Saturday, March 27, 2010
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Basically the legislature is sitting on their duffs, in regards to gun bills, waiting for McDonald.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
As an experiment, I’m going to attempt to boycott all locations which do not prohibit the carrying of firearms either openly or concealed for one entire day. My usual haunt is HuffPo for my anti fix and over the last several days/weeks, I’ve seen numerous comments about how some individuals state that they would never enter an establishment(Starbucks is the whipping boy here) which allows people to carry firearms in any fashion. Never mind the pesky little fact that they must traverse a labyrinth of public roadways and sidewalks in order to patronize or boycott the business of their choosing.
Hmmm…gots to try me summa dat.
First, some ground rules. My home State of Oregon has shall-issue for concealed carry and open carry is hunky-dory in public so I won’t be counting roads or sidewalks in my travels. I’m a hypocrite already aren’t I? Well piss off, this is my experiment and I can’t possibly succeed without making some concessions. Hmmm…that’s kinda telling in itself. Shut up kaveman!
I’ll attempt this next Monday, March 29th. I need to make some serious preparations before I engage in such a lofty endeavor.
My car is overdue for an oil change so I’ll do that tomorrow since Oil Can Henry’s allows guns which means I can’t do it Monday. Ya, I have my car worked on during company time, deal with it.
Saturday is totally off limits since I’m going to my Buddy’s place for his Birthday party and he honestly doesn’t even know how many firearms he owns. If you think that’s kind of odd, then you haven’t seen his collection.
Sunday I’ll have to go grocery shopping because they allow firearms so Monday ain’t working for me. Also need to fill up the gas tank since they allow firearms.
I’ll probably also stop by the liquor store and get something for the weekend, which is a good thing since the closest liquor store also sells firearms. It’s a small town thing, you probably wouldn’t understand.
With the proper preparations, I feel confident that I can go one entire day without entering an establishment which does not prohibit firearms.
Without the planning ahead???…eh…not so much.
Oh crap…my home is filled with guns, even on Mondays, believe it or not. I guess I’ll have to camp out in a State park.
Oh crap…that won’t work either.
Well, I could burn some of that gas and go deep into a National Forest?
Craaaaaaaap, that ain’t feeding my mojo either.
OK look…………………..I’ll avoid all locations that don’t prohibit concealed or open carry with the exceptions which would actually force me to alter my behavior in any way.
Is it any wonder why the pendulum is swinging our way???
If the people next to you are stupid, then educate them. If the people next to you are informed, then break free and seek out stupid people. This is our calling. The stupid people aren’t going to go out and save themselves. This is the cross we sling over our own shoulders. Get used to the weight.
“I’m taking the training course for my concealed handgun license right after work, I’ll be a bit late but still hungry for your cooking when I’m done,” I said with a hint of dryness that should have reminded her that I had already received a science degree and philosophy was a been there done that scenario.
She said, “Oh…OK…what time will you be home?”
“I’ll have something hot when you walk through the door.”
My Mom is not an anti but my Step-dad was at the time. I wanted to avoid the conversation because I didn’t want to drive a wedge between…that. Putting her in a position of expressing an opinion concerning the actions of her Son and the known views of her husband was not fair to any party. It was a can of worms best left spilled but un-noticed. I had scheduled the class weeks in advance and didn’t realize the timing would coincide with their visit.
Long story short…My Mother’s Parents thought gun ownership was required and my Step-dad thought the 1994 AWB was about full auto machine guns.
Got home and had lamb-burgers with Roma tomatoes and caramelized sweet onions. I could tell that they had talked about “it” while I was gone and had decided to inquire about the whole idea with the same passion as if asking about the local weatherman’s distinction between “partly cloudy” and “partly sunny.”
I had to pull back my enthusiasm to match theirs and I droned on about the absurdity that soon I could pack a .45 into Starbucks while I could face hard prison time if I carried a concealed slingshot or pepper spray.
That at least got the conversation moving in a direction even an anti would roll their eyes at. We talked for awhile and all was cordial. We talked about the 6 thugs who lived in town. Yes, we had exactly 6 at that time. Now we have 4, and one of those is missing an index finger. I’ll post about that later; good story.
Fast forward 1 year.
