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Migration and Gun Control: Making What’s Personal Local

from The Daily Bell:

Gloucester ammo store’s sign criticized for its ‘ugly timing’ … The sign outside the Gloucester Supply Center has generated criticism of and support for the shop owner … When George Allen Jr. mounted a 15-square-foot sign that reads “WE SELL AMMO” outside of his shop here, just days after a mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub, he posted the bright yellow marquee not only to let customers know about a new product on his shelves but also to make a statement in support of the Second Amendment. “It’s a beautiful thing,” Allen said. “It’s the right to protect yourself.” -BostonGlobe

Early in July, after the Orlando shooting, an ammo supplier (see above) began advertising the ammunition he’d started selling.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” he stated, “… The right to protect yourself.”

Alan’s sentiments invoke “human action,” the idea that people ought to take action to deal with their own problems whenever possible. This is an example of local activism at work and part of a wave of such activism sweeping the US and causing havoc with elite interests.

It affects politics as well, where local challenges to established political figures are increasingly successful – partially as a result of the Tea Party movement. The latest example may be the challenge of Trump supporter Paul Nehlen to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Fedgov ownership of public lands continues to be challenged. In fact, language was placed in the Republican Party’s 2016 pre-convention platform calling on Congress to return federal lands to the states immediately.

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