Rational Choice Theory: The Benefit of Firearms in Civilian Hands

[Ed: This paper was first published at Ammoland on June 27 by Alan J. Chwick, Joanne D. Eisen DDS, and Gary Mauser PhD, an A Team of longtime pro-gun rights experts and good writers. (Drs. Eisen and Mauser have previously contributed to DRGO, and we welcome Mr. Chwick.) It is dense with facts and solid analysis and deserves a wide readership.] Unless you are a gun owner who is hiding his uncle’s war souvenir in the back of your closet because you are afraid to touch it and get rid...

Review: ‘In Defense of the Second Amendment’ by Larry Correia

Long overdue, I promised this review several months ago when others were being published. But this is a book worth an additional look and a reminder to read if you missed it earlier. Yes, it is another book In Defense of the Second Amendment (unlike many, the title is quite specific). Why is one more worth reading in 2023? First, there are seemingly eternal verities in the fight for our individual natural rights of self-defense and preventing tyranny. It is important to remind ourselv...

Our Declaration of Independence

[Ed: There’s no better way to mark July 4th than to read our country’s Declaration of Independence. The original orthography is retained, but the specific complaints about King George and Parliament’s abuses are edited out in order to focus on the principles that applied then, do now, and always will. Reposted since 2019.] Happy Independence Day from DRGO! . . In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.  When in the ...

A Day to Remember

[Ed: First appearing on DRGO 4 years ago, we repost this piece yearly.] Memorial Day has now come for the 55th time since it was officially proclaimed in 1967. It has been kept nationwide, though unofficially, since World War II, and as Decoration Day since 1868.  It was born in spontaneous memorials early during the Civil War.  Remembering war dead has been important throughout history, even as the manner of recognition has changed across time and societies. As with many things cultu...

Gun Grabbing Season

(from alphanews.org)
(from alphanews.org) [Ed: This article originally appeared in a mailing from SCOPE-NY. Grassroots opinion pieces and letters to the editor are powerful ammunition in promoting the importance of the Second Amendment and private gun ownership.] Based on the number of articles appearing everywhere, gun grabbing season must be open.  It only opens once a year but the season lasts 365 days. Unlike deer season, we can shoot back (figuratively.) Newspapers such as my local Gannett Chain...

President’s Day: Jefferson on the Public’s Rights & Duties

(from thetylt.com)
(from thetylt.com) [Ed: As the lede says, Reynolds sent this to SCOPE-NY members last year. These are thoughts worth keeping on top of one's mind.] A year ago, SCOPE sent this as an email.  It is as current now as it was then…or when Thomas Jefferson wrote them. Miscellaneous Thoughts on President’s Day by Thomas Jefferson, Founder of the Democrat Party: No free man shall ever be disbarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to ...

A Tale of Two Studies

(from wbur.org)
(from wbur.org) “States with relaxed concealed carry laws see spike in violent crimes.” October 5, 2022 “CDC data shows constitutional carry states have fewer total and gun-related homicides.” October 4, 2022 Huh? Sure, they are talking about somewhat different things (“violent crimes” versus “homicides”) yet these typically track each other. And constitutional carry (no permit required) is the ultimate “relaxed concealed carry law”. According to another study published November 1...

The Bill for Our Rights

(from arkansasgopwing.blogspot.com)
(from arkansasgopwing.blogspot.com) [Ed: We have published this piece annually since 2015 for Bill of Rights Day each December 15. The  Bill’s Second Amendment is the reason for our being, in more ways than one.] Today we all should be jubilantly celebrating the 230th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the original 10 amendments to the United States’ federal constitution. Remarkably, it slips by relatively unremarked. Yet our Bill of Rights may actually be th...