University Of Chicago Accidentally Proved That Gun Control Laws Don’t Work

Criminals don’t follow the law, and they especially do not follow gun control laws.

August 4, 2016

The city of Chicago has some of the toughest and strictest gun control laws on the books out of all the major cities in the entire country.

But every day the newspapers and TV stations of Chicago fill the airwaves with devastating reports showing innocent Americans being murdered by criminals carrying guns.

The city is a shining example of how gun control doesn’t stop criminals from obtaining and using guns to commit robbery and murder.

Instead of allowing law abiding Americans the chance to easily acquire a firearm for self-defense, politicians and public officials in Chicago call for harsher anti-gun measures almost daily.

The anti-gun crowd refuses to accept reality and the fact that criminals don’t obey gun control laws. They would rather disarm law abiding citizens who accept and obey the law.

A recent study by the University of Chicago proved this point after conducting a study to figure out how criminals in Chicago were acquiring their firearms.

Not surprisingly, administers of the study quickly learned these criminals do not acquire their guns from licensed dealers, private sellers, or even the Internet.

The study looked at inmates in Chicago’s Cook County Jail who face gun charges or who have a history of firearm related convictions.

They learned zero criminals have used gun shows or the Internet to purchase their weapons.

The reason why?  The method is too easily traceable by law enforcement.

Instead, the preferred method for criminals was to purchase firearms available on the streets, where they are harder for law enforcement to track.

Harold Pollack, University of Chicago’s Crime Lab co-director, also said criminals, “were less concerned about getting caught by the cops than being put in the position of not having a gun to defend themselves and then getting shot.”

Basically, the University of Chicago admits that the city is so dangerous, criminals would rather risk going to jail than not being able to effectively defend themselves.

The study also showed:

“The vast majority of the inmates used handguns to commit their crimes or protect themselves, very few cited using “military-style assault weapons.” And they said their habit was to get rid of a gun after one year because of the “legal liability” of being caught with a gun that could be linked to crimes they or others committed.

As for specifics regarding sources for purchasing guns, some of the inmates indicated that gangs have individuals with a Firearm Owners Identification Card who buy guns then sell them to gang members. Others indicated using “corrupt cops” who seize guns then “put them back on the street.”

Gun rights groups have long claimed universal background checks are nothing more than a step towards a federal registry of all gun owners – which gun rights groups also argue would consequentially lead to outright confiscation of all firearms in America.

So while the anti-gun crowd pushes a purely fictional narrative that background checks stop bad guys from getting guns, the actual statistics and facts say their argument couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Breakaway Links Of The Week – June 11, 2016 – June 17, 2016

Zy Marquiez
July 18, 2016

There are many links these week regarding many topics.  Make sure to sift through and see what might be of interest.

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Take care and be safe.

Glyphosate Disrupts Uterus Study Finds
[ | F. William Engdahl

Seventh Grade Boys, Girls Could Be Forcibly Injected With HPV Vaccine If They Wish To Remain In School
A great book that discusses this very topic is:
Thimerosal – Let The Science Speak – The Evidence Supporting The Immediate Removal Of Mercury – A Known Neurotoxin [And More!] – From Vaccines by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
[ | Wes Maxwell]

Consciousness Researcher & Physicist Tom Campbell: Fireside Chat May 2016 [Pt 1]
[Tom Campbell]

FBI-Hillary Interview Lost; And The Silence Of The Lambs
[ | Jon Rappoport]

Globalists Are Pitting Blacks Against Whites In America To Incite A Race War – Here’s How We Can Win Together By Refusing To Be Manipulated Into Hatred & Rage
[ | Mike Adams]

Tour #5 – My Entire Garden Shown As Requested
[TheRustedGarden | Gary Pilarchik]

Europeans Outraged Over Glyphosate Renewal, Triggering Protests, While Calling For An End To Industry & Government Collusion
[ | L.J. Devon]

Senate Approves Mock GMO-Labeling Bill, Threatening Genuine Attempts To Label Food At The State Level
[ | Daniel Barker]