Mom and Step-dad come out again for their yearly visit and we all decide to take my niece and nephew over to the coast for the day. They wanted to see the Wax Museum and Ripley’s “Believe it or not.”
We all ate breakfast together before loading into the car and I was carrying the PPK the whole time. Forecast was warm but the Oregon coast is always windy so I put on the heavy jacket.
Did the undersea gardens. Did the Wax Museum. Did Ripley’s. NO FREAKIN WIND.
I was sweating profusely by the time lunch was on everyone’s mind. My Mom asked me no less than three separate times why I didn’t just leave my coat in the car. I told her that I was fine as I was mopping my forehead.
To this day, she still doesn’t know that I was carrying concealed that day. She never suspected, nor did my Step-dad or my niece and nephew. I was the only one who knew, until we got to Mo’s Chowder House.
I took up my customary spot facing the entrance and ordered some over-priced seafood when a biker pulled up outside. Full leather, half-beard, he came in and sat down at the table next to us. He took off his leather jacket and slung it over the back of the chair. The lower left portion of his jacket hit the base of the seat with a metallic “thunk” and I knew he was armed. As soon as the sound rang out, he looked to see if anyone noticed and saw that I had. He gave me the once over and noticed I was sweating profusely while still wearing the coat and he gave me a head nod.
Immediately after that, he called the waitress over and ordered an ice cream dessert for my niece and nephew, obviously assuming them for my own children.
I then asked my niece/nephew to acknowledge the gift, which they did.
Moral of the story.
I spent 10 hours that day with my Mother and she never knew I was carrying a firearm.
Some random dude I spent 20 minutes next to, knew I was carrying a firearm.
Our community does not need to be intimate. A casual head nod can be all that’s needed.
Recognizing the enemy is a needed skill, but recognizing allies might have a better payoff.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
So Quinn has proposed a 1% income tax increase to go towards education. Yet every time extra money's been earmarked for schools in the past, other money has been removed. This time will be no different:
(ISP Spokesman) Monken said later that if the legislature approves the 1 percentage point increase in the state income tax Quinn has requested for education, some funds could be freed up for other agencies.I've had people tell me it should be more. So their idea is to give MORE money to a body that has shown they can't manage what they have? Would someone please explain to me the logic behind that?
Update: Florida has the right idea.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tell that to the Chinese.
Man stabs, kills 8 children at Chinese schoolBut what's this?
BEIJING – A former medical worker stabbed to death eight young children and wounded five others Tuesday in a bloody rampage outside an elementary school in eastern China.
China has witnessed a series of school attacks in recent years, most blamed on people with personal grudges or suffering from mental illness, leading to calls for improved security.Aren't we also told that this is an American thing and that those in Germany et al were just flukes?
So yes Virginia, there are school attacks w/ mass casualties w/o guns.
The response by the police? Not "Why did our courts let him out?" but instead
make plastic knives illegal.
Yep, that would have stopped him.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
ALERT - QUESTION: WHEN IS A GUN CASE NOT A GUN CASE?
ANSWER: When Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says it's not.Please call your state representative this week starting Thursday morning and ask them to OPPOSE HB5849.
In October, 2009 the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on Illinois v Diggins where the court determined that the center console in a vehicle counts as a 'case' under Illinois law. In response, Rep. Harry Osterman (D-14) filed HB5849 to change the law and nullify the court's decision.
How they plan to do this is to add language specifying that the case your firearm is in needs to be specifically designed for the transportation or storage of firearms. Doesn't sound like a problem, does it? Why would a person oppose such a 'reasonable', 'common-sense' change?
Why? Because, in the finest tradition of 'gun control' bills, this one includes subjective and loaded language designed to trip up firearm owners and put them at the mercy of prosecutors. The full language of the change is a case 'designed for the SAFE transportation of firearms'.
Safe? What does that mean? Is a zippered, nylon case from your local sporting goods store considered 'safe'? Not if this bill passes! Does it have to be a hard case? Plastic? Metal? Does it require a lock? Do you really want that decision to be in the hands of the office that supports the Chicago handgun ban?
So basically if you're driving through Cook County, you'ld better have called up the state's attorney's office to find out what the definition of the day is from each and every lawyer there. Otherwise you're SOL.