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The Most Logical Approach to Gun Ownership

I guess this has been around for some time now, perhaps about 10 or 12 years now but it still makes sense.  I received it as an email the other day and it says that Fred Maslack ‘recently’ proposed this as a bill but for as much as I can tell, he is not even still in the legislature anymore.  It has probably surfaced as a result of the recent new push for more gun control.  But it is still a great idea that came from someone in New England with a realistic head on his shoulders.

Flag GunVermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont’s own Constitution very carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping some eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.

Maslack recently proposed a bill to register “non-gun-owners” and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state.  Thus Vermont would become the first state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun.  Maslack read the “militia” phrase of the Second Amendment as not only the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as ‘a clear mandate to do so’.  He believes that universal gun ownership was advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a “monopoly of force” by the government as well as criminals.  Vermont’s constitution states explicitly that “the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State” and those persons who are “conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms” shall be required to “pay such equivalent.”  Clearly, says Maslack, Vermonters have a constitutional obligation to arm themselves, so that they are capable of responding to “any situation that may arise.”

Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver’s license number with the state.  “There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so,” Maslack says.

Vermont already boasts a high rate of gun ownership along with the least restrictive laws of any state.   It’s currently the only state that allows a citizen to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.  This combination of plenty of guns and few laws regulating them has resulted in a crime rate that is the third lowest in the nation.
“America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”   This makes sense!  There is no reason why gun owners should have to pay taxes to support police protection for people not wanting to own guns. Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way.

Sounds reasonable to me!  Non-gun owners require more police to protect them and this fee should go to paying for their defense!

GE

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Diane Feinstein Calls for Renewal of Assault Rifle Ban

Well, that didn’t take long.  I thought it would be at least Monday before we heard from the politicians, but I guess I forgot about the Sunday TV shows. In my post from Friday, just two days ago, I predicted that it would be 2-3 days tops before we heard about the assault weapons ban.  And since then, all of the usual suspects have been coming out of the woodwork calling for everything from magazine size restrictions, to banning internet sales of ammunition and now the ever popular “assault weapons ban”.

Feinstein faced off on the gun control issue with Ron Johnson, Republican Senator from Wisconsin, on Fox News Sunday wherein she said, “Weapons of war don’t belong on the street.”  The Senator from California argued that the Federal Government should put a ban on rapid-fire weapons and large magazines.  She further said, “We’ve got to sit down and really come to grips on what is sold to average citizens.”

Senator Johnson insisted, “This isn’t an issue about guns.  It’s about a sick, demented, evil individual.  I don’t think there’s a solution for that in Washington.  We need to look at families and the education system.” He further said such legislation would do little to curtail mass killings but would instead “reduce America’s freedom.”  Senator Johnson argued, “This isn’t an issue about guns, this is really just an issue about sick, demented, individuals. I don’t think society can keep demented individuals from obtaining any type of weapon the want to kill people.”

Senator Feinstein continued with her rant on large magazines and military style assault rifles saying that it is time to re-instate the ban.  But Senator Johnson re-iterated, “We are talking about basic freedoms, and the Constitution’s Second Amendment and I am a strong defender and believe in that”.
He said, “I would hate to see a tragedy like this used to promote a political agenda to reduce American’s freedom.  Enough of our freedoms have already been taken away.  We don’t want to lose any more.”  Thank you Senator Johnson for your common sense approach.  It is unfortunate that we can’t get liberals like Diane Feinstein to understand the logic.

But liberals have no faith in families.  They believe that government is the only answer here because we are incompetent at teaching our children about life issues.  What’s more, we used to have rifle marksman classes in most of our high schools, but not anymore.

Yesterday, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Democrat from New Jersey, told the Huffington Post that he already has legislation ready that he plans to introduce for that will ban the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  And today he made the ridiculous comment, “No sportsman needs 100 rounds to shoot a duck.”  No shit Sherlock.  We use a shotgun instead.  Unfortunately, he plans to introduce his legislation this next week just the same.

Yesterday too, New York Mayor Michael Doomberg started making demands that both of the Presidential candidates need to outline their policies with respect Federal gun laws.

And so it begins.

“Let no tragedy be wasted that could further our liberal agenda.” – Liberal mindset

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Expect New Calls for Assault Rifle Ban

Dateline: Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012 – A gunman dressed all in black and wearing a gas mask massacres 12 people attending a midnight premier showing of the “Batman, The Dark Knight Rises”, and injures at least 50 more at the Century Theaters in Aurora. 

