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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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Rick Perry Wants to Get Serious on Insider Trading

Following is an article by Governor Rick Perry of Texas, who is currently a candidate running for President of the United States.  In the article he makes some points that not only make a lot of sense but should be read and understood by all Americans who plan to vote in November.  While I am not necessarily endorsing Governor Perry at this time, I would certainly vote for him if he becomes the Republican nominee.

The current field of Republican candidates has several fine candidates that would make a fine President and I am still analyzing each of their attributes.  As such have not decided on one whom I would like to be the nominee. I only know that I definitely do not want Mitt Romney.  We don’t need a middle of the road RINO who is willing to kiss liberals butts to get legislation that will only compromise our values, passed through Congress.

Rick Perry’s plan is proposing to establish a “part time” congress to bring it back in line with the fundamental tenets of our founding fathers who believed that elected congressmen and senators should come out of the working class and return there after their term in Congress.  The full time professional legislators we now have become entrenched in the trappings of power and money that influences voting and their mindset.

Read now an alternative idea proposed by a fine American; Governor Rick Perry:

Time To Get Serious About Insider Trading in Washington

by Governor Rick Perry (R-Tx)

Congress is finally feeling the pressure over insider trading, the practice of trading financial securities based on non-public information available to a select few in government.

After a series of investigative reports, including several here at Big Government, the American people are beginning to realize that what is wrong with this country can be diagrammed on a map, with a straight line connecting Wall Street and Washington, D.C.

Now exposed to the light of day, the political establishment is determined to show the American people it is “doing something” to clean up its act.

This week, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on the matter, taking what many observers saw as great pains to minimize perceptions of a systemic and bipartisan problem.  But I remain skeptical, as do many Americans, that Congress will actually pass a bill with teeth that requires them to live by the same rules as the rest of us.

The fact is, things will never change as long as the same Washington insiders remain in control.  Washington is broken and needs a complete overhaul, but establishment politicians only want to tinker at the margins.  This is why we can’t ask a Washington insider to fix Washington, because it takes an outsider to overhaul a corrupt culture.

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Top Shot Casting is Underway

With Season 3 now over and production of Season 4 gearing up, the History Channel is NOW CASTING THE NEXT SEASON of its electrifying marksmanship competition show.  Producers are looking for anyone with unrivaled shooting skills and a big personality to take on exciting physical challenges with multiple guns and mystery projectile weapons.  If you are skilled with a pistol, rifle or any other firearm, you could win $100,000 on TOP SHOT 4.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a professionally trained shooter or a self-taught average Joe or Jane.  As long as you’re in good physical shape, have mastered a firearm and can adapt to new weapons and demanding physical situations, you could be America’s next Top Shot.

APPLY TODAY!

This is an ongoing casting call. Currently there is no deadline for submissions or schedule for the final casting process and production of the next season. Still, they’d like to hear from you!

To apply, email TopShotCasting@gmail.com with your name, city/state, phone number, a recent photo of yourself and a brief explanation of why you should be on the show.  For more information, visit PilgrimStudios.com and click on “CASTING” or call 818-478-4570 for more information TODAY!

* Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, a resident or citizen of the United States and reasonably proficient with shooting and marksmanship

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What Does FMJ Stand For?

I was recently at a store looking for some ammunition I needed when a young new enthusiast approached me and asked, “What does FMJ stand for?”  I politely told him that FMJ stands for Full Metal Jacket where they coat the outside of the lead bullet with a harder metal such as copper or brass.  That then prompted him to ask a follow up question, “Why do they do that anyway?”  I knew this was an opportunity to impart some knowledge and provide a little bit of education.

To be truthful, I did not go into as much detail there in the store as I could have, I just gave him the short answer, given that it really was not the proper forum.   But in so much as this might be a more appropriate forum; I am going to start at the beginning.

The birth of our country was won in a war we call the American Revolution.  We prevailed over soldiers of the English army using long rifles that used black powder to propel lead shot balls toward their target.  Black powder was the technology of the day and it served its purpose. In the mid 1800s we began developing cartridge based ammunition that encapsulated the gun powder in a metal casing that held the lead shot as well.  It revolutionized firearms making their use much easier and faster.

