“Liberal Gun Owners represents a much needed alternative to standard gun ownership rights groups, and I have had the privilege of collaborating with the membership and leadership of the organization. LGO’s president, Randy Miyan, has thoughtfully and prudently moved the 2A conversation forward and away from the polarizing talk that occupies so much of the American dialogue.”
In the wake of the Uvalde shooting, John Van Dreal took some time out of his busy schedule to come on the podcast and share his thoughts on Uvalde and the current state of the school shooting cultural script in America. In addition, Miyanovich used the podcast...
It is within the LGO501c4 mission to be involved intellectually, socially, and financially with the mitigation of Firearms-related Injury and Death (FRID Mitigation). We have FRID issues split into 8 categories. We are working in each category to develop networks,...
In April of 2022, at LGO501c4's annual company training, we were able to debut the use of our memorial AR-15 build for dearly-departed LGO community member, Beverly Ann Blount. Beverly was a transgender woman who was fiercely dedicated to both LGBTQ+ rights and guns. This...
We are two decades in to this new reality in America where we see impactful, targeted acts of violence on a regular basis. These events happen in the general public, in schools, and in houses of worship. It would probably be surprising to most Americans that scientific...
Unfortunately, we have an ongoing problem with both mass, targeted violence and xenophobic violence in this country. On May 14, 2022 we had another stand-out event in Buffalo, New York. Ten people were killed and three people were wounded in a Tops grocery store. Most of...
“Projectile weaponry is uniquely human and culturally universal. We are the only species that uses projectile weaponry, and no human society has ever abandoned its use.”
-Dr. John Shea, Paleoanthropologist-
…gun ownership is normative, not deviant, behavior across vast swaths of the social landscape.”
-James D. Wright, Sociologist-
“The right to self-defense is a genuinely pre-societal right that evolved in the absence of the state…the right to personal self-defense can be best described as a right Sui generis under international law.”
-Dr. Jan Arno Hessbruegge, Human Rights and International Law Expert –
“What is the meaning of our retinues, what of our swords? Surely it would never be permitted to us to have them if we might never use them. This, therefore, is a law, O judges, not written, but born with us…”
-Marcus Tullius Cicero-
A Light On Guns
“The problem is normality is not newsworthy. It is not of concern to social scientists. It is even hard for me at times to write in an interesting way about something that is unremarkable. And yet it is my dominant experience of guns and gun owners.”
HOT TANK BRASS: THOUGHTS FROM THE LGO THINK TANK
“Laws are terrible preventatives. Their ability to affect deterrence is, generally, on the light side of moderate and this effect is always context dependent. At the level of politics, laws are used as totems and their efficacy is often oversold. Moreover, our fellow progressives seem to be entirely out of touch with the idea that you do not give governmental authorities total control over important matters. If one of our goals is to properly consider legislation as a potential means to gain capacity towards mitigating gun-related death, and if our historic analysis shows us the tendency towards governmental abuse, then the whole scheme needs to be congruent and tailored to the task while not allowing the balance of power to shift to the governmental authorities.”
“When gun people continue to display the attitude that absoulte rights mean they can do whatever they want, wherever they want, however they want – alongside a casual, indifferent, or at worst, jubilant attitude about loss of human life…they actively create anti-gun people from those who were previously indifferent. We have observed this among friends and my wife admits freely she has been pushed in that direction by what she sees in the news and the typical, desensitized, gun-people reactions to it. The attitude about ‘fuck around and find out,’ ‘got what they deserved,’ ‘muh rights’ makes other people get to a point where they’re okay with those rights just going away.
That part of the culture has to change for gun rights to survive.”
which we have not learnt or received by tradition, or read, but which we have taken and sucked in and imbibed from nature herself; a law which we were not taught but to which we were made,—which we were not trained in, but which is ingrained in us,—namely, that if our life be in danger from plots, or from open violence, or from the weapons of robbers or enemies, every means of securing our safety is honorable.”
-Marcus Tullius Cicero-