Yet another tragic mass shooting, this time involving what appears to be an otherwise sane person by all initial accounts, who for some unknown reason shot theater goers in the Rocky Mountain metropolitan city of Aurora, Colorado. 

As usual the media jumped right in with its usual slipshod, inept attempt to investigate the incident and the shooter that only resulted in journalistic malpractice.  Early Friday Brian Ross with ABC News checks out the name James Holmes on his I-Phone and finds one of the James Holmes listed is an active TEA Party member, so he gleefully reports that he is the “Batman Killer”.  Oops!  Didn’t check his facts again.  Turns out he wasn’t the same guy.  Just the possibility that the TEA Party could be tarnished and tied to this was enough to send Brian Ross into a frenzy and report to the world that the Batman Killer is a major TEA Party member.  He later had to apologize.  But I digress.

The next words out of the reporters mouths was that the gunman was carrying an “assault rifle” thought to be an AR-15 that shoots high velocity ammunition along with a pistol and a shotgun, that were bought “legally”.  Now the word “legally” is added strategically.  Their agenda is to put blame on the guns that are ‘so prolific’ in our society – in their minds.  And the fact that someone could buy what they call an assault rifle legally is undoubtedly going to be brought the forefront in the media reporting in the next few weeks.  Journalists are no doubt chomping at the bit at the notion that they are going to be able to start calling for more gun control, more extensive background checks, new gun laws, waiting periods, gun limits and wait for it – a renewal of the “assault rifle ban”. 

Yes, an “assault rifle ban” just like the one that expired in the ‘90s.  After all, their mantra is “let no tragedy be wasted”.  They’re not going to let this go unanswered.  In a press conference this afternoon, the Aurora Police Chief said that it now up to us to now start “pushing back”.  Pushing back??  What the hell does that mean?  I’ll tell you what that means.  They are going to start the call for more gun control laws.  Liberal legislators are going to be more than eager to answer the call. 

So let’s just see how long before we see the first news report on calls for new gun legislation.  I give it two – three days tops.  After all, it is a weekend coming up.

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Gun Control – Do We Really Need It?

I couldn’t believe it the other day when someone whom I thought knew me, asked me, “So how do you feel about Gun Control?  Don’t you think we really need it?”  As if she didn’t know my answer to that!?  Looking back I now think she was just trying to get me going, but that’s OK too.  But as for Gun Control, let me put it this way.  Another great blog that I link to here, Extrano’s Alley, has this prominently displayed on the top of his front page and it pretty much sums it up.

There are more than 22,402 restrictive gun laws in force.  Of those, not even one has ever reduced crime. In fact, crime has increased after each of these laws, and the amount depends on the severity and level of enforcement of the law.

The fact is, (borrowing from the great movie with Humphrey Bogart, “Sierra Madre”) we don’t need no stinking badges – to carry our guns.  I added the last four words, but what I mean is we shouldn’t need no stinking permit to carry a gun, concealed or otherwise.  We shouldn’t have to show good cause to be able carry a gun, concealed or otherwise.  Let’s face it, criminals certainly don’t feel they need a permit to carry a gun when they are a committing a crime.  They’re already breaking the law.  Why should they worry about a stinking gun permit.

We already have the only permit we should ever need in the Second Amendment. Our Founding Fathers gave us the right to carry guns and they recognized that it was a right that should never be taken from us lest we see ourselves as subjects of a tyrannical government.  Our Constitution was written to restrict what Government can do – not restrict what citizens can do.

Just what part of “shall not be infringed” do you not understand?  And yet, every year, legislators devise some new way to infringe upon law abiding gun owners and restrict their gun right.  These same legislators took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States”.   But with every new Gun Control law they are further destroying the Constitution.  With every new Gun Control law they are violating that sacred oath and deliberately shifting the balance of power into THEIR hands and into the hands of the criminals.

That quote I placed above is probably a little old in that there are many more than 22,402 restrictive gun laws in these United States.  There are more laws every year, especially in California and New York – and Illinois, and Massachusetts, but I digress.  But not one of those Gun Control laws has ever stopped a murder, a burglary, armed robbery, car jacking, sexual assault – again I could go on.

Gun Control laws do absolutely no good to anyone but the criminals, because they actually make their job easier.  They only restrict law abiding citizens from being able to effectively defend themselves from others who have made crime their career choice.

