Neale's Weekly Gun Rant, Volume 2
by Neale Osborn
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
Old Business—Dinnae ken hoo Ah did it, but Ah forgot summat last week. (Channeling my inner Scotsman) But before I address it, please note—this is in NO WAY endorsing TSA when I happen to support an action by Director Pistol (Gotta love the name!) Last week, TSA announced it was going to allow small pocketknives on planes, and people freaked out. Why, I do not know. Remember 9/11/2001? 19 Arab men (no, I do not believe GWB or the Isareali's took down the Twin Towers) armed with boxcutters hijacked a bunch of sheep (and one plane of pissed off Scotties) and altered forever the face of America. Now, a boxcutter has a razor blade as it's sharp edge. The razor blade protrudes no more than 1 inch from the handle. TSA will now allow knives with blades 2 1/8th inches to be carried on planes. IF the 44 people on Flight 93 had posessed knives of the type now being permitted, they might not have crashed into a PA cornfield. Perhaps the Twin Towers would still stand. Perhaps the Pentagon would... never mind—that wasn't such a bad thing. Perhaps 4997 US soldiers would still live. Hell, Dubbya mighta lost in 2004. Who knows? Now, do not get me wrong—I advocate allowing any and all passengers to verify their handguns carry only frangibles rated for airframe safety, then carry their weapons on board. But these tiny knives are a (tiny) step in the right direction.
A new feature of this rant will be links to articles of a pro-gun nature by various authors. Here are some of the first. Suppose you were fond of books and The only good defense. This next one is a nice treatment of IDs for guns and racism. If you wish to comment to the article at the link, though, you will need to join NewsTalkers. You can read the article without joining. Got a good suggestion, send it to me. If I like it, I'll include it.
I happen to oppose ALL licenses for guns—carry permits, Concealed carry permits, registration, NFA tax and license, ALL of them. They all violate our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, which shall not be infringed. But I also love my wife, and want her happy. So, when she bought me the application for a New York CCW, I reluctantly acceded to her wishes, filled out the forms, submitted to the police anal probe, and got my CCW. I received it 4 days before The Sandy Hook Shootings. I had ZERO intention of buying a legal pistol and carrying it. After The Sandy Hook Shootings, my wife took the next step. She DEMANDED I carry, and do so legally, so that I could protect her and our children without risking jail time. She and her mother bought me a nice little Taurus polymer-framed 5 shot .357 mag snubbie revolver with a shrouded but still thumb-cockable hammer. It's light, accurate at up to 20 yards (the farthest I've tried it at), and eats .38 special for cheaper practice (and longer hand life! LOL). Then, Don Andrew, our mafioso don of state here in NY decided to suck off DC by passing a MORE restrictive "assault weapon" ban than even Obama and Biden were asking for. Included in this ban is a revocation of life-long CCWs, and switching them over to a 5 year renewal plan, complete with heavy fees, and no guarantee that even without a legal change of status (meaning felony conviction), you might lose your license, which ALSO means you have to "dispose of legally" your private property. So tonight I began the process of obtaining an Arizona non-resident CCW. And here's how you do it!
I think, for shits, giggles, and controversy (and also because I happen to support it fully) I am boldly ripping off my good friend L. Neil Smith's Atlanta Declaration on the correct interpretation of the Bill of rights:
"Every man, woman, and responsible child has an unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon—rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything—any time, any place, without asking anyone's permission." The Atlanta Declaration of the Libertarian Party, written by L. Neil Smith. The author of this article is a signatory to same.