Media’s Fevered Rhetoric Aimed At Gun Confiscation

Cucumbers, Squash, Zucchini: Time For A Mid-Season Water Soluble Feeding – My 2016 Routine
[TheRustedGarden | Gary Pilarchik]

Media Mind Control & Forbidden Knowledge TV – Dark Journalist & Alexandra Bruce
A very salient interview that delves into the reason media trust is dwindling, and how much propaganda has been taken place. Also touched upon is the alternative media and issues coming up with it.
[DarkJournalist | Daniel Liszt]

Big Ag Wants To sell You GMO Marijuana
[CorbettReport | James Corbett]

Dallas Ambush Follows Pattern Of Provocateured False Flags
[CobettReport | James Corbett]

Study: Psychiatrists Now Prescribing Dangerous Antidepressants For Unhappy Marriages
[ | Amy Goodrich]

Graham Hancock Breaths The Set On TED Censorship, Lost Civilizations & War On Consciousness
[BreakingTheSet | Abby Martin]

Governments Are Authoritarian Monopolies That Cannot Encourage Social Creativity

How Monsanto Invaded, Occupied & Now CONTROLS Government Regulators
[ | Ethan A. Huff]

#GoodNewsNextWeek: DuPont Guilty Verdicts Keep Piling Up
[Media Monarchy | James Evan Pilatto]

VLOG 12 – Urban Farming Hustle
[UrbanFarmer | Curtis Stone]

Psycho-Physics? Consciousness, The Double-Slit Experiment And…
[ | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

Disabled Female Cancer Patient Left Bruised & Bloodied By The TSA
[ | J.D. Heyes]

How We Got It Wrong About Fat!
[ | Dr. Mary Newport]

U.S. Defense Physicist Speaks About Alien Structures On The Moon
“As somebody in the space defense community, I look on any structure on the moon with great concern because it isn’t ours, there’s no way we could have built such a thing. It means someone else is up there…”

France Vows To Outlaw Monsanto’s Cancerous Glyphosate By 2018 Amid Fears Herbicide Is Destroying Biodiversity, Causing Mass Honeybee Die-Offs
[ | Wes Maxwell]

Berries Vs. Pesticides In Parkinson’s Disease
[ | Dr. Greger]

UN Move Toward World Government With First Ever Globally Televised Leadership Debate

Monsanto, DuPont Unleash Highly Toxic, Drift-Prone Dicamba Herbicide Endangering Public Health & North America’s Food Supply
[ | L.J. Devon]

Why Helicopter Money Won’t Push Stocks Higher
[ | Charles Hugh Smith]

Corrupt Politicians & Corrupted Money Go Hand In Hand
[ | Clint Siegner]

Researchers Discover Evidence Of 7,000-Year-Old Head Surgery
Researchers in North Africa have made another remarkable discovery during excavations in a Neolithic Settlement in Omdurman in Sudan. Experts dug up a skeleton with signs of trepanation – a drilling hole in the skull – dating back 7,000 years.

Medical Insanity? – Big Pharma Developing Baby Vaccines For Pregnant Women
[ | David Gutierrez]

Toddler Injected With 37 Vaccines Before The Age Of Two Left Paralyzed & Wheelchair-Bound For Life
[ | Isabelle Z.]

Dr. Mercola & Dr. Chandra Discuss Autism
[ | Dr. Mercola]

Did You Really Think Bernie Sanders Was Playing It Straight?
[ | | Jon Rappoport]

Five Cancer-Fighting Recipes That Also Helps You Beat The Summer Heat
[ | Isabelle Z.]

Thousands Of American Doctors Caught Sexually Abusing Their Patients…& More Than HALF Are Still Practicing
[ | J.D. Heyes]

What Everybody’s Missing About Brexit
[Corbett Report Extras | James Corbett]

The Antediluvian Wall Of Texas: A Lost Civilization Under Texas?
The Town of Rockwell got its name from a mysterious wall hidden beneath the surface.

[Urban Farming] VLOG – 13 – The #1 Crop For The Zombie Apocalypse
]UrbanFarmer | Curtis Stone]

CDC Executive Resigns After Being Caught Colluding With Coca-Cola To Salvage Soda Market
[ | Dr. Mercola]

Are Toxins Causing Your Condition?