New gun laws do accomplish one thing in that they secure the liberal legislators in their seats.  They appease their liberal base such that they will vote for them next time, confident that the same liberal hacks will continue to support ridiculous Gun Control laws.

I used to think that these new laws they write and pass must at least make them feel good in that they must feel that they have done something positive to protect society and keep them safe.  But any more I can’t believe that they could possibly continue to be that stupid.  When all of the evidence flies in the face of that notion, how can they really believe something so ridiculous?  Gun Control laws actually work to increase crime in every area or state they are tried.  Every large population center that has strict gun control laws, has violent crime that is out of control and on the rise every year.  It has gotten so bad that the crime statistics that they are reporting are deliberately cooked to try and show decreasing crime so they can continue support their absurd notions that Gun Control laws are working.

Gun Control laws are against the law in my opinion as every one of them goes against the Constitution of the United States and the Second Amendment.  Guns should always have a place in our Society or we will cease to be a free people.   The only laws we should even consider might be restricting those who have mental disabilities and violent criminals, although the latter does absolutely no good anyway.  But guns should never be in the hands of the mentally disturbed.  Although, there is another problem, how do you find those people before they commit some insane act?

Other than that, I believe the Gun Control laws we have now should be repealed.  Every law abiding citizen should be required to own a gun and know how to safely use it.  Crime in our country would amazingly become so much more infrequent that news bureaus would have to look other places for their news stories.  Of course they are doing a lot of that now already by making up new false issues in order to further liberal bias.  But that is another rant altogether that perhaps I will have to take on another day.

A society that does not trust its citizens with guns does not trust its citizens.   When citizens live in a society where only the police and military have guns, they are living in a police state  -  Anonymous

GE

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Portantino At It Again With AB 1527

California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada) must be really feel emboldened since the passage of his AB 144 last year because he is at again with a new bill that would expand on it.  Open Carry is under attack again with Assembly Bill 1527 which will make it illegal to openly carry long guns in addition handguns as is now because of AB144, and in general, make more changes to California Open Carry Law.

After the passage of AB 144 last year, the South Bay Open Carry organization, which has now morphed into the Responsible Citizens of California, staged a long gun protest to point out the absurdity of the ban on open carry of hand guns.  They met at two locations in California – in Northern and Southern California simultaneously, all carrying rifles to point the fact that carrying long guns is the only way of legal open carry remaining.

But this sort of ‘in your face’ tactic is what got Portantino fired up in the first place after the South Bay Open Carry group kept holding monthly meetings at restaurants in his district.  They would purposely hold their meetings at different restaurants in Portantino’s district to demonstrate their deference to his stated opposition to open carry and intent to pass a law banning it.

I, on the other hand, have never believed that it is a good idea to poke a sleeping bear that could turn around and attack you.  That is just what Portantino did by authoring AB 144 and successfully getting it passed and now again with AB 1527 this year.

Now in response to their ‘long gun protest’ he is at it again with AB 1527 wherein he wants to make it illegal to open carry long guns in addition to handguns.

Of course, both of these bills are illegal themselves as they are blatant infringements of the Second Amendment.  Ultimately they will be overturned in court to satisfy the Second Amendment or at least be the instrument by which we get a more permissive concealed carry law and become a “shall issue” state.  Either way we will prevail in the end.

Liberal gun grabbers in the California legislature will eventually get the message.  Their free run with 2-1 odds in California will end.  Of course, your help is always necessary to let your legislators how wrong this is.  Please call and/or write them to express your opposition.

GE

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RNC Says Don’t Attack Obama

In a conference call with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Republican strategists, the RNC said that “party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such strategy is too hazardous for the GOP.”  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  OMG!!  That is exactly what every Republican candidate needs to do every day and ramp it up with every speech and press conference.

A story by Yahoo News claims that Republican strategists were warned that too heavy of an attack on Obama could turn voters away.  The story claims that recent polling indicates that voters “feel sorry” for the President and they still give him “high approval”, in spite of record low ratings on his job approval.  Hell, I feel sorry that this country could ever be so gullible to elect such an idiot.  I also understand that Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk show host, just about went ballistic when he heard about this coming out of the RNC.

Apparently the RNC feels that it is OK to vilify and attack fellow Republican candidates with slurs and name calling but ‘don’t go after the President’.  We hear other Republicans say that Bachman is stupid, Cain is a sex offender, Gingrich has had failed marriages and is tied to Fanny Mae, Rick Perry is stupid and look what he did with vaccinations, and so on. But don’t go after Obama because we want to prove to the independents that we are not confrontational, or mean spirited.

