar gets the upper hand and is bashing him over the head with his riot baton, armed citizen draws and makes it clear he is prepared to fire, officer lives.

12:55

Ariz Law Rev article on arming teachers [Of Arms and the Law]

The article suggests that it's the best way to deal with the risks, far better than enacting meaningless firearms restriction.

Saturday, 09 May

22:46

Lessons for why the polls seem to be so wrong lately? [John Lott's Website]

Here are a few interesting notes on the problems that we are experiencing with polling and why the problems aren't going to get any better in the near future.  From Politico:
. . . But changes in communications are threatening the viability of public election polling in many developed countries where the landline phone was once a reliable medium for representative surveys 
Like their counterparts in the United States, Britons are abandoning their landlines. Telephone pollsters have shifted, contacting an increasing percentage of their respondents via mobile phone, but perhaps not enough, according to many pollsters. In the United States, polling mobile phones is far more expensive than relying on landlines, because survey researchers are required by law to enter cellphone numbers manually when dialing. . . .  
Alberto Nardelli, data editor at The Guardian newspaper, noted last month that phone polls tended to favor the Tories, while Labour performed better in Internet polls. That phenomenon existed as late as a week ago, according to the New Statesman’s “May 2015” website. 
“I would be concerned about what looks like systematic errors in the British polling — under-representation of Conservative voters and overestimation of support for the Labour Party,” said University of Michigan professor Michael Traugott. “I haven’t seen any polls that suggested that the Scottish National Party was going to do extremely well in Scotland at the expense of Labour primarily. So, systematic errors like that, patterned errors like that, suggest methodological problems.” 
(Similarly, in Israel, some observers believe Web polling was biased against Netanyahu’s Likud Party and swayed the overall balance of pre-election forecasts.) . . . 
Telephone polls are increasingly unreliable and too expensive, while Internet polling isn’t yet able to replace truly random surveys. . . .

14:13

Concealed Handgun Permit holders in South Carolina stop a mass public shooting [John Lott's Website]


FOX Carolina 21 From the news article:
Firefighters said they may have stopped a massacre after a gunman surprised them at their station Tuesday. 
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the New Holland Fire Department's Station 2 around 6:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired. 
Firefighters said Chad Barker pulled up to the crowded fire station parking lot full of children and firefighters, got out of his car, and began firing in the air and at his vehicle. They say he also pointed the firearm at individual firefighters for lengthy periods of time.   
"I came out of the office, saw the man with the gun, told everybody to leave out the back quickly that there was a man in the parking lot with a gun, and I was not kidding,” said Gary Knoll, a firefighter for New Holland. 
Knoll said he and another firefighter who have concealed weapons permits pulled their guns on the gunman. 
Knoll said Barker returned to his vehicle and firefighters carefully followed him with their weapons still drawn. After encouraging Barker to put the gun down, Knoll said Barker ultimately complied and Knoll grabbed the gun. . . . .
Hat tip to AWR HAWKINS for finding this story.

Wednesday, 06 May

23:12

Texas House and Senate reach deal to get Campus Carry bill passed [John Lott's Website]

It looked as if the Campus Carry bill in Texas was going to die.  Well, a last minute deal between the state House and Senate appears to have saved it.  From the Austin American-Statesman:
. . .  Apparently out of options in the House, state Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, turned to the Senate, where he said he worked out a deal to have campus carry legislation grafted onto another gun bill as an amendment. The move would allow the new combination bill to return to the House, where approval by the Republican majority is expected. 
“If I can get the Senate to send it back over this way, we’ll wrap it up and call it a session,” Fletcher said Wednesday. “It’ll save a lot of time and effort and debate.” 
The first step of the plan took place Wednesday evening when Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick referred House Bill 910, allowing those with a concealed handgun license to openly carry a holstered firearm, to the Senate State Affairs Committee, where it must receive a public hearing and a vote before heading to the full Senate. . . .  
Both gun bills seemed to be stuck at an impasse as the two chambers jockeyed to see which bills moved forward — and who would receive credit for writing gun bills that Gov. Greg Abbott has already promised to sign into law. 
Fletcher said Wednesday’s action, which broke the logjam, came in an agreement with Republican Sens. Brian Birdwell, author of the campus carry bill, and Craig Estes, author of the open carry measure. . . . . 
If House members agree — the open carry bill passed 101-42 last month — the combined bill would be sent to Abbott for his signature.

12:18

Pamela Geller now on ISIS hit list [The Liberty Sphere]

Hello friends.