Then, near the end of the 19th century, smokeless powder was developed.  There were many advantages to the new smokeless gun powder, first and foremost is the extreme reduction in the amount of smoke it produced.  But along with that, smokeless powder generated much more perceived power through greater pressures.

Suddenly, the same lead projectiles that used to leave the barrel at 800-850 feet per second were traveling at 1100 to 1500 feet per second and more using the same amount of powder.  Muzzle energy and impact energy was nearly doubled.

One thing that was discovered as a result was that when muzzle speeds approached 1100-1150 fps and more, it actually was so fast that lead bullets would begin to melt from the friction as they traveled down the barrel.  That melting would cause small particles of lead to be deposited in the barrel.  As more and more lead residue was left behind, the accuracy of the rifle was greatly reduced.

Not all of these 9MM rounds have a “Full” metal jacket – only the round nose ones.

So in an effort to keep the lead bullets from melting, they came up with coating the bullets with another harder metal that would not melt so easily, such as copper or brass.  The bullets were then “jacketed” in another metal.   Fully covered it was a “Full Metal Jacket” or FMJ.

This allowed manufacturers to develop more powerful ammunition with muzzle velocities of 2000 -2500 fps.  Many rifles now are producing muzzle velocities approaching 4000 fps as with many .223 rounds.  This would never be possible without a metal jacket.

So after all that, FMJ simply stands for Full Metal Jacket, which means the lead bullet has been coated with a jacket of a harder metal, usually copper or brass.

GE

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Reflections as America Remembers 9/11

On this auspicious day we are all drawn to memories of where we were ten years ago and just how we came to be aware of the incredible occurrences on the east coast.  I of course am no different and remember thinking that that first plane must have been an accident.  Growing up, I had heard a few times of small planes that had accidently crashed into the Empire State Building before they developed no fly zones over the City.  Because of those memories, I naturally thought that it must have been an accident, as no one could conceive that someone could be so villainous to deliberately cause such a terrible crash. We watched hoping that they would get the fires out soon.  I, the contractor that I am, wondered about the fire sprinkler system and why it wasn’t doing its job.  It must have been compromised in the crash, I thought.

Oh My God!

Then, the second plane crashed into the building as we all watched.  That moment of horror, as we all realized that this is no accident, is probably the most vivid of all our memories.  There, before our eyes, was evidence, that terrorists, yes terrorists, had actually aimed planes at these two buildings filled with people in a deliberate act against our country.

There was not much daily talk of terrorists prior to 9/11/01, but we weren’t oblivious to the fact that there were those in the world that might take aim at our country.  After all, they had tried to bring down the towers once before when a truck bomb went off in the parking garage below one of the towers.  But that attempt was not very successful, and in the aftermath, we had confidence that terrorists were largely incompetent, and would never be able to do anything major in this country.

Then on September 11, 2001, there was suddenly evidence that they were obviously behind this horrific act that was unfolding before our eyes.  This was no accident.  Somebody had actually planned this out and sent people on a suicide mission to hijack two planes that would kill so many innocent people.  In that moment, everything changed.   We would, moments later find out that two more planes had also been hijacked.  Our world, as we had known it, would be, forever different.  How?  We did not really yet know, but we knew that things were now different.  Our shock would turn to bewilderment, to anger, to sympathy, back to anger, and disbelief – disbelief that someone could be so callous.   But there it was.

As we came to realize that this had to be terrorists, we started to speculate on who could be the mastermind.  We knew it had to be Muslims.  Who else could be so callous?  We had seen them before, using the name of their god and religion to justify some other heinous bombing somewhere else in the world.  And what about that?  What kind of religion would place such a small value on human life, that they would sacrifice the life of a devotee and those of other innocents who may be in the vicinity, to make a statement?  How could this be a religion at all?  Our ignorance of Islam is what would not allow us to come to grips with this.  Our religion, and to our knowledge, most other religions, preach the love of life, love of God, love of fellow humans, love, love, love.  How could a religion be so, so….. demonic.