Activists Launch Anti-Genetically Modified Food Billboards Promoting Organic Food, While Warning Of The Dangers Of Genetically Engineered Crops
[ | J.D. Heyes]

NJ Demands Woman Pay Student Loans Of Murdered Son
[RT America]

The CIA’s ‘Pokemon Go’ App Is Doing What The Patriot Act Can’t
[ | James Corbett]

Cancer Study Haled After 3 People Die
[| Julie Fidler]

The Reasons Why The Globalists Are Destined To Lose
[ | Brandon Smith]

Toxic Chemicals Found In Bodies Of Residents Near Fracking Site
[RT America]

Totally Hijacked By Big Food: Organic Trading Association Turns Against Genetically Modified Food Labeling
[ | Ethan A. Huff]

News & Views From The Nefarium – July 14, 2016
[ | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

Killer Cop Robot Kills Cop Killer #NewWorldNextWeek
[CorbettReport |James Corbett]

Antidepressants Linked To Neurological Damage In Newborns, Study Finds
[ | Amy Goodrich]

No Liberal: Hillary Is Pro Multinational & Pro Military-Industrial Complex

Legislation In Alaska Requiring Labeling Of GMO Salmon Will Now Be Reversed By The Senate’s Fake Labeling Bill
[ |Wes Maxwell]

Annual Healthcare Spending Rises To $10,000 Per Person
[RT America]

Study: Diet Low In Calories & Sugar During Chemotherapy Treatment Reduces Cancer Tumors By 50 Percent
[ | J.D. Heyes]

39 Fantastic Prepping Tips
[ | Gaye Levy]

Extensive Vegetation & Lakes Cover Surface Of Mars

Betrayed! Whole Foods & The Organic Trade Association Just Plowed Right Through American Consumers [Op Ed]
[ | Mike Adams]

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Inner Cities, Violence, Poverty, Drugs
[ | Jon Rappoport]

10 Foods That Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
[HealingPowerHour | Dr. Akilah Schäfer]

Monsanto’s Glyphosate Poisoning Lake Erie, Causing Toxic Algae Blooms Responsible For Killing Fish & Contaminating Drinking Water
[ | Jonathan Benson]

Media’s Fevered Rhetoric Aimed At Gun Confiscation


July 9, 2016

The Horrific, Predictable Result Of A Widely Armed Citizenry …  The killings in Dallas are one more reminder that guns are central, not accessory, to the American plague of violence … They are central now, when the increased fetishism of guns and carrying guns has made such horrors as last night’s not merely predictable but unsurprising. The one thing we can be sure of, after we have mourned the last massacre, is that there will be another. –The New Yorker

Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker is very upset about people carrying guns. He makes the standard arguments, but the post is unusual for its vituperation.

Gopnik, in fact, has authored a number of shrill, anti-gun articles over the years. But we’ve noticed, generally, that media-based anti-gun arguments are growing louder – as if rising decibel level will make up for lagging logic.

Often when a drastic legislative decision is taken, the mainstream media, or parts of it, seem alerted in advance.

It is speculative, therefore, but not entirely unreasonable to suggest that the current rhetoric is laying the groundwork for yet another legislative or executive confiscatory effort.

Yes, President Barack Obama may want at least one more dysfunctional and ruinous, broad-based executive action to punctuate his term in office.

His party is already cooperating. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has authored a bill banning gun purchases for anyone on Homeland’s no-fly list.

In June after the Orlando attack, President Obama top spokesman said Obama was not ruling out executive actions regarding gun confiscation

“The president has taken substantial executive actions using as much executive authority as he can,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “I’m not going to rule out additional steps … he’s not going to hesitate to act.”

Obama’s initial statements regarding the Dallas shootings weren’t focused on the shooters but dealt with the weapons themselves.

In media interviews, Hillary Clinton reinforced the point:  “We did have an assault-weapons ban for 10 years,” Clinton told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I think it should be reinstated.”