Disturbing news hit the airwaves today as ISIS now says that blogger/speaker Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs is on their target list. They plan to kill her.

I've known Pam Geller ever since I started blogging in 2006. I have spoken to her on the phone as well as by email. She is a fierce defender of free speech in the face of Jihadists who consider it a crime to exercise free speech by speaking against Islam or drawing cartoons of Muhammad. She is also determined to keep all speech free in the U.S., especially that which is considered offensive, The First Amendment exists precisely to give protection to that speech that the majority may not want to hear.

Now, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which I have often taken to task for their hypocrisy, stated yesterday that Pam's group is a "hate group." Yet Pam has not threatened to kill anyone, not even the most barbaric members of ISIS. But ISIS will not hesitate to make these threats and carry them out by beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone else who opposes them.

SPLC owes Pamela a public apology, especially now that we know the barbarians have made it inside the gate right here in America.

Tuesday, 05 May

11:26

Another Obamacare unintended consequence: emergency physicians say they've seen ER patient visits surge since Obamacare [John Lott's Website]

So much for the supposed cost savings from Obamacare:

A poll released today by the American College of Emergency Physicians shows that 28% of 2,099 doctors surveyed nationally saw large increases in volume, while 47% saw slight increases. By contrast, fewer than half of doctors reported any increases last year in the early days of the Affordable Care Act.
Such hikes run counter to one of the goals of the health care overhaul, which is to reduce pressure on emergency rooms by getting more people insured through Medicaid or subsidized private coverage and providing better access to primary care.
A major reason that hasn't happened is there simply aren't enough primary care physicians to handle all the newly insured patients, says ACEP President Mike Gerardi, an emergency physician in New Jersey. . . .

Monday, 04 May

09:34

Man arrested because he "liked" the "most wanted" poster on Facebook [John Lott's Website]

Apparently a Montana man didn't realize that his IP address allowed him to be tracked down after he liked the "most wanted" poster on Facebook:

Levi Charles Reardon, 23, was arrested Friday evening without incident, according to police records. The records indicate he had two warrants for his arrest.
Reardon made an initial court appearance for felony forgery (common scheme). His arraignment is scheduled for May 7. . . . .

Sunday, 03 May

16:44

What will happen in the UK May 7th election?: A hung Parliament with a Labour/SNP left wing government [John Lott's Website]

Click on figures to get a clearer view.

The very left wing Scottish National Party could hold the balance of power in the Parliament.  It looks like Labour with the SNP would just together have enough votes to reach the 326 seats to form a majority.  If so, the UK might swing wildly to the left.  The UKIP (UK Independence Party) has about 14% of the vote, but probably only 2 seats.  The UKIP may be making it impossible for the Conservatives to stay in power.



Saturday, 02 May

23:11

$15-an-hour minimum wages aren't so great if you no longer have a job: Pizza shop worker upset no one mentioned he could lose his job when they were discussing the increase [John Lott's Website]

From Fox 13 in Seattle:

. . . Devin Jeran was happy to get a raise, when Seattle’s minimum wage went up to $11 an hour at the beginning of the month. “I definitely recognize that having more money is important,” he says, “especially in a city as expensive as this one.” Unfortunately, he’ll only enjoy that bigger paycheck for a few more months. In August, his boss is shutting down Z Pizza and putting him and his 11 co-workers out of work. “Fortunately she keeps us in the loop, she didn’t just tell us last minute.” Ritu Shah Burnham doesn’t want to go out of business, but says she can’t afford the city’s mandated wage hikes. . . .
More on the jobs being lost in San Francisco is available here.
Although all of us at Borderlands support the concept of a living wage in princip[le] and we believe that it's possible that the new law will be good for San Francisco -- Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to that minimum wage.  Consequently we will be closing our doors no later than March 31st. 

21:05

Morgan Freeman's racist views about police [John Lott's Website]

In the past, I have had some very positive things to say about Morgan Freeman (see these links).  But Freeman's comments after Baltimore are pretty nutty.
"That unrest [in Baltimore] has nothing to do with terrorism at all, except the terrorism we suffer from the police.  Why are so many people dying in police custody?  And why are they all black?  And why are al the police killing them white?"
 Even using the faulty FBI justifiable police homicide numbers makes it clear that these claims are no where near to being correct.

