If a tyrannical government passes laws we cannot obey, we will be outlaws. But that is not necessarily a bad thing.
If a tyrannical government passes laws we cannot obey, we will be outlaws. But that is not necessarily a bad thing.
On Saturday, a complaint was filed with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center against Colorado resident Nathaniel C. Marshall over a Facebook event calling for the execution of Col. Harry Riley, the retired officer heading up Operation American Spring, a protest movement that seeks to remove President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden from power, along with congressional leaders of both parties, Col. Riley said in an exclusive interview.
The now-defunct event, titled “Operation American Spring Target: Citizens arrest trial and execution of Harry Riley,” had a total of four attendees, according to a photograph provided to Examiner. The photo also indicates Marshall allegedly established the event.
We reached out to all four individuals listed on the event page. Three said they never heard of the event, but Marshall did not respond.
Instead, he set up a petition at Change.org accusing Col. Riley of treason and demanding he, along with other organizers, be indicted for treason and given the death penalty.
“Colonel Harry Riley is committing treason,” the petition says. “His top Operation American Spring aides and he are organizing a coup to be held on May 16, 2014 in Washington DC. This is blatant treason and sedition and needs to be not just addressed but we need indictments and the death penalty!”
As of this writing, five people have signed the petition. The petition does not display the names of those who have signed.
An OAS volunteer who asked to remain anonymous told Examiner Marshall has caused problems before and was booted off the site.
Further research shows that a person by the same name with the same physical features was arrested in 2011 on charges of criminal impersonation and a computer crime in connection with a Craigslist scam involving a condominium.
“On March 17, 9NEWS spoke to Boris Umanskiy who tried to rent a Steamboat Springs condo the weekend of March 12. Umanskiy said he found a Craigslist ad from Marshall offering a condo in The Antlers,” Channel 9 News reported.
Christina Dickinson added:
Umanskiy said his friends paid Marshall $250 for the place, but they arrived at the condo and they learned it wasn’t for rent; it was for sale.
Marshall agreed to cooperate with investigators and promised to help identify victims who’ve not come forward so they can get their money back.Accord
According to the report, Marshall allegedly needed the money to help pay for medical bills.
Having served over 34 years in the military, Col. Riley is no stranger to danger, having received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and a number of other decorations for his service.
The adversaries he faced in the military, he said, were soldiers worthy of respect.
But, he added, the individuals engaging in these attacks are something else.
“It’s quite amazing to me that a man, who I assume is a United States citizen, views any other citizen that wishes to exercise his/her constitutional rights of free speech, assembly in a non-violent, peaceful, unarmed status, challenging elected leadership, is an act of treason,” Col. Riley said in a statement to Examiner. “Leadership in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches have all violated their oath, and numerous examples of constitutional violation. Lawlessness abounds in Washington, D.C., individuals must be held accountable for unconstitutional and lawless behavior.”
Col. Riley said in an online interview Wednesday his protest has grown to about 1.8 million participants. That interview can be heard here:
RELATED COLUMN: Americans rising up against government – USA Today
There has been much discussion about amnesty for illegal aliens in Congress. Democrats, led by President Obama, want amnesty at all cost. I recently had a conversation with Kelly Kirshner, the former Mayor of Sarasota, FL. He is planning a demonstration to promote “immigration reform”, which is code for amnesty. Kirshner believes he is doing good, when in fact he is promoting policies that will bring violence to America.
Dr. Lawrence W. Reed from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, created the Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy. Reed’s third principle states: Sound [public] policy requires that we consider long-run effects and all people, not simply short-run effects and a few people.
Amnesty (immigration reform) is inextricably linked to efforts to legalize drugs and control gun ownership in America. These three movements are joined at the hip and will, in the long term, lead to a “cartel of death” in America. By not taking into account the long-run effects and all people these policies will wreak havoc on our society, especially our youngest and most vulnerable.
Many have documented how our borders are not secure. Dennis Michael Lynch in his documentary “They Come To America” focuses on the land border between the United States and Mexico. Many ignore the border states along the Gulf of Mexico. Drug cartels, like the Gulf Cartel, use these porous borders to come to America transporting not only illegal aliens but also drugs and the certain violence that is part and parcel of the drug business.
There is a push by Libertarians, Democrats and some Republicans to legalize medical marijuana. This effort is only the first step, like in Colorado, to the full legalization of marijuana, like in Florida. By legalizing marijuana you legalize the cartels and the culture of death that comes with them and their drugs. President Obama gave banks permission to do business with marijuana distributors.
Sheila Polk in her op-ed column “Legalized marijuana: Colorado kids are paying the price” writes:
On Jan. 1, Colorado opened its doors to this nation’s first legal sale of recreational marijuana. Lost in the buzz is the documented impact of legal marijuana on Colorado children.
