Category Archives: 077 Rights Watch

The Inevitability of Decentralization/Distributed Networks and How To Break Open The Webopoly

Leading to the only logical conclusion: Distributed networks.

All of us, technically minded or not, need to understand the tradeoffs we’ve been making. Then we need to make decisions. We can accept choke points and lock-in. Or we can look for ways to reclaim control—declining to rely so much on centralized services, and using encryption and the new decentralized tools, such as the already-working IndieWeb, as they become available.

Source: Fast Company

Special Forces Association Rejects Calls For Gun Control

SFA knows what the deal is: A decentralized threat can’t be defeated by centralizing gun ownership and disarming the people who face the threat first.

One source close to SFA told The Daily Caller that members are saying they believe Petraeus became a gun control activist for financial gain.“Recently, there have been many questions raised on the meaning of the Second Amendment to our Constitution and whether we can trust law abiding Americans to own and carry firearms, “Jack Tobin, President of the Special Forces Association, said in a statement.“’…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed…’ a rather plain and well worded admonition,” He added.The membership resolution also suggests the Department of Homeland Security put more effort into targeting radical Islamic terrorists instead law-abiding Americans.

Source: The Daily Caller

EU Jeopardizes Millions of Innocents by Moving Forward with Plan Disarm Citizens

In an all too common political reaction, the EU moves to strip innocent citizens of the one thing that can save lives during a decentralized attack: More good people with guns on the scene.

The EU’s move to further centralize centralize firearms ownership guarantees more events like Paris, San Barnardino, Orlando, etc.

In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the EU’s quasi-legislative (and simultaneously executive) branch, the European Commission, expedited plans to set new minimum gun control thresholds for its member states. The centerpiece of the new restrictions is a provision that severely restricts civilian ownership and use of semi-automatic firearms, by placing many of these types of guns in the same category as fully-automatic firearms. Other proposed changes include a new rule placing a fi

Source: NRA-ILA

The Triviality of Terrorism

My point in this article is not that we should ignore the horrors of terrorism. Rather, it’s that we should see the situation as it is. And for those of us in the West, the situation is that terrorism is a political weapon, wielded by politicians in the service of what Dwight Eisenhower termed the “military-industrial complex. ”We should further understand that eliminating terrorism would deprive these people of their greatest tool. If terrorism stopped, they’d have to replace it. The Western status quo requires a frightened and confused populace. Terrorism is a deadly reminder of just how deceived humans can become. Eliminating it will be awfully hard if we remain terrified and deceived ourselves.

Source: www.freemansperspective.com

New York just approved the nation’s first “terrorist registry”—and the implications are scary – Rare

It’s difficult to overstate how alarming it is that a bill this dangerous to due process and individual liberty has actually passed a state legislature. After all the uproar over Donald Trump’s outrageous Muslim registry idea, the New York state senate has quietly created a program that in its vagueness could pose an even more expansive threat.

Source: New York just approved the nation’s first “terrorist registry”—and the implications are scary – Rare

FBI Press Conference on Orlando Massacre: “…Citizens Saved Hundreds of Lives Throughout Night”

Just imagine how many more lives could have been saved if any of the people in the club would have been carrying instead of being disarmed by the state…

“Yesterday was the most horrific day in the city of Orlando,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said opening Monday’s FBI press conference on the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. “Yet I stand here prouder than our city than ever,” he explained, noting that hundreds of lives were saved throughout the course of the night because of the heroic efforts of law enforcement agencies, police, and citizens.

Source: Leah Barkoukis

The Orlando Shooting Is a Haunting Reminder of Just How Many Guns Are in America

There are obviously not enough guns in America when 50 unarmed people can be murdered by one…

At least 50 people died and more than 50 were injured after a gunman identified by police as Omar Mateen opened fire in a crowded Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The attack, occurring against the the backdrop of a bitter presidential election, led to familiar political debates over gun control and terrorism. Whatever comes of those debates, the shooting underscores a simple, indisputable fact: The United States of America has a lot of guns.