07:11

Newest piece at Investors Business Daily: The same people who want disarm police also want to disarm poor blacks [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Investors Business Daily is as follows:
Police aren't always there to protect people — not in Baltimore, not in Ferguson and not when the average person has to confront a criminal. 
This is particularly true in the poorest sections of town. Even police with the best response times seldom arrive until after the crime has been committed and the assailant has run off. 
But even where crime is high, many Democratic politicians are unwilling to let the police do their job. To make matters much worse, they also prevent citizens from defending themselves. 
Granted, police can't be every place all the time. Even a very fast eight-minute police response time can take too long, making the difference between life and death. 
Yet in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake "gave those who wished to destroy space to do that." Apparently last Monday, she ordered police to "stand down" when riots broke out. And she refused to return the governor's calls when he repeatedly tried to get permission from the mayor to send in the National Guard. 
It is hardly comforting when she apologized on Wednesday for using the word "thugs" to describe those who destroy businesses and beat up people. 
Similarly, when the grand jury decided not to charge officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon ignored calls from Ferguson's mayor and kept the National Guard away from the initial violence. 
As Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder complained: "(The National Guard) were kept away at the crucial time while Ferguson burned." 
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore went further on Thursday and called for police to be disarmed, but even he acknowledged that private gun ownership could help protect people. 
Citizens in Baltimore and Ferguson were on their own. Not surprisingly, during the weeks in early November before the St. Louis County grand jury released its verdict, gun sales in the Ferguson area went up about sixfold. 
But poor blacks in Maryland simply can't rush out to get guns. Politicians in Maryland have made it virtually impossible for law-abiding civilians, particularly poor individuals, to get a concealed handgun permit. 
Even owning a gun in the home is difficult. It costs at least $300 to go through the licensing and registration process to get a handgun. On top of that, people face a seven-day waiting period, and it's illegal for them to borrow a gun from their friends. 
The law-abiding people living in places most heavily hit by riots are the ones most clearly prevented from defending themselves if an emergency were to arise. Democrats' actions sure don't back up their claims of being the defenders of the poor. 
In 2013, when the Colorado legislature voted for a bill that would charge people a fee when they purchase a gun, Republicans put up an amendment to exempt people below the poverty level. But Democrats virtually unanimously voted against the exemption. 
As Democrats controlled over two-thirds of both houses of the Maryland state legislature, a similar amendment that year was never even allowed a vote. 
In most other states, like Missouri, it's much easier for poor minorities to obtain guns for protection. Most importantly, one doesn't have to justify why they should get a permitted, concealed handgun, something that is rarely approved for poor minorities when government permission is required. 
Some politicians believe that all these regulations prevent criminals from getting guns. But they are simply wrong. Criminals are not stupid enough to pay all the licensing and registration fees and face background checks to get guns. 
It isn't just during riots that guns for defensive use are important. Guns are effective for defense in more ordinary situations. And it is particularly important for poor people who live in high crime urban areas. 
With surveys showing that blacks believe that they can't trust police, the obvious option is to let them defend themselves. And minorities generally like that option. A Gallup survey at the end of last year showed that by a 56%-37% margin, nonwhites felt that having a gun in the home made them safer. 
Democrats want the votes of poor, law-abiding minorities. They just don't want them to be able to be safe. Apparently, Democrats believe that the right to self-defense belongs only to the wealthy. 
• Lott is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a former chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission.

Thursday, 30 April

13:20

My newest Fox News piece: 'Assault weapons' debate: The folly of Rep. Rosa DeLauro's buyback bill [John Lott's Website]

Rep. Rosa DeLauro
My newest piece for Fox News starts this way:
Gun control advocates introduced a bill in April that only gun control supporters could love. Connecticut Democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro is so serious about getting so-called assault weapons off the street that she is offering $2,000 tax credits for each gun that people turning in  limit one per year. 
According to her, assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield. 
She believes that offering $2,000 a gun will ensure guns will be turned in.  She is correct that people would turn in guns, that is old, non-working guns or guns bought cheaply and then make a profit turning them in.  After all, many brand new assault weapons sell for less than $700. 
Gaming the gun buyback system has pretty much become standard fare these days. There are also plenty of stories featuring people buying BB guns from a nearby Walmart and turning them in.
A better name for the "Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act would be the "Full Employment Act for Gun Makers." . . .