The reality about today’s marijuana, an addictive substance whose average potency has dramatically increased from 3 percent THC in the 1990s to almost 15 percent, should change everything that people think they know about the drug.
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Past 30-day use of marijuana by teens 12 to 17 is highest in medical-marijuana states. In Denver between 2004 and 2010, past 30-day users of marijuana ages 12 and up increased 4.3 percent, while the increase for the nation was 0.05 percent.
By 2010, past 30-day use for this age group was 12.2 percent, compared to 6.6 percent for the country. One in six kids who start using marijuana becomes addicted.
The below video is by the National Rifle Association. It is a different approach for the NRA in that it links the violence and the effort to demonize guns by President Obama, Michael Bloomberg, candidate for Florida governor Charlie Crist and others. We now know due to the work of bloggers and authors like Katie Pavlich, that these guns were provided by our own government in an operation named “Fast and Furious.”
Polk concludes with:
What can Arizona learn from this?
Lesson Number 1: We should not rush to experiment with an entire generation of our young people by legalizing marijuana. Use of marijuana by Arizona’s 8th, 10th and 12th graders has already increased by 14.4 percent from 2008 to 2012.
Lesson Number 2: We must build an environment in which every child can learn and thrive. That must include funding public education to heighten awareness about the harms of marijuana. Every child can succeed when adults believe in them and create safe communities for them.
Marijuana is never part of that equation.
A wise warning indeed. Drugs, children, violence and guns make for a toxic combination.
EDITORS NOTE: Sheila Polk is the Yavapai County Attorney and co-chair of MATFORCE, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition. The featured image is courtesy of activist Thomas Good, who is in costume – “recruiting” for the military as the Grim Reaper, October 2007. The photograph was taken by the subject’s 14-year-old son, Nathaniel Good. In March of 2007 the photo was reprinted as the cover shot on “Peacework” magazine, a publication of the American Friends Service Committee.
Tom Tillison from BizPac Review reports, “Some Oregon elected officials considering a ban on loaded guns in public were mocked mercilessly for the proposal. An Ashland, Ore., resident on Monday [February 3rd] used ‘satire to point out the idiocy of the proposed ordinance’ to City Council members, according to a video posted by Guns Save Lives. Oregon is an open-carry state, which means no license is required unless carrying a concealed firearm.”
In an email FCA states:
January 30, 2014 Ms. Marion Hammer, spokeswoman for the Florida NRA released the following statement about the recent House Bill 733 filed by Florida Representative Dane Eagle to protect Floridian’s 2nd Amendment rights:
“HB-733 is NOT an NRA bill and, at this time, we have taken no position on the bill. We have grave concerns about the effect of the bill — whether the consequences are intended or unintended.
Of primary concern is the effect the bill would have on positive pro gun legislation that NRA has worked hard to pass in the past and hopes to pass in the future. The bill does not differentiate between positive pro gun legislation and restrictive gun control laws that negatively effect Second Amendment rights”
Amazingly, she leaves just one question for all Florida Citizens to ask and she makes the decision for all Florida Legislators very easy! “Ms. Hammer, what part of the … right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.[period] …do you not understand?” The federal government has NO Constitutional POWER or right to make good or bad 2nd Amendment legislation. This is a power reserved to the “states and the people” based on Article 1, Sec. 8, the 2nd Amendment, the 9th Amendment and the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution. The US Constitution is NOT an a la carte menu and every Florida legislator swore an oath to protect and preserve it in its entirety!
Ms. Hammer is not only fear mongering and using intimidation, but she offers an unconstitutional view that the Feds have the power to make good or bad gun legislation. As a result, she gives Florida Legislators a very simple choice—Violate your Oath of Office by accepting Ms. Hammer’s fear mongering and her unconstitutional view of federal powers OR honor your Oath of Office and support FL HB 733 to protect Floridians.
Ten States have recently used the 2nd Amendment Preservation approach to protect their Citizens from Federal Overreach on the 2nd Amendment. The recent unconstitutional Presidential Executive Orders that infringe the 2nd Amendment, and the rampant and accelerating threats to initiate federal gun registration by the President and members of Congress, drive us to demand that our Florida Legislators use every Constitutional means to protect our right to keep and bear arms!
The National Association for Gun Rights and the Gun Owners of America strongly support using all of the Constitution to protect your right to keep and bear arms! Why does the NRA seems bent on protecting its turf while risking our 2nd Amendment Rights?
