Friday, January 05, 2018

Say “Gun Lobby” One More Time…

I DARE you!  I DOUBLE DARE you!  Seems I always hear the same old worn out talking points from the usual gun-control suspects about how our lawmakers are in bed with the so-called “Gun Lobby.”  Every time someone opposes the new gun control legislation, the gun control crowd is all up in arms (pun intended) about how the “Gun Lobby” is controlling everything.  When the NRA or one of the other gun rights groups gives money to support a pro-Second Amendment candidate’s campaign, it is always the corrupt “Gun Lobby” that is the root of all this evil.  The people spewing this nonsense somehow think that the “Gun Lobby” ONLY supports and is beholding to big business and manufacturers.  Or maybe they think the “Gun Lobby” is in the pocket of some cabal with no regard for the fact that actual people just want to protect and enjoy their rights.  Basically, when the people in gun grabber land don’t get their way, it’s resistance to the evil “Gun Lobby” that becomes their battle cry. 

 “OMG!  The ‘Gun Lobby’ just gave $500 thousand dollars to Senator Smith’s campaign.”

“This is outrageous!  The ‘Gun Lobby’ gave $200 thousand dollars to help defeat our latest gun control measure.”

“Congressman Carson is in bed with the ‘Gun Lobby.’  That is so corrupt that he would take money from a special interest!”

“The ‘Gun Lobby’ is raising millions of dollars to oppose ‘common sense’ gun regulations.”

“This is sad!  The ‘Gun Lobby’ is responsible for the mass shooting that just occurred…”

Evidently, these people don’t realize that the Second Amendment is an enumerated individual right in the U.S. Constitution.  Nor do they realize that these gun rights groups are huge and active because of their large citizen memberships.

I apologize that I can’t write this post in crayon so that those who don’t get it can understand.  But this so-called “Gun Lobby” of which the gun control crowd speaks, The National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, National Association for Gun Rights, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, and a whole host of others, is made up of over five million American Citizens!  That’s right!  We The People are members and make up the body of this so-called “Gun Lobby.”  We are members of these organizations because we are up against very rich and powerful people who oppose gun rights, and we know that the only way that we can win is to join together in a unified voice, and leverage the political and legal clout of these gun rights organizations to help preserve our RIGHTS. 

We pay dues and give donations to these organizations with the full expectation that they will use their muscle on our behalf to help elect pro-Second Amendment candidates, and strongly oppose draconian gun control measures.  So if you are going to claim that the so-called “Gun Lobby” is giving money to these efforts, then my response is: “You’re darn right they are!”  They are doing exactly what We The People, We The Members, and We The CITIZENS are paying them to do.  They are doing their JOB!

Oh, and by the way, the “Gun Lobby” does not cause any of these mass shootings for which the “Gun Lobby” seems to get the blame.  Those are done by sick and broken INDIVIDUALS.  And it’s funny: practically none of these mass murderers are ever NRA members.  Imagine that!

Not that any in the gun control culture will acknowledge these truths, or admit to their own hypocrisy.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Expectations for a New Year – 2018

I wish I could say that I was optimistic about 2018 and the elections that come with it.  We here in Colorado have a lot to gear up for, as the 2018 elections include a major slate for state seats, including Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, and of course all of the state house and many state senate seats.  I’m not optimistic at all for a Republican winning the Governor’s Mansion, by the way.  An extremely popular Democrat Congressman, Jared Polis, has thrown his hat in the ring for that seat.  On the Republican side, we have a major candidate in Tom Tancredo, who in my opinion, blew the 2010 Governor’s race for us by turning independent after not winning the Republican primary that year.   Our balance in the state senate is shaky at best – we only have a one or two seat Republican majority.  The state house still belongs to the Democrats, and I fear that won’t change in this election.  We in Larimer County face an election for Sheriff, and we need to reelect our current Sheriff if we want to have any hope of keeping a gun-rights friendly leader in our county.  But he will be term-limited if reelected this time so we will be facing this problem in four more years, to be sure. 

The problem we face with our state elections is that Colorado is becoming increasingly flooded with far left liberal ideas.  This just isn’t the same state I grew up in!  Many of the people who have abandoned places like California because of oppressive tax and other laws that just aren’t favorable to businesses are coming here to Colorado.  But they have not learned from voting for the people who made their state so oppressive, and they are coming here to turn Colorado into another, well, California!  These are the people who vote for higher taxes, more gun control (they would ban guns altogether if they could), more restrictions on energy development (drilling and fracking), more government funding of organizations like Planned Parenthood, and sanctuary policies that make it impossible for our law enforcement to do their jobs.  They seem to just want more government, period, with no realization of the fact that more government is what made their lives miserable in California.  In fact, in one online discussion thread, I saw a comment someone had made to the effect that we should pay more (in taxes) so that the government can protect us and do more for us.  Evidently, that poor soul doesn’t pay attention to reality.  

I suppose when these same failed ideas cause Colorado to become the new California, they will abandon this state and move on to destroy another state.  The definition of idiocy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  The definition of ignorance is legislating things and not being willing to fully research them or even speak intelligently about them (like guns!).  Well, these folks sure aren’t learning from their past mistakes, are not willing to do the homework to learn about the things they oppose before opposing them and will force their same failures and ignorance on the citizens of Colorado.

