” Across Seattle, reports alt-weekly The Stranger, posters are appearing linking gay rights and gun rights in ways that are just freaking out the usual control-freaky suspects. Some of the posters suggest that disliking guns is just like disliking homosexuality: a personal foible that ought not be turned into legislation. Other posters suggest that armed gays “aren’t going to take shit from homophobes.” It’s clearly inconceivable that anybody could actually hold in his or her mind, simultaneously, a regard for the right of people to love who they want and respect for the right of self-defense, so it must be some horrible, trollish plot. At least, that’s what The Stranger‘s Cienna Madrid suspects.”
Category: Natural Rights
” Jimmy Lee Garrett, 48, of Alabama is a registered sex offender who has been arrested twice in 1985 for first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse of a 69-year-old woman.Garrett, apparently not content with the freedom the state so graciously lets him enjoy, decided to break into the home of a neighbor at 4am for unknown reasons.
When the woman who lives at the home saw Garrett in her kitchen, she yelled for her husband, who grabbed a gun. During a confrontation Garrett was shot once in the foot by the homeowner.”
” The journalism world has been rightly outraged by the Justice Department dragging the Associated Press (and now a Fox News reporter) into one of its sprawling leak investigations. As we wrote last week, by obtaining the call records of twenty AP phone lines, “the Justice Department has struck a terrible blow against the freedom of the press and the ability of reporters to investigate and report the news.”
But there are several other important lessons that this scandal can teach us besides how important free and uninhibited newsgathering is to the public’s right to know.
For example, according to information released by the phone companies to Rep. Ed Markey, Sprint alone received a staggering 500,000 subpoenas for call records data last year.”
Illustration by Jim Margulies
” In the past two decades, the AR-15 has evolved into an open, modular gun platform that’s infinitely hackable and accessorizable. With only a few simple tools and no gunsmithing expertise, an AR-15 can be heavily modified, or even assembled from scratch, from widely available parts to suit the fancy and fantasy of each individual user. In this respect, the AR-15 is the world’s first “maker” gun, and this is why its appeal extends well beyond the military enthusiasts that many anti-gun types presume make up its core demographic.”
” This is the gun-as-gadget, a relatively new consumer phenomenon born from the unholy union of the post-9/11 national security state and America’s decades-old obsession with hackable, high-performance hardware. From muscle cars to motorbikes to ultra-high-wattage stereo systems, Americans love to take their toys way over the top, and for all its deadliness and terrifying power, the AR-15 is a terrifically fun toy. “‘
” Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms, is proud to introduce the newest member of the Colt Mustang family, the polymer framed Mustang XSP.
Like its predecessors, the classic Colt Mustang and Mustang Pocketlite, the XSP is sure to become a popular option for concealed carry.
While some basic features of the Mustang Pocketlite, such as size, magazine and slide, continue in the Mustang XSP, numerous changes to the new model reflect customer sentiment. This includes upgrading the front sight on the XSP to a dovetailed design that is more visible to the user. The slide serrations on the XSP have been enhanced to offer an improved grip when working the slide. The XSP also features ambidextrous safeties, rather than the typical single sided safety. Two additional changes are an integral 3/8” accessory rail below the dust cover, and a squared off trigger guard that will allow for easy mounting of lasers and lights to enhance personal protection capabilities.”
” An intruder who was shot and killed after a confrontation with a Duluth woman in her shower was likely stalking her for days and may have other victims, Gwinnett police said.
The 53-year-old woman, who is also a veteran private school counselor, was alone at the time of the Wednesday morning attack. She lives on East Mount Tabor Circle in Duluth.
The woman was getting out of the shower when she was met by a strange man with a kitchen knife, police said. They said there was a struggle in the bathroom, and she fell in the tub. Police later identified the man as Israel Perez Puentes, a Cuban national who lived in Alpharetta.”
” A search warrant is an order signed by a judge that authorizes police officers to search for specific objects or materials at a definite location at a specified time. For example, a warrant may authorize the search of “the premises at 11359 Happy Glade Avenue between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.” and direct the police to search for and seize “cash, betting slips, record books, and every other means used in connection with placing bets on horses.” “
Topics covered by this brief include :
How Police Obtain Search Warrants
What Police Can Search for and Seize Under a Warrant
When Search Warrants Aren’t Required
The Plain View Doctrine
Search Made in Connection With an Arrest
The Emergency Exception
Allowing Police to Make a Warrantless Search
Searches of Cars and Their Occupants
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Know your rights , be informed .