I write this column with a heavy heart. This month marks the one year anniversary of the tragic shooting of American Sniper Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. I am a supporter of Craft International, the company that Chris co-founded. Craft international has kept Chris’s dream alive by sponsoring events like this weekends Chris Kyle Memorial Team Roping & Auction being held on February 7- 9, 2014 in Hamilton, TX at the beautiful Circle T Ranch/Arena. This event came about through the collaboration of Chris’s parents Wayne & Deby Kyle, brother Jeff Kyle, Scott Brown, and Chris & Darcy Douglas.
Proceeds from the weekend’s events will benefit Base Camp 40 “Warriors in the Wild” who honor our military veterans through participation in private land hunts – “Helping our brave veterans rediscover what they so proudly fought to defend, that being freedom…”
The Craft Team in an email states:
Thousands remember the Legend… the SEAL… the Patriot… and you were all of those things and more. We remember the friend, our bond, and the prankster who always had something up his sleeve. We miss your jokes and your big Texas laugh. We miss the man who would give the shirt off his back for a those in need. We miss our friend. You left us with a mission and a purpose. The team of guys you put together is truly dedicated to the “CRAFT” and to sharing with others.
You also brought Chad into our lives. Its hard to imagine anyone more big hearted than him. We miss you both.
The following is a from www.ChrisKyleMemorialRoping.
A LETTER FROM THE KYLE FAMILY
From cowboy boots to combat boots… Chris’s dreams were to be a cowboy and a Navy SEAL. He accomplished both with a determination that is rarely seen. He loved the country life with cattle and especially horses. He learned to ride at an early age and then began to rodeo. From that he became an accomplished cowboy with his ability to break and train horses. Up before dawn, in the saddle all day to way past dark at times. He was extremely happy, but one goal was yet to be accomplished, Navy SEAL. When he got the call to inquire about his interest, he jumped at the opportunity. Several people told him he could never become a SEAL. Well one thing is for sure, you never told Chris he could never do anything because he would prove you wrong… His service to his Beloved Country is a testament to his determination, fortitude, conviction, and warrior spirit. He achieved his goal.
The following is a small part of our letter written to Chris on the day of his Memorial:
“Your courage of conviction, your strength to persevere and the hope that survives disappointments are the keys to your success in life. You embraced and lived the slogan, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
Chris knew that getting into the country and wide open spaces was therapy above and beyond anything else he experienced since leaving the Teams. That is one of the reasons he fell in love with Base Camp 40. Their love for Country, our Veterans, and desire to give back to those veterans exemplified Chris. He knew he found a place that made him feel good.
We have experienced Base Camp 40 ourselves and discovered why Chris became a part of that family. They are a truly great foundation. Their huge hearts reach out to those who have unselfishly served our country. Almost every single cent they raise goes back to helping our Veterans. That is one of the reasons we fully endorse and support Base Camp 40. That is also why we are leading the way with this event, the Chris Kyle Memorial Roping & Auction. 100% of the net proceeds from the event weekend & gear will go back to helping our Veterans.
Our goal is to annually carry on Chris’s legacy through this event by living his motto, “It is our duty to serve those who serve us.”
Wayne & Deby Kyle
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends – John 15:13
EDITORS NOTE: Our thanks to Craft International for allowing us to use their words and images to remember Chris and Chad. No One could have said it better. Let us never forget their and their families sacrifices.
Guns are no longer something icky you have to keep secret from your neighbors. They’re mainstream. – Iain Harrison, Editor of RECOIL Magazine.
Harrison writes, “During this past year we gun owners as a community have weathered one of the most serious threats to our proud heritage and way of life since the early ’90s. And we came out on top. Despite throwing enormous amounts of money and influence into passing firearms laws that would have done nothing apart from inconvenience the law-abiding, for the most part anti-gun politicians came away with the square root of bugger all to show for it.”
“The reasons for that are numerous, but one key difference between the Clinton era and the landscape today is that, in most of the nation, guns are no longer something icky you have to keep secret from your neighbors. They’re mainstream. When something becomes mainstream, it’s much harder to demonize,” notes Harrison.
I believe one of the major reasons gun ownership has become mainstream is because of American women. More women are buying, shooting and training to defend themselves with firearms. RECOIL Magazine has an entire section of their website titled “Girls with Guns“. If you Google the words “girls with guns” you will get 155 million links.
American women and men alike are now enjoying the camaraderie and friendships made at local shooting ranges.
I visit my local gun shop on a regular basis and recently met women there looking to purchase weapons for self-defense. This can be pepper spray guns to pistols, automatics, rifles and shotguns. One woman came in who lived in a minority neighborhood and I struck up a conversation with her. This wonderful black woman was there to purchase a handgun. I asked her what kind, sensing this was her first time in a gun shop. She said, “I don’t really know. Whatever my money can buy. I am really thinking of a .357 magnum.” I asked her why? She responded that she had lived in her minority neighborhood most of her life and for the first time she did not feel safe and wanted to protect herself. God bless her and the Second Amendment.
