Posts Tagged ‘Colorado’

No. I’m sorry but no thanks. I stopped reasonable discussion, and compromise a long ago. With the recent snafu with Dick Metcalf and his odd anti-gun editorial in the latest issue of Guns and Ammo I thought putting my stance out there for everyone to digest would be a good idea. If you would like to read what Dick wrote click here.

As I started with I am not the reasonable type and I feel as gun owners we can’t fall into the trap of national dialogue and reasonable discussion. For some reason some gun owners feel the need to be reasonable and open towards the anti-gun side and want to come to the table and have that discussion or national dialogue we hear about so much from the mainstream media. Little do these gun owners know they are falling into a trap, the same trap Dick fell into. People like Dick feel that if they come to the table and show that gun owners are able to listen the people on the other side of that table are going to understand and be satisfied with just conversation. WRONG! Gun owners have been reasonable for far too long.

Every time we have a reasonable discussion the gun owners tend to be on the losing end of the outcome. They come to the table thinking “this will be the last time the Antis ask for anything. If we just give a little compromise everything will be ok.” We have given in little by little thinking this is the last peace offering we will have to make. Don’t believe me? Lets talk a little history.

  • 1791 the Second Amendment was Ratified. Twenty-seven beautiful words that guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms to every American.
  • 1934 The National Firearms Act was put into place due to the gangster culture brought about by prohibition. This law famously eliminated automatic weapons along with short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, and suppressors. Transfers of such weapons were subject to $200 fee and subject to the Treasury Departments approval.
  • 1938 The Federal Firearms Act was approved by Congress forcing anyone involved with selling firearms to obtain a Federal Firearms License from the Secretary of Commerce. This also required the new FFL’s to record the names and addresses of everyone they sold guns to.
  • 1968 The Gun Control Act was brought about after the assassination of JFK. FFL’s were required to keep even more detailed information along with forbidding sales of handguns across state lines. The major change came in the outlawing of purchasing rifles and shotguns through mail order. (Lee Harvey Oswald used a mail order rifle in the assignation of JFK)
  • 1972 The ATF was formed
  • 1986 The Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act stopped the manufacture and importation of “cop killer” bullets that could pierce body armor.
  • 1990 The Crime Control Act established what we now know today as “Gun Free Zones” in schools and the stopped the assembly of illegal semi-auto rifles and shotguns with legally imported parts.
  • 1994 the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention act placed a mandatory 5 day waiting period and background check on handguns until Nov. 1998 when the National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) went live. The law stated all new firearm sales are subject to a NICS background check.
  • 1994 The Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, commonly referred to as the “Assault Weapon Ban,” made the manufacture, possession, and importation of new semiautomatic assault  weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices for  civilian use illegal.

How about that for compromise and reasonable? We go from “shall not be infringed” to illegal for civilians to possess. I bet there was a lot of gun owners that thought the same as Dick Metcalf on the other side of the table when each of those laws were penned.

How about a more recent example of a reasonable discussion? Anyone remember Colorado and the dialogue that happened there? That is what happens when we open the door for reasonableness. If you don’t remember how it went just picture a one sided conversation with a senate majority leader telling his senators to ignore their constituents. Colorado is what happens when we have national dialogues and compromise. All the laws above came from compromise!

See? I told you I’m unreasonable. I don’t compromise. When it comes to my rights there is no compromise. Every time we have reasonable compromise we see another crack or a chip fall off of the foundation of our Second Amendment. Don’t be fooled into thinking we need to be reasonable. If you start thinking that way, come back to this post and read the middle part to remind yourself we have already compromised enough.

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You will not turn your TV on and hear about this. You are going to rely on folks like myself to step in and do the work of the media. The Justice department came out with a study that dispels every myth that the Barry Hussein Administration has rammed down the public’s throat since the Aurora Theater shooting.  Why isn’t this plastered all over my Facebook wall? When George Jones died I didn’t realize I had so many country fans on my friend list!

Let’s cover some of the statistics that are the most damning to the others side argument. Here is a snippet from the Bureau of Justice Statistics Report showing their highlights….

Taken right from the BJS Report.

