ENEMY AT THE GATE: Gun Ownership Under Siege

At the time of this writing, America’s collective heart is broken, reeling from the slaughter of 17 innocent students and educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The alleged killer is a deranged ex-student with a long history of behavioral problems and violence. His weapon of choice was a semi-automatic, detachable magazine-fed

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ENEMY AT THE GATE Gun-Ban Zealots Are Afraid of Ghosts

Advocates of making U.S. gun laws even more restrictive than they are now are becoming increasingly concerned about what they call “ghost guns”—guns not built in factories by the “gun industry,” but in basement and garage workshops by individual gun owners (or at least soon-to-be gun owners). While this has always been possible, the advent

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Enemy at the Gate: Could Gun Confiscation Lead to Civil War?

Last November, after the massacre of scores and wounding of hundreds in Las Vegas, soon followed by the murder of dozens more in a Texas church, Boston Globe writer David Scharfenberg dared to utter the words that most gun-ban zealots have long dared not, despite their fervent wishes: gun confiscation. The article actually started with

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Enemy at the Gate: Ban Devices Never Used in Crimes

Before a madman slaughtered scores of people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas last October, “bump-fire” stocks were virtually unknown to people who don’t follow gun issues closely, and not particularly well known among those who do. But that was before such stocks had been used in a horrific mass-murder event. Those days are

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Enemy at the Gate: Suppressor Deregulation Panics Anti-Gun Zealots

As of this writing, H.R. 38, the “National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2107,” has garnered 212 sponsors—almost half the House of Representatives. This would seem to indicate its chances for passage—at least in the House—are fairly high. The Washington state-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility certainly thinks so, breathlessly telling their email list that, “Thanks

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Enemy at the Gate: Blaming Guns for Vehicular Violence

On August 12, the toxic ideology of white supremacy prompted an alleged Neo-Nazi to drive his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. The scene of this horrific attack was the so-called “Unite the Right” rally, organized by white supremacists whose tender sensibilities were offended

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Enemy at the Gate: ATF Reverses “Sig Brace” Rule

Back in 2013, shooters were installing stabilizing braces on AR-15 pistols and other so-called “assault weapon”-based pistols. The best known of these braces was probably SIG Sauer’s “SIG Brace.” The actual originator of the concept, Alex Bosco, after collaborating with SIG Sauer to produce the SIG Brace, formed his own company, SB Tactical, which produces

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Enemy at the Gate: Repeal the Hughes Amendment

Many gun rights advocates and organizations have greeted the election of Donald Trump as President and the Republicans’ retention of both chambers of Congress with triumphant proclamations of, “It’s our turn now.” The idea is that, after eight years under the presidency of anti-gun Barack Obama, the early days of which featured Democrat majorities in

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Enemy at the Gate: Suppressors and the Lie of Gun Safety

The forcible citizen disarmament lobby, realizing that the term “gun control” has become toxic in the eyes of much of the American public, has rebranded itself as a force for “gun safety.” For example, the rabidly anti-gun Coalition To Stop Gun Violence refers to gun control as “the outdated term,” as if government control of

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