Women like Morgan Reese from Texas are outspoken about their love of guns and support for the Second Amendment. Morgan is pictured above in the featured photo for this column. Morgan reads books like American Sniper by Chris Kyle and Fearless by Eric Blehm. She is an American patriot and helping the cause in whatever way she can. Morgan was featured in RECOIL Magazine Issue #11.
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote:
“I have no hesitation in saying that although the American woman never leaves her domestic sphere and is in some respects very dependent within it, nowhere does she enjoy a higher station. And if anyone asks me what I think the chief cause of the extraordinary prosperity and growing power of this nation, I should answer that it is due to the superiority of their women.”
Tocqueville once observed that it is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth. The simple lie is guns are icky. The complex truth is men and women are buying guns is large numbers and guns are now mainstream.
One of the videos featured on the RECOIL website is the 2014 Magpul Calendar Shoot:
Hey guys and girls, if this video does not get you down to your local gun shop I don’t know what will. Guys, girls, guns, motorcycles and fast cars. What else is there in life?
Florida State Representative Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act, House Bill 733. The provisions of H.B. 733 are simple and easy to understand. Florida officials would be barred from enforcing federal gun control laws and would be fired if they did.
Gun Owners of America (GOA) in an email states, “Whatever the intent of the 1968 Gun Control Act, it has become a monstrosity. It has been used to strip more than 150,000 veterans of their constitutional rights without due process. The ATF is now using annual inspections to Xerox 4473’s and compile a national gun registry.”
“And the Obama administration is now setting the stage for using medical information to strip tens of millions of Americans of their constitutional rights — again, with no due process. This includes individuals with ADHD and PTSD — plus those with common anxiety disorders or Alzheimer’s. And while no one has been able to identify any ‘danger of gun violence’ posed by people with Alzheimer’s, many of them do have very large and valuable gun collections which they would like to pass on to their children,” reports GOA.
GOA warns, “Unfortunately, like prisoners who have come to identify with their captors — called the “Stockholm Syndrome” — a few gun owners have become addicted to federal infringements.”
To those who have become addicted to having their constitutional rights taken away, we would say this: “You will get used to freedom, and you will really like it.”
GOA ACTION: Contact your State Representative. Tell our representative how you feel about House Bill 733.
HOW TO CONTACT-WRITE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES:
GOA Pre-written letter:
Please cosponsor and support the Second Amendment Preservation Act (H.B. 733).
The provisions of this bill are simple and easy to understand. Florida officials would be barred from enforcing federal gun control laws and would be fired if they did.
Whatever the intent of the 1968 Gun Control Act, it has become a monstrosity. It has been used to strip more than 150,000 veterans of their constitutional rights without due process.
The ATF is now using annual inspections to Xerox 4473’s and compile a national gun registry.
And the Obama administration is now setting the stage for using medical information to strip tens of millions of Americans of their constitutional rights — again, with no due process. This includes individuals with ADHD and PTSD — plus those with common anxiety disorders or Alzheimer’s. And while no one has been able to identify any “danger of gun violence” posed by people with Alzheimer’s, many of them do have very large and valuable gun collections which they would like to pass on to their children.
EDITORS NOTE: Kansas and Alaska have enacted Second Amendment Preservation Acts.
Disturbing new revelations about Adam Lanza have surfaced from the official police report. It appears he trended to homsexuality and kinky man/boy sex. The North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) promotes the legalization of man/boy sex. NAMBLA uses the same tactics as do the homosexuals to promote same sex marriage.
According to Michael W. Chapman from CNS News:
The state’s attorney report on the horrific murders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by shooter Adam Lanza found no “conclusive motive” for his actions but did document unsettling facts about the 20-year-old killer, including computer files he kept on the rights of pedophiles, a movie about man/boy love, instant messages concerning “homosexual fantasies,” numerous mass murder documents, and a computer game entitled “School Shooting.”
In “School Shooting,” an amateur computer game, “the player controls a character who enters a school and shoots at students,” reads an Investigation Report (DPS-302-E) that is among the 1,000-plus pages comprising the state’s attorney report on the shootings.
Lanza, after shooting his mother Nancy Lanza at home on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, drove to the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and shot and killed 20 children and six adults, and then shot himself. (Full report, text and images here. Summary report here.)
Since most of what the federal government does is well beyond the scope of its enumerated powers, it is up to the States, (those that choose to of course) to thwart these actions. Florida House Representative Dane Eagle has filed and sponsored HB 733 – The Florida Second Amendment Preservation Act.