Call me extremist (I am, so no problem). I am sick and tired of people telling me I have "No need" or "No sporting use" or "No legitimate need" of _____________! (Fill in the blank with your weapon of choice) It is constantly demanded of we, the Bill of Rights supporters, to justify our defense of the 2nd Amendment. I no longer do so. For a simple, easily understandable reason. The very moment you attempt to justify yourself, no matter whether you convince them of your correctness or not, you legitimize their belief that you need to justify yourself. Which promptly (usually before the conversation is over) results in something like this. "Well, maybe, but surely you cannot justify owning a ________, can you?" Here's the simple facts—EVERY bit of writing by the people who demanded that a Bill of Rights be included (or else they would not ratify the Constitution at all) shows their intent. Those same people included, in their own state Constitutions, a similar statement. Now, we all know that women, blacks, and American Indians were not citizens at that time. Hell, blacks and American Indians weren't even human yet! (SARCASM, in case you don't get it) But citizens are citizens. Did they interpret citizen to exclude certain people? Yes. But ALL CURRENT citizens have rights. ENUMERATED rights. And there is only ONE FRIGGING WAY to eliminate that enumeration. By an Amendment. 2/3rds of the House and Senate pass it. 3/4ths of the several states must then ratify it. Then it becomes the new definition of a right. So let me be my inner extremist right here, right now. ALL laws which restrict, limit, license, control, deny, prohibit, or otherwise infringe upon our right to Keep and Bear Arms violate the Constitution's 2nd Amendment. From the Sullivan Act to NFA'34 to Andrew Cuomo's so-called "Assault Weapons Ban", ALL gun control laws are unConstitutional, and therefore need to be declared null and void. Extreme enough for ya?
On a happier note, DiFi got spanked today (3-19-13) by the Democrats mulling how badly they can screw over the Constitution and not get hurt. Her latest unConstitutional "Assault Weapons Bill" got tossed out of the Democrats current "Assault on the Bill of Rights" bill. We're still going to see a victim disarmament bill from the Senate, but Feinstein's massive pile of garbage will (hopefully) not be a part. It can still be tacked on as an amendment, but if they do that they seem to fear it would kill their chances of ramming it through. Ignore any seeming chronological mixups—I add to this each day as the thoughts occur, then I'll put it out Friday evening or Saturday morning.
Hey, anybody got a Norinco knock-off of the M1A to rate for me? I want one (because I can't afford a Springfield Armory version), but I ALSO want to know how well they function. If you own one, I'd like to know out-of-box accuracy, reliability, any problems you've experienced, and what, if any, work was necessary to get it to function with factory ammo. I'm a gunsmith, so I don't mind a certain amount of tweaking, but I'd like an opinion on how much is necessary.
To all my readers—we are in a battle for our very freedoms. We are constantly under assault by people who want us disarmed, defenseless against their hired thugs. And the NRA, I am sorry to say, is not on our side as much as they would like us to believe. They have been the reason more gun control laws have been passed. They take an extreme law, water it down some, then pronounce victory. Keep your NRA membership, but join Larry Pratt's Gun Owners of America and JPFO (Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership). Two take no prisoners groups that have NO compromise in their makeup. And NO, you do not have to be Jewish to join JPFO. Hell L. Neil Smith is a senior editor for JPFO, and he's not only not a Jew, he's an atheist.
Ever wonder what to do when a cop stops you on the street for openly carrying a handgun in an open carry state? Wonder no further. This law student shows you how to handle it. Here's the fun little YouTube flick that shows you how it's done. I like this kid, and I really like the way he stayed on point. It will only work in open carry states, but I love the way he was polite and firm. I especially loved the way he reamed the cop out for piss-poor firearms handling.
Soooo, Johnny Hinckenpooper, Colorado's "Mini-Me" for Obama will be signing (if he hasn't already) the new gun laws. Including the one that will cause 600 jobs to move over the border to a gun-company friendly state. (Wyoming, perhaps?) MagPul, one of the leading manufacturers of standard capacity magazines (you know, the magazines the "assault rifles" were designed to use), and who sells millions of them to military and Law Enforcement purchasing agents in addition to civillian users has said it will move "as soon as possible" to a more friendly environment. The funniest part? The Democrats who wrote the bill carefully negotiated a clause that would allow the manufacture of these magazines in the state as long as they are sold out of state. So, these hypocrites, who claim that somehow owning a magazine that holds more than 15 rounds makes you nore likely to mow down masses of people, do not care if you mow'em down in another state, as long as the tax dollars and jobs stay in Colorado. Yet another example of "Follow the money" politcal expediency.
I think this is enough for this week. See ya next Friday!