Not long ago, Vox Media writer Dylan Matthews tweeted for President Obama to “unilaterally” remove guns.

“This is not Dems‘ sales pitch but I’m totally down with letting the prez unilaterally ban people (hopefully everyone!) from buying guns,” Mr. Matthews tweeted.

Here’s some more from The New Yorker:

… Weapons empower extremes. Allowing members of any fringe of any movement to get their hands on military weapons guarantees that any normal dispute—political or, for that matter, domestic—can quickly lead to a massacre.

Our guns have outraced our restrictions, but not our imaginations. Sometime in the not-too-distant past, annihilation replaced street theatre and demonstrations as the central possibility of the enraged American imagination.

The article restates the point in several ways, and at one point indicates that those who support concealed-carry rights “guarantee that the murders will continue.”

The article finishes: “The country is now clearly divided among those who want the killings and violence to stop and those who don’t. In the words of the old activist song, which side are you on? “

Apparently Gopnik has forgotten that governments killed hundreds of millions in the 20th century alone. Had those people access to weapons, they might have been able to defend themselves.

What’s interesting about the latest New Yorker rhetoric, is that it seems to expand the groups of people who should not be allowed guns to “members of any fringe of any movement.”

Since Homeland Security considers people who believe in the US Constitution to be operating on the “fringe,”  this statement may signal an entirely new frontier of potential gun confiscation.

Conclusion: In any event, the media agitation seems to be rising and that may indeed signal that there are more definitive executive or legislative actions on the proverbial horizon.

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Sudden Change Strip Veteran’s Access To Medical Marijuana

marijuana law
Julie Fidler
June 29, 2016

A lot of times, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. That was the case with a proposal that would have let doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) prescribe medical marijuana to veterans.

It looked like the proposal was close to becoming law, but Congress removed it at the last minute from the VA’s annual budget.

The legislation, which had been sponsored by Oregon lawmakers, had cleared the House and Senate but was axed on June 22 during final closed-door negotiations. Had it passed, the bill would have cleared the way for the VA to recommend medical cannabis to patients in states where it has been legalized.

In a joint statement released June 24, Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Jeff Merkley, both Democrats from Oregon, said it was “outrageous” that the proposal was pulled from the bill.

They added:

“To add insult to injury, the legislation was released in the middle of the night, not even giving members of the House an opportunity to review the language before voting on it.”

House Republicans brought the stripped version of the bill up for vote on the night of June 23 while attention was focused on the Democrats’ sit-in for gun control legislation.


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“Gunpocalypse” Gun Control Laws In California Are Here

[Editor’s Note]

For those that want more comprehensive details on the laws just passed and the ones vetoed, please read this.
Source: GunsAndGearChannel
July 5, 2016

I go over some of the new laws in California commonly known as “Gunpocalypse”

Coping With California’s Six New Gun and Magazine Ban Laws

James Wesley Rawles
July 4, 2016

This year’s Independence Day celebrations have been muted by news of the enactment of six tyrannical new gun, ammunition, and magazine laws in California.

California’s leftist legislature in now crowing about how they “did something” in response to the Islamic terror attack in San Bernadino last year. Six of 10 new “Gunmeggddon” laws that they passed were just signed into law by Democrat Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.

Courtesy of the NRA-ILA, here is a summary of Governor Brown’s actions:

SIGNED BOTHAssembly Bill 1135 and Senate Bill 880 will make changes of monumental scale to California’s firearm laws by reclassifying hundreds of thousands of legally owned semi-automatic rifles as “assault weapons”. This legislation effectively outlaws magazine locking devices, more commonly known as “bullet buttons”. These are constitutionally protected firearms that have no association with crime. These changes would happen quickly with great individual costs to many gun owners and without public notice. Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation in 2013.

SIGNED Assembly Bill 1511 effectively ends the long-standing practice of temporarily loaning a firearm for lawful purposes. Under this legislation, the ability to loan a firearm to anyone other than a family member would now be prohibited unless conducted through a dealer, absent very narrow and limited exceptions. A simple loan to a trusted friend for a few days would take almost a month to complete from loan to return, requiring two background checks, two 10-day waiting periods, two fees, and multiple trips to a gun dealer. The result of the misguided legislation will turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals simply for borrowing or storing a firearm with a friend.