“The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution expressly provides that all powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states. Time and time again Florida has proven that we have the best solutions to our own issues,whether it be health care, education, or our balanced budget, which is accomplished without raising taxes. When it comes to protecting our fundamental Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution, I believe it is best left to be handled by Floridians for Floridians.” – Florida House Rep. Dane Eagle
Andrew Nappi, from the Florida Tenth Amendment Center, in an email states, “We need your support to get more HOUSE co-sponsors; and we need you to contact your State Senator as we need a senate companion bill ASAP. Tell them to sponsor a companion bill to HB 733 by Rep. Dane Eagle (FL- R District 77). Include the link to the bill which is below. Please don’t delay. Actions takes literally less than five minutes to accomplish. Thanks!”
You can support this bill by taking action right now, it takes seconds to submit your email to your elected officials: click here now.
Go even further by logging your phone call to your elected officials. Input your address the appropriate elected officials phone numbers will load on the screen. Call them on the phone, be polite but firm in asking for their support and co-sponsorship of House Bill #733. You can join that campaign by clicking here also.
Nappi notes, “There is zero time to wait. We need that senate bill! This takes all of 5 minutes…we must protect the 2A!”
The Second Amendment Preservation Act declares that no agent of the state or its political subdivisions may participate with or assist federal agents in the enforcement of unconstitutional federal firearms laws, or provide material support of any kind to federal agents in the enforcement of these laws. State agents and/or contractors who knowingly participate in or provide support for the enforcement of federal firearms laws would be subject to dismissal.
“The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution expressly provides that all powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states. Time and time again Florida has proven that we have the best solutions to our own issues,whether it be healthcare, education, or our balanced budget, which is accomplishedwithout raising taxes. When it comes to protecting our fundamental Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution, I believe it is best left to be handled byFloridians for Floridians.” – Florida House Rep. Dane Eagle
The legislation would not attempt to stop federal agents from enforcing gun laws, but would pull the plug on any state cooperation. The bill rests on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine. Simply put, the federal government cannot force states to help implement or enforce and federal act or program. The anti-commandeering doctrine rests primarily on four Supreme Court cases cases dating back to 1842. Printz v. US serves as the cornerstone.
Montana sheriff Jay Printz and Arizona sheriff Richard Mack sued the federal government over provisions in the 1993 Brady Gun Bill that required chief law enforcement officers in each county to administer background checks. The Supreme Court majority held the feds could not force compliance by state officers.
“The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program. It matters not whether policymaking is involved, and no case-by-case weighing of the burdens or benefits is necessary; such commands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.”
Mack has since called working at the state and local level the key to fighting tyranny.
Florida Tenth Amendment Center outreach director Francisco Rodriguez said the proposed act would make it very difficult for the federal government to enforce its gun laws.
“The federal government relies on state and local assistance for almost everything. One source I read indicated that state or local police assist in seven out of every 10 ATF raids. That’s a lot of help that will disappear in the blink of an eye,” he said. “Now imagine if 20 or 30 states followed suit. It would make it virtually impossible for the feds to violate the Second Amendment.”
Florida Tenth Amendment Center state coordinator Andrew Nappi said Rep. Eagle first became interested in this bill almost a year ago and called to discuss the model legislation.
“The timing last year just could not be worked out. But Representative Eagle said he would not forget about this bill and he didn’t. He remained true to his word, and we began working with him on this last fall,” Nappi said. “This is a substantial attempt to push back against federal actions violating the Second Amendment. Representative Eagle has not only kept his word by sponsoring the bill this year, he set an example for others who say they support the Second Amendment, but stop short of taking action.”
Sources close to the Tenth Amendment Center indicate a Senate version of the bill will likely be introduced in the next week or so.
The Tampa movie-house killing of an annoying text messenger allegedly by a retired cop is a senseless tragedy that also raises a number of ancillary concerns. For certain, gun control advocates will try to parlay mileage from the incident as an example for restricting gun ownership. That’s not a valid answer.
But it does beg a question: Why would anyone carry a loaded .380 semi-automatic weapon to the movies?
I’m a retired 30-year cop, fully aware of the dangers of crime. I possess a gun permit. But I use considerable discretion about carrying on my person, and certainly do not bring a gun with me to entertainment venues.
The court and/or jury will decide if 71-year-old Curtis Reeves should go to prison. Based on what we know, it doesn’t look good for his future. For sure, if Mr. Reeves did not have his gun handy, Chad Oulson would be alive today, perhaps with a black eye, instead of a bullet.
Sometimes, the mere possession of a gun, however lawful, emboldens the owner into sense of omnipotence. I knew an off-duty police woman who was confronted by an armed robber in a parking lot. He wanted her wallet. She reached in her purse and pulled out her .38-caliber revolver instead. The robber shot her dead. Had she not brandished her weapon and simply parted with her money, she’d be alive today.
