The reason for my unusual title will quickly become evident.
Since the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and teachers dead, some conservatives have compromised on the issue of gun control. That should come as no surprise since some conservatives compromise what little principles they have on a regular basis. Many conservatives, however, have been resolute in their defense of gun freedom in spite of the ferocious Democrat, liberal, and progressive onslaught—including some conservatives at the Heritage Foundation.
The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. It claims to be the nation’s “largest, most broadly-supported conservative research and educational institution” and “the bastion of the American conservative movement” since its founding in 1973. Its mission is to “formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.”
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I have sometimes criticized Heritage for its hypocrisy and support of the welfare/warfare state, but have also commended the organization for its valuable studies on free trade and the free market and critiques of the minimum wage, government regulations, welfare programs, and Obamacare.
I come now to do both.
In a recent article titled “Here Are 8 Stubborn Facts on Gun Violence in America,” two Heritage writers—John G. Malcolm, director of Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and Amy Swearer, a visiting legal fellow at the Meese…