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Recent articles about firearms and gun rights that have run in Enter Stage Right

Prosecutor's targeting of gun range exec enters 15th year: Rachel Alexander updates us on a war that one prosecutor has been fighting against a gun range owner without success but at high cost

Cop: I'd love to "Bang down your door and come for your gun": Selwyn Duke reports on an some exchanges a Connecticut police officer had with some citizens on the topic of firearms and unjust laws

Molon labe: Connecticut's terrifying start of gun confiscation: Rachel Alexander reports on the latest attempt to ramp up firearms regulation to confiscation

God, guns, and the Rule of Law: Why I refuse to obtain a licence to own my firearms: Canadian activist Edward Hudson refuses to obtain a licence to own firearms despite a legal requirement to do so and he explains why

Watch your guns around Obamacare: Although the toughest anti-firearm provisions were removed from Obamacare, Rachel Alexander says that there are still dangers

We need zero tolerance for "zero tolerance": The war against children even talking about guns part of a wider societal campaign that needs to stop, writes Alan Caruba

Feeling threatened? Borrow a legislator!: Defenders of the Second Amendment have to work hard to counter fallacies and outright untruths when talking to their opponents, says Michael R. Shannon

The schools' sinister war on guns: Schools aren't simply content with attempting to create safe spaces for their children, writes Selwyn Duke, they're actively trying to condition children to hate firearms

Beating the leftists by properly defining the debate: If Second Amendment proponents want to win the gun control battle, says John Bender, then they have to take a page from the book of the left and redefine the debate on their own terms

Tougher gun laws won't much stem violence: Any gun control laws which may get passed might cause politicians to pat themselves on the back but Dr. Peter Morici believes they won't do much to actually make Americans safer

Gun control is DOA in Congress: For all the talk of politicians promising new gun control measures this year, Alan Caruba is optimistic that Congress will do the right thing

Why the NRA is right about Hollywood: The political left can rail about "assault weapon-style firearms" until the end of time but Selwyn Duke says Hollywood needs to look in the mirror

Thought crimes and pastry guns: David M. Huntwork reacts to the news that a seven-year old student in Maryland was suspended for the high crime of fashioning a pastry into a gun

Time to register books and put reasonable restrictions on the 1st Amendment: If the left's argument that people need to be made safe from violence -- which means the banning of firearms, David M. Huntwork says that logic should be taken to its proper conclusion

The gun show loophole lie: Anyone who argues that there is a "gun show loophole" that allows firearms to be sold without background checks is straight-out lying to you, says John Bender

Liberal thinking in regards to "safe schools" is ridiculous: Liberals want safe schools and therefore argue that firearms should be banished but David M. Huntwork says that logic doesn't exactly make much sense

Jesus: Another innocent man wrongly convicted: A recent Washington Post essay arguing Jesus Christ would have likely opposed firearms ownership didn't exactly convert Michael R. Shannon

Obama/Feinstein: Obfuscation and vilification: Mark Alexander examines Diane Feinstein's assault on the Second Amendment and some laughable comments by Barack Obama

Joe Biden: No reason to ban AR-15s: Joe Biden's reasoning why people should be using shotguns to defend themselves instead of AR-15s inadvertently helped the pro-firearms movement, argues Selwyn Duke

Bringing a knife to a gun fight: The American government may be intent on denying the people their Second Amendment rights but Dr. Robert Owens says they need to answer back

Sensible gun control policy?: Mark Alexander obviously doesn't think much of the Obama administration's gun control proposals announced last week on several levels

'I will not comply': Regardless of what the U.S. federal government decides to do about firearms, says Mark Alexander, he does not intend to comply with any rules that infringe on the Second Amendment

When kids and guns mix: The media is only determined to tell horror stories that involve young people and firearms but Selwyn Duke says there's another side of the story as well

You never see mass shootings at gun shows, Tea Party rallies, or NRA meetings: J.J. Jackson owns several powerful firearms. Number of people killed by them? Zero. A self-evident truth emerges from those facts