While texting is certainly no reason for anyone to be shot, it illustrates how much of a nuisance electronic devices have become in today’s world. It is no laughing matter. These little hand computers have evolved into the neo-addiction of the modern era. Not only do they present a danger on the road, they incense neighboring people in restaurants, concerts and movie houses.
I recently attended a King Center concert by child phenom, Jackie Evancho, where theater announcements clearly admonished the audience from using devices. Regardless, some folks could not resist. Attendees were repeatedly disturbed by video-takers and security officers scurrying to snatch devices from violators. It angered many who paid $100 a ticket to enjoy a concert without the nuisance of camera/texting addicts.
While such irritation is understandable, shooting people is another dimension. Guns are not just annoying, they are deadly devices and their misuses bring deadly results.
For those who are lawfully permitted to carry firearms, restrictions still apply in many types of venues, including bars, sports arenas, schools and government buildings. Perhaps those prohibitions should also extend to crowded theaters where emotions can run high. It would not violate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
Mental illness, not guns, ranks as the greatest threat to public security, but we have regretfully abolished all systems to treat and track people with serious psychotic disturbances.
According to a consensus of recent studies, nearly 43 percent of American households are in possession of a firearm, and up to 75 million people currently own a gun, half of which are handguns. If only one-tenth of one percent of gun owners are mentally unstable, that equates to some 40,000 lawful gun owners who are potentially dangerous.
While we’re at it, more prohibitions should be legislated for electronic devices as well.
“[A] Pew poll suggests that illegal immigrants, if given citizenship, would vote for liberal, anti-gun candidates by an 8-to-1 margin.” – GOA’s Erich Pratt, commenting on Pew poll findings as reported in The Washington Post (7/22/13)
Gun Owners of America (GOA) in an email states, “Next Wednesday, the House Republican leadership will announce a set of “principles” for immigration reform. Supposedly, if these ‘principles’ are not well-received, the House will shelve the issue for the remainder of the year. To be blunt: The health of the Second Amendment relies on demolishing these ‘principles’.”
“Immigration reform will add over 8,000,000 anti-gun voters to the voting rolls. There may be as many as 11.5 million persons illegally in the United States. And, a Pew poll from last year indicated that if illegal immigrants were given citizenship, they would vote for liberal, anti-gun candidates by an 8-to-1 margin,” notes GOA
Pratt notes, “This is exactly what happened to California — which was once a Red State. Because of the Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty bill of 1986, the state lurched violently to the left and now can’t pass gun control restrictions fast enough. If this were to happen at the national level, we would lose the ability to stop massive gun bans and gun registration schemes. And all of this occurs at a time when a Fox poll shows the American people oppose Obama’s immigration policies by a margin of 36% to 54%.”
The first reality is this: If the House passes ANYTHING, the Senate will tack on its amnesty bill and send it to conference. And the national conversation will turn off of ObamaCare and onto immigration.
And guess what? Every gun-hating institution which moved heaven and earth to pass gun control will move heaven and earth to get the House to retreat — if not to a “pathway to citizenship,” to a “pathway to legalization.”
They will have created the biggest and most motivated Obama-loving movement in the country — devoted to electing anti-gun politicians and retaining Harry Reid’s control of the Senate.
What will Republicans get, in exchange for creating an army of pro-Obama election warriors?
Very little. (Be sure to read GOA legislative counsel Michael Hammond’s analysis, which shows, in great detail, how the Republican leadership’s “principles” will end up backfiring on gun owners.)
The bottom line is that there is a reason why Barack Obama and his “puppet press” have been campaigning for a year to force the Republican House to wade into “immigration reform.” It is nothing but benefits for anti-gun politicians, and nothing but pain for pro-gun legislators.
Who would be stupid enough to inflict that level of pain on themselves?
ACTION: Contact your Representative. If he is a Republican, the pre-written letter will ask him to reject the ridiculous “immigration principles” being hawked by the leadership — principles that will eventually destroy the pro-gun movement in America. The pre-written letter for Democrats is a generic opposition letter.
ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: Remember that clicking on the first “submit” button on the GOA Engage site (where you input your name and address), only submits your information so that your correct legislators can be identified. Hence, the first “submit” button does not actually send your letter. Instead, it brings you to the next page where you can actually review the pre-written letter. The second “submit” button actually sends the letter.
In 1976, the Brady Campaign, then known as the National Council to Control Handguns, said that the first part of its three-part plan to get handguns and handgun ammunition made “totally illegal” was to “slow down the increasing number of handguns being produced and sold in this country.” This month, anti-gunners finally got that wish in California.
