Friday, November 6, 2009

Class Acts

In a shout out to the Brady Campaign and Joyce Foundation, I'ld like to show just how these people role.

Senator Accuses Anti-Gun Group of Exploiting Fort Hood Massacre

An anti-gun group is using the shooting rampage Thursday at Fort Hood as an example in its campaign against pending gun rights legislation, drawing accusations of exploitation from a Republican senator.
Helmke, in his latest Huffpo rant, goes on about depriving veterans of their firearm rights. What he neglects to mention is that the shooter wasn't declared mentally incompetent in any way and that the law the Brady Bunch opposes wouldn't have effected him at all. Never mind the fact that Paul blatantly lies:
language to automatically restore access to guns to veterans designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department as "mentally incapacitated" or "mentally incompetent."

Sorry, no. It restores the rights of individuals who have successfully completed mental health treatment. A subtlety that would destroy Helmke's premise. But honesty has never been a strong suit w/ them.

Then we go to the Joyce Foundation.

Tragic Fort Hood Shooting Shows Threat From Easy Access To Powerful Handguns, Even For Members Of Military
Such a restrictive policy against carrying guns, even for soldiers who are prepared for combat, should give guidance to lawmakers about the need to better control access to firearms for civilians.

Do these people cheer like an election celebration when they hear tragedies like this on the news? They really do seem to revel in the deaths of innocents.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Quote of the Day

From 'Yeah That Tom' to Kurt:

We still need to make you The Hydraulic and Spring Dampened Chair attachment so you can enjoy the magnificence of .450 Marlin and .458 Lott in a pistol platform without the range master and I having to roll you back up to the firing line :-)

Besides the fact that that image had me laughing till tears ran, it made me think we could rig him up with a system like they used in WWI:

ISP opens ranges to hunters

Via IL State Sen. Rutherford:
The Illinois State Police, in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources, is opening its firing ranges in Joliet, Pontiac, Pawnee, Effingham, Pecatonica and LaSalle to hunters from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 14 for sighting in and test-firing guns. Any firearm that is legal for deer hunting, which includes shotguns, muzzle loaders, center fire revolvers and center fire handguns, is included.

Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling ahead to the state police district offices. Targets will be provided. There's no charge for use of the range.

Participants must have a valid firearm owner ID card and transport the firearm legally by having it unloaded and in a case.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Henigan Hypocrisy

We all know that talking out of both sides of their mouths is standard for the Brady Campaign. This latest bit by Dennis "I forgot the people" Henigan is particularly amusing:
I refer to the extraordinary legislation passed into law by the states of Montana and Tennessee declaring that guns or ammunition manufactured and retained entirely within the borders of those states are "not subject to federal law." Apparently, similar legislation has been introduced in Texas, Alaska, Minnesota, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona and Colorado.

Can a state unilaterally exempt its homemade products from the reach of federal law? Only if it is prepared to defy the United States Constitution.
Yet, when it comes to gun control, they openly advocate violations of the law and state constitutions:
On a 7 - 0 vote, the Erie City Council voted today to pass a law requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to the police. This measure will remove a commonly used alibi employed by gun traffickers and help get illegal guns off the streets. Erie joins Lancaster, Wilkinsburg, Allentown, Pottsville, Reading, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh to become the ninth municipality in Pennsylvania to pass the requirement.

Never mind the fact that Dennis can't even quote the US Constitution correctly.

So is secession the next step for all the cities the Brady Campaign supports? According to Dennis' argument it is.

What this really shows is that the Brady Bunch is desperate. They're trying to jump on the "Right Wing Extremist" bandwagon promoted by the SPLC and ADL . This is the same ploy used by Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center and Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence as their respective groups slid into irrelevance and obscurity. They are unable to persuade people with evidence or defend their claims with facts so they can only resort to smearing firearm owners with (usually inaccurate) anecdotes, half-truths and nonsense claims like that above.

It's funny in a "Disco still rules" kind of way.

Unorganized Militia Gear

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Miles

Today is my nephew's Birthday, he's 10 years old. At a very young age he got intrigued by everything pirate. Arrrrrgh.