In that moment, we knew that Muslim terrorists had somehow, and for some unknown reason, committed an act of war against us.  In that moment, we would all come together, united in our own disbelief, horror, sympathy and resolve.

Then, as if our disbelief and horror had not been tested enough, at 9:59, the South Tower collapsed. This pillar of American financial might, just crumbled before our disbelieving eyes.  Again, I as a contractor, had never conceived that it would be possible knowing how buildings are constructed.  It took only moments though for me to understand what must have happened. The heat was so intense that the columns and beams folded and could no longer support the millions of pounds of weight above such that it just came down.  The horror.  Those people.  My God.  Run!  Everybody Run!  Does this mean the other tower will come down too?  It must.  Please God, get the rest of the people out of there.

And of course, the second tower did come down.  We just found it so hard to believe.  We looked for someone to make some sense of it all.

Thinking back today, one other reoccurring thought I have is how glad I was glad that we had the President that we did.  Could you imagine how different it would have been if the vote almost one year prior had provided a different result? Could you ever imagine Al Gore in the White House at that moment and how different things would have been?  My belief is that this country is so fortunate that our God had made sure that such a strong person as George W. Bush would be our leader in such a time of crisis.  Thank you God.

And now, on this tenth anniversary, I am embarrassed that we would have the President that we do in the personage of Barrack Obama.  That this man would actually attempt to stand up and speak for our country on this auspicious day is another sad moment.  This man does not respect this country.  He is not a leader.  He acts in so many ways as he does, to stifle this country, stifle our belief in God, and to bring this country down.  As I see him stand at the memorial speaking, I am embarrassed.

GE

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California’s AB144 to Ban Open Carry

For more recent news on this legislation see: Update on California AB144

Gun Enthusiasts who live in California are about to lose some more of their freedom if the Legislature is successful with their latest bill to further control guns in the State.  California is currently a ‘may issue’ state that will allow concealed carry of a weapon if the gun owner obtains a concealed carry weapon permit (CCW).  Without a permit, it is against is the law to carry a concealed weapon in public.  However, it is perfectly legal to openly carry a weapon in a holster, not concealed, on one’s person so long as the weapon is not loaded.

State legislators are now attempting to make it illegal to carry a weapon openly, which has always been legal in California.  AB 144, which is unbelievably confusing to try and read, has been authored by Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada) is designed to strip us of our second amendment right to bear our arms.  On May 4, 2011, the bill successfully passed in the Democrat controlled Assembly Appropriations Committee.  And now, this morning, I hear that it also passed a vote in the assembly.  This liberal controlled legislature on the ‘left’ coast in California is bent on imposing their liberal agenda on the good citizens of the great state in yet another attempt to ultimately make guns illegal.

Open carrying of firearms has always been legal in California, just like walking down the street.  Carrying a firearm in California does not imply anything criminal.  Firearms are carried for self defense because the police cannot and do not defend you.  They will not be there when you are attacked, but will show up only after you have become a victim. Your safety is your own responsibility.  There is a saying that, “When seconds count; the police are only minutes away”.

At a time when many states are passing less restrictive gun laws, and in some cases legalizing open carry of side arms, California is going the other way and introducing more gun control laws.  Creating a law that criminals do not follow is not stopping gun violence, it is just making more innocent people susceptible to gun violence by those who don’t care about the law in the first place.  Florida is currently in the process of legalizing open carry.  Not California.  Wyoming just became a constitutional carry state.  Not California.

The Brady Bunch is also in on this abdication of personal responsibility and is lobbying to get it passed, or rather, ram it through. This bill seems to be traveling at break neck speed.  Just 12 days after it was passed out of committee, it goes up for a vote in the Assembly and passes.  The same legislature that can’t seem to find the time to put together a reasonable budget for the State, is able to find plenty of time to restrict our rights.

