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The Good vs. Freedom?

Politicians regularly argue for new “gun control” laws, even while ignoring the execution and enforcement of laws already on the books. Exhibit A, as I wrote at Townhall.com yesterday, is the failure of the military to provide the FBI with the information that would have blocked the Sutherland Springs church






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Government Control

“When do we say enough is enough?” asked California Senator Kamala Harris after Devon Patrick Kelley murdered 26 churchgoing Texans in cold blood, last Sunday. “The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic,” argued






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Perry Mason for the Court

Legend has it that a juror once ran up to attorney Neil Gorsuch, after Gorsuch won a case proving a gravel pit owner had been cheated, declaring, “You’re Perry Mason.” These days, Gorsuch sits on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and is President Donald Trump’s nominee for the late






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The Truth About Gun Control

Confucius said that our first task is to “rectify the language.” That amounts to word control, but we probably should not take that too literally. We cannot “control the language.” Instead, we should take caution: error often rests upon improper word choice. Take as an example not word control, but






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Second Amendment People

Donald Trump states things in a manner simultaneously ambiguous and incendiary. Of course, he has help from the media, the Clinton camp and other embittered opponents, all elated to act as firestorm propellants . . . through as many 24-hour news cycles as possible. At a rally this week, Trump






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The Clinton Chasm

Hillary Clinton is roundly disliked by millions of outsiders, but admired by hundreds of politicians and activists. What sets her apart? She listens. Well, that’s Ezra Klein’s take in “Understanding Hillary,” an almost-believable piece of apologetics courtesy of Vox. He calls Hillary’s problem “The Gap,” though “Vast Chasm” is more






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The Freak-out Factor

Most folks are so unused to seeing normal people carrying guns around, out in the open, that when they it, they freak out. Among those who are at least, well, unsettled by the spectacle? The police. Funny, the gun freaker-outers don’t usually freak when they see police with guns. But that may be changing






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What Doesn’t Fly

After the Orlando massacre, isn’t it time to get guns out of the hands of . . . licensed security guards? Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others in The Pulse nightclub, worked for the globe’s largest security firm, Britain’s G4S. He passed two background






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Anti-Gun Barrage

America’s would-be gun-grabbers, chiefly in the media and “on the left,” don’t know much about guns. But they know what they hate. After the horrific terrorist shooting spree in San Bernardino, MSNBC and CNN went on a shooting-their-mouths-off spree, relentlessly pushing the need for stricter gun control. President Barack Obama






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Enumerated Wrongs

Will the government soon quarter troops in your home? The Third Amendment prohibits that, sure — but if prominent and powerful Democrats are so anxious to toss out the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution, who’s to say they wouldn’t jettison the Third? Last year, every Democratic U.S. Senator






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Most Murders?

As the nation reels from another school-place murder spree, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, The Detroit News took notice of a not wholly unrelated milestone: St. Louis, Missouri, took “title” to “nation’s murder capital” from Detroit, Michigan. Detroit’s Chief of Police waves, as he put it,






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Times Misfires

Time to revise the Times’s motto? Should “all the news that’s fit to print” read “misprint” instead? Maybe, after the New York Times’s latest editorial snafu, charging the NRA with hypocrisy for banning arms-bearing at its April convention. According to the editorial, “none of” the attendees were allowed to “come






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