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L. Neil Smith's
Number 673, June 3, 2012

"This is the strangest era ever,
in American politics. So far."

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Letter from Richard Bartucci

Letter from A.X. Perez

Letter from C. Jeffery Small

Another Letter from A.X. Perez

Letter from Tarrin Lupo

Winkler, Adam—Gun Fight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America (2011)

I have only recently embarked upon reading the above-captioned book, published last year, and I'm finding myself hating the hell out of this yet-another-constitutional-law-professor denigrating the freedom movement in general and the concept outlined by our Mr. Smith in his Atlanta Declaration (1987):

Every man, woman, and responsible child has an unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon—rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything—any time, any place, without asking anyone's permission.

The perfumed son of a bitch seems to have little or no familiarity with the greatest part of the literature published over the past thirty years by those of us who oppose victim disarmamen laws.

I would consider his public policy proposals void for vagueness were I not convinced that some grasping bastard is likely to jump on them as an excuse to abrogate the constraints of the Second Amendment, as Winkler clearly wants the permanent political class to do.

Anyboy else have thoughts on this book?

Richard Bartucci

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What Would Jesus Shoot? (again)

Back around Easter of 2012 the picture featured on TLE entitled "What Would Jesus Shoot" inspired a submission entitled "What Would Jesus Shoot?" It was assumed that the Carpenter King Who recommend that "He who has not a sword, sell your coat and buy a sword" would own an appropriate battery of weapons for defense of Himself and His friends, even if He wasn't a gun guy. About the same time Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership ( printed a series of articles by Kirby Ferris advising people on what weapons they should buy to defend their lives, property, dignity, and liberty. He also assumed non gun people and what weapons best met their needs. He also assumed that he was advising non gun people on what weapons they should buy.

Both writers were interested in reliable and inexpensive weapons that a non gun person should be willing to invest in and would find easy to master."What Would Jesus Shoot?" was written by someone living in a town where a certain minimum knowledge and skill in using firearms was until very recently the common heritage of all. I get the impression that Mr.Ferris was writing for people who had less opportunity to learn about guns and have them be part of a person's daily life.

The guns listed by both authors were not necessarily the wishlist guns of a person who is a gun nut or a wannabe gun nut (except maybe the 870 pump shotgun. Apparently everyone agrees that the Remington 870 or its Mossberg equivalent is the best deal for a defensive pump shotgun. Me, I'm still trying to put together the funds for a good semi auto. Keep having automotive, plumbing, or medical emergencies. As a side note I think Jesus would have favored a stainless shotgun with synthetic furniture since several of His apostles were commercial fishermen who would have needed guns they could keep on their boats.). Neither would a true GN or WGN settle for a three gun battery. We need a minimum of six guns. Pistol, back up pistol,medium power rifle (e.g AR 15), full power rifle(e.g. M1A), shotgun, .22 pistol, and .22 rifle. And let's not forget accessories.

A few weeks ago I saw an article not particularly worth noting otherwise that began by decrying what the author perceived as a plethora of articles that began "I am not a gun nut, but..." He claimed that hell yeah he was a gun nut and no apologies. He added that it was perhaps time for others to do the same. Certainly, I agree with his point, however, the problem isn't gun nuts. The problem is talking to the majority of people, even the majority of gun owners, who are not gun nuts.

We need to communicate to these people that the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms is precious to them. We need to communicate to them that acquiring firearms and enough skill with them to be more dangerous to their intended targets than themselves is a necessary part of being a free human, right up their with doing simple math, reading and write at at least eighth grade level, and keyboarding on a computer. And we need to communicate with them that they must psychologically prepare themselves for the day that they must use these skills to defend their life, liberty, loved ones and property. Because, A: the authorities aren't always there to do it for you, and B: sometimes it's the authorities from which you need to protect these things.

Because I am a liberty nut and I know that if I didn't like guns I would still need them to protect my freedom. I also know that the more people decide that their liberty is valuable, valuable enough to defend by force if necessary, then my freedom will be safer. So perhaps it's time to write gun article for people who are not gun nuts, how to pick 'em, how to use 'em safely, and why knowing this is necessary. Because otherwise we will find out what Marion Zimmer Bradley meant when she wrote "Bare is back without brother."

A.X. Perez

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I have finally posted a new analytical piece on my blog titled:

       Statism: Part I—The Growth of the Regulatory State

As the name implies, this is the first in a two-part series. This is a rather long article with many links that you can follow, so you may decide that it is better to digest it is bite-sized pieces. So far, they haven't outlawed king-sized posts on the internet, but that doesn't mean that they are not thinking about it!

The link for the blog home page is:

while the direct link to just the individual article is:

I hope you enjoy it.


C. Jeffery Small

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New Juarez?

Is Chicago becoming the New Juarez? According to an article run on
on the 29th of May 2012 Chicago had an extremely violent Memorial Day weekend. The thing is that we regularly hear about bouts of out of hand gang related violence in Chicago. So one has to ask, Is Chicago becoming the US's version of Juarez?

If so I give Rahm Emmanuel the following advice.

Clean up your PD. Every crooked cop needs to be fired or arrested. Otherwise they will be killed as partisans. Even worse, this will embolden your "gangstas" to force your honest cops to choose between "plata o plomo", silver or lead. While you're at it, burn all your made friends, or else you will turn your city into a war zone.

Get rid of all gun control laws, before your small time crooks begin to expand their drug business to include protection rackets and kidnapping people for ransom. They will become so strong that if anyone fights back ten times as many sicarii will come after them as were there originally.

There's more, but this is where you start. Otherwise you will wreck the city and the Chicago Machine.

A.X. Perez

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Transit of Venus

One of the Rarest Events in Space is Occurring this June 5th and 6th. Everything you need to know.

Tarrin Lupo

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