When the author of this bill, Anthony Portantino, learned of the South Bay Open Carry organization meeting at a restaurant in Pasadena (his home base) for dinner (all of whom were openly carrying) he was incensed and said, “I think most people on Main Street California want to go out with their families at dinner and to a movie and not have to worry about a group of folks who are armed at the restaurant or on the street next to them.”  I for one don’t necessarily think it is wise to poke the dog that is attacking you, but the SBOC does this sort of public display to make a statement, and to try to educate people.

Portantino, as most gun control activists, can’t seem to realize that these guns actually make an environment safer.  Perhaps if there had been a few gun toting people at the rally for Gabrielle Giffords, Jared Loughner would not have gone through with his murderous plan.

Gun Enthusiasts are encouraged to contact as many members of the State Senate, individually, as they can to oppose this legislation.

GE

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Osama Bin Laden – Dead

Last night it was announced that United States Special Forces conducted a raid on a compound in north western Pakistan that resulted in the death of Public Enemy No. 1, Osama Bin Laden.  The man who has taken credit for the attacks on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and who created the terrorist group Al Qaeda, has been shot to death at his reported home.

The U.S. Navy Seals Special Operations team was given the green light to conduct the raid on the house in Abbotabad, Pakistan two days ago.  The operation centered on a house that is reportedly six times larger than surrounding houses in the area, and had fifteen foot high walls surrounding it with barbed wire.

Another curious aspect was that in spite of its size, the house had no telephone or obvious internet connectivity at all.  Abbotabad is about an hour northwest of Islamabad, the capitol of Pakistan.  Another curious aspect of the house was that it was only about 1000 feet away from a major Pakistani military training facility and Osama Bin Laden was supposedly never known to be there.  This will, no doubt, come under some close scrutiny in the days that follow.

As a gun enthusiast and an American, I am certainly proud of our military forces who executed this operation that yielded such a successful outcome.  My thoughts also go to the man who actually took the shot that went through Bin Laden’s head and what he might be thinking.  Most people are not necessarily proud of taking another human’s life, even if in war.  But this was the man who has been hated by most of the world – not just our country, but most of the modern world including many in Muslim countries.

This special ops Navy Seal who actually fired his weapon ending the decade long search for the most hated man in the world has got to be feeling pretty proud.  I’m sure his fellow members of his team are proud of him too knowing that any one of them would have proudly done the same thing.  But this man can never let it be known, outside of a small circle of team members, that he is the one who shot Bin Laden.

Robert Ford, the man who shot Jesse James in 1882 was certainly proud of his deed and went around the country telling the story of how he shot the notorious outlaw until he was shot dead 10 years later.

Pat Garrett, the man who shot Billy the Kid in 1881, was proud of his deed too, enough so that he also made the circuit making money off of the telling of his story.  He was also shot dead some twenty years later by an unknown assailant that many claim was in retaliation for the Billy the Kid shooting.

You can imagine that if the name ever got out as to the actual shooter of Osama Bin Laden, there would be plenty wacko Islamic extremists that like to take their revenge on him if they could find him.  It is for that reason that this proud American must forever keep to himself and his small circle of friends his true identity.  We Americans will be proud of him in our way, but never really know who this brave fighter really is.

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Is a Clip the Same as a Magazine?

To answer that question right off, I will say that Clip is not a Magazine. There seems to be a lot of confusion on the matter. In a recent episode of CSI they said, “We found a print on the clip he left when he pushed the rounds in the clip”. Hollywood writers, like so many handgun owners, are using the term “clip” to refer to the gun’s magazine. While both a magazine and a clip hold ammunition for deployment into a gun, they are very different in appearance and application.

A magazine is basically a rectangular tube that fully encloses a quantity of cartridges that is inserted into the weapon to supply the ammunition for firing. They are designed for use in semi automatic weapons and fitinto the grip of a semi automatic pistol. Magazines vary in width and length, load cartridges in either single or double column, and while the latter hold more cartridges, they can also make the grip thicker. Some magazines are made entirely of metal, while others are a composite of metal and polymer. Nearly all magazines are spring loaded to force the next round into the action.