America’s two largest handgun manufacturers–Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger–have announced that they will stop selling new semi-automatic handguns in California, rather than comply with the state’s “microstamping” law. The law applies not only to entirely new models of handguns, but also to any current-production handgun approved by the state’s Roster Board, if such handgun is modified with any new feature or characteristic, however minor or superficial.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the law was “intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun.” That’s pure spin, however. In reality, the law, signed in 2007 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is intended to terminate semi-automatic handgun sales and, over time, semi-automatic handgun ownership in the state. “Microstamping” will solve few, if any crimes and it is only a matter of time before a proposal to expand the law to include other firearms will follow.
Meanwhile, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced that it and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute have filed suit against the law in Fresno Superior Court “seeking both declaratory and injunctive relief against this back-door attempt to prevent the sale of new semiautomatic handguns to law-abiding citizens in California.”
Anti-gun activists often refer to California as the test bed for gun control laws they would like to have imposed throughout the country. Thus, it goes without saying that gun owners outside California should anticipate “microstamping” efforts in their states, and do what it takes to elect pro-Second Amendment governors and state legislators to deny the anti-gunners additional victories.
However, making sure that what has happened in California doesn’t happen elsewhere is not the only reason to step up our election year efforts. California accounts for 12 percent of the nation’s population and approximately eight percent of its handgun owners. We owe it to our fellow countrymen–our Second Amendment brothers and sisters–to elect a pro-Second Amendment president and senators who will approve that president’s nominations to the federal courts, where California’s “microstamping” law might one day be challenged. What is true in football is also true in the effort to keep America’s most popular type of handguns legal and affordable: the best defense is a good offense.
Many gun owners want to maintain proficiency with their weapon of choice. It is important to keep one’s skills honed in case you need them in an emergency self-defense situation. However, the cost of maintaining proficiency has risen over the past five years along with the cost of ammunition. Ammunition and going to a gun range on a regular basis can soak one’s wallet dry. In these tough financial times shooters are looking at alternatives. I did and here is my story.
I have recently become aware of the resurgence of high quality and large caliber air rifles.
I happened to be in The Bullet Hole, my local family owned and operated gun shop, and saw a Hatsan Model 125 S PCP air rifle on display. The Hatsan was in the gun shop on consignment. I decided to purchase it for my grandson for his birthday. When I brought it home and showed it to my wife she decided she wanted it. By the way, my wife’s favorite movie is A Christmas Story where Alfie gets a BB gun, and yes she did shoot the eyes out, of the bullseye that is. I think it was the camo stock that got her attention as she loves to watch Duck Dynasty.
After shooting the Hatsan I discovered that this is by no means a child’s BB gun. This is a serious rifle that can be used for both target shooting and hunting small game. The pellets are cheap at $10 for 200 target grade lead in .25 caliber.
Rick Eutsler on AirGunDepot.com writes, “Im a huge fan of Hatsan PCPs for a lot of reasons. They are rugged, accurate, and are priced aggressively. The ONE thing that I dont like about the Hatsan PCPs is that they’ve always been really, really loud. They’ve never been what you could shoot in your neighborhood back yard. This is all about to change. There is quite the discussion about what is legal and what is illegal about airgun suppressors. Its very cut and dry when it comes to firearms. You need a license and you better keep your paperwork on you. But, with airguns, the BATF says we dont regulate airguns. So the dilemma is whether or not someone would press an airgunner for violating the suppressor law by owning and using a detachable suppressor. Frankly, if there is a gray area, I want to stay far away from it as I’m allergic to vertical bars.”
“The way around this is to create a permanently attached suppressor that’s integrated into a shrouded barrel. This way it can’t be attached to a firearm and thus, there are no legal issues. The wildly successful Benjamin Marauder is an example of this method, which works amazingly well,” notes Eutsler. My, or should I say my wife’s, Hatsan has a suppressor, a real suppressor. The only sound from the air rifle is the spring going forward. Quiet indeed.
So that led me to set up a range in my limited backyard so that she and I could use the air rifle as we wished rather than going to a local gun range and pay to practice. I purchased a Champion .22 caliber bullet trap and modified it after viewing this video:
If you are interested in purchasing an air rifle I suggest you visit TheBestAirRifle.com. This is the go-to site to learn about the different types, models and calibers of air rifles on the market. The list is comprehensive.
Hope this helps those seeking to keep on shooting at a lower cost.
WARNING: Please ensure you comply with all city, county or state ordinances regarding the discharge of any firearm on your property. Shoot safely and always comply will the law.
