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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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With Mark Dice’s latest petition stunt, this time a petition to repeal the Second Amendment and imprison registered gun owners, I posted this comment to the Second Amendment forum at RonPaulForums.com.

Mark Dice had a fake dispute with Alex Jones in order to attract former and skeptical followers of Alex Jones in order to keep people chasing ghosts and not organizing effectively.

His petitions are part of a demoralization campaign and designed to make petitions look invalid in case there ever is a petition put together about a serious issue that millions of Americans sign.

Here are some insightful comments by other commenters:

I disagree that these people are dumb. There is some psychology behind getting the power of suggestion by putting people on the spot that aren’t accustomed to dealing with it. Mark Dice understands this, which is how he can make these videos. He also knows people like to pass these videos around so they can make fun of the people in them. Same reason people like to watch reality TV and celebrity trainwrecks. Somehow makes them feel better about their own lives.

I have a problem with Dice’s method. Sure there are plenty of idiots out there but he’s editing out any pro-freedom responses. There was a video posted here not long ago that “proved” college students oppose Obamacare in the same way. I wish I could find it but searching anything obamacare on the forum isn’t easy. Everyone had the same opinion. Mark Dice is a fear monger and his videos are not accurate.

For more on Mark Dice, see my December 2012 show where I covered the Alex Jones, Matt Drudge, George Noory, Mark Dice nexus.

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I saw that Tom Woods plans to have former Reagan administration official David Stockman on his January 2, 2014 podcast — the same man who agreed with Bill Maher that “the Second Amendment is bullsh*t”.

He said he wouldn’t have “money cranks” on his show, in reference to “Greenbackers”, yet he has no problem promoting a debate between Austrian economist Bob Murphy and Keynesian economist Paul Krugman, and now having Second Amendment enemy David Stockman on his show.

Here was my comment:

Dr. Woods, you said you wouldn’t have “monetary cranks” on your show, but why are you planning to have a “constitutional crank” and “statist crank” like Stockman who agreed with Bill Maher on his April 12th Real Time show that “the Second Amendment is bullsh*t”, and said, “why would you believe that an 18th century citizen militia, equipped with the equivalent of muskets, has anything to do with liberty?” and “the only way we protect liberty is with the ballot box”?

For more on Tom Woods, see my article, Tom Woods had no time for a Bitcoin conference, yet had time to misrepresent government-issued currencies., and When will Austrian school supporter Tom Woods debate voluntary, interest-free currency reformer Anthony Migchels?

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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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English: Denis Rancourt, Professor of Physics,...

On the March 3, 2013 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism, I interviewed former University of Ottawa physics professor, Dr. Denis Rancourt, and covered the following issues, among others:

Hour 1: Canada to put the word defence in defence spending and Dick Cheney mistakenly thinks the 2nd Amendment granted rights. Hour 2: Interview with persecuted former university physics professor, Denis Rancourt.

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Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States.

Showing that his ignorance of, or disdain for, the Constitution doesn’t only apply to nine of the 10 amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights, Dick Cheney said in his February 13, 2013 interview with Charlie Rose (at 41:17):

I think it’s very important we not infringe the rights granted to all Americans under the Second Amendment

Except that the Second Amendment granted no rights, and only affirmed existing rights, including the right of self-defense.

Further demonstrating his willful ignorance, given that he repeatedly swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, Cheney fails to realize that the sole purpose of the Second Amendment is to recognize the existing right to keep and bear arms as a bullwark against government tyranny, which is why the right to keep and bear arms is mentioned in connection with a well regulated militia.

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PetitionI was at a small, but very lively gathering of local libertarians this past week, and at the end, I was asked by one of the attendees if I would like to sign his petition to repeal the Firearms Act.

I asked if he meant the whole thing, including licensing and handguns. He said the whole thing. I told him I’d have to think about it some more and get back to him.

For not wanting to sign his petition, he said: “You’re not much of a libertarian.”

It’s my choice to sign the petition, and I don’t vote for any party that wants to increase gun regulations, and I won’t personally take your guns from you, so how does that make me not much of a libertarian?

If you have a petition to end all public funding for abortions except for saving the life of the mother, I’m with you, and if you have a petition to end the public school teachers’ monopoly, I’m with you, and if you have a petition to end all redistributive pork barrel spending in the “public interest” like the $5.8 million video game research grant, I’m with you.

But if you want to end all gun regulations in one stroke, I’m not with you, because it’s politically tone-deaf, and it’s a reason why most Libertarian Party candidates only get hundreds of votes instead of tens of thousands.

This is Canada, after all, with no history of violent revolution, no history of slavery, no bloody civil war and no Second Amendment, and if the United States has gun licensing, it’s political fantasy to push for an all-out, single-stroke repeal of all gun regulations in Canada.

If the petition is to change licensing from may issue to shall issue, I’m with you. But I’m not with you if you want to strike down legislation that could suddenly legally allow machine guns in the hands of the mentally ill, or of non-residents who aren’t liable for any of the responsibilities of citizenship or residency, as a possible and likely consequence of suddenly repealing the entire Firearms Act.

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