Bank of America freezing gun manufacturer's accounts: Believe in the Second Amendment? Selwyn Duke says you might want to avoid Bank of America which has a history of going after the manufacturers of firearms

Six-year-old suspended for firing assault finger: The war against firearms is such that even pointing your finger at someone is apparently a grave danger to society, reports Selwyn Duke

Revealing gun-owners names reveals truth: A newspaper's recent decision to reveal the names of gun owners in New York state speaks much of the media's view on firearms, says Selwyn Duke

Understanding the numbers on gun-related deaths: Linda Prussen-Razzano goes over the numbers to show that increased gun control cannot be justified by the numbers of people killed by firearms

It's official: Mayor Bloomberg needs mental help: Have you heard? NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a staunch advocate of the Second Amendment. Selwyn Duke can only shake his head

Arming the government against Americans: The Obama administration has made it fairly clear they don't want Americans owning firearms...but they sure don't mind arming the government, says Alan Caruba

What everyone forgets when debating gun control: Gun control is once again on the front burner but Selwyn Duke argues both sides forget a crucial reason for gun ownership

The Aurora Propaganda Award goes to...: Selwyn Duke surveys some of the purple prose written about the humble AR-15 in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado theatre shooting

Guns Gone Wild -- ATF's good intentions gone bad: Mark Alexander finds it hard to believe that even while Barack Obama was talking further gun controls for Americans that the ATF was essentially supplying arms to Mexican gangs

There is no First Amendment without a Second Amendment: On July 4 remember that many American liberties -- including the right of free speech -- would not exist were it not for the Second Amendment, writes Alan Caruba

Obama's assault on weapons: Americans may not be hearing much about Barack Obama's thoughts on firearms but Mark Alexander says there is plenty going on behind the scenes

Gun control efforts in the wake of Jared Lee Loughner: Not surprisingly, says Rachel Alexander, the political left is attempting to use the shootings in Arizona by Jared Lee Loughner to press for more gun control

Prosecutor in Washington State goes on vendetta against gun club: The Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club in Bermerton, WA has a peerless safety record and is widely respected. Exactly why it's being attacked by a counter prosecutor, writes Rachel Alexander

The NRA, poop creek and a missing paddle: J.J. Jackson reports that the National Rifle Association is in trouble with its members for considering supporting none other than Henry Reid

Second Amendment -- Still 'the palladium of liberties': Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard the latest test case involving the Second Amendment and Mark Alexander has some thoughts on the matter

Crime and constitutionality: There have been some notable gun related news stories recently and Lady Liberty has some thoughts about them

Ending a $2 billion joke on taxpayers: Next week Canadian legislators have a chance to prove they stand with taxpayers by killing off an unpopular and terribly expensive program, argues Kevin Gaudet

Obama gunning for the Second Amendment: Some were gambling that Barack Obama wasn't really a foe of the Second Amendment. Selwyn Duke reports that the administration has already taken its first shot

Sixty million armed patriots ... and counting: Mark Alexander says there's a Democrat in the White House and you know what that means: Renewed attempts to destroy the Second Amendment

How America became the arsenal of freedom: Steve Martinovich thought American Rifle: A Biography was one of the best treatments of firearms history he's ever read

The apostles of clean fighting: Who put the rifle into the National Rifle Association?: Alexander Rose, author of American Rifle, explains the early history of the National Rifle Association and one of the things it originally stood for

District of Columbia continues to violate civil rights: Thought the Heller case solved the issue of gun ownership in Washington, D.C.? Charles Bloomer reports that the district is still working to deny its citizen's Second Amendment rights

Civil rights organization fights elitists and racists: Who is standing up for minorities and the poor? John Bender says it's not the usual suspects -- it's always been the National Rifle Association

