Monday, March 27, 2017
The Mexican Revolution is likely the most important chain of events in the history of Mexico, perhaps more so than Mexico’s war of independence. Its crowning achievement is the 1917 Constitution, still in effect today. One of the leading attributes of the Mexican Revolution is the rise of citizen armies, what U.S. legal tradition recognizes as the ‘unorganized militia’ of able-bodied armed men organizing into military units. Though the grievances, politics, motives, and goals of the different revolutionary factions and leaders differed, there’s much about the Revolution to be seen from a libertarian point of view.
One of the central themes of libertarian political theory is that government is at best inefficient and incapable of adequately governing and providing for the people, and at worst a predatory criminal organization. This is why the minarchist libertarians believe in a very limited ‘night watchman’ government under a strict interpretation of the Constitution that favors the liberty of the people, and why anarchist libertarians prefer no government at all and all power to the individual. The minarchist grievance against the thirty-five-year Porfirio Diaz regime is the lack of free elections, repression of dissident press, and crony capitalist policies favoring well-connected big businesses over independent honest businesses.
The anarchist libertarian scholar Murray Rothbard breaks down the state to its most basic components in Anatomy of the State. The example he gives is the bandit gang that occasionally robs an unarmed village population, which then decides they would profit more if they lived among the conquered people as rulers and collected regular payments. The bandit chief declares himself king, his bandit leaders are the lawful nobility of the realm, and a new state is born. This is what Columbus was to the Arawak people, what Cortez was to the Mexican Indians, and what the Mexican state was to the peasants and the Indians.
While Americans debate over the issue of women in combat, the Mexican Revolution sorted out that issue over a century ago with the ‘soldaderas’, the women soldiers of the revolutionary armies. The soldaderas served as rear-guard militia, nurses, couriers, spies, sentries, regimental cooks, and frontline light infantry. Without the participation of women in logistical and combat roles, the revolutionary armies wouldn’t have been able to mount prolonged resistance against the federal government and later, against the corrupt revolutionary state. The prevalence of revolutionary wives and sweethearts, especially Francisco “Pancho” Villa’s Northern Division, is likely the reason why desertion was so low in revolutionary armies. Women’s participation made them equal stakeholders in the Revolution, and evidence that gun rights and the natural right to self-defense aren’t restricted to one country, gender, or one special class of people.
The anarchist grievances of the Mexican Revolution include the rampant state using eminent domain to steal land from its rightful owners, federal military conscription as kidnapping, taxes as institutionalized theft, and the constant imprisonment and murder of dissidents. One faction of outright anarchists rose up in 1911. The Magonistas were a battalion-sized volunteer army of anarchist Mexicans and Anglo-Americans who conquered several cities and towns independently of the Maderista’s war against the Diaz regime. Although they were anarcho-communist, their attempts to establish a micro-state in northern Baja California represent the libertarian ideals of secession and political decentralization. Moreover, the wary and apolitical general population were likely to receive better representation and public services under the Magonistas' micro-state than under the Mexican government.
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Continued tomorrow in Part 2.
This article was originally published in one piece by the Libertarian Party of Nevada.
'From the Dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz to the Revolution' painting by David Alfaro Siquieros
'Las Soldaderas' (1938) painting by Antonio Gomez.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Repeal TrumpCare! This ObamaCare Lite bill is all the evidence conservatives should need that the GOP is socialist and the GOP's leaders and elected officials are betraying America AGAIN. Also, libertarians who support the Trump administration in its growing government faster than marijuana grows in Humboldt need to seriously rethink their worldview.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
The Nat-Cs are coming to physically remove you in the night! The same people who identify with "national capitalism" are usually the same people who say "It's the Roman salute, not the Nazi salute!" The Helicopter Libertarians strike again, and they want to trick you into growing the Trump state.
