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End the Drug War, End the Violence

Imagine if you ordered a computer from a local electronics shop, and it never shipped. Would you go and shoot the staff?

Probably not. You might call your credit card company and cancel the payment. You might seek private mediation, or take the matter to court.

Even before you bought the computer, you might read online reviews about the company.

You wouldn't resort to violence, because there is no need to.

But drug businesses and customers don't have those options. They cannot call their credit card companies. They cannot read online reviews. They cannot report to the police, or take anything to court, or seek private mediation. Because of drug prohibition, their only option is violence.

They cannot report thefts or robbery. Anyone can rob a drug dealer without fear of legal reprisals. The only reprisal he fears is violent response from the drug dealer.

Ending the Drug War will allow those drug businesses and customers to settle their disputes without violence. It will remove the violence from the drug trade.

Imagine if drug related shootings could be replaced by credit card stop payments. Imagine if drug related robberies could be handled by law enforcement or insurance.

Drug related street crime would be massively decreased or eliminated. Neighborhoods and cities would be friendly to commerce and growth.

Republicans and Democrats have refused to end the War on Drugs. But Libertarian candidates have pledged to sponsor legislation to end the War on Drugs, Defund and shut down the DEA, release nonviolent drug users and sellers from prison, and cut taxes accordingly.

In Liberty,

Arvin Vohra
Vice Chair
Libertarian National Committee

House Avoids Action on "Gun Free" Zones

Illogical. Wasteful. Pointless.

House Democrats' personal behavior yesterday mirrored their policy provisions. Ignoring their expensive, tax-funded chairs, they chose to sit on the floor and prove to the world just how illogical they can be.

But sitting on the floor is still far more logical than their policy plans. The entire country knows that repealing "gun free" zone laws is the only way to prevent mass killings. And Congress refuses to consider repealing those gun free zone laws.

They will consider infringing on a citizen's natural rights without giving that person a fair trial...or any trial at all. But they won't consider repealing the laws that left people defenseless in Newtown, San Bernardino, Fort Hood, and Orlando.

Nearly 99% of mass killings occur in government created "gun free" zones. Repeal those laws, and make sure the next terrorist faces armed resistance.

Marking a zone "gun free" basically means "only criminals and terrorists have guns here." It literally advertises that the people in that area are defenseless.

Congressman Massie: Thank you for trying to sponsor legislation to repeal the gun free zone laws.

All other Republicans: what are you waiting for? You control the house. You could make America safer right now. You could turn the "soft targets" that ISIS loves into the armed targets that they fear.

You know who criminals hate the most? The police. And yet, even the angriest criminals don't attempt mass killings at police stations. When the targets are armed, potential killers think twice.

We've asked politely, and angrily, and everything in between. Please pass legislation to repeal gun free zone laws.

And if you cannot: just get out of the way. Dozens of Libertarian candidates have signed pledges to sponsor legislation to repeal gun free zone laws. If you're too afraid or just too illogical to address the obvious problem, get out of the way and let us do it.

In Liberty,

Arvin Vohra
Vice Chair
Libertarian National Committee

No Fly, No Buy Voted Down

The good news: the immoral, unconstitutional “no fly, no buy” legislation was voted down in the senate.

The bad news: legislation to repeal “gun free” zone laws hasn’t even made it to a vote.

“Gun free” zones let mass killers know that their targets cannot shoot back. Repealing “gun free” zone laws will make sure any future potential mass killer faces armed resistance. In fact, repealing “gun free” zone laws may prevent future criminals from even attempting mass shootings. After all, even the angriest criminals don’t attempt mass shootings in police stations.

The Orlando, Newtown, and San Bernardino shootings all happened in “gun free” zones. In fact, nearly 99% of mass shootings happen in gun free zones.

Senators: Will you sponsor legislation to repeal “gun free” zone laws? Will you filibuster to bring it to a vote? Will you prevent future mass killings?

Please sponsor and vote for legislation to repeal “gun free” zone laws. Please stop playing political games, and solve the problem. Let this be the last mass shooting of unarmed civilians in America.

And if you lack the political courage to sponsor legislation to repeal “gun free” zones, please step down. I, and other Libertarian candidates for U.S. Senate, have already pledged to sponsor legislation to end gun free zones. We will do whatever is necessary to bring that legislation to a vote, and do everything we can to make sure it passes.

If you cannot sponsor legislation to repeal “gun free” zone laws and actually make Americans safer, then please step down, and let us do it.

In Liberty,

Arvin Vohra
Vice Chair, Libertarian National Committee
Candidate for U.S. Senate, Maryland

Gun Free Zones Are the Path to Safety

Has no one ever been enraged by a speeding ticket? By an unfair arrest? By mistreatment by the police? By a completely fair arrest?

The police draw ire from all kinds of people, many of whom are armed, deranged, and violent. Then why are there so few mas shootings at police stations? Is it that criminals respect the police?

Or is it that the police are armed? Is it that even the most deranged criminals on earth have the sense to not even try a mass shooting where the targetsare armed?

All of the recent mass killings have happened in "gun free" zones. Sure, there were other reasons that criminals picked those locations. Maybe they hated their parents, or minorities, or gays, or Americans, or the French. But at the end of it, they still chose gun free zones.

Or at least, most of them did. A few people, like the terrorists who attacked an art gallery in Texas, chose a non-gun-free zone. They quickly realized their mistake. The only two people killed...were the terrorists.

We can put an end to mass killings right now by eliminating gun free zones. Eliminating gun free zones can act as a deterrent, the way that armed police prevent mass shootings at police stations. Or it can just be a cure to the problem, as in Texas.

Terrorism and mass killings are a threat...but they are a threat we can eliminate today. By removing all federal, state, and local gun free zones, we can make sure that any potential mass killer meets armed resistance.

In Liberty,
Arvin Vohra
Vice Chair
Libertarian National Committee