Wednesday, 29 April

09:15

Burglar accidentally leaves his iPhone in home, phone gets him caught [John Lott's Website]

Police in the UK use a burglar's iPhone to find out who had committed the crime.  The iPhone even survived the fire that the burglar started.  Talk about incriminating information on the phone.  It also contained info on what the burglar wanted to steal.  From The Argus in Sussex:
A bungling burglar who set fire to a home after losing his mobile left behind key evidence of his name, address and what he planned to steal. 
Tony Bytheway, 40, was high on drugs when he stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, watches and laptops as residents were on holiday. 
After realising he had lost his phone during the raid, he set three fires in the hope of destroying evidence before making off in the owner’s Subaru Impreza. 
The McCormack family returned to find their Findon home destroyed and two family pets dead. 
They also discovered an iPhone with the culprit’s name and address, along with details of what he planned to loot, where it was being kept and his accomplices. 
He stole around 200 watches, including a handful of Rolexes, jewellery including a £5,000 diamond eternity ring, Mr McCormack’s grandfather’s war medals, and his daughter’s laptop with all her coursework on February 16, 2014. . . .

Tuesday, 28 April

23:31

What are the top ten criminology papers at the Social Science Research Network? [John Lott's Website]

Those interested in downloading the papers can click here.  Getting more downloads to my work forces other academics to deal with these issues.

21:51

Newest Fox News piece: "Baltimore riots and the price of protest" [John Lott's Website]

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My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
People have the right to protest, but too many politicians are afraid or unwilling to stop looting and rioting. The dividing line between liberals and conservatives could hardly be starker. 
When the St. Louis Grand Jury reached its decision in Officer Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown, Democrat Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ignored calls from Ferguson’s mayor and kept the National Guard away from the initial violence.  As Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder complained: "[The National Guard]were kept away at the crucial time while Ferguson burned.”  The rioting and destruction was hardly a surprise. 
Likewise, in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has evoked controversy over her own slow response to the violence.  She claims that she was misunderstood when she announced on Saturday: "I worked with the police and I instructed them to do everything that they could to ensure that the protestors could exercise their right to free speech.  It is a very delicate balancing act because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.  And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.” 
Rawlings-Blake may not have meant what she said about giving "those who wished to destroy space to do that," but her statement was clear enough.  In addition, her pattern of slow responses continued through Monday.  Despite all the damage, the mayor didn’t even put in the required request for the National Guard until 7 PM Monday evening. 
Reportedly the mayor and police commissioner thought that they had the situation under control and worried that the National Guard would provoke the rioters. 
“When the mayor called me, which quite frankly we were glad that she finally did, instantly we signed the executive order. We already had our entire team prepared,” Governor Hogan said. “We were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time, she finally made that call and we immediately took action.”
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The rest of the piece is available here.

15:32

Operative predicts breaking point in 2016 [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

To varying degrees each depict a callous disregard for the Constitution. Each pose a threat to the Second Amendment, which protects the gun rights of all citizens. The fourth, fifth, and sixth amendments are also ignored at will. So is the 10th Amendment.
Read the entire article by clicking on this sentence.

Saturday, 18 April

18:22

Crucial keys to the 2016 election [The Liberty Sphere]

Excerpt:

More serious minded people, however, are fully aware that there are issues that must be considered and discussed. And gender is not one of them, despite Nancy Pelosi's contention this week that Hillary must be elected merely because she is a woman. The real issues, however, are far more serious.
Click here to read the whole thing.

Sunday, 05 April

11:00

A very meaningful Easter to you.... [The Liberty Sphere]

"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain and hath redeemed us to God by His blood..." (Excerpt from Handel's Messiah).

May your Easter be a meaningful one as you contemplate the fact that Christ died for you, shedding His blood on a cruel Roman cross. That in itself is enough to celebrate. But God goes further. On the third day after having been found guilty of false charges, it would seem that it was all over for Christ, His disciples, and Christianity. God, however, specializes in doing what seems impossible and makes a way where there is no way. Christ rose from the dead on the 3rd day after having been crucified and buried. Thus, our sins are forgiven. The past is wiped clean. We are given a brand new start.And even death has no power over us because Christ conquered it. This does not mean we do not die. It means that even in death we are triumphant because Christ made it possible.

Happy Easter!
Selection from Handel's Messiah,
Artists:Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Originally recorded and released by Columbia Records on their Masterworks Series, 1968.
Currently available on CD by Sony Records.

"Worthy is the Lamb"

Friday, 03 April

13:33

Surely He hath borne our griefs... [The Liberty Sphere]

On this Good Friday, 2015, take a few minutes to contemplate the Cross, suffering, and death, of Jesus Christ. In one act of sacrificial love, dying for the sins of many, He became a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

"Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows," the Bible says.

