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3d printing, gun, gun rights, Second Amendment, First Amendment, gun control

Free Designs

The relationship between the First and Second Amendments is closer than commonly believed. This is especially clear in the 3D gun printing story, the subject of yesterday’s Common Sense, “Progressive Designs.” As I finished the copy, a news story broke: U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik “muzzled Defense Distributed with a

Progressive, magazine, H-Bomb, plans, free speech, First Amendment

Progressive Designs

In February 1979, Professor George Rathjens called the editors of The Progressive, urging them not to publish a story in the works, which included a journalistic best guess as to the design of a hydrogen bomb. The Progressive refused to squelch the story, and the professor of poli-sci (not nuclear

microstamping, bullet, California, law, guns, gun control

Ought Implies Cantifornia

“Strip away the absurdity,” writes Scott Shackford at Reason, “and it’s essentially a very technical ruling.” Shackford is explaining a bizarre recent judgment of the California Supreme Court. Politicians in Sacramento had, years ago, passed a gun control measure requiring gun manufacturers to “implement microstamping technology that would imprint identifying

pepper spray, gun violence, gun control, self defense, 2nd Amendment, rights, crime

Don’t Bring Pepper Spray to a Gun Fight

“My students are my kids . . . and I want to be able to protect them just like I would protect my own son,” says the Oho teacher, who participates in a program called FASTER Saves Lives. (“FASTER” stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response.) Since 2013, FASTER

YouTube, guns, gun control, censorship, 2nd Amendment, censor, ban, school shootings

Brownells Defends Itself

I’m glad to be able to say this: Brownells has, present tense, a YouTube channel. Especially glad because, on June 9, Google had shut that channel down without warning or explanation. Brownells is a family-owned supplier of firearms, firearm parts and accessories, gunsmithing tools, and emergency gear. Well-known and well-regarded

guns, gun control, school shootings, 2nd Amendment, good men, self defense

Good Men With Guns

We hear too much about “successful” mass murderers — from news readers, journalists, and so-called experts. And it is hard not to think about the disturbed gunmen who kill as a way to feel powerful for a few seconds as they seek revenge for whatever they hate about their lives.

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What to Do

Another school shooting — more dead and injured, many more terrified by the violence. And, in its wake, more demands for gun control, schools as hardened targets, and mental health initiatives. Oh, and finger-pointing at video games, too. So what should we do? Stop publicizing the names of these school

Scot Peterson, Parkland, police, pension, Broward County, Florida, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, guns, gun control, second amendment

Cowards All Around

Just-retired Scot Peterson is a millionaire, thanks to the generous taxpayers of Broward County, Florida. You know Peterson as the sheriff’s deputy assigned to protect students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, who, instead of entering the building where the shooter was mowing down 17 unarmed students and teachers, protected

guns, cars, regulations, meme, gun control, second amendment

Simplistically Wrong

A clever “meme” made the rounds earlier this year showing, in two columns, what it would be like were guns regulated like cars. How reasonable that would be! “Title and tag at each point of sale”; “Driver training”/“Gun training”; Liability insurance on each vehicle/gun”; etc. It seems sound, no? No.

NRA, monolith, March for our Lives, members, gun control, guns

The Myth of the Monoliths

According to organizers of the “March for Our lives,” the National Rifle Association is wholly evil, a corrupter of democracy, a malign presence straight out of Mordor, bent upon murder — a monolithic influence responsible for every mass shooting event. The clearest expression of this is by young David Hogg,

Trump, Congress, budget, 2nd Amendment, guns,

Was the Line Crossed?

Everybody has a limit, a point after which they reach for the nearest weapon and fire. Or, in normal politics, withdraw support and go on the attack. But it is not normal politics right now. In mid-March, a Congressman from Long Island expressed his frustration with the Trump administration by

Blaine Gaskill, school shooting, gun, gun control, Maryland, defense, 2nd Amendment

Good Guy With Gun

Short version of the story: a good guy with a gun at a Maryland high school stopped a bad guy with a gun. In less than a minute. How? Because the good guy had a gun and was inside the school with the gun. The bad guy was able to

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