19 April, 2013

Gun grabbing tabled......for now

The Senate voted this week and amendments to the base bill were voted down, including the infamous Manchin-Toomey amendment. 

I'm gonna gloat a wee little bit and do my happy dance.  There's still lots of work to be done. I read Delaware is passing a bill for universal background checks.  And that brings me to this quote from the movie Serenity,

'Cause as sure as I know anything I know this: They will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground, swept clean. A year from now, ten, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.

Right now they're trying again, and will continue to do so.  It's time for us to misbehave.  Call your politicians and let them know you'll "misbehave" at the polls.   Let them know there are political consequences to their actions. 

15 April, 2013

I can hear the howling already

Everyone is upset ( or is going to be) when they see this.  However, Do you want Chuck Schumer writing this? Or MAIG?  Maybe Eric Holder, hmmm? 

Nope, I want the guy who works with Alan Gura, to write bills that can be defeated. Also,  rights will be expanded if this bill becomes law.  Granted, it's not "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! MOLON LABE!" but, something is going to get passed. Our Congress, even the staunchest of liberty's defenders are spineless jellyfish. As Alan Gottlieb says, there are consequences if the system is abused.  Now the problem I foresee with that is that some vast number of prohibited persons filling out and/or falsifying a 4473, don't get prosecuted.  But I trust SAF a far sight more than the NRA who has been known to sell out for their own self interest. 

Also, I can't remember where, but there is something about if this were to be defunded, it would be permanently shut down. 

12 April, 2013

Friday Fun Track Don't Play Me a Punk Song!!!

Any band that can pull off wearing lederhosen...well, that's aces in my book.

11 April, 2013

Missouri Highway Patrol sells the people it's sworn to protect down the river

Two times now, the MHP has asked for, received and shared with the federal government, exactly who in Missouri has obtained a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit.

The full story is here.

While not a gun registry per se, it is a registry of who has applied for and received a permit to conceal a weapon on their person legally.  Missouri law does not allow this.  It is up to MO AG Chris Koster to investigate and prosecute this. 

Edit: Please forgive me, law enforcement is not sworn to protect people, they are sworn to uphold and enforce the law. 

06 April, 2013

Sebastian and Bitter ofShall Not be Quesitoned point out the hypocrisy of MAIG

So, with two responses back from the Missouri contigent of MAIG,  both of them have said they either a. My position focuses specifically on gun violence, not the broad right to keep and bear arms. 

or b. I feel efforts to removeillegal guns from the streets are appropriate.  

But Sebastian of Shall Not be Questioned   has pictures & a video of a MAIG rally in Pennsylvania. 

Their end game is confiscation.   If you're not calling out these people every chance you get on their belief, then you should be.  Otherwise, we might find ourselves staring down the barrel of our rifles with a neighbor in our sights. 


05 April, 2013

University City Mayor responds to my letter

I've received the second of what is hopefully six replies, this time from Mayor Shelley Welsch, mayor of University City. 

Mr. Top of the Chain,

Thank you for your note. I appreciate your input.

I will not be renouncing my membership in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization. My first responsibility is to protect the safety of our residents.  I feel efforts to remove illegal guns from the streets are appropriate. 

I am not sure where the quote of Michael Bloomberg originated – during his work on this issue or his work on large sodas.  I will say, though, that I don’t believe any recommendations of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization infringe in any way on the rights of U.S. citizens.  Details of our proposals can be found at http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/federal/federal.shtml.


Shelley Welsch

A common pattern seems to be emerging here, that these mayors want "illegal" guns off the streets.   Yet, when asked they cannot answer definitively, what exactly an "illegal" gun is.  Mayor Welsch asserts MAIG will not infringe upon the rights of U.S. Citizens.  But when Magpul, while fighting the Colorado bill, kept running into lobbyists from MAIG, it seems clear that the mayor is either uninformed about the organization she won't resign from, or a willing and active participant.   

Mayor Welsch is wrong, and shame on her for siding with bigots.   

03 April, 2013

Kansas City MO mayor responds to my letter

I must say, I wasn't expecting much from Mayor James.   I don't live in his city and his contact form indicated that his office wouldn't respond to inquiries outside of those who work or reside in the KCMO area.  So, thank you Mayor James for responding quite promptly. 

I never held hope a large city mayor would renounce his membership in this organization.  And his response is pretty much what I expected.

Thank you very much for expressing your concerns on this issue. Even though we do not agree on this issue, I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts with me. 

My position focuses specifically on gun violence, not the broad right to keep and bear arms.  I want to prevent illegal weapons from hitting our streets because these types of weapons are being used to kill the citizens of this City.  In addition, I will continue advocating for municipalities’ rights to access, use, and share data related to best practices in enforcement and for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) to have full authority to effectively enforce laws on illegal guns.
So the mayor wants to prevent illegal weapons from hitting our streets.  What exactly is an illegal weapon? Also the phrase;  These types of weapons?   Again, what types of weapons?