BULL SHIT!  The Democrats don’t waste any time going after our guys with both barrels.  Look what they did in 2008 when they put out a bogus story about McCain having an affair.  They don’t just attack; they make it up and lie about it too.  I also believe that it is Democrats, perhaps even the Presidential election committee, that is making up these stories about Cain’s sexual indiscretions.  Afterall, Obama doesn’t want another black running against him.  That way he won’t be able to use the “race card” as he will no doubt do if the candidate is white.

One of the reasons that Gingrich is moving ahead in the polls now is because he is out there with his attacks on Obama. Gingrich is taking it to him and the people want that.  When Trump was vocal about his criticisms of Obama he soared to the top of the polling because he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.

Our candidates need to put Obama’s feet to the fire on every bit of his failed attempts to bring this country out of recession.  Every scheme, bill or executive order has not only failed but worked to put this country further behind, further in debt, and further down in world opinion.  Right now his job approval rating is lower than Jimmy Carter’s numbers at this same point in his administration.  And just like Carter, Obama is making this country a laughing stock to the rest of the world.

This country cannot afford another Obama term in office.  With another term, he will no longer have to worry about getting re-elected and the gloves will be off.  No socialistic program will be off limits to him.  What’s more, Obama has been treading lightly gun control legislation in this first term, but with no worries about re-election, every gun control bill the liberals and Obama can think of will come out of the woodwork.

The RNC is so wrong.  The candidate that is the most vocal about Obama’s failures and attacks him at every turn is the one who will ultimately become the Republican candidate and go on to beat Obama next November.  The future of this country depends on it.

GE

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Sheriff Encourages Women to Carry Concealed Weapons

In a press conference Monday, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright suggested that women should obtain concealed carry weapons permits (CCW) and be prepared to defend themselves, because “our form of justice is not making it.”  He made this statement as he described and an attack on a South Carolina woman by a man who had repeatedly been arrested more than twenty times for numerous crimes and subsequently released back onto the street.  Said Sheriff Chuck Wright to “liberals”, “your form of justice isn’t workin’.  This ‘animal’ should not be allowed to walk among us,” speaking of the perpetrator of the attempted rape.

After describing the “horrific act” upon the victim, he went on to say that “it’s too bad that someone with a concealed weapons permit didn’t walk by and hear the cries.  That would have fixed this,” he said.

The Sheriff further went on to say, “Ladies, walk in groups.  Get a concealed weapons permit.  I want you to get a concealed weapons permit. I don’t want you to go for the mace.  I want you to go for the concealed weapons permit.”  “I am tired,” he said, “of looking at victims and saying were sorry, we’ve done the best we can to get them in jail.”  He later urged women to carry a .45 caliber handgun in a fanny pack while jogging.

Naturally, the sheriff is an opponent of gun control laws.  And, apparently he is also tired of the restrictions that liberal legislators have placed on citizens to provide for their own self defense.  “Gun control to me is being able to get your (gun) barrel back on target quick.  That’s gun control.  Gun Control for government purposes has never worked,” Wright said.  And he’s right.  Not one gun control law has ever reduced crime, or stopped a criminal from committing a gun crime.

Frankly, Sheriff Wright makes a lot of sense.  His words make sense for all citizens – not just women.  He is the type of sheriff we need more of, especially in California where the liberals are running amuck, unchecked and unopposed.  We need a national reciprocal concealed carry law and we need to make it less difficult for law abiding citizens to be able to obtain a carry concealed weapons permit.  We should follow the lead of Wyoming earlier this year that lifted most restrictions to obtaining a CCW becoming what is called a “Constitutional Carry” state.

GE

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Long Gun Protest Planned Protesting AB 144

California’s new ban on open carry of handguns which was signed this month by Governor Jerry Brown will go into effect on January 1, 2012.  In an effort to openly protest the new law Responsible Citizens of California is planning a meet-up this weekend at ‘high noon’ on Saturday, October 22, 2011 in two locations in California.  There will be two meet-ups – one in the Bay Area and one in the San Diego area of Southern California.

The Northern California meet-up will be in San Leandro at the corner of Hesperian Blvd and Bayfair Drive.  The Southern California meet-up will be in San Diego at the corner of Felspar and Ocean Front Walk on Pacific Beach with their long guns in hand (unloaded of course).