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For more free information on search warrants, check out Nolo’s section on Search Warrants.”
” If you’ve seen the video we posted earlier today, then you definitely want to check this one out. There was some question that when Second Amendment activist, James Kaleda, was removed from the hearing if the audience was clapping for him or for his removal. I think this video, which took place immediately following that, should clear things up.
After a Second Amendment activist was forcefully removed from a hearing on upcoming gun legislation in NJ, the audience wasn’t too happy.”
” An Ohio man has slapped local government with a $3.6 million lawsuit after policemen allegedly violated his Constitutional rights. Police detained Ray Call and confiscated his weapon because he openly carried his firearm into a store.
According to reports, Call entered a store late one night with his gun openly on display. The authorities were alerted, and fairly soon two policemen arrived on the scene. The police officers held Call in the back of the police car, took his weapon, and demanded that he identify himself.
It appears that Call has a solid case. Police cannot detain citizens and demand identification with no good reason. Call was well within his rights and Ohio laws clearly backed him up. Police could not have taken action against Call unless it appeared that he was about to commit a crime, and the mere presence of a firearm does not constitute suspicion.”
- Ohio man sues town, police in open carry case (gunwatch.blogspot.com)
” A 3 on 1 fight is not very fair, but when those 3 are dumb as rocks and decide to lock someone in a closet, it evens the odds when that closet is the place where the dad keeps his guns.
Houston police said that today 3 men forced their way into a man’s house and put his son in a closet while they ransacked the place.
Little did the 3 criminals realize that this closet was the same place where the resident kept his guns. When he thought the men were gone the son grabbed a gun and went downstairs where he had an encounter with one of the intruders.
The intruder was armed and the 2 exchanged gun shots. The son was not injured but he was able to land 2 shots in the suspects leg and shoulder.”
- Man put in closet where guns were; suspect shot (kvue.com)
- Man put in closet where guns were; suspect shot (star-telegram.com)
- Homeowner’s son fights off home invaders, KHOU, Houston, Texas, 05/14/13 (nraila.org)
- 3 Men Break into House and Put Son in His Dad’s GUN Closet (gunwatch.blogspot.com)
The Instructions/FAQ From NYS Troopers Web Page
” Gun owners in New York who don’t want their license information available to the public are facing a deadline to file an exemption form with local licensing authorities.
Starting Wednesday, the records of anyone who has asked to be exempt from the state Freedom of Information Law will be kept secret. But the information will be available for gun owners who haven’t acted.
The secrecy provision was included in January legislation that toughened New York gun laws to require registration of military-style weapons as well as pistols and limit the number of bullets allowed to be loaded into a clip or magazine.
* The form to request the exemption is available online and must be given to the local authority in charge of licensing. Anyone who doesn’t file by the initial deadline, including those getting new licenses, may still file in the future. Their records will be subject to FOIL requests in the meantime.”
The Form Itself Which You Can Download At The Link Below
For more information or to download a copy of the FOIL exemption form, click here.”
Note that the entire procedure is arbitrary and capricious and subject to the whim of your local licensing agent . You must list a reason why you feel that you should be granted your privacy rights . As usual the the whole business is stacked in favor of law enforcement and your application is subject to approval .
If you are not under an order of protection , sitting on a jury or a current or retired law enforcement officer you may not be able to maintain the privacy of your records . Read the app and give it a try . It will probably depend on the attitude of your local pistol licensing agent .
- Owners must file form or NY gun permit info will be public (northcountrypublicradio.org)
- Deadline for New Yorkers To File Gun Licensing Exemption (cbs6albany.com)
- NY Gun Owners Must File Form To Keep Permit Info Private (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Alert for NY Gun Owners: Opt-Out by May 15 (independentsentinel.com)
- New N.Y. gun law’s opt-out forms overwhelm clerks (usatoday.com)
- N.Y. county clerk set to block gun data (usatoday.com)
- Owners must file form or NY gun permit info public (newsday.com)
Tenther News 05-12-13: Two More Nullification Bills Awaiting Signature
Published on May 12, 2013
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In Colorado, the State Senate last week voted to concur with the House on SB13-241, the Hemp Freedom Act. If the bill becomes law, Colorado will nullify unconstitutional federal laws and regulations which ban farmers from growing hemp. Currently, the United States is the world’s largest importer of Hemp (with China and Canada the top two exporters in the world), and the Colorado legislature wants their citizens to be allowed to participate and profit in this market.