Source: TIME

Katie Couric’s Producer Confirms Her Team Skirted Federal Gun Laws

If any mundane did this they would be facing time in the hoosegow, I wonder if Couric and her producers (who seem to be in clear violation of federal gun laws) will get anything but a stiff talking to or perhaps a slap on the hand?

“It appears that Katie Couric and her producer arranged to have firearms transferred to themselves outside their home state from an otherwise innocent person,” Korwin said. “That clearly is an illegal transfer under federal law, each transfer of which is a federal felony.”

Source: The Federalist

Colorado Sheriffs Say Citizens Choice Should Be Overturned Because It Makes Them “Uncomfortable”

Not backing your state legislature, your state constitution, and your citizens because doing so makes you “uncomfortable?”

Seriously?

My goodness, whatever you do, don’t go do something that supports your people but makes you uncomfortable.  Do you boys need to find your safe space?

I guess the oath of office to defend the Colorado Constitution just don’t cut it hu?

You have to ask yourself, “If one can’t be faithful in the little things (those things the citizens have voted on and the state has made lawful), how can one expect them to stand up for you on the bigger issues?”

Answer: You can’t.

Wonder how those who voted for more rights in their states will feel when those “sworn” to uphold their rights figure out that’s not happening?

Today six Colorado sheriffs filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to reverse marijuana legalization in their state, which they say should be overturned because it makes them uncomfortable. Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and his counterparts in five other counties say Amendment 64, the marijuana legalization measure that is now part of Colorado’s constitution, has made their jobs harder by creating a conflict between state and federal law.

Source: Colorado Sheriffs Say Marijuana Legalization Should Be Overturned Because It Makes Them Uncomfortable | TruthVoice

BOHICA – Obama to Make ‘Smart Guns’ Push but Police are Pushing Back

Don’t be fooled, it’s not just cops that are skeptical and pushing back against the gun centralizers – I know of no serous gunman (in the Jeffersonian sense) that wants to risk their lives and the lives of other innocents on unproven technology.

While I do support rock solid (RF/EM shielded, untrackable, unhackable, unbreakable, transferable, sharable, and 100% reliable) technology that can be used to prevent an unauthorized persons from using my firearm without my permission, adopting such technologies should be a personal choice, not one to be forced upon people.

Here is an idea: Let’s make the Secret Service (sorry to my friends in that department, but you get where I am going with this…) the guinea pigs for this, and see how the bureaucrats like putting their lives on the line instead of the people they are purporting to serve with such policies.

Among the biggest skeptics are cops worried about testing an unproven technology on the streets.“Police officers in general, federal officers in particular, shouldn’t be asked to be the guinea pigs in evaluating a firearm that nobody’s even seen yet,” said James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police. “We have some very, very serious questions.”

Source: POLITICO H/T Say Uncle

About Rent Seeking Instructors

Rent seeking is always wrong (and can be downright deadly when we are talking about firearms and training), it’s something we must be guarded against at all times.

It has to be an equal mix of greed and stupidity that launches the mouths of some firearm instructors to blab about government-mandated training. If by now, any Gun Owner does not realize that regulations that come from political hacks have no basis in real life and are actually a gateway to restrictions, simply in a disconnected idiot.

Should Gun Owners get training? Yes. If you are an instructor offer affordable classes in different levels of guncraft, from basic pistol handling to weapons retention. But do not latch yourself to legislators in order to keep your gravy train running.

Source: Gun Free Zone

Rand Paul’s Gun Bills Would Help Vets Publicly Challenge FBI Background Checks | Outdoor Life

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on April 19 introduced the Senate companion of the Protecting Gun Rights and Due Process Act, noting it would help nearly 200,000 veterans from potentially losing their right to keep and bear arms.

The VA has reportedly declared 260,381 veterans with fiduciary trustees to the background check system as “mentally defective.” According to the Congressional Research Service, more than 99 percent of all names reported to NICS as “mental defective” are provided by the VA.