Both of these meet-ups are in response to the passage of AB 144 which removes our right to openly carry a handgun in public; something that has be legal in California since before it became a state.  But liberal legislators feel that we no longer should have this right, in spite of the fact that it is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution.  The purpose of these events is to gather Second Amendment supporters to express their frustration with that liberal State Legislature.  The events will also provide an opportunity for the attendees to discuss the new pending law and familiarize themselves with options that will remain available to all lawful gun owners in California, such that they will be able to continue to legally carry firearms for personal protection.

Organizers are inviting attendees to bring their long guns and rifles to these events as this represents the only means by which citizens of California can legally carry personal self protection.  At the same time the organizers are stressing that all attendees should remain in full compliance with law.  And if they are unsure if they will be in compliance with the law, they should err on the side of caution.  Open carry of handguns remains legal in California until January 1st, but after that time, only long guns will be legal to carry in the open in public places.

I should also stress that you are not required to carry a firearm to attend the event.  Your presence and support alone will go a long way.  All supporters of the Second Amendment will be welcome whether armed or unarmed.  However, should you plan to attend with a firearm, please make sure that you are in compliance with the law.

Organizers of the events, Responsible Citizens of California, have released a brief instructional video and message to law enforcement on lawful Unloaded Long Gun Open Carry for those who will be exercising this basic, fundamental, civil right for the very first time.

Contacts in Northern California: RCC President – Adnan Shahab, (510) 972-4044; RCC Press Secretary – Yih Chau Chang, (408) 515-2128

Contact in Southern California: RCC Chairman – Sam Wlanyk, (619) 887-6776

For more information, please visit the Responsible Citizens of California website

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Governor ‘Moon Beam’ Signed AB 144 Into Law

Yes, over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill that removes Californian’s right to openly carry a firearm.  AB 144, the confusing bill authored by Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada), will now become the law of land in California in January, unless it is struck down as ‘unconstitutional’ before then.

Make no mistake, this bill will eventually be struck down by the Court as it is a blatant “infringement” of our Constitutional right guaran-teed by the Second Amendment.  We just don’t know how quickly that will come about. It’s probably not going to happen before January 1st when the bill will actually become law.  Californians will then have no means by which they can legally “bear arms” short of a carry concealed weapon permit, and it is nearly impossible to obtain a CCW permit in California as the law is now.

The only way that the Court may leave this new law in place is if the State changes its CCW law from a “may issue” to a “shall issue” methodology.  Currently, concealed carry permits are issued by the Sheriff of each county at his discretion.  They are rarely granted except in extreme need cases, or as the law states, where a “determination of good cause” is made.  The Sheriffs of more rural counties are usually a little more liberal in the grants than are those of high population counties with major urban cities where they are the strictest in their standards for granting a permit.  Funny thing is, politicians are usually granted a CCW permit without question – the same people who are telling us that they don’t want us to be able to carry a firearm.

If the State does change their stance on concealed carry permits, then the Court may leave the new law banning open carry of unloaded firearms in place, as the ability to carry a firearm will be satisfied if we simply obtain a permit.  Only thing is, the liberals are never going to change their oppressive CCW law either.  As arrogant as they area, they’ll just wait until the court tells them just how wrong they are.

GE

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Further Update on AB 144

Well, they did it. The California State Senate passed AB 144 and it has moved on to the Governor. I just don’t see him not signing it either, unless there is a big enough push from the voters overwhelming his office with opposition to the bill that he has to veto it. So write the Governor, call him, or email him. Swamp his office. I have.

Also, he has to actually veto the bill for it to not become law. There is no “pocket veto” in California as there is at the federal level. If he does not sign it, it automatically becomes law in 30 days.

That may be how he decides to handle it too. Just leave it alone, and in 30 days it becomes law, and he can say that he didn’t sign it – the weasel that he is.

This bill will without a doubt be overturned in the Courts, but it may take some time for that to happen. So in the mean time, we, the law abiding citizens, we the people, pay the price and become more vulnerable in the public arena. The bill is so obviously unconstitutional that it’s amazing that the liberals in Sacramento couldn’t see it. But then, they don’t care anyway. The Constitution just gets in the way too much for them, so why not try and see if they can get away with it.

However, if the State decides to change their policy on concealed carry from “may issue” to “shall issue”, then the court may uphold the law. If the courts see that mechanism as a means to satisfy the Constitution by allowing us to “bear arms” if we just obtain a permit, then they may uphold the law. But I don’t see the liberals changing their minds on that one either.

So, in the mean time, we’re screwed. Welcome to the Left Coast.

GE

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