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National Service is Anti-Liberty and Un-American By Ron Paul

Former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich recently called on the government to force young people to spend two years either “serving” in the military or performing some other type of government-directed “community service.” Neoconservative Senator John McCain has introduced legislation creating a mandatory national service program very similar to Reich’s proposal. It is not surprising that both a prominent progressive and a leading neocon would support mandatory national service, as this is an issue that has long united authoritarians on the left and right.

Proponents of national service claim that young people have a moral obligation to give something back to society. But giving the government power to decide our moral obligations is an invitation to totalitarianism.

Mandatory national service is not just anti-liberty, it is un-American. Whether or not they admit it, supporters of mandatory national service do not believe that individuals have “inalienable rights.” Instead, they believe that rights are gifts from the government, and, since government is the source of our rights, government can abridge or even take away those rights whenever Congress decides.

Mandatory national service also undermines private charitable institutions. In a free society, many people will give their time or money to service projects to help better their communities, working with religious or civic associations. But in a society with government-enforced national service, these associations are likely to become more reliant on government-supplied forced labor. They will then begin to tailor their programs to satisfy the demands of government bureaucrats instead of the needs of the community.

(Source: freedom-bloggers-united, via freexcitizen)

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Illinois: Threat of legal action prompts repeal of thumbprint rule for handgun purchases

An ordinance requiring a thumbprint to purchase a handgun within city limits has been repealed in the wake of possible legal action from the Illinois State Rifle Association.
The Peoria City Council on Tuesday approved a measure that vacated portions of the deadly weapons ordinance without discussion.

New D.C. rules on carrying gun in public will be put to legal test next month

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. was quick Friday to dismiss a last-ditch request for reconsideration of his July ruling to legalize carrying a gun in public in the

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Mental health issues put 34,500 on New York’s no-guns list

A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous.

D.C. police chief doesn’t want to release names of gun permit recipients

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday she does not support a proposal to publicly identify gun owners who are granted concealed carry permits, undercutting a nascent effort by some lawmakers to make the names available upon request.

D.C. to begin accepting first applications in decades for concealed-firearm permits

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier on Thursday said her department will begin accepting applications next week for the first public permits to carry concealed firearms in the nation’s capital in more than four decades.

D.C. police chief to testify on concealed-carry bill

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is scheduled to testify at a hearing on a bill that would allow District of Columbia residents and visitors to get concealed handgun permits for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to advocate for semi-auto ban

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is drawing on the support of families of mass-shooting victims to highlight the issue of gun control and assault weapons in his re-election bid against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

Washington: NRA donates $150K more in fight against I-594

The National Rifle Association has donated an additional $150,000 to its political action committee in Washington to fight a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers.

Washington measure to increase gun background checks bleeds support

A ballot initiative that would require background checks on all firearm purchases in Washington state, including sales at gun shows and online, has support from a majority of voters — but that majority is shrinking.

Judge upholds concealed-gun ban at N.C. State Fair

Concealed-carry permit holders will not be able to bring their handguns into the N.C. State Fair when it opens Thursday, a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

D.C. mayor signs into law emergency legislation on new gun carry permits

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) on Friday signed into law emergency legislation allowing residents who are properly registered to seek permits to carry concealed firearms in the District.

Lott: The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings

It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.

Bloomberg group’s mass-shootings report ‘riddled with errors’: gun reseacher

The July report by billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s funded gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety is “riddled with errors,” including mistakes in the number of shootings reported, the extent of the shooter’s mental illness and even where the attacks occurred, according to an analysis by gun researcher John Lott.