National Capitalism is simply Nazism 2.0--and this National Capitalism fairy tale is either the domain of racists and fascists with slightly better economics than the NSDAP, or racists and fascists too spineless to be true to themselves and admit they're Nazi sympathizers.
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Friday, March 24, 2017
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas... unless there's a police record! Here's what you need to know about 420 in Sin City.
Many leading successful entrepreneurs--the multi-millionaires whose books and seminars people pay a ton of money for--all say you should get paid to do what you enjoy so your money works for you instead of you working for money. In this spirit, I work a great side gig as a nightclub party host on the Las Vegas Strip.
I have guests asking me random drug questions all the time. I also see the occasional stoner on the Strip get taken away in handcuffs. To avoid a ruined vacation and a string of legal problems, here's what you need to know about marijuana laws in Las Vegas and the State of Nevada. I answer the following questions:
Is marijuana legal in Las Vegas?
Can people smoke weed on the Strip?
Where can people buy weed in Las Vegas?
Can I reek of weed in the club?
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
The alt-right and sellout-anarchists are either naive or intentionally lying about their creed.
|British police at Croydon Airport send Jewish refugees back to occupied Poland|
The alt-right and their bosom buddies, the Cantwellian Helicopter Libertarians, want to throw people out of helicopters like Pinochet's regime did to dissidents. Those that aren’t excited to commit mass murder in the name of 'liberty' or capitalism still favor a more sterilized, softer form of “physical removal” in the form of deportations or imprisonment.
I say to them: Fine. Physically remove people. But those calling for physical removal better be man enough to do it themselves! History is filled with mass murders that were tolerated by people who chose to remain silent and not get their hands dirty. In 1945, vanquished Germans cried "We didn't know!" to the Allies. No more of that. If people want physical removal, they need to lead by example and actually start ripping people from their families, not do what the socialist Republicans do and blissfully outsource that violence to the State.
The alt-right conservatives and their expendable auxiliaries, the Helicopter Libertarians, would argue that the federal and state governments exist whether libertarian anarchists want it or not. Therefore, they say, the best chance that ‘freedom’ has in America is for libertarians to use these entities to remove people who are threats to liberty. That's cute.
What the alt-right ignores is... (Read more at the Swamp)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
|Manuel Velazquez (left) and Ubaldo Herrera (right) before their arrest|
The campaign to raise awareness of two Cuban libertarian activists thrown in the Gulag just took a turn for the better. The world is hearing the cries of the victims' families! Mises Cuba and the incarcerated Cuban libertarian activists were mentioned recently in a Forbes article. The issue was also explored in greater detail by celebrity talk show host and libertarian activist Gloria Alvarez. This follows multiple U.S. Libertarian state parties being joined by the Libertarian Party of Spain and the Libertarian Party of Russia in condemning the incarceration of Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea, and calling for their immediate release.
Two days ago, Alejandro Chafuen wrote a Forbes article about free market think tanks and political entrepreneurs. He mentions 25 independent Mises Institutes in the world that he's aware of, each modeled after the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn. Chafuen writes, "To my knowledge, the last Mises Institute to pop up was Mises Cuba. Early in February, two of their members were detained and later sent to the Melena II jail, a maximum security prison for political dissidents." (Read this for more details on their arrest and incarceration.)
Mises Cuba's Community Organizer also personally informed me that Mises Cuba founding member and lawyer Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand was just interviewed by celebrity activist and talk show host Gloria Alvarez. Alvarez is a talk show host of Libertopolis (102.1 FM), a Guatemalan news and political station that broadcasts on the air and online. Gloria Alvarez is also the author of the Spanish-language books 'El engaño populista' (The Populist Deception) and 'La Rebelión de los Mansos' (Rebellion of the Meek). Alvarez and Libertopolis have a combined audience of millions, and Alvarez alone has half a million social media subscribers. The interview of Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand about Herrera and Velazquez's incarceration in the Gulag, and the Cuban government's repression of Mises Cuba, is scheduled to air on March 31 at 6 PM Guatemalan local time.
