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.] . . . In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.  When in the Course of human events, it become...

The Cost of Doing Something

(from knowyourmeme.com)
(from knowyourmeme.com) [Ed: Dr. Wheeler originally published this on American Greatness June 11.] The failures of the same old gun control laws should warn us away from the easy route of penalizing virtually all American gun owners who will never commit a crime with their guns. “Do something!” begged the crowd gathered before Joe Biden last week in Uvalde, Texas. And who could blame them? Racked with sorrow and fury at the massacre of 19 elementary school children and two of their tea...

Mass Shooters Inspired by Hatred & the Politics of the Left

(from fbi.gov)
(from fbi.gov) [Ed: Dr. Faria originally published this at Hacienda Publishing June 6. It is more partisan than most of what we publish, but well-founded. Minimally edited for DRGO.] We could say that all mass shootings are inspired by hatred. But many are carried out by deranged individuals, susceptible to violence and possessing no clear and distinct political or religious motives. These disturbed, mentally unstable people are unhinged by the strain of the postmodern age and what they s...

Gun Facts 101: An Epidemic Of Murder?

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(from LNN-GettyImages.com) [Ed: This was first published by James Fite on Liberty Nation News May 21. Used with permission. I'd probably have said "progressives" rather than "Democrats" because some Democrats still think rationally about guns. ] The political left loves to paint gun violence as a public health crisis – an epidemic, according to the Biden administration – but is that justified? A look at the numbers as they relate to the rest of America’s problems shows the “epidemic...

‘S.A.F.E. Act’: Violating the Second Amendment and obstructing mental health care

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(from newstarget.com) [Ed: This piece first ran in SCOPE-NY's Briefings on April 18. This experience of Sandra Richardson, a Masters level Registered Nurse, exemplifies the damage that Red Flag Laws do (as included in New York's misleadingly name MHL § 9.46, the S.A.F.E. Act).] It all began when I sought guidance on managing stress from a healthcare provider. After I did so, a report was filed against me under the New York SAFE Act’s Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) § 9.46, “reports of substanti...

Pointless Red Flag Laws

(from i2i.org)
(from i2i.org) "Red flag Laws", which allow police to seize the firearms of people accused of being at risk to misuse them, have been passed in 19 states. Do they do what proponents say they do? A recent study by Veronica Pear, PhD and Garen Wintemute, MD, and co-authors says the answer is clearly, “No”. It appeared as "Firearm Violence Following the Implementation of California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order Law" on JAMA Network April 5. In looking at California’s Red Flag law they use...

Review: ‘The Awakening of Jennifer Van Arsdale’ by George Leef

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(from amazon.com) This is a different sort of book from what we usually review, but one that is worth calling attention to. The Awakening of Jennifer Van Arsdale: A Political Fable for Our Times is a dystopian novel set in the all too near future, with a contemporary settings and political/cultural themes. Our interest was piqued by the central role of a citizen hero who wields a firearm in defense of others and is key to a woman developing insight into the deterioration of her country devel...

Keep the Faith

(from dappercadaver.com)
(from dappercadaver.com) Too often we still hear that guns are the problem. For example, esteemed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Tweet ("light footing" it around her responsibility for Chicago’s safe streets): “We have a common enemy: it's guns & the violence they bring.” Yet there has been a gradual shift in messaging by our distinguished gun control competition. In recent years, they’ve backed off somewhat from their longtime gun ban and confiscation demands and moved more toward re...