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The latest news coverage, opinion and information on Second Amendment rights and gun control. The Second Amendment states "a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed..."

A Broward County sheriff's deputy was on hand Wednesday as students arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, for the first day of classes. (Associated Press/File)

Data duel: Are gun-free zones really safer?

By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

Children are heading back to school with the debate over gun safety still raging six months after the Parkland massacre -- and no issue is more heated than whether gun-free zones make students safer or more endangered. Published August 19, 2018

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This Feb. 20, 2018, file photo shows a memorial for Geography teacher and cross-country coach, Scott Beigel at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. A street in New York's Long Island has been named for Beigel who helped shield students from the gunman in last winter's school shooting. The street where Beigel grew up in Dix Hills, N.Y., was dedicated "Scott J. Beigel Way" on Saturday Aug. 11. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Parkland students start school year with tightened security

- Associated Press

As students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School begin their first school year since a gunman opened fire on campus, they're returning to beefed up security including 18 safety monitors, new classroom locks and upgraded video surveillance.

Trigger Head Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Preventing mass shootings

On July 30, the Annapolis Capital Gazette shooter pled "not guilty" to shooting and killing five Gazette employees. Reports say armed with a shotgun, he entered the building and blasted his way into the Gazette offices. It reminded me of the time when another shooter used a shotgun and shot 16 people, including me, at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013.

This march 8, 2016, file photo shows Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet speaking during a press conference ahead of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

A.I. leaders (naively) vow no lethal autonomous weapons

- The Washington Times

More than 160 companies with divisions dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence just signed on to a pledge to "neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons," or LAWS, the text states. That's nice; very peace-keeping-ish. But that's also a bit naive.

In this July 2, 2017 photo, a 12-gauge shell casing ejects from the AA-12 as Anthony Ragone fires down range at the Knoxville Gun Range in Knoxville, Tenn. (Adam Taylor Gash/Tennessee Ledger via AP)

N.Y. targets NRA program in backdoor gun control scheme

- The Washington Times

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's discovered a way to kneecap the NRA by outlawing its gun-liability insurance program and is urging other states to follow his lead, saying they have a chance to exploit the gun-rights group's admitted dire financial situation.

'The evil side': Parkland shooting suspect said voice ordered him to 'burn, kill, destroy'

- Associated Press

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz told a detective that a demon in his head -- "the evil side" -- told him to burn, kill and destroy, and that he thought about going to a park to kill people about a week before 17 people were gunned down at the school, according to a transcript of his interrogation released Monday.

This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest festival killing dozens and wounding hundreds. Paddock left behind little clues about what led him to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. He killed 58 and wounded nearly 500 before killing himself. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP, File)

Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas gunman, became unstable but didn't raise suspicions

- Associated Press

In the months before unleashing a hail of bullets into a Las Vegas concert crowd, Stephen Paddock burned through more than $1.5 million, became obsessed with guns and increasingly unstable, and distanced himself from his girlfriend and family, according to an investigative report released Friday.

Kelly Jones, ex-wife of "Infowars" host Alex Jones, carries a sign as she arrives at the Travis County Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Alex Jones wants a Texas judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by families of some of the children killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Alex Jones, 'Infowars' host, doesn't attend hearing in Sandy Hook lawsuit

- Associated Press

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wasn't in court Wednesday as his attorneys argued that the "Infowars" host who has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax didn't defame one victim's parents who say they've been tormented by his followers and forced to move seven times.

FILE - In this July 15, 2016, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker listens to a speaker at the National Governors Association meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Walker said Monday, July 18, 2016, that he won't run for president again as a sitting governor and that he intends to use his prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention this week to argue that America deserves better than Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Maria Butina says she met Scott Walker, attended presidential campaign launch event

- Associated Press

Maria Butina, the woman charged Monday with being a covert agent for Russia inside the U.S., says she attended Gov. Scott Walker's presidential campaign launch event in 2015 and also posted a picture of herself with Walker on a blog where she praised his ability to speak a few words in Russian.

Depicted here is a screen shot from an NRA YouTube video that is the subject of a copyright-infringement lawsuit. The NRA's use of the image shown here, depicting the Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago, is in violation of the artist's copyright, according to a claim filed by sculptor Anish Kapoor.  (YouTube)

Artist sues NRA for including 'The Bean' sculpture in video

Associated Press

The artist behind Chicago's famous bean-shaped sculpture has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the National Rifle Association of copyright infringement by using an image of his work in a video advertisement last year.

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Illustration on the dangers of abolishing the Second Amendment by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Second Amendment is here to stay

In a recent New York Times commentary, former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens argued that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the one that acknowledges the "right to keep and bear arms" — is a "relic of the 18th century." Justice Stevens wants "a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment" as a simple way to fight the National Rifle Association, which blocks gun-control legislation.

Logical Progression of a Gun Ban Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More laws do not a moral people make

This past Valentine's Day, Nikolas Cruz entered a classroom in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and proceeded to murder 17 people and wound 15 others. Before any meaningful criminal investigation could even begin, our nation's cultural elites rushed to their respective podiums, finding fault and casting aspersions. Scoring political points is the name of the game. Removing personal rights embedded in our Constitution and replacing them with more laws and less freedom seems to be the only way they know to keep score.

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Federal appeals court upholds Texas campus carry law

Published August 21 2018

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld Texas' campus carry law, delivering another clear victory to the state in a longshot, long-running lawsuit brought by University of Texas at Austin professors opposed to the law.

Federal judges appointed by Trump are starting to leave their mark

Published August 21 2018

As Washington prepares for a Senate showdown over whether Brett Kavanaugh will join the Supreme Court, Trump has already put his stamp on the judiciary with the lifetime appointments of at least 43 federal judges. Ho was confirmed by the Senate in December by a 53-43 vote.

From The Vault

Vice President Mike Pence, left, listen to President Donald Trump, right, speak during during a working lunch with with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Mike Pence confirms that prayer is alive and well at the White House

- The Washington Times

Vice President Pence: "There's prayer going on a regular basis in this White House. And it's one of the most meaningful things to me, whether it's public meetings or not, I've lost count of the number of times that the president has nudged me, or nudged another member of the Cabinet and said let's start this meeting with prayer."