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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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Newt Gingerich Believes All Men Should Have the Right to Bear Arms

At the annual convention of the NRA, Newt Gingerich gave a rousing speech that was met with much laughter and applause from the members attending.  One thing that was most notable in the things he said was that he believes that everyone on earth deserves gun rights and should have their own Second Amendment.

He also said that if he were elected President, he would “submit to the United Nations a treaty that extends the right to bear arms as a human right for every person on the planet because every person on the planet deserves the right to defend themselves from those who would oppress them, those who would exploit them, rape them or kill them.” 

Wow, compare that to our current “socialist in chief”.  He is currently lobbying members of Congress to adopt the U.N.’s proposed “Small Arms Treaty” that effectively would take away our guns and nullify our own Second Amendment.

I briefly digress here but the U.N. Small Arms Treaty that Obama is so enamored with would, “confiscate and destroy all “unauthorized” civilian firearms (exempting those owned by our government of course) and that means yours, ban the trade, sale and private ownership of semi-automatic weapons” (again, that means yours), and other egregious things.  I could go on here but I refer you to an article on this in Forbes magazine from June 7, 2011 for more information on this horrific idea Obama wants to foster if he is re-elected to another term.

But getting back to Mr. Newt, he has a more logical idea that is 180 degrees the opposite – imagine that.  This is the man whom I feel should be at the fore front of our Presidential campaign.  I mean if he were to become our candidate for President on the Republican side, he would no doubt mop the floor with Obama.  This man speaks from the heart, unlike the Bam Bam who needs a teleprompter to remember his lines.  Mr. Newt speaks from the heart because it is part of his core, his personal beliefs, and moral fortitude.  He doesn’t need to be reminded what he believes in his sole.

His speech to the NRA members brought them to their feet with applause when he announced his idea for a different treaty that would empower all people.  “Let’s take the George Soroses and Hillary Clintons head on,” Mr. Newt said to the cheering crowd.  “They represent a world in which elites disarm the rest of us so we are then helpless when elites turn sour and when evil reappears.”

He also told the NRA members that “he has been much too timid and moderate in his defense of gun rights.”  I think that perhaps he should have been a little more vocal on these issues before now.  Maybe he might be a little farther ahead in the race for President.  Afterall, this is the man, out of the current stable of contenders that should become our President.  I mean, think of it – President Gingerich.  Sounds good, doesn’t it? Pass it on.  Maybe it will catch on.  It’s not too late.

“The right to bear arms comes from our Creator, not our government.” – Newt Gingrich

GE

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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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Maryland Restrictive Concealed Carry Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Maryland’s Concealed Carry Law that requires applicants to submit a “good and substantial reason” along with their application has been ruled Unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court.  According to U.S. District Judge Benson Everette Legg, Maryland’s goal to control the amount of firearms carried by residents is therfore unconstitutional.

Maryland’s law is similar to the California CCW law in that California requires applicants to provide a reason of “good cause” as to why they should be granted a permit to carry a weapon concealed.  With this ruling in Maryland, California may soon be ordered to change their law.

The U.S. District Court upheld that the Second Amendment “right to bear arms is not limited to the home.”   Therefore citizens should not be required to submit a “good and substantial reason” when applying for a concealed carry permit.

Attorney Alan Gura made a statement to the AP for the plaintiff Raymond Woollard saying, “People have the right to carry a gun for self-defense and don’t have to prove that there’s a special reason for them to seek the permit.”

The case of Woollard vs. Sheridan was brought against the state police superintendent and members of the Handgun Permit Review Board for putting the burden of proof on a citizen and wrongly denying Woollard’s application in 2010.  Raymond Woollard had previously obtained a concealed carry permit after a struggle with a thief at his home in 2002.  However, his license renewal application was denied by the state of Maryland because he could not prove he was subject to “threats occurring beyond his residence.”

“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Judge Legg wrote.  “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

We applaud Judge Legg and his decision that upholds the Second Amendment right for law abiding citizens of Maryland, or of any state for that matter, to own and use a handgun in defense of themselves and their family.  Unfortunately, this decision currently only covers Maryland residents, but we stand ready to persevere in our liberal state of California when this comes before justices for ruling here.  This ruling is precedence and can only help to overturn the oppressive laws established by liberals who are only interested in control and who are currently running amuck in our state capitol with almost no opposition.  

California’s AB144 which passed last September went into law this past January, virtually disarmed all of us who cannot obtain a CCW permit, by making it illegal to carry a weapon openly.  Open carry had previously been legal since before the State was a State.  And as we know CCW permits are nearly impossible to obtain, except for a few friends of the local sheriffs and politicians.   

By making it illegal to open carry a weapon coupled with the restrictive CCW law of the land, California gun law is ripe to be declared “unconstitutional” as the Second Amendment cannot be satisfied.  Therefore, the court can only rule one way and still uphold the Constitution.

Maryland is showing us the way and we are sure to follow.

