All too often, advocates of strict gun control promise that more complex and convoluted laws will save lives without imposing a serious burden on the right of law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights.
Opposition supporters hold a banner reading “No More Socialism” during a gathering with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Caracas on Feb. 2, 2019. (Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)
When a dozen of conservatism’s best minds take on Socialism and expose it for the utopian fraud it is, attention must be paid.
In a brief foreword to a special issue of National Review, Editor-in-Chief Richard Lowry admitted that many conservatives thought socialism in America had been “vanquished” after the collapse of Soviet Communism 30 years ago. But as T. S. Eliot insisted, “There is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause.”
The experts examine socialism in its many guises, beginning with Charles Cooke’s blunt assessment that socialism is not and never can be “democratic.”
Firearms are used in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times every year in the United States. (Photo: Getty Images)
At a time when many high-profile politicians are comfortable proposing laws that impose serious burdens on the right to keep and bear arms, including the mass confiscation of commonly owned firearms, it’s important to remember that those same firearms are regularly used by average Americans to defend their life, liberty, and property.
While some gun control advocates claim the Second Amendment is a dangerous historical relic, even going so far as to call for its repeal, they often overlook the fact that firearms are significantly more likely to be used for self-defense than in criminal activity.
New wind and solar farms are continuing to be constructed all over Texas. Longroad Energy, a company headquartered in Massachusetts, has recently announced plans to build two new renewable energy plants in Texas, which are both set to be completed in the year 2020.
Earlier this month, Longroad Energy signed a 15-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) with Pennsylvania company, Crown Holdings, Inc., agreeing to supply them with over 400,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity from a new wind farm set to be located in Knox County, Texas.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a list of criminal illegal aliens who were released from jail due to sanctuary city policies, many of whom went on to commit other crimes.
Washington and Oregon, two states under Democratic Party control, have enacted some of the strongest sanctuary laws in the country that protect illegal immigrants from federal apprehension.
Contrary to the rhetoric of many gun control advocates, the Second Amendment’s protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms is not a malevolent, outdated barricade to peace that must be demolished or diminished in the name of public safety.
Rather, the Second Amendment is a fundamental part of the nation’s scheme of ordered liberty.
Firearms are used far more often in self-defense than in crime.
LMTonline, by Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli, The Washington Post,
ROME – In the instant he became one of the most controversial figures in modern Catholic Church history, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark.
The retired Vatican ambassador to Washington wrote a bombshell letter last summer calling on Pope Francis to resign on the grounds that he had tolerated a known sexual abuser. As that letter was published, Viganò turned off his phone, told friends he was disappearing, and let the church sort through the fallout.
Nine months later, in his first extended interview since that moment, Viganò refused to disclose his location or say much about his self-imposed exile. But his comments indicate that, even in hiding, he is maintaining his role as the fiercest critic of the Francis era, acting either as an honorable rebel or, as his critics see it, as an ideological warrior attacking a pope he doesn’t like.
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Read these amazing stories which highlight accounts of law-abiding gun owners in America using their Second Amendment rights for self-defense in this online edition of the Armed Citizen®.
March 27, 2019 –
In a reported home invasion in Chattanooga, Tenn., a man was doing laundry in his residence when a would-be robber entered through the front door, spoke briefly to the homeowner, and then let two other men into the residence. The would-be robber took a pistol from one accomplice and demanded money from the homeowner. Surprising the apparent robbers, the homeowner retrieved a gun from underneath a couch cushion in the living room and fired several times at the men. One man was struck by a bullet and died. A physical struggle ensued between the homeowner and the first man who entered the residence, while the third fled. The homeowner broke free and ran into his bedroom. At that time, the first would-be robber apparently ran off. Police located both suspects and charged them with aggravated robbery. (timesfreepress.com, Chattanooga, Tenn., 3/27/19)
Armed Citizen Extra
A pastor and his wife defended their Houston home from an intruder one Saturday night. After hearing something outside of their back door, they went to investigate and saw the suspect breaking in. In fear for their lives, both fired upon the man, who reportedly died on the scene. After the shooting, the couple went outside, placed their guns on the ground, and waited for the officers to arrive. (abc13.com, Houston, Texas, 5/6/19)
Given the choice of no longer paying to support unions they didn’t want to join in the first place, lots of public sector workers took it.
Two of the largest public sector unions in the country lost more than 210,000 so-called “agency fee members” in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling that said unions could no longer force non-members to pay partial dues. That case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, effectively freed public workers from having to make “fair share” payments—usually totaling about 70 to 80 percent of full union dues—in lieu of joining a union as a full-fledged member.
Now, annual reports filed with the federal Department of Labor show that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) lost 98 percent of it’s agency fee-paying members during the past year. Another large public sector union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), lost 94 percent of their agency fee-paying members.