Another bit of good news is that the Libertarian Party of Colorado's Executive Committee voted to join the cause. LP Colorado condemns the incarceration of Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea and calls for their immediate release. LP Colorado has yet to publish anything on the vote or proclamation, but the resolution's unanimous passage was confirmed by Communications Director Caryn Ann Harlos. The U.S. Libertarian National Committee votes on a similar resolution tomorrow. If passed, the whole U.S. Libertarian Party will condemn the incarceration and call for the release of Herrera and Velazquez. So far, the Libertarian state parties who have taken initiative are Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, plus LP Chicago. This movement is joined by the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn and the fully independent Mises Institutes of multiple Latin American countries.
LP Nevada warmly thanks Gloria Alvarez and Alejandro Chafuen for significantly raising awareness of this issue. As is the case of international celebrity whistle blower Edward Snowden, who's still a refugee abroad, there is little we can actually do to physically remove Herrera and Velazquez from the labor prison Melena II. However, we can still make sure the whole world knows what happened to Ubaldo Herrea Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea. We can make sure the whole world knows what Raul Castro's regime continues to do to peaceful dissidents who live by the non-aggression principle. The greater the awareness each caring person helps spread, the greater the embarrassment to the quasi-Stalinist regime in Cuba, and the greater the chance the Interior Ministry will let them go.
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Originally published March 18 by the Libertarian Party of Nevada.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The question needs asking: is the Left really more evil than the Right?
Anyone who's slightly right-of-center has likely watched black-clad anarchists with hammer and sickle flags smashing up store fronts, starting bonfires in the streets, and brawling with the cops. It's probably sent a chill down their spines. I see an increasing ideological problem arising in libertarian circles: conservatives and libertarians are buying into the us-versus-them mentality to vilify the left, at the expense of giving conservatives a free pass on violent hypocrisy.
People on the Right are rightfully concerned about violent neo-Communists, but they're ignoring the neo-Nazis. Revolutionary and institutional fascism alike are equally willing to end lives and expropriate private property for the sake of the state, and always has, no matter how vehemently conservatives, the alt-right, and the far-right libertarian wannabes (anyone who does the "Roman" salute). Soviet Socialism was certainly a plague on humanity, especially in the developing world, but so were the CIA and DEA. Remember, when Mises and Hayek fled Europe, it wasn't Communism they were fleeing for their lives. So concern over militant leftism but not militant rightism is willful blindness.
Besides, the Right will always be the real evil, in my honest opinion. Liberals are all about high taxes and abortion. The radical leftists will take to the streets and break things when they don't get their way. It was the same in Berkeley in 1968, and it was the same in Petrograd in 1917 and 1905. What else is new? Republicans seem to have amnesia over the excessive force that was applied to Ron Paul supporters in 2012.
The police colluded with the GOP to assault and arrest Ron Paul supporters after they won the majority of delegates at the Louisiana GOP Convention. Fingers were broken.
The police were in cahoots with the GOP to arrest Ron Paul supporters at the Missouri GOP Caucus. When Ron Paul was winning the delegate race, the Missouri GOP revoked their credentials and had them physically removed.
Republicans in Orlando stomped on the feet of a Ron Paul supporter wearing flip flops for the high crime of holding a Ron Paul sign outside the National Convention.
Ron Paul delegates in Orlando had their credentials stripped in mass. I also met and spoke with a delegate who was kidnapped on Orlando's infamous Bus to Nowhere that unfortunately didn't arrive at the Convention Center in time for the Paul delegates to vote. In addition, I've met others who claim marijuana was planted in their hotel rooms--this was back in 2012 when possession in the South was more than a slap on the wrist.
So while the Left breaks windows and blocks on-ramps, and every once in a while beats up a Donald Trump supporter, Republicans and a few libertarians with GOP Stockholm Syndrome play into the partisan game. Libertarians and Republicans seem to find some common ground in denigrating the Left together, but all the libertarians in this situation do is buy into the statists' us-versus-them game.