VETOEDAssembly Bill 1673 would have expanded the definition of “firearm” to include unfinished frames and/or receivers that are “clearly identifiable as being used exclusively as part of a functional weapon”. Depending on how this vague terminology is interpreted, AB 1673 would have treated pieces of metal as firearms, subjecting them to California’s exhaustive regulations and restrictions currently applicable to firearms.

VETOEDAssembly Bill 1674 would have expanded the existing one handgun a month law to include ALL guns, including those acquired through a private party transfer. AB 1674 will have no impact on criminal access to firearms and instead significantly hamper law abiding individuals, causing increased costs, time and paperwork to purchase multiple firearms. Criminals will continue to ignore this law purchasing firearms illegally, ignoring this burdensome and ineffective restriction.

SIGNEDAssembly Bill 1695 will create a 10-year firearm prohibition for someone convicted of falsely reporting a lost or stolen firearm. The NRA does not oppose making it a misdemeanor to knowingly file a false lost or stolen report to law enforcement. Our reason for opposition is related to the restriction of a constitutional right for the conviction of a misdemeanor offense.

VETOEDAssembly Bill 2607 would have expanded the class of individuals who could seek a Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO).” The NRA opposes the current GVRO procedures because they provide a mechanism for an individual to lose the right to keep and bear arms with no due process of law. AB 2607 would compound these problems by significantly expanding the classes of individuals who could seek a GVRO. This expansion would now include employers, coworkers, mental health workers, and employees of secondary and post-secondary schools.

VETOEDSenate Bill 894 would have required a victim of a crime to report to local Law Enforcement the theft of a firearm within an arbitrary time requirement of five days and the recovery of the firearm within 48 hours. Governor Brown has twice vetoed similar legislation stating, “I was not convinced that criminalizing the failure to report a lost or stolen firearm would improve identification of gun traffickers or help law enforcement disarm people prohibited from possessing guns. I continue to believe that responsible people report the loss or theft of a firearm and irresponsible people do not.

SIGNEDSenate Bill 1235 will place unjustified and burdensome restrictions on the purchase of ammunition and would require the attorney general to keep records of purchases. This legislation would further require any online ammunition sales to be conducted through a licensed vendor. First and foremost, the reporting of ammunition sales has already been tried – and failed – at the federal level. Throughout the 1980s, Congress considered repeal of a federal ammunition regulation package that required, among other things, reporting of ammunition sales. In 1986, the director of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms supported eliminating the reporting requirement, stating: “The Bureau and the [Treasury] Department have recognized that current record keeping requirements for ammunition have no substantial law enforcement value.” As a result, the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 repealed the ammunition restrictions, with little opposition to the removal of that requirement. SB 1235 will similarly fail to reduce violent crime, as a law requiring the registration of ammunition purchases by honest citizens will not deter criminals. Governor Brown has twice vetoed similar legislation.

SIGNEDSenate Bill 1446 bans the simple possession of ammunition feeding devices/magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 cartridges. The federal “large-ammunition feeding device” ban of 1994-2004 was allowed to sunset due in part to its ineffectiveness. Yet, California anti-gun legislators still are persisting with this ban knowing that the congressionally-mandated study concluded that “the banned guns were never used in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders” before the ban and the bans 10-round limit on new magazines was not a factor in multiple-victim or multiple-wound crimes.

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Hundreds of thousands of guns that were previously legal will become contraband. Magazines numbering at least in the hundreds of thousands and probably in the millions will become contraband, with hefty fines for possession. (See: Also, ammunition sales will be sharply curtailed, with background check requirements and registration of purchases! This is clearly collective insanity, but it is becoming the law of the land in the People’s Republic of California.

