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Clayton E. Cramer

Clayton E. Cramer teaches history at the College of Western Idaho. His most recent book is My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill (2012). He is raising capital for a feature film about the Oberlin Rescue of 1858.
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California Has Enough Laws

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 - by Clayton E. Cramer

In the case of Elliot Rodger, all they had to do was enforce them.

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Justice Stevens and Flexible History

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Stevens' notion that the Second Amendment is not an individual right collapses under scrutiny.

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‘This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed:’ Guns and the Civil Rights Movement

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Clayton E. Cramer

A new book explains how pivotal black gun ownership was to defeating the Klan.

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Stephen Halbrook’s Masterful History of Nazi Gun Control Measures

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Clayton E. Cramer

An excellent new book filled with applicable lessons.

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The Peruta Case: A Massive Gun Rights Victory in CA

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 - by Clayton E. Cramer

The state's corrupt, abusive permit system looks to be ending.

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Not Trying to Ban Guns – Except When We Are

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Why would we think gun control advocates are actually out to ban guns? Here's why.

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Gun Control and the Definition of Insanity

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Rather than address mental illness, they offer to-be-defeated gun bills again and again.

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Guns, and Less Butter

Saturday, September 7th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Rationally, personal safety measures must also include your health and lifestyle choices.

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Take It from Me: Heart Surgery Is Best Avoided

Friday, August 9th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Folks: take care of yourself now to prevent this agony.

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The Race Card: Democracy’s Parasite?

Monday, July 15th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

We may always be plagued by the race card; the unscrupulous will always identify its power.

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Florida’s Mental Illness and Guns Bill: Sensible, or a Gun Grab?

Monday, July 1st, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

The bill actually does a fine job protecting gun rights.

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The Santa Monica College Mass Murder: How Did It Happen?

Sunday, June 9th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

This was not, at its core, a gun problem.

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Universal Background Checks: Shouldn’t We Review the Statistics?

Monday, May 20th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

At least 13 states have enacted them, with no effect on murder rate.

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At The Brink: Dr. John Lott Defines America’s Calamity

Friday, May 17th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

The More Guns, Less Crime author is back, with harrowing statistics.

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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT): Credentialed, Not Educated

Saturday, May 11th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Despite his law degree, an MSNBC appearance revealed him ignorant of two elements of the Constitution.

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The Dynamic Nature of Economic Decisions

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

And why progressives just don't get it.

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Media Violence, Hollywood Narratives, and the Mentally Ill

Monday, April 1st, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

The violent imagery problem that deserves a national conversation.

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Do Background Checks for Gun Purchases Actually Work?

Friday, March 29th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

With so much case study available, you would think advocates could show us more convincing evidence.

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Wrong Battle, Wrong Enemy

Sunday, March 17th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Like it or not, the low-information voter is the battleground.

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Ban It Harder: Obama’s ‘Armor-Piercing Bullets’ Suggestion

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

This class of bullets is already illegal. Why does Obama suggest further legislation?

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Colorado Fights Concealed Carry on Campus: Why, Exactly?

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

What's the problem? University statistics show no correlation between carry permits and crime. Related: Colorado Legislators Propose to Ban Shotguns

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Warrantless Searches Proposed — for Third Time — by WA Democrats

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

State Senator Adam Kline's "mistake" excuse doesn't fly, considering he has done this twice before.

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Fixing Our Mental Health System

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

We can make a good start by spending money on the mentally ill more efficiently.

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I’m Glad That I Don’t Have Canadian Murder Rates Where I Live

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Surprising results when comparing murder rates for specific Canadian provinces with their American neighbors.

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Gun Control, Mental Illness, and Safety: A Letter for Ted Cruz

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 - by Clayton E. Cramer

Senator Cruz requested a statement from expert Clayton Cramer to be discussed at Tuesday's committee meeting.

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