In their growing hatred of the Left, the embers of resentment fanned by hatemongers like Chris "I say cuck way too damn much" Cantwell and wackos like Alex "Cocaine tantrums" Jones. There is no outcry from these people over the vandalized mosques and synagogues, the statistical increase in attacks against immigrants and minorities in this country,
But conservatives are the ones who were supposed to lower taxes, reign in federal spending, protect unborn life, maintain a humble foreign policy, preserve the rights of states from federal overreach according to the Bill of Rights. And what have we gotten? Boots on the ground in Syria, TrumpCare with the individual mandate intact, an Attorney General who has said on more than one occasion that he plans to prosecute legal recreational marijuana (because, according to Spicer and Sessions, when the Trump campaign said 'states rights', they only meant medical marijuana), and abortion still happens on the daily in Trump's America.
The leaders of the Right betrayed America, and most ordinary conservatives supported them the whole way. Republicans are still making excuses to support Donald Trump, even though he's doing variations of the same crap the Obama Administration did. This goes to show that a majority of Trump's supporters aren't really as married to their principles as they think they are. They're not really as dedicated to the practice of conservative values as they think they are, or else they'd already have tarred and feathered 90% of the Republicans in Washington D.C. (both in the Legislative and Executive Branches).
We know the Left is "bad." They're too wishy-washy on civil liberties and plain awful on property rights, and that leaves room for huge problems down the road. That's always been obvious. But the Right are the snakes in the grass, who will talk in your face about 'principles over party' while they raise your taxes, fund abortion clinics, and drop more bombs on brown people (because WWJD don't matter to the "Christian" Right anymore).
So yes. The Right is evil. Perhaps the true evil, more so than the Left. The Left is at least honest about their big government SJW utopian drivel. I can easily point to 3 books: Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto, Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, and Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, and feel comfortable saying these 3 books pretty accurately summarize the Left. We know exactly what the different Left factions believe and what they want to accomplish.
But the Right... we get volumes of propaganda from the Right about their moral superiority to liberals, even though conservatives are at this very moment giving America more of the same that we already had under Obama.they are the snakes. The Right is the greater evil. They're still lying to America. Mexico's going to pay for that wall, not the American taxpayer, right?!
Yeah yeah yeah, the Left is "bad." The Right is "worse." Let's just break the Left-Right paradigm and focus on minimum versus maximum state presence, and maximum versus minimum individual liberty.
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Images courtesy of Old American Century.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Conservatives compared Obama to Stalin and now liberals compare Trump to Hitler. What if there was a little but of truth to both? What if the American Presidency just has too much power? What would happen in America if the President was a lot MORE like Stalin? Harry Turtledove gives us a glimpse of that America and helps us ask questions about the power of the leviathan state.
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Sean Spicer warned that the Feds are coming after recreational marijuana and the DOJ threatened the Moapa Paiute Nation over the 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup, even though the Moapa Paiutes are a sovereign nation AND marijuana is legal in Nevada... Republicans, WHAT happened to states' rights?!
- Mexico is NOT paying for the wall, but maybe will someday through... tariffs?
- The GOP's ObamaCare Lite still has an individual mandate
- The meaning of states' rights has suddenly changed to what's convenient for Jeff Sessions
With Republican policies like these, who needs Democrats?!
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
What was the Free Libertarian Party of 1972, and what made it different from the Libertarian Party that was founded in 1971?
"In 1974, two years after the founding of the Free Libertarian Party, Mr. Tuccille ran for governor of New York. He hoped to win the 50,000 votes that would give the party a permanent place on the ballot, a first step toward becoming the third major political party in the United States..."