The fallacy of gun registration: Last week Washington, D.C.'s police chief essentially admitted that gun registration was an utter failure. With that in mind Charles Bloomer has some questions for Cathy Lanier to answer

"The People" narrowly prevail, 5-4: Last week's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was a step forward in restoring the original intent of the Second Amendment but dangers still lurk, argues Mark Alexander

Defining the right of self-defense by gun: This week the U.S. Supreme Court will look at D.C. v. Heller which may determine whether you have the right to defend your life with a firearm, writes Thomas A. Bowden

The Second Amendment a second class right?: Charles Bloomer is amazed by an amicus brief filed by the federal government which essentially argues the Second Amendment is important, but not that important

The Bruce Montague case: Round one: The Canadian government's campaign to railroad a Dryden, Ontario gunsmith for asserting his right to self defence and own firearms continues unabated, writes Christopher di Armani

Balance of power:  The Second Amendment and self-defense: In a recent speech Charles Bloomer illustrated how firearms affect the balance of power when it comes to to defend your life, which is why it's important you defend your Second Amendment rights

The right to defend yourself: Canadians don't seem aware of it but, like their American cousins, they too have the right to self defence using a firearm, writes Clive Edwards

Three years and counting...: It's been three years of hell for Bruce and Donna Montague, a Dryden, Ontario couple the federal government is hammering for daring to challenge Canada's Firearms Act, reports Christopher di Armani

Packing heat can save lives: Owning a firearm is like having auto insurance. When you need it, you'll be happy you were prepared, argues Michael M. Bates

Gun control: A killer cause: The tragedy at Virgina Tech proved the value of the Second Amendment, writes Lady Liberty

Important lessons never learned: Last week's tragedy at Virginia Tech shows that many Americans still haven't learned the importance of their right to bear arms, says J.J. Jackson

Bad aim: We may never know why a young man shot and killed five people in a Utah mall earlier this month but Lady Liberty says the carnage was worse than it had to be because of the efforts of the gun control crowd

The debate is not yet over: Gun control seems a permanent reality in Canada but Clive Edwards argues that a court fight being led by Bruce Montague may change the landscape considerably

Shooting blanks: Occasionally legislation is proposed that pro-firearms organizations tout to their members for support. Lady Liberty says always read the fine print

Why don't lawful gun owners support the gun registry?: Canada's new conservative government may be ready to ditch the national firearms registry. That's a good thing because Dr. Mike Ackermann says it has failed on every count, from public safety to earning the support of Canadians

Investigate the gun registry: Canada's national gun registry has been plagued by cost overruns and fraud and John Williamson says Canadians deserve to know why

Are guns to blame for murder-suicides in Switzerland?: Gun control advocates are having a field day over reports that easy access to firearms is fueling murders and suicides in Switzerland. Nancy Salvato says there is no story here

No! You can't kill the sacred cow!: Christopher di Armani wishes that Canada's conservative government had axed the firearms registry completely because it has been nothing but a failure

Air Canada alienates customers: Why is Canada's major airline charging firearms owners a fee to transport their unloaded firearms? Christopher di Armani isn't quite sure

Paul Martin ignores reality (again): Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's recent pledge to ban handguns shows will do nothing to combat the rising tide of violence on Canadian streets, argues Christopher di Armani

Girls, get your guns: The issue of firearms rights has been overshadowed lately but Wendy McElroy says it's time for women (and men) to stand up for their constitutional right to bear arms

Firearms rights activist speaks at Coquitlam gun show: Although Western Canada leads the way in its opposition to the Canadian government's gun registration law, Christopher di Armani reports that a couple from eastern Ontario know well how savage the battle is

The war of the wrong: There are plenty of wars going on at the moment but Lady Liberty urges you to remember that there is still a war on firearms in the United States

Public relations issues and your shooting range: Across Canada shooting ranges are coming under fire from anti-firearms activists. James M. Hinter says if you want to save your local shooting range, you have to be proactive in its defense