However, clips are usually made of thin metal that snaps into the groove of the case of the cartridge and they are primarily designed for a revolver. A clip will hold the cartridges as a unit that is dropped over the ejector as the cartridges slip into the cylinder holes. They do function as a magazine though in that they enable fast reloads. But clips are more easily damaged and are easier to lose than magazines.

So when it comes to clips and magazines, Hollywood may not know the difference, but now you do and can call them on it in the same way I know you now count the number of rounds they shoot. Just remember that clips are for revolvers, and magazines are for semi-automatic pistols (rifles too).

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Has “Top Shot” Turned Into a Popularity Contest?

This last episode of Top Shot gave me mixed emotions. On the one hand, watching them get to shoot the .50 caliber Barrett M107 was envious.  It is one serious weapon that shoots the large .50 caliber BMG projectile a long way down range.  To make it even better, every time they sent a round down range that hit its mark, the target, which was an incendiary target, would explode.  But in the end, George’s arrogant parting comments, left me with a bad taste in my mouth and a desire to see him gone.

Their task for this episode was to be the fastest at shooting a target that was 1000 yards away.  Brian “Gunny” Zins ended up winning that task with a time of 26 seconds, but it took him 3 shots to hit the target.  George, who has suddenly become even more cocky than he was before, did hit target in one shot, but his time was longer than that of Gunny.  Jamie got it in 4 shots but actually beat George’s time.  Joe Sarafini missed every shot and timed out without ever hitting the target.

So if this competition were based on shooting ability demonstrated at the challenge event you might think that Joe, who didn’t even hit the target, would be going to the elimination round, along with Ashley who took 1:40 to finally hit the target.  But, the good ol boys club of ex-military has been dying to get rid of the last “civilian” contestant – Jay Lim.  So Jay received the most votes for the elimination round.  But, what about Joe Sarafini?  He couldn’t even hit the target.  Nobody voted for Joe.  Instead, they voted for Jamie, who came in second in the challenge.  This has now become a ‘popularity contest’, more than a shooting competition.  Jay has always done respectably well in nearly all of the competitions, in spite of having no formal gun training and some unorthodox shooting habits.  And Jamie’s second place finish in the competition event should have counted for something.

The Last Civilian

In the end, Jay lost out to Jamie and was sent home, leaving only military alumni in the house.  But even though Jamie won the elimination round, he feels that he was seriously disrespected by the others. I, for one, don’t blame him. And George’s arrogant, condescending comments showed us his true colors; that he is a “Top Jerk”.

GE

Note:  If you think you like to audition to be a contestant on “Top Shot”  click here.

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Congress Introduces HB 308 Banning Large Magazines

Gun Enthusiasts should be aware that HR 308 has been proposed and introduced into the House of Representatives, a bill that would limit the size all gun magazines to ten (10) rounds.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D. – N.Y.) and 57 Democrat cosponsors, is entitled the “Large Capacity Feeding Device Act”. It would criminalize the transfer and possession of gun magazines that can hold over 10 rounds of ammunition.

Make no mistake, this yet another attempt by liberal, anti-gun extremists to exploit the recent tragedy in Arizona to curtail our Second Amendment rights with their ever present incrementalism.  Their favorite technique that is designed to take small steps toward their overall goal of banning guns outright.  As outlined in our earlier article Our Second Amendment Rights In Jeopardy, this tactic is their favorite method of gradually chipping away at Gun Enthusiasts right to bear arms as protected by the Constitution.

Granted, the Constitution says nothing about the size of magazines our guns can have, but it is implicit that our right to bear these arms is for us to be able to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government.  If that tyranny ever comes at us with machine guns, how effective will we be with six shooters, or even ten rounds?

Unfortunately, no criminal with the intent to use a gun to commit a crime is going to be concerned with whether the magazine in the gun is of legal size.  In fact, they would obviously prefer a larger magazine to give them an advantage over others who would have fewer rounds with which to protect themselves.  This measure will only make millions of law abiding citizens, who have owned guns for years with no intent of ever committing an atrocious act, criminals.