It turns out New York has some interesting political history that overlaps and even predates the Libertarian Party! Learning about the Free Libertarian Party was a warm welcome for a Libertarian nerd like me.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Two Cuban libertarian activists were arrested by the Cuban secret police, detained for weeks, and are now imprisoned in the Gulag! Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea must be freed from the Melena II labor prison. Herrera was targeted for his "dissident activities" of getting people together in a room to discuss limited government, civil liberties, and free markets. Velazquez had the misfortune of being with Herrera when both men were arrested by the secret police. 'We are subjected to a twelve-hour work day in the sun, melting and raising blocks or working in the field,' said a labor convict at the Melena II prison's collective farm...
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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Yes, you read that right! Pro-Trump libertarians like how Donald Trump called out the media for being biased. Cool, I can appreciate that too. But what do they call Fox News, Breitbart, and Info Wars? The Republicans and libertarians who support Trump are the sheep from Manor Farm. Zach explains what makes Donald Trump's election and first 100 days so similar to an episode from the George Orwell novel.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Many Libertarians feel demoralized after the general election. One of the two authoritarian demagogues was going to win no matter what. The most painful part is that our national ticket couldn’t clinch that 5% (and even people on the Gary Johnson campaign are unhappy with Governor Bill Weld). Regardless of the disappointment, LP Nevada still applauds Governor Gary Johnson for bringing the Libertarian Party up to new milestones and for carrying forward the message of our platform. Here are some of the victories the Libertarian Party won this election.
Friday, March 10, 2017
The Libertarian Party of Russia has joined the international movement of dedicated libertarians calling for the freedom of jailed activists. Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea were arrested February 2, 2017 by State Security. The Cuban libertarians are interned at the prison Melena II, part of Cuba's Gulag-style labor prison system. The Libertarian Party of Russia published the following statement:
It has come to our attention that human rights situation in Cuba has just made a turn for the worse. Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez, a human rights activist in Cuba and a member of the Mises Institute Cuba, and Manuel Velazquez Visea, a Cuban libertarian activist, who were arrested by the regime on February 2nd, are incarcerated in Cuba's most infamous Melena II prison. Various human rights groups compare conditions in this prison to Soviet Gulag. Activists are charged with "attempted assault" although there is little doubt they are being targeted for dissident activities and promoting ideas of liberty.
Libertarian Party of Russia strongly condemns political repression and demands release of political prisoners. We urge Cuban authorities to set Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea free immediately!
The Libertarian Party of Russia has joined an international movement to free these two political prisoners. LP Russia now stands with the Libertarian Party of Spain (P-LIB), the independent Mises Institutes in Cuba, Venezuela, and Colombia, and the American Libertarian state parties of Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Florida. The state parties in North Carolina and Florida are the latest American affiliates to get on board. They're joined by the Libertarian Party of Chicago, whose leaders are leading the way on this just cause inside the Illinois LP.
LP Nevada is honored and humbled that the Libertarian Party of Russia, of Spain, and of multiple states would stand with us in fighting on behalf of our oppressed libertarian brothers. Libertarians aren't trying to send the Marines to Havana, but simply to call international attention to an abuse that's hurtful and wrong in countless ways.
There is something YOU as an individual can do to help! You can directly contact Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Relations on Facebook and Twitter and demand the release of Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea. You can also lobby your regional representative on the LNC (actually, ALL members of the LNC) to vote YES on the U.S. LP's resolution calling on Cuba's government for their release. Finally, you can share this news with as many people as you know, especially those on the Right who love to hate Communism; this is their chance to back up talk with action and do something, and from the safety of their own homes!
Never give in to evil, but proceed ever boldly against it. This is the time for everyone who loves liberty to proceed boldly.
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This article was first published by the Libertarian Party of Nevada
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Two Cuban libertarian activists, Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea were arrested on February 2, 2017 by Cuba's political police. The two activists were convicted of attempted assault and facing new charges for distribution of "enemy propaganda." This "enemy propaganda" was in fact the writings of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, and other laissez-faire economists and philosophers--all of which threatens the Castro regime and Communist Party's grip on the island nation. Herrera and Velazquez are both imprisoned in the Melena II labor prison, Cuba's equivalent of the Soviet Union's Gulag.
