Monday, March 04, 2013

Democrat Leadership Trying to Close Fort Worth Gun Shows

New York and Colorado have been at the top of the news for horrendous anti-gun legislation.  New York has their laughable 7 round magazine capacity limitation and Colorado may very well ban most pump action shotguns along with other firearms they consider extra evil.  With all this gun banning going on in these liberal meccas, the Libs here in Texas feel a bit left out.  In an attempt (I guess) to get in the news and show the big wigs in the Democrat Party that he is a good Lib and ardently follows the party line, Tarrant County's Democratic Party leader has jumped into the anti-gun fray with a few ideas of his own.

Brandon Todd of reported that a Politician proposes Fort Worth gun show restrictions.

From the article:
Stephen Maxwell proposed three rules for any gun show within city limits: each show must require background checks, establish a seven-day waiting period and ensure anyone selling a gun is a licensed dealer. He believes these restrictions will help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them.
He says he believes that these local rules will keep guns out of "the hands of people who shouldn't have them".  I have to call Bull Shit on that.  He believes nothing of the sort.  The purpose of legislation or ordinances such as this is solely to shut down gun shows.  He also knows that this will never pass muster in Fort Worth or in the State of Texas.  This is just his way of getting his name associated with the gun grabber mafia.  Heck, Bloomburg may just throw him a few dollars to help him spread the work.

I have to admit, when I first read this I thought that Stepahn Maxwell was just another California transplant trying to turn Texas into the state he fled.  I was wrong, Stephen Maxwell is a native Texan, born in Amarillo of all places.  He is also a successful ambulance chaser who seems to have made his name in the Texas Bar.  From all appearances he is a smart man.  One has to wonder what has pushed him so far away from Liberty.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Notes From the Sidebar

The OldNFO has informative and interesting comments on A New Doctor...

Live From the Alamo City has a post In honor of Texas Independence Day.

Bob S. has a few Tales from the Great Ammo Shortage of ’13, well actually only one tale, but a telling one.

Dutchman6 commented on "New Gun Control Lie: States Can Ban Anything (Contra McDonald)" I have also seen this lie popping up in the comments to FB and other posts.  This is a lie that we have allowed to grow as some states pass unethical and unconstitutional anti-liberty gun laws.

 Robert continues his annual reporting on the Siege of the Alamo.  The latest entry is Day 10: Long Rifles. If you have any interest in what happened at the Alamo, you need to be reading Blackfork.

Tam offers up a Quote of the Day on Magpul in QotD: Money Where Your Mouth Is Edition

Peter talks about When bureaucrats behave like dumbasses. Want to raise your blood pressure?  Read about how a true hero gets suspended from school for saving a life.

Michael Bane comments on everything from Beignets to the status of Colorado's proposed anti-gun laws and what you can do about them in Cafe Du Monde...sigh.  Again, if you live in Colorado, hunt in Colorado, visit or even drive through Colorado, you need to read what Michael has to say.

Traction Control has the information on the March e-Postal Match

The Whited Sepulchre shares Where will you find enough angels? - Milton Friedman.

SayUncle has In potential assault weapons ban news and some AR-15 facts.

Kevin has the Quote of the Day - Registration Edition.  If you in anyway favor universal mandatory background checks, you need to read this.  

Thirdpower has been mentioned by name in a US Senate committee hearing and notes that I'm Now A Famous Insurrectionist.

John Lott has Issues with a Washington Post Poll that claims: "77 percent of Maryland residents who bought a gun in the past 10 years say they went through a background check" 

Liberty... on naming a rifle...... Carteach asks if you have any rifles worthy of being named? 

North wonders Ladies - Whose advice should you take?

Friday, March 01, 2013

One Last Post on Biden and Shotguns

One last post on VP Joe Biden and shotguns, I promise.  Well, last post until he says something else stupid on the subject.

Biden tells every talking head who will have him that a shotgun is all anyone, especially women, need for home defense.  His expert home defense advise has included suggesting that going out on your back deck and firing off a couple of rounds into the air will deter home invaders and if you "want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door."

I certainly hope that if you have found your way to this blog, you understand that Biden's advice is absolutely some of the worst advise on defending your home and family that any public figure can give.  Even here in Texas, where we have some of the best laws protecting the home owner, firing a shotgun through your front door will get you arrested.  And if you actually happened to hit someone with your intentionally negligent discharging of your firearm, you will be convicted and most likely sued.

This is a Joe Biden approved home defense shotgun.

A Remington Model 870 Express.  A very solid, dependable, and popular shotgun.

This is not a Joe Biden approved shotgun.  As a matter of fact this shotgun would be banned for civilian use by the likes of Joe Biden and Diane Feinstein. 

This is a Model 870 Express Tactical With Blackhawk! SPEC OPS II.  This must be extra evil.  Look at all that black furniture.  This shotgun would be banned because it has a pistol grip and an adjustable stock.  This model also has a shorter barrel.  The action is exactly the same as the regular Express.  This shotgun just has different cosmetic features, features that do make it easier to deploy in the hallways and small rooms of a home.

Which of the above weapons would you rather have in hand when defending your family and home?  I'll bet dimes for dollars it is the one that Biden would ban.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Joe Biden, Vice President and Self Defense Expert

Biden continues with his "Shotgun beats AR-15" meme, doubling down on his affirmation that a shotgun is all you need to defend yourself.

As reported in the Washington Free Beacon:

Do I need to say any more?  The outright stupidity of that statement just boggles the mind.  Here is an excerpt from the article of Biden speaking:
I did one of these town-hall meetings on the Internet and one guy said, “Well, what happens when the end days come? What happens when there’s the earthquake? I live in California, and I have to protect myself.”

I said, “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.”
Biden is surrounded by a Secret Service detail.  I am sure that the members of this detail are all very proficient in the art of the gun.  Why hasn't one of them taken him aside and said something along the lines of "Hey Joe, this whole shotgun thing that you keep going on and on about, well it makes you look like an idiot."

"...just fire the shotgun through the door."  Oh, sorry Mom, didn't know you were coming over.

That's near enough to make Jeff Cooper rise from the grave just to slap our VP upside the head, in public, and offer the dressing down that Biden so richly deserves.

First he says to just go out back and fire a couple rounds into the air, now he is recommending that you shoot through a closed door.  Maybe some folks really are too stupid to own guns.

John Pierce of posted this image on Facebook

Our VP really does have a large audience.  I have to wonder how many ignorant idjits now think it is okay to fire a gun through a closed door?

In this article Biden once again states that a shotgun is easier to handle than an AR-15.  Well, what he says is that a shotgun is easier to handle than a "semiautomatic weapon".  This goes to show that he is following the talking points put out by his handlers.  The goal now is to make "semiautomatic" a bad word.  Anything semiautomatic is evil.