This bill is supported by at least nine (9) extremist anti-gun groups whereas the only groups who are currently opposing the bill are the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America.  It is going to be up to all of us to contact our Representatives and urge them to oppose this bill.  Otherwise, our silence will only confirm our acceptance of losing yet some more of our Liberty.

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Our Second Amendment Rights May Be In Jeopardy

Liberal Incrementalism Creeps Into Our Lives

As a Gun Enthusiast, it’s hard to imagine this country ever actually becoming a socialistic state, living in this great country that we do, but I sometimes wonder how far we will allow our elected officials to go.  It just seems that we may take our Freedom, or what we call Freedom, way too much for granted, the way we keep giving it up more and more.  Take, for example, what we have allowed to happen to smokers, and compare that with what is now going on with the new calls for more gun legislation.  Now, I am not a smoker, do not like smoking, and do not like being around someone who is smoking, but just the same, we have all but made it illegal to smoke in America.  Also, I recognize that smoking is not a right granted to us by God or the Constitution as is our right to own a gun.  It is merely a choice, freely made every day, by millions of people in America.  But let’s review the smoking issue for a minute.

Originally, many people in this country enjoyed smoking, unaware of the health risks.  I grew up in a home where both of my parents smoked quite a bit, with no ill effects, although, one of my brothers did suffer from asthma as a child.  As the health risks became better known, we began to look down on smoking to the point that the government started placing warning labels on cigarette packages.  Finally, in the 90’s the first of the laws was passed banning smoking in restaurants.  Government officials knew that it would not be possible to outlaw smoking all together, so they started with a small restriction to which most people could agree.  Gradually, and incrementally, more and more laws and restrictions were passed banning smoking in bars, and public buildings, as we became more complacent about giving up just a little bit more of our liberty.  After all, it was for our own good.

Now more recently the City of L.A. enacted a law that bans smoking even at outdoor dining establishments.  One would think that if you were outdoors it would be alright to light up.  But the mayor of L.A. explained that, “L.A. and California have always led the way when it comes to anti-smoking”.  He just as well could have said that L.A. and California have always led the way in limiting our Freedoms.  Last month, the city of Laguna Beach, CA banned smoking on residential patios – one’s own home – outside no less.  The slippery slope gets steeper and steeper.  The more success liberals have, the more outrageous the ideas they produce to further restrict our liberties.

But this not so much about smoking as it about the attempts to remove our rights as gun owners.  The techniques described in restricting smoking, are the same techniques they are using to legislate against law abiding gun owners, with the ultimate goal of banning guns outright.

This is supposed be America where we are Free.  People from all over the world are clamoring to come this country to experience Liberty, which we all seem to take for granted.  Freedom is the one thing of which we are most proud.  Yet we continually allow liberal factions of our country to chip away at those freedoms, taking them away, incrementally, one at a time, under the guise of compassion or enlightened thinking.  And they have a more than willing accomplice in the main stream media to help them, who will pick up a story on the latest complaint du joir, and popularize it through emotional news stories that are designed to make you feel like you are not ‘with it’ or not compassionate if you don’t agree with the story.

Now in the wake of the Arizona shooting that critically wounded a United States Representative, and killed six others including a Federal judge and nine year old child, the liberals and the media have resumed the chant for more gun control and restrictions on the size of magazines.  But here again, if we allow these types of legislation to be passed, we will be giving up some more of our Freedom.  Only this time they are attacking a right given to us by our Founding Fathers and guaranteed us by the Constitution.  Granted, the Constitution says nothing about the size of magazines our guns can have, but it is implicit that our right to bear these arms is for us to be able to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government.  If that tyranny ever comes at us with machine guns, how effective will we be with six shooters, or even ten rounds?

To many liberals, the Constitution is merely an obstacle to them – it gets in their way of imposing their will on the rest of us.  Thank God it is in their way, but make no mistake, if ever they think they can side step the Constitution, they will try it.