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Gun Sales At Record Levels This December

Remember Ralphie from the classic movie “A Christmas Story”?  Well I guess all of the Ralphies of years past have grown up and are still wishing for fire power, only now it’s the real kind.  According to the FBI who runs the background checks for gun sales, December 2011 is proving to be the busiest month for gun sales ever.  Apparently electronic toys and gadgetry is not the only thing topping Christmas Wish Lists because Holiday shoppers are also flocking to gun dealers and purchasing guns in record numbers.

FBI statistics show that this December Holiday shopping season is topping the last record setting month which was only last month – November.  With only a few days left in December, the number of background checks has already topped last month.  The NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) has received 1,534,414 requests from gun dealers in order to complete gun sales across the United States.  Almost half a million checks were performed in the last six days before Christmas.

Two days before Christmas, the NICS ran 102,222 background checks, which was the second-busiest day in history.  The one-day record was set this year on Black Friday, the shopping day following Thanksgiving this year, with 129,166 searches.  By comparison, the previous one-day high was set November 28, 2008, when gun dealers made slightly more than 98,000 requests for background checks.

I know that I was one of the half million and probably part of the one day record, as I caused one of the checks when I purchased a shiny new, stainless steel, Smith & Wesson, 1911 to add to my own collection.  Unfortunately, since I live on the ‘left coast’ I was unable to take mine home before Christmas because of the 10 day waiting period we must endure, thanks to the “well meaning” liberals (sarcasm intended) in charge of our government.  It’s amazing just how long ten days can seem when you’re waiting to bring home a new member to your family.  Oh well, it’s just extending Christmas for me.

The FBI had no explanation for the sudden jump in gun purchases but it’s easy to surmise that more and more people are feeling the need to be in charge of their own self protection and are thereby exercising their Second Amendment rights.  Every day the main stream media features news stories of people who have become victims because of their inability to provide for their own defense.  While the intent of news organizations is to show guns in a bad light, people are realizing their importance as a tool to have in their possession.  Afterall, the police and the news reporters only show up after you become a victim. 

And with the Governor of our state opening up the prisons because of supposed “overcrowding”, it is becoming more and more important to be able to defend your family.  Our “wise” judges have ordered a reduction in the prison populations saying that the overcrowding must be reduced.  Of course, the liberal Governor is jumping on the idea of releasing criminals instead of fighting to build more facilities.  Frankly, I don’t see why we can’t erect some tents to house those who choose crime as a career choice.  It seems to work fine in Arizona.

Happy New Year Gun Enthusiasts, and remember – More Guns, means Less Crime.

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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Liberal Dems Introduced H.R. 2554 Before Congress

As they announced on Friday that they would, they did.  Several Democrats, with marching orders from President Obama, introduced new gun Control legislation into Congress, Monday, July 11, 2011.   H.R. 2554, the “Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act of 2011” has been officially introduced.  This is spawned by Project Gunrunner, President Obama’s experiment that spent millions of dollars of Stimulus money on new weapons for the Mexican Drug Cartels.  Of course this legislation, as is turns out, is just what Obama’s motive was in the first place.

The liberals wanted new gun control legislation and the Obama administration promised that he was working “under the radar” to get them some.  He claims it was an attempt to trace the gun traffic into Mexico so the FBI and ATF could get a handle on how guns were being trafficked into Mexico.  Unfortunately, ATF agents lost track of the weapons within hours of them crossing the border. Some of them, however, did show up when they were used to kill two federal agents on two separate occasions.  A few of them also show up occasionally in random traffic stops by police, but for the most part, the guns are gone, supporting the Mexican Drug industry and Drug Lords.

Obama needed a good cause to get Americans fired up enough to support new gun legislation.  So he and members of the BATFE devised this scheme to show how our current gun sales policies were allowing the Drug Lords to freely buy guns here in the United States and transport them across the border.  To that end, they had to virtually force the federally licensed gun dealers to complete transactions that they knew shouldn’t be done.  In addition, the Justice Department has found evidence the Obama administration funded the illegal act with Stimulus money.

Most of the guns seized don’t even come from the US. These are Russian.

The problem with this scheme is that they had to force gun sellers to do it in the first place.  Also, the US is not the Drug Lords first choice as the supplier of their hardware.  The best they can get from the US is semi-automatic weapons.  Their weapons of choice are fully automatic “machine guns” that are easily available from illegal gun dealers in Central America.  Truck loads of illegal weapons stream north from Central America every day.  Yet President Calderon of Mexico and President Obama claim that most guns are coming from the United States.  Together, they blame the availability of firearms in this country for the proliferation of guns in the hands of Mexican drug runners.  Hence the need for more gun control laws here in the United States.

Now liberal anti-gun Democrats have introduced HR 2554, the “Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act of 2011”, pointing to the guns that went south as the reason we need more gun control laws.  They are also hoping this will “smoke screen” the scrutiny and news coverage of the Project Gunrunner scandal that is now unfolding in Congress.  They, of course, want to look like they are looking out for us so this kind of egregious activity does not continue.

How about allowing our current laws work as they would have if the ATF and FBI had not stepped in to create this scandal.  More gun laws will not do anything to keep guns out of the hands of the Mexican gangs.

Please contact your congressional representatives and express your distaste for this underhanded attempt to enact unwarranted legislation that further works to undermine our Second Amendment Rights.

GE

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