Category Archives: civil rights

Three feet and five inches.

Swords have been around since 1600BCE. Pistols, including revolvers, since the early 1500s. Government efforts to restrict their use to the “right people” go back about as far. The “right people” are typically the members of the party in power. … Continue reading

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Frog Lube for French Resistance

Contrary to my original understanding of Europe, some countries there have a substantial amount of privately held guns. Unfortunately, very few of them permit defensive use. Even Switzerland has curtailed legal carry, leaving Czechia, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova and possibly some … Continue reading

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The killing of LaVoy Finicum

I am not sure of the details of the specific current standoff between the Western ranchers and the Feds. But it does seem like a small facet of generally abusive conduct by the various government agencies.

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Don’t judge!

I don’t judge people for having one or more imaginary friends different from mine. I don’t judge them for eating or drinking something I wouldn’t touch. When they listen to strange music, watch TV shows or wear goofy outfits, I … Continue reading

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The most serious threats are not always obvious

Terrorism gets a lot of attention. It doesn’t produce many casualties relative to the population size, and would produce even fewer if governments didn’t insist on disarming their own residents. The various government shenanigans with health care, restraints of trade … Continue reading

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“Safe storage” requirements that aren’t…and other lies.

The ostensible purpose of the “safe storage” laws is to keep guns out of the wrong hands. In reality, the requirement to keep weapons locked up and separate from ammunition contributes to criminal acquisition of arms. A gun owner whose … Continue reading

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Which would be safer to kick?

Sometimes, we read about psychopaths who abuse animals before turning to humans. Strangely, most of them go after bunnies, kittens, puppies and other helpless creatures. very few of them seek the challenge of trying to abuse bulls, full-grown large dog … Continue reading

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Alleged intent of gun control vs. actual observable goals

Pushers of gun control state the disarming the population is necessary for the safety of that same population. The punitive measures they are willing to employ to make that hypothetical safety happen look a lot like “he beats her because … Continue reading

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“I am not Charlie!”

It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier. (Robert Heinlein) When people regularly die for expressing their beliefs, free speech does not … Continue reading

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What does this tell you?

TN bans carry in government offices, and the Army bans carry on their bases and offices. Since we know that the signs do not stop determined assassins, we can only guess that the rule-makers are more worried about their own … Continue reading

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A good reason to support plural marriage

If I understand this correctly, a line marriage in which simultaneous death of all partners is unlikely, would defeat the current version of death tax that robs people of most of their inheritance. It would be less about endorsing an … Continue reading

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The accuracy of polls.

Imagine getting an anonymous phone call. The caller asks you questions along the lines of “Do you keep expensive jewelry in the house?” or “How many sex toys do you own?” Would you give an honest answer? How consider the question “Do you … Continue reading

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In the ideal world

My friend Boris Karpa is fond of Tim Moen’s campaign slogan: “I want gay people to be able to protect their marijuana plants with guns.” I don’t think he is thinking far enough into the bright future. If pot was legal, … Continue reading

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Credit where it’s due

Minnesota’s recent legalization of sound suppressors is mainly GOCRA‘s achievement. Please support them.  

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Abuse of official capacity

Are there any down sides — practical or ethical — for imposing greater punishments for misdeeds committed under the color of authority? For example, should rape while in police uniform carry a higher sentence than the same done by a … Continue reading

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Strength in diversity

Wondering around the NRA show and socializing with my friends and colleagues reminded me again just how varied and friendly the American shooters are. A monoculture may have the perceived advantage of default cohesiveness, but conformity usually is enforced subtly … Continue reading

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Freedom of association

Pretty much everyone agrees that a private person be able to pick friends free from interference. I see a lively argument going about the right to give or refuse business free of interference as well. Let me postulate these hypothetical … Continue reading

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Body Armor Musings: new on AllOutdoor

Why do some US politicians hate freedom even more than Chinese commies do?

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A theory about bad laws

There’s a perception among the Democrats, that gun laws affect Republicans most. In a 50/50 state, passing anti-gun laws harasses enough Republicans into leaving to guarantee future electoral majority for the left. There’s also a perception among Republicans that most … Continue reading

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Good government is like a strong immune system.

It protects the body from external aggression. What most countries actually have is a raging case of auto-immune disorder, with the putative protector preying on the members of its own body.

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