Second Amendment Isn’t About Guns

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By Lynda Bryant-Work   “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” Mass, Rep. Elbridge Gerry, I Annals of Congress 750, August 17, 1789. “The Second Amendment.” For those who grew up in America, they have heard those words spoken with feeling – forceful and direct. Both advocates…

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The Next Trump Toxicity Test – Arizona Congressional District 8

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by Richard Cameron   Arizona Congressional District 8 Special Election The next in the series of temperature readings of the GOP’s national crisis of confidence with American voters, takes place in Arizona on April 24 – tomorrow.  Arizona Congressional District 8 (CD-8), will be the scene of a special election pitting the last (woman) standing from the recent Republican primary, against a non-politician – at least a non-career politician on the Democrat side of the ledger. The GOP candidate is Debbie Lesko – a former state legislator from Arizona’s House…

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Second Amendment: Once Gone, There Is No Turning Back

By Lynda Bryant-Work Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin, 1755.  Every student of American history knows the words. And every lover of liberty has heard them and known that they speak to that great truth about the constitution of civilized government – that governments are empowered to protect its citizens in a devil’s bargain from which they will lose in the long run. Through the history of the world, tyrants have sought power under the guise…

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“Braking” the March for Our Lives Narrative

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Well, I say one life is worth more than all the guns in America.” – Sarah Chadwick, Parkland School Shooting Survivor The gun control lobby is continuing a strong emotional push for legislation abridging the constitutionally protected right of millions of Americans to keep and bear arms, most recently with the so called “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C. that featured several of the survivors of the Parkland School Shooting. Though their movement is heartfelt, and I don’t doubt for a moment the sincerity…

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School Shooters Won’t Turn To Bombs If We Prevent Them From Getting Guns

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by Tony Wyman Those opposed to restrictions on gun ownership like to suggest that kids attacking schools with guns would switch to bombs if we made it much harder for them to access firearms. But, the reality is that just isn’t true and the reason why is important to note. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the federal government recognized that terrorists, both foreign and domestic, were an increasing threat, one that needed to be addressed with new preventive measures. One of those measures was the creation of a new program…

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Give Them an Inch and They Become the Rulers

By Janice Barlow MOST YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T PAY MUCH ATTENTION to history when they are in school. They pay even less attention to it when they hit their twenties and thirties and life becomes something that they actually have to start doing, to an extent. (More so for some than others). It’s not until most people are affected by something personally, a direct hit to their own lives or someone they know, that they reflect on the things that led up to why things are the way they are in…

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Lay Off the Kids

By Tony Wyman   Kids who have just experienced something no child should ever witness, the deaths and butchery of their classmates and teachers, are now under another attack, this time by a foe less lethal, but just as irrational, as the one that shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Adults, many motivated by opposition to any free and open discussion of the rightful place of firearms in American society, aren’t pulling any punches in their assault on high schoolers Emma Gonzalez and her classmates. What offense have these…

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Marco Rubio’s Performance At The CNN Stoneman Douglas Shooting Town Hall

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by Richard Cameron   Marco Rubio made an appearance at the CNN town hall last night, which was touted as a forum to discuss solutions to school shootings in the wake of 17 deaths at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That is to his credit, as it was noted by the moderator, Jake Tapper, that President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Rick Scott were invited to participate but either declined or chose not to respond. CNN's Florida shooting town hall draws nearly 3 million viewers https://t.co/uoTKnLSvKz…

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A Short Word: The Unmaking of America

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world.” –Dinesh D’Souza While our story begins much earlier than 2015, the telling of the beginning of the great and dismal decline of our nation would require volumes of its own; however time is of the essence, so let us begin by acknowledging that the…

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America’s Mass Shooting Problem

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” –Mao Zedong In yet another tragic moment in America, a deranged 19 year old lunatic manchild, got it into his head that the best way to deal with a lifetime of ostracization, mental illness, gnawing moral cowardice, and emotional emptiness that consumed him after the death of his adoptive parents was to gun down unarmed teachers and students at his former high school. While we can and should seek to understand what drove Nikolas Cruz to…

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