Libertarian Commentary on the News #13-12B: Guns and free speech

Home front
Murders Have District Attorneys Across Texas on Edge

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: Two in the same district in two months.  This time, the victim was aware and armed (and presumably trained) but still died in his own front door.  Guns do not always provide the means of SUCCESSFUL self-defense – although no doubt this will now be used by hoploclasts to justify taking guns away from everyone.  The next incident, just a few days later, is a bit harder to use, but I expect them to find a way.

Mama’s Note: No, having a gun is no guarantee of success for anyone, but this case illustrates something I say all the time, and work hard to impress on my students. The gun is only about 10% of what is needed for successful self defense. Some people never learn the other 90%, and trust to their gun for everything.

I suspect that this man let down his guard somehow, or actually knew and trusted the person who killed him. We may never know.

Self-defense
Intruder killed while breaking into Colorado prosecutor’s home

(NBC News) An intruder who forced his way into the mountain home of a Colorado deputy district attorney was shot dead by either the prosecutor or her police officer husband, authorities said on Tuesday.

Mama’s Note: Probably just another stupid criminal – and probably not from Colorado. Isn’t it nice that the ruling class and their minions are able to defend themselves? I’m sure the story would read a whole lot differently in another year… if the people in that home were just ordinary working stiffs… Why can’t people see that?

Nathan: One more incident – but this time, an ATTEMPTED assassination that FAILED because of an armed and prepared couple – ready and able to defend themselves.  See, these are the kind of people that will basically get a free pass from the laws that go into effect on 1 JULY: government employees and “licensed” to carry and do whatever.  Sure, if they buy a new gun, they’ll have to pay for the background check.  But believe me, on the salary of a Deputy DA and a cop, that extra $10 or $50 bucks added to the price won’t be much of a hurt.

Incidents like this show the stupidity of the General Assembly and their silly, foolish, illegal, immoral, unconstitutional and (fortunately) mostly unenforceable laws.  If these people in Hot Sulfur Springs (county seat of Grand County) are confronted with someone breaking these new laws, will they do as many sheriffs in Colorado say, and refuse to enforce the laws, or will they give the defendant an opportunity to point out their hypocrisy in defending themselves while denying that right to others?

Home front – Assassination – War on some drugs
Suspect ID’d in W.Va. sheriff’s fatal shooting

(AP) A new sheriff who was cracking down on the drug trade in southern West Virginia’s coalfields was shot to death Wednesday in the spot where he usually parked his car for lunch, and State Police said the suspect was in a hospital with gunshot wounds inflicted by a deputy who chased him.

Nathan: Now we have a fourth one – this one (like those in Texas) tied to the war on some drugs.  Finally, do we have a major spillover from the Mexican civil war?  It may be that the Mexican tactics are being used, perhaps as pressure on “law enforcement” to keep their corrosive, corrupt relationship with the drug dealers, gangs, and cartels.

Self-defense – The “messiah”
70,291,049 Background Checks for Gun Purchases Under Obama

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: That is about 1 in 4.5 Americans: I am sure there are many who bought guns more than one time, but even if it is only one in 5 or 6, that is a LOT of people (formerly) without guns.  He definitely deserves gun salesman of the decade honors.

Hoplophobes and hoploclasts – Self-defense
Putting Gun Death Statistics in Perspective

(JPFO and About.com)

Nathan: JPFO presents an About.com guide’s thoughts, which brings up some valuable points in this article.  But this (like most libertarian arguments) assumes that people – especially the mass of the people of the United States and the electorate – are RATIONAL.  They are not:  We are in a zero-risk society: a society adverse to ANY risk, and one in which, yes, 999 people can and should be punished because of the actions of the 1000th person, because we (as a nation) believe that we can ELIMINATE the risk of that one person (or another person) to do that same thing again.  If we take this to the logical extreme, if one man rapes a woman – especially an American woman – then the other 999 men should be castrated to prevent the event from happening again.  This of course does not happen because we are irrational: only some things are “supposed” to be taken to that extreme.  This Dusty makes some good points (although he does overlook many – such as calling all intentional gun deaths “murders” and not discussing self-defense at all) but he assumes a rational response which does not and will not exist.  So once more, we have an article which preaches to the choir.