Joe Biden is our VP.  As VP he is a leader in the Democrat Party, the same party that is attempting to pass gun control laws and did give us our current health care system.  He is a leader, he is one of the smarter Democrats.  That should scare you.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Good Thing I'm Right Eye Dominant

First thing yesterday morning I helped a friend take down a dead Post Oak in his front yard.  Post Oak trunks stay pretty thick for a good ways up there so you can picture my old rear end up a tree with my 24" Husqvarna Rancher chain saw.  Note to self, I may be getting a bit old to be climbing trees with a chain saw.

Well anyway a couple of the cuts were overhead and some sawdust got behind my glasses, no big deal.  Wipe off the dust and keep going.  Well at about 0100 this AM, I wake up with a lot of pain in my left eye.  Rinsed it out with warm water, didn't help.  Took pictures with my phone (nice troubleshooting tool for injuries you can't see by the way), and did not see anything, so back to bed.  Couldn't sleep so just laid there until it was time to get up and go to work.  About half way to work decided it was kind of silly to be driving on the freeway when I couldn't see so came back home and waited for the local Doc in a Box to open.

Turns out I somehow scratched my cornea. Interesting that I couldn't feel it until the middle of the night.

The Doc prescribed a couple different kind of drops that make it bearable.  Should be good as gold in a couple of days.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Notes From the Sidebar

Michael Bane has a Colorado Update that is important reading for anyone lives in Colorado, vacations in Colorado or might plan to retire in Colorado.  Even if you drive through Colorado with a firearm on your side or in your vehicle, you should read this post.

SayUncle has a quote of the day in House will act on gun legislation.
So, you’re going to make it illegal to shoot your mom in the face and steal her guns?.
The southtexaspistolero comments on fuzzy logic with Oh, look…

David Codrea notes that Beckel latest in long line of rape-enabling gun-grabbers.

Peter spends a moment Remembering the late, great Jeff Cooper, you should follow his lead.

The Whited Sepulchre comments On Milton Friedman's Barking Cat.

Robert has commenced his annual reporting on the Siege of the Alamo starting with Fandango!  The events of Day 1 and Day 2 are found at Day One: The Mexicans March in, and Day Two: Cannon, Corn, Shoes and a Recon.  Very interesting reading.

From Tam; The Nineties called. They want their "Look! A Girl! With A Gun!™" back.

Bitter has thoughts on Combating the New Big Anti-Gun Money.

Traction Control asks: A Majority Can Not Take Away Your Rights; So how many are willing to die to take your guns?

Mike points out that It's Obama's Armageddon, something that many of the talking heads in the news seem to have "forgotten". 

John Lott talks about my favorite Senator. New piece at National Review: "Ted Cruz Sets the Record Straight on Guns"

The CarTeach talks about Putting a few aside: The Chinese Type 53 Carbine.

John has a question. Respect, A Dying Trait in America? Head on over and offer your opinion.

Third Power has the IL House Judiciary Hearing Video along with some great comments on the testimony.

Friday, February 22, 2013

James D. Julia Extraordinary Firearms Auction

The online auction catalogs for the Spring James D. Julia Extraordinary Firearms Auction are now available.  The hard copy of catalog 1 has arrived on my front step and it is pretty much 1 full inch thick.  I have many hours of viewing, and reading about, fine firearms ahead of me.

The online catalog for Session 1 is here, and the catalog for Session 2 is here.  I have to warn you, once you start browsing you will be there for a good while.

Here are a few items I have found interesting in my short time looking over the inventory. 

It is so hard to choose what to highlight out of this auction.

How about this very early Take Down Model 94 with a case hardened receiver?

Or this Model 1886 Saddle Ring Carbine chambered in the hard hitting Cal.50-100-450?

Like your lever action with a bit of fancy? Check out this nicely engraved, inlaid and carved Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe in 45-70.  Even the screw heads have nice detail.

Living in Texas, I need a good Bar B Cue gun.  Think V will let me bid on this one?

That Ox head on those ivory grips has ruby eyes. This gun was shipped in November of 1887 and would look great mounted on my hip.

More interested in assault type rifles?  Here is a Confederate Lemat Percussion Carbine in Cal. 41/56.

And yes, there are modern rifles such as this French MAS MK3 Semi-Auto Bull-pup in .223.

There are over a thousand lots in this auction and there are easily a hundred that I would love to bid on.  I would normally have highlighted the 1911's, but that may be fodder for another post.  There is something for everyone, lots of somethings for everyone.  The catalogs are works of art in and of themselves.

James D. Julia does a pretty awesome firearms auction.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Smoke Pot, Buy a Gun, Become an Instant Felon

Colorado has legalized the recreational use of Marijuana.  The Libertarians, the Druggies, and the Druggie Libertarians can celebrate.  If the United States were governed as the Constitutional Republic our Forefathers created, that would be the end of it.  But things have changed in these United States since the repeal of the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) in 1933.  The federal .gov has taken upon itself the authority to regulate and prohibit the consumption of drugs, herbs and food stuffs.

In accordance with state law, the recreational use of marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado.  Federal law disagrees.  Marijuana is still a controlled substance in the eyes of the federal .gov and this is where things get sticky for the legal pot smoker in Colorado.  It could get even stickier for the tourist post smoker in Colorado.

Colorado may start actively promoting the pot tourist trade.  In "Colorado marijuana regulators sign off on pot tourism", we find some of the rules and regulations of who may own marijuana retail outlets, and how much out of state tourists may purchase at these outlets.

So what does all this have to do with purchasing a gun and becoming a felon?

When an individual purchases a firearm from a licensed firearm dealer (FFL), that individual must fill out ATF Form 4473.  Note that this is an ATF form, therefore a federal .gov form.  This form has a list of questions that indicate eligibility of the individual to purchase a firearm.  Question 11.e asks:
Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressent, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?
A yes answer would prevent the individuals purchase of that firearm.  A Colorado pot smoker might honestly answer "No" to that question thinking that they are a lawful user of marijuana, they would most likely be wrong.  The ATF has commented on medical marijuana use, and stated that:
Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, and there are no exceptions in Federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by state law.

So the ATF is stating that they don't care what the state says, they are the authority in this issue.  I contacted a local gun dealer I know of from when I lived in Colorado, Jensen Arms, to see if the ATF has come out with an opinion letter following Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana usage.  They have received no new direction from the ATF concerning question 11.e.  If you admit to the use of marijuana, you will probably be denied the sale of a firearm.