Hollywood producer and Obama mega fundraiser Harvey Weinstein used an appearance on The Howard Stern Show Wednesday to announce what he billed as a new anti-NRA movie, reportedly titled, The Senator’s Wife. During the interview, Weinstein called NRA a “disaster area” and said of the film, “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.” Weinstein indicated that the movie is also intended to decimate the gun industry and leave viewers thinking, “Gunstocks, I don’t want to be involved in that stuff. It’s going to be like crash and burn.” (We’ll leave it to you to decide whether ordinary people, or just entertainment tycoons, normally leave a movie pondering stock portfolios.)
The comments were brought about by a discussion of Weinstein’s project based on the novel Mila 18, which chronicles a Jewish uprising in German occupied Warsaw, Poland, during World War II. Speaking about the film, Weinstein remarked, “It’s not a Holocaust story, as much as it’s Jews with guns, it’s my whole philosophy… It’s the idea that when injustice is that great you just can’t march into the camps.” This prompted Stern, a gun owner and carry permit holder, to ask Weinstein if he owns a gun. Weinstein replied that he does not, stating, “I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it.” Yet though Weinstein professed a desire for Americans to be disarmed, he expressed further support for armed resistance to genocide, making clear he would “find a gun, if that was happening to my people.” The idea that “finding” a gun when genocide is already underway is preferable to recognizing the right of people to have them in first place is perhaps evidence that Harvey Weinstein has not carefully thought through his position on gun policy.
But don’t take Weinstein’s ardent statements to mean that he actually foregoes armed self-defense, as the wealthy producer fully avails himself of hired security. In 2012, following an extortion attempt against Weinstein, a source shared with the New York Post, “[t]he Weinsteins have always had intense security and been on high alert because of the movies they make.” The paper also noted that while producing The Master, a film that received opposition from some in the Scientology community, Weinstein “beef[ed] up his own security.” And a New York Times account of Weinstein’s 2013 Golden Globes after party described a scene where, “Harvey Weinstein appeared… amid a retinue of security.”
An entire retinue of bodyguards is outside the purchasing power of most Americans, but contrary to what Weinstein might think, their personal safety is no less important than his. Unfortunately, this penchant to utilize private security personnel while working to limit access to the tools of effective self-defense for those of lesser economic stature is pervasive amongst the most wealthy gun control supporters.
Further, Weinstein makes a rather laughable candidate to self-righteously lecture the rest of the country on the evils of guns and those, like NRA, who promote lawful and responsible firearm ownership. Weinstein has accumulated much of his fortune (and platform to bloviate publicly) producing movies with depictions of violence so graphic and sensational that some must be seen to be believed (not that we necessarily recommend that). While we apologize in advance for these descriptions, these include, among many others, Kill Bill (a revenge fantasy in a which the protagonist hacks her foes in pieces with a Samurai sword), Halloween (2007) (a more graphic remake of a film that helped popularize the “slasher” genre of horror movies), Piranha 3DD (naked bathers and carnivorous fish, with all the consequences that suggests) and Rambo (2008) (an “action” film that depicts rapes, beheadings, disembowelment, a mortar attack on a defenseless village, people being burned alive, and a Christian missionary being fed feet first to a pig).
While the 2008 Rambo installment in particular vividly portrays violence of nearly every sort, it may well have the dubious distinction of containing the most over-the-top gun fight ever portrayed on screen. In the finale, Rambo literally liquefies and dismembers wave after wave of human adversaries with a .50 cal. machine gun. Normally, we would not make such claims without linking to primary sources, but that would obviously not be appropriate in this case.
We understand Weinstein has a First Amendment right to release movies with such content, and we’re not here to act as film critics. Nevertheless, it’s hard to characterize the above films and similar Weinstein fare as serious meditations on the nature of violence, while it’s easy to imagine who their real target audiences might be. According to one film critic, for example, “‘Piranha 3DD’ is a low-budget, softcore 3, destined to make a quick detour to DVD so sneaky, testosterone-propelled teens can easily subvert the R-rating.”
To suggest that Weinstein might be a hypocrite, in other words, grossly understates the case.
Apparently, Weinstein himself acknowledges this to some degree, as in July of 2012, following the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., the producer told The Huffington Post, “I think, as filmmakers, we should sit down–the Marty Scorsese’s, the Quentin Tarantinos, and hopefully all of us who deal in violence in movies–and discuss our role in that.” Nevertheless, it’s not clear whether such “discussions” (if indeed they occurred) suggest any remorse, or merely led to further deals to produce more of the same violent content. Besides the planned NRA film, Kill Bill Vol. 3 and Halloween III are now in production.
(As this alert was being readied for publication, a media report quoted Harvey Weinstein as claiming he would henceforth forgo exploitative violence in his films. Whether that is true, only time will tell. In any case, this won’t change his prior repertoire, or diminish the fortune it has earned him.)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This column originally appeared on the NRA-ILA website.