The pseudo-science fiction of ballistics fingerprinting: It wasn't enough for Canada's government to mandate the registering of all firearms. Some people, reports Clive Edwards, want the federal government to have all firearms fingerprinted

Hunting for answers: The killing of several hunters a few weeks ago has become grist for the mill by anti-hunting activists. Lady Liberty responds that new gun laws wouldn't have stopped the tragedy

When a government doesn't believe in its own laws: It seems the Government of Canada has little faith in the validity of its gun control laws. How can we tell? Christopher di Armani says it's because they refuse to charge anyone openly disobeying Bill C-68

Gun-proof your child: Both pro- and anti-gun control protests were held yesterday on Mother's Day. Wendy McElroy says no matter what side of the issue you're own, the marches prompted a question that every mother should try to answer

Assault weapons proliferation: When the Assault Weapons Ban was introduced a decade ago everyone expected their availability to fall sharply. The reality? Stephen Erwin says that today it's a buyer's market

Do gun control activists pad gun death statistics?: Wendy McElroy takes a look at the claims being made by groups like the Million Mom March and finds out that they don't stand up to even light scrutiny

Women with guns fight back: John Walsh may be a friend to police officers, writes Wendy McElroy, but he did nothing but set up three women who are law-abiding firearms owners on his talk show recently

War may redefine gun control: Besides free Iraqis, the war in Iraq may also led many American women to rethink their support of gun control, writes Wendy McElroy

Dodge City?: Anti-firearms rights advocates love to proclaim America's city's aren't Dodge City and Americans don't need guns. Dr. Michael R. Bowen says we'd be a lot better off if cities were like Dodge City

Doing what any father would do: One night last month Ronald Dixon wounded a violent criminal who had broken into his home and entered the room of his 2-year old child. Predictably he's being charged for using a handgun. Paul Walfield says that's outrageous

The gun control experiment - two more data points: The furor over the cost overruns in the Canadian firearms registry, says Dr. Michael S. Brown, has a parallel in Tacoma, Washington

Brave investigative reporter battles evil snipers: Dr. Michael S. Brown documents how one television journalist tried to advance a gun control agenda by linking gun shows to snipers

Bowling for Columbine, it's not about guns: Dr. Michael S. Brown expected some sophisticated anti-firearm propaganda from Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine. He got a bad comedy instead

Sniper opens new gun control debate: W. James Antle III explains why so many people are opposed to a "national ballistic fingerprint database", an idea gaining popularity thanks to a serial killer operating near America's capital and yet a dubious one at best

Exploiting mass murder: You had to expect that the usual suspects in the gun control debate would use the killer in the Washington suburbs in their fight against a constitutional right, says Dr. Michael S. Brown

Guns, crime, and the news media: The truth that is concealed: Paul M. Weyrich writes that the murder of three women in Louisiana shows that when it comes to the truth about gun control, the media just don't get it

Echoes of "Fahrenheit 451" haunt England: In England, writes Dr. Michael S. Brown, firearms make their proponents the targets of choice for society

Do guns save lives?: Dr. Michael S. Brown reports that Robert A. Waters has a follow-up to his popular book The Best Defense. In Guns Save Lives, Waters tells the stories of Americans who saved lives using their firearms

Decline of the Violence Policy Center: The Violence Policy Center is an organization on the decline, says Dr. Michael S. Brown, and the evidence can be seen in a recent report on concealed handgun licenses in Texas

Signatures of the gun culture: "Sigs", those little quotes or slogans at the end of people's emails can tell you a lot about a person. Dr. Michael S. Brown looks through the SIGs of the gun rights movement

What's behind the Ashcroft shift: Although the gun control fanatics are screaming, Dr. Michael S. Brown says Attorney General John Ashcroft's recent announcement of what the Second Amendment means goes a long way to restoring one right of Americans

Anti-gun myths harm women: Women are being given a raw deal when it comes to their Second Amendment rights, argues Wendy McElroy