The federal government has no constitutional authority to ban the production of this industrial plant, but has persisted in preventing its domestic production. The result? Products with hemp that are readily available at your local grocery store must be imported from another country — resulting in higher costs for you and fewer farming jobs in America.
The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to the Congressional Resource Service. Recent congressional research indicates that the hemp market consists of over 25,000 various products. The same research found that America imports over $400 million worth of hemp from other countries. At this time of economic difficulty, 13-241 would not only expand freedom and support the Constitution, it would also be a great jobs bill. It now goes to the Governor’s desk for a signature
Get model legislation, the Hemp Freedom Act, for introduction in your area at tracking.tenthamendmentcenter.com/hemp
In Missouri, the State House voted to send Governor Jay Nixon what could arguably be the strongest defense against federal gun control measures in American history. The vote was 116-38. HB436, introduced by Representative Doug Funderburk in February, was initially passed by the House in April by a vote of 115-42. The State Senate approved the bill with an amendment which did not change any of its nullification aspects. The vote there was 26-6. The bill then needed one final vote in the house which happened late last week.
The votes in both the House and Senate are by a strong veto-proof majority. Governor Jay Nixon can sign the bill into law, let it become law without signing or have his veto overridden by the legislature. In all three situations, the bill would become law by July 1st, 2013.
As law, HB436 would nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books — or planned for the future. It reads, in part: “
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” With what looks like an old shower rod, a man has configured a homemade shotgun, “pipe gun or zip gun,” or whatever you want to call it. By way of the video, the creator “Kip” shows us that the single-shot shotgun is made up of two pieces: a barrel and receiver. And he also demonstrates how it works:”
” The True Thomas Jefferson is not a formal biography, it is intended to be a series of sketches as graphic and as accurate as possible, without partisanship or prejudice, of a remarkable man.
Thomas Jefferson has been the subject of several able and distinguished biographers, friendly and unfriendly, for whom he left an abundance of material carefully arranged by his own hand. His writings, public and private, which are more voluminous than those of any other American statesman, have twice been published, and furnish direct evidence concerning his acts and opinions.
His views upon public questions have been carefully arranged in alphabetical order in an encyclopedia, to which the student of his life and times may turn with satisfaction and confidence. From these and many other original sources the information presented in this volume has been gathered and arranged in unconventional form in order that the reader may see the man as he actually was, and not as his partisans and opponents represent him.
The purpose of his life, which appears on almost every page, was to build a nation upon this continent with human freedom and equality as its foundations. In his efforts to accomplish this end he often incurred the criticisms of his friends as well as the condemnation of his enemies. His faults were as conspicuous as his abilities, and to form a correct estimate of his character both should receive equal and honest consideration.”
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” America endured eight years of war and 25,000 casualties rather than submit God-given, Natural Rights to government control. Yet in the 150 years since the civil war, we have seen the United States Federal Government expand its scope of power and authority and our freedoms eroded almost exponentially with each change of the executive.
Today the US has the largest, most powerful government in the history of humankind – a government far more controlling, taxing, and demanding than our founding generation abolished.
How did this happen? And what, if anything, can you do about it?”
” In a May 2 column [Alabama State Senate Embraces Crackpot, Antebellum Legal Theory], Robert Schlesinger relegated the idea of nullification to the historical trash heap. But if James Madison and Thomas Jefferson strolled down the streets of D.C. today, listening to current political discourse, they’d likely declare conventional wisdom holding the federal government supreme in all it does a “crackpot post-antebellum legal theory.”
Even Alexander Hamilton would undoubtedly express shock. After all, he was one of the first Constitution defenders to point out the limits of federal supremacy in Federalist 33.