Here is an excerpt from Handel's Messiah that encapsulates musically these basic truths. This is from Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra who, along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recorded their monumental and celebrated work in 1968, performing the entire work on the Columbia Masterworks label. None of the various recordings of the Messiah had approached the quality of this rendition until it was released, and I dare say that no recording of the Messiah has approached this level of quality in the years since it was released.
This, then, is my Good Friday gift to you.

Tuesday, 31 March

17:17

Indy-gay controversy focuses on wrong issue [The Liberty Sphere]

The controversy surrounding a new law concerning gays and other minority groups in Indiana reached a fever pitch today. Indy Gov. Mike Pence issued a public response to the controversy and the anger of some citizens, not only in Indiana but across the country.
Continue reading here...


Monday, 30 March

14:46

Pattern emerges in Clinton document flap [The Liberty Sphere]

The unusual circumstances surrounding Hillary Clinton's private Internet server and the disappearance of thousands of official emails and documents only serve to point to a pattern of behavior that precludes any possibility of trust. The Clintons have been down this road before under highly unusual circumstances.
Click here to keep reading...

14:40

Well well WELL! [The Liberty Sphere]

There you are. Where have you been? Welcome to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, I mean, The Liberty Sphere. You will find a new Examiner article here shortly, so be sure to read it. Thanks!

Monday, 23 March

21:54

Putting it all together [The Liberty Sphere]

Some patterns are developing in the geo-political stratosphere that are cause for some alarm. Without intervention on the part of liberty oriented representatives in Washington and in the states and of course the patriots, then years of woe are imminent.

I will say no more, for now. Watch. Be diligent. Be ready.

Sunday, 22 March

22:16

Keeping watch [The Liberty Sphere]

Hello. I'm still here, keeping watch. More tomorrow, I hope.

Sunday, 15 March

09:37

Better to say nothing at all [The Liberty Sphere]

Rather than making promises I can't keep, it is far better to say nothing at all.

I told you in a recent post that it appeared I had completed all outstanding projects and was ready to hunker down in my normal routine writing daily columns for the Examiner and focusing here on liberty and gun rights issues. Then, poof. I had to take care of some things that cropped up unexpectedly, and I was gone again.

So, I have decided that I am not going to make any more promises like that. When I do that, circumstances make me into a liar. So, it is better to say nothing at all.

Glad you all are still here, my friends.

Wednesday, 11 March

18:07

Oh heck fire!! [The Liberty Sphere]

I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and have been running behind all the day. So, there won't be a masterpiece from me this evening, I'm sorry to say. I hate it when I do that, heck fire!

I hope for better results tomorrow. Just FYI.

Tuesday, 10 March

15:58

Clintons attract scandal like cats in heat [The Liberty Sphere]

Americans, Democrats in particular, should have known that as soon as Hillary Clinton announced her interest in running for president, the scandals would come out of the woodwork. It is the nature of Bill and Hillary both to create a circus-like atmosphere 24/7 with scandals stuck to them like cats in heat. But not only do they merely attract scandal. They actively engage in it. 
More here. 

Monday, 09 March

17:22

A voice from the locked down unit [The Liberty Sphere]

But there is one undeniable and glaring fact that the reader fails to consider. No matter what is on paper about our form of government, if those who are entrusted with leadership fail either deliberately or inadvertently, and if the voters persist in sending these treasonous wolves back to office, then no matter what is on paper the country has descended into abject tyranny, leaders and citizens alike.
Click here to continue reading...

15:17

Hello! [The Liberty Sphere]

I'm back from a brief break, ready to delve into the current mess created by the child-king. If we ever get out of the chaos he has created in almost every part of the world, it will be a miracle.

Someone asked me recently, "What do you do during these little breaks you take? Sometimes you scare us with your unannounced absences. At least when you're sick you tell us."

I don't mean to scare anyone, but it has to be that way for now. There are things I cannot discuss openly. Studying and investigating threats to our liberties must be done incognito. To say the least I am not pleased with what I am observing. More about that later.

And then as soon as I can, I need to get back to passing along to you news concerning gun rights from liberty oriented bloggers. No, I haven't given up on it. I just needed to tend to some other things first.

Friday, 06 March

15:53

No longer a Republic, so now what? [The Liberty Sphere]

After the Framers spent long hours hammering out the most ingenious form of government mankind has ever devised, a woman happened across Benjamin Franklin as he and his colleagues emerged from their deliberations, and asked, "Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?" Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."
But we have not kept it. We have trashed it while giving lip service to its importance.
It took a little over 100 years for the voters and politicians to hasten its demise.
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