Civil Liberties


Jonathan Fischer is never sure who’s going to be more surprised when he, as he likes to put it, comes out of the gun closet — the gun aficionados who find out he’s gay or the gay friends who find out he likes shooting guns.

When the 38-year-old television editor showed up last month to a defensive handgun class near Piru with a Glock 27 pistol on his hip, he wore a T-shirt sporting a rainbow-colored AK-47. His “gay-K-47,” he said.

There are dissenters to letting LGBT people carrying guns.

“Some people say you need a gun to protect yourself from the bad guys. We just fundamentally disagree with that,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “We don’t want to live in a world where you have to be packing heat to live your daily life.”

How whimsical. This is not a realistic sentiment. People who crave stability and control need to face reality. There are too many actual events of random violence to remind people  who think differently then Mr. Zbur of the desire to defend themselves with a firearm.

“Even during our heightened days of civil disobedience and protest, we have only advocated peaceful means, never arming ourselves and retaliating with violence,” said City Councilman John Duran, who is gay.

Carrying a firearm is not retaliating with violence if you’re being violated first. It defending oneself. When one finds oneself in a potentially threatening situation, merely brandishing a firearm could stop the assailant, then again it may not in which case the next step is needed. Depending on the situation, that could mean informing the assailant that he may be hurt if he does not back down.

I fine with it Jonathan. Anything that’s peaceful.

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Last week’s convention was a wake for the GOP as we know it.

This week will be an explanation of why Hillary Clinton is

unacceptable not simply to libertarians but to that plurality of Americans who define themselves as independent, centrist, moderate, or anything other than a dyed-in-the-wool partisan.

On Federal Spending, Foreign Policy and State Surveillance, Free Speech, Social Issues, Immigration, Gun Rights, and Regulations, Trade, and the Sharing Economy, Hillary is just as much an authoritarian as The Donald.

Nick Gillespie.

Libertarian Party President/Vice President Ticket  Johnson/Weld pulls voters from both parties according to many polls.

Here’s a reason why J/W might pull from Democrats.

Thaya Brook Knight is associate director of financial regulation studies at the Cato institute. And she was profiled for a recent publication of Cato’s Letters. Ms. Knight was asked when she was first drawn to libertarian views. Her response:

I’ve always held libertarian views, although until recently I identified as a liberal Democrat. I believe in a strong First Amendment and strong protections for criminal defendants, I oppose the War on Drugs, and I support gay rights. In the wake of 9/11, I was horrified by the willingness to give up personal liberty in the name of safety. For a time, that meant my beliefs were aligned with the Democratic Party. But I’m also a feminist and it makes me angry when I’m told that, as a woman, I don’t know how to make my own choices or that I should be protected from their consequences, like a child. If we’re serious about equality, all adults must have the freedom and responsibility to order their lives as they see fit.

Highlights mine on what’s important to Ms. Knight. Hillary and many Democrats are attacking many of these issues or are recent converts. They’re also attacking our Due Process rights and Second Amendment rights.

 

Both parties, Democrats and Republicans, are getting closer to letting the FBI access your personal information without accountability. Getting a court order provides some oversight by a judge, depending on the integrity of the judge.

This is another bureaucracy on autopilot, leaving our elected officials unaccountable for its actions. The IRS comes to mind and both parties support this corruption.

All those partisan pundits cheering their side and booing the other have zero credibility and no principles.

Definitely time for a third party, and make it Libertarian.

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So far, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is on record fighting to restrict your:

first amendment rights: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/campaign-finance-reform/ and

second amendment rights: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/gun-violence-prevention/ .

Will she join Sen Joe Manchin (D, WV) in restricting your Due Process rights: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/joe-manchin-gun-control-224425 ?

Trump’s record is well documented elsewhere.

Scott Shackford is watching the debate over gun control and smells a ruse:

The latest attempts to legislatively restrict gun rights failed last night, but we know this legislation is not truly dead. It will be used by Democrats to get out the vote against Republicans who opposed the legislation (keep in mind the American Civil Liberties Union also objected).

Here. Republicans let Democrats muscle them into the siren song of public outcry and emotion on this issue.

Nauseating story, pictures, video, audio here.

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