I doubt many recreational or tourist pot smokers in Colorado will know of this ATF opinion, and if they purchase a firearm from an FFL they will answer "No" to question 11.e.  In doing so the ATF will consider that what they have done " a crime punishable as a felony under Federal law,"

The ATF pursuing criminal charges against a Colorado pot smoker could make for a very interesting case before the Supreme Court, but I would not want to be the Defendant in such a case.

If I were a lawful gun owning pot smoker in Colorado, I would keep under the radar.  I would not have my image in the local paper smoking a joint, and I would not be posting in my blog about how nice it is to legally be able to get high, a mile high.  A tourist pot smoker would also have to deal with local laws when purchasing a firearm back in their home state.  State and local laws also come into effect when filling our an ATF Form 4473.

Les Jones has written a very good article on this issue.  Say Uncle has also written on Guns and medical marijuana. Both worth your while.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lead by Example Mr. Vice President

So Vice President Biden believes that the best means of defense for a woman home alone is a double barrel 12 ga. shotgun.  He also believes that stepping out the back door and firing a couple rounds into the air will deter any and all home intruders and potential rapest. 

If you have not yet seen it, here is VP Biden on his home defense recommendations:

Ignorant at best, and information that could not only get someone arrested, but get them raped and killed at worst.  Quite seriously, a load of crap.

This is not the first time Biden has recommended a shotgun as the preferred defensive weapon. 

I have an idea.  Vice President Biden;  If you honestly think that shotguns are the most effective and efficient defensive firearms, then lead by example.  Ask your Secret Service detail to remove their semi-automatic hand guns and fully automatic rifles.  Demand that your Secret Service detail arm themselves with only 12 ga. shotguns, preferably the double barrel type that you recommend for the rest of us.  Seriously, if a shotgun is adequate to defend myself and my family, then it is adequate to defend you and yours.

Oh, this means the mini guns in the SUV's have to go also.

Lead by example Mr. Vice President, I dare ya.

Monday, February 18, 2013

My Wife as a Zombie

Via the Walking Dead, Dead Yourself App

I don't often post a picture of my Sweetie, but this was to funny to pass up.

Legislation That Would Allow Firearm Safety Courses in Texas High Schools

Texas State Representative James White has introduced HB 1142, legislation that would allow Texas high schools to teach firearm safety at the school.  From Representative White's press release: 
Today Representative James White filed HB 1142, which provides local schools boards the discretion to add an elective course offering that would give their high school students the opportunity to gain an appreciation of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

“The origins of liberty in our great nation reside in large part with the idea espoused in the Second Amendment,” said Representative White. “As a conservative, I want Texas students to have the option to learn more about both this critical part of our Constitution, and the practical knowledge of how to safely operate the common arms Texans use for hunting and self-defense.”

HB 1142 would educate students about firearm safety and training, and hunter’s safety. All instructors would be required to be a qualified and certified handgun instructor, or a licensed peace officer employed by a local law enforcement agency. This optional course would involve students learning proper maintenance, cleaning, and safe use of common firearms such as: pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns. The bill would also provide for education on the history and importance of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
I wholeheartedly agree that firearms safety should be taught in our schools.  If we have a human right to self defense, and if we support the idea that we have a natural right to the most efficient tools available to accomplish that task, then we also have the responsibility to teach our children the safe and responsible handling of those tools.

The bill is a short one, so I have entered the complete text here.



relating to a public school elective course on firearm safety, training, and history.


SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 28, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 28.015 to read as follows:

Sec. 28.015. ELECTIVE COURSE ON FIREARM SAFETY, TRAINING, AND HISTORY. (a) A school district may offer to students in grade nine or above an elective course on firearm safety, training, and history.

(b) The purpose of a course under this section is to teach the history and importance of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and to teach respect for and proper use of firearms. A course under this section must include:

(1) instruction on the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution;

(2) instruction on firearm safety;

(3) training in the use of firearms, including the safe use of common firearms such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns;

(4) instruction on firearm maintenance and cleaning; and

(5) instruction on hunter safety.

(c) If a school district offers a course under this section, the person who teaches the elements of the course listed in Subsections (b)(2) through (5) must be:

(1) a qualified handgun instructor certified under Section 411.190, Government Code; or

(2) a peace officer who is licensed under Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, and who is employed by a local law enforcement agency.

SECTION 2. This Act applies beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2013.

Right now there are only four Texas Representatives supporting this bill and there is no companion bill in the Senate, so the odds of this bill leaving committee are very slim.   Of course, legislation like this does have detractors.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Dinner

Valentine's dinner was prepared for my Sweetie and my 1st grader granddaughter.  The menu included roast King Salmon, Crab Cakes, pan fried potatoes and mixed berries.  Granddaughter Avery really enjoyed her dinner, as did my Sweetie.

The wine I chose for tonight's meal was Eyrie Vineyards '09 BlackCap Pinot Noir.  The BlackCap Pinot is an excellent expression of the grape.  The '09 is just now coming into it's own and could stand maybe another year or so in the cellar.  Let this one breath for a good hour in the decanter or your glass to let it open up and express itself fully.  This is a limited production of only 20 barrels, so grab it while you can.  My bottle was #31 out of 6056.

Best Valentine's Day Card Ever

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Hoplophobe Oenophile

I enjoy cooking.  I do about 95% of the cooking at Casa JR.  V does weekend breakfasts and I pretty much cook the rest of our meals.  I like to try new recipes and techniques.  I watch cooking shows (really bummed that Good Eats is no longer in production) and use iPhone apps to find new and interesting things to cook.  My favorite app is Epicurious.  You can find and save a recipe for just about anything you want with that app. 

I also enjoy wine.  I like drinking wine, learning about wine, trying to pair the perfect wine with a meal (or vise versa), and sharing wine with friends.  I am a member of a nice wine club in Fort Worth, and have tried memberships in several mail order wine clubs.  Mail order wine clubs really don't work out so well here in Texas.  By the time a red wine hits your door via UPS, the heat has affected it.  I really kinda hate pouring wine on the compost pile.

The other night while reading email and enjoying a glass of K Vintners "The Hidden", a 2009 Syrah that gets a very enthusiastic JR seal of approval, I opened my Epicurious wine newsletter; The Sip.  The subject line of this email read "Drink, Point, Shoot-Are You Kidding?" What I found was a juvenile diatribe against the NRA's new wine club.
Wine Clubs Gone Wrong

There are more wine clubs from leading companies these days than any of us can keep track of. The Wall Street Journal Wine Club, The New York Times Wine Club, the Zagat Wine Club, to name a few.

But the NRA Wine Club? You have got to be kidding us.