Paul’s bill would abolish Obama’s executive action which allows the infringement on the gun rights of 4.2 million citizens enrolled in the SSA and VA and would restore gun rights to veterans, seniors and others who have already had their gun rights revoked.

Source: Outdoor Life

Politicians panties in a wad about guns that look like smartphones

The ignorant seem to never mind their own business…

A proposed two shot Derringer type handgun design, which is planned be concealed as a smart phone and will require the same laws and paperwork to purchase as any other; is causing the usual ignorant hoplophobs into a group hand wringing hissy fit.

Not happy with disarming as many innocent people as they can (while they hid behind their body guards), are now looking for new laws and old regulations to prevent people from carrying a newly designed tool to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Note: The kind of a tool you carry doesn’t make you a good or bad person, it’s how the tool is used that matters.

WASHINGTON — Police across the country already have mistakenly shot cell phone-wielding people whose mobile devices were mistaken for guns. Now a Minnesota businessman is trying to bring to market actual guns shaped like smartphones.U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and law enforcement leaders from both ends of the commonwealth say his idea is misguided and they are pledging to do whatever they can to stop him.

They are asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to enforce the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act, which already bans guns that are not shaped like traditional firearms.

“Officers are compelled to make split-second decisions all across this nation each and every day,” and this product will make their jobs harder and endanger lives, said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr., who joined Mr. Casey on a conference call with reporters Thursday.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rasmussen Looks at Why Americans are Buying So Many Guns

While we still have a little further to go, it’s nice to see some form of common sense returning to the American people.

It seems to me that Americans are intuitively catching on to the fact decentralized threats (whether your standard criminal or other more politically motivated) require a decentralized approach to solve.

In other words, Americans seem to be realizing that because they can’t carry around cop around in their back pocket, and because police are not obligate to show up to the fight (not because they don’t want to but because there are just never enough of them), that it’s much better to be ready to deal with any life threatening situation all on their own.

The good news here is that because increasing ones personal security and that of your loved ones only take small acts of will, applied in short bursts of concentration (in conjunction with the right kinds of training), in order to learn the skills required to secure yourself, your loved ones, and your community. As with all things in life you are only a decision away from knowing the confidence and peace skill at arms can bring.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Americans with a gun in their household feel safer because someone in that household owns a gun.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 11-12, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Voters still tend to oppose stricter gun control, perhaps in part because few think tougher gun laws will reduce the level of violent crime in this country.

Americans in nearly every demographic category strongly agree that most people purchase a gun for self-defense. Few think they have a criminal act in mind.

Men are more likely than women to say there’s a new gun in their immediate family. Women feel more strongly that it is too easy to buy a gun in America.

Source: Rasmussen Reports

McAuliffe vetos gun bills, touts domestic violence protections

RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who struck a compromise on guns with Republicans early this year, has gone on to veto a flurry of gun rights bills that were not part of that deal. In the past week alone, McAuliffe (D) vetoed bills that would have given domestic violence victims under protective orders the temporary right to carry concealed weapons without applying for permits or getting training. He also nixed measures that would have allowed retired police officers working as private security guards…

Source: The Washington Post

Illinois law could revoke gun permits for peopled identified as a danger

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A plan to temporarily suspend gun permits of people in Illinois who show signs of being a danger to themselves or others is headed to the House floor.

Addison Democratic Rep. Kathleen Willis says her proposal to allow family members and close friends to file a petition to temporarily revoke a person’s ability to purchase guns is a response to mass shootings and suicide deaths. The petition for revocation of a person’s Firearm Owners Identification card could be filed in any circuit court.

The House Judiciary Criminal Committee advanced the bill on Wednesday, April 4, 2016.The Illinois chapter of the National Rifle Association opposes the measure, saying it infringes on Second Amendment rights. Republican Rep. Barbara Wheeler says the proposal is a government overreach.

Source: WQAD.com

Blackwater’s Founder Is Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services

ERIK PRINCE, founder of the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater and current chairman of Frontier Services Group, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military services to foreign governments and possible money laundering, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the case.

Source: The Intercept

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