Taken right from the BJS Report.

Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011. That’s odd? According the media it is the wild west out there since the sunset of the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban in 2004.

In 2004, among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of offense, less than 2% bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show and 40% obtained their firearm from an illegal source. Didn’t we just have to fight tooth and nail trying to explain that there is no such thing as a gun show loophole? So the BJS is saying that even if the anti’s would have passed the Background Check law it would have had only a less than one percent effect on crimes committed with a firearm? I think I was the one screaming that every bill introduced to the Senate was total trash and would do nothing in regards to stopping another Newtown.

Between ’93 and ’11, the murder rate in schools dropped by almost a third; from 29 to 20. Remember, it is for the children.

I could go on and on with this report debunking the anti-gun fairy tales that the left has blown up the ass of the general Joe Public. Make sure you share this one Facebook and get your uninformed friends to read this so they can see why we are right and the other side is wrong. The facts are always on our side which is why the gun grabbers cannot stand up and have an open debate without having to fly grieving parents to Washington to use as props.

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Magpul has been awfully tight lipped lately about their coming plans to move from the People’s Republic of Colorado. They finally let a little tidbit slip on their Facebook page that Pmags were being manufactured outside of Colorado for the first time but didn’t go as far to say where quite yet.

We should expect an announcement in the next week on where they will be making a home as soon as the NRA show is over.

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When you look at news surrounding gun rights this week it would appear we have really taken a swift kick to the balls, and that is partly right. Connecticut signed in to effect a horrible set of laws that go as far as requiring residents to apply for eligibility just to buy ammo. Following the “Constitution State’s” lead Maryland also went buck nutty and put in place an Assault weapon ban while also capping mag limits at 10 rounds. Couple the loss of freedoms in those states along with the United Nations passing an Arms Trade Treaty the week has been kinda gloomy.

Not all is lost though. I’m not all about doom and gloom today. We need to look at our two lost states in another way. Connecticut already had an Assault weapons ban prior to the Sandy Hook tragedy that is often overlooked by the mainstream news. (Big Surprise) Also we need to point out that if you look up the Brady campaign rankings of states with the “strongest” laws Connecticut was 5th and Maryland was 7th over all in 2011. We never really lost ground folks, these states have been this way for a while but the giant media spot light wasnt pointed at them while they wave flags made of bloody shirts of innocent school kids. Moving on to the U.N. Arms Treaty, the President said he will sign it but the Senate has already said they won’t even consider it. A senator from Kansas has a resolution out there in the senate with 34 backers right now saying that the senate will not ratify any Arms Treaty even if it is signed by the president.

Let’s looks at this from a different perspective now. The sub-title for a Wall street journal article says “Since Newtown Massacre, More States Ease Regulations Than Bolster Them.” Sounds a little more up lifting right? Looking deeper we see Arkansas is now allowing teachers and staff to carry on campuses. You can see in this graphic that 9 other states along with Arkansas have opted to weaken gun control and put freedom back into their state. One thing about the graphic is a couple of the laws that they say strengthen gun control is a bit of a stretch. Take the new law from Wyoming for instance, it states that it “Would allow a judge to carry a weapon in his courtroom and prohibit someone else from carrying a weapon in his or her courtroom.” I don’t call that strengthening gun control but it is their neat little map so they can do what they want, right?

We need to keep contacting our reps and stay vigilant. The mainstream media has their winners and losers already picked and it is obvious who they are rooting for so don’t let them get you down. Stay strong and keep your head up. This is the other sides last stand, they know that this is their opportunity and it is obvious. Click over to CNN and you can see that they have now turned all their programming into a 24/7 anti gun marathon. They are getting desperate. They are claiming victories in states that have already been wildly anti-gun for over 2 years. They are trying to create false momentum for themselves and we wont let it happen. Again stay strong and contact your representatives.

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Just when you thought it was starting to slow down out west two more blows to the state of Colorado have come from the pro second amendment side.