Thirteen independent sovereign political societies came together to form the United States, delegating specific powers to a general government. Both supporters and opponents of the Constitution agreed the new government was to remain limited. The ratification debate revolved around one question: Would the Constitution create the limited government intended?
When anti-federalists insisted the government wouldn’t remain constrained, Madison countered that the states would serve as a check. In Federalist 46, he wrote that state “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” and “legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions” would serve to “present obstructions.”
- They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know (tenthamendmentcenter.com)
- AG Holder: Feds Will Ignore State Laws and Enforce Gun Grab (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Nullification Provides Needed Check on Federal Power (usnews.com)
- Resolutions of 1798: Guideposts of Limited Government (tenthamendmentcenter.com)
- Nullification – The Rightful Remedy and Our Last Hope (ncrenegade.com)
- Kansas Gov. Insists it’s OK to Ignore Federal Gun Laws (browardnetonline.com)
” A little mother-daughter time on a sunny Tuesday.
Maggie and Molly are meeting up with a group of gals — at the shooting range, for a firearms course run by Pittsburgh-based INPAX.
“There are four fundamentals of defensive handgun,” an instructor said to a group of women learining to shoot.
Training facilities across the region report an upsurge in the number of female students — among this group, moms, consultants, brokers, co-eds and others.”
” What started out as a proposal for a few people to march into Washington D.C. with loaded rifles is now becoming a call for widespread civil disobedience and defiance of government authority.
Since the beginning of his activism, Kokesh has been very outspoken about his message and has not cowered in the face of government or any form of authority. In 2011, he was body-slammed and choked by by officers at the Jefferson Memorial when he and several others decided to have a “dance-off” in defiance of the no dancing regulations that has been put in place at the memorial. He has also been arrested in his underwear at a TSA airport checkpoint, worked with Mark Dice and Luke Rudkowski in confronting the Federal Reserve police, and participated in several “smoke down prohibition” events.
It was recently announced that Kokesh is organizing one of the most controversial acts he has attempted during his time as an activist. He is planning an Open Carry march in Washington, D.C. in which he and several other participants will be armed with loaded rifles and walk through the streets of Washington.”—
- Can Kokesh really put the government “on notice”? (ivoter.com)
- Adam Kokesh and the Armed March on DC – pressfortruth.ca) (12160.info)
- Nothing Good Can Come Of This – Kokesh Proposed Armed March On DC (youviewed.com)
- Activist Is Trying To Get 10,000 People To March On DC With Loaded Rifles (businessinsider.com)
” This should drive Joe Biden nuts: instead of restricting the gun rights of North Carolina citizens, the NC House voted to extend them
(WRAL) State House lawmakers voted late Monday night to allow concealed weapons on college campuses, state property, greenways, bike trails, at sporting events and in businesses that serve alcohol.
Proponents of House Bill 937 says it protects and expands the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens while increasing punishment for those who use guns in the commission of crimes. It also requires more rapid reporting of mental health adjudications to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, in accordance with federal mandates.”
” Somehow, left-liberals have associated the cause of gun rights with white racism, when if anything it is gun control that has a racist legacy. In the United States, early gun laws targeted recently freed blacks, and open carry first became banned in California under Governor Ronald Reagan to disarm groups like the Black Panthers. Today, blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately subjected to humiliating stop-and-frisk searches in the name of gun control.
Perhaps the most telling data concerns the racial makeup of who goes to prison for gun violations.According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, for Fiscal Year 2011, 49.6% of those sentenced to federal incarceration with a primary offense of firearms violations were black, 20.6% were Hispanic, and only 27.5% were white.
This is how gun laws actually work—those caught violating them go to prison. For the mere act of owning an illegal weapon—not necessarily for using it, not for threatening anyone with it, not for being irresponsible with it—people who have harmed no one are locked up in prison for years at a time. As with the rest of the criminal justice system, particularly the war on drugs, these laws disproportionately harm the poor and minorities. That is the inescapable reality of gun control.