Problems and opportunities for the NRA: Women, gays and the young are new allies for firearms rights activists, reports Dr. Michael S. Brown, something that causes no end of trouble and possibilities for the National Rifle Association

Americans for Gun Safety: A new group has been targetting gun shows in radio ads by claiming they are shopping markets for terrorists. Dr. Michael S. Brown gives us the skinny as to who is behind the campaign

The autobiography of Sarah Brady: In A Good Fight, Dr. Michael S. Brown reports that anti-gun activist Sarah Brady comes across as a real life Maude Flanders

Garbage in ... garbage out: The Canadian drive to heavily regulate firearms continues to pay poor dividends, writes Jason Hayes

The return of college gun clubs: The times they are a changin'. Dr. Michael S. Brown reports that college students are once again embracing their Second Amendment rights

Dell fiasco shows growth of gun rights community: Anyone who still thinks that the gun rights crowd is on their heels better take a lesson learned by the Dell Computer Company to heart, says Dr. Michael S. Brown

Revenge of the gun haters: Public opinion may be turning against the anti-gun lobby because of some of their questionable tactics, but Dr. Michael S. Brown says that doesn't mean they've given up

The manufacturing of a martyr: After September 11, anti-gun activists desperately needed a boost. They thought they got their answer with the death of Thomas C. Wales, writes Dr. Michael S. Brown

Gun laws breed corruption: Dr. Michael S. Brown says that gun laws, if anything, give police the ability to decide who and who cannot possess firearms

Negroes with guns: Although liberals hate to admit that guns played a role in the civil rights movement, Dr. Michael S. Brown shows that some black leaders recognized early on that racist mobs were rarely stopped by words

Gun shows - The truth comes out: For years, gun shows have been described as "Tupperware parties" for criminals and everyone accepted it. A new DoJ study refutes that conclusively, writes Dr. Michael S. Brown

Fight over gun law exemption for officers: There is a battle brewing over allowing former law enforcement personnel the right to carry concealed weapons. Dr. Michael S. Brown weighs in with his opinion

"Safety" is not even worthy of our consideration as an issue: When it comes to your Second Amendment rights, Jeff Snyder says that the issue of freedom is more important than the issue of safety

New perspectives on gun control: Now that gun control has moved off America's radar, Dr. Michael S. Brown thinks its time to learn what's happened over the past ten years. One good way to do that, he says, is to read Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control

Arm the Afghan women: Wendy McElroy wants Afghan women to enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts, and that includes the right to self-defense

A historian's shot in the dark: Dr. Michael R. Bowen has little time for Michael A. Bellesilses and his book Arming America which purports to destroy the commonly held belief that America has always been an armed nation

Gun rights decision may sound the death knell for gun bans: The media has largely ignored a recent Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Second Amendment guaranteed an individual the right to bear arms. Steve Simpson breaks it down for you

Why attacks changed gun attitudes: The September 11 terrorist attacks have made many people change their opinion of the Second Amendment, Dr. Michael S. Brown says

Terrorists exploit America's gun phobia: In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, a lot of people are angry that men with box cutters managed to hijack airplanes. That was a result of America's irrational fear of gun owners, says Dr. Michael S. Brown

The poisoned well: Some people are suggesting that the two sides of the gun control debate seek some rapprochement. Dr. Michael S. Brown wonders what the point would be when one side refuses to tell the truth

Guns that kill: Gregory J. Hand weighs in on holding gun manufacturers for the actions of people who use them to kill in light of a recent California court decision

Dear Charlton Heston: Michael Moriarty worked with Charlton Heston last year on a television project but the project he wants to team up on with the National Rife Association president is much more important

City suits are taxing: Even when those opposed to the Second Amendment lose their suits against the gun companies, we still pay in another way, says Guy Smith

The strange case of United States v. Miller: Dr. Michael S. Brown discusses the case United States v. Miller, the last time the Supreme Court ruled directly on a Second Amendment defense