The Libertarian Party of Nevada issued a press release on February 9 condemning the Cuban government and the Communist Party of Cuba, and demanding the immediate release of Herrera and Velazquez. Shortly after, this became a movement. The Libertarian state parties of New Hampshire and Oklahoma jumped on board, also calling for the release of Herrera and Velazquez. We were then joined by LP Indiana, LP New Mexico, and the Libertarian Party of Spain. In the last week LP Florida and LP North Carolina have joined the international movement to free these libertarian political prisoners.
James Hines, at-large Executive Committee member of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina, said
“As libertarians, we condemn our own government's interference in Cuba's domestic affairs. Cubans had a right to revolt against the dictator Fulgencio Batista, who overthrew a democratic government in 1952 coup d’etat.
“Even more, we mourn for the Cuban people because Fidel Castro, the man they trusted to lead the resistance against Batista, and his brother Raul, have proven far more brutal tyrants than the dictator they replaced.”
“Today, the members of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina lament that Cubans live under a government which will arrest, or threatens to arrest them, by characterizing any expression of dissent in economic or political matters as an attack upon itself.
“We pray for the safety, happiness, and freedom of Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velasquez Visea as we pray for all of the people of Cuba and as we wish all of these things for ourselves.”
In the Libertarian Party of Florida's condemnation of the Cuban government, LPF Chairman Char-Lez Braden said today,
“The Libertarian Party of Florida, and all free people, find the existence of political prisoners abhorrent and call upon Cuba and all nations with such prisoners to free these folks and stop this practice. The LPF strongly encourages the Cuban government to release Hernandez and Velasquez immediately and apologize for their arrest. In addition, the LPF strongly urges the Cuban government to rid itself of all laws which limit Cuban citizens from expressing their opinions in public."
The Libertarian Party of Florida also dutifully points out that this is not a practice found only in Communist republics. "Just this year, there have been several Americans arrested for doing nothing more than exercising their right of free speech. Earlier this year two students were arrested in Michigan for simply handing out free pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions."
LP Florida and LP North Carolina are joined by the Libertarian Party of Chicago. Rather than wait for the Illinois party's Executive Committee to act, LP Chicago is leading the way in Illinois! The Libertarian Party of Russia and the Libertarian Party of Spain join 7 American LP state affiliates in a growing movement to free these innocent men. Whether governments are persecuting nonviolent dissidents in Michigan or in Cuba, We the People will call out oppression and stand for freedom and common decency.
There is something YOU as an individual can do to help! You can directly contact Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Relations on Facebook and Twitter and demand the release of Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea. You can also lobby your regional representative on the LNC (actually, ALL members of the LNC) to vote YES on the U.S. LP's resolution calling on Cuba's government for their release.
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This article was first published by the Libertarian Party of Nevada
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
If more women owned guns, perhaps they'd fear the government less.
** As an instructor trained by the NRA and licensed by the BSA, I professionally teach children how to shoot, and what their responsibilities with guns are. I've turned teenage girls into sharpshooters. Feel free to tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.
Many angry people on the Right severely criticized the national women’s protest march against Donald Trump. But the march was a Rorschach test - it's whatever people want it to be. The Right seems to want it to be a man-hating event. We're talking about over 3 million people around the country, though. I absolutely love and respect the marchers, including the majority that come from the Left, but I have to speak up about this notion of dreaming that someday "women might have the same rights as guns".
Though this is not the intention of the protesters, the original idea scrawled on the pickets logically translates into a desire to be owned by men, to have to register with the local government, to be locked up indoors until men are ready to USE you, and to be banned from going to school or even most public spaces. In California, it would also include background checks and a 10 day waiting period just for having sex. That's how deep runs the spread of misinformation on guns and gun rights.
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