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Number 313, April 3, 2005

"The War on Guns"

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This issue's motto comes from "The War of the Wrong", by Lady Liberty.

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Letters to the Editor
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A Threat to Freedom of Speech in England
by Philip A. Luty
On Friday, February 25th 2005, members of the Luty family were arrested and charged with "Conspiracy to Manufacture Firearms" by British police. Due to the information shown on thehomegunsmith.com website, police raided and searched three addresses belonging to the Luty family. They were looking, apparently, for "prohibited firearms".

On Terri Schiavo
by Jonathan David Morris
A longtime reader emailed me after last week's article to ask why I wrote about steroids instead of Terri Schiavo. The honest answer is, because I didn't feel like writing about Terri Schiavo. That's right. It's that easy. I didn't feel like writing about her. In fact, I still don't. The only reason I'm writing this is to tell you I don't feel like writing it. I can't look at Terri Schiavo for more than thirty seconds without hearing my mom saying, "Jonathan, don't stare," in the back of my mind. Everything about this story freaks me out. There's no other way I can say it. The footage freaks me out. The debate freaks me out. Even the fact that I'm freaked out freaks me out. I'm not used to this. I don't freak out very often. That's why I've kept quiet until now.

The War of the Wrong
by Lady Liberty
Just as there is a War on Drugs and a War on Terrorism ongoing in this country, there is a war without such a catchy name that continues unabated in America. That is the War on Guns. And just as the War on Drugs has spent billions of dollars with quite literally nothing to show for it but growing incidences of violence and the highest incarceration rates in the world; and as the War on Terrorism has cost untold losses of liberty to date; the War on Guns has prohibitive expenses all its own.

Just Another Drug-related Shooting? Epilog
by L. Reichard White
I posted the above article to The Libertarian Enterprise at about 5:30 A.M. Friday morning, March 25. I excerpted the following article, the date of which is Saturday March 26, the day after I posted the original article to TLE:

Why the Terri Schindler Schiavo Case Matters
by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
JPFO does not take an official position on issues such as the "right to die" or when it might be ethical to disconnect a brain-dead person from artificial life-support. But JPFO does care deeply about how governments use power against defenseless innocent people. The genesis of JPFO came with the observation that the Nazis rendered the Jews and others powerless by enforcing "gun control" laws. Our first book, "Gun Control": Gateway to Tyranny, was the first major work to prove the connection between German victim disarmament laws and the destruction of 12 million victims in concentration camps. Our documentary film, Innocents Betrayed, proves the same kind of genocide formula applied to seven other major genocides and countless other horrors. How governments treat defenseless people is among our top concerns.

Mother Sues Cops For Failing to Protect Kids
by Wendy McElroy
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Town of Castle Rock, Colorado v. Gonzales. At issue is whether Jessica Gonzales can sue her local police department in federal court for violating her Constitutional rights when they did not enforce a restraining order. The decision, expected in June, could revolutionize the way police departments across America handle such orders. Hopefully, it will spark discussion of how they are issued as well.

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