Ships, swords, knives and Jolly Rogers are a sure way to get his attention. He's already started a WW1 and WW2 bayonet collection. With the exception of his insistence of calling “bowie” knives “buoy” knives(must be a pirate thingie), he’s got a knife catalog thicker than my telephone book and is teaching himself well about all manners of bladed weapons.

He carries at least one knife at all times in his pocket. At this point, he sees it as a tool rather than a defensive weapon since it takes him a full five minutes for him to dig it out from the bottom of his pocket after he empties out all the agates, petrified wood chips and cool looking marbles that are sitting on top of it.

He whittles, he’s abandoned the 102 piece tool set I got him when he was 6 in lieu for a damn nice Swiss army knife with all the goodies and he’s got the bayonets “just for lookin’ at.”

I took him to his first gun show last year and he naturally gravitated towards the .22 Crickets and Chipmunks. He entered the show with $120 in cash that he earned by mowing lawns and washing cars. When he found a Cricket that even gave me a bit of wood priced at $169, he asked me how old he had to be before he bought a gun.

I told him that I would buy him a .22 when he was mature enough, by my definition, my judgment, my decision. He responded that he had a coin jar at home and probably already had enough money to buy it himself.

I thought for a nanosecond about trying to explain the NICS, straw purchases, form 4473 in general and a host of other issues that ya’ll are already aware of. After counting to ten and breathing deeply, I fell back to Plan B and simply pulled rank; telling him that neither I nor his Father would allow him to own a firearm until we both agreed that he was ready to take on that responsibility.

My Brother is not an anti in the sense that gun-control is not anywhere near his radar when he pulls the lever. But my Brother is also nowhere near a pro-2A supporter. Best definition is that he’s an uniformed and uninterested neutral. I blame this on the fact that he’s left-handed and never got much enjoyment trying to switch-hit as a righty.

As passionate as I am about continuing the tradition of firearm ownership within my family, I will not dismiss my Older Brother’s wishes. He already knows that his son will one day own firearms, That cement has already hardened. The only decision before us is when.

I remember asking my Father how old he was when he got his first gun when I was very young. He said that he got a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun at the age of ten. Obviously reading my facial expression, my Father told me that he would give me a .22 rifle at the age of 12, if I proved myself worthy. Reading my facial expression further, he explained that his generation matured faster than mine, just as HIS Father’s generation matured faster than his.

I didn’t understand at the time.

But, I understand now.

I got my .22 bolt-action rifle when I was 12, after shooting that exact gun for 6 years. I’ll probably do a whole post about that exact exchange and the conversation with my Father during that moment in my history.

Happy Birthday, Miles.

I’ll be buying you another knife or some more silver coins for your pirate chest, but the .22 will have to wait until you prove yourself worthy,

I do this because I Love You.

V: The Remake

1st episode wasn't bad. Looks like it has potential.

The latest ADL Smear 'Report'.

Via David Codrea's Examiner Column comes the latest bit of hysteria about 'Right Wing Extremists'.
The Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, both part of an anti-government extremist movement that has grown since President Obama took office, promote the idea that the federal government is plotting to take away the rights of American citizens and must be resisted. The two groups are apparently trying to make inroads in the U.S. military.

But reading through the article shows not a shred of evidence for 'Extremism' except for a bunch of individuals who want the Gov't to actually follow the US Constitution.

What a frightening thought.

What Could That Possibly Mean?

From our deliberately obtuse gun banner MikeB in response to Linoge:
What could "firearm-related crime rate has grown seven times faster than its population" possibly mean? Would you mind explaining that?

Fairly simple statement MikeB. What's to explain?

Island Nation.
Near Complete Gun Ban. You know. Everything you hope for plus.
Rising Gun Crime.

What that means, not possibly, is that 'gun control' is a failure at reducing or controlling crime. It is proven as a failure. So that any attempts to continue to promote it show that the motives are not to reduce crime but something else.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Plus Three

Good weekend at the show. Surplus was popular this weekend along w/ books and informational CD's. Had a rep for the Il Governor race show up to stump for Adam Andrejewski. I will be talking w/ more in the coming days/weeks to get a better idea.

Best of all though were the 4 people who either renewed or signed up new for the NRA. One was an annual renewal. Two were individuals who had let their membership lapse some time ago but felt that the current climate required them to join up again and one was a brand new member. Several other people took cards and will hopefully send them in.

That's the way we do it.