The Ammo Sales/Purchase Bans

California’s new ammunition purchase restrictions (Senate Bill 1235) are complicated, and part of the new law hinges on the outcome of a November ballot initiative. See: If it goes fully into effect, then:

Variously starting either on January 1, 2018, or January 1, 2019, (under penalty of a $1,000 fine):

  • Mail order or Internet purchases from out of state will be banned unless it is delivered by an in-state dealer, with a background check.
  • Transport of ammunition bought out of state will be banned, with an exception of just 50 rounds under some circumstances.
  • Only a licensed ammunition vendor will be be able to sell ammunition.
  • Background checks and a permanent registry record will be required for in-state ammunition purchases.

The absurdity of creating a registry for an expendable commodity was apparently lost on California’s idiotic legislators.

Note: There will be huge loopholes in the law for law enforcement, for the privileged few who hold concealed carry permits in California, and for anyone who is moving into the state. But the net effect is that the cost of buying ammunition in California will probably skyrocket (since the competitive pricing of nationwide sales choices will be gone), and sales will become tracked to the buyer.

Since the database of ammo purchases is cumulative, shooters who expend large quantities of ammunition (such as competitive target shooters) will likely become increasingly suspect, making it appear that they are stockpiling ammo that they are actually expending on the range.

The new law is silent on any restrictions on components for handloaders, but presumably anyone who “manufactures” (assembles) ammunition would fall under some sections of the law.

The Dreaded Magazine Ban: Senate Bill No. 1446

California’s new magazine ban (Senate Bill 1446) goes into effect on July 1, 2017. The law quite bluntly demands:

(c) A person who, prior to July 1, 2017, legally possesses a large-capacity magazine shall dispose of that magazine by any of the following means:

(1) Remove the large-capacity magazine from the state.

(2) Prior to July 1, 2017, sell the large-capacity magazine to a licensed firearms dealer.

(3) Destroy the large-capacity magazine.

(4) Surrender the large-capacity magazine to a law enforcement agency for destruction.

Note: There are some exceptions for law enforcement agencies, currently-serving officers, retired officers, museums, movie prop companies, and the executors of wills or trustees settling estates. But otherwise, this is a “blanket” ban with no grandfather clause. As such, this ban will likely be challenged in the courts as a “taking” without compensation.

One oddity is that the new law is silent about belted or linked ammunition for belt-fed guns, but based on existing magazine restrictions in California, it is safe to assume that belts holding 11+ rounds could no longer be possessed. (This might have to be clarified by the courts.)

The fines start at $100 for the first offense, $250 for the 2nd offense, and $500 for the 3rd or subsequent offense. So a forgotten box of magazines in the back of a closet could potentially become a very expensive thing! Thankfully, violations of this law are considered infractions.

Your Response to the New Laws: Voting With Your Feet!

If you live in California, then I recommend that you immediately make plans to relocate your family to a more firearms-friendly state, and do so before 2017. Vote with your feet, folks! Relocating will serve two purposes: 1) It will maintain your firearms freedom, and 2) It will remove you from the California tax rolls, depriving the state of your revenue. (Starve the beast!)

If for some reason you cannot leave California before the new laws go into effect, then at least make arrangements with an out-state friend, a FFL, or a storage company to get your banned guns and magazines out of the State before the various effective dates of the new laws. But regardless, do not make the mistake of turning in your magazines in to the police “for destruction”. (Odds are, since the police are exempt from the law, some officers will simply take many of the surrendered magazines home for their own use or re-sell them out of state for a profit.)

The wording of SB 880 an AB 1135 are incredibly convoluted and require careful study. But most of their terms go into effect on January 1, 2017. That is the key date to remember and plan for.

A Limited Boycott

California’s misguided legislators need to get the message: Anti-gun owner tyranny is not unacceptable! I recommend that we institute a limited boycott of California. Those of us living in other states should NOT schedule or attend any conferences or conventions in California. Also, limit your vacation travel to California as much as possible. But please don’t boycott produce from California, since California’s rural and largely conservative fruit, vegetable, and nut growers don’t deserve to be punished for something that was not their doing! Please also continue to do business with California’s gun-related companies, but encourage them to relocate to a free state.