Finally why does a municipality need access to firearms trace data?  It is not the municipality's business to know.  Rather, it would be a law enforcement issue.

And mayor, the BATFE, through the Fast & Furious program, failed miserably at enforcing the laws on the books.  In fact, at least one border agent died, and countless Mexican Nationals also.  All of this stems from the ATF losing track of firearms they were tasked with tracing and not allowing to cross the border.  

Again, Mayor James, I call on you to resign your membership in MAIG. 

02 April, 2013

A letter sent to the Missouri member's of MAIG

I recently sent this letter to the Missouri members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns in the hope of them renouncing their membership in an organization whose members routinely violate the law.

The mayors are,

Mayor Linda Goldstein
Clayton, MO

 Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James Jr.
Kansas City, MO

Mayor Randall L. Rhoads
Lee's Summit, MO

Mayor Daniel Diplacido
Rock Hill, MO

Mayor Francis Slay
St. Louis, MO

Mayor Shelley Welsch
University City, MO

I would urge my readers to contact these mayors if you live in Missouri or your own if you reside in another state and demand to know why they would associate such an organization.


I am writing you to ask you why you are a member of the Michael Bloomberg led Mayors Against Illegal Guns?  

As a peacefully armed citizen, I find that when good law abiding citizens are armed, bad things that happen to them tend to go their way.  Yet MAIG is working to disarm me and millions of fellow gun owners. 

Perhaps you don't know some of your fellow MAIG members.  Let me introduce you to them and the hijnks they're involved in.  Recently we have Gainesville FL mayor Craig Lowe, arrested on drunk driving charges.

The full story can be found here. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/gainesville-fla-mayor-found-asleep-crashed-car-charged-dui-article-1.1295715

Also, Marcus Hook PA mayor James Schiliro had a police officer drive a 20 year old to his and allegedly offered sexual favors to the young man while intoxicated and waving a gun around. 


There are numerous other Mayors who have been less than lawful in their personal and professional lives.  Should you so desire, more information can be found here.


I certainly wouldn't be a part of an organization where my fellow members cannot hold themselves to the same standard they took an oath to defend, an oath you took as well.  Why would you?

Recently Michael Bloomberg said, "I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom."

No, no he doesn't get to infringe upon my freedom any more than I get to infringe upon his, or yours,  with a free pass.  If you believe that what Michael Bloomberg said is ok, then we have a problem.  The constitution is a check on the power of the government, not a permission slip for you to do as you see fit. 

Sometime, have you probably asked why someone needs an AR-15, or needs a standard capacity thirty round magazine?  Those are inappropriate questions.  The correct question you should be asking is this: What justification does the government have for infringing upon my right to keep and bear arms?

My sincerest hope is that you would help defend those you've been elected to serve from encroachment and erosion of their natural rights, not assist an organization seeking to curtail those rights. Would you please renounce your membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns? Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to your reply.

We shall see what kind of response I get.   I will not hold my breath, but at least they know that we are watching them.

27 March, 2013

An example of the left's idea of tolerance

This comes from a Facebook conversation I have access to.  The names of the posters are scrubbed to protect them.    The conversation itself is about gay marriage, and should homosexuals have access to the same civil legal precedents that heterosexual couples have.  

I'm seeing a lot of unnecessary and negative posts towards the equal marriage rights movement. I know the bible, and its teachings. Just because the bible says that homosexuality is a sin, doesn't give you the right to get up on your "high horse" and call out the homosexuals and condemn them for their sins. Guys, that's not our duty. Our duty is to love as Christ does us. We are not to judge others for their sins by any means, period. Jesus died for the homosexuals just as much as he did for you. Remember that.

A nice sentiment and shows that the originator seems to be ok with gay marriage.

Now comes this;

If you are seeing them then you have the wrong friends. I'm seeing tolerance and support and that is all that is required. 

This person is questioning the original poster's choice of who they let into their life.  Telling them their choice of friends should be questioned.  This poster has obviously picked his friends to his criteria, as they are full of tolerance and support. 

This poster goes on to explain himself:

It means you've surrounded yourself with the wrong people. If  <redacted> has friends that aren't tolerant or supportive of others choices that have no bearing on their personal lives, then what kind of friend is that? Change gay to Cheetos and see how stupid it looks.   

I don't know, what kind of friend is that?  Somehow I am supposed to be tolerant of people I don't know and the choices they make, but people I've invested time in, spent time with and call my friend, I let them hang?   Here's a question, say I've a friend who decides to rob a bank.  He doesn't involve me in it, yet if I'm intolerant of his criminal activity, then I'm somehow a bad person?   

Finally, the last post so far by this bastion of tolerance.

As a <redacted> tolerance and understanding run deep and go both ways. <redacted> makes an excellent, well stated point.

Ummm, no, no it doesn't.  Not when you attack the original poster's choice of friends for believving differently.  

This, this is what is wrong with what we believe is tolerance in our world today.   

As for whether or not I support gay marriage, well I think that great Texan philosopher Kinky Friedman said it best.

