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Sign the petition to defend schools by ending failed 'gun-free' zones

Perhaps no topic has been more debated in recent weeks than gun control. When tragedy strikes vulnerable children, anti-gun advocates see it as an excuse to violate individual liberty, pushing for new firearms bans in a foolhardy quest for illusory safety.

The Libertarian Party has always stood for the individual right to keep and bear arms, for self-defense and the defense of others. The next time a killer strikes, the more responsible citizens who are armed, the more likely it is that the tragedy can be minimized through timely intervention.

Libertarian James Camp Calls for Ending State Income Tax in 2-Way GA Senate Race

A special election for state senate on Jan. 8 in Georgia brings another opportunity to give voters a choice for much less government. Libertarian candidate James Camp will face off in District 30 against Republican Mike Dugan in a two-way race. Incumbent Bill Hamrick had resigned from the senate in September to accept a judicial appointment.

Camp's call to end the state income tax is a major centerpiece of his campaign.

Make Newtown the last town

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

 — James Madison

by R. Lee Wrights, Vice Chair, National Libertarian Party

Gilbert first Libertarian elected to partisan office in Arkansas

2012 was the first election year in which the LP had full ballot access in Arkansas. So when Libertarian Frank Gilbert won his race for Constable of Kalb Township on November 6, he became the first Libertarian in the state elected to a partisan office.

Gilbert is the former mayor of Tull, Arkansas.

Breitbart: GOP Reaps Its Abandonment of Limited Government

"The GOP is most successful when it embraces limited government and individual responsibility. It fails when it is merely a slightly more cost-efficient version of the Democrat party.

Washington Post: The GOP’s growing Libertarian problem

One man's "problem" is another man's liberty.

From the Washington Post: The GOP’s growing Libertarian problem


Daily Kos: Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats in at least nine elections

"...None of these involved the typical 1 or maybe 2 percent you ordinarily expect a Lib to garner: Looking at the three-way vote, all but one were over 3 percent, and three took 6 percent or more, with a high of 6.5 percent in the Montana Senate race. These definitely seem like unusually high figures.

"So what's going on here? ...a growing proportion of conservative-leaning voters too disgusted with the GOP to pull the Republican lever, but who won't vote for Democrats either, are choosing a third option and going Libertarian instead."

2 Libertarian Officials Re-elected in California

John Inks and Brian Holtz were reelected to office in California on Tuesday.

John Inks was reelected to the Mountain View, CA City Council with 18,807 votes and 18.9%. He finished first in a 6-way race, and will be serving another 4-year term.

Brian Holtz was reelected to the Purissima Hills, CA Water District for another 4-year term. He finished 1st in a 4-way race, garnering 1,688 votes for 32.3%.

There are currently 153 elected Libertarian in the U.S.

Top 2012 Libertarian Campaigns for US House of Representatives

Several Libertarian campaigns for U.S. House had a high impact this election.

Dan Fishman in the Massachusetts Sixth Congressional District won 16,668 votes, over four times more than the 3,650-vote margin of victory between Republican Richard Tisei (175,953 votes) and Democrat incumbent John Tierney (179,603 votes).


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