Posts Tagged ‘2nd amendment rights’

Top Six Reasons Why You Should Own a Gun

Should you buy a gun? There are plenty of anti-gun people who will tell you that owning a gun is wrong. But is it? For starters owning a firearm is a constitutional right guaranteed by the second amendment act of our constitution. The first president of our great nation, George Washington, stated that the only thing more important than firearms was the constitution itself. With that being said, what are the main reasons why you should own a gun? Offers a sense of freedom According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 74% of Americans who own guns opine that gun ownership Read More >>

On Hungry Ghosts by L.B. Johnson

In Buddism hell doesn't exist as a "place" - it's created by individuals, actions, thoughts, and words---a consequence of life for which each individual is accountable. Other faith-based believes notwithstanding---that is also true here on earth, not of the "hell" as depicted in scripture but those places we find ourselves where we don't want to be. I was at lunch at a chain Italian restaurant with a group of ladies from a volunteer group.   One of them was NOT having a good day, and when our very young waiter came by and asked how we were doing she said, quite boisterously  "We're all Read More >>

Speak Softly . . by L.B. Johnson

Several years back, not long after I got my first Concealed Carry Certificate I made my first long road trip in my truck with my 1911 in a holster on my hip. I carry because I'm often a woman traveling alone in dark places and because I support the Second Amendment.   I support the Second Amendment as it supports what our country was founded on, the means in which we can protect and defend. The true measure of the patriot is steadfastness. We all have small moments of wanderlust in us, tearing off on paths that others may not follow, testing limits, testing ourselves. That is Read More >>

Checking Claims Carefully

I was gratified to have an attorney ask me to be an expert witness in a case in California. California recently licensed open carry. You did not know it had been legal? Yes, outside cities in most of the state. But no more. So in Baird v. Becerra (E.D.Cal. 2019) there is a challenge to this law. The California Attorney-General is defending this law, as they are required to do. But their defense included these claims: 1. The 2nd Amendment does not protect a right to open carry. 2. State supreme court decisions before the Civil War that seem to regard open carry as protected, also claimed Read More >>

Do Bump Stock Bans Make Sense?

You are doubtless aware that a bump stock ban has been adopted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco * Firearms effective March 26, 2019.  Doesn’t Congress have to pass a ban?  The way BATF did this was by redefining a bump stock to be a machine gun, requiring you to destroy it or turn it into BATF.  What? The federal law definition of a machine gun is a gun that fires multiple rounds by one function of the trigger.  Now the Obama Administration approved bump stocks because each time the trigger is pulled, it fires one round, even though you only pull the trigger once.  Within the strict Read More >>

Silencers Do Not Exist

You doubtless heard that a “silencer” was used in the recent Virginia Beach mass murder. Do not use the word “silencer.” The correct term is “suppressor.” I have yet to see a suppressor that made a gunshot silent; at best they make gunshot less obnoxiously loud. Only in Hollywood do “silencers” exist which made a firearm sound like a pellet gun. As Dr. John Lott observed, the only reason a mass murderer would use a suppressor is to make the noise less deafening to him. The use of the term “silencer” makes it easier to justify bans that will have no impact on nearly every Read More >>

This is Likely a Victory Coming

You may or may not have heard of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association vs. City of New York.  This is a challenge to a New York City regulation that says people with premises licenses for their handguns (which is required to have a pistol in your home or business) may not take their unloaded, inaccessible, and secured pistols anywhere except one of the licensed gun ranges in the city.  You may not go to a range outside the city, to your home in upstate New York, to a competition of any sort.  You are allowed to take your gun to a gunsmith, but only if you get advance permission from Read More >>

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Lynne Finch

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.". There have been multiple interpretations, but I tend to focus on “…shall not be infringed.”  In the last few years there has been a lot of calls for “gun control” in various forms, ranging from complete disarming to banning specific types of firearms.  These calls get louder after an atrocity like a school shooting, church shooting, etc.  Why am I so resistant to the call for my gun rights?  For one, history shows that disarming the Read More >>

Good News on the Second Amendment Front

And from New York!  Avitable v. Beach (N.D.N.Y., 2019).   Important points: Second Amendment protects possession of stun guns and Tasers.   New York State argued that Tasers are not in "common use," by comparing the number in private hands "to the relatively small number of civilian-owned machine guns that were sold prior to the 1986 federal ban on those weapons."   “Avitable argued that he preferred one of these electric weapons over using his rifles or shotguns because he would prefer not to kill in self-defense,  (A good argument--it shows Read More >>

If Gun Mass Murders Justify More Gun Laws

Mass murders with firearms justify stricter gun control laws: that’s the core assumption of the news media and politicians (which are pretty much identical). So what is the weapon that is the big killer in American mass murders? So big that more than half of all mass murder victims since 1657 were killed with this weapon, one that was not invented until the 20th century. My current research project is a comprehensive history of mass murder. I have identified 360 mass murders (defined as three or more persons murdered or wounded in a 24 hour period). This includes 5,948 dead. And the Read More >>

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