The national election picture doesn’t look any better.  The Democrats are still stinging from the 2016 elections and will eye the 2018 elections with victories by any means necessary.  Any means, including bussing people in to vote a certain way, spooling up leftist groups such as ANTIFA to continue violent protests against conservatives, further controlling a media that will only support a leftist bias of the news, and continuing indoctrination of our university students to leftist ideologies.  Plus, the Democrats have some up and coming candidates who will be eyeing major seats in Congress in 2018, and even the presidency in 2020.  I expect to see such names as Gavin Newsom, Kevin de Leon, and Kamala Harris seeking more power in this election and prepping for 2020.  What do those names all have in common?  They are extremely zealous gun control warriors and are eyeing seats that will give them the ability to enact an extremely oppressive gun control agenda, higher taxes, and just the same overall bad policies that made their state of California what it is today, which is why people are leaving in droves.  Of course, we also have some of the older worn out names to worry about as well:  Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein, and a cast of others too numerous to mention here.

So what do I expect for 2018?  After the elections, a gun control onslaught like we have never seen in recent years.  US Senator Diane Feinstein (D – California) has already queued up her latest “assault weapons” ban.  Then we have people like US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D – Connecticut) who even wants to ban TOY guns, and is introducing legislation to MANDATE that toy guns are painted in colors of the rainbow – I guess to make them less “scary” or to prevent them from looking like real guns.  C’mon, Richard!  Don’t you people in the Senate have more important things to worry about?  My related prediction is that the next ammo and gun crunch will begin on November 14, 2018, the day after the elections.

My other unfortunate expectation is a continued opposition by the left to President Trump’s agenda.  If the US House and Senate flip, it will be extremely difficult for President Trump to further his agenda to fix our broken policies.  The Senate is especially worrisome because we still need more conservative justices appointed.  A Democrat majority Senate will make getting those conservative justices confirmed nearly impossible.

And lastly, my other expectations for 2018 include more shootings to get the gun control crowd further spooled up, more violence from groups such as ANTIFA, and on the international scene, more saber-rattling by Kim Jong Un in North Korea.  On that note, I can hardly wait until the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists releases their new setting for the Doomsday Clock in January (“2 Minutes to Midnight” will be a relevant song once more).  Increasing and greater opposition to the President’s agenda, and more ways to distract the American public from what is really important.  And finally, more and better ways for people to become offended and declare everything “racist.”

Well I, for one, am not willing to just sit back and let it happen.  I will be a delegate again this election season, hopefully to the state GOP assembly, and will do everything possible to help vet good candidates so that we don’t have the same problems that Alabama had with their special election for US Senate.  I will continue to train and be willing to protect my family and friends from the violence that happens in my presence.  I will get the word out to folks, advocating for gun safety, not gun control.  One of my goals for this New Year is to continue educating people on the value of a citizenry that can defend itself from an ever-increasing amount of evil in the world, and also doing everything I can to fight that evil.  And I really won’t care about people who find themselves offended by the American Flag or my faith in God. 

We have a lot of work to do in Colorado and nationally.  Time to roll up our sleeves, patriots, and get our state and country turned around.  I fear that if we don’t do it in 2018, it will be lost forever this time.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

"Evil" Rifle Features - Hand Grips

Why am I showing a video of rifles being modified to comply with California gun laws? Because with all the new talk about gun control, California is being looked at as the model for gun laws for the rest of the country. The sheer nonsense and poorly thought-out reasoning of all this is likely coming to a state/city near you, so I wanted to use their example to give you a preview of things to come. California is the home of some of the most Draconian and worthless gun laws in the nation, but it's not surprising that other states, in their haste to "do something," would quickly adapt their model.
There are various accounts in gun control lore about California Senator Diane Feinstein deciding what types of guns to try to ban simply by picking up a gun magazine and circling all the pictures of guns that had "scary" or "evil' features. Adjustable/foldable stocks, pistol grips, flash hiders, forward grips, detachable magazines, and even the infamous "barrel shroud" are all "features" of what she calls an "assault weapon" and all seem to make the gun more "shootier" to her. So she wants to ban these features. Actually, she wants to ban ALL guns. But that pesky U.S. Constitution keeps getting in the way.

“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up every one of them (every gun) Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in. I would have done it.” - Diane Feinstein 

First off, these laws concerning firearms configuration are "engineered" by people who know nothing about firearms or firearms safety and are simply reacting to the fact that firearms are "scary" looking.  This is simply more of the "we gotta do SOMETHING" mentality, even if that something is meaningless or even dangerous.

The fact of the matter is that some of these modifications are just downright dangerous to the operator and those around him/her.  Things like certain handgrip modifications that make it easier to drop a rifle or fixed magazine modifications that make it more dangerous to clear certain types of firearms malfunctions all lend themselves to situations where people can get seriously hurt.  I'm not sure who the "experts" are that these people obtained when dreaming up these things, but I assure you that they just didn't think them through.  But I will discuss some of these modifications in more depth in separate posts.

So in this particular video, which mainly discusses "featureless rifles" and in particular different hand grips.  The issue with the handgrip, according to people like Diane Feinstein, is that it allows you to shoot the rifle "from the hip."  Really, Diane?  Is that your concern here? And I always thought that properly holding the rifle in a secure and safe manner would be a primary concern.  I want you to notice in this video how some of these grips just don't allow the operator to securely hold the rifle.  Dropping rifles is not what I call a safe practice.

If you don't have time to watch the whole video right now, at the very least, go to 12:55 in this video to listen to what Chris has to say about some of these ridiculous laws, and how they only penalize the law abiding.  Criminals and those with evil in their heart who want to shoot up Christmas parties, concerts, churches, or schools will not be following these laws.

Stay tuned for more information and more in-depth articles.  And stay involved!  Here in Colorado, we have a new legislative session coming up, not to mention the 2018 elections.  Now is not the time to go back to sleep.