Five Killed in Shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Where Guns Are Prohibited

Five have been killed and eight injured in a shooting today at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, a state with relatively restrictive firearms laws.

At 1:00pm local time, a gunman in his 20s wearing a Star Wars shirt opened fire in Terminal 2, killing five and injuring eight more. He is currently in police custody and, according to Sheriff Scott Israel, he was apprehended without any additional shots fired.

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More Murdered in Chicago in 2016 Than Live in 33 Smallest NH Towns

More people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016 than live in the New Hampshire’s smallest 33 towns.

According to Chicago PD, 762 murders occurred in the city last year, from among 4,331 victims of shootings. This number more than doubles the reported murder total of New York City, a city several times the population size. According to Chicago PD’s superintendent Eddie Johnson, while no one cause can be cited for the high number of deaths, increased gang activity and boldness shares a large portion of the blame. [Read more…]

13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty – Learn to Defend Yourself

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Barely over a week left in this election season madness. The foolish among us are dedicated to seeing one of the two historically-repulsive major party candidates win a decisive victory. Many of the rest are hiding at home, depressed and terrified, waiting for it all to be over. Those of us who have been reading this ongoing list of 13 nonpolitical ways to fight for liberty, however, have it much better. By now you all are buried deep in Bitcoin and encryption while going black-market agorist with some of your money, giving to the needy with what remains. But you still get ready to dial 911 every time you think you might be in danger. It’s time to change that last part. [Read more…]

Gun Free Zones Encourage University Shootings

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In the wake of another cluster of shootings, the issue of firearms regulations have come back to the forefront. Unfortunately, most of the discussion seems to center on whether or not to double down on bad ideas.

It’s time that we as a society woke up to this simple fact: there’s no such thing as a gun-free zone. In a time when we cover our schools with signs, lock them down for umbrella sightings, and even suspend a child for chewing a Pop-Tart into a shape that resembles that of a firearm, all of our efforts have been fruitless. Since 2009, there have been twenty-six mass public shootings in the United States, and a vast majority of them took place in areas where firearms were prohibited.

What is to be done about this? Should we put up more signs? One idea that the presumably well-intentioned people who administer these areas may not have entertained is that criminals simply do not follow laws or obey signs. Shocking, I know, but given the sheer number of times that weapons policies have failed, along with the inconvenient fact that there has not been one documented case of a sign generating a magical force field capable of repelling weapons, it might be time to come to terms with the possibility.

“Surely,” you might say, “these policies must have some consequence.” You’d be right. They have a profound effect on the law-abiding. Much as it is part of the criminal’s nature to break laws, it is part of the obedient’s nature to follow them. This creates something of a problem. Violent criminals need targets to carry out their crimes, and nobody makes a better target than an unarmed person, but the trouble is that it’s not always easy to tell who is armed and who is unarmed, so where will the criminals go to carry out their crimes? They will go to places where weapons are not allowed. [Read more…]

Government Only Understands Force

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“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Tse Tung

Behind every eloquent speech, every lofty ideal, every claim of legitimate governance, there lies a wicked undercurrent of deadly force. Behind all resistance to the purportedly legitimate system there also lies a steely backbone. We saw that steel on full display at the Bundy Ranch.

The state realizes its edicts through force. Disobey a law and you’ll be fined. Refuse to pay the fine and you’ll be arrested. Resist arrest and you’ll be shot. It’s that simple. Upset enough people, though, and you’ll quickly find yourself facing down an angry mob the likes of which you can’t disperse. A government must therefore exert only as much coercive control as it can without provoking the entire populace to revolt. That’s the eternally delicate balance between man and state.

Some states, namely those with a disarmed populace, push the balance further than others. We saw that during the 20th century in communist countries as well as the Third Reich, where untold millions of innocents were rounded up and murdered by their governments. All because they didn’t have the means to defend themselves, to dissuade the state from carrying out the worst of its planned atrocities. [Read more…]

Who Will Defend the Communities?

Photo credit: Mark Roy

Photo credit: Mark Roy

What is the proper role of government?

That’s the one question we can all disagree on. Do we need a state to build roads? Provide economic security? Legislate morality? Keep you from making yourself look hideous? One thing we can all agree on, though, is that we need a government to protect us from criminals.

…right?

Nope. Faced with an increase in violence, coupled by the government’s inability to provide for the public safety, several communities in the south of Mexico have taken up arms on their own initiative. Now, the town of Xaltianguis is sending over 100 women to the frontlines as part of a community self-defense initiative. Proving the modern Mexicana can have it all and still kick butt, the militia volunteers are working out schedules that allow them to continue their home lives while they fight for their town.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and out of the abject failure of the government to protect its citizens has arisen a real, voluntary solution. It’s cheap. It’s effective. And it’s gun-toting fun for the whole family.

What do we need the government for, again?