A Helping Hand

Sadly, California is now a legislative lost cause. The voices of its rural gun-owning minority have been drowned out by the statist/leftist urban majority. The chances of Californians salvaging their liberty is slim. Writing letters to your assemblymen in Sacramento or to the editor of your local newspaper just won’t work. You will be ignored. Firearms freedom is now just about dead in California, and the six newly-enacted gun laws were simply the last nails in the coffin lid. Face it, folks: The time has come to flee the tyranny.

Those of us living in free states should now do our best to help Californians escape the anti-gun tyrants. Please first help California’s gun law refugees store their banned guns and magazines, and then help the refugees get re-settled, to find jobs, make a fresh start, and feel welcome. That is the least we can do for them. – JWR

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Issues To Contemplate This 4th Of July

” Waiting for when tyranny knocks on the door to take action is tantamount to waiting for the last second to attempt to cut the fuse of an explosive.”
– Zy Marquiez

“Most Americans are unaware of a decline in individual liberty, and the reason is obvious: the decline rarely takes form in sudden personal deprivations but, instead, takes the form of unnoticed erosion and, thus, we come to regard whatever state we are in as a normal condition.”
– Leonard E. Read

“They don’t want to see us unite: All they want us to do is keep on fussing and fighting.  They don’t want to see us live together: all they want to do is keep on killing one another.”
– Bob Marley

Zy Marquiez
July 4, 2016

What does freedom mean to you?  This is a question that gets myriad answers, for innumerable reasons.

All about our environs we can see many patriots today, but how many of them are proactively looking out for their rights? How many individuals are speaking out when they see individual freedoms stripped away?  How many are speaking out against the growing police sate?  What about speaking out about the noxious genetically modified foods they eat?  What about the attacks on our right to self defense?  What about speaking out about any of the other impending issues?

As a society, today we celebrate Independence Day, but ironically enough, we’re so dependent on the system that if it just slowed down for a second, people would lose their moral compass.  In fact, within the last couple of decades, during the times society has tasted but a semblance of a catastrophe or a disaster this premise plays out in a highly disturbing manner.  Katrina is a prime example of this, and not the only one sadly.

Yes, not every person acts in a self-centered manner when things go down the drain, but the amount of people that do carry out such actions is more than troublesome.  It only takes but the softest of winds to blow down a house of cards, and that’s exactly what our economic system has become.  Why else do you think handed bankers that were ‘Too Big To Fail’ ‘Too Big To Jail’ trillions and trillions of dollars in 2009?  That wasn’t that long ago, and it’s like nobody remembers.   Worse, nothing’s inherently changed.  Not one damn thing.

Our society has changed incredibly in the last century.  The farther back in time one goes, the more it is  apparent people were their brother’s keeper; the more individuals were willing to stand up for what they believed in, and stand up against tyrannical measures.  These salient thoughts spring forth even more issues to ponder on this 4th of July.

Have these so called patriotic festivities just become a facade?  A garrulous ghost of our past?  Are we just celebrating, because, that’s just what American society does on its day off?  Is it done because that’s just what we’ve been taught to do?  Is it because of its deeper meaning?  Ruminate on that for a bit.

At a cursory glance, it seems that it’s become automatic to celebrate this day while not delving deeper into the finer meanings it entails.  And speaking to many friends and acquaintances these last few days, this is confirmed over and over with most conversations had.  Fourth Of July has become a superficial celebration it seems, and that overriding theme of enjoyment without rumination has concerningly made this date a shadow of its former self.

Seeping deeper, why does apathy abound in American society?  Is it a stagnant state of mind, or has our mind – our most powerful weapon as individuals – been dulled through inaction?

America was once the shinning beacon of the world.  At this moment, if you were to ask people within America, a good lot would tell you this is still so.  Now if you’ve traveled extensively outside of America, you will realize quickly that those sentiments are not shared by most other cultures for myriad reasons.

As a society we have allowed apathy to take charge of our life, myself included.  We have allowed for this deleterious emotional state to infect us, our kith and kin, like a virus and be the impetus for our descent into societal stagnation.

Its kind of ironic how many love celebrating freedom on this day but allow the freight train of tyranny to continue barreling down the tracks.