"I support gay marriage because I believe they have right to be just as miserable as the rest of us!"


08 February, 2013

Me neither sir, me neither

In Oak Harbor WA, a wounded veteran was asked to leave a council meeting after attending a meeting armed. 

An unidentified man though made the most thought provoking statement:

Another citizen addressed the council and stated that his mother was a Jew and that his parents had died in Hitler's gas chambers. "I will not go into the night quietly while these two ask me to board the train," he said.

The man was carrying an M-1 rifle on his shoulder.

I'd stand shoulder to shoulder with this man any day.  And yet, not a single shot was fired, nor a weapon raised and aimed at someone in anger.    No, this was done peacefully, yet forcefully.   We should all hope that this soapbox never reaches the ammo box. 

04 February, 2013

Piers Morgan broadcasts from Katy TX gun range that advocated for a ban on online ammo sales

That stalward supporter of gun control has found himself at least neutral ground in his agenda for gun control. 

Tactical Firearms in Katy TX (sorry no linky love for them) google it, is hosting Piers Morgan's show Monday night (tonight)

Not satisfied with turning quisling and trying to take out his online competition, the owner Jeremy Alcede has allowed a known anti gun person in Piers Morgan to come into his place of business to broadcast from.

Jeremey Alcede, you've made your bed sir, go sleep in it with your quisling buddies.

Molon Labe!!!!!!!!!!  

25 January, 2013

Friday Fun Track

You and I must fight for our rights.  

24 January, 2013

Reply from Blaine Luetkemeyer Congressman for the 9th District of MO

Like many of my fellow Americans, I wrote my congressman and reminded him that I owned an AR pattern rifle and associated items for that rifle.  A rifle that many call an "assault weapon" but in reality is simply a semi automatic rifle.  While the letter is quite lengthy and would require me typing out a page worth, I'll share a couple key passages.

"These types of shootings have become too frequent (referencing Newtown CT.)  We must determine what it is about our culture and the policies we have put in place that allow or cause these tragedies to occur. I believe we must come to a solution that reduces violence in our society without infringing on the second amendment rights of law-abiding Americans." emphasis mine 

The next paragraph though is the one that give me hope.

"Please know that I oppose such efforts to curtail our Second Amendment rights.  Throughout my career, I have championed our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I  believe, and the Supreme Court has affirmed, that law-abiding citizens have the right to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes such as self-defense, hunting, and recreation.  As a member of the National Rifle Association and a supporter of responsible gun ownership, I believe that Federal laws regarding firearms should be in place to protect the rights of private citizens, not restrict them.  Rest assured that I will continue to stand up for our Constitutional rights."

Remember that reminding our  elected representatives of who we are and what we represent to them is a good way to remind to do the right thing. 

Fun Track - special edition

While I won't be visiting our neighbors to the north, I'll be in northern lower MI and it will be white.  I hope your weekend is a good one. 

23 January, 2013

Rolla Missouri Police Chief understands

Chief Mark Kearse polled his officers, a 60 member force and the majority of them state the laws as they stand now. 2 of his officers stated laws should be loosened and only 1 stated laws should be made stricter. 

The FB post can be found here

His final line in the note;

"I want the good citizens to have them if they chose to." Chief Kearse

Thank you Chief Kearse for understanding that peaceably armed citizens are not the bad guys.  

21 January, 2013

Depends on what your definition of average is

So Chuck the Schmuck has claimed that the NRA is a "Fringe Group" and doesn't represent the average American Gun Owner. 

So in looking up the word "average" I found the following;

Constituting the result obtained by adding together several quantities and then dividing this total by the number of quantities.

I guess if you only represent the James Yeagers, Alex Jones' and their nut huggers, then yeah, 'average' isn't.

But when the NRA adds 250,000 new members, really how many of those folks are what Chuck the Schmuck considers average?  

11 January, 2013

Friday Fun Track - Scary Dreams

Since Nick and Bob were asking, I'd thought I'd oblige.  I dearly hope the pro 2nd Amendment crowd is giving DiFi a nightmare.

09 January, 2013

IL. AG Madigan files for en banc

A three judge panel ruled earlier that Illinois must provide some form of legislation that allows for the carrying of firearms. Now AG Madigan has filed an appeal for the full seventh circuit to review these cases.  From her press release.

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced she has filed a petition for rehearing before the full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in lawsuits challenging the Illinois laws that prevent the carrying of ready-to-use firearms in public.
The Attorney General’s petition for a rehearing “en banc” is a request for all of the judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case after a December decision by a three-judge panel of the court held that the state laws barring carrying ready-to-use firearms in public are unconstitutional.

With the White House, and the Illinois legislature's recent try at gun grabbing after Newtown, AG Madigan must feel she has the momentum to win this.   

08 January, 2013

Gun Appreciation Day

Jan 19 of this year is gun appreciation day.   A broad coalition of PACs & gun rights organizations are aiming to show a united front for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

A petition is available to sign to show support for the endeavor.