Talk about wine clubs gone wrong. No matter what your interpretation of the 2nd amendment, and even if there is high overlap between those interested in hunting and fine wine, why the NRA would seek to enhance its revenues and notoriety by associating itself with alcohol is beyond us. In an era where the gun policies of this country are under the highest levels of scrutiny, to promote the consumption of wine alongside the shooting of weapons seems like a PR stunt gone wrong.

While The Daily Sip® is not an overtly political publication, this bit of wine news just seemed too shocking to ignore.
So according to this idjit, gun owners should never drink wine?  The NRA is wrong to be associated with "fine wine"?

He really believes that if we get an order of wine in the mail we are going to pour it into a Dixie Cup and go out tearing up the town.  What an ignorant ass.

This really does go to show how little these anti's understand who we are.  If this writer thought that maybe doctors, lawyers and successful business folk also owned firearms, they would never write such drivel.  Maybe he should interview a few members of Graileys Fine Wines & Wine Cellar in Dallas and see what they thought about his views?  These are folk who enjoy very fine wine, and pretty much very fine anything including firearms.

He did make the offer to "Do you agree or disagree with our perspective? Tell us below."

So if you feel like giving him an earful, head on over.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Letter to to Senator Cruz for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment".

Some of our better known gun rights activists have published the letters they wrote to Senator Cruz for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment".

Clayton Cramer wrote a letter on Gun Control, Mental Illness, and Safety: A Letter for Ted Cruz.

David Kopel wrote a Letter to Senator Cruz on constitutional issues in federal gun control proposals.

These are letters from two of the heavy hitters in gun rights advocacy and are worth  your time in reading.   My letter to the subcommittee addressed the subject of mandatory background checks.  I feel that this is the area where we are most vulnerable.
February 7, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz
Ranking Member; U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202.224.5972

Dear Senator Ted Cruz   Mandatory Background Checks   I understand that the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will be addressing “Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment”. I know we can count on you to ensure that this hearing does, in fact, respect our Second Amendment.

I am writing you today to comment on the issue of mandatory, or universal, background checks on the private sale of firearms. I adamantly oppose any such legislation. The ownership of private property is one of the cornerstones of our American heritage. We have always valued the right of a citizen to do with owned, private, property as they wish. Asking for government approval to transfer private property to a friend, a relative or an heir upon our death is in opposition to our inheritance as citizens of these United States.

Mandatory background checks will do nothing to achieve a goal of keeping guns out of the hands of felons. Felons and other criminals do not purchase firearms from the law abiding, they steal them from the law abiding or purchase them on the black market. Mandatory background checks will just be another law ignored by the criminals and only used to harass the law abiding.

Mandatory background check legislation will increase the value of guns on the black market and make the law abiding a more attractive target for thieves and robbers. Robbery and theft will increase as a result of legislation of this sort. Violent crime will not be deterred.

There are tens of millions of firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens. Any effort to require mandatory background checks on private sales of these firearms would obviously require the registering of these guns. Firearm registration will lead to confiscation. This is not a fear, this is a fact. Following Hurricane Katrina, the government did go around to citizens who had done nothing wrong and confiscate their firearms. The government confiscated firearms from citizens at a time when the law abiding needed them most. The government took away the only means of protection from citizens when gangs were looting, robbing and raping with abandon. Confiscation should never be allowed to happen again in these United States.

It is fiscally irresponsible to propose such costly, and ineffective, legislation at a time when our country is so deeply in debt.

Mandatory background checks will do nothing to address the criminal, the violent, or the ability of the violent criminal to acquire guns.

Please oppose any idea of going forward with mandatory background check legislation and focus instead on the violent criminal, the felon, the street gangs and other major sources of violent crime in this country.

Respectfully Yours   JR
Have you written your congress critters yet?

This is Your Representative on Guns

The Daily Beast has put together an interesting, and useful, site to help determine where your Representative stands on the issue of gun control.

What do your elected representatives think about guns-and how are they likely to vote on upcoming gun-control legislation?

In the coming weeks, legislation that would govern things like background checks, the availability of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and gun-show regulations will be debated in the media, in living rooms and, perhaps most importantly, on the floors of the House and Senate. How our elected representatives vote will ultimately make the difference.

This is something we have the right and the ability to influence. To help clarify a complex state of play, The Daily Beast has created a tool that classifies every member of Congress according to their stance on gun control, based on our best assessment of publicly available information: statements, voting records, ratings from both the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and dollar contributions from the gun lobby
This site is very flexible and offers several ways to filter the congress critters and get a snap shot of where your representatives stand, and might vote on future gun control legislation.  I check up on Senator Tom Coburn and found his information up to date and accurate.

As you can see, they do have his current stance on supporting a total ban on private firearm sales.  His Brady rating should be going up very soon.

Speaking of mandatory background check legislation, this site also has an updated Twitter feed from the congress critters.  It looks like the new hot button words that will be used to sell universal, or mandatory, background checks are "stop gun trafficking". 

Check it out, this site does have a lot to offer.

Suzanna Hupp Testifies

Once again Suzanna Hupp testifies before a Senate Committee in support of our Second Amendment.

This testimony is from earlier today in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment".

It is worth 6 minutes of your time to listen to this strong advocate for our right to keep and bear arms.

Monday, February 11, 2013

SB 182 and HB 972, Texas Campus Protection Act

SB 182 and HB 972 have been introduced to the Texas legislature.  This is the Campus Carry legislation for this session, called the "Campus Personal Protection Act".  In a nutshell, this legislation would allow Texas holders of a Concealed Handgun License to carry their firearm while on a college campus.  This legislation does give the college the option of determining how firearms will be stored in dorms, and to restrict carry in hospitals or "on the premises of a preschool, elementary school, or secondary school that is located on the campus of an institution of higher education" if the hospital or school "gives effective notice under Section 30.06".

Did you catch that last part?

Pretty cool.

Also cool is "Subsection (b)(2) does not apply on the premises where a collegiate sporting event is taking place if the actor was not given effective notice under Section 30.06."   Requiring notice under Section 30.06 at non college schools and sporting events on college campuses protects the CHL holder from accidentally wandering into what would under current CHL law be a prohibited place.  

If you agree that adults with a Concealed Handgun License should be able to protect themselves even while on a college campus, contact your representatives today and let them know.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Notes From the Sidebar

Michael Bane reports on a COLORADO EMERGENCY! If you are a Colorado gun owner, you need to read this and take action.

Over at Days of our Trailers, you will find a posting Of Craziness, Conspiracies and Cover-ups. The media sure is leaving a lot of pertinent data out of their coverage of Chris Dorner and other radical Left Wing murders.