HiVizS ight Systems announced yesterday that they will no longer be residing in a state that in fringes upon the rights of law-abiding citizens. From their Facebook page:

WE’RE MOVING! As a result of the recent changes to the Colorado state gun control legislation, HiViz is announcing plans to move out of the state. Talks are currently under way with officials of a neighboring state regarding the move. Phil Howe, HiViz President and CEO stated, “I make this announcement with mixed emotions. Colorado is a beautiful state with great people, but we cannot in clear co…nscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base.” He notes that prior to the changes in law in Colorado, he made several attempts to persuade state officials via emails and telephone calls to proceed slowly with gun control legislation that would impact individual shooters and the shooting industry as a whole. Although the relocation will be expensive and time consuming, he adds, “It is in the best interest of our company and our customers.” Starting with corporate headquarters, the operations will be moved over an extended period of time ensuring no interruption of services to its customer base, and HiViz states that the majority of its employees will make the move with the corporate operations. More details regarding the location and timing of the relocation will be announced as details are finalized.
In other news the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) has announced that it will be canelling the Rocky Mountain Western States Regional IDPA Championship due to the state legislators decision to push through unwanted laws upon the state. Here a brief excerpt from the IDPA blog,

With these new Colorado laws going into effect July 1, and based on the ambiguous way in which they were written, we have decided to cancel the Rocky Mountain Western States Regional IDPA Championship,” said event organizer Walt Proulx of Grand Junction.

“Due to the growing number of hunters and shooters choosing to boycott Colorado, and the risk that these laws as written will turn law-abiding citizens into criminals, we were left with no other choice but to cancel what was planned to be one of IDPA’s major regional championships, and one strongly supported by Montrose-area businesses.”

Hey govenor Hickenlooper, remember how you said that the magazine laws will be just a minor “inconvience” to gun owners? Don’t worry, all this tax money fleaing your state is just a little inconvience for you too.

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With a never say die attitude pro-gun supporters in Colorado are looking into a recall effort against at least four Democrat legislators and the governor.  The democrats in the crosshairs are Senate President John Morse, Rep. Mike McLachlan, Sen. Evie Hudak, Rep. Rhonda Fields, and of course Gov. Hickenlooper. With the tidal wave of support from the rest of the pro-gun nation and the focus on gun rights now in the state it might not be a bad move.

Given that Hudak is still on shaky ground for flat-out arguing with a rape victim during her testimony it might not be to hard to remove her from her position. I actually passed on posting about that awhile back because there was nothing I could think to say about the senator that wouldn’t have earned myself a very explicit rating.

The best thing Colorado has going for them in a recall election like what might occur is that the democrats in place that won only by a very slim margin during the election will not have the “Stoner Turnout” that they had before. I know it sounds bad for me to say it like that but think about it a little deeper. Colorado had record turn out during this election because so many politicians were running on the legalize ticket. Many of those same candidates are the same ones that voted for this new gun control. During a recall election there will be a large percentage of recent voters staying home for the simple fact that they already got what they wanted from those candidates and have no reason to head back to the polls and pull anymore levers to help them out again.

Colorado, again I wish you the best. I will keep reporting and helping as best I can. I have always said that the pro-gun crowd was the last group you would ever want to cross, we are more spiteful, less forgiving, and seek more vengeance than any other voter category out there. Look at how we treat our own! Ask Cheaper Than Dirt how things are going. They have shelled out money left and right to as many pro-gun rights groups that they can find to buy back our affection.

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Michael Bane is one of my favorite podcaster and bloggers out there. He always has great things to say and always provides a great argument. Yesterday he put up a blog post on the new “inconvenience”, according to governor Hickenlooper, law-abiding gun owners are looking down the barrel of.

You can find his article here.

He poses a great point. Even though a few sheriffs have come out and said they will not enforce the new laws it gives great amounts of power to those that choose too. Colorado folks you need to get into the habit of traveling with lock boxes. Magazines go in lock boxes and are out of sight. If a cop asks what are in the lock boxes the answer is stuff, and if they ask to see the stuff the answer to that is no. From this moment on it is your word vs the cops word on if those are legal magazines just like Michael Bane said. I really hate suggesting having to be this way with law enforcement. I have great friends that are cops, one of my shooting buddies works at our sheriffs department and im sure he would agree with me that this is what is best for the individual.

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