He Would If He Could and Will If He Can

This administration is already trying to side step the Constitution with executive orders, and decisions to outright ignore enacted laws, simply because they feel it is ‘unconstitutional’.   Excuse me, but isn’t that up to the Judicial branch to decide.  How unconstitutional is that?

So the drum beat continues.  And it is especially loud now as the anti-gun extremists seek to exploit the Arizona tragedy to resurrect and advance their political agendas.  Today, it is smaller gun magazines.  Tomorrow it could be ballistic fingerprints, or licensing gun owners, or banning mail-order ammunition sales (the latter has already been tried in California), all the way out to banning guns altogether.  The ‘enlightened ones’ won’t be happy until their ultimate goal is achieved.  In the mean time, they will incrementally chip away at our freedom with what seem to be small, innocuous regulations and restrictions that they hope nobody will notice.  Already we have a ten day wait period and ten round maximum in California.  They have a whole wish list of them already prepared and they’ll simply pick the next one on the list.

We all knew that when they banned smoking in restaurants, that bars would be next, then public buildings, then all workplaces.  We scoffed at the idea that they would eventually ban smoking at home, but even that has happened in Laguna.  They have a plan mapped out for gun control and think we won’t notice the little attacks if they make you think that it’s for your own good.  However, unlike smoking, banning guns is not for our own good.  It only works to make us less safe.

In every jurisdiction that has less restrictive personal carry laws, violent crime is down.  Take the guns away from law abiding citizens, and the crime goes up.  When criminals don’t need to fear the possibility of being shot themselves, they are freer to commit crime, and do so.  As it is now, U.S. gun owners use firearms for protection as frequently as 2.5 million times a year.  While it’s impossible to know how many lives it saved out of those incidents, it still equates to a lot of innocent lives saved because a gun was in the right place at the right time.

An earlier Federal ban on assault rifles and large gun magazines that expired in 2004 was an abject failure.  Additionally, a congressionally mandated study released in March 1997 found that the banned weapons and magazines “were never involved in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders.”  The study also “failed to produce any evidence that the ban reduced the number of victims per gun homicide incident” and found that “the average number of gunshot wounds per victim (about two) did not decrease” after the ban.

Liberal incrementalism is a slippery slope that keeps us sliding away from Freedom as a way of life.  It is incumbent upon us all to be aware of our shrinking Liberties and fight to maintain them.  If ever we allow ourselves to lose the right to keep and bear arms, we will no longer be Free.

GE

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Connecticut Introduces SB 1094 to Ban Large Gun Magazines

For more recent news on this legislation see:  Update on Connecticut SB 1094

A Joint Committee on Judiciary introduced Tuesday, Connecticut Senate Bill 1094, an act banning large capacity ammunition magazines, which would prohibit gun enthusiasts from possessing firearms that accept magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.  If passed and signed into law, any person in possession of any magazine greater than ten round capacity, who has not already surrendered the magazine prior to enactment or ninety days after enactment, will be guilty of a class D felony.

In spite of the recent rhetoric coming out of the recent shooting incident in Arizona, there is no correlation between the arbitrary size of gun magazine and gun violence.  No law of this kind would have altered the outcome of the horrible shooting in Phoenix.  It takes less than a second to drop an empty magazine and insert a full one.

SB 1094 is a law starting off looking to be overturned or deemed unconstitutional.  This law also does not give exception to ownership prior to passage the law (grandfather clause) as does the California law but is an ex post facto law.  So your ignorance of the law could land you in jail – you, the otherwise law abiding citizen  who has owned guns for years with no intent of ever committing an atrocious act.  Hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens and gun enthusiasts will suddenly become criminals.

Residents of Connecticut need to stand up, make noise and be heard to block this legislation. It has happened in California and Massachusetts and other states are thinking about it.  The Los Angeles Police Chief and Mayor also recently announced their support for a Federal law that would limit the size of gun magazines.  Our Second Amendment rights continue to be under attack.

GE

See Also: Update on Connecticut SB 1094

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