The Sipsey Street Irregulars talk about The So-Called Gun Show Loophole: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Sebastian has More on Registration.  He shares my fear that we will end up with legislation outlawing the private sale of firearms. If laws such as this are passed, we are well and truly screwed.  

Bob shares some very good information in Gun Buy Backs and Defensive Gun Use Numbers.  How many times are firearms used each day to defend the owners?  Head on over for the answer.

Traction Control comments on Universal Background Checks and What’s Good for the Goose: LaRue Tactical’s Updated Policy for State and Local Agency Law Enforcement Sales.

Tam has a pretty awesome Quote of the Day in QotD: OH SNAP! Edition...
Peter has both the Feel-good story of the week and the one that will give you chills; More economic warning signs.

Mike asks As Obama Declares Right to Kill American Citizens w/o Due Process, Where is the Civil Liberties Crowd Who Hounded Bush?

Ken has the video where OBAMA LECTURED EXPERTLY ON TAXES AND OBAMACARE.  If you have not yet seen this video, it is well worth your time.   Firehand reports that Senator Coburn is still pursuing mandatory background check legislation.  I just called Sen. Coburn's office, and it looks like he's selling us out

The Gun Blog Black List posts American Tactical FS40 Review

Do you know Why we no longer need ridges on the edges of our coins?

Saturday, February 09, 2013

WBAP Interview of Dr. Robert Jeffress

Brian Estridge of WBAP interviewed Dr. Robert  Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Dallas, on the topic of homosexuality.  I found this discussion to be very interesting and would like to know what you think.  You can listen to the podcast here.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

James D. Julia "Outstanding March Firearms Auction" Catalog Offer

James D. Julia is the premier auctioneer of quality firearms in pretty much the world.  Their "Outstanding March Firearm Auction" on March 11 and 12 in Fairfield Maine.  One awesome thing about this particular auction is that James D. Julia is offering a limited number of free auction catalogs.  These catalogs are a work of art.

The online catalog is not yet ready.  When it is, I'll pick out a few of my favorite lots and post them here.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Help Ted Cruz Support the Second Amendment

You can be directly involved in helping support Senator Cruz as he defends our Second Amendment rights in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.

From the TSRA:
The Senate committee listed above will take up the subject of "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment" next Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Senator Cruz is the Ranking Member of this subcommittee.

Senator Cruz is asking for your help.

Please be willing to submit your thoughts on a relevant topic for Sen.Cruz and the committee to consider in the form of a formal letter to the committee which makes either a pro 2nd Amendment argument or a tells a short, compelling, personal story about how you exercised your 2nd Amendment rights in a positive way, such as in defense of yourself, your family, your business, or how you scared off a robber.

Please submit your stories and statements in MS Word, well-written and clear. Then send as an attachment to the email address of Senator Cruz's staff below.

Statements must be received by Monday in order to be helpful. Your statement could be submitted into the Congressional Record.

Senator Dick Durbin is the Chairman of the subcommittee and prides himself on carrying in a large stack of statements from the other side to showcase and submit into the record.

Texas Senator Cruz would like to be ready to respond in kind.
  Your words can end up in the Congressional Record.   I am going to write two statements.  The first statement will be concerning mandatory background checks on the private sales of firearms, and the second on proposed magazine capacity restrictions.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

A Little Upgrade

I finally got tired of waiting on my computer to get anything done so I finally decided to upgrade my memory.  Changed out the two 512MB memory sticks for four 1GB sticks.  So far so good.

Maybe now I can open more than two windows at a time without crashing.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Notes From the Sidebar

David reminds us that "Liberty will not be won by scapegoating anyone, or throwing anyone under the bus" in  Another Route: For Whom the Bus Rolls.

The last sentence of Tam's In the Land of King Kid... caught me by surprise and gave me a good Sunday morning chuckle.

Carteach shares two good questions to ask when talking with folks who are undecided about gun control laws.  Discussing 'Gun Control', a point that needs making.... is worth your time.

Live From the Alamo City comments on the  "I'm a gun owner and I support gun control because it does not affect me" comments that seem to be popping up everywhere lately.  Read  “First they came for the semiautomatic rifles…” along with the comments.

Traction Control comments on the recent poll that shows most people believe that Government Threatening Personal Rights

The scandals go on and on and on . . . is poignant commentary on the inability of some leaders in the Catholic Church to accept that by their actions, and inaction, they have done great harm.    

Kevin does an excellent job of Fisking an American Constitutional Law Specialist, Eh?

Robert has a range report from Panola in February.  I don't know what all these people are doing shooing Evil Black Rifles at targets 600 yards down range.  Don't they know that the AR is an inherently inaccurate rifle and has no sporting purpose what so ever? Sheesh...

Bob has another example of why we need to Enforce the Laws, Keep Criminals in Jail.

Need a recipe for rabbit?  Well here it is. That Wascally Wabbit - Hare Braising Adventures .  Once you have read the recipe, stick around and read more of what Brigid has to offer.  Great Sunday afternoon reading.

The Whited Sepulcher finds that even though Socialism Does NOT Lead To Marxism (not all the time anyway).  It often does lead to much worse.

And yes, Sylvester Stallone: Dumb as a Post and Hypocrite

Saturday, February 02, 2013

The Second Amendment and the Modern World

David E. Young has written a post that covers, in a nutshell, the meaning and purpose of the Second Amendment based on the original understanding, and how that purpose fits into the modern world.

A snipped from his post to catch your interest:
The citizens in 1789 relied on flintlock firearms just as the soldiers of a period army. At that time, a standing army in time of peace was the face of tyranny. Today, the face of tyranny is just as common in the world, but is much more intrusive and dangerous, and is usually referred to as a police state. Americans have the constitutional right and duty to prevent the establishment of any police state in the United States. The people must keep their government under their control, which is accomplished, not by fighting, which is only a last resort, but by making certain that violations of the Constitution by those at the helm of government are challenged and reversed.

We the people have a duty and a responsibility to challenge violations to our Constitution.  We have been derelict in our duties.

State and Local Regulations, We Don't Follow no State and Local Regulations.

The city of East Cleveland, Ohio, is attempting to collect on citations against USPS drivers for running red lights and speeding in school zones.  The Postal Service is arguing that their drivers are performing an important task and do not have to follow local laws.

As reported by
Postal Service says it’s immune from local traffic laws

...Postal Service attorney Jennifer S. Breslin says two school-zone speeding citations and five red-light infractions by postal trucks in December should be ignored...

“However, as you are probably aware, the Postal Service enjoys federal immunity from state and local regulation,” she continued.

 Even the Post Office thinks their employees are above the common American.