Seeing so many flags on this 4th of July is a great thing, but if all they are is a hollow gesture – something robotic – that we’ve come to just do as a society without respecting its deeper meaning, then we’ve lost part of ourselves somewhere along the road most traveled.

Patriotism, on the surface, abounds.  And yet, nigh nobody is willing to back what it means when the country needs it’s people the most.

With every new law passed, Freedom sheds another drop of blood to the vampiric and corrupt system that harvests human potential in every way, and then spits empty skeletons back out  by the tens of thousands when it’s done chewing them out.

Ever notice how laws always empower the state, and never empower you – the individual?

In fact, one could argue that most laws not only do not empower individuals, but they seek to disempower individual action.  That’s highly disturbing, because we’re supposed to live in a ‘free’ society.

This 4th Of July, it would be prudent to take note as to why it is called ‘Independence Day’, and why this day is celebrated in the first day.  Am an not talking about taking superficial note.  Am talking about a deeper, more inward rumination about the endless events that transpired for an entire country – our country – to not only shed its shackles, but to change the course of history in the process that allowed the world to take notice of what the idea of Freedom and all that it entailed stood for once cemented with a tsunami of firm action.

America fought tyranny before, and it came out on top.  In more recent times, from many angles, its fighting it again.

With SB277 coming down the pipe, Medical Tyranny will reach new untold levels with people being forced to carry out medical procedures.  And if we don’t stand up, it won’t stop there.

Worse still, with Gunpocalypse also now firmly in the fray in Kalifornia, people’s right to self defense in that state just took such a tyrannical hit that reverberations are still being felt from it everywhere.

If we don’t stand up for our rights now, we will only have a bigger whole to dig ourselves from later.  Waiting for when tyranny knocks on the door to take action is tantamount to waiting for the last second to attempt to cut the fuse of an explosive.

The best way to defend against tyranny – or defend against any threat – is when its beyond your perimeter, where you can see its every action, and thus, act accordingly.

Let’s be cognizant and make sure what transpired on 4th of July does not happen again.  Ever.

Empower yourself.  Empower others.

Stand up for what you believe in.  Do what’s right.

Stand side by side with others and lets cast an unremitting light on the shadows once and for all.

Gun Control Aims to Disarm the People, Not Save Lives

May 17, 2016

It’s impossible, in this day and age, to pick up a stranger’s password-protected mobile phone and send a text. It’s easy to steal anyone’s gun and fire away … So President Barack Obama wants the government to assist in the development of smart-gun technology, which has the potential to reduce the number of preventable deaths.  – Bloomberg

Obama’s is trying to control guns again. And this is the proximate cause for articles like this Bloomberg opinion piece about how necessary it is to stop gun violence by any means necessary.

But the larger issue is one that is not often pointed out.

It is actually quite unbelievable that this incessant effort to make guns more difficult to use is entirely motivated by well-meaning individuals  who want to protect our loved ones from deadly weapons.

Anyone who has had even occasional interactions with US governments at state or federal levels – especially on the East or West coasts – is well aware of the bureaucratic rigidity.

Whether it is the prosecution of military conflict around the world, the imposition of questionable taxes domestically, adult sentences for juveniles or prisoners placed in solitary confinement for years or decades, the vast scope of the US empire renders it essentially uncaring.

It is hard to conceive of bureaucracies being caring anyway. Cultures tend to be caring, but not sociopolitical entities.

Nonetheless, this Bloomberg article makes the argument that gun legislation is being promoted entirely out of caring and concern.

The need is great. At least 278 children unintentionally killed or injured someone with a gun last year, and at least 84 have done so already in 2016. Additional suicides and murders have been committed by people using guns that did not belong to them.

This effort could soon move beyond courts and legislation. All that stands in the way for now is the California federal appeals court ruling.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the California federal appeals court will rule at any moment “on whether states can force firearm manufacturers to incorporate safety devices in their products.”

If it makes a favorable ruling to states, then expect to see a surge of gun control technology that will make it more and more difficult to operate guns.

States – pursuant to the ruling – could mandate that one has to wear a ring that facilitates the firing of a gun at close proximity. No ring, no operation.

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