Environmental activists stumble into the obvious: Charles Bloomer reports that evironmentalists are worried about a proposed ordinance in Escalante, Utah that would require mandatory firearms ownership by the heads of households. He says they finally learned what the Second Amendment was created for

Disloyal to the United States?: Attorney General John Ashcroft is "disloyal" to the U.S. because he believes in the Second Amendment? Vin Suprynowicz has had it up to here with people like Edward Kennedy and Charles Schumer

Still a nation of cowards: Dr. Michael S. Brown reviews Nation of Cowards by Jeff Snyder and declares it a masterpiece in the field studying the right to keep and bear arms

A toast: To taking trophies and the end of gun control in Canada: Scott Carpenter believes that Canada's draconian gun control system is slowly dying. The signs are all there and he can't wait for the day it passes into memory

What the Constitution giveth...the UN taketh away: If the United Nations wants to come for Bill Hengst firearms, he says, they can come in person

Save the children: Give them guns: Scott Carpenter argues that if liberals really wanted their children to be safe from guns, they'd give them guns

An important moment in the gun wars: Can it be? Are Second Amendment activists actually winning the war? Dr. Michael S. Brown says no, but we are forcing the other side to tell the truth

Summer reading: Seven myths of gun control: Need something to read this summer? Dr. Michael S. Brown has a good recommendation for gun owners and defenders of the right to bear arms

McCain burns bridges - backlash building: If John McCain ever decides to run for the presidency again, he's going to need new allies after the screwing he's given gun owners, says Dr. Michael S. Brown

The UN seeks global gun control: Tom DeWeese rails against the latest effort to grab your firearms. This time the effort is on a global scale

Gun control - What went wrong?: Remember that big push for increased gun control not too long ago? Dr. Michael S. Brown explains what happened to it

Guns, health and busybody doctors: Doctors Against Handgun Injury? Why not Doctors Against Automobile Accidents or Doctors Against Accidental Drownings? asks Charles Bloomer. DAHI isn't concerned about handgun safety, they just want gun control

Invasion of the anti-gun doctors: Dr. Michael S. Brown reports on Doctors Against Handgun Injury, the newest group with nothing to add in the gun control debate

Should teachers be armed?: Dr. Michael S. Brown doesn't have a problem if teachers want to voluntarily arm themselves

A sterling example: If you are looking at England as a model of gun control, says Kevin Baker, you'd best look elsewhere. There's plenty that the anti-gun nuts aren't telling you

Soccer moms meet guns: Karen De Coster is thrilled to death that the latest addition to the fans of firearms is none other than soccer moms

Bonnie get your gun off: Jeremy Lott doesn't mind it one bit that Smith & Wesson is going through hard times. It brought them on itself

Media slant changing on gun issues: Dr. Michael S. Brown paints a future he believes is coming true...journalists less hostile to your Second Amendment rights

The real gun safety crisis: One reason given by those who want to ban guns is to "protect the children." The easiest way to do that, argues Dr. Michael S. Brown, is to simply have them take a gun safety course

Gun laws offer no protection: How surprising. Seven people die at the hands of an armed mad man and the anti-gun lobby demands more gun control. What happens then? Dr. Michael S. Brown says more people are left defenseless

Guns, drugs and alcohol: The same words justifying the wars on drugs and alcohol -- failed wars -- are the same ones that Dr. Michael S. Brown hears aimed at firearms

Gun owners must learn from election results: Dr. Michael S. Brown says that anti-gun control advocates have to start presenting a compelling message to voters or face new restrictions

Are we all just potential criminals?: Got a firearm? You are nothing but a potential criminal according to many gun control activists. Dr. Jeremy D. Blanks disputes that notion

New anti-gun strategy doomed to fail: Those fighting against the Second Amendment have adopted a new strategy to get their message out, writes Dr. Michael S. Brown. Lucky for America it's proving to be a colossal failure

 


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