It makes sense that blacks and others living in the inner city would rely more on private, illegal guns for self-defense. The police are unreliable at best in many of these communities. It also makes sense that minorities would be disproportionately hurt by these laws, because so many of the dynamics in play are the same as with the drug war—people are being punished for what they own, rather than what they have done to others; “
- US gun homicides at 20-year low (bbc.co.uk)
- Obama: ‘This was just the first round’ on trying to pass gun control measures (thehill.com)
- Gun Control Would Address Declining Crime Rates With Irrelevant Laws (reason.com)
- You Think Gun Control Laws Work? You’re a Special Kind of Stupid. (thiscrapistrue.wordpress.com)
- Statistics Gun Control Advocates Don’t Want to See (1800politics.com)
- Stossel on Gun Control: Federal Laws Won’t Stop Crazy People (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Kansas gun law under fire from US attorney general (sacbee.com)
- In Op-Ed, Biden fails the smell test when it comes to stating facts on guns (theseatonpost.com)
Happy Birthday FA von Hayek
” Friedrich August Hayek ; 8 May 1899 – 23 March 1992), born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek and frequently known as F. A. Hayek, was an Austrian, later turned British, economist and philosopher best known for his defense of classical liberalism. In 1974, Hayek shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (with Gunnar Myrdal) for his “pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and … penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena”.
Hayek is an economist and major political thinker of the twentieth century. Hayek’s account of how changing prices communicate information which enables individuals to coordinate their plans is widely regarded as an important achievement in economics. He also contributed to the fields of systems thinking, jurisprudence, neuroscience, and the history of ideas.
Hayek served in World War I and said that his experience in the war and his desire to help avoid the mistakes that had led to the war led him to his career. Hayek lived in Austria, Great Britain, the United States and Germany, and became a British subject in 1938. He spent most of his academic life at the London School of Economics (LSE), the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg.
In 1984, he was appointed as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for his “services to the study of economics”. He was the first recipient of the Hanns Martin Schleyer Prizein 1984. He also received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 from president George H. W. Bush. In 2011, his articleThe Use of Knowledge in Society was selected as one of the top 20 articles published in the American Economic Review during its first 100 years.“
” If any twentieth-century economist was a Renaissance man, it was Friedrich Hayek. He made fundamental contributions in political theory, psychology, and economics. In a field in which the relevance of ideas often is eclipsed by expansions on an initial theory, many of his contributions are so remarkable that people still read them more than fifty years after they were written. Many graduate economics students today, for example, study his articles from the 1930s and 1940s on economics and knowledge, deriving insights that some of their elders in the economics profession still do not totally understand. It would not be surprising if a substantial minority of economists still read and learn from his articles in the year 2050. In his book Commanding Heights, Daniel Yergin called Hayek the “preeminent” economist of the last half of the twentieth century.”
- Monetary Theory and the Trade Cycle (1929) 
- Prices and Production (1931) 
- Monetary Nationalism and International Stability (1937) 
- Profits, Interest and Investment (1939) 
- The Pure Theory of Capital (1941) ISBN 978-0-226-32099-1 
- The Road to Serfdom (1944) ISBN 978-0-226-32055-7
- Individualism and Economic Order (1948) ISBN 978-0-226-32093-9 
- “The Transmission of the Ideals of Economic Freedom,” (1951) Full Article
- John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor: Their Friendship and Subsequent Marriage (1951) ISBN 978-0-678-06504-4
- The Counter-Revolution of Science: Studies on the Abuse of Reason (1952) ISBN 978-0-913966-67-9
- The Sensory Order: An Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology (1952) ISBN 978-0-226-32094-6
- The Political Ideal of the Rule of Law (1955)
- The Constitution of Liberty (1960) ISBN 978-0-226-32084-7
- The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition (2011). Ronald Hamowy, ed., v. 17, The Collected Works of F A. Hayek. Description and preview.
- Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1967) ISBN 978-0-226-32085-4
- Freiburger Studien: Gesammelte Aufsatze (1969) ISBN 978-3-16-146312-9
- A Tiger by the Tail (1972, revised edition 1978)
- Law, Legislation and Liberty: A New Statement of the Liberal Principles of Justice and Political EconomyDenationalisation of Money: An Analysis of the Theory and Practice of Concurrent Currencies (1976) 
- New Studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and the History of Ideas (1978) ISBN 978-0-226-32069-4
- 1980s Unemployment and the Unions (1980) ISBN 978-0-255-36173-6
- The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism (1988) ISBN 978-0-226-32069-4