Mama’s Note: Irrational and ignorant… Many of the same people who demand the elimination of guns -thinking that will eliminate the risk – have little recognition or understanding of the real risks they take every day with prescription drugs, riding on public transport, drinking and driving, even their poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles. And indulging in these risks, they are actually, statistically far MORE apt to die tragically than if someone shot them.

You really want to live to be a ripe old age? Start by throwing out all the pills and don’t see a doctor unless you break something or spring a bad leak. Learn how to eat healthy and eliminate the stress that causes most of the disease – and start by getting out of the cesspool big city. Oh yes, and go buy a gun – then learn truly how to use it in a comprehensive plan for self defense.

Hoplophobes and hoploclasts – Self-defense
Connecticut: Ammunition “Eligibility Certificates” Laws

(Vision to America) Connecticut lawmakers spurred into action by the Sandy Hook school shooting have agreed on what they say is the nation’s strongest gun control bill. The bipartisan agreements includes universal background checks for firearm sales, new state-issued eligibility certificates for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun, or ammunition, and a ban on future sales of high-capacity magazines, the New York Times reports. The package, which also strengthens the state’s existing ban on semiautomatic assault rifles, is expected to easily pass  state House and Senate this week, reports the Hartford Courant.

Nathan: As expected, these have passed.  It is a round-about way of stealing our rights and insanely expected to make the state “safer.”  So bullets join guns and tobacco and drugs as profit centers for gangs – all smuggled in to feed the “evil” habits of the denizens of Connecticut – and harming the poor of the state.

Mama’s Note: I suspect that the dealers in the surrounding states will benefit. Most folks will simply drive across the state line to buy what they need… if they can find it at all. But yes, the tighter the noose, the more the black market will operate. Just remember that folks other than vicious gangs can operate in the black market, and have always done so. Not all smugglers are evil.

Hoplophobes and hoploclasts – Self-defense
Congressional Democrats Proposed$10K Fine for No Gunowners’ Insurance

(Vision to America) When New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney introduced the legislation last month with eight other Democrats, she boasted that it is “the first bill to require liability insurance of gun buyers nationwide.” Maloney’s “Firearm Risk Protection Act” requires gun buyers to have “a qualified liability insurance policy” before they are able to legally purchase a firearm.

Nathan: Most people don’t think this will go too far, at least in Congress.  I think any number of state legislatures will take this and run with it, as will the White House.  Again, it is a roundabout way of stealing rights, and sure to be popular.  And ironically, harder to fight than “mere” straightforward confiscation, since the pressure can be put on the insurance companies.  (I don’t want to go into detail on this: no sense in giving the thugs more ideas.)

Mama’s Note: Straining out the gnat and swallowing the camel. This sort of thing will simply drive more people underground and further weaken their respect for government and the bogus “laws” they enact.

Hoplophobes and hoploclasts
Maryland set to become latest state to enact stiff gun-control measure

(Reuters ) Maryland was set to become the latest U.S. state to enact stiff gun control measures, with the approval on Wednesday by the state’s House of Delegates of legislation that includes a ban on dozens of assault weapons and limits on magazine size.

Nathan: Just like Connecticut, but next to that cesspool called DC, this is sure to get many more Marylanders killed.  Again, we see irrational responses to emotional screams and accusations.

Mama’s Note: It would seem to me that a rational response to all this would be a steady exodus OUT of CT, D.C., Maryland, or any other state that criminalizes – further criminalizes – self defense. It isn’t only the gun and ammo manufacturers who need to find a better place. That would be a far more potent message than any “letter to the editor,” or phone calls to “representatives.”

Russian front – Free speech
Russia: Internet censorship begins

(Fast Company) “The New York Times reports that Russia has begun censoring the Internet inside its borders, acting on a law that was passed back in November. The [pretext for] the censorship act is to prevent easy access to information that could potentially harm children or that contravenes the law.” (04/01/13)

Nathan: Leave it to the oligarchs to use “for the children” in this way: sure to be imitated by the so-loving Tranzis in the US, of course.

Mama’s Note: And, of course, it isn’t really possible to “censor” the internet much, or for very long. In reality, the governments of the world are seriously behind the curve, and new technology will always outstrip the feeble efforts to stop or control it. Those who want to see what is going on in the world will have to work a little harder at it, perhaps, but they cannot be stopped.  Oh, and those CHILDREN are the very ones on the cutting edge of that innovation.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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