Friday, February 01, 2013

A Sweepstakes for a Good Cause

The craftsmen of Louder Than Words are holding their 10th charity raffle.  LTW #10 is in support of Kara's Hope, a charity that is focused on assisting and supporting families who have children diagnosed with Holoprosencephaly (HPE).
For 2013, The Legendary Custom Gunsmiths
at "Louder Than Words"
Have Teamed Up With Kara's HoPE
To Offer the LTW # 10, Custom 1911
To One Lucky Winner!
This is one very fine 1911
Grand Prize Package Includes a Gorgeous
Custom 1911 Which Has Been "Smithed" by the "Who's
Who" of the Custom 1911 World,
Along With a Custom Carry Leather Set

The Craftsmen involved with this project include Ned Christiansen, John Van Zyck, Jason Burton, Tony Barnes & Brownells, CT Brian, Don Williams, Ted Yost, Stan Chen, John Harrison and John Ralston

Speaking of John Ralston, a firearm of this quality has to come with some quality leather.

Custom Shark Trimmed Holster & Mag Pouch Set, From John Ralston at 5 Shot Leather
All together that is one very nice package that it would be very hard to put a price on.

So head on over, purchase a couple raffle tickets, and support Kara's Hope. Who knows, you may be the one getting the winners phone call.

For information on the project build, go here.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Scissors and Blood Dancers

A lot of attention has been given to the recent Department of Homeland Security PSA on how to survive a mass shooting.  It seems that DHS feels that a pair of scissors is an optimum defensive tool against a goblin intent upon massive destruction.

S.A. Miller of the New York Post wrote Homeland Security has advice for confronting mass murders: scissors.

I am sure that you have seen plenty of commentary on this DHS video.

There is one thing in the article that really touched a nerve with me.
The video is part of the Obama administration’s ongoing campaign to reduce firearm violence in the wake of the horrific mass murder last month of 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, Conn., said a Homeland Security official.

Homeland Security has operated an active-shooter preparedness-training program for years, and the “Options for Consideration” video was in production prior to the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown.

The video was released to coincide with President Obama’s sweeping proposals to curb gun violence in America, said the official.
The video, along with the AWB, was completed and ready to be released.  They were just waiting for the right "crisis".  This is why we consider many of these Anti's to be "Blood Dancers".  They wait in anticipation of mass killings, hoping that one happens soon so they can put forth their pet project.  While the blood was still wet on the walls in Connecticut, Senator Feinstein's office was in full battle mode, happy that they can finally, maybe, get an AWB on the Senate floor.  Same thing with the Brady Bunch.  The canned emails were written and ready to go.  They just had to add a couple specifics and the revenue generation push was a go.  None of these Anti's care about the families of victims.  They don't care about trying to curb the violence.  They see a tragedy and they see an opportunity to further their cause, make money and get their faces on the news.  Blood Dancers, dancing in the blood of our children.

A Reply From Senator Cornyn

I have been writing my Congress Critters via email and fax quite a bit lately to express my views on all the proposed gun control legislation that is on the books and in progress. 

My most recent communications have concerned the potential of mandatory background check legislation being submitted by Senator Tom Coburn and the Anti Gun Democrats.  I see mandatory background checks on all private firearm sales as being the "compromise" that actually makes it into law this year.

The following is Senator Cornyn's reply to my latest email:
Dear Mr. Rost:

Thank you for contacting me regarding federal firearms laws. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.

As a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, I believe it is essential to safeguard the law-abiding citizen's constitutional right to own and use firearms designed for legitimate purposes such as hunting, target shooting, collecting, and self-protection. Restricting this right runs counter to the intent of our Founding Fathers, who expressly guaranteed that citizens would retain the right to keep and bear arms.

It is encouraging that the Supreme Court has upheld the will of our Founders and re-affirmed the ideals our country was established upon. The Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller provides a greater guarantee that Americans' Constitutional rights remain secure from federal government intrusion. I was proud to sign an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in that case stating an individual’s right to bear arms is fundamental. This historic ruling continues to have implications far beyond the District of Columbia. In 2010, the Supreme Court decided in McDonald v. City of Chicago to strike down the arbitrary gun ban in Chicago—and thereby affirm that the Second Amendment safeguards against state and local encroachments on the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.

As a former Texas Supreme Court Justice and Attorney General, I have firsthand knowledge of crime-fighting policies that work, and I believe that citizens' Second Amendment rights should not be restricted because of the actions of criminals. Rather, we must focus our attention on the source of violent crime: criminals who use firearms to commit crimes. I believe that strictly enforcing the law—and meting out tougher sentences for career criminals and those who use firearms when committing crimes—will reduce crime more effectively than gun or equipment bans, which primarily serve to take firearms away from law-abiding citizens.

I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texans in the United States Senate, and you may be certain that I will continue working with my colleagues to protect our Second Amendment rights. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.



United States Senator

517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856
A very good canned response, and I am certain that Sen. Cornyn will do what he can to oppose an Assault Weapons Ban and any magazine capacity limit legislation.  What was not mentioned in this email was any mention of opposing or supporting mandatory background checks.

It appears that there is a strong opposition to an AWB and magazine capacity limitations on the Hill.  It also appears that universal background checks are on the table.

Please write your Congress Critter and let them know that you oppose any legislation that hinders the private sales of firearms.  Let them know that mandatory background checks can only be accomplished with universal firearm registration and that we will not register our guns.  Be as forceful as you are comfortable, but let them know that you do oppose mandatory background checks on private firearm sales.

If you happen to support mandatory background checks, leave a comment.  Let us have some reasonable discourse.  Give me a chance to show you the error of your position.

Cabela's New Ad Campaign... pretty effective.

Now if only the ammo fairy would come and fill their shelves.

The DC Ski Mask Ban

Criminals in Washington DC are using ski masks to 'mask' their identity.  The DC police just can't seem to get a handle on the situation, so something must be done.

From Andrea Noble of the Washington Times:
Ski masks, a fashion accessory to crime in D.C., may soon be illegal

...after reports of robberies committed by men wearing ski masks. The frequency of the robberies also has caught attention of police, who say one neighborhood crew is frequently purchasing masks at a local sports store for the express purpose of committing robberies.

"They clearly are a problem. Otherwise we wouldn't see it being mentioned in all the reports."...
The focus of the article is on the ski masks, and there really is no major effort in DC to ban ski masks, but the fact that it is being talked about shows just how ridiculous some of the discussions can get. 

