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From the June 3, 2014 Toronto Star article, NRA criticizes ‘open carry’ gun rallies as ‘downright weird’, my comment was chosen as an “Editor’s Pick”:

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American gun culture is not supposed to make sense to anyone else, and that’s because our country was never born in violent revolution, we have nothing like their Second Amendment, and we never had a civil war. When you consider those factors, American gun culture doesn’t seem so weird or objectionable anymore, from their unique context.

They likely chose it because it makes Canadians think American gun culture is an oddity, but my purpose was to put it in a valid and particular context what otherwise doesn’t make much sense to most Canadians from a Canadian context.

Here are some other comments I made:

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@Ymhos What part? About the ability to carry hand-guns, or the right to keep and bear arms at all? If you find the latter weird, then perhaps you find many of America’s defining cultural differences weird.

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@besiboo We’re talking about American history, not Canadian history. At the time it was written, in 1789, it meant muskets, since they were what was used in the Revolutionary War. If they meant only muskets, they would’ve said so.

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@whodat singer It says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” People have rights, not militias. The Second Amendment granted no rights. It recognized an existing natural right of self-defence with arms, and was specifically intended to apply only to the federal government, to protect against the kind of government tyranny by King George that Americans had recently fought and died combating.

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@wetsurfer Times change, but principles don’t change. The Second Amendment was intended to provide the capability for the last resort of violent resistance in the face of government tyranny once all other amendments and peaceful resorts failed. Slavery wasn’t justifiable, being armed, is. Read the late Russian Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, about how the Soviet terror could’ve been ended if only the people violently resisted before it was too late.

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@The Real Meatloaf The U.S. Supreme Court, in the Heller case, decided that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” protects an individual right outside of the Militia, and even Barack Obama has stated as much.

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@thainion There’s no expiration on the Amendment. The proper way to change the Constitution is by passing another amendment, as has been done 27 times.

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@mrestivo4u2 In those states that allow open carry, I can see why some do it, because it’s a right in those states, whereas concealed carry is treated as a privilege, and the Second Amendment is clear, that as far as the federal government is concerned, it has no power to infringe the right to keep and bear arms.

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The Columbine, Virgina Tech and Aurora Colorado shootings all took place in “gun-free” zones.

For more on guns, and the divide between Canada and the United States, see my articles:

1) Canada’s long-gun registry: a feel-good failure

2) “You’re not much of a libertarian” (for not signing my petition)

3) America’s are “gun crazy” and Canadians are disarmed?

4) The great Canadian-American gun divide

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Image of Lew Rockwell

Given that Lew Rockwell sought government permission to establish the 501(c)(3) Mises Institute, it should come as no surprise that he has been publishing more articles since 2012 promoting the government-granted privilege of concealed carry rather than the natural and constitutionally-protected right of open carry. This despite his claim that the government is “far worse than the mafia.”

Here are five articles I came across from a search of his site promoting concealed carry:

Mini/Pocket 9mm Pistols for Concealed Carry
May 18, 2013

How to Carry Concealed
March 11, 2013

The Stylish Man’s Guide to Concealed Carry
September 28, 2012

Guns.com’s Nice List: 5 Well-Behaved Concealed Carry Guns
December 29, 2012

10 Commandments of Concealed Carry
July 10, 2012

Get The License!

You’ll hear some absolutists say, “No government has the right to permit me to carry a gun! I don’t need no stinking permit! The Second Amendment is my license to carry!”

That is the sound of someone asking to go to jail. Like it or not, the laws of the land require, in 46 of the 50 states, a license to carry.

Yet I only found one article since 2012 promoting open carry.

The Right to Open Carry Guns: Use It or Lose It
March 26, 2013

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“Grandpa Liberty”, Dr. Stan Monteith, a 50-year veteran researcher of alternative information suppressed by the mass media, and radio broadcaster since 1993, said (at 42:43) on the May 8, 2013 episode of Radio Liberty in response to a caller’s question about Adam Kokesh‘s planned armed July 4th march on Washington, D.C. (emphasis mine):

I think that he could not do more harm to the conservative movement. If he wants to have a march on Washington, fine. If he wants to have an armed march on Washington, he’s laying this thing open for a confrontation, and that’s the last thing we want to do. What we want to do is educate people. We don’t want an armed confrontation. I think that certainly he’s either on the other side or he’s not very bright.

For more on Dr. Stan Monteith, see my articles here.

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