Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

November 17, 2009

We are not a Democracy, we are a Republic

This is as succinct, and as masterful a description of the relationship between the rights of man, and the government of a free state, as I have yet seen. “I cannot, and will not, consent that the majority of any republican State may, in any way, rightfully restrict the humblest citizen of the United States […]

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September 30, 2009

Supreme Court To Rule On Second Amendment’s Applicability To The States

One of the issues left unresolved by the Supreme Court’s ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller was whether the Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment as an individual right applied to state and local governments. The last time the Court had the opportunity to rule on the issue, in 1886, in the case Presser […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:02 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,District of Columbia v. Heller,Individual Rights,Keep and Bear Arms,Legal
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September 17, 2009

Happy Constitution Day

Two Hundred Twenty Two years ago in Philadelphia, the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia completed it’s work. At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powel anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, asked him directly: “Well Doctor, what have we […]

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August 21, 2009

Leave Us the HELL ALONE

Crossposting something my wife wrote, from here: I’ve been in an incredibly foul mood the last couple of days, and until this morning I did not understand why. We’re planning on moving to where we actually want to be. We’re constantly being asked why we want to move to the middle of nowhere. I tell […]

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July 23, 2009

Harold Fish is Free!

On the Liberty Papers, much of what we write is negative; decrying the steady movement towards tyranny and totalitarianism that is the trajectory of the U.S.. Occasionally, we get to report some good news.Harold Fish has been released from jail. His case is an important one; the state of Arizona charged him with murder for […]

Posted By: tarran @ 5:41 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Criminal Justice Reform,Keep and Bear Arms
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July 19, 2009

Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do

THIS BOOK IS BASED on a single idea: You should be allowed to do whatever you want with your own person and property, as long as you don’t physically harm the person or property of a nonconsenting other. Thus begins a book that everyone interested in politics should read; Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do: The […]

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July 15, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor Gets It Wrong On Gun Rights

During the course of her confirmation hearing today, Sonia Sotomayor had a very interesting exchange with Senator Tom Coburn over the right to keep and bear arms: In a prickly exchange over gun control, Sen. Tom Coburn tried hard to get Sonia Sotomayor to explain what she actually thinks about the right to bear arms. […]

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July 8, 2009

You Don’t Deserve That Right

Tell me, just once, where a government that has created a million-name no-fly list gets a legitimate power to ban people arbitrarily placed on that list from firearm ownership? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to the Obama White House! Critical text (h/t David Rittgers, Cato@Liberty): “if you’re on that […]

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July 1, 2009

Common Ground for the Left and the Right on the Bill of Rights

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June 20, 2009

Symbolic Victories Are Often Real Losses

Judging from his statements and the note he left in his car, James von Brunn walked into the Holocaust Museum believing that he was about to strike a blow against Jewish world hegemony and Federal gun-control.  Even by his twisted standards, his actions were counterproductive. His plan was to massacre people visiting and working at […]

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May 6, 2009

Heroes of the Day: The Second Amendment and a Georgia college student

According to early reports, an armed student in College Park, GA seems to have saved the lives of  a bunch of his friends.  It’s pretty clear from the reporting so far that he kept a bunch of them from being robbed and raped.  Here’s the scoop: Bailey said he thought it was the end of […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 8:56 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Keep and Bear Arms
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April 28, 2009

Fake Cops, Fake Raid, Real Guns

Here’s yet another example illustrating why the practice of SWAT style raids should be ended: robbers posing as cops. Here’s the news story from WRAL: This is the unedited surveillance video: As bad as this situation was, it could have ended much worse. It’s very fortunate that the armed robbers encountered the man on the […]

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April 23, 2009

Milwaukee Police Chief Says To Hell With The Constitution

The Wisconsin Attorney General recently said in a legal memorandum that state law permits residents to openly carry a weapon in public, but the Police Chief in Milwaukee doesn’t care what the law says: [S]ome law enforcement officials are preparing to face more open-carry situations, and some are clear the memo won’t change their approach. […]

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April 21, 2009

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back On Gun Rights

One of the many issues left unresolved by last year’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was the question of whether or not the Court’s holding, and the Second Amendment in general, would apply to the states. Back in 1886, in the case Presser v. Illinois, the Supreme Court specifically held that the Second […]

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April 20, 2009

The Constitution really DOES mean what is says

This morning, the 9th circuit court of appeals confirmed that the 2nd amendment is indeed incorporated against the states under the selective incorporation doctrine, in the case Nordyke Vs. King. This means that the 2nd amendment has a lawful status equivalent to that of the first, fourth, fifth, and other amendments which explicitly protect our […]

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April 9, 2009

Another Republican pot calls kettle black

Speaking of astroturfing Republicans, Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus told folks in Trussville, Alabama that there “are exactly 17 socialists” in the House of Representatives.  The  National Taxpayers Union just gave Bachus a failing grade of 56% (which they upgraded to a C+ on their liberally-curved grading scale) on spending issues.  Perhaps Bachus should realize that […]

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April 6, 2009

Good gun nuts. Bad gun nuts.

David Weigel (via Robert Stacy McCain) brings us some gun goodness with a fair amount of gun not-so-goodness in this photo spread at the Washington Examiner.  “I spent Saturday at the bi-annual Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot, right outside of Louisville, Ky. Gun enthusiasts of all stripes were there — from the National Rifle Association […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 8:29 pm || Permalink || Comments (36) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Keep and Bear Arms
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Second Amendment outrage du Jour

Unlike cockroaches, there is one sort of vermin which scurries into the open when light is shined upon them: anti-gun nuts. Every time there is some gun-related tragedy or some nutball starts shooting at innocent folks, there’s always some new call to ban guns, or at least make them more difficult to obtain. Here’s the […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 9:08 am || Permalink || Comments (12) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Activism,Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Keep and Bear Arms,Media
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March 10, 2009

Another Ridiculous Gun Regulation Challenged In Washington, D.C.

Last year’s Supreme Court case hasn’t stopped the District of Columbia from passing arbitrary gun laws clearly designed to restrict it’s citizens’ Second Amendment rights: A D.C. woman filed suit in U.S. District Court yesterday, claiming that the city would not let her register a pistol because of its color. Tracey A. Hanson argued that […]

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March 8, 2009

Rasmussen: 75% of Americans Believe Second Amendment Guarantees Individual Right to Firearms

According to Rasmussen Reports, “seventy-five percent (75%) of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 14% say gun ownership is not a constitutional right. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.” Of interest are these findings: Although […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 9:24 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Keep and Bear Arms
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