One interesting factoid from the article, wearing a ski mask during the commission of a crime is a crime in DC.
D.C. law already ban individuals — ages 16 and up — from wearing masks in public under certain circumstances, such as while committing a crime or with “the intent to intimidate, threaten, abuse or harass any other person.” But prosecution under the law appears infrequent.
It seems criminals pay attention to ski mask control legislation just about as well as they follow gun control legislation.  Heck, the article even mentions a "two striker":
...two black men wearing ski masks got out of a gold Honda Accord and held a woman at gunpoint to steal her purse.
Head on over and read the article. some of the comments are well worth the time.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Senator Cruz at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Guns

In case you missed it, here is Senator Ted Cruz in the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Guns.

Senator Cruz is making me very proud of the fact that I did financially support his campaign, and vote to make him our newest Texas Senator.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Police Departments Affected by Ammo Shortage

The ammo shortage is starting to affect some of the smaller police departments.  Erin Jones of KTEN reports:

Local Texas Law Enforcement Affected By Guns and Ammo Shortage

..."Last week one of the largest distributors of ammunition stated that they've sold the same amounts in the last two days as they've sold in the past seven years," Van Alstyne Chief of Police Tim Barnes said.
This news falls in line with what my normal ammo retailers have been telling me.  The pipeline is once again empty.  This looks to be even worse than the ammo drought when Obama was first elected, and the recovery will probably take even more time:
It's kind of a perfect storm. In the past 20 years there's never been an issue of getting ammunition. In times past we would place an order and it would be in within two to three weeks," Barnes said.

Right now suppliers are telling the Van Alstyne Police Department orders could take up to a year to ship...
A year for the LEO"s to get their ammunition orders delivered means that pipeline is pretty dry.  When people started buying up the AR's a friend purchased the last one Cheaper Than Dirt had at the time, the only problem was he could find no ammo.  I loaned him a couple hundred rounds and he has not been able to find any to repay me.  A couple hundred rounds is not really that big a deal, but the way things are going now I doubt I'll be able to do the same again any time soon.  Maybe when things settle down a bit folks will start needing some cash and some of that ammo in closets will end up back on the market.

Machine Gun Fire in the Skys Over Miami and Houston

Last week CBS reported Black Hawks Used In Military Training Exercise In Miami, and yesterday ABC reports Army drill scares residents on Houston's south side.

It appears that these were both multi-agency live action exercises that included the use of blank ammunition.  You have to wonder why the military is performing these types of exercises in urban areas in and around major metropolitan areas.

They are doing these exercises at a time when trust in the .gov is at lowest in my memory, and when such exercises would raise the most eyebrows.  There are mock up towns on .gov land far from the public eye that they could have used, so why Miami and Houston?

Interesting times.

Monday, January 28, 2013

NYC Police Commissioner Admits That Assault Weapons are Not the Problem.

Not really but...

Raymond Kelly is NY City's Police Commissioner.  Raymond Kelly wrote an editorial for the New York Post titled "Scourge of NYC’s streets".  Raymond Kelly is rabidly against the possession of firearms by anyone but an individual employed by law enforcement. I found this editorial quite strange, in Commissioner Kelly's rant against guns, he makes all of our points for us.  The editorial begins with a comment that has no bearing on the gun control debate and goes downhill from there.
While assault rifles serve no legitimate hunting purpose, and their ban would be a welcome advance after the Newtown slaughter, illegal handguns remain the weapon of choice for killers and other criminals in New York City.
First he states that assault rifles serve no legitimate hunting purpose.  You and I both know he is not talking about assault rifles, but rifles covered in the new AWB.  We also understand that it does not matter if they serve a hunting purpose or not, gun control is not about hunting.  I could take this opportunity to provide many examples about how AR platform rifles are used for hunting, but it really does not matter to this argument.

What is interesting about the above quote is the admission that "...illegal handguns remain the weapon of choice for killers and other criminals..." 

The commissioner goes on to state:
Ninety percent, or 2,493, of the 2,779 illegal firearms seized from suspects in arrests in the city last year were handguns.

By contrast, a total of 77 assault weapons were seized in arrests in the city, less than 3 percent of the total.

In only three of nearly 1,400 shooting incidents last year were ballistics associated with assault weapons.
There you have it, from the pen (so to speak) of NY City's Police Commissioner himself.  Assault Weapons as defined by Senator Feinstein are not the problem.

3 out of 1400 shooting incidents involved assault weapons.  That is pretty much the definition of statistically negligible.

So tell me again why it is so important to ban these firearms that are not used in shooting incidents?

The commissioner goes on to further demonize handguns and any free states that are close to New York.  He pretty much blames NY City's violence issue on Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida.

Criminals illegally acquire guns in these states, illegally transport them into NYC, illegally sell these guns to other criminals who use them in crimes (which by the way are illegal) and the only way this police commissioner can come up with to address this issue is to write more laws.  Yep, that'll work.

One last thing I found telling in this article:
We’re also focused on violence-prone street crews...
So the ultra violent street gangs who import drugs, run prostitution rings, illegally import firearms and run protection rackets are now "street crews"?

Maybe it is time to stop being so politically correct and start attacking crime at the source.  Leave the rest of us the hell alone.
You should go over and give the editorial a read.  This man is in a position of authority in one of the largest cities in the world, might be helpful to know how these Commissars think.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Are the books Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, or 1984 still required reading in our high schools?

Contacting Congress Critters

Faxing is a very effective way to contact Congress Critters.  It puts paper in hand much faster than snail mail and does get the message to Representatives of districts other than the in which you live.

I have found an online fax service to be very helpful for all of my personal and political faxing needs.  The service I use is MyFax and I am very happy with the cost and quality of service.

Notes From the Sidebar

David comments on yet Another Bloodthirsty Gun Owner.  This time it's an armed wheelchair-bound Vet who uses a firearm to defend life and home.

The Bayou Renaissance Man has found some Relics of a long forgotten war.  There are some very interesting images of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.

Let’s talk about background checks. Yes, we really do need to start focusing on potential mandatory background check legislation now that some prominent Republicans are starting to support this type of legislation.

The Old NFO has one example of a pro-gun argument that doesn't rely on "It's in the Constitution!" that effectively makes our point.  More Equal time... delves into the facts about the pre and post Australian gun ban statistics.  One that I found especially interesting is "Australian women are now raped over three times as often as American women."  Disarming the law abiding increases the victim pool for the violent.

Traction Control notes that Michael Bane Points Out “A Brilliant Article …” An excellent read.

Speaking of Michael Bane, the old coot things that The New World Sucks.  Codger keeps reminiscing about the good old days, way back in October of last year.

If you are looking for Sources on Original Second Amendment Meaning, History, Purpose, and Intent, there really is not better place to go than David E. Young's On Second Opinion Blog.

Brigid writes a moving post On Waiting - A Story of Adoption.

The Carteach posts a review of a Dragon Leatherworks Gunbelt..... Next to a quality holster, your belt is an indispensable part of your carry rig.  Quality counts.

Frank, a new contributor to The Firearm Blog, introduces himself with 40 Years of Gun Wisdom in 5 Easy Lessons. I am looking forward to reading more of what Frank has to share.

The LawDog offers A repost of his "Gun Control Cake" essay.  If you did not catch it the first time, head on over and read it now.   

Mike points out that there is a Direct Link Between Algeria Attack that Killed 3 Americans and Libya Attack that Killed 4.  Amateur hour at the State Department and in our Administration is helping to create this escalation of chaos.  A Republican President would have been forced to resign in embarrassment by now.  

Say Uncle refutes Noted Gun Expert Carolyn McCarthy: It’s Too Hard For Women To Use AR-15s.  He has some nice video to help make his case.  

And last, but not least, Murdoc offers a warning about The Stephen King eBook ‘Guns’.  If you want to put money in the pockets of the Brady Bunch, buy the book.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Are You a Hunter or Sportsman Who Supports the New AWB? Well I Have News For You.

I keep seeing these editorials and comments to the news that indicate the writer is a hunter, sportsman or gun enthusiast who supports the Second Amendment, but... The commenters then go on to give their support to Obama's "common sense" gun control efforts.  If you are one of these Quislings who purport to support both the Second Amendment and an Assault Weapons Ban, you are giving the Antis' the keys to your gun safe also.

Here is a nifty little tidbit from the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.  Part of the definition of a banned assault weapon is:
A semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm
Did you catch that?  Any semi auto version of an automatic firearm is covered under Feinstein's new AWB.
Is your gun exempt?
Not if it is a version of John Moses Browning's greatest creation.  The M1911.  The 1911 is not specifically exempted so is banned as a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.  Yes, Colt did develop a fully auto M1911A1 back in the '30's.  John Dillinger was quite fond of his.
So what if your particular pet firearm is specifically exempted, how much do you think it would take to remove that exemption?  Once the ban is passed, tightening it up will be no effort at all.
We really do have to stand together to defeat all of the proposed gun control legislation, each and every bit of it.
H/T to Robert Farago for coming up with the text to the new AWB

Senator Coburn Working With Anti Gun Democrats

Senator Tom Coburn, Republican from Oklahoma, is working with the Anti's on the first piece of anti gun rights legislation to hit the Senate. 
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is working with Democratic senators on a bill that would mandate background checks for all gun buyers, with some limited exceptions.
Ed O'Keefe has posted in the Washington Post that "Tom Coburn talking with Democrats about background check bill"  One of the Dems that Senator Coburn is working with is Chuck Schumer, a rabid Anti.

This is what I have been afraid of from the start of this latest assault on the Second Amendment, the compromise that gets passed instead of the Big Bad Bill that everyone is fighting against.  A bill like this gives Congress Critters who allegedly support our rights an idea that they can pass something that won't piss us off too awful much, and make the Anti's happy that the next goal of their agenda has been achieved.

The article quotes Sen. Coburn as saying:
"If you transfer your car, you have to have a license to transfer, it has to go through that. That’s a responsibility of freedom. I have no problems with us making sure that we don’t allow guns to get in the hands of either felons, or people who are a danger to themselves or other people. … I’m willing to work with Manchin and Schumer on that, and going to.”

First, there is no innate human right to own a car.  Second, what is he talking about needing a license to transfer a car?  Are these politicians really that ignorant of life in America? 

Does anyone really think that requiring law abiding American citizens to go through a background check to transfer a firearm between family and friends will do anything at all to keep firearms out of the hands of violent felons?  Criminals steal guns.  Criminals buy guns from other criminals.  Criminals are kind of known for breaking the law, hence the term criminal and felon.

Mandatory background checks will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Mandatory background checks will prevent someone from purchasing a firearm as a gift for a family member.

Mandatory background checks will do nothing to address violence or the violent.

Mandatory background checks will interfere with the passing down of family heirlooms from on generation to another. 

How many non violent criminals will a mandatory background check law create?  I see a very large swell of civil disobedience as the otherwise law abiding choose to ignore this new law.

And last, but not least, how is the .gov going to enforce this law?  There are 10's of millions of firearms in the hands of American citizens.  In free states, the .gov has no idea who owns what.  Just think for a second of what the .gov will have to do to try and bring us into complience.  At a minimum there will have to be registration.  Inspection will most likely come after registration.  Firearm owners will have to submit to random, unannounced and warrant less searches to ensure they only own the firearms that are in the registry.

Mandatory background checks are going to be portrayed as "reasonable" and "common sense" when they are neither.

Contact Senator Coburn, let him know that we will not abide by any new firearm legislation coming out of the Senate and that we will remember those who actively work against us.

Washington D.C.:

172 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-5754
Fax: 202-224-6008

1800 South Baltimore
Suite 800
Tulsa, OK 74119
Main: 918-581-7651
Fax: 918-581-7195

Oklahoma City:
100 North Broadway
Suite 1820
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Main: 405-231-4941
Fax: 405-231-5051

Quote of the Day

From Michael Bane:
Anyone who says they have a "middle path" in this fight means they're either stupid as a sack of rocks or that they think we are as stupid as a sock of rocks.

Michael is referring to the "I'm a hunter, but..." or "I'm a gun enthusiast but.." anti gun propagandist.  There has been a crap load of these quisling types hitting the editorial pages of late.  Michael gives us some more fodder for opposing these Fudds.  Give him a read.

AR-15/M4 Suitable for Personal Defense? DHS Thinks So

Last Summer the Department of Homeland Security submitted a Request for Proposal to supply 7000 rifles to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The scope of this contract is to provide a total of up to 7,000 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDW) throughout the life of this contract to numerous Department of Homeland Security components. This Statement of Work delineates performance criteria and testing to be used for the evaluation of the firearm.
 Note that DHS is looking for "personal defense weapons".  What are considered personal defense weapons for employees of our Department of Homeland Security?

3.1 General. DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required. Only one specific nomenclature firearm from each Contractor shall be submitted for solicitation testing and considered for contract award.
So a short barrel M4 or M-16 is suitable for personal defense if the operator gets his check signed by Uncle Sam, but the semi-auto standard length firearm is not suitable for the rest of us?

And what magazines are necessary for personal defense?
3.21.2 The magazine shall have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.
If you read through the RFP you will see that DHS has determined that pretty much every feature on Feinstein's AWB list is necessary for a good personal defense weapon.
The hypocrisy, it hurts.

HSCEMS-12-R-